Editor, One Size Fits All

The Courant is looking for a one-size-fits-all, multi-platform, news editor. Here is the text from a recent ad (sorry, guys, no more applications are being taken):

The Hartford Courant is redefining what it means to be a frontline editor in a 21st century newsroom. We are looking for full-time news editors/page designers with demonstrated experience in online and print production.

We’re looking for people who possess sound news judgment, solid editing skills and an ability to write enticing and accurate headlines for courant.com, the daily Courant and multiple print products. Strong SEO skills are a requirement.

Editors will be expected to work on a range of stories throughout the day, including breaking news, daily and advance stories. Editors will also work on two monthly magazines The Courant produces. We work in a fast-paced environment, with stories edited for online content and then assembled for print.

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Eric Lipton wins his second Pulitzer Prize


He won his first Pulitzer at The Courant with colleague Bob Capers, and now Eric Lipton has another for some single-handed investigative journalism.

His reporting “showed how the influence of lobbyists can sway congressional leaders and state attorneys general, slanting justice toward the wealthy and connected.”

If there ever was a core issue in American government, that is it.

Congratulations, Eric. Your former colleagues are all rooting for your continued success.

(Now, if you could just write a book on how to take back the government.)

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DeSilva Publishes No. 4.

A Scourge of Vipers, the fourth novel in Bruce DeSilva’s Edgar Award-winning series, has just been published. The protagonist is Liam Mulligan, an investigative reporter for a dying newspaper in Providence, R.I., the city where  Bruce began his journalism career way back in 1968. He moved on to become the Courant’s Boston guy and, later, writing coach.

The pre-publication buzz has been great, Bruce says:

Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, two of the bibles of the publishing industry, have both given it coveted starred reviews, the latter calling it “quality all the way.”

The Providence Journal review says: “DeSilva plainly belongs in the company of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, a contemporary tour guide through society’s seedy underbelly who has fashioned a masterpiece of hard-boiled crime melodrama.”

And James Lee Burke, a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, says: “Bruce DeSilva writes a story in the tradition of Hammett and Higgins, and he writes it with the knowledge of an old-time police reporter. DeSilva knows cops, corruption in eastern cities, wiseguys, rounders, bounders, gamblers, and midnight ramblers. He writes with authority about the issues of our times, and he does it with honesty and candor. If you want a hardboiled view of how a city actually works, this is your book.”

Here’s an interview with the cigar-chomping Courant refugee.

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Freelance Success: No Oxymoron, She Says

Freelancing with Theresa Sullivan Barger: a 2-Part Writing Workshop

Beginning Saturday, March 14, and concluding Saturday, March 21, 9 am –  noon.

Freelance Writing success is not an oxymoron. This two-session course is about the business and craft of freelance writing, starting with finding ideas, selecting the right outlet and crafting pitches that sell. We’ll cover query letters, how to become your editors’ go-to writer and how to advance your writing career. We’ll address: making a living; avoiding slave wages; finding writing work; dealing with rejection – a fact of life for writers; essential tools of the trade; social media for writers; maximizing tax deductions and time-management. We’ll look at the pros and cons of being a specialist vs. a generalist and choosing the path that’s best for you. No matter where you are in your writing career, this class will help you move forward.

Theresa Sullivan Barger, a former staff writer and editor for The Hartford Courant, is an award-winning freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Family Circle, The New York TimesYankee, AARP, The Saturday Evening Post, Center for Public Integrity, Yale Public Health, CFO, CT Health Investigative Team, AAA Horizons, and elsewhere. She led a freelance writing workshop in 2013 for The Mark Twain House & Museum’s Sunday Afternoon Writers’ Workshop series.

$100. Buy tickets here or by calling (860) 280-3130.  Mark Twain House events site.

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