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Timing is everything — this is our time

not teaching,still THINKING … Thinking brought us here, with our first Think Like an Editor post published more than 10 years ago, on Dec. 22, 2009. Since then, we have published more than 500 posts, all connected in some way with the all-important trait of “thinking,” which we believe is underrated. Now we are thinking […]

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 […]

How to fix 3 problems with story pace

not teaching,still THINKING … Let’s face it. We all like a quick read. Sometimes we rely on a mere tweet for information. Or we are in too much of a hurry to read beyond the headline. But it is also true that long-form journalism still exists and thrives, and it still has an audience. Maintaining that audience, […]

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 […]