Ideas are visitors

People, and writers in particular, seem to be a bit freaked out by the fact that true creative involvement can feel much like a full-time flirtation with madness. It can be difficult to know how to handle creative impulses, in other words. I’ve come to think of visitors in really concrete terms. Like walking metaphors, … More Ideas are visitors

The Professional Lady

When I was a little girl, I loved the sound of a professional lady walking through the halls of power. Whether those halls were political, professional, or the lady was the center of attention for some reason, that click-click-click-click of high heeled shoes and the jingle-shake of keys meant one thing to me: authority. I … More The Professional Lady

Compassion goes a long way when reporting on tragedies like Boston & Newtown

By Genevieve Belmaker for Poynter Journalists are often warned about the perils of getting emotionally involved with stories and subjects, but when reporting on a tragedy there’s always room to act as a human being first and a reporter second. Reporting on the pain of the small college town of Blacksburg, Va., after the horrific … More Compassion goes a long way when reporting on tragedies like Boston & Newtown

5 ways journalists can use social media for on-the-ground reporting in the Middle East

By Genevieve Belmaker for Poynter.org Social media is a particularly powerful tool in the Middle East, where in some countries it gives people a way to express themselves. That expression takes many forms, from social protest, to political criticism, to sharing news and information. Most recently, groups such as the Israeli Defense Force have been using … More 5 ways journalists can use social media for on-the-ground reporting in the Middle East