The author of a viral Medium post explains how she was compelled to write it

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When Jennifer Barnett’s explosive Medium post about newsroom sexism, “I Left My Career in Prestige Media Because of the Shitty Men in Charge and They Are Still In Charge and Still Fucking Up,” came across my morning Medium recommendations, I devoured it while still lying in bed, all 3,559 words of it.

I wasn’t the only one. Within hours, every other journalist I knew was discussing Barnett’s experiences, and some 150,000 people have read the piece to date.

Parts of what Barnett described resonated deeply for me, as a woman who has worked for more than two decades in the…


This is such a useful and smart way to think of it, thank you. One thing I wonder though, is whether that negativity bias sometimes—in moderation!—stops us from becoming assholes who are overconfident and too full of ourselves.


Older woman wearing face mask reading a book outside a cafe.
Older woman wearing face mask reading a book outside a cafe.
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If you’d told me last February that I’d be spending the next 10 months almost entirely inside; that my children’s schooling would be catastrophically disrupted; that I wouldn’t be able to hug my elderly dad, go for a drink with a friend, or sit in a room with my co-workers… I probably wouldn’t have believed you. My brain simply would not have been able to compute how the joys and privileges of my life were about to be so severely curtailed. …


The writer Maya Kosoff announced this intention on Medium after finding the usually enjoyable process of cooking a Thanksgiving feast to be kind of a slog this year, on the…


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In normal years, my favorite advice for Thanksgiving morning comes from the food and culture writer Annaliese Griffin: Take one thing off your menu.

She means the extra pumpkin pie or that new Brussels sprouts salad recipe you clipped last week, that—seriously!—nobody will miss. But this year, maybe the thing you take off the menu should be… the turkey? Or the pressure you put on yourself to make things perfect? Or the whole damn thing?

Seriously, there’s nothing wrong with making today the day you binge The Crown (season 4 is great). Or go ahead and feast—but do it without…


Grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup.
Grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup.
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Do you know what’s for dinner Wednesday night? My colleague Cari Nazeer asked that question in a Forge Daily Tip this past Saturday, on the last weekend before Election Day. A “low-stakes action plan,” Cari wrote, is “a way to claim agency over some small sliver of life, even if everything else is scary.”

It was just the prompt I needed. I tend to cook my feelings, so I spent much of this anxious weekend stirring bubbling vats of green tomato chutney and vacuum-sealing pouches of salsa. …


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I Miss Big, Wet, Embarrassing Kisses From My Father,” John DeVore wrote yesterday on his Medium site, Humungus.

It was a one-day-later reflection on a truly awful tweet—one that is (thankfully) already fading into the morass of toxicity that this election cycle has unleashed. John Cardillo, a right-wing pundit, captioned a photo of Joe Biden hugging his son with the question: “Does this look like an appropriate father/son interaction to you?”

“The message is both muddy and crystal clear,” DeVore writes:

Cardillo is plainly suggesting there is something… off… about these two men. …


‘Don’t you have enough?’ an ABC executive asked the legendary writer-producer-showrunner Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes.
Shonda Rhimes.
Shonda Rhimes attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic/Getty Images

It might sound petty.

The legendary writer-producer-showrunner Shonda Rhimes was making tens of millions, and her prime-time shows — Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder — were blockbuster successes, reviving the fortunes of her parent network, ABC. Sure, Rhimes was tiring of the constant battles with her employer, according to a new interview in The Hollywood Reporter. But it was a small snub from an executive over a $154 Disneyland day pass that was the last straw.

As Lacey Rose writes in THR, Rhimes was entitled to two Disneyland passes as a perk of her employment…


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Examine your article with a series of ‘lenses’ to ensure you have the crispest, cleanest copy

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For the launch of Creators Hub, Indrani Sen delivers a self-editing checklist she’s used to fortify her copy for 10+ years. Sen is the Editor-in-Chief for Forge.

In newsrooms, editors often talk about the text that writers file using a hygiene metaphor: “Clean” copy is grammatically correct, solidly written, and generally needs only light editing to be publishable. If you’re working with an editor, filing clean copy will make them love you — and want to work with you more. If you’re publishing directly, it’s even more important that your copy is spotless!

The best way to make sure you…

Indrani Sen

Editorial director at Medium, mom, gardener, cook. Formerly at Quartz.

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