Magazines

That’s just rude – let’s bust these myths

Known: The media profession is evolving. Known: Technology is enabling new ways to communicate. Known: Newsrooms are changing. Known: Some news organizations are laying off a lot of talent. Known: Some layoffs include every copy editor in the joint. Now, let’s bust some myths about the role of those editors.  Busted: They are not “just” […]

How the past leads to greater good

Institutional knowledge. It’s essential for journalists. It can be lost when people leave a place, creating an information void, and that’s always unfortunate. Worse, though, is when institutional knowledge goes untapped. This could happen easily when: A newcomer does not recognize the value of an old-timer. A newbie doesn’t care about the past, only the […]

Seeing is believing — show, don’t tell

Three elements in stories keep the audience interested and prevent a story from becoming just a recitation of statements and quotes. Anecdotes Examples Details How you use these in stories will make a difference in the end. More important, however, is capturing them in the first place. It takes time and patience and lots of […]

Lots of lessons from fake shark video

Another hoax. Surprise, surprise. How many people published, posted, shared, liked, tweeted, retweeted and commented on the YouTube video of a shark sighting in Lake Ontario — without a bit of skepticism? Hooray for those who at least suspected it was a hoax. Even more important, how many people were genuinely concerned? Here’s a sense […]

Tips to achieve lively language

Writers love words, right? And there are so many choices. Choose wisely. One way is to focus on strong verbs and the active voice. Make it a top priority to achieve lively language. Following are some tips to get you started. How to strengthen verbs Weak: There are good reasons to use strong verbs when […]

Favoritism vs news judgment

When assessing content, if you must think too long about whether something is fair, then it probably is not, and you should redirect your energy into making it fair. Fairness has to do with being aware of and attentive to nuances, treating people with respect, and anticipating perceptions that readers will take away with them. […]