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Jul. 29 2010 - 7:36 am | 9,826 views | 0 recommendations | 16 comments

Last post on True/Slant

This is my last post for True/Slant. The site, unfortunately, is winding down operations at the end of July.

I have enjoyed myself greatly while writing for True/Slant. The staff, including Lewis D’Vorkin, Coates Bateman, Michael Roston, Andrea Spiegel, and Steve McNally, have done a marvelous job in working with us writers and creating a truly unique platform for us to work in.

To be honest, I’ll miss True/Slant. The idea of matching experienced writers with a guaranteed network of advertisers and readers and a salary is a good one. After all, we’re writers and journalists. SEO and targeted marketing for our personal blogs can reap only so much dividends.

Writing about the Middle East is difficult, even if you know the region. People can become passionate about the most innocuous of topics; throw the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into a mix that includes Yemen, Egypt, Iran and Iraq and you have a thankless task. I have received emails from supporters of the Israeli cause complaining I am overtly pro-Palestinian, while Palestinian sympathizers email me to complain I was too pro-Israeli. Both emails were over the same story.

However, here’s the thing. Many readers took time to write in and I’ve received active feedback all over the board. For a writer, there is no greater compliment.

So what now? In September, I hope to rejoin some former True/Slanters at a new — as of yet disclosed — project. Otherwise I’m busy working on a couple of magazine articles. I have an active Twitter account, please follow it.

Cheers.


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    Thank you, Neal –

    I look forward to seeing what you’re up to next.

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    I hate to see True/Slant and all of you guys go. I’ve enjoyed your articles and viewpoints. I’ll miss all of you. Thanks for your service.

    CATO

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    Thank you all for the kind words. Odd feeling today… I’ll miss T/S.

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    TS was / is a worthy experiment. I look forward to seeing what the management team comes up with next, and reading your forthcoming articles.

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    As a faithful reader, I always found your perspective refreshingly original, and your reporting unbiased and fair. Following this space at T/S held the joy of finding stories which other media outlets completely overlooked, and your commentary almost always spot on. You will be missed! Good luck with all your future endeavors.

    P.S. As I have avoided becoming a Twit thus far, can you find a way to update your followers on FB regarding where you can be found?

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    I was printing, yeah printing, the T/S profiles of you and several of the other writers I was conveniently able to follow and comment to. It looks like thirty new bookmarks for me. The Forbes site is a little daunting for a generalist like myself. Thanks for your work here Neal. I will look for your name. Tom Medlicott

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    Again, thank you to all who commented and offered their well-wishes. The fact that more than 9,000 of you read this post is… amazing. Thanks.

    I’m working on some magazine pieces for August; to keep up on the latest, follow http://www.nealungerleider.com. And please follow the other writers on True/Slant – they’re some of the best colleagues a freelancer like me could hope for.

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    A New York-based journalist and blogger who has spent extensive time in the Middle East and is currently working on an MA thesis in Middle Eastern Studies. My thesis focuses on the 2009 Iranian election demonstrations and their coverage in the international media.

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