Busted! How to deal with the unexpected

not teaching,still THINKING … This “F” goes to a busted water heater. It is not so much that this much-needed appliance broke — or even that it leaked water onto the basement floor at an alarmingly steady rate. This broken water heater earns an “F” because of how it totally upended the normal routine of […]

5 questions to ask when writing a lead

This might seem elementary for journalism veterans. It might seem outdated for those in newsrooms without editors. But we think it’s an important message: 5 questions to ask when writing a lead. These questions originally were intended for editors to ask reporters. However, they are questions reporters can — and should — ask themselves. What’s the […]

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 […]

Cultivate your options (video)

Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. That shouldn’t give you a chill. It’s a fact of reporting, for sure — and all of journalism — and you should embrace it. How? By planning for it. If you see problems you encounter as curses, they indeed will be just that. But if you see them […]

Be ‘in the know’ – reading required

The start of the spring semester here at the Newhouse School brings with it requirements in many courses across several programs to keep up with current events. It seems like a simple act to read the news of the day. But how difficult that can be to accomplish. Current events quizzes are an incentive. More […]