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. […]

You’re ‘just’ a … what?

not teaching, still THINKING …  This single word — just — can unfairly deflate anyone’s impression of you. I’m just an intern I’m just a part-timer I’m just a volunteer Remove the word “just” and replace it with one of its meanings, “merely,” and you have a false definition of your worth. Why is this […]

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 […]

Think golf. That’s it. Just think golf.

not teaching, still THINKING … Golf has topped the agenda of one of these two profs (you know which one) this past summer. So it is not surprising to reflect back on Strategy #3 of our “Think Like an Editor” book and to recall how golf is used as an analogy to explain how reporters […]

‘Just enough’ isn’t good enough

not teaching, still THINKING … When a special occasion comes around and we order a roast to entertain, we always order more than the suggested number of pounds per person who will be seated at the table. Usually the standard is given as 1/2 pound per person. We make it 1 pound per person. The […]

Think twice about a thankless job

Thankless jobs. Have one? This question came to me today as I was leaving what I’ll generically describe as a lawn mower retail and service store. I was there on a mission to pick up newly sharpened lawn mower blades. They were not ready, so I chose to wait while they were sharpened — about […]