Wash, rinse, don’t repeat

not teaching, still THINKING … An embarrassingly number of times, the following has happened to me: Go to washing machine, set all of the dials, start water, open lid — only to find not an empty washer, but instead a washer full of clean clothes, already washed, rinsed and spun. And now those clothes are […]

May you go beyond what is expected

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 On the second day of training at Dow […]

May you never ‘like’ anything

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 Wait. What? One memorable thing we learned from […]

Get rid of editors at your own risk

An onion. Skin. Lasagna. What do these have in common? If you think about the journalism profession and how it is evolving — or devolving in some cases — you will know the answer right away. Traditional print newsrooms are shrinking. They are changing. They are striving desperately to survive. All good. New models are […]

A case for editors — especially today

It seems a good time to share some thoughts on why editors matter in today’s evolving journalism profession. One reason is to dispel the notion that editors hold up progress, that they are more concerned with comma placement than with publishing content quickly and that everyone can get along fine without them. The role of […]

New at editing? Treat it like a mystery

Editing is a lot like solving a mystery. Detectives are relentless in the search for answers, fixated on the tiniest details. Editors are like that, too. Editors’ minds seem to be “on” all the time, and for good reason. As with detectives, their work requires critical thinking and visual connecting. Consider the challenge of this […]