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My latest for the obituary section.

“I feel it’s a little ironic after having worked in Moscow and Vietnam and Beirut — to find my Pulitzer in a little town in North Carolina,” Mr. Coughlin said in 1990. “It says if you set your standards high enough, you can be just as good as big-town newspapers.”

Editor led exposé that won Pulitzer
The Washington Post
May 14, 2014

William J. Coughlin, who traversed four continents as a foreign correspondent before guiding a 10,000-circulation North Carolina newspaper to a Pulitzer Prize for its investigation into cancer-causing chemicals in the municipal water supply, died May 8 at a hospice in Bolivia, N.C. He was 91.

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Online: “William J. Coughlin, who led small North Carolina newspaper to a Pulitzer, dies at 91”

Looking for a paid internship via telecommuting this fall at a respectable news organization writing and editing in-depth analysis of the journalism industry? 

Look no further than PBS MediaShift, which currently has two openings, one for an editorial intern and the other for a podcasting intern. 

I performed both duties this summer. It would give me no greater pleasure than to find a replacement that will serve the amazing team at MediaShift well. 

If you have questions about the internships, comment below. If we know each other and would like a recommendation, please contact me

Move now: Deadline is Aug. 30!

May the Force be with you. 



Google Glass could have a transformative effect on journalism, especially as we watch Tim Pool from VICE use Google Glass to report on Turkish protests. But it’s important to examine the shortfalls as well as all the great new advancements, both real and prophesied. Special guests Rackspace’s Robert Scoble, Veterans United’s Sarah Hill, CUNY’s Jeff Jarvis and USC Annenberg’s Robert Hernandez, all early adopters of Google Glass as well as social media and journalism experts, will talk about their experiences with the device and what they see as its strengths and weaknesses for its potential future in journalism. MediaShift’s Mark Glaser hosts, along with Ana Marie Cox from the Guardian and Andrew Lih from American University.

Watch or listen to the podcast here, and tune in every Friday at 10:30 a.m. PT / 1:30 p.m. ET.

AU Career Center blog 7.5.13

That’s what one passenger asked me on my most recent interstate bus trip. I don’t consider myself an IT specialist, but I’m honored by the misunderstanding.

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It’s odd when the intern’s the boss.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been editing PBS MediaShift’s Daily Must Reads, a collection of the latest news in media innovation and journalism industry trends. Though it often requires me making simple edits such as checking links and deleting commas, I often make much more substantive calls, such as nixing or pitching stories.

Julie Keck, our social media and newsletter author, typically takes my recommendations. Though she’s been working for MediaShift (and working in general) much longer than I have, I often have the final say.

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Fascinating project out of Montclair State University, where students do freelance video projects for cash-strapped newsrooms across New Jersey.

Video Assignment Desk (via NJ News Commons)

Video production teams from the School of Communication and Media are available to create FREE one- to two-minute video pieces focusing on local news stories to supplement editorial. The assignment desk provides a needed resource — at no cost to sites — for news sites that have limited resources…

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WAMU 88.5 home page on May 8, 2013

WAMU 88.5 homepage on May 8, 2013

Seventeen journalists in Amy Eisman‘s “Writing and Editing for Convergent Media” class in American University’s School of Communication in four months completed an amazing project called “Half the Battle.”

It covers the difficulties that veterans face when they return home from service.

Every aspect of the project, from story selection to reporting to video to web design and production, was done by students.

And today, the project was featured on the homepage of WAMU 88.5, the highly-rated NPR affiliate in Washington, D.C.! We worked with Seth Liss and Chris Lewis from WAMU to pick the trajectory of the project.

I wore a number of hats for the project. I was the assignment editor, a web producer, Wordle master and a reporter on Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

I’m really proud of this project. It was a lot of work, but it really is one of the best pieces of journalism I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of.

Take a look at the intro video for the project. It really encapsulates everything this project sought to convey.