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 […]

You are at the center of this discussion

not teaching,still THINKING … News judgment — and reader judgment — are at the core of a recent decision by The New York Times to publish a story more than two weeks after learning about an issue. The issue is explained in a piece by Ben Smith, the media columnist for The Times, published under […]

4 ways to inspire ourselves and others

not teaching,still THINKING … Inspiration makes our jobs worthwhile. So does feedback. It’s true of journalism, but we think everyone can relate. With that general idea in mind, here are some key questions we can ask ourselves on a regular basis. What purpose is my work serving in my community and for my audience? It’s […]

‘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 […]

Context can enhance even a solid story

BIG numbers. How can journalists convey how big? A good example is found in the work of Manny Fernandez of The New York Times, whose story about Houston after Hurricane Harvey carries the headline: “Over 21 Miles of Highway, Snapshots of a Resilient Houston.” How can we visualize the size of Houston? Fernandez shows us […]

Be a cautious skeptic — especially now

Look no further than the rash of stories about creepy clown sightings around the country to understand how important it is to be a healthy skeptic. The topic of healthy skepticism is timely, with good reason. Journalists get paid to ask questions, and the aim has always been to ask the right questions to get […]