AJ OConnell

AJ OConnell

Ed tech content writer, journalist

A.J. writes about edtech and sales for B2B companies. A journalist with more than 15 years of experience, she still pitches and publishes regularly.

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A Reading List for Understanding the Media in 2016

A few years ago, I was teaching a digital journalism course at a local college. Recently, I’ve been thinking about how I’d update my syllabus to account for 2016. This reading list grew out of that. It has all the information I wish I could teach my former students, were I teaching this year: history, context, racial bias in the media, ethics, an examination of why people hate the press, and essays about the media’s role in a digital and contentious world.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Finding Great Self-Published Fiction

The trouble with deciding to read one self-published book a month is that you can’t just go to Amazon and type in “self-published.” You also can’t plug “great self-published books” into Google; you’ll get pages and pages of of businesses trying to sell to self-published authors. So what do you do?

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What You’ll Need If You’re Listening to Your First Audiobook

I tried an audiobook for the first time, and my life CHANGED.
For other first-timers, here's a list of the things you'll need before you press play.

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Reading Pathways: Graham Greene

You know how you can be a reader your whole life, but never stumble onto one of the greats for years? That happened to me with Graham Greene.

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It's Post-Apocalyptic Survival Month. Read These if You Want to Live.

September is Post-Apocalyptic Survival Month, and the end is nigh. Thankfully there’s a lot of literature out there that will help you and your family get through end times.

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Making Maps for Books: 2 Cartographers Tell Us How It's Done

Making Maps for Books: 2 Cartographers Tell Us How ...

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On Maps in Fantasy Novels

Maps are a staple in fantasy, but some authors just don't want them.

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5 Completed Series to Read While You Wait for George R.R. Martin ...

5 Completed Series to Read While You Wait for Georg...

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Seven Things I Didn’t Expect to Learn About Poetry at a Ted Kooser Reading

I had expected to attend the reading, hear some poems, and, frankly, drink some beer outside. I did not expect to see a crowd of hundreds of people at a poetry reading on a Wednesday, nor was I prepared for Kooser, a quiet Nebraskan in a baseball cap, to leave me feeling emotionally pummeled after reading an hour’s worth of poetry.

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Pratchett's Daughter Says No More Discworld Books and That's OK

Pratchett's Daughter Says No More Discworld Books a...

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The Benefits of Reading a Book You Don't Like

The Benefits of Reading a Book You Don't Like

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4 of the Coolest Spaceships in Sci-Fi

4 of the Coolest Spaceships in Sci-Fi

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The Re(a)d Planet: 10 Short Stories about Mars

Mars is super-close to Earth this week; the closest it's been in 10 years. On May 30, it will be about 46.8 million miles away from Earth, which means that all this week, you can go outside and get a...

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10 Gorgeous Outdoor Reading Nooks

 Like most of us, I love a good reading nook.* And, now that the weather is (in theory) warming up, it's time for outdoor reading! But how do you get the perfect reading area outdoors, wi...

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7 Standalone Novels for Fantasy Lovers

Like misfortunes, fantasy novels rarely come singly.Maybe it's because the great grand-daddy of the genre, J.R.R. Tolkien, wrote a trilogy with an in-universe standalone novel and collection of re...