Timing is everything — this is our time

not teaching,still THINKING … Thinking brought us here, with our first Think Like an Editor post published more than 10 years ago, on Dec. 22, 2009. Since then, we have published more than 500 posts, all connected in some way with the all-important trait of “thinking,” which we believe is underrated. Now we are thinking […]

Checking facts? Try these 5 steps

not teaching,still THINKING … Fact checking has everyone’s attention again. And for good reason. So this is a good time to share a trusted method that will draw your attention to how many facts can appear in a story. It is a step-by-step fact-checking exercise that reporters have routinely followed in the past. We think […]

Curiosity led us to meet these cool cats

not teaching,still THINKING … You don’t have to be a journalist to get an idea published. Curious viewers took action on social media recently, and the PBS NewsHour satisfied their curiosity with this lighthearted piece: The NewsHour’s Family of Furry Friends Before you engage and enjoy, here’s a friendly reminder about curiosity: Curiosity leads to […]

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 […]

Not a journalist? You still have power

not teaching,still THINKING … Curiosity is that powerful trait that drives journalists. It can drive you — the audience — too. Here’s how. Each day, set aside time to think about what you are curious about and make a list. As the days go by, review the list. Do you spot any trends? Follow your […]

Let cool heads prevail under pressure

not teaching,still THINKING … Overheard conversations can offer real lessons in getting along with others. Or not. Here’s something you can try. When you are standing in line at a retail service desk, pay attention to conversations you can hear around you. Listen to a customer expressing a complaint or asking to return an item. […]