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Integrity Must Be a Social Media News Priority

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integrity on social mediaAs a senior in highschool, I wrote a paper on how journalism was changing. In late 2009 the Ipad was going to replace the print newspaper. Print journalism has declined, though its integrity persists. Daily circulation has fallen 7% from last year due to a 9% dip in print circulation.

Social media news consumption, conversely, continues to rise. Facebook in particular has become a popular outlet. Statistics from a Pew Research study show that 67% of adults use Facebook and 66% of Facebook users get news from the site. Thus, 44% of adults get news from Facebook. That’s reach.

Fake news stories find life on Facebook

The 2016 election (or perhaps more accurately the 2015-2016 election) brought many topics to the forefront...

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Tips for Starting Your Book Idea … No Matter How Long You’ve Held Onto It

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snoopy typingThere are people who are writers and there are people who hate writing – that’s pretty much how the population is divided. But as it turns out, there’s an entire new set of variables that have been hiding beneath the surface: people who want to be writers, but never seem to get started. The more people I meet, the more often I talk about writing, the more I hear about folks who have this great book idea. Or that they have a relative or an old neighbor whose story they want to tell. Whether or not the ideas are worth writing about isn’t for me to judge (I will be asked if an idea is “good” or “worth pursuing.”) Instead, it’s about the want to write, but never quite moving forward.

What are you should-be writers waiting for?

Get Rid of Your Doubts

Are you worried that your book or essay wo...

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Make the Bold Choice When Writing

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bold-choice-signActing is all about making a choice. You’ll hear directors and critics refer to a performer’s “choice” as being bold, or weak, or confusing. The words are on the page for the actor. It’s the way he or she chooses to interpret those words that dictates the performance. The relationship between writer and actor or director can sometimes become strained because the writer pens his or her words exactly as they should be delivered. Depending on the egos of the individuals involved, any deviation from the master plan can be interpreted as a criticism.

However, ultimately, writers have the same decisions facing them as performers. As a writer, you still get to make choices. Choosing to move boldly or in an unexpected way can totally change an audience’s perception of your story.

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Small Changes Help Escape Writer’s Block

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Beach TSRI’m on a beach, yo!

Okay, so I’m not actually writing this post from the beach — I can’t risk breaking my computer — but for the last week or so, I’ve been at a beach, both literally and figuratively. This blog finds you midway through my annual family vacation to Cocoa Beach, Florida.

I’m only 10% bringing this up to brag. Of course I’m enjoying some sun and some adult drinks, but in the last five years, this trip to the South has been more than just a buzzed family gathering; it’s been a writing retreat.

Writers will do anything to escape the maddening effects of writer’s block. You compile ideas throughout your day or week or life, and when you finally have time to write, that’s when the machine grinds to a halt. The switch flips so quickly...

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6 Ways to Prompt Your Writing

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typewriter meme keep calm and write somethingWe’ve all heard of the term “writer’s block.” Even if you’ve never experienced it – as a writer or otherwise – you know exactly what it means. How someone gets caught up without the words to say, or without the ideas to create, and it leaves them frustrated and un-typing. Sometimes before they’ve already started a piece of text, and other times, right in the middle of an incredible plot twist … only the person who invented it doesn’t know where to take it next.

As a writer, it’s a condition that’s about as terrible as it gets; it keeps you from continuing your craft. Sometimes altogether, while others, you are stuck with all of the “bad” ideas and none of the good ones...

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