Reliable Source? Gov. Shutdown-Day 9

We aren’t here to point fingers- but as we round out our ninth day of the US Government shutdown, it’s often hard to know which posts on the net: inform, which are playing the blame game, and which are simply political propaganda. Remember not all information is created equal. Here are eight easy questions to help you determine whether you are reading a reliable source:

1. What’s the author’s credentials and reputation?

Obviously some people are more qualified than others to inform in an unbiased manner and on specific topics.

2. Is the info associated with a specific publisher or organization?

Many publishers and organizations are openly biased in their information and support one group of facts over another.

3. Does the author state a goal for the publication (to inform, explain, or advocate)?

This can help to weed out opinion from actual fact.

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2013 Cover Contest Winner

flcc_fingercover-copy (1)Check out the 2013 cover of The Finger! 

We received many beautiful cover ideas, but this image stood out among the rest. We are incredibly proud to announce our very first International cover artist: Francesco Orazzini of the Tuscany Region, Italy . Congratulations to Francesco for winning our 2013 Cover Contest with this incredible image!

Do you think you have what it takes to make our cover? Or perhaps you would like to make some money with your writing…

Check out our Contest Page in January for all future contests!

 

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“The Art of Writing”

-James P. McDaniel

“The Art of Writing”

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Assistant Professor Stephen Schottenfeld from the University of Rochester.  He joined the faculty in 2008, leaving behind Rhodes College. “I felt like I was leaving a really good situation for another good situation,” said Shottenfeld.
At the University of Rochester he teaches courses in modern and contemporary literature. Schottenfeld’s stories tend to  focus on people who live on the edges of society. For example, his story “Trick or Treat”  is a depressing tale of a 31-year-old who lives with his parents and has an immature mind. At one point it’s revealed that the main character “accidentally” killed his third grade teacher. Reading the story was interesting, and showed me people who aren’t written about as much.
Schottenfeld took his influence for the up-coming novel Bluff City Pawn from a novella Summer Avenue, where it is situated in a commercial strip in Memphis. He took a journalistic approach to fiction writing; he notices the abundance of pawnshops in Memphis and was interested in their function/purpose. He wanted to understand the lives of the people in the pawnshops and what the focal point of them is.

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An Issue Worth Discussing

Check out the new “issue worth discussing” in our Community tab. Leave a comment and start the ball rolling on our discussion!

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Contests 2013!

Do you like being paid to write? Check out our Contest Page HERE and win great prizes!

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STAFF FROM THE PAST

STAFF FROM THE PAST

Special thanks to our past editors and staff members who paved the way for The Finger’s current success. You may have moved on, but The Finger never forgets!

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IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN…

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN…

2013 is upon us, which means it’s time to submit your work for publication in The Finger! Click Here to get started.

Submission deadline:  March 15, 2013

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