In memory of journalist Richard Holden

not teaching,still THINKING … With sadness, we learned of the passing of Richard Holden on April 15 in Morristown, New Jersey, at the age of 70. We knew Rich when he was executive director of the Dow Jones News Fund, only one role in an illustrious journalism career. His obituary describes a life dedicated to […]

Think — give yourself this gift every day

Time. Never enough of it. But there’s always time to think. You might be thinking right now that we haven’t had time to post on this blog since the last item, Oct. 1. Not true. Just didn’t have anything to say. Really? Really. We understand, because we experience it ourselves, that you are bombarded all […]

Encore: Offensive? Poor taste? Neither?

This post originally was published June 18, 2012. It still applies to sensitive content today. The yearbook cover of a local middle school here in the Syracuse area caught the attention of some parents, who were upset that the photo montage — student faces forming the design of the school’s mascot — segregated the students by […]

May you take your place at the table

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 Notice the intentional wording of today’s headline: “take” […]

Make the best use of quotes — encore

Quotes bring life to a story. They inspire, inform, enlighten and engage us. They bring the voices of others to us. There is an art to including “real people” in stories. It takes insight, patience and thinking. To that end, we are sharing a previously published post: “‘Real People’ Quotes: We Can Do Better.” First […]

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 […]