Digital

Polls: How the math is figured matters

not teaching,still THINKING … Political polling is in full force, and it brings to mind the importance of knowing the difference between percent and percentage point. These terms do not mean the same thing. Using one instead of the other will alter the accuracy of the information. Here is an example and an explanation: Consider […]

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 […]