Why adversity demands tough questions

not teaching,still THINKING … Questions are the mainstay of journalists. Mary Louise Kelly, a co-host of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” explains that point well in a recent opinion piece published in The New York Times under the headline: Pompeo Called Me a ‘Liar.’ That’s Not What Bothers Me. Kelly states: Ask journalists why they do […]

Quotes as sound bites — a quick tip

Audio files, or short sound bites, are an effective way to include people’s quotes on a digital platform. But these sound bites won’t be of much use if they are captured on a digital recorder and buried in an extensive interview. Neither editors nor reporters have time to handle and edit large files when posting. […]

10 questions in 10 minutes – writing tips

If you have gathered information and conducted interviews for a story, and now you’re stuck on how to write it, here are some questions to ask yourself that might help. They are designed to extract all the good material you already have in hand. If you’re editing someone’s work and are attempting to improve it, […]

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 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 […]