Give up, but don’t quit

not teaching, still THINKING … Time works against us in a publish-every-second world. But it doesn’t have to get the best of us. Here are some tested tips to get you through time-sensitive moments: Give up perfection but don’t quit on quality. That means do check for accuracy, do write for clarity, do communicate succinctly. […]

April 17: No headline here? Read anyway!

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 17 When you send an email without filling in the subject line, you’re basically telling the recipient: “I want you to read […]

Keep your credibility

Credibility is vital to journalists and their news organizations. That’s not news. But it is a valuable mantra worth repeating — often. Consider this statement by Lucio Guerrero, former spokesman for Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, as reported in a New York Times story today: “Once you lose credibility, that’s the kiss of death.” Guerrero was […]

How to respond to plagiarism: Video

You must be vigilant when editing so you are aware when there’s a possible case of plagiarism in a story. Once you spot a problem, then what? React, but with care, because the reporter’s reputation and your career are at stake. The best approach: Tell your immediate supervisor; ask questions about the story but don’t […]