4 ways to inspire ourselves and others

By · Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

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?

How can readers and consumers act on my work?

How have I inspired others, whether they are peers and colleagues or readers and consumers?

What do people need to know and how can I deliver it to them?

Today’s news is fleeting. Everyone is in a hurry. People need to know how today’s news will affect them beyond the moment. We must inspire people to understand. And when we succeed, the hope is that their feedback will continue to inspire us.

(These two profs are no longer teaching at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, but we are still thinking.)

 

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