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May you never ‘like’ anything

MAY 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 Wait. What? One memorable thing we learned from […]

A checklist for jet crash coverage

With the tragic news of the downed Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine, here are some tips for covering breaking news of this kind as more details are uncovered and stories are updated — by the minute, hour, day, week and beyond. Keep track of and check the following in every story. Flight number Number of […]

These errors led to corrections

When news is accurate, then readers trust the information and the institution. They consider the news product credible. Credibility hinges on accuracy. Once accuracy is in doubt, credibility can be lost. And once credibility is lost, it is difficult to regain. Journalists are in the habit of checking facts and questioning everything. They do it […]

How to choose a visual – key questions

What started out as niche journalism — database reporting — has become commonplace today because so much data are readily available online. Data visualization is the art of turning numbers into stories that the audience can “see.” It is made possible with software and online tools — many of them free — with templates that […]

Get rid of editors at your own risk

An onion. Skin. Lasagna. What do these have in common? If you think about the journalism profession and how it is evolving — or devolving in some cases — you will know the answer right away. Traditional print newsrooms are shrinking. They are changing. They are striving desperately to survive. All good. New models are […]

10 ways you can ensure accuracy

Certain details in stories should always be checked — even when it seems there is no time because of tight deadlines. Editors learn how to check information quickly and efficiently, especially when they are the last line of defense against errors being published. Here are 10 ways you can ensure accuracy: Check names. Look up […]