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Listen! Can you hear the collaboration?

not teaching, still THINKING … Collaboration is one of those words that evokes strong emotion, and not usually positive. When asked about collaboration and teamwork, journalism students in the past often gave these responses: I’d rather work alone I do my best work independently When I collaborate, people don’t show up for meetings Everyone gets […]

Everyone: Embrace these 3 traits

not teaching, still THINKING … Three traits that can motivate anyone — not just journalists — are: Courage Patience Perseverance Courage: to pursue all stories, not just the easy or familiar ones; to ask tough questions; to approach sensitive issues with confidence and care. Patience: to wait for the best source of information, not the usual […]

Think twice about a thankless job

Thankless jobs. Have one? This question came to me today as I was leaving what I’ll generically describe as a lawn mower retail and service store. I was there on a mission to pick up newly sharpened lawn mower blades. They were not ready, so I chose to wait while they were sharpened — about […]

Hard worker? No thank you

Perfection. Attainable? Desirable? It depends. Consider the following perspectives. Then see what you think. No one’s perfect. True enough. When we use this standard to assess others, we can safely overlook reasonable shortcomings in favor of realistic expectations. But when we use this phrase to explain away our own inadequacies, we risk being perceived as […]

Fewer editors in 2020? Not likely

I recently read about an internal report at The New York Times that maps its plan “to accelerate the (digital) transformation while maintaining a commitment to high-quality journalism.” Not surprisingly, the headline on its own coverage states: “New York Times Study Calls for Rapid Change in Newsroom.” Haven’t we been experiencing rapid change for some […]

Be a cautious skeptic — especially now

Look no further than the rash of stories about creepy clown sightings around the country to understand how important it is to be a healthy skeptic. The topic of healthy skepticism is timely, with good reason. Journalists get paid to ask questions, and the aim has always been to ask the right questions to get […]