Archive for January, 2012

Ask TON: Saving string

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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 […]

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David Tuller untangles the research history of chronic fatigue syndrome

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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 […]

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Daniel Engber dissects the ubiquitous laboratory mouse

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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 […]

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Pitching errors: How not to pitch

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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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