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Think first, then tell the truth

No good comes from a lie. We have seen that most recently with the made-up story involving four Olympic swimmers in Rio de Janeiro. The fabrication was that they were robbed in a taxi — by police, at gunpoint — when, in fact, they themselves had vandalized a public restroom. The only money they had […]

Think now or think later — but think

During a routine trip to the grocery store today, a conversation between two college students — the cashier and the bagger — caught my attention. The bagger said he had not yet registered for the one course his adviser told him he “must take” this fall. The cashier told him that she had registered for […]

6 ways to impress at a new job

If you’re starting a new job or an internship at a news organization, take a moment to learn these six simple ways to stand out as a professional member of the team from Day One. Dress professionally. This doesn’t necessarily mean full-blown business attire. But it does mean dressing appropriately for the position. A reporter […]

Engage in the news today & every day

Are you engaged in the news? That’s the big question today, which is National News Engagement Day. Engagement is the theme of this annual day — set aside for journalists and news consumers to “read, watch, like, tweet, post, text, email, listen to, or comment on news.” We can thank the Association for Education in […]

How would you use the dislike button?

If you’ve been following Facebook news this week, you know the latest. Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and top executive, announced that the social networking site is close to testing a “dislike” button out there. When it hits, watch out. If people use it as intended, they will express empathy or sadness. But Zuckerberg — in comments […]

What we learned from a trucker

We might be back at school, but we are still celebrating summer memories. One of them involves a road trip to visit family in Springfield, Mo., about an 18-hour ride. The drive there was uneventful. The drive back not so much. About halfway home, we encountered the dreaded brake lights up ahead, signalling to us […]