Editorials

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What tools do you bring to your job, PR or otherwise? (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

The art of public relations: A handy guide to what not to do

The PR chronicles

If you imagine most of a writer or editor’s time is taken up by, well, writing and editing, you might be right. But dealing with unhelpful PR is a close second. Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Editorials 5 minute read
Yep, that's me, about 12 years old, wearing a pink fanny pack and riding a giant jackalope at Wall Drug. (Photo by Alaina's parents.)

A nerd finally speaks: Why am I like this?

It’s not a phase

Here’s your shocker of the century—the editor-in-chief of BSR was never one of the cool kids. What does that mean for our mission? Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Editorials 4 minute read
Will I die at the corner of 13th and Morris? I’m still alive—for now. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

Philly drivers are out to kill me

Where each column could be your last

You’d think that you have a greater chance of dying in a traffic accident if you’re actually driving a car instead of on your feet. Not so in Philly, where drivers won’t slow down for anything. Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Editorials 4 minute read
Why are we so fragile? Shall I count the reasons? (Photo by Jaroslav A. Polák, via Wikimedia Commons.)

This is what white supremacy looks like

I'm complicit

It might be easy for white people to say and believe that we’re not racist, but what happens when someone calls us on the ways we’re still perpetuating white supremacy? There’s work to do. Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Editorials 6 minute read
Ginny: Ready to go where I go. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

Four reasons getting a dog made my life better as a woman

Woman's best friend

The last several years have brought an avalanche of studies on the ways dogs can improve our health and quality of life. But does that go extra for women? Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Editorials 4 minute read

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Life after divorce. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

A valentine to every person who has experienced divorce

You are enough

Another year, another Valentine’s Day. What does it feel like if you’re recovering from divorce? Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Editorials 4 minute read
If you've generated more trash than this over the last five years, could you be doing better? (Illustration by Hannah Kaplan for BSR.)

An open letter to the woman who fits five years of her trash in a Mason jar

I have questions about going Zero Waste

A young YouTube star fits all of her trash in a single jar — and says you could do it, too, if you put your mind to it. Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns Illustration by Hannah Kaplan

Alaina Johnsand Illustration by Hannah Kaplan

Editorials 5 minute read
Do I really have time for this? (Photo by Michael Himbeault, via Wikimedia Commons.)

Men only want one thing: Your time

Talking on the clock

Time might be money, but it’s also respect — respect a busy person’s time, and you respect her. Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Editorials 3 minute read
What did Karen see in Donald? (Photo by Glenn Francis, via Wikimedia Commons.)

Ten questions journalists should ask

Inquiring minds want to know…..

Ten questions I wish journalists would ask Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Bob Barr, Karen McDougal, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Michael Smerconish, and Mayor Kenney.
Dan Rottenberg

Dan Rottenberg

Editorials 3 minute read
Are you with her — really? (Photo from the 2018 Women's March by Alaina Johns.)

That thing men call you in Philly: Part 2

Beat yourself to the punch

Public and private responses to the essay about men calling women “bitch” varied widely, and men should think twice about their favorite solutions. Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Editorials 4 minute read