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Advice for Young Journalists Pounding the Pavement for a New Job

Written by Sue Green

With the local news industry in upheaval the past few years, you can only imagine how daunting it is for students graduating from journalism programs across the country to try and find a job.

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Jan 12 2010

Be Proud of Your Pride Coverage

Find a new angle. Gay pride parades happen every year, but the world that the participants inhabit is always changing. Look closer and you may find a story that hasn’t been told a thousand times before. Here are some ideas to pitch to your bosses or suggest to your staffers:

Being Out Has Its Ups & Downs

By Lauren Ober

One journalist's story on being out in the Northeast... click here for more.

Career Advice

Written by Geoff Dankert

    There’s No Such Thing As A Stupid Question
    Ask To See How The Fries are Made

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Jul 5 2012

Career Advice - Apply for the Job You Want

Written by Geoff Dankert

One key to a successful job search may sound obvious, but it’s a trap a number of people fall into...

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Feb 2 2011

Career Advice - Getting that next Job

Written by NLGJA Staff

Think you’re doing enough to get that next job? You’re not.

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Jun 14 2011

Covering LGBT Rights Objectively

By Jennifer Lea Reed

Cultural awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the United States has been on the rise, amid a continuing debate in our society about sexual minorities.

Journalists need to familiarize themselves with issues such as marriage, nondiscrimination policies and domestic partner benefits. They must be sure they understand what proponents seek and what critics oppose... click here for more.

Covering Nondiscrimination Laws and the LGBT Community

Federal laws do not prohibit discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation in housing or employment.

NLGJA offers topical tip sheets by reporters for reporters covering current issues relating to the LGBT Community. Tip sheets are available online in PDF or HTML.

May 22 2012

Deconstructing Red Tape on Campus

By Matthew Leung

I was alone, with a $50 donation from a local business and the goal to publish 500 copies of a 31-page magazine with a glossy cover and at least two inside color pages. It was October, and I had two months to make it happen.

Matthew Leung is NLGJA's 2008 Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award winner. He also participated in NLGJA's 2007 Student Project.

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Dig Deeper at Pride Celebrations

Story Ideas Beyond the Flashy Parade
By Randy Dotinga

Gay pride celebrations come to U.S. cities every summer, and journalists start thinking about how to cover the various parades and festivals. The drag queens and brigades of lesbian motorcyclists make flashy pictures, and they are easy to find. But dig a little deeper: You'll find plenty of informative stories by spending more time exploring your local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community... click here for more.

From Journalism to PR

Written by Patty Mattern

I’m here to tell you, it isn’t dark on this side. It’s just different. And, it takes time to adjust, to shift, to let go – to transition.

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Jan 12 2010

Getting the Marriage Story Right

The battle over marriage rights for same-sex couples in America has been a major news story for much of this decade. It continues to be an ever-evolving story, with new developments arising throughout the country each year.

Massachusetts in 2004 became the first state to allow same-sex marriage. The latest is New York, with licenses being issued starting July 24, 2011. Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, the District of Columbia and Connecticut also allow same-sex couples to wed.

How I Made a Gender Transition on the Job

By Ina Fried

Deciding to transition at work was one of the toughest decisions of my life.

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I am a lesbian journalist. Hear me roar

By Robin J. Phillips

As LGBT women, we need to make sure our story is told. As journalists, men and women, we need to make sure the stories of our female colleagues are not overlooked.

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Making a Successful Transition

By Helen Lee McComas

How do you tell people you’ve been working with for almost 20 years that you’re going to change your gender; that you’re going to use a new name, speak with a new voice, dress and behave differently; and that the old you will be gone forever?

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News Value & Fairness

It's Good for Ratings, But is it News?
By Carl Sullivan

Four times a year, it's sweeps month at local television stations. And that often means celebrities, sex, and more sex.

But the annual quest for broadcast ratings supremacy can sometimes result in inaccurate or unbalanced stories about sexual minorities. And print outlets can be just as here for more.

One Year In

Written by Mary Susman

A freshman year of college towards a career in journalism.

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Apr 21 2011

Pace Yourself!

Written by Geoff Dankert

You’ve heard people say that looking for work should be a full-time job, and that’s true to a point. However, if you jump into a search with a plan to spend 8-9 hours a day looking for work, you’ll quickly burn out.

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Apr 12 2012

Preparing for a Challenging Yet Rewarding Career

By Andrew Harmon

A 2006 graduate of Medill explains his decision to choose journalism school... click here for more.

This piece originally appeared in 2006, in the official newsmagazine of NLGJA.

Recognizing & Overcoming Two Types of Homophobia

By Eric Hegedus

How appropriate is it to quote interviewees whose ideas could be considered homophobic?

This piece originally appeared in 2006, in the official newsmagazine of NLGJA.

Religion & Homosexuality

Avoid Mistakes by Doing Your Homework
By Randy Dotinga

If you're exploring the intersection of religion and homosexuality, you might wish you could buy a flak jacket before hitting the keyboard or picking up a microphone. But you can arm yourself against criticism by being fair and balanced.

Don't make assumptions about a religion, denomination or book of faith. Someone is bound to disagree with statements you may write or broadcast... click here for more.

Seeing Beyond the Superficial with Race, Sexual Orientation

By Helen Zia

It’s both a gift and a responsibility to have a special insight into communities that are too often rendered invisible. On the other hand, I’ve wondered how it must be to never have to think about the impact of one’s words and deeds on those “other” people.

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Social Media Corner

By Barbara Dozetos

Helping others find the nuggets of gold in all that is a skill for which journalists are particularly well trained. Tap into this to make your social media presence stand out in the crowd.

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Jul 5 2012

Social Media Marketing for Writers - Recorded Webinar

Authors have to be marketers these days. If you want a book contract, or most any other writing gig, you need to show that you come with an audience. This webinar will offer writers tips in building your presence online and cultivating strategic partnerships through social media. There will be something for all levels: savvy to luddite.
Jan 9 2013

The Shared Experiment

Written by Doug Stewart

I work in what might be termed an experiment. For the past year the broadcast station Fox Connecticut and The Hartford Courant newspaper have shared a newsroom, resources and content. Some people don’t like it, and some think it’s the future.

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Feb 2 2011