Mistakes and missteps

Timing is everything — this is our time

not teaching,still THINKING … Thinking brought us here, with our first Think Like an Editor post published more than 10 years ago, on Dec. 22, 2009. Since then, we have published more than 500 posts, all connected in some way with the all-important trait of “thinking,” which we believe is underrated. Now we are thinking […]

Checking facts? Try these 5 steps

not teaching,still THINKING … Fact checking has everyone’s attention again. And for good reason. So this is a good time to share a trusted method that will draw your attention to how many facts can appear in a story. It is a step-by-step fact-checking exercise that reporters have routinely followed in the past. We think […]

Take care with the smallest details

not teaching,still THINKING What’s right and what’s not? It is a major question these days as we consume and scrutinize every bit of news coming at us from all levels of government and agencies, not to mention from colleagues, family, friends and strangers on social media. While we are not disseminating information about the coronavirus […]

Curiosity led us to meet these cool cats

not teaching,still THINKING … You don’t have to be a journalist to get an idea published. Curious viewers took action on social media recently, and the PBS NewsHour satisfied their curiosity with this lighthearted piece: The NewsHour’s Family of Furry Friends Before you engage and enjoy, here’s a friendly reminder about curiosity: Curiosity leads to […]

Bread recipe serves as important lesson

not teaching,still THINKING … Like homemade bread? So does a former colleague — a highly respected, now retired journalist who posted a baguette recipe on social media recently. But he transposed two important ingredients. No problem. Being the professional that he is, he immediately posted a correction.  Sunday, 3:01 p.m.: Recipe posted. Monday, 1:13 a.m.: […]

Polls: How the math is figured matters

not teaching,still THINKING … Political polling is in full force, and it brings to mind the importance of knowing the difference between percent and percentage point. These terms do not mean the same thing. Using one instead of the other will alter the accuracy of the information. Here is an example and an explanation: Consider […]