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Show, don’t tell — keep us interested

not teaching,still THINKING … Comedians might “tell” jokes, but they do so with such a “show” of explicit details and colorful anecdotes that listeners can visualize what they are hearing. And that is how comedians get their laughs. Journalists, too, use the same approach. They include anecdotes, examples and details in their storytelling because these […]

It’s time for a long winter’s nap

not teaching, still THINKING … If you were inclined to recline on a winter’s day, would you lay down or lie down? An easy way to know — and to be in the know when using these terms — is to remember the definition of each word. Lay: to place or put, often with “on” […]

10 Warning Signs a Story Should Not Run

not teaching, still THINKING … Decisions to publish stories can result in long-lasting consequences, which we always hope are good ones. Sometimes a story is not ready to run, and an editor must hold it. How to decide? Here are 10 warning signs that a story should not run. And, we would add a note […]

Take a number — and put it in context

not teaching, still THINKING … Election ads. Full of increases, decreases, numbers and percentages. Whether you are consuming news about the upcoming elections or you are engaged in campaign coverage, here are some quick tips about putting numbers into context that might help. These tips are intended to empower you to publish clear stories that […]

Trust what you publish, what you read

not teaching, still THINKING … Skeptical about anything these days? It’s not enough for stories to be complete and clear. They also must be free of faults and shortcomings. The best way to look for these — whether you are a journalist or a reader — is to apply methodical scrutiny to a story by […]

Think golf. That’s it. Just think golf.

not teaching, still THINKING … Golf has topped the agenda of one of these two profs (you know which one) this past summer. So it is not surprising to reflect back on Strategy #3 of our “Think Like an Editor” book and to recall how golf is used as an analogy to explain how reporters […]