Engage in the news today & every day

Are you engaged in the news? That’s the big question today, which is National News Engagement Day. Engagement is the theme of this annual day — set aside for journalists and news consumers to “read, watch, like, tweet, post, text, email, listen to, or comment on news.” We can thank the Association for Education in […]

May you keep your friends close

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 At the end of your work day, whether […]

Don’t be too casual with your writing

If you text or email from your mobile devices, then you know how easy it is to communicate by making up words, abbreviating words, omitting words and leaving out punctuation — CU@8, for example. This punchy way of talking serves a purpose. It gets the message across on a small screen in a readable way, […]

April 21: No salutation? Think again!

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 21 Sadly, salutations seem to have gone by the wayside. By definition, a salutation is a greeting. Here are two examples from yourdictionary.com that […]

April 16: Receive a message? Hit reply!

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 16 Instant communication. It’s a wonderful thing. Email. Texting. Social media. We get liked and favorited. We get mail in the inbox. […]

April 15: Asking for help? Get personal!

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 15 When you seek a reference or an interview, whether you do so by email or written note, keep these ideas in […]