Blog Archives

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. […]

April 20: Want creativity? Here’s how!

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 20 Creativity is all about asking questions, especially of yourself. Professional skills include more than knowing how to do something and how […]

Help yourself: 10 questions to ask

The final strategy of our “Think Like an Editor” book ends with “Strategy 50: Keep Asking Questions.” We chose that ending because, as we wrote, it’s a theme of the entire book: “Good journalists – passionate ones – ask the right questions.” We firmly believe: “Questions are liberating, not confining. They release your creativity and […]

Have fun – but no surprises (video)

No surprises. That’s something I say a lot when discussing stories that are being planned for publication. What I mean: Create a plan Communicate it Keep updating editors as circumstances warrant What constitutes a surprise: Plan gets tossed New plan is adopted None of that is communicated in real time That type of surprise is […]

Actions have consequences: Video

We have been consumed recently by stories about what happens when people take action without thinking or when people are thoughtless about their actions. The news about CNN‘s Rick Sanchez and Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi are two examples. You probably can think of other stories in your community, on a local level, in which […]

Have fun in the newsroom: Video

I was chatting with a colleague once, and I volunteered that it was important to have fun in the newsroom and the classroom. Work hard, play hard. I think that’s especially so now, when the everyday stress of the business is multiplied by all the uncertainty. My colleague responded to me: “That’s the last thing […]