Think Like an Editor blog by Steve Davis and Emilie Davis, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University

May you recall what you’re told

By · Monday, May 18th, 2015

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For the month of May, we are devoting this blog to our wishes for journalists present and future: “MAY you … “

Every day, you will find a tip, a tidbit or a top-of-mind piece of advice we hope will help you now and later

Today is the first day at one of the Dow Jones News Fund internship training sites — the one led by Dr. E.J. Trayes at Temple University. It’s where I was trained 37 years ago before setting off for my Dow Jones editing internship on the General Desk at The Associated Press in New York City.

From that training, I recall much valuable advice from Dr. Trayes. Foremost, for anyone starting anywhere — especially the first day:

May you recall what you’re told.

It’s OK to ask questions — in fact, encouraged. But the key about asking:

Don’t ask the same question twice

Why?

So ask away. But take notes. And before you ask that next question, refer to your notes. Help yourself as others are helping you.

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