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Credit: Use this checklist to get it right

Three elements in a story — attribution, sources and substantiation — give credit in distinct ways. Credit is essential to give you and your work credibility. Attribution tells readers where information came from; it makes the story transparent. Sources indicate that others — not the reporter — provided information; they make the story credible. Substantiation […]

10 easy steps to a better story

Story ideas come from a number of places, including your own curiosity. An effective way to develop an idea into a story is to ask yourself questions. But the key is to ask these questions at the start of story planning, not after the story has been written. Here’s a checklist of 10 questions to get […]

5 questions to ask when writing a lead

This might seem elementary for journalism veterans. It might seem outdated for those in newsrooms without editors. But we think it’s an important message: 5 questions to ask when writing a lead. These questions originally were intended for editors to ask reporters. However, they are questions reporters can — and should — ask themselves. What’s the […]

18 ways to get to know your emotional IQ

In case you missed this Forbes piece earlier this month, “Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here’s How to Know for Sure,” read it now. Contributor Travis Bradberry could be talking to a roomful of journalists. First, what is it? Bradberry explains: Emotional intelligence is the “something” in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we […]

Interns: Learn expectations to succeed

Summer interns, this is for you: “7 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Summer Interns,” by Jonathan Lacoste on Inc.com. While companies are putting their efforts into giving you a good experience, you can give back to them by learning what they plan for you: Make them feel welcome Treat them like full-time employees […]

‘Lessons learned’ from others teach us

In a “Lessons Learned” blog post on fastcompany.com, Vivian Giang shares stories from seven business leaders on how they reached “the biggest moral dilemmas of their careers.” As Giang writes in the intro of her piece: Someone’s wrong can be your right, which means your right will definitely, at some point, be someone else’s wrong. Most of […]