Covering coronavirus is for all writers

not teaching,still THINKING … Specialty writing is holding a special place these days in our consumption of news as a major news story — the coronavirus — touches every aspect of our lives. The idea that hard news is for only “news” reporters to cover has, once more, been debunked. We have always taught and […]

3 common feelings you must understand

not teaching,still THINKING … Worried? Stressed? Anxious? All of the above? Deadlines will do that to you. So will your imagination. A recent piece in The New York Times by Emma Pattee explains the differences. The reason we share this with you is not only because you might find the information valuable as you navigate […]

Polls Part 2: This error is a good one

not teaching,still THINKING … The margin of error is an important term that brings context to every poll and should be included in the reporting of every poll. First, thank you to George Edmonson and Larry Dietrich, two fellow journalists. They both mentioned the all-important margin of error when they commented on our previous post […]

How your photos can make an impression

not teaching,still THINKING … Photos are a big draw on social media, and here are some tips to consider before you publish them. These tips are not only for journalists, but also for anyone who posts images. Check identifications. Be sure spellings accompanying images are correct and that they match spellings elsewhere in your post. […]

No tips here — and that’s the story

not teaching,still THINKING … Perfection. One definition: “extreme degree of excellence.” That’s what consumers expected from their Hershey’s Kisses, whose tips have been missing since December. It’s a human interest story generated by a disappointed baker, and we can learn a lot from it. Social media played a part. As The New York Times reported, […]

Marital affair? Take special care

not teaching,still THINKING … Transparency. Journalists strive for it. The audience craves it. We all need it. Residents called for it recently at a school board meeting about an issue that has been in the news: “West Genesee residents ‘outraged, embarrassed’; want transparency over superintendent” What’s the story? These lead paragraphs from that story, published […]