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The best conversations about writing happen at the bar after deadline. That's the vibe we're going for here. A podcast about writing, with Brian Moritz.

The Other 51 Brian Moritz

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The best conversations about writing happen at the bar after deadline. That's the vibe we're going for here. A podcast about writing, with Brian Moritz.

    That's A Lot of Words with Galen Clavio

    That's A Lot of Words with Galen Clavio

    Dr. Galen Clavio, the director of the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University, joins Brian to talk about his new book, “Social Media and Sports.”

    It’s The Flip Side reunion the world has been waiting for!

    Galen and Brian - who’ve been podcasting together since the mid-2010s - discuss the challenges of writing a book on your own as opposed to being a co-author. Galen describes how he kept his target audience in mind throughout the writing process, the things he hated about textbooks that he tried to avoid, and how his focus on this project was specifically writing an eBook.

    Galen talks about how social media use in the sports world has evolved over the past decade, and he says that his most exciting moment in the book-writing process was unique.

    • 44 min
    This Would Have Been a Good Tweet with Shea Serrano

    This Would Have Been a Good Tweet with Shea Serrano

    Shea Serrano, three-time New York Times best-selling author and columnist for The Ringer, returns to The Other 51 to talk about movies, writing and his new short story. 

    Take a spoiler-free deep dive into Shea's short story, Post: What's the biggest difference between writing fiction and nonfiction? What scared him most about the process? Why is the big idea the most important thing in everything he writes? And how does a great editor make all the difference? There's a great lesson to be found in knowing when to throw away an idea. And Shea drops some real talk about self-publishing. 

    Plus, we obviously talk about Calvin & Hobbes and Short Circuit. 

    • 33 min
    Use Your Words with Alysa Auriemma

    Use Your Words with Alysa Auriemma

    Alysa Auriemma, a writer and teacher, makes her record-setting fifth appearance on The Other 51.

    The conversation begins with a discussion of Alysa’s forthcoming book, All Daughter’s Rise, which has been accepted for publication. Alysa discusses the editing process and the joys of working with a good editor. Alysa also talks about her new podcast, Brides of Frankenstein.

    Then, J.K. Rowling comes up and, well, things go from there.

    • 55 min
    Approaching with Curiosity with Michelle Garcia

    Approaching with Curiosity with Michelle Garcia

    Michelle Garcia, the newly hired editor of NBCBLK and a veteran journalist, joins Brian to talk about professional reinvention, how journalists should be covering protest movements like Black Lives Matter, scrapbooking and more.

    You read that last part right. There’s a whole racial reckoning happening in the scrapbooking world, and Michelle spills all the tea.

    Michelle, who first joined Brian in 2016 (remember when that was the worst year ever?), talks about the challenges of starting a new job while still working from home, what it was like to get laid off from Vice in May, and how that happening during the pandemic may have been for the best. Michelle discusses the importance of building a wide professional network before you need it as well as the importance of writers approaching stories with curiosity.

    And yeah. Scrapbooking.

    • 39 min
    Talk a Story to Death with Katie Barnes

    Talk a Story to Death with Katie Barnes

    Katie Barnes, a feature writer for ESPN, joins Brian this week to talk about writing, reporting, Title IX, activism in journalism, transgender athletes, Maya Moore and more.

    Katie talks about their career path to ESPN, and how their experience as an activist in the LGBTQ community helped their reporting. Katie and Brian do a deep dive into the three incredible stories Katie wrote for ESPN in June. How did Katie juggle reporting and writing all three stories at the same time? How did a proposed story about Maya Moore’s faith turn into something so much bigger?

    Katie discusses their writing process, how being an external processor and talking through stories helps them figure out a story’s big theme and structure.

    Also, Brian learns about the feud between St. Olaf and Carlton. It’s a thing.

    • 30 min
    Grammar Tingle with Jen Moritz

    Grammar Tingle with Jen Moritz

    Jen Moritz, Brian’s wife and the best editor he’s ever met, joins us this week to talk about the importance of editing, language, and word choice in the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020.

    Jen talks about the conversations she is having with writers about the words they choose, what those words mean and how they can be interpreted. She discusses the Associated Press’ decision to start capitalizing Black when referring to people, common phrases that have racist, classist or hateful origin stories, and how writers and editors can do better now and going forward. It’s about reading the room, dude.

    • 30 min

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