EVERY WRITER NEEDS AN EDITOR. Some are fortunate to have good ones; others have bad ones, and many have none at all. If you are in the latter two categories, Dick Weiss can help.

Dick offers workshops and provides one-on-one coaching in person or by e-mail for journalists, freelance writers, students, communications professionals, and those who have simply got a story to tell.

Dick has 30 years experience as an award winning reporter, editor and writing coach, most of them at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Visit "About WeissWrite" for a bio and writing samples.

The Katrina Animal Rescue Effort

Pets have played a large role in my life as a writer. Here's an example of a tale (tail) I told about the Humane Society of Missouri's rescue effort during Hurricane Katrina.

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The Best Stories You've nEver Read #109

Old dogs are the best dogs -- Washington Post & The Week

The Washington Post's Gene Weingarten reflects on how dogs age with dignity and grace and bring out the best in us. 

 

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-- Dick Weiss

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The Best Stories You've nEver Read #108

Tiger's real crime: Not playing the media's game -- Fox Sports

The Tiger scandal has the sports media formng a circular firing squad. Read Jason Whitlock's take, then click the link in his story to read Charlie Pierce's story with another point of view.

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-- Dick Weiss

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The Best Stories You've nEver Read #107

Your brain on GPS -- The Week

In this magazine excerpt from The Walrus, journalist Alex Hutchinson advances the theory that the GPS may be harming our cognitive abilities. 

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-- Dick Weiss

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The Best Stories You've nEver Read #106

"Open" by Andre Agassi -- Sports Illustrated

The retired tennis star invites us to share his demons. Raw and authentic. Agassi collaborated  with Pulitzer Prize winner  and former LA Times reporter J.R. Moehringer on the book.Sports Illustrated provides an excerpt.

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-- Dick Weiss

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The Best Stories You've nEver Read #105

The reconstruction of American journalism -- Columbia Journalism Review

Former Washington Post executive editor Len Downie and Michael Schudson of the Columbia University School of Journalism provide an illuminating and comprehensive report on the current state of journalism. They find reasons for both optimism and pessmism.

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-- Dick Weiss

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The Best Stories You've nEver Read #104

How different are football and dogfighting -- The New Yorker

Malcolm Gladwell says football may be as bad as dogfighting. He makes a strong case.

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-- Dick Weiss

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The Best Stories You've nEver Read #103

Technology adds to raucous tradition -- Washington Post

Hate mongering predates talk radio and cable television, but it is perhaps more vicious with the megaphone that is the internet.

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-- Dick Weiss

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Playing with fire

A question of race

It's important to know what you don't know when it comes to matters of race. Both the Belleville police and the media should have taken a deep breath and asked lots of questions before running with the story about two African-American students assaulting a white student on a bus, Dick Weiss tells McGraw Milhaven on the McGraw Show on KTRS-AM (550).Dick's media segment airs each Monday at 8:35 a.m.

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The Best Stories You've nEver Read #101

Radical Honesty -- The Week

Stop and take a deep breath before telling another little lie to make your friends and family feel better about themselves and you. You might be doing everyone a favor by sharing the truth -- even if it hurts. That's what self-styled honesty guru Brad Blanton tells author A.J. Jacobs. Jacobs follows the advice with mixed results.

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-- Dick Weiss

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