3 questions to stay positive at work

not teaching,still THINKING … If you find yourself dragging yourself to work, ask yourself these three short questions and see if they help to give you a sense of eagerness instead. Was it fun? We tend to ask that question when we’re curious about some kind of event. But how about our work experience? Work […]

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 […]

May you always have fun in all you do

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 We’re pretty fond of journalism as a fulfilling […]

What’s the best way to tell a story?

If you ask yourself this question at the start of any story planning, you likely will move forward with confidence and efficiency — and on a platform that maximizes your content. The key is to know how to handle multiple platforms and tools and to consider your options, smartly. Here’s one strategy: Find inspiration from […]

Fun? Absolutely — but act carefully

Your audience does not draw neat lines between the personal you and the working you, whether you are self-employed or receive a paycheck from someone else. Twitter has become a particular hazard, where 140-character potshots that are meant to be funny can backfire. Do these tweets showcase humor and sharp-edged sarcasm, or reveal a bias […]

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. […]