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

May you keep proper perspective

By · Wednesday, May 20th, 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

On the third day of training for interns at Dow Jones News Fund sites across the country, here’s another memory from training under Dr. E.J. Trayes at the Temple University site back in 1978.

May you keep proper perspective.

Over the years, this has taken on new meaning, depending on the situation and the circumstances. Mainly, however, it means:

“Don’t get too big for your britches”

How archaic, you say.

Well, perhaps. But a wise saying to remember.

In a role, for example, where you might be the last set of eyes on content before it is published, you’ll find errors in any number of things at any given time.

What matters is how you bring these things to the attention of the writer or of an editor who read the content before you.

And, remember this: For as many missteps as you catch, there will always be that time when you insert an error. When that happens, won’t it be nice for you to be treated with the same respect as you always have shown others.

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