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You are at the center of this discussion

not teaching,still THINKING … News judgment — and reader judgment — are at the core of a recent decision by The New York Times to publish a story more than two weeks after learning about an issue. The issue is explained in a piece by Ben Smith, the media columnist for The Times, published under […]

Close your eyes and look around

not teaching,still THINKING … Picture yourself in a picture. Wherever you are right now, look around. Up, down and sideways. Take it all in. This is the first step in a process that can help you notice details and remember them. Why is that important? Details bring a story to life. They naturally color the […]

‘Maybe this year we’re the buzz saw’

not teaching,still THINKING … Just published yesterday — a book that is sure to bring baseball to life while we wait for the coronavirus crisis to end and the season to finally begin. “Buzz Saw: The Improbable Story of How the Washington Nationals Won the World Series” is written by Jesse Dougherty, beat writer for […]

No shortage of coronavirus story ideas

not teaching,still THINKING … Coronavirus coverage is an extreme example of how story ideas are generated. Not only are the basics being reported, but also the fallout in every locality, every state, every country, every continent. If you are looking to cover a new angle that has not been reported, consider the following: Change. It […]

Covering coronavirus is for all writers

not teaching,still THINKING … Specialty writing is holding a special place these days in our consumption of news as a major news story — the coronavirus — touches every aspect of our lives. The idea that hard news is for only “news” reporters to cover has, once more, been debunked. We have always taught and […]

3 common feelings you must understand

not teaching,still THINKING … Worried? Stressed? Anxious? All of the above? Deadlines will do that to you. So will your imagination. A recent piece in The New York Times by Emma Pattee explains the differences. The reason we share this with you is not only because you might find the information valuable as you navigate […]