Tips

3 questions to stay positive at work

not teaching,still THINKING … If you find yourself dragging yourself to work, ask yourself these three short questions and see if they help to give you a sense of eagerness instead. Was it fun? We tend to ask that question when we’re curious about some kind of event. But how about our work experience? Work […]

4 ways to inspire ourselves and others

not teaching,still THINKING … Inspiration makes our jobs worthwhile. So does feedback. It’s true of journalism, but we think everyone can relate. With that general idea in mind, here are some key questions we can ask ourselves on a regular basis. What purpose is my work serving in my community and for my audience? It’s […]

It’s our choice — excitement or fear

not teaching,still THINKING … Creativity is one of those traits that can excite or agitate. Why is that? It is liberating to be creative — our ideas, our innovations, our ways. But freedom can also induce fear — which ideas are best, how will I innovate, will my way be accepted? Do I even have […]

Let cool heads prevail under pressure

not teaching,still THINKING … Overheard conversations can offer real lessons in getting along with others. Or not. Here’s something you can try. When you are standing in line at a retail service desk, pay attention to conversations you can hear around you. Listen to a customer expressing a complaint or asking to return an item. […]

How to fix 3 problems with story pace

not teaching,still THINKING … Let’s face it. We all like a quick read. Sometimes we rely on a mere tweet for information. Or we are in too much of a hurry to read beyond the headline. But it is also true that long-form journalism still exists and thrives, and it still has an audience. Maintaining that audience, […]

5 things to know about people’s quotes

not teaching,still THINKING … People’s voices — their own words — bring life to a story, but beware of trouble spots with quotes and know how to respond. Here are five issues to watch for when dealing with quotes: Facts and assertion of fact. When someone states a fact in a quote, be confident it […]