Journalism

Heard news? Ask: How do you know?

not teaching,still THINKING … When Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, along with seven others, died in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26, a lot of “details” were shared — some overheard in casual conversations. For example: Kobe Bryant is Catholic Kobe Bryant attended Mass the morning of the crash Kobe Bryant received the Holy […]

Make the most of your competitive spirit

not teaching,still THINKING … Competition can be a good thing when it leads to a person looking inward and assessing personal philosophies. That’s one reason we encourage having a credo — a practical way to consider what guides you when you make decisions. A credo is a way to check in with yourself during times […]

Why adversity demands tough questions

not teaching,still THINKING … Questions are the mainstay of journalists. Mary Louise Kelly, a co-host of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” explains that point well in a recent opinion piece published in The New York Times under the headline: Pompeo Called Me a ‘Liar.’ That’s Not What Bothers Me. Kelly states: Ask journalists why they do […]

Astros sign scandal steals reputations

not teaching,still THINKING … “At the end of the day, all we have in this game is our reputation.” So said a baseball executive to ESPN in the wake of the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, thus stating the obvious when it comes to ethics.  Why do people cheat or stretch the rules or otherwise risk their good names? The […]

How we can add style to our writing

not teaching,still THINKING … Order out of chaos. That’s what style guides bring to our writing. The go-to resource for journalists is The Associated Press Stylebook. When used properly and regularly, it brings consistency to what we write and to what you read. That means: No distractions about why a word might be hyphenated one […]

Be a player in today’s news landscape

not teaching,still THINKING … Conflict. It’s a word with many meanings in today’s news landscape. Whether you are a journalist or a news consumer, put yourself in the editor’s seat for a brief moment and consider these three warning signs that will help you to navigate that landscape. Conflicting information. A story with conflicting information […]