Look up! What stories will you tell?

not teaching,still THINKING … Blue-sky thinking is a must for writers — whether they are interns, newcomers or veterans. That’s because pitching stories is still THE top request of writers at digital-first operations and print publications. If you think it is difficult to come up with ideas no one has thought of already, then the […]

It’s our choice — excitement or fear

not teaching,still THINKING … Creativity is one of those traits that can excite or agitate. Why is that? It is liberating to be creative — our ideas, our innovations, our ways. But freedom can also induce fear — which ideas are best, how will I innovate, will my way be accepted? Do I even have […]

April 22: Surprise question? Answer it!

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 22 Picture yourself at an interview for a job that you really hope to land. The interviewer asks you one of those […]

April 5: Permission or forgiveness?

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 5 The popular adage, “Ask forgiveness, not permission,” has its merits when used properly. But has this become a way of life […]

No time to think, much less be original

Poynter’s Kelly McBride has it right this week when she writes that the business is suffering an “originality failure” more than, or as much as, a plagiarism crisis. We discuss this in our book; we call it, “How to be the Idea Person.” There’s nothing better than being known as the person who comes up […]

Practice being creative

It’s 9-11, the anniversary of the terrorist attacks, and a good time to test your creativity. Imagine that you were the editor at the main daily/web site in your community. How might you cover this occasion in a creative way that employs all — or at least many — of your tools and opens the […]