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5 tips for handling photos responsibly

not teaching,still THINKING … Freedom comes with choices, but how to know the right choice to make? Since all of us share and view so many photos a day, here are 5 tips for good choices that benefit everyone. Do not electronically delete a person from the middle of a photo as if the person […]

Watch your words and your tone

not teaching,still THINKING … Editorializing is a word we don’t hear much, perhaps because everyone has a point of view and also has the means to share it. But with news stories, editorializing is not considered a good thing. Here’s why: Editorializing means the content sounds as if it is coming from the writer and […]

Stay connected but practice willpower

not teaching,still THINKING … Eight years ago — and a day — we published a post that started this way: It was an interesting morning here. The post is worth sharing again because all these years later, the issue still remains — we need to use common sense when we use our phones. So here […]

Privacy — heed these 7 cautions

not teaching,still THINKING … Archaic is the word we’d use to describe cautions about privacy that we shared back in 2011 when “Think Like an Editor” was published. We say “archaic” now because privacy at that time was something that seemed able to be protected. Today, it seems, everything is public. Yet those cautions are […]

These key questions will lead to trust

not teaching,still THINKING … Ask yourself this: As a news consumer, how can I trust information? As a journalist, how can I ensure news consumers trust what I provide? The answer: credit. Credit gives journalists and their work credibility. And three elements in a story — attribution, sources and substantiation — give credit in distinct […]

3 things to do when you make a mistake

not teaching,still THINKING … Mistakes happen. But then what? To err might be human. But to err and then not take responsibility is unacceptable. Here are some tips for handling the delicate process of correcting a mistake. Be disciplined. Know the process at your news organization for handling an error — whether you made the […]