‘Just enough’ isn’t good enough

not teaching, still THINKING … When a special occasion comes around and we order a roast to entertain, we always order more than the suggested number of pounds per person who will be seated at the table. Usually the standard is given as 1/2 pound per person. We make it 1 pound per person. The […]

10 distracting transitions you can avoid

If you’re already immersed at an internship or are embarking on a new writing adventure, it seems a good point in time to draw attention to an important part of writing and the story structure: transitions. Transitions are words that take a reader from paragraph to paragraph, from topic to topic and from speaker to […]

Make the best use of quotes — encore

Quotes bring life to a story. They inspire, inform, enlighten and engage us. They bring the voices of others to us. There is an art to including “real people” in stories. It takes insight, patience and thinking. To that end, we are sharing a previously published post: “‘Real People’ Quotes: We Can Do Better.” First […]

Be the go-to source for your audience

Readers are inundated — not only with news, but also with updates. Think about your own website and news apps and how you can be the go-to source — the favorite — for your readers. One way is to adopt the best practices of the wire services. Publish when you have full knowledge Let readers […]

10 warning signs a story shouldn’t run

A parallel can be drawn between people who make serious, personal decisions and journalists who make decisions about whether to run stories. Personal decisions have long-lasting consequences. The same is true for reporters and editors. It is a major decision to run any story, and when a reporter or editor decides to publish despite serious […]

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 […]