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

May you have a strong work ethic

By · Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

stock-photo-44980974-may-2015-calendarMAY you …

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

“Just do it” is a trademark of Nike and a universally understood message.

It represents the company’s mission, which it states is to:

Bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.

*If you have a body, you are an athlete.

If you “just do it,” you will get it done — and then some.

May you have a strong work ethic.

What this doesn’t mean:

Journalists, by nature of the profession, will put in long hours, no question. They will work weekends and holidays, for sure. They will work through a week and weekend (or more) without a day off, at times. Think natural disaster in your own city, for example.

But to have a strong work ethic means even more. It means:

Every day. It should be second nature to dig in and pitch in — every time, not just in emergencies.

At the point when energy is the lowest and challenges the greatest, the person with a strong work ethic will overcome all obstacles. And will lead others to do the same.

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