Mistakes and missteps

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 […]

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 […]

Check. Recheck. Check again.

not teaching,still THINKING … One small change can make a big difference. As journalists, we want the difference to be a positive one. That’s why everyone needs an editor. The following examples of published errors are worth repeating. The mistakes range from transposed numbers to wrong information from a source. That’s how: Barrette appears as […]

Don’t blink! This reminder is a short one

not teaching,still THINKING … Two words that commonly get misused because they get misspelled are “your” and “you’re.” Before you get scared off by this grammar reminder, read this short post to see how simple it is to keep these words in their proper places. YOUR means “something that belongs to you.” Memory aid: We […]

Right your wrongs with transparency

not teaching,still THINKING … Mistakes happen. An important thing to remember as journalists is that when errors occur, we must be transparent with our audience. The same is true when we update information in an already published story. There is a difference between correcting something that is outright wrong and updating a story as new […]

Turn on and stay on — all the time

not teaching,still THINKING … Spaghetti supper one night recently turned into a lesson relearned in how we need to be “on” all the time. The spaghetti saga starts with two cooks in the kitchen. Cook 1 boiled the water. Cook 2 added the pasta. Easy enough. But a simple meal took a nasty turn in […]