Emily Bazelon: Blogger Extraordinaire

Emily Bazelon, the senior editor of Slate, an online magazine, is not your typical blogger. Often, blog posts are incessantly updated reports of breaking news that the writer feverishly draft and publish to remain relevant. Emily Bazelon is different.

Bazelon’s posts are eloquently crafted and published only 2-4 times per week. The scarcity of her posts in relation to other major bloggers leaves her readers craving more. As a reader, there is no telling if her next piece will be an opinion on a hot cultural topic like Girls, or an audio discussion of the latest news in politics. Both of which fall under her traditional beats covering culture and politics, though she covers family and law as well.

While the length of her posts varies, we can depend on Bazelon to deliver a well researched, thoroughly vetted post, and if her opinions are included, they will be clearly depicted as such.

Bazelon offers something for everyone. Depending on the content of her post, her tone varies from casual, to humorous, to very serious when the situation demands it. As a result, her work draws in different readers and commenters. Some of who respond with emotion and empathy, others who respond academically and inquisitively. Generally Bazelon does not respond to commenters, but frequently they work it out among themselves.

Bazelon also works in print as a contributing writer to a few publications, one of which is the New York Times Magazine. Recently, Bazelon contributed to their magazine with a piece entitled, The Price of a Stolen Child. When I discovered this piece on Bazelon’s blog it was of special note and surprise. It is a feature story over 7000 words describing the trials and tribulations of two young women who were sexually abused as children and unaware that the photographs of their abuse were disseminated to the masses.

Bazelon took the reader on a journey through the experiences of these young women, following their restitution cases and emotional bouts that resulted from their abuse. She delved into their histories and shared them with the reader in a respectful yet personal manner. This piece was unlike any other that I had previously seen from Bazelon and it illustrated her range as a writer. I highly suggest it if you have some time to dedicate to the piece, because it’s extremely worthwhile.

If I could be Emily Bazelon, I absolutely would!


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