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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 […]

Be a player in today’s news landscape

not teaching,still THINKING … Conflict. It’s a word with many meanings in today’s news landscape. Whether you are a journalist or a news consumer, put yourself in the editor’s seat for a brief moment and consider these three warning signs that will help you to navigate that landscape. Conflicting information. A story with conflicting information […]

6 ways to rise above it under stress

not teaching,still THINKING … Stressed out? Stay calm. Remain cool under pressure. Try any of these six simple ways. We have shared these tips before, with an emphasis on deadline pressure in the workplace. But, really, they can work anywhere for anyone. Don’t react immediately. Allow a cooling-off period. Don’t say anything you will regret […]

Trust this favorite tip to trust yourself

not teaching,still THINKING … Year’s end seems to be a natural time for making decisions of all kinds — some lighthearted, others life-changing ones. In our quest to simplify the complicated when possible, here is a favorite tip for you: Trust your gut. Skeptical about information in a story? Trust your gut. If a story […]

Put your personal interests to the test

not teaching,still THINKING … Personal credibility is just as important as newsroom ethics because personal decisions can upend all the hard work that journalists put into their jobs every day. And those decisions are important to the audience, too. Consider the following scenarios. As a journalist, what would you do? As a news and information […]

How to maximize your gratitude

not teaching,still THINKING … Gratitude is all around us this Thanksgiving Day. In the spirit of thankfulness, we share a post that originally was published in April 2014 when this blog devoted that entire month to “polishing your professional skills.” Here it is, again, intended for anyone and everyone. Thanking someone with a formal note […]