Listen! Can you hear the collaboration?

not teaching, still THINKING … Collaboration is one of those words that evokes strong emotion, and not usually positive. When asked about collaboration and teamwork, journalism students in the past often gave these responses: I’d rather work alone I do my best work independently When I collaborate, people don’t show up for meetings Everyone gets […]

10 easy steps to a better story

Story ideas come from a number of places, including your own curiosity. An effective way to develop an idea into a story is to ask yourself questions. But the key is to ask these questions at the start of story planning, not after the story has been written. Here’s a checklist of 10 questions to get […]

Pitch or you might get ditched

Pitching stories is THE top request of writers at digital-first operations, newspapers and magazines. It doesn’t matter if the writers are interns, newcomers or veterans. Ideas are not only requested, but also required. And if you don’t start pitching, your value will be diminished — no matter how good you are at what you do. […]

April 22: Surprise question? Answer it!

For the month of April, our blog will be devoted to polishing your professional skills. Everything you need to know about courtesy, manners and common sense. And we do mean “need” to know. APRIL 22 Picture yourself at an interview for a job that you really hope to land. The interviewer asks you one of those […]

April 20: Want creativity? Here’s how!

For the month of April, our blog will be devoted to polishing your professional skills. Everything you need to know about courtesy, manners and common sense. And we do mean “need” to know. APRIL 20 Creativity is all about asking questions, especially of yourself. Professional skills include more than knowing how to do something and how […]

April 5: Permission or forgiveness?

For the month of April, our blog will be devoted to polishing your professional skills. Everything you need to know about courtesy, manners and common sense. And we do mean “need” to know. APRIL 5 The popular adage, “Ask forgiveness, not permission,” has its merits when used properly. But has this become a way of life […]