Free Press, Free Lunch

Feed them and they will write.

Comments (24)
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Paul Shoul photo
The gay '90s: lesbians marching in Noho

My story at the Valley Advocate begins, like so many good journalism stories, with a simple proposition: free food. I had grown up in the Twin Cities (far, far superior to the riot-cops-'n'-rich-whiteys impression suggested by coverage of the recent Republican National Convention there). Among the twin towns' many cultural trappings were two strong, independent weekly newspapers: The Twin Cities Reader (R.I.P.) and The City Pages.

As a high school and college student in the 1980s, going without my cultural lifelines was practically unthinkable. So when I moved to the Valley to study something other than journalism as a UMass graduate student, I took it almost as a matter of faith that a similar weekly would keep me posted on the news, culture, arts and, in particular, music that mattered most to this Gen Xer.

Fast forward now three years to a physics/astronomy grad student who's realizing that he'd actually rather be writing?for the weekly paper than simply reading it every Wednesday while writing a Ph.D. thesis about some esoteric subfield of astrophysics. I met one of the editors at the time at a local eatery, and (take heed, aspiring editors) he bought me lunch while we talked about what kinds of stories I could contribute to the Advocate's pages. He gave me the best answer imaginable: Take your pick, kid. And that I did. With a vengeance.

Eclecticism was my steady diet, and in a sense the Valley Advocate was my journalism school. I wound up not only with a sheaf of clips that spanned the spectrum—music and arts, investigative reporting, controversies (oh, the conspiracies!), news and analysis, medicine, technology, culture, commentary, satire, national, international, local... Talk about covering the waterfront!

Reporting for the Advocate also gave me the lead for my first book, which Gotham/Penguin Books published in 2005. Long story there. Best told at, shameless plug time, Today I've combined the science and the journalism backgrounds to work as a, wait for it..., science journalist for publications like Discover, Scientific American, and Wired. And I remain forever grateful to the Advocate for its inculcation of journalism's ideals into a cub reporter's head: ask tough questions, relentlessly fact-check, nail those deadlines and never, ever turn down free food.

Comments (24)
Post a Comment
Thanks YOu
Posted by sohbet on 2.28.09 at 6:59
thanks man
Posted by arda turan on 4.9.09 at 5:33
thanks dude
Posted by araba resimleri on 4.9.09 at 5:39
By the Way, not one of those women in the photo are Lesbians. Not a one. All are Bi-women and are to this day. Please note that I have 'bi' actually written on my stomach! Cheers, Nola
Posted by Nola 'Joe' Gray on 4.9.09 at 12:20
thanks man
Posted by Marmaris on 4.11.09 at 8:36
thank you good post.
Posted by sohbet on 5.11.09 at 21:36
thanks good post
Posted by sohbet odalar1 on 5.17.09 at 5:37
super post
Posted by askalemi on 5.17.09 at 5:49
Thanks You
Posted by temizlik on 5.31.09 at 23:23
great pics
Posted by bet home on 6.1.09 at 4:57
Tiffany & Co Shop specialises in quality handcrafted designer stering silver jewelry, Tiffany Shop provides hundreds of discount, cheap and fashion Tiffany
Posted by tiffany jewellery on 6.2.09 at 2:28
Nike shoes air jordan 4 sector is closely related with the tide, Nike invited to 8 the trend of domestic famous illustrators such as Coke and Long live the king girl, tattoos of Mao National Taiwan Normal University, Phantaci long wave Ric shoe store and the largest Chinese shoes ED station and so on, from different angles to imagine NCAA to play from the early years, the American University basketball has always been inherited from the "Be True" spirit of the design of a poster person and white shoes in the whole painting, from north to south, roving exhibitions, reading these works, the same for the tide of people you must also started to create their own unique pair of Dunk temptation, remember to buy all-white section!
Posted by nike shoes on 6.8.09 at 13:01
Posted by sohbet on 6.10.09 at 5:05
Posted by mirc on 6.10.09 at 5:06
Posted by ilaçlama on 6.10.09 at 7:22
Posted by kene on 6.10.09 at 7:25
thanks admin
Posted by askalemi on 6.11.09 at 16:11
Posted by jordan shoes on 6.15.09 at 12:53

Pretty is something you're born with. But beautiful, that's an equal opportunity adjective.

Posted by supra shoes on 3.30.11 at 3:50

I am a young, energetic & honest person and love to share knowledge. I did Masters from a prestigious University and have energies and time to spend for worthwhile knowledge

Posted by supra skytop on 3.31.11 at 4:49

This is just the information I am finding everywhere. Thanks for your blog, I just subscribe your blog. This is a nice blog.como bajar de peso rapidamente | how to make boobs bigger

Posted by Darwin Smith on 8.16.14 at 2:10

Board activities have been well-known in nearly every known society. Many cultures were getting referrals before they designed any form of written language. Saran wrap weight loss

Posted by williama on 9.23.14 at 23:17

mxf converter

Posted by axiaose on 9.25.14 at 5:36

I would be very thankful if you continue with quality what you are serving right now with your blog...I really enjoyed it...and i really appreciate to you for this....its always pleasure to read so....Thanks for sharing!!

fresh essays
Posted by aqibarif74123 on 10.19.14 at 7:02



New User/Guest?

Find it Here:
search type:
search in:

« Previous   |   Next »
Print Email RSS feed

In Satoshi We Trust?
Outside the Cage
How solid is the case for organic and cage-free egg production?
Between the Lines: Practically Organic
Does the organic farming movement make perfect the enemy of good?
Scene Here: The Kitchen Garden Farm
From Our Readers
Profiles in Survival
Young business owners in retail-rich Northampton get along by getting along.
The Burning Question
Neighbors of a proposed wood-burning plant in Springfield cry foul air