#MuckedUp chat Tuesday: Navigating travel journalism

#MuckedUp chat Tuesday: Navigating travel journalism

Pack your proverbial bags, because we’re going on a trip -- the #MuckedUp kind. This week we’ll tackle travel journalism, and we’re delighted to be joined by the perfect guide: Seth Kugel, a freelance writer you’ll recognize as the Frugal Traveler columnist for The New York Times. A "writer who travels" rather than a "travel writer," Kugel covered New York City immigrant communities for years and was the first Brazil correspondent for GlobalPost, based in São Paulo. He is also the co-author of Nueva York: The Complete Guide to Latino Life in the Five Boroughs, and is working on a book about travel, to be published in 2015. OK, maybe 2016, he adds.

Kugel’s beat is by far one of the most demanding but rewarding genres of journalism; travel writing rips you out of your element and throws you into wildly unexpected settings -- like ones where you’re face-to-face with a lioness. On the travel beat, you’re regularly gifted with unrivaled experiences that could supply a lifetime of storytelling. Of course, it’s also a beat that comes with ethical quandaries of its own -- some familiar, and others unique. For instance, the NYT’s Travel Section warns it will not publish articles that “grow out of trips paid for or in any way subsidized by an airline, hotel, tourist board or other organization with an interest, direct or indirect, in the subject of an article.” This policy sets the Times apart, but it addresses just one ethical question of many faced by a travel journalist.

We couldn’t be happier to have Kugel as our guide in this discussion. So save an hour of your evening for us next week, and join us on Twitter for another #MuckedUp tweetchat: Tuesday, April 8, at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST.


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