Social media

Stay connected but practice willpower

not teaching,still THINKING … Eight years ago — and a day — we published a post that started this way: It was an interesting morning here. The post is worth sharing again because all these years later, the issue still remains — we need to use common sense when we use our phones. So here […]

Privacy — heed these 7 cautions

not teaching,still THINKING … Archaic is the word we’d use to describe cautions about privacy that we shared back in 2011 when “Think Like an Editor” was published. We say “archaic” now because privacy at that time was something that seemed able to be protected. Today, it seems, everything is public. Yet those cautions are […]

3 not-so-easy ways to maintain credibility

not teaching,still THINKING … Summer internships are approaching, and journalism interns must take special care with their credibility. Not a journalist? Or an intern? These tips on how to stay above reproach still might apply. Don’t socialize with or enter into relationships with sources. This could mean local government or law enforcement officials, or local […]

What we publish — in poor taste or not?

not teaching,still THINKING … “In poor taste.” Those three words can be a major factor in whether material is published or kept from public view. How to decide? Many times, it is up to individuals and colleagues to figure out where to draw the lines on appropriate subject matter for published content, including all the […]

No tips here — and that’s the story

not teaching,still THINKING … Perfection. One definition: “extreme degree of excellence.” That’s what consumers expected from their Hershey’s Kisses, whose tips have been missing since December. It’s a human interest story generated by a disappointed baker, and we can learn a lot from it. Social media played a part. As The New York Times reported, […]

Marital affair? Take special care

not teaching,still THINKING … Transparency. Journalists strive for it. The audience craves it. We all need it. Residents called for it recently at a school board meeting about an issue that has been in the news: “West Genesee residents ‘outraged, embarrassed’; want transparency over superintendent” What’s the story? These lead paragraphs from that story, published […]