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No excuses – but our blog is back

It has been a long time since we have been in touch. Too long. But after a medically induced hiatus, we are back on schedule with our Think Like an Editor blog. We hope you’re still with us. As you probably have heard – and might know firsthand – maintaining a blog is a full-time […]

Competition vs. collaboration

We’ve written several posts about collaboration because working together is such an important way to accomplish a goal. It’s also an opportunity to learn new skills. But it won’t work if competition gets in the way. How do you separate the two? Here are some tips: >   When you truly collaborate, you’ll be just as […]

Working together takes effort: Video

Working together is something that should come naturally to journalists because we know how much coordination and communication — with sources, for example — goes into just one story being published. And that’s only what happens outside the newsroom. Now consider the interactions inside: Personal styles Personal relationships Misunderstandings Miscommunication Good of the whole Self-centeredness […]

7 tips on how to collaborate better

We have written about collaboration before, and the topic has come up in the most recent tiff between the White House and Congress. Back-and-forth negotiations took place to settle the date that President Obama would address a joint session of Congress. House Speaker John Boehner denied the original request of Sept. 7 because it is […]

Tucson shootings – Collaboration is Key

Everyone’s attention has been focused on the shootings in Tucson, Ariz., that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition with a brain injury, six people dead and 14 injured. Stories have described the gruesome scene, the heroic actions to stop the gunman and the selfless efforts to help the injured. Portraits have emerged of the […]

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 […]