30 funny GIFs that only journalists can appreciate

1. When a source asks to read your article before it’s published:

2. When you’ve been trying to schedule an interview with a source for weeks and they don’t respond until after the story is published:

3. When your editor compliments your story:

4. Being extra critical of your own work before you hit “send”:

5. Seeing your byline for the first time in print:

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6.  When you see a typo in a story after it’s already published:

7. When others take notice of your bylines and you start getting commissioned for work:

8. When you find out that your favorite publication ceased its print edition:

 9. When a non-journalist tries to console you (see GIF #8):

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10. Me judging publications that STILL don’t have a media kit available for 2018:

11. When all your ideas make sense in your head, but you can’t seem to translate them when it’s time to start typing:

12. When you’re about to throw your hat in the ring for a freelance gig until you noticed that the publication only pays $10 per post:

13. When you’ve procrastinated, but need to start writing a piece because it’s due in a matter of hours:

14. Me submitting invoices for stories:

15. Whenever I submit an article to my editor:

16. When you’re looking forward to a lazy Sunday, but remember your story is due in two days:

17. When a story comes together exactly how you imagined it:

18. Me impatiently waiting for an editor to respond to my pitch:

19. When you finally break through writer’s block:

20. When you’re putting together a shopping guide for readers and you *accidentally* snag a couple items for your own closet:

21. That feeling when at least one of your pitches gets accepted on a weekly basis:

22. When you’ve completed a story, but realize you still need to write an intro:

23. When you’re flying through ALL the decades on Spotify while cranking out an article:

24. Me every time someone leaves a negative comment:

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25. When a reader accuses you of making an error and you prove them wrong:

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26. When you’re asked to turn over your notes/recordings:

27. How I usually feel after a really long production day:

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28. When your pitch is rejected…again:

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29. When the new issue of your fave magazine arrives in the mail:

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30. Meeting one your fave writers in person:

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31. Tfw you get an email notification letting you know that multiple payments are scheduled to hit your bank account tomorrow:

32. Me, a journalist, noticing out-of-print magazine in reruns of old TV shows:

33. Successfully negotiating a 60 percent increase in your rate:

 

 

 

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5 Female R&B Groups That Need To Come Back

By Princess Gabbara

The 90s were an incredible time for music, but it almost seems incomplete without the female R&B groups that sang their way to the top of the charts including En Vogue, SWV, 702, Zhané and Destiny’s Child. With beautiful harmonies and inescapable melodies, these ladies kept our heads bobbing, but after the 90s/early 00s, the tunes stopped coming and we were left asking ourselves, “Hey, whatever happened to that one group…?” Here are five female R&B groups that need to get back in the studio.

En Vogue…With Dawn

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In 1990, Dawn, Cindy, Terry and Maxine let the world know they were ‘born to sing’ and in 1992, they established themselves as ‘funky divas.’ In a sea of girl groups, En Vogue stood out because 1) They always looked like they stepped off the runway and 2) There was no lead singer; each member could hold their own. With a long string of hits including “Hold On” and “Don’t Let Go (Love),” these ladies were the culprit for female R&B groups of the 90s, showing no signs of stopping until Dawn left to pursue a solo career. The new trio was able to achieve moderate success, but without Dawn, it wasn’t quite the same.

Brownstone…Original Trio

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Mimi, Maxee and Nicci-these ladies were bad, so bad they caught the attention of the king of pop himself and were immediately signed to his label. Their debut album, From the Bottom Up spawned the hit singles, “Grapevyne” and “If You Love Me,” which earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Performance. But not even the  king of pop’s  approval was enough to keep the group together. After going through a series of replacements, the group’s last attempt at a comeback was in 2007, but how great would it be to hear the original trio tear it up one last time?

Jade

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Tonya, Joi and Di, better known as Jade, are responsible for bringing us one of the most infectious songs of the 90s, “Don’t Walk Away.”  With perfect harmonies and a fresh sound for the times, they sang their way into everyone’s stereo and had us jamming ‘every day of the week.’ But things slowed down for Jade after the release of their sophomore album and they eventually disappeared. Today, all the ladies are busy doing their own thing, which is great, but a reunion would be even better.

Xscape…With Kandi

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Before Kandi joined the cast of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and Tameka a.k.a. Tiny became T.I.’s wife, they along with LaTocha and Tamika were the four ladies who comprised the quartet known as Xscape. Their debut album, Hummin’ Comin’ at ‘Cha was a huge success and had everyone ‘just kickin’ it.’ Much like their harmonies, everything seemed to be going smoothly for the group until troubles began surfacing among the members and Kandi eventually left in pursuit of a solo career. And with unresolved conflicts still residing, the chances of a reunion happening are slim to none, but a girl can hope, right?

Total

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The ladies of Total-Kima, Keisha and Pam were everywhere in the 90s. With guest appearances on everyone’s tracks from LL Cool J to The Notorious B.I.G., Total’s debut album was a smash hit and landed them a spot on one of the hottest movie soundtracks of 1997, Soul Food. After the release of their sophomore album however, the group fizzled out and eventually parted ways, but wait, there’s a happy ending. Last year, Pam announced via Twitter that the group is currently in the studio and working on new music. Fingers crossed!

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