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You, your audience and your links

Great minds are trying to figure out today’s world of news — what it should look like, how it should be published, who is consuming it. Among them: Jeff Jarvis, speaking earlier this month at the World News Media Congress in Washington, D.C. Here is his message, according to a report published at journalism.co.uk under […]

May you keep up your morale

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 The definition, alone, of “morale” would keep anyone’s […]

That’s just rude – let’s bust these myths

Known: The media profession is evolving. Known: Technology is enabling new ways to communicate. Known: Newsrooms are changing. Known: Some news organizations are laying off a lot of talent. Known: Some layoffs include every copy editor in the joint. Now, let’s bust some myths about the role of those editors.  Busted: They are not “just” […]

Seeing is believing — show, don’t tell

Three elements in stories keep the audience interested and prevent a story from becoming just a recitation of statements and quotes. Anecdotes Examples Details How you use these in stories will make a difference in the end. More important, however, is capturing them in the first place. It takes time and patience and lots of […]

New ‘Storyline’ tells it like it is

The Washington Post just announced the start of a new storytelling site: Storyline. Jim Tankersley, editor of Storyline, explains. Today we launch a new destination on Washingtonpost.com, dedicated to the power of stories to help us understand complicated, critical things. We’re focused on public policy, but not on Washington process. We care about policy as […]

How to decide news values — encore

News judgment and news values have one thing in common — they take a good amount of looking inward and thinking. To that end, we are offering a previously published post: “Which story is the lead? Look inward.” Originally published in February 2010, the advice still stands. Deciding story play takes communication and questioning, and […]