Mistakes and missteps

Libel basics and warning signs to know

A role of journalists and communicators is to ensure that published material is not libelous. This means they must have a basic understanding of libel law and what to do when in doubt about potentially libelous content. It’s all about being aware and proactive, especially in situations where there are fewer “eyes” on stories. The […]

Can common sense mean fewer errors?

In a New York Times opinion piece, columnist Joe Nocera makes a case for why some material should be delinked by Google for privacy purposes. The column is aptly titled: “Try a Little Common Sense.” Common sense is underrated and often under appreciated. But it is a trait that all of us can put to good […]

Transitions: be subtle, be smooth

Transitions in writing take readers from paragraph to paragraph, from topic to topic and from speaker to speaker effortlessly. The best transitions are subtle. They amplify words as if a person is speaking into a microphone, not a megaphone. Here are some quick tips about transitions. KEY QUESTIONS Ask yourself some key questions when assessing […]

Accuracy check — 8 quick tips

From Think Like an Editor, we bring you some key tips to ensure accuracy in content. Running through this checklist will take less time than it would take to correct any errors or misinformation that otherwise might get past you. Are you publishing content without an editor? This post is especially for you. When you […]

Pranks aren’t funny – many lessons

Hoaxes, pranks, practical jokes. The media are a common target of these. Stay vigilant. A recent prank was played on KTVU-TV in the San Francisco Bay Area. The station issued an apology after an anchor read fake names that were a play on Asian names and were racially offensive. The names were reported as those […]

Much to learn from tale of Te’o

It’s the perfect time to post about Manti Te’o, the Notre Dame football player. You probably think I’m kidding. Aren’t most of us too sick of it to even think about it? We were duped by a once-in-a-lifetime story; let’s just learn our lesson and move on. But it’s not once in a lifetime, really. […]