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Keep your digital readers in motion

When it comes to writing headlines, you probably won’t always have the time you desire to come up with the perfect one — especially when you work in the hurry-up digital world. That’s OK. If you visualize what the story is about while you edit, you can start writing the headline in your head. Focus […]

Add value at the top for readers

In a digital world, it’s all about “added value” for readers. Picture yourself behind the information desk at a mall, as the person who anticipates shoppers’ questions and is ready with answers. Ask these three simple questions of yourself: What can the digital experience add to the story? What questions can I answer? What services […]

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 […]

How we speak is how we write

Funny how a seemingly simple conversation about tangerines and clementines can spark a lively exchange about language. Here is how it went: Me: Try some of this clementine. It’s really sweet. Other person: What is a clementine? Me: It’s like a tangerine, but it has no seeds. Other person: Why are you saying it has […]

No excuses – but our blog is back

It has been a long time since we have been in touch. Too long. But after a medically induced hiatus, we are back on schedule with our Think Like an Editor blog. We hope you’re still with us. As you probably have heard – and might know firsthand – maintaining a blog is a full-time […]

10 reasons for newspapers to survive

One day after we posted our latest video, which focuses on the iPad, I’m still thinking a lot about James Murdoch’s comments that iPads are “cannibalizing” newspapers and could be their demise because the interactive devices come so close to readers’ actual experiences with physical newspapers. Everything that my co-author says in the video about […]