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- 1.1 Перевод "seasoned writer" на русский
- 1.2 Josh Ozersky, New York's well-seasoned writer
- 1.3 Apple Looking to Hire A ‘Seasoned Writer with Pop Culture Background’ Knowledge’
- 1.4 Holiday Season and the Seasoned Writer
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Josh Ozersky, New York's well-seasoned writer
Every day, food editor Josh Ozersky is dealing with an entity that needs to be constantly fed: the New York magazine website. The acclaimed publication, which won five National Magazine Awards last year alone, requires him to take an accurate pulse of the food industry or at least offer helpful insight on where to fashionably dine on a particular Gotham night. Sometimes, surprisingly, Ozersky barely has time to eat.
“Every day I wake up at 7 and start looking at what’s on the Internet that readers would want to know about,” he says. “I’ll write something from home, get dressed and head into the office. I’ll go the whole day without taking lunch. Many of the posts when I’m there will be news stories, sprinkled with worthy slideshows or features on gastronomy.”
Other pieces may focus on specialty equipment, profiles of young chefs or accounts of what a New York celebrity ate that week.
Ozersky, who received a master’s degree from Notre Dame in 1996, admits that the constant need of the site, on which he started work in June 2006, is harrowing but the rush can be a high.
“It’s a constant hunt,” he says. “I’ve been on a roll though! I just broke three huge stories. One was about [chef] Tom Colicchio doing his own small restaurant. . . . I always have a lot of sources—some are anonymous, some not.” Even though his computer shuts down by 5 or 6 p.m., his work day doesn’t. Now he can finally eat.
“I’ll go to at least one to three restaurants a night,” he says. “A big part of my job is getting information from chefs, and that means keeping a certain group of restaurants in constant rotation.” Those include such eatery legends as Gramercy Tavern, Alto and Chinatown Brasserie. He has a group of foodies who will accompany him in varying numbers. “Call it the ‘cutlet club,’” he says laughing. “The dozen insiders that I go out with include Mike Colameco of a radio show called ‘Food Talk’ and Abbe Benson, who works for the Institute of Culinary Education.”
When the night is done, he heads to the solitude of his Brooklyn apartment. “I’m falling asleep in a cab, and it’s midnight,” the 41-year-old says. “Then I get up and do it again.”
Late nights run in the family. His father was an Atlantic City casino employee, a profession that offered young Josh the rare distinction of growing up with the crooning of Sinatra and the comedy of Cosby, not on television but on a sparkling stage in front of him while his father worked an endless shift. “We were just another family on the lower side of middle class,” says Ozersky.
He was only 14 when his mother died, leaving a space he learned to fill with words. “I wanted to be a famous newspaper columnist like Pete Hamill,” he says. “Fiction never appealed to me. I wanted to be a voice that had something to say about what was happening now.”
What happened in the past also has its appeal. Ozerksy is a cultural historian whose books include Archie Bunker’s America. He recently delved into the most American of institutions: the hamburger. “When I wrote The Hamburger it wasn’t really about a burger but about the history of our country during its time,” he says. “I find when you try to write on whole decades you’ll miss a lot. When you instead focus on one subject from a time period, we learn about many other things surrounding it.”
One chapter Ozersky particular likes is about McDonald’s. “Critics focus on the negatives of the company, but it really is the best success story our country has. . . . How could a company with no money and a hamburger stand open hundreds of restaurants the way they did? It’s a blueprint for success.”
Mark Crispin Miller, editor of the book, which is part of a Yale series called Icons of America, believes Ozerksy’s strength is his ability to be both academic and entertaining. “Josh is one of the few writers out there,” he says, “who knows how to broach complicated subjects in a vivid way yet keeps it in a language that the general public can understand. His work lets everyone in.”
Ozersky says New Yorkers eat with a passion no other brood can match. He traces his own well-seasoned palate to an encounter with fast food. “I always had an analytic bent on what I was eating,” he says with a chuckle. “I think it started when I was a kid with the Big Plain, a plain Whopper from Burger King. I started putting fries on the sandwich because it was too unadorned. Most kids don’t think like that.”
He concedes it’s a miracle he’s not morbidly obese, since sampling is a must for his occupation. “I don’t exercise a lot besides running to the coffee machine like a madman,” Ozersky says. “But I’m always worried about my next story. You’d be amazed how anxiety can burn off the calories.”
Eric Butterman previously contributed profiles of directors Tony Bill and M. Clay Adams for this magazine. He can be reached at [email protected]
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It’s a coveted honour for one of Indian Link’s most prolific contributors Usha Ramanujam Arvind
Usha Ramanujam Arvind has won the Multicultural Journalist of the Year Award at the Multicultural and Indigenous Media Awards this year.
A journalist with 25 years of experience, Usha has been associated with Indian Link over the past 16 years, writing extensively for our award-winning newspaper on a broad range of issues shaping the migrant population.
As one of Indian Link’s senior most reporters, Usha has helped raise awareness on critical issues affecting the ethnic minority, and in the process, amassed an impressive portfolio of writing.
“I am deeply honoured by the recognition,” Usha said at her honour. “It has been a privilege to write for a quality publication that sets high benchmarks for itself while reaching out to such a wide audience across Australia. Over the course of this journey, I have met so many people, built such a rich network of contacts and learnt so many new things. It has been a rewarding experience and one that has helped me find my feet in a new land.”
“Through her in-depth coverage and sensitive portrayal of core migrant issues, Usha has not only presented the evolving dynamics, but also won the trust and respect of community members, thereby helping create a strong and resilient society,” Indian Link CEO Pawan Luthra said in his congratulatory note.
The seasoned writer has gained a reputation for her well-researched and analytical stories on contemporary issues.
Usha’s most acclaimed pieces in a prolific year this year, have included:
Science communication has grown to become one of Usha’s specialities. In the last twelve months alone, she has produced informative pieces on:
*A novel drug delivery system in cancer prevention pioneered by an Australian company
*A new cancer app that will aid information delivery and patient care management
*A feature on a Sydney Uni academic much influenced by Indian maths genius S Ramanujan, coinciding with the release of the film The Man Who Knew Infinity
Social issues are quite a passion for Usha. In 2015-16, her articles helped raise awareness about
*The particular needs of senior citizens of Indian background
As a dance critic, Usha’s reports on the thriving classical Indian scene in Sydney maintain critical impartiality. Her particular emphasis is on youngsters who keep their heritage and traditions alive.
As an experienced scribe, Usha has consistently generated ideas and followed leads to produce cover stories, special reports and analyses of events affecting the community. She has interviewed visiting dignitaries, political leaders, industry heads and community representatives.
Her unique selling point is her ability to report on all aspects of the community. Be it cutting edge technology or age-old traditions, business or Bollywood, cricket or the arts, Usha’s inimitable writing style has always touched chords.
“Indians are respected for their integrity, work ethic and strong desire to enrich the environment they live in, distinguishing themselves across so many platforms in the process,” Usha said. “I have really enjoyed reporting about these achievements, particularly women in STEM. They have the power to change other people’s lives”.
As a first generation migrant, her work has focused on the community but has helped build strong ties with mainstream as well, sparking a vibrant bilateral exchange.
About Indian community journalism in Australia, Usha has a clear understanding of our responsibilities and duties.
“While Indian newspapers have brought the community together and raised its profile in the mainstream by reporting about local achievements and feel-good stories, journalists have equal responsibility to turn the spotlight on unsavoury aspects. For instance, tax evasion, vocational education scams, rorting loopholes in the system, domestic violence, and wage inequalities faced by casual migrant workers. It is our duty to enlighten both our readership and authorities to prevent systemic abuse that will only ruin our well-earned reputation.”
She added, “As the profile of Indians in Australia continues to change, I would like to engage further with the community across a range of issues I have not explored before.”
Apple Looking to Hire A ‘Seasoned Writer with Pop Culture Background’ Knowledge’
There is a recent rumor that Apple is expecting to launch a new music streaming service under the Beats brand. It seems that iTunes radio hasn’t been working so well, and thus maybe a reason behind the Beats acquisition. Now it seems that Apple is hiring specific type of person with strong knowledge in music and pop culture commentary, Music Ally reported Monday.
For about a year now, many have expected Apple to release the new iTunes music-subscription service. According to a well-informed blogger, the service, should be released with the iOS 8.4 software update, and will come stock with the Music iOS app and for non-Apple users, it can be used with the Android app.
The position Apple is looking to fill for the iTunes job was posted to LinkedIn about 19 days ago and based on the job description, this new hire for most of the time will focus on editorial and the other half on production duties. The position was for an London-based person with “a specific expertise in music journalism” who must be a “seasoned writer with broad pop culture background.”
The editorial duties focus on “writing, editing, managing a sea of freelancers,” as well as working collaboratively with business and content heads to “shape and define editorially driven merchandising promotions.”
Another part of the job based on the job description is that the person will be focused on “special projects and promotions.” Apple is looking for this person to work with the Apple’s partners in the music industry to ensure that they understand “the timelines and deliverables associated with getting these pages live, and making sure we execute flawlessly and on time.” Apple has been focusing on expanding the company’s editorial focus with news and have already hired a long-time BBC Radio 1, DJ Zane Lowe was relocating to Los Angeles to take a job at Apple.
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Holiday Season and the Seasoned Writer
The weather gods are shining lately. Even where I live (where summer usually amounts to a slightly less than rainy weekend somewhere around June) we’re enjoying a heat wave. It’s holiday season, and while most of us work around the year, it’s still the best time of year. For writers, however, it can be full of pitfalls.
How do you motivate yourself to write when everyone else is on ‘down time’?
How do you dedicate enough time to your writing without feeling like you’re missing out?
These are my top five tips for being a writer when everyone else is on holiday.
1. Decide if you are taking a holiday.
Writing, especially if it is the activity that takes up the majority of your time but does not provide the majority of your money, takes time. It takes dedication. Most writers agree that it needs to be done every day to be effective. Personally, I take holidays from writing. I take a week off between finishing one project and beginning another, I take birthdays (mine, my partner’s, my parents’ ) off, and I don’t work from December 23 – 27. I don’t find that this hinders my writing. In fact, I find that I am more dedicated the rest of the time. But this might not be the case for you. If you’re dead set on writing every day, no skipping, that’s fine.
But, if you are going to write every single day, I would pencil in some exceptions, some “get-out” clauses that give you leeway. You’re probably not going to write 2000 words every day of the year. Some days, the call of the back garden and the sun may be too much. Perhaps, then, you could set your minimum at 200 words, something that is always achievable, but not always hard.
3. A little old fashioned bribery.
This is one straight out of my personal writing arsenal. I’ll admit it–-sometimes I don’t want to write. Sometimes I want to pretend I’ve never enjoyed writing and spend my free time watching TV and frolicking in the sun like everyone else. At these times, there’s only one way out: bribery. Write a paragraph, eat a sweet. Write 500 words, walk the dog. Sometimes, you need to motivate yourself the way you would a three year old. Placating your inner writer child, if you will.
There’s nothing to stop you (unless you have a huge fixed PC that doesn’t move, and even then you can go all old-fashioned and use paper) from picking up your writing and moving it to somewhere else. You can write in the garden, at the beach, on holiday. You can be in the thick of it and still make your word count–the ultimate compromise.
Sunshine is good for us. And writers, locked away in studies, can almost always benefit from a little more of it. Especially if, like me, you only see real sunshine once a year or less. Put the writing down, go outside, feel the warmth on your skin. Then sit back down and get back to it.
Writing isn’t always fun. There are other things that call for our attention, but with a little effort and compromise, we can usually make a little time for everything.
Helen Dring is a fiction writer from Liverpool, England. She is studying for an MA in Creative Writing and is currently writing her first novel. She likes fairy tales, ghost stories and modern history.