The ASJA Weekly
May. 22, 2015

ASJA2015: Session Recordings Now Available
Recordings of more than 30 of the best sessions of the ASJA Conference are now available. Said one attendee: "This was my third ASJA and it was the best by far. The topics were diverse, well- thought-out and interesting." See for yourself what made ASJA2015 one of the most rewarding and valuable events of the year, a can't-miss for professional independent writers!More

The Solutions Journalism Approach
Christopher Johnston, ASJA
We expect news sources in all media to report on fires, shootings, terrorism, train wrecks and tornados. However, what many readers and journalists question is the prevalence of stories seemingly obsessed with the dark, dire and tragic side of the human experience at the expense of what people are doing to counter the catastrophic.

With that in mind, I pitched the "Solutions Journalism: Writing that Makes a Difference" session for ASJA 2015. I had met Keith Hammonds at a sustainability conference in Cleveland in the fall, and he was interested in addressing his work in promoting solutions-based reporting and writing and telling the whole story to writers and editors throughout the U.S.More

Does Writing a Memoir Help An Author to Heal?
The Christian Science Monitor
Novelist and writing professor Darin Strauss has spent the last five years talking and writing about the worst moment of his life, one that he bottled up for almost 20 years. But his voice still breaks when he tells the story.More

Using Social Media to Land Writing Gigs and Make Money
PR Newswire
As writers become more familiar with multimedia storytelling, social media has developed into a powerful tool to gather an audience and promote content — that is, if you know how to use it. At the recent ASJA Writers Conference, five experts shared their experiences with social media and how they use it to their advantage.More

Give Me a Self-published Author Over One From a Traditional Publisher Any Day
The Huffington Post
Christina Larmer, journalist, crime writer, says: "So there I was, a budding author with two manuscripts clogging up my hard-drive, an enthusiastic literary agent, and a phone that was ominously quiet. Depressingly so."More

The Dangers of Journalism Include Getting Doxxed. Here's What You Can Do About It.
The Poynter Institute
Threatening journalists over their reporting is not a new concept, but the age of electronic media has brought a new method of intimidation and harassment known as doxxing. Doxxing – named for docs or documents and also called doxing or d0xing – starts with publishing someone's personal information in an environment that implies or encourages intimidation. Typically done online, the information then is used by others in a campaign of harassment, threats and pranks.More

A Story of 3 Authors (A Cautionary Tale) by Karen Dionne
Pub Rants
In a perfect world, every literary agent would be a fearless negotiator, working tirelessly to get the best possible book deals for his or her clients. But the world isn’t perfect. And sometimes an author’s career goes off the rails because their agent doesn’t have the knowledge, skills, or tenacity necessary to negotiate well on the author's behalf.More

Robot Journalism: Algorithms are More of a Tool than a Threat
OPB's John Sepulvado recently interviewed me for a story on robo-journalism. The piece led with The Upshot's "Best and Worst Places to Grow Up," a dynamically written story which I also wrote about a couple of days of before. In both, I shared my excitement about how technology is evolving as a tool to help us connect our work with communities. What was left on the cutting room floor in the OPB piece was my response to the question: should we worry about robots taking our jobs.More