10 ways to keep your wits on deadline

not teaching, still THINKING … Now, more than ever, editors must remain unflappable in their roles as gatekeeper, cool head and last defense — sometimes the only defense — against error and misstep. Editors are asked to do more, to know more and to juggle more, and often they have less time to do it. […]

Give up, but don’t quit

not teaching, still THINKING … Time works against us in a publish-every-second world. But it doesn’t have to get the best of us. Here are some tested tips to get you through time-sensitive moments: Give up perfection but don’t quit on quality. That means do check for accuracy, do write for clarity, do communicate succinctly. […]

Gatorade for inspiration? Give it a try

Gatorade. Two TV commercials have become favorites in the memorable way they urge us to “rehydrate, replenish and refuel.” “One and Only” has this kicker: “So if you want to be the one and only, and not just one of many, give that extra ounce. It might just be the one that all the others […]

Encore: Competition vs. collaboration

This post originally was published January 11, 2012. It’s a good reminder not to let competition get in our way. 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 […]

NPR leader has some advice for us

When we speak of change in the media industry, we’re often drawing attention to the latest about newspapers and online publishers. Today, we direct you to radio. National Public Radio’s Jarl Mohn talks audience, podcasts and the basics in an interview with Brett Zongker for The Associated Press. Consider this telling line from The Big Story interview: “We don’t have […]

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 […]