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 […]

Keep asking questions – it’s a strength

It occurred to me yesterday as I was talking to a class of reporters how easy it is to take for granted what we, as editors do: Ask questions. The reporters, who are in an advanced writing class, are collaborating with one of my editing classes on a video storytelling project. They wanted to know […]