Choose lively language with these 3 tips

not teaching,still THINKING … Lively language. The way we put words together makes a difference in how our message is received. One way to achieve lively language is to choose strong verbs. Substitute a strong verb for a weak one. Choose verbs that show action. Avoid “there is” and “there are.” Here are some simple […]

Look up! What stories will you tell?

not teaching,still THINKING … Blue-sky thinking is a must for writers — whether they are interns, newcomers or veterans. That’s because pitching stories is still THE top request of writers at digital-first operations and print publications. If you think it is difficult to come up with ideas no one has thought of already, then the […]

3 ways to test your trust in today’s news

not teaching,still THINKING … Now is a good time to share, again, some key ways that news consumers can test whether they can trust the information bombarding them about serious national issues in today’s news. Try any — or all — of these three simple exercises. After you have followed your normal routine for consuming […]

Turn on and stay on — all the time

not teaching,still THINKING … Spaghetti supper one night recently turned into a lesson relearned in how we need to be “on” all the time. The spaghetti saga starts with two cooks in the kitchen. Cook 1 boiled the water. Cook 2 added the pasta. Easy enough. But a simple meal took a nasty turn in […]

3 new ways to think about credibility

not teaching,still THINKING … In a nonjournalism setting recently, we heard credibility described as: Consistency Honesty Courage We agree. Credibility is a common theme we share because it is at the heart of everything we do as journalists. When we lose our credibility, it is difficult — and sometimes impossible — to regain. As colleges […]

5 tips for handling photos responsibly

not teaching,still THINKING … Freedom comes with choices, but how to know the right choice to make? Since all of us share and view so many photos a day, here are 5 tips for good choices that benefit everyone. Do not electronically delete a person from the middle of a photo as if the person […]