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Gillian Frew
Gillian Frew is a 2011 graduate of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. She has written for The Oregonian, Seattle Metropolitan and Walla Walla Lifestyles, and was Editor-in-Chief of her college paper, The Pioneer. She now works as a Whitman staff writer by day, freelancer by night. Her interests include politics, pop culture, women in comedy, travel, digital media, obsessively researching grad schools and trying to remember eight years of Spanish. She considers herself an expert on the quarterlife crisis and most things millennial. Follow her on Twitter @gillianfrew.

Entries by Gillian Frew

17 Funniest Lines from Monty Python Star Eric Idle's Commencement Speech

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 9:48 PM

Eric Idle, original member of Monty Python and author of the Broadway hit musical Spamalot, describes himself in his Twitter bio as a "Writer, reader, husband, father, dog owner, sillographer, guitarist, football fan." Now, thanks to his hilarious performance at Whitman College last weekend, the British...

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Top 10 Mistakes College Journalists Should Avoid

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 12:21 PM

College clubs are a great way to get your feet wet before entering the professional world. Many students who work on their college newspapers go on to pursue jobs in journalism, and many don't - either way, the experience of interviewing authority figures and working under deadline is a valuable...

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Clackamas Shooter Jacob Tyler Roberts and the Mad Dash for Meaning

(5) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 1:33 PM

"Our Facebooks are our obituaries."

I've been thinking about this in the aftermath of Tuesday's shooting at Clackamas Town Center, a mall just outside Portland, Ore., about 20 minutes away from where I grew up. I don't remember who said this or where I might have read it,...

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Young Reporters, Old Tricks: How the Phone Book Saved My Story (Really!)

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 2:40 PM

After 25 minutes of fruitless searching through outdated posts on genealogy forums, I close the lid of my laptop in frustration.

"I can't find any Beattys living anywhere," I complain to my mother.

I have two browsers, three windows and countless tabs open on my MacBook. None of...

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What I Learned From Legendary Journalist Ray Suarez: His Toughest Interviews Ever

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 3:34 PM

Right before the general election, I had the privilege of interviewing one of my journalism icons: Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and host of America Abroad from Public Radio International. I snagged a brief phone interview with the media giant after learning that he was due...

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The Rise of the Renaissance Reporter

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 4:31 PM

One thing's for sure: the publishing world is facing an identity crisis. Pulitzer Prize-winning authors are sheepishly promoting their e-books on late night TV; The New York Times is paying veteran journalists to tweet; independent bookstores are shutting their doors at an alarming rate.
Does this all signal the...

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7 Old-Fashioned Tips for Improving Your Writing in the Digital Age

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 5:24 PM

Whether you're blogging for your college newspaper or reporting for the New York Times, how you write for a digital audience is essential to building up your credibility online and off. Because of technological inroads like spell check and peer editing (think Wikipedia), most people nowadays can write comprehensibly; not...

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Net News Is Good News: A Guide to Staying Informed Through Social Media

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 5:24 PM

Even for the generation that grew up with Google, keeping up with the news online can be tricky. You've got pop-up ads disguised as news articles, hyperpartisan political blogs spouting campaign rhetoric, and more coverage of more kinds of news than ever before. Even if you're savvy enough to steer...

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