Curiosity led us to meet these cool cats

not teaching,still THINKING … You don’t have to be a journalist to get an idea published. Curious viewers took action on social media recently, and the PBS NewsHour satisfied their curiosity with this lighthearted piece: The NewsHour’s Family of Furry Friends Before you engage and enjoy, here’s a friendly reminder about curiosity: Curiosity leads to […]

Trust what you publish, what you read

not teaching, still THINKING … Skeptical about anything these days? It’s not enough for stories to be complete and clear. They also must be free of faults and shortcomings. The best way to look for these — whether you are a journalist or a reader — is to apply methodical scrutiny to a story by […]

Think golf. That’s it. Just think golf.

not teaching, still THINKING … Golf has topped the agenda of one of these two profs (you know which one) this past summer. So it is not surprising to reflect back on Strategy #3 of our “Think Like an Editor” book and to recall how golf is used as an analogy to explain how reporters […]

What we learned from a trucker

We might be back at school, but we are still celebrating summer memories. One of them involves a road trip to visit family in Springfield, Mo., about an 18-hour ride. The drive there was uneventful. The drive back not so much. About halfway home, we encountered the dreaded brake lights up ahead, signalling to us […]

April 6: Do you ‘really’ not understand?

For the month of April, our blog will be devoted to polishing your professional skills. Everything you need to know about courtesy, manners and common sense. And we do mean “need” to know. APRIL 6 You’ve probably heard it said that there is no stupid question. When you have a question, you should ask. But how […]

There is nothing wrong with being nice

If you’ve never read the “Corner Office” feature in the Saturday edition of The New York Times, it is worth checking out. The last one was a real gem, because it hit so many key points that resonate with me. The two questions the Levy Restaurants CEO (Andy Lansing) asks every job candidate. (“Are you […]