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Why Serial can’t not believe in Adnan Syed

I think the moment the smash-hit, podcast-of-podcasts Serial became my guilty pleasure was when creator Sarah Koenig did a guest interview on another of my podcasts, Slate’s The Gist, and I was reluctant to listen because I hadn’t caught up … Continue reading

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Freelancer Gigi Douban: Starting out is rough, but you’ll be better for it (part I)

In 2006 Gigi Douban quit her newspaper job to raise her two kids as a full-time freelancer, which at the time involved waiting for emails in coffee shops and digging into her savings. Eight years later her clip file sports … Continue reading

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So now that I’m once again a two-bit pen-for-hire, let me see where I’m at: Well, that’s one. Barely. It was the internship’s fault, I guess. While I was in Birmingham I neither updated resume nor obtained and PDF’s of … Continue reading

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Dear Alabama Media Group,

I kept the backpack. I’m sorry. The night receptionist suggested I hold onto it, and it became our little conspiracy. I hope this doesn’t burn any bridges, and don’t think this means I didn’t enjoy our six months together. I … Continue reading

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Intro in 253 words

One of the most valuable things I’ve learned about writing came from author and journalist Rick Bragg in an airplane to Denver. We were on a recruiting trip for the University of Alabama, but I didn’t know about his Pulitzer … Continue reading

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