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10 ways to keep your wits on deadline

not teaching, still THINKING … Now, more than ever, editors must remain unflappable in their roles as gatekeeper, cool head and last defense — sometimes the only defense — against error and misstep. Editors are asked to do more, to know more and to juggle more, and often they have less time to do it. […]

You’re ‘just’ a … what?

not teaching, still THINKING …  This single word — just — can unfairly deflate anyone’s impression of you. I’m just an intern I’m just a part-timer I’m just a volunteer Remove the word “just” and replace it with one of its meanings, “merely,” and you have a false definition of your worth. Why is this […]

Um, you might want to know this

not teaching, still THINKING … Um. It’s a word that fills time when someone is thinking while speaking. We hear it so often — and use it so often — that it can go unnoticed. Other filler words, however, are not so subtle, particularly when used as a transition of sorts, at the start of […]

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 […]

5 Ways to Cause Trouble for Yourself

not teaching, still THINKING … Trouble finds us easily enough, but sometimes we cause trouble for ourselves — especially when our personal and professional interests intermingle. Here are five ways we could cause that trouble. Recognize them. Avoid them. Keep your boss in the dark about any conflict of interest, hoping it will go away […]

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 […]