Archive for January, 2012

Ask TON: Saving string

Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: I’m a freelancer, and I want to move from doing straight news stories to features, but I don’t really know how to start looking for ideas. People talk about “saving string” for features, but where do they look for the string? Should […]

David Tuller untangles the research history of chronic fatigue syndrome

David Tuller has never shied away from controversial stories. Writing for The New York Times for the last dozen years, he has covered a wide range of topics, including infectious diseases, gay men’s health, his mom’s 80th birthday, and most recently, chronic fatigue syndrome. Tuller recently wrote a long piece that painstakingly examines, in a […]

Daniel Engber dissects the ubiquitous laboratory mouse

When Slate senior editor Daniel Engber took a month off from his usual duties to research a multi-part series on laboratory mice, he had a thesis — that although the ubiquity of mice as model organisms has clear advantages, it is in some ways damaging to biomedicine. What he needed was stories and characters to […]

Pitching errors: How not to pitch

Writing a good pitch is really tough. Writing a bad one is easy. Editors see the same mistakes over and over again, even from good writers. A few weeks ago, seven editors from a variety of publications participated in a round-table discussion, in a series of group emails, about how NOT to pitch. I started […]

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