Think golf. That’s it. Just think golf.

not teaching, still THINKING … Golf has topped the agenda of one of these two profs (you know which one) this past summer. So it is not surprising to reflect back on Strategy #3 of our “Think Like an Editor” book and to recall how golf is used as an analogy to explain how reporters […]

Don’t look at me — it’s on you, now

A relationship with benefits. That’s how we used to define the mutually attractive agreement between reporters and editors. A reporter would tell a source: “I have to ask this question. My editor will want to know.” And an editor was happy to be blamed because, in all likelihood, the question was a legitimate one that […]

18 ways to get to know your emotional IQ

In case you missed this Forbes piece earlier this month, “Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here’s How to Know for Sure,” read it now. Contributor Travis Bradberry could be talking to a roomful of journalists. First, what is it? Bradberry explains: Emotional intelligence is the “something” in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we […]

12 ways reporters can ‘manage up’

Overwork, boring work and low pay will drive employees away. But the greatest workplace deal breaker could be the boss-employee relationship. That’s why it’s important to know how to control this relationship. First, think of it as a partnership. If you’re an editor, treat reporters as partners and let them know you don’t mind giving […]

Talking + thinking = communicating: Video

All kinds of relationships are built upon good communication. The reporter-editor relationship is an example. My co-author prefers the term “talking” to “communicating,” but they pretty much are the same thing. Talking comes naturally to journalists. Reporters rely on sources to answer questions. Editors rely on reporters to share information. This communication between reporters and […]

Help reporters to see the big picture

What’s the story? That’s the all-important question that reporters and editors must ask as they plan stories together. Asking this question helps the big picture come into view. Darren Benda, a senior newspaper major at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, had a good experience seeing the big picture with his editor while working […]