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January 24, 2023

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Do you keep the feedback you get from editors and readers in a file somewhere? They can be wonderful for a lift, a laugh, or a lesson. I recently came across a decade-old letter from a retired newspaper editor who offered kind, encouraging words that warmed my heart more now than they did then. Let's share some of our favorite (or funniest!) feedback.

Cheers, Holly Leber Simmons, ASJA Weekly Editor


This Thursday! Virtual Education Webinar on Procrastination
Register now. Right now, for "Gimme a Minute: A Real-talk Procrastination Webinar for Freelance Writers." ASJA past president Laura Laing will walk us through considering the reasons for procrastination (not all of them are bad!), borrowing from recent research on neurodiversity. Then, we'll look at ways to trick your natural process, including how to incorporate necessary procrastination. Join us from 2-3 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 26, to kick off good habits for 2023. Free for members; $20 for nonmembers. Don't wait to sign up!

Annual ASJA Writing Awards Open For Entries
The 2023 ASJA Writing Awards are open for entries through 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Sort through your stories, essays, blog posts, books and content published last year. Pick out the ones that make you most proud - then consult the list of writing award categories for the best fit. Fill out the entry form, and, done!

The Awards rules are here. Descriptions of the awards categories are here. When you're ready to enter, click here.

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2023 Annual Conference — Volunteers Needed!
The 2023 Annual Conference will take place virtually in late spring. Want to make this virtual conference our best ever? Many hands make light the work! We need volunteers of all experiences and backgrounds to help plan and publicize the content for the conference that will include tracks for journalism, books, and content marketing. Get more information here.

The Virtual Education Committee Seeks Your Input
ASJA's Virtual Education Committee is planning programming for 2023. Is there a topic you would like to see covered in an upcoming webinar? Have an idea for a session you would like to organize or be a speaker for? Send ideas to Karen Blum at, or

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Make the Most of Your Membership in 2023 — Volunteer!
As a grassroots, membership-driven organization, ASJA relies on the good work of volunteers to keep on thriving. Volunteering for an ASJA committee is a great way to connect with other members and have a part in shaping ASJA into the organization you want it to be. The following committees are currently open for new members: Awards, Annual Conference, Client Networking, DEAI, Finance, Member Engagement, Publications, Virtual Education. Learn more about volunteering opportunities here (you must be signed into the ASJA website).

ASJA Volunteer Opportunities
  • Virtual Pitch Slams — Find editors for monthly pitch sessions and handle registration logistics. Learn more about the program here. Contact Wendy Helfenbaum at
  • Virtual Client Connections — Be the liaison for your assigned editor or literary agent and ASJA members with interviews. Step-by-step guidebook provided — takes 3-5 hours of your time. Contact Denise Caiazzo at

  • Got News?
    Share your writing news, ASJA members! First step, log into Then, use this nifty form. to let us know what you've been up to. After approval, your submission will appear on the Member News page. The submission also goes to Holly, our esteemed Weekly newsletter editor, who will add it here. Stephanie, our ASJA Magazine editor, will pull relevant news from the Member News page on the website to include in the print publication. What's stopping you? Add your news about new book publications, especially important articles, and awards! Please allow 3-5 days for your submission to appear on the website.


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    Why whistleblowers' trust in journalism is fading
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    There is perhaps no more studied — or worried-about — dimension of news over the past five to ten years than the decline of media trust. It's extremely well-documented at this point, across virtually all corners of the globe. Read More

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