Put your personal interests to the test

not teaching,still THINKING … Personal credibility is just as important as newsroom ethics because personal decisions can upend all the hard work that journalists put into their jobs every day. And those decisions are important to the audience, too. Consider the following scenarios. As a journalist, what would you do? As a news and information […]

Saving a Story: Video

Saving a story requires good judgment and the ability to think clearly and objectively on deadline. The credibility of everyone — reporter, editor, news organization — is at risk when a problematic story is published. That’s why editors must recognize when a story needs attention, and they must know how to react. In our book, […]

Packaging news and info differently

It’s not a new concept to package news and information on print pages to resemble Web pages. What does that mean? Instead of a long narrative, a reporter might write a shorter text story, and show the rest as: A map An illustrative graphic A text sidebar A list A breakout of any kind In […]

Copy editors: How little do you care?

The other night, we were watching a TV show, and someone said: “He could care less.” Our heads snapped in each other’s direction. NO! The expression is, “couldn’t care less.” It means that someone cares so little, that the person could not possibly care less. The phrase is commonly misspoken and misstated. Why do I […]