Making Yourself Happy is a Team Effort

The lie of self-sufficiency is that happiness is an individual accomplishment. If I can have just one more victory, lose 15 pounds or get better at meditation, then I will be happy.

But people looking back on their lives from their deathbeds tell us that happiness is found amid thick and loving relationships. It is found by defeating self-sufficiency for a state of mutual dependence. It is found in the giving and receiving of care. It’s easy to say you live for relationships, but it’s very hard to do. It’s hard to see other people in all their complexity. It’s hard to communicate from your depths, not your shallows. It’s hard to stop performing! No one teaches us these skills.

David Brooks writing in The New York Times

"Keeping a “have done" list

"If you are working on one thing all day, it is very easy to remember what you did and give yourself credit for it," says CEO and co-founder Walter Chen. "But if you did 20 things and one is have a conversation with your kid and one is put out a fire, it's often hard to remember those things." Pausing to reflect is an opportunity to remember those accomplishments and to recognize their value. "Giving yourself credit helps you feel productive," says Chen, affirming, "That actually makes you more productive." 

Bottom line: To-do lists are useful for organizing and prioritizing work. But you should also maintain a "have done" list--or at least reflect on your accomplishments for a few minutes at the end of each day--to keep yourself motivated.

Leigh Buchanan writing in Inc.

Articles of Interest - May 20


Fears of social media manipulation rock the developing world   Axios  

Queen Elizabeth II Social Media Manager Job Salary and Description Harpers Bazaar  

10 facts about Americans and Facebook  Pew Research Center 

How to save a Tweet thread  Tools for Reporters 


Instagram killing another feature: Should I just quit?  SlashGear  

Instagram is killing Direct, its standalone Snapchat clone app, in the next several weeks TechCrunch 

Millions of Instagram influencers had their private contact data scraped and exposed  Tech Crunch 


#1 app YOLO Q&A is the Snapchat platform’s 1st hit  TechCrunch  

Snapchat has become a content creation tool for Instagram and Twitter users  The Verge


Facebook Announces Restrictions To Its Live Feature  NPR  

Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections in various countries  NBC News  

Facebook Releases a Trio of Maps to aid with Fighting Disease Outbreaks  TechCrunch 


How Ditching My Smartphone Let Me Recharge and Reconnect  Discover Magazine

Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist   Reuters


It’s Almost Impossible to Tell if Your iPhone Has Been Hacked  Vice  

Microsoft’s First Windows XP Patch in Years Is a Very Bad Sign  Wired  

All Four Major Wireless Carriers Hit With Lawsuits Over Sharing, Selling Location Data  Techdirt

iOS Users Locked Out Of Accounts As Google Confirms Security Vulnerability To Blame  Forbes

UCSD stonewalled attempts to notify women in an HIV research study that their confidential data was breached  iNewsSource 

Microsoft Updates Old System To Respond To New Threat  NPR  

Google uses Gmail to track a history of things you buy — and it’s hard to delete  CNBC 


Face It, You're Being Watched (video)   Bloomberg 

Like It Or Not, Your Face Is In A Database  Digg 


San Francisco looks to ban use of facial recognition technologies by city agencies  PS Magazine

Experts Talk Best Practices For Facial Recognition Technology  NPR

Google’s AI can now translate your speech while keeping your voice  MIT Tech Review


Are p-values a gateway drug to dichotomous thinking? Or is it the other way round?  Replication Network

Google’s AI improves accuracy of lung cancer diagnosis, study shows  Stat News

A.I. Took a Test To Detect Lung Cancer; It got an A  New York Times 

Meet one of the data sciences (and former hoops player) working with the Philadelphia 76ers to improve the team’s on court strategy (video)  Bloomberg   

Salaries for data scientists begin to plateau and "It can be very hard for someone with a new degree in data science to find a data science position”  Tech Republic  

Which is the bigger threat: fake news generated by AI or fake news about AI?  PC Mag

AI that reads journal articles and highlights key findings could help researchers stay on top of the latest research—but the technology isn’t ready for prime time  Inside Higher Ed 

Deep learning could be the end of end to end encryption  Forbes 


Adobe Tells Users They Can Get Sued for Using Old Versions of Photoshop  Vice


The Best Free Apps and Software You're Not Already Using  Gizmodo 

Where The Algorithms Can’t Find You  FiveThirtyEight 


The other conservative news network Trump keeps tweeting about, explained  Vox 

California journalists shield law one of the strongest in nation  San Francisco Chronicle

Study Finds US Journalism Is Becoming More Subjective  Courthouse News 

Audit suggests Google favors a small number of major news outlets  Columbia Journalism Review

The cable network that is Foxier than Fox -- and that Trump is promoting  CNN

Bad news, Journalists: Robots are writing really good headlines now  The Next Web

Reporter shot and killed in Mexican tourist resort  Reuters 

Journalism schools need to focus on data, local news, social media and business models StoryBench 

Advice for military veterans in journalism  Twitter 

The power of journalism collaboration is also the power of inclusion — here’s how to harness it Harvard’s Nieman Lab

Don't 'Fact Vomit:' 'Write Like You Talk'  RTDNA


Should a Colorado library publish local news?  Columbia Journalism Review

Gannett shareholders reject efforts to push the country’s biggest newspaper chain to sell itself  Harvard’s Nieman Lab 


Poynter’s list of 515 ‘unreliable’ sites was itself unreliable: Why did Poynter fail to contact websites or list creators?  iMedia Ethics 

'Fake News' Is a Really Dangerous Excuse for Censorship  Reason 

Finnish kids are better at spotting fake news than Americans  Quartz

When The New York Times Got Duped into Publishing "The Lexicon of Grunge" in 1992  Open Culture 

Finland is winning the war on fake news  CNN


Virtual kidnappings are rattling families across the US  CNN  

US pastor runs network giving 50,000 Ugandans bleach-based 'miracle cure' The Guardian  

Trump supporters who donated to GoFundMe wall now worry they got scammed  Salon  

Heiress allegedly faked lavish, star-studded wedding for attention  New York Post


Clever or Pleasant  Becoming (my blog)

Howard Stern’s new Self-awareness  Hollywood Reporter 

Stop trying to ‘find’ meaningful work (and create it instead)  Fast Company

Breaking My Own Silence: Power is the confidence to speak for yourself  New York Times


Your Complete Guide to Popular Literary Devices in Great  Book Riot Writing  

How to answer when someone asks how you’ll make money as a writer  Slate


The story of Ernest Hemingway’s $187,000 magazine expenses claim  Columbia Journalism Review 

Jia Zhangke Begins Shooting Documentary About Chinese Literature  Hollywood Reporter


Who needs poetry? We all do – and we need it now  The Guardian

New website uses AI to generate stories, articles and poetry  Critical Hit

A poetry-writing AI has just been unveiled. It’s ... pretty good  Vox 

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry  Cleveland Scene  

Finding Your Inner Poet  The Nerd Daily  

When giving advice to graduates, I turn to  Chicago Tribune poetry 

Yemeni poetry thrives despite trauma of civil war  The Guardian  

Writing poetry saves a suffering modern woman  The Japan News  

Are we writing for other disabled people, for the nondisabled, or for everyone? The work of these poets speaks for itself  New York Times 

Manga: Writing poetry saves a suffering modern woman  Eleven Myanmar

No rhyme or reason for age limit on Oxford poetry professorship   The Guardian

How Poetry Helps Me Face an Invisible Illness  Sojourner Magazine  


Female authors listed on just 30% of recent UK academic research  The Guardian

America’s Growing Gender Jail Gap  New York Books 

Why less that one-in-five data scientists are women  Tech Republic 

New studies on student evaluations of teaching say a simple intervention can fight gender bias  Inside Higher Ed


Data: race and class affect who gets ahead educationally regardless of academic talent: Spoiler alert: it helps to be wealthy and white  Inside Higher Ed 

The return of white supremacy  The Week  

Cure for hate: Former skinheads recall what turned them around  Union Tribune 

Al Jazeera suspends journalists for Holocaust denial video  BBC 


TV station takes First Amendment battle to high court  WCAX-TV

First Amendment vitals: Taking Gen Z’s pulse on free expression and inclusion  College Pulse


Paparazzi Photographer Sues Ariana Grande For Instagram Pics  BuzzFeed News

Soon You May Not Even Have to Click on a Website Contract to Be Bound by Its Terms  Propublica

School Accreditor Raises Bar-Passage Standard  Inside Higher Ed  


Junk Science: With the exception of DNA analysis, no forensic method has been rigorously shown to be effective  The Intercept 

Justice Department Forces Alabama To Address Deadly Prison Conditions  NPR


Christian apologetics group at UCCS to be granted student club status under lawsuit settlement  Gazzette

After 40 years, 'megachurch' pastor slams Christianity and quits  Christian Post 

Conservatives working on a bill in Congress that would both create new federal LGBT rights and add religious exemptions (a leading advocate is CCCU)  BuzzFeed News

Celebrity prayer candles are a thing  Vox  

Here's why Sikhs were offended by this $790 Gucci turban  CNN

Nearly 7 in 10 Millennial Evangelicals Give, Says New Study   The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Many Americans see religious discrimination in U.S. – especially against Muslims   Pew Research Center 

Evangelical Lutheran Church Rallies Around Pastor, Family Detained By ICE  Huffington Post  

Losing Religion and Finding Ecstasy in Houston: The church I grew up in was so big we called it the Repentagon  The New Yorker 


Southern Baptist seminary turmoil leaves stained glass artists picking up the pieces  Religious News Service 

Jerry Falwell Jr. Just Accused Dr. Russell Moore of Being a Part of the ‘SBC Deep State’  Relevant Magazine 

10 Women Who Are Changing the Southern Baptist Response to Abuse  Christianity Today

Debate over women in Southern Baptist pulpits flares on social media  Baptist News 


Man panhandling near freeway rushed to save people from fiery crash  KDVR-TV 

Marathon runners in last place inspire each other to cross the finish line  NBC News

Blind teen creates Braille menus for local restaurants  ABC-7 

Teens stranded at sea cried out to God for help: Then a boat named "Amen" rescued them  CBS News 

92-year-old World War II veteran gets high school diploma with his grandson WTAE-TV 

A former college football wide receiver stops an armed student in a high school parking lot   ESPN

He couldn’t speak as a child. Now this autistic student is giving a commencement address  MSNBC


A South African man was arrested for eating at KFC for free for an entire year. He told employees that he was from HQers and checking quality assurance..   India Today

Costly face tattoo removals on the rise as regret sets in  New York Daily News

The boy in the photo A napalm attack, an orphan  and a life-changing message three decades later  BBC 

A billboard worker fell while working on a billboard advertising personal injury lawyers  New York Post 

Cafeteria worker fired for giving free lunch to boy who couldn't pay  Associated Press  

Florida city fines man $30,000 for tall grass; Now the city is foreclosing on his home  Tampa Bay Times

Long Island man busted using dummy to drive in carpool lane New York Post


Sacred Spaces: The Grand Interiors of Modern Churches Across Europe and Japan This is Colossal 


Spanish-language media is having a local news boom  Axios

Quartz, built on free distribution, has put its articles behind a paywall  Harvard Nieman Lab

Judge: Florida-based broadcaster is Russian foreign agent  ABC News

Coming to a TV near you: personalized ads  Axios 

Radhika Jones Introduces Vanity Fair’s Full Digital Archive  Vanity Fair


Student journalists at Transylvania University say administrators have taken away their pay in an attempt to stop their work  Inside Higher Ed

Moody Bible Institute to stop publishing student paper  Religious News Service

This teen journalist got the scoop on Bill de Blasio's presidential campaign  NBC News

Appeals Court rules in favor of student newspaper in legal battle with University over documents relating to a university-conducted sexual misconduct investigation  Kentucky Kernel 

Rutgers newspaper launches GoFundMe campaign after student funding support falls short  North Jersey


18 newsletters every freelance journalist needs to subscribe to  Muckrack

Essays about mother love for a series  Longreads

Freelance pitches  Ms. Magazine 

Disability stories  Gal-Dem Magazine

Freelance writers  Crunchbase News 

Opinion pieces about games and diversity  Queerly Represent  

Freelance contributor  Lit Reactor 

Freelance writers  Blop Culture 


Surging Suicide Rate Among Young Girls Raises Questions About Role of Social Media  Bloomberg 

Whats Polls Say About Abortion Views  NPR 

Map: The richest and poorest parts of America  Axios 

Mexican Government Helped Surveillance Effort On Journalists, Attorneys, and Others at U.S.-Mexico Border  NBC San Diego 


Work experience poor predictor of future job performance 

I took Yale’s ‘most popular class ever’—and it completely changed how I spend my money  CNBC 


Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment  The Guardian  


Allegations of widespread fraud raise questions about the safety of generic drugs made overseas  CBS News

Why Your Doctor’s White Coat Can Be a Threat to Your Health  New York Times

A $330 Thermometer Claimed To Be 99.4% Accurate In Preventing Pregnancy: The Study It Was Based On Just Got Retracted  BuzzFeed News  

Why the Government Pays Billions to People Who Claim Injury by Vaccines  The Atlantic


Why Walking is the Key to Being More Productive  GQ 

It's Not Just Salt, Sugar, Fat: Study Finds Ultra-Processed Foods Drive Weight Gain  NPR 

Sunscreens may enter bloodstream, but health effect unknown, study finds  NBC News


A Wave Of Rural Hospital Closures Tests Communities Across The U.S.  NPR

Many Americans Will Need Long-Term Care: Most Won’t be Able to Afford It  New York Times 


He visited all 419 national park sites in 3 years to honor his late father. Here's how  USA Today

A Bird’s-Eye View of Beaches Around the World  Condé Nast Traveler 

Rocks, tarantulas and the subtle poetry of a walk along the San Andreas fault  LA Times


The eSports Boom, and the Numbers Behind the Sector’s Explosive Growth  Visual Capitalist

A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches  The Week  

Softball Team Pulls Off Hidden Ball Trick To Absolute Perfection (video)  Trine SportsInfo


Soda sales fizzled thanks to Philadelphia's pop tax   PopSci  

Researchers Say Evidence Shows What You Eat Really Does Matter  NPR

Vanilla Fever: How did hunger for the humble vanilla pod lead to greed, crime and riches? 1843 Magazine


The most popular baby names from 2018  Social Security Admin  Social Security 

Americans' support for same-sex marriage has doubled since 2004 People-Press

Co-parenting apps help divorced parents with childrearing  WGN-TV 

Taiwan legalizes same-sex marriage in historic first for Asia  CNN

A global snapshot of same-sex marriage  Pew Research Center 

Raise a Problem-Solving Kid by Talking Less and Questioning More  Life Hacker 


Face Swap Your Pet Into Another Species With This AI Tool  Vice

Grumpy Cat, titan of the internet, is dead  CNN 

Man Jumps Into New York River to Rescue Dog  Inside Edition 

25 Benefits of Adopting a Rescue Dog  Mental Floss 


Billions of black holes  The Week 

The story of the birth of chaos theory has left out two programming pioneers  Quanta Magazine  

Billion-Dollar Gamble: How A 'Singular Hero' Helped Start A New Field In Physics  NPR  


Which FL election offices were hacked? Supervisors are asked  Miami Herald


The Troubled History of Psychology  The New Yorker 

How your friends change your habits - for better and worse  BBC

How Stack Up uses video games to save veterans from mental illness and suicide  Venture Beat  

Death of a close friend 'can impact health for years'   BBC


Scientists start to unravel how the brain forgets  Axios 

Why Does The Brain Connect Pain With Emotions?  NPR

Why can’t some people remember their dreams?  BBC 

Does aging make us more susceptible to financial scams?  Marketplace


What is the most important philosophy book of all-time? WGN Radio


How Upton Sinclair’s 1934 run for governor of California inspired a cult   Lapham’s Quarterly  

Aztec allies ritually disfigured captured Spaniards' remains ABC News

Muslims came to America more than a century before Protestants, and in great numbers. How was their history forgotten?  Aeon 


Are p-values a gateway drug to dichotomous thinking? Or is it the other way round? Replication Work 

25 Ways to Increase Your Chances at Publication  Inside Higher Ed

Study: Academics rarely comment on articles  Scholarly Kitchen


American Students Have Changed Their Majors Health professions are in, education and the humanities are out  Bloomberg 

Portland State President, Under Fire, Resigns  Inside Higher Ed

Dozens walk out of Pence address to Christian University graduates  The Hill

Liberty U vs. Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary  Inside Higher Ed

What if evangelical students heard more than one side of the global warming debate? (opinion)  Christian Post 

Drew University rethinks ties to Methodist church

Evangelical college announces cuts to majors, 11 faculty members laid off  Inside Higher Ed

Facing Rising Costs And Charges Of Intolerance, Gordon College Plots A Future  WBUR

Faculty, Department Cuts Rock Christian University  Tartan (student newspaper)

Southwestern College journalism professor battle cancer  Times of San Diego


Are Students Just Telling Us What We Want to Hear?  Daily Jstor

Can Schools ‘Teach Students to Think’?  The Atlantic  

This school district outsourced many of its high school courses to an online program. But it’s not clear students are learning Clalkbeat


This student decorated her graduation cap with QR code that sends people to a list of high school shooting victims  CNN 

This Is the Best Way to Take Notes, According to Science  Curiosity 

SAT Adversity Score: College Board will use SAT exam to give students "adversity score" in bid to level playing field  CBS News 

College grads still earn more than workers with no university degree: This map shows the states with the widest salary gaps  Business Insider 


Reviewing course evaluations: the drinking game  McSweeneys

She Didn’t Get An ‘A’ So She Accused Professor Of Sexual Harassment. Then She Held Ex At Knifepoint To Destroy Evidence  News-Gazette  

A dead professor, two naked men and a suicide: 'It’s one of the strangest cases that we’ve ever worked'  USA Today 

It seems like..

Former FBI negotiator Chris Voss writes in Never Split The Difference, his manual of persuasive techniques, there are five stages in what’s known as the “behavioural change stairway model” that take anyone from “listening to influencing behaviour”. The first stage is active listening – namely, being able to show the other person that you have taken in what they’ve said and, more importantly, have a sense of what it means to them.  Rather than focusing on what you want to say, listen to what the other person is telling you, then try to repeat it back to them. Start with, “It seems like what you’re saying is” or “Can I just check, it sounds like what you’re saying is”. If that feels too contrived, it often works simply to repeat the last sentence or thought someone has expressed (known in counselling practice as “reflecting”).  What to say Try, “It seems like you’re feeling frustrated with this situation – is that right?” Always give the other person the opportunity to comment on or correct your assessment. 

Rosie Ifould writing in The Guardian 

Saying ‘no’ at work

Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, recommends extreme selectivity as a check on your desire to always be accommodating. McKeown likes to ask people to imagine they have no to-do list, no inbox, no schedule of appointments. "If you didn't have any of that, and you could do one thing right now that would help get you to the next level of contribution, what would you do?" he asks. "Maybe all the stuff you're doing should be questioned. Start from zero every day. What would be essential?" People require space and clarity to identify what matters, McKeown explains, and what matters should dictate what you say yes to.

Although it feels good to say yes, be disciplined about the time you give to others. Employees and partners need your help, but mostly they need you to concentrate on what matters.

Leigh Buchanan writing in Inc.

Articles of Interest - May 13


The White House revoked my press pass: It's not just me  Washington Post 

The do’s and don'ts of religion reporting  The GroundTruth Project 

How one reporter got the Sandra Bland cell phone video  Columbia Journalism Review

Trump-Russia is too complex to report. We need a new kind of journalism (opinion)  The Guardian 

It’s more common for white, older, more-educated Americans to have spoken with local journalists  Pew Research Center

Teaching Journalism in the Age of Trump  Inside Higher Ed


The Last Family-Owned Daily in Mississippi  The Atlantic 


'Fake news victims' meet with Twitter and Facebook  Wired

Trump’s New Favorite Network Embraces Russian Propaganda  The Daily Beast

Facebook is inadvertently making use of propaganda by militant groups  Associated Press 

These fact-checkers won $2 million to implement AI in their newsrooms Poynter

Confusing Facebook With the Internet is the Perfect Storm for Fake News  Monday Note 

RT America, a network known for sowing disinformation, has a new alarm: the coming ‘5G Apocalypse’  New York Times 


US military missile technology can make precise, single-kill strike without causing explosion and dealing collateral damage  ArsTechnica 

A new camera can photograph you from 45 kilometers away  MIT Tech Review  

***BIG DATA & AI  

Google's machine learning push is only getting started: It's "pouring resources into developing new chips/algorithms/platforms  ArsTechnica 

An infographic explaining big data  Daily Infographic   

Image detection algorithms remain susceptible to a class of problems called adversarial example: AI may not 'hallucinate' after all  Wired 

What happens when you stick your head in a particle accelerator  Curiosity 

Claim: creation of a light-based chip that can store and process information in a similar way to the human brain through a network of artificial neurons that works with light   Uni-muenster

Some examples of using AI to make “knowledge workers” more effective  Harvard Business Review 

Rushing into AI? “AI is an expensive and complex solution without evidence of direct ROI.” A warning for small business owners  Tech Republic 

“Data is great, but without designers to help make it come alive through visualizations UX Planet 

The US has lost control of key parts of its cybersecurity arsenal to Chinese Spies who are using the NSA’s hacking tools for attacks on the US  New York Times


10 Tools and tricks to verify Instagram posts  Fact Checking Day  

Instagram is an engagement powerhouse  Axios 

What content does well on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google  Axios


Facebook updates its video guidelines to promote original content, loyal and engaged viewership  TechCrunch 

These bogus quotes just won’t die on Facebook  Poynter 

The dark reason new mothers share photos of their kids on Facebook  Quartz 


What Chrome’s browser changes mean for your privacy and security  Tech Crunch 

Inside China's massive surveillance operation  Wired  


A tool to see what the media is covering  Tools for Reporters 


A mysterious gut doctor is begging Americans to throw out “this vegetable” now. But, like, which? A journey through internet garbage Vox

Kentucky’s $1.5 Billion Information Highway to Nowhere  Propublica 


Encouraging children to think independently  Becoming (my blog)

The Peculiar Blindness of Experts  The Atlantic 


Laundromats are playing an unlikely role in the effort to shrink America’s literacy gap  Quartz

How do you turn kids into bookworms? All 10 children's laureates share their tips  The Guardian 

How to Understand, Detect, and Avoid Plagiarism  Dermatologic Surgery Journal

Danielle Steel's surprising secret to success Quartz

Novels rule when it comes to e-book sales, children's books dominate print  Thinkum

What Is Writing and Does This Count as It?  The New Yorker 


Are We Being Framed? How the linguistic trick of framing shapes meaning–and can lead to deception  Daily Jstor

U.S. Military Slashes Foreign-Language Training Foreign Policy


What The Great Gatsby Reveals About The Jazz Age and the racist caricatures associated with it  Daily Jstor 

Was Shakespeare a Woman?  The Atlantic  

When an Argument Over Macbeth Incited a Bloody Riot  Daily Jstor


When should a woman have children if she’s thinking about running for office?  Pew Research Center 

Google creates 53 gender-neutral emojis  Android Police


The Disturbing Thing I Learned Studying White Privilege and Liberals  Vice

Cubs ban fan who used 'offensive' hand gesture  Chicago Tribune

Can the Racial Wealth Gap Be Closed Without Speaking of Race?  New York Times 

Turning Point USA Chapter President Booted After Declaring “White Power” in Viral Video  Vice News


 A reporter declined to reveal his source: Then police showed up at his front door with guns   Washington Post


Does using a trademark as a hashtag create a false impression of association?  Technology  & Marketing Law Blog

Lawyers Are Uniquely Challenging Audience for Anti-Bias Training  Boomberg

Federal Judge Says Flashing Headlights To Warn Drivers Of Hidden Cops MIGHT Be Protected Speech  TechDirt

Paper wins contempt case over Parkland shooting suspect Washington Post


Teaching Scripture in public schools  Washington Post

CT apologies for piece on Rachel Held Evans  Christianity Today

What Happens When Christian Movies Go Mainstream?  BuzzFeedNews

Muslim Children's beheading chant in video stirs city probe  Associated Press

Amazon re-trains employees who banned religious ads  Axios


Far-right US pastor becomes first person banned from Ireland under exclusion powers The Hill

Russian Evangelicals Penalized Most Under Anti-Evangelism Law  Christianity Today

European countries that have mandatory church taxes are about as religious as their neighbors that don’t  Pew Research Center 


Trump's white evangelical support softer than you think, report says  The Christian Post


Video: Austin police save 3 women, dog from rushing flood waters before car swept away (start video at 4 minutes in)   My San Antonio 

Girl saves best friend from choking one day after learning Heimlich maneuver  CBS-LA 

Sons encourage their mother to attend college with them to fulfill her lifelong dream  Tallahassee Democrat 

NYC pizzeria waiter returns half-million dollar cashier’s check to retired social worker who failed to tip him  NY Daily News


How Instagram Is Changing Life For Artists  NPR 

Why Do Facebook, Google, And Pinterest All Have Such Similar Logos?  Fast Company 

Students paint "rain poetry" on Florence streets--it's visible when wet  SC Now

I wrote the book on user-friendly design: What I see today horrifies me  Fast Company  


Child yells ‘wow’ at end of moving Mozart concert in Symphony Hall and now the orchestra wants to know who he is  MassLive 

Tangled Up in Blue: Deciphering a Bob Dylan Masterpiece Open Culture


Review: 'Tolkien' Is A Tale Of Tweed And Trees  NPR

Nicholas Hoult On Becoming J.R.R. Tolkien  NPR  


BuzzFeed’s video strategy moves to more TV-like digital shows tied to verticals  Digiday

A New-Look TV Industry Descends on Madison Avenue (sub. req’ed)  Wall Street Journal

Upfront 2019: TV Advertising Isn’t Dead (Yet)  Variety


Portfolio Advice  Freelancer Sonia Weiser

Career advice from journalists on entering the professional media industry Medium

Senior Multi Media Producer  Kaiser Permanente, Oakland

Investigations reporter  BuzzFeed News (Remote)


Advice Thread on Freelancing  Mariko Lochridge

Freelance Workshop: How to Send an Effective Email Pitch  AAJA (Los Angeles)

Story or op-ed ideas  High Country News 

Story Pitches  The Texas Observer 

Freelance Writing Submissions  Heated  

Election-related stories  This Magazine  

Rural, urban, and suburban communities in Indiana  Belt Magazine 

Pitches related to working for public radio & TV  Current 

Music-related pitches  Gadget Hacks is seeking

Audio Fiction about Relationships  Dipsea 

Freelance copy editor  Axios, Remote


Sonoma County food stories Made Local Magazine 

Stories about vices like drinking, smoking, sex, gambling  Forbes Vices 

Food-focused Pitches  Mark Bittman’s Medium publication 

Pitches about The Life of Sobriety  The Temper 


A football player raped her: She blames William Jewell College for not preventing it  The Kansas City Star

Professor admits sharing photos, denies grades for sex allegations The News-Gazette 

Pope Francis Issues New Rules On Reporting Sexual Abuse  NPR  

Indiana Law Prof Ian Samuel Resigns After Misconduct Probe


Is There a Connection Between Undocumented Immigrants and Crime?  New York Times

Digital divide persists even as lower-income Americans make gains in tech adoption  Pew Research Center 


They Were Promised Coding Jobs in Appalachia: Now They Say It Was a Fraud  New York Times


The evidence is strong: air pollution seems to cause dementia  Wired 

The climate crisis is a story for every Journalism beat  Columbia Journalism Review 

Innovative method using cores drilled from coral to produce a world first 400-year long seasonal record of El Niño events  Eureka Alert

Climate Change effects Surfing Waves  Axios

Mariana Trench: Deepest-ever sub dive finds plastic bag BBC


The Problem With Supplements  Elemental  

Genetically Modified Viruses Help Save A Patient With A 'Superbug' Infection  NPR

Rural Areas Drive Increases in Global Obesity  Scientific American

Placebos May Be A Powerful Tool That Medicine Has Overlooked  NPR

100 Rural Hospitals have shut down in the last decade  Washington Post

America’s health care costs are scaring patients away from the ER  Vox

The Right Way to Wear Sunscreen  Consumer Reports 

Disease that can be transferred from dog to human confirmed in Iowa, officials say  USA Today

Experimental brain implants studied as opioid deaths rise Associated Press


A new study ranks the risks in U.S. counties by the numbers of unvaccinated children  New York Times 

A Teenager Sued His School for Banning Unvaccinated Students. Now He Has Chickenpox TIME 

Instagram is still trying to get vaccine misinformation under control  CNN  

RFK Jr. Is Our Brother and Uncle. He’s Tragically Wrong About Vaccines Politico

Teaching anti-vax parents to trust science and the MMR vaccine  CBS News

Anti-vaxxers are attacking vocal pro-immunization doctors by smearing them with derogatory online reviews   Boston Globe 


The Best Weekend Getaways in the United States Afar  

The 18 Best City Parks in America  Thrillist


SoCal shop brews $75 cups of coffee ABC-7


Teaching kids to be independent thinkers  Wired 

Led by Baby Boomers, divorce rates climb for America’s 50+ population  Pew Research Center 

U.S. Government Bars Gay Couple's 2-Year-Old from Citizenship MSNBC


6 facts about U.S. moms  Pew Research Center 

Psychology behind why your mom may be the mother of all heroes  The Conversation


If you grew up playing Pokémon games, there's something quite different with your brain  Science  

Mapping Emotions in the Body: A Finnish Neuroscience Study Reveals Where We Feel Emotions in Our Bodies  Open Culture

Brains Speed Up Perception by Guessing What’s Next  Quanta 


3 Simple Habits to Improve Your Critical Thinking  Harvard Business Review

That illusion where you think the other side is united and your side is diverse  Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science


Against cheerfulness  Aeon

How the dualism of Descartes ruined our mental health  Aeon

Publication Ethics in Philosophy 


Adam Savage on lists, more lists, and the power of checkboxes  Wired

Just thinking about coffee can improve your focus, researchers say Quartz


What was Leonardo da Vinci doing at your age? CNN

Why Are We Living in a Golden Age of Historical Fiction?  New York Times 


Not Reporting Results of a Clinical Trial Is Academic Misconduct  Annals of Internal Medicine 

The “condensation revolution” begins as a journal mandates “a new, two-word title format”  Collectively Unconscious

New Report Examines Reproducibility and Replicability in Science, Recommends Ways to Improve Transparency and Rigor in Research  U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

Early-career researchers commonly ghostwrite peer reviews: That’s a problem Science Mag


Elaborate phishing scams increasingly target universities  WHYY

Stratford University shutting down three Virginia campuses  Richmond Times Dispatch

College Admissions Scandal to become Limited TV Series  Variety  

I Ran a College Cheating Business Out of My Frat Vice

Colleges Are Getting Smarter About Student Evaluations: Here’s How  Chronicle of Higher Ed  

Northwest Christian University professor awarded $127,000 in racial discrimination case against university Oregon Live

Trump fixer Cohen says he helped Falwell handle racy photos  Reuters 

Vice President Mike Pence talks Christian values, job market at Liberty Graduation WSET  


Humanities are crucial for technological innovation  San Francisco Chronicle


3 Cool Tech Tools to Consider for the Digital Classroom  Faculty Focus

This Is What It Sounds Like Hiding In A Dark Classroom During A School Shooting  BuzzFeed News

A new twist on end of semester evaluations  Faculty Focus 

Are Students Just Telling Us What We Want to Hear?  Daily Jstor 


Future of Transylvania student news site in doubt after school stops payments   Lexington Herald-Leader

Student Newspaper Outlines Administration attempts to  Undermine its operation  Transylvania Rambler 

UGA grad student cleared after racially-charged campus speech dispute  Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Just thinking about coffee can improve your focus, researchers say Quartz  


Encouraging Independent Thinking

Students often don’t know why they’re learning something. Asking why is so important to kids and they deserve a better answer than “because it will be on the test.” By the time kids reach middle school, they give up asking and focus on getting a good grade. To in- crease curiosity, it is important to address the “why” questions. Why are we reading Hamlet? Why are we solving quadratic equations? When teachers answer these questions, it prompts kids to think more deeply about the implications of what they’re learning.

Parents can elicit curiosity in their children through similar methods. We don’t need to have the right answers all the time, but we need to encourage kids to ask the right questions. If we don’t know the answer, we can say, “Let’s find out. Do some research on Google, and we can go from there.”  

When we support curiosity, what we’re really developing is a child’s imagination. Which brings me to creativity, a wonderful by-product of independence and curiosity.

Esther Wojcicki, How to Raise Successful People

Career Success is Not Enough

Success spares you from the shame you might experience if you feel yourself a failure, but career success alone does not provide positive peace or fulfillment. If you build your life around it, your ambitions will always race out in front of what you’ve achieved, leaving you anxious and dissatisfied.

David Brooks writing in The New York Times

The Root of Your Procrastination

People envision outcomes so outstanding that their expectations become more intimidating than inspirational. "It's like you're practicing the high jump, and when you set the bar too high, you look at it, and you walk away," says John Perry, an emeritus professor of philosophy at Stanford. "Perfectionists aren't people who do something perfectly. Perfectionists are people who fantasize about doing something perfectly."  

At its core, procrastination represents shoddy treatment of the one person who should matter most to you: the future you. Resolving not to do some odious task today makes procrastinators feel good. Then they predict they'll feel just as good tomorrow, which will make the task easier. Of course, the next day they feel worse, which makes the task harder and the stress greater. Homer Simpson summed it up neatly: "That's a problem for future Homer. Man, I don't envy that guy."   

Leigh Buchanan writing in Inc.

Changes to the Associated Press style guide

Accent marks: Accent marks can now be used with people’s names when they ask for it, are known to use them or if quoting from a language that uses them.

Casualties: Avoid the word because it is vague and can refer to either injuries or deaths. Instead, be specific.

Cocktail: Don’t use in reference to a mixture of drugs. Instead, use "drug combination" or simply drugs or medications.

Data: Now takes a singular verb and pronoun except in academic and scientific papers. In data journalism contexts: The data is sound. However, in scientific and academic writing, plural verbs and pronouns are preferred.

Hyphens: No longer use hyphens for African American, Filipino American, and compounds as “third-grade teacher” and “chocolate-chip cookie.” When using compound adjectives formed with “well” (suspensive hyphenation) such as well known, well fed, well dressed, hyphenate before the noun but not after. Do not use a hyphen with double-“E” combinations such as “preelection,” “preeminent,” “preempt,” “reenter,” etc.  

Latinx: The use of gender-neutral Latinx “should be confined to quotations, names of organizations or descriptions of individuals who request it and should be accompanied by a short explanation.

Marijuana: Pot or cannabis is OK on the second reference.  Dispensary employees are budtenders.  

Percentage: The percentage sign is OK to use with a numeral (no space between) instead of writing out “percent” or “percentage.” Example: “His mortgage rate is 4.75%.” For amounts less than 1%, precede the decimal with a zero: Example: “The cost of living rose 0.6%.” 

In the early part of the 20th century, a common rendering was “per cent.,” two words with a period after the “cent,” possibly because it was abbreviating the Italian “per cento.” The first formal AP stylebook, in 1953, called for “per cent,” and that stuck at least through the 1970 stylebook. By 1977, though, it had come together as “percent.” That’s common in the United States, though British English leans towards “per cent.”

            Merrill Perlman writing in the Columbia Journalism Review 

Race: Whether a subject is black or white need not be reported unless it’s pertinent to the story. Avoid calling someone “a black” or “a white.” Limit the use of the terms “blacks” and “whites” as plurals. Black and white are acceptable as adjectives when relevant.

Racism: OK to use “racist” or “racism” instead of euphemisms like "racially charged."

(sic): Do not use (sic) to show that quoted material or person’s words include a misspelling, incorrect grammar or peculiar usage. If it has to be explained, explain it outside the quotation, or just paraphrase the quotation.

Split infinitives: OK to use. Avoid awkward constructions (to leave, to help, etc.) or compound forms (had left, are found out, etc.).

Suspect: Avoid when talking about a person of unknown identity who committed a crime. Correct: Police said the robber stole 14 diamond rings; the thief ran away. Incorrect: Police said the suspect stole 14 diamond rings; the suspect ran away. Correct: Police arrested the suspect the next day. Incorrect: Police arrested the robber the next day.

More info:

A full list of the changes here.

AP Stylebook adds new umbrella entry for race-related coverage, issues new hyphen guidance and other changes ACES

Previewing a new edition of the AP Stylebook

Dropped Hyphens, Split Infinitives, and Other Thrilling Developments from the 2019 American Copy Editors Society Conference New Yorker

AP Stylebook update: It’s OK to call something racist when it’s racist Poynter

AP says the percentage sign now OK when used with a numeral (that’s shift+5) Poynter

Articles of Interest - May 6


Remembering Nellie Bly, Rabblerouser and Pioneer of Investigative Journalism  Mental Floss  

40 Years After 'Star Wars' Error, Newspaper Apologizes To Wookiee Community  NPR

How German journalists are using Snapchat to teach teens about the Holocaust  Washington Post


On the eve of World Press Freedom Day, yet another journalist is killed in Mexico  Washington Post

World Press Freedom Day Interview with Laura Ling  StoryHunter


“We’re drinking now”: The oldest newspaper in New Orleans just fired its entire staff  Vice  

Public Relations Jobs Boom as Buffett Sees Newspapers Dying  Bloomberg


The existential crisis plaguing online extremism researchers  Wired

Why we are addicted to conspiracy theories  The Guardian 


On Their Last Day, Student Newspaper Editors Cover a Shooting on Their Campus  Charlotte Magazine 

Profile of student porn worker allowed to run in Stockton high school newspaper  LA Times


The 25 Most Absurd Job Titles In Tech  CBI Insights 

Editing Genes To Change Human Traits Is A Tall Order  NPR

How a Google Street View image of your house predicts your risk of a car accident  MIT Tech Review


Rocket Lab launches 3 experimental military satellites into space for the Defense Department  Axios 

A company scammed NASA for nearly two decades and cost them two satellites  Bloomberg

Looking at how machine learning and artificial intelligence are affecting IT  Tech Republic

A new realm of legal exposure for writing code  Wired 

The basic differences between artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science  Code Mentor


Inside The AOC Meme Machine: fans and enemies alike are inventing a new kind of politics  BuzzFeed News

Twitter now lets you add GIFs to retweets  Cnet

Hundreds Have Died In Selfie-Related Deaths Since 2011  NPR


Facebook debuts new look and features to help move past 'old issues'  CNN

Facebook's AI problems  Wired 

Facebook bans Louis Farrakhan, Milo Yiannopoulos, InfoWars and others from its platforms as 'dangerous'  CNN


Your phone isn’t really spying on your conversations—the truth might be even creepier  Quartz

 7 Simple Ways to Protect Your Digital Privacy  New York Times 


Putin signs law to create an independent Russian internet  CNN  

How to stay productive when there's no internet  Popular Science 

The dark web is smaller, and may be less dangerous, than we think  Tech Republic


How to Grieve  Becoming (my blog)


Credit card fraud suspects nabbed over careless typo  New York Post 

Microsoft debuts Ideas in Word, a grammar and style suggestions tool powered by AI  Venture Beat 

5 sites for checking your grammar  Komando 


University of Tennessee journalism professor accused of plagiarism in a report for a conservative advocacy group  Knox News  

“Are there cross-cultural differences in plagiarism  SSRN


How SparkNotes' social media accounts mastered the art of meme-ing literature  Mashable

Four books by Asian American authors republished as Penguin Classics  NBC News

Classic Children’s Books Now Digitized and Put Online  Smithsonian  

Wikipedia edit-a-thon wants to fill in the gaps in Asian American literature  NBC News

Young adult literature lacks diverse authors  The Signal  


Poetry Saved my Life: Indiana Poets are healing and connecting with their communities  Indy Star 

2019 Poetry Out Loud National Champion: Isabella Callery  National Endowment for the Arts 

Google's poetry algorithm automates teen angst Engadget


Some States Still Shield Spouses From Prosecution When They Rape Their Partners  NPR


Sociologist who studies whiteness is again in trouble for his comments about race  Inside Higher Ed

The gap between the number of blacks and whites in prison is shrinking  Pew Research Center

She’s Asian and female: But she’s not me  The Washington Post

Senseless hate': the far right's deep roots in southern California  The Guardian

Expelled in 1956, Black Woman Gets Doctorate At U of Alabama  Afro

Colorism in High Fashion  Pudding

Doane U suspends library director over exhibit that included 1920s-era students in blackface Inside Higher Ed

OU graduate suing university over gender discrimination  News-9

Research on Iowa counties that swung from Obama to Trump indicates that GOP success was driven far more by sexism and racism than by economic anxiety  PS Mag


 Rachel Held Evans, popular Christian writer, dies at 37  CNN

Died: Warren Wiersbe, Preachers’ Favorite Bible Commentator  Christianity Today

'Hail Satan?' review: Taking on the Christian nation, the devil's way  Chicago Tribune   

Landlord ordered to pay $675,000 for refusing to lease to Muslims  KCBD

With high levels of prayer, U.S. is an outlier among wealthy nations  Pew Research Center

Harvest Bible Chapel says no tithes or severance will go to former senior pastor who was fired  Chicago Tribune 


Pete Buttigieg went to Jimmy Carter's Sunday school class and the former president invited him to read from the Bible  Business Insider

U.S. Jews are more likely than Christians to say Trump favors the Israelis too much  Pew Research Center 


Waving great-granny gets Valentine's Day surprise from Comox Valley teens  CBC News     

Chicagoan pulled over to help at an accident scene—ends up saving lives by getting donated organs to the hospital  Chicago Tribune


Type in the digital era is a mess  Fast Company 

The best of National Geographic's 2019 Travel Photo Contest (so far)   The Atlantic 

What Is Performance Art?: We Explain It with Video Introductions and Classic Performances  Open Culture

The Insane History of Natural Pigments  Daily Infographic 


2019 Billboard Music Awards Winners: The Complete List  Billboard

Elizabeth Cotten Wrote “Freight Train” at 11, Won a Grammy at 90, and Changed American Music In-Between  Open Culture 


Spoilers have been infuriating people since Victorian Times  Quartz

The Absolute Best Documentaries on Netflix  Thrillist


Broadcasting giant Sinclair to buy 21 regional sports stations from Disney for $10B  CNBC


Tuition or Dinner? Nearly Half of College Students Surveyed in a New Report Are Going Hungry  New York Times

Predatory Journals Can Wreak Havoc a Student’s Wallet and Tarnish their Professional Reputation  The Runner


In lopsided vote, U.S. science academy backs move to eject sexual harassers  Science Mag

2 Swarthmore fraternities will disband after documents reveal references to 'rape attic' and racist behavior CNN 

Sexual Assault Within Military Is On The Rise  NPR  

Want to know how to handle a Me Too-related incident and related public relations snafu? Don't ask the Society for American Archaeology  Inside Higher Ed


Alabama Abortion Law Could Become Most Restrictive In The Country  NPR  

What Happened After My 13-Year-Old Son Joined the Alt-Right  Washingtonian  


A 'miracle' healing gel, a cult-like following, and a fiercely protected empire  The Guardian

Where U.S. Housing Costs Hurt the Most  CityLab 

The big business of loneliness  Vox 

What the Science Says about Meeting Agendas  Linkedin

Australian company bans working on Wednesdays  BBC 

How Slack is ruining work  Vox


Manspreading on the Beijing subway could give you bad social credit  Abacus News 

Chinese Noodle feast wins top prize for Food Photographer of the Year 2019  BBC 

China Detains Hundreds Of Thousands Of Muslims In 'Training Centers'  NPR


Rural Students To Join In Classroom Walkout Over Climate Change  NPR

An autistic teenager from Sweden is trying to shame adults into action on climate change  The Week

Maine becomes the first state to ban Styrofoam  CNN 

Faceless Killer: The Invisible Threat of Air Pollution (book review)  Undark 


Scientists Identify New Type of Brain Degeneration That Mimics Alzheimer's  TIME

Stanford discovery validates chronic fatigue syndrome  San Francisco Chronicle

Popular e-cigarette products contaminated with bacterial and fungal toxins, study finds  NBC News 

For Patients With Memory Loss, Working Towards Better Diagnosis  Undark

In major advancement for the 3-D printing of replacement organs, researchers demonstrate the printing of intricate blood vessel networks using living tissue  Rice 


Unscreen chemicals soak all the way into your bloodstream  Wired

Why some doctors are prescribing a day in the park or a walk on the beach for good health The Conversation

Is Conference Room Air Making You Dumber?  New York Times 


Dengue Vaccine Controversy In The Philippines  NPR

Amid Measles Outbreaks, States Consider Revoking Religious Vaccine Exemptions  NPR


Romano Tours  SNL

Thousands of Fireflies Will Create a Spectacular Light Show in the Great Smoky Mountains  Afar  

How to Avoid Getting Bumped From a Flight   Life Hacker 


'Uno' wants you to stop pulling this illegal, but diabolical move  Mashable


Eating More Rice Could Help Fight Obesity, Study Suggests  Bloomberg  

The 31 best Mexican restaurants in America  Thrillist 


Teen cat whisperer recognized for clocking nearly 1,900 hours of dedication to feline friends  WBAL-TV

Why Are There So Many Books About Dogs?  New York Times 


Side-By-Side ‘Genetic Portraits’ Of Family Members Show Just How Strong Family DNA Is  Bored Panda 

An immersive game in which teams solve science puzzles to unlock a mystery  New York Times 


How to Memorize an Entire Chapter from “Moby Dick”: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything  Open Culture 

What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About the Mascots We Love and Hate  Adweek


How Exercise Affects Our Memory  New York Times 

The 6 best productivity podcasts for women  The Ladders 


The Great Science Publishing Scandal (podcast)  BBC 

It is ever appropriate to use immorally acquired medical and scientific  Science Direct  

Scientific journal snubs academic over Sleeping Beauty metaphor  The Guardian

Facebook gives social scientists unprecedented access to its user data  Nature


Esteemed judge to investigate claims against ASU economics department  KTAR

Five Staff Resign Without Discipline after Violating Title IX Policy  The Triton

An Expensive Startup Journey comes to an end: Wiley to Acquire Knewton’s Assets  Edsurge

Mike Pence stirs controversy over plans for commencement speech at Christian university in Indiana  USA Today

TD Jakes launches nonaccredited divinity school  Christian Post 


Study of student learning outcomes  Inside Higher Ed

Study Analyzes Student Learning Outcome Statements and Assessments  Diverse Education


13 Yale Professors Threatened to Resign From Ethnic Studies: The University Listened  The Chronicle of Higher Education 

Contrary to received wisdom graduates from prestigious institutions aren’t more productive Chemistry World  

Former Dean Files $25 Million Defamation Lawsuit in Rankings Dispute  Inside Higher Ed

How to Grieve 

There are recovery programs for people grieving the loss of a parent, sibling, or spouse. You can buy books on how to cope with the death of a beloved pet or work through the anguish of a miscarriage. We speak openly with one another about the bereavement that can accompany a layoff, a move, a diagnosis, or a dream deferred. But no one really teaches you how to grieve the loss of your faith. You’re on your own for that.

Rachel Held Evans, Searching for Sunday   

Yes, but

“We all know the phrase ‘Yes, but’ really means ‘No, and here’s why you’re wrong’,” says Rob Kendall, author of Workstorming. A conversation expert, Kendall sits in on other people’s meetings as an observer. The phrase “Yes, but” is one of the classic warning signs that you’re in an unwinnable conversation, he says. “If you hear it three or more times in one discussion, it’s a sign that you’re going nowhere.”  Kendall advises shifting the conversation by asking the other person “What’s needed here?” or, even better, “What do you need?” “It takes you from what I call ‘blamestorming’ to a solution-focused outcome.”  

Rosie Ifould writing in The Guardian