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Seeing is believing — show, don’t tell

Three elements in stories keep the audience interested and prevent a story from becoming just a recitation of statements and quotes. Anecdotes Examples Details How you use these in stories will make a difference in the end. More important, however, is capturing them in the first place. It takes time and patience and lots of […]

Warning signs that context is missing

A close cousin to background in a story is context. Together, they might account for no more than two paragraphs or so in a story. They are powerful in their presence and conspicuous in their absence. Here are some warning signs that context or background is missing. Uncertainty over the answer to any of the […]

Are you your own editor? Read on

Information moves quickly. So must you. Here are some key questions to ask yourself when reporting and writing a story, especially on deadline. They’ll stick with you. Keep them in mind before you retweet someone else’s story, too. Be sure that any content attached to your name meets basic standards. Be a standout when it […]

April 26: In poor taste? You decide!

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 26 The expression “in poor taste” can apply to many things, including matters of etiquette. Life offers us opportunities galore for all […]

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 […]

Help yourself: 10 questions to ask

The final strategy of our “Think Like an Editor” book ends with “Strategy 50: Keep Asking Questions.” We chose that ending because, as we wrote, it’s a theme of the entire book: “Good journalists – passionate ones – ask the right questions.” We firmly believe: “Questions are liberating, not confining. They release your creativity and […]