10 dangers when you trim a story

not teaching,still THINKING … Journalists and surgeons have something in common. Trimming a story is like performing delicate surgery. A surgeon wants to leave no evidence of a scalpel or sutures. Journalists, too, aim to trim stories without drawing attention to what has been deleted. But trimming someone else’s copy comes with risks. Writers put […]

Credit: Use this checklist to get it right

Three elements in a story — attribution, sources and substantiation — give credit in distinct ways. Credit is essential to give you and your work credibility. Attribution tells readers where information came from; it makes the story transparent. Sources indicate that others — not the reporter — provided information; they make the story credible. Substantiation […]

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 warning signs a story shouldn’t run

A parallel can be drawn between people who make serious, personal decisions and journalists who make decisions about whether to run stories. Personal decisions have long-lasting consequences. The same is true for reporters and editors. It is a major decision to run any story, and when a reporter or editor decides to publish despite serious […]

10 warning signs about credit

Journalists and content consumers, alike, share a need to know where information comes from, who is providing it and how it was gathered. Whether the content is a long-form story in print or a link shared on social media, we need to be able to trust it. To that end, we share 10 warning signs […]

Are you your own editor? Read on

Information moves quickly. So must you. Here are some key questions to ask yourself when reporting and writing a story, especially on deadline. They’ll stick with you. Keep them in mind before you retweet someone else’s story, too. Be sure that any content attached to your name meets basic standards. Be a standout when it […]