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         This, however, happened recently when a new cruise ship line named Haimark invited me and my wife (I had to pay her airfare) on what sounded like a wonderful autumn cruise on the Saint Lawrence Seaway, from Montr ...

          I haven’t seen any transoms in a long while, but the idea of sending an editor a query or Ms. by mail or delivery is now as outdated as tuning up a  carburetor.  Using the phone never was and neve ...

            Let’s say you are invited on a press trip to the Caribbean or by a hotel company that just opened a lavish resort in the Maldives.  And let’s say you go and find plent ...

John Mariani updated blog post Agents of Negativity in Around the Table 5 months ago

           After the usual niceties on the phone, which take all of five seconds, they launch into a mantra I’ve heard dozens of times before, going back to the early 1980s when I had the first ...

In an ironic sense Woodward and Bernstein’s coverage of the Watergate Scandal back in the ‘70s put in gear two opposing aspects to journalism: On the one hand, editor in chief Ben Bradlee of the Washington Post courageously ran with the st ...

           As Ramparts grew in notoriety and circulation, which to ...

         As much as anyone who was part of the world of journalism in the 1970s, McDonell carried some of the era’s aura around with him, having been an editor at Rolling Stone and spending a lot of time ha ...

John Mariani updated blog post Busman's Holiday in Around the Table 5 months ago

         What those who fantasize about my line of work fail to realize that my actual job is to write as intelligently and insightfully as I can about every place I go. Think of writing a five-page ...

John Mariani created new blog post Busman's Holiday in Around the Table 5 months ago

          I get asked it almost every time I meet someone: Where does a travel writer go on vacation?  There are two answers to that, three actually:  When you travel as much as I do in order to stay in great hot ...

THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE (Knopf) by Terry McDonell        I had heard about Terry McDonell’s reputation as a fire s ...

“What journalism is about is to attack everybody. First you decide what’s wrong, then you go out to find the facts to support that view, and then you generate enough controversy to attract attention.”   & ...

“What journalism is about is to attack everybody. First you decide what’s wrong, then you go out to find the facts to support that view, and then you generate enough controversy to attract attention.”   & ...

Once upon a time there was an unwritten rule in journalism that a newspaper or magazine took a defensive approach when one of their writers was attacked by someone offended by what the writers wrote.  Even if commentary was offensive to some, ...

John Mariani created new blog post Agents of Negativity in Around the Table 10 months ago

         Having recently parted the ways with my literary agent, I have been interviewing several others for possible representation. But instead of my getting information about their strengths and desire to rep me, instea ...

Invitations by restaurants and hotels to journalists allowed to accept comps may suppose that coverage is promised and a good write-up assured.  In the past, say twenty years ago, a lot of travel and food journalism was conducted that way, wi ...

 By John Mariani          I’m old enough to remember the phrase “toss it in over the transom,” referring to sending queries and typed manuscripts to an editor for consideration.  For those w ...

  By John Mariani          I’m old enough to remember the phrase “toss it in over the transom,” referring to sending queries and typed manuscripts to an editor for consideration.  For ...

By John Mariani          As a travel journalist who accepts  very few press trip invitations, specifically and only for destinations where it is highly probable I will get good stories for my out ...