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Trust this favorite tip to trust yourself

not teaching,still THINKING … Year’s end seems to be a natural time for making decisions of all kinds — some lighthearted, others life-changing ones. In our quest to simplify the complicated when possible, here is a favorite tip for you: Trust your gut. Skeptical about information in a story? Trust your gut. If a story […]

Put your personal interests to the test

not teaching,still THINKING … Personal credibility is just as important as newsroom ethics because personal decisions can upend all the hard work that journalists put into their jobs every day. And those decisions are important to the audience, too. Consider the following scenarios. As a journalist, what would you do? As a news and information […]

How to maximize your gratitude

not teaching,still THINKING … Gratitude is all around us this Thanksgiving Day. In the spirit of thankfulness, we share a post that originally was published in April 2014 when this blog devoted that entire month to “polishing your professional skills.” Here it is, again, intended for anyone and everyone. Thanking someone with a formal note […]

We can’t let people give up on the media

not teaching,still THINKING … Trust in the media. It is a topic we have written about numerous times in this blog. Today, we share a thoroughly researched and thoughtfully written piece by Sabrina Tavernise and Aidan Gardiner of The New York Times under the headline: ‘No One Believes Anything’: Voters Worn Out by a Fog […]

Not a journalist? You still have power

not teaching,still THINKING … Curiosity is that powerful trait that drives journalists. It can drive you — the audience — too. Here’s how. Each day, set aside time to think about what you are curious about and make a list. As the days go by, review the list. Do you spot any trends? Follow your […]

Check. Recheck. Check again.

not teaching,still THINKING … One small change can make a big difference. As journalists, we want the difference to be a positive one. That’s why everyone needs an editor. The following examples of published errors are worth repeating. The mistakes range from transposed numbers to wrong information from a source. That’s how: Barrette appears as […]