10 Warning Signs a Story Should Not Run

not teaching, still THINKING … Decisions to publish stories can result in long-lasting consequences, which we always hope are good ones. Sometimes a story is not ready to run, and an editor must hold it. How to decide? Here are 10 warning signs that a story should not run. And, we would add a note […]

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 […]

5 questions to ask when writing a lead

This might seem elementary for journalism veterans. It might seem outdated for those in newsrooms without editors. But we think it’s an important message: 5 questions to ask when writing a lead. These questions originally were intended for editors to ask reporters. However, they are questions reporters can — and should — ask themselves. What’s the […]

How to lead when you want to scream

In a feature published on syracuse.com called “CNY Conversations,” editor Stan Linhorst talks each week with a local person in a leadership role. The Q/A is always about “leadership, success and innovation.” Today, the conversation is with the president of a plastics manufacturing firm, and it offers a great lesson for journalists and communicators. Our […]

Encore: Practice patience & politeness

This post originally was published March 18, 2010. It’s about patience, but don’t miss the underlying message. Patience. It’s something we tend not to have a lot of these days, such as when we must wait a few minutes to make a bag of microwave popcorn or 45 seconds to reheat a cup of coffee. […]

Inside look at reporters on the outside

In a tweet today, our colleague Simon Perez brought to our attention a story by media reporter Paul Farhi of The Washington Post, “Why Journalists Need to Practice What They Preach.” The piece is straightforward. When they’re on the other side of a microphone or press pad, reporters can be as thin-skinned, controlling and paranoid as […]