Wash, rinse, don’t repeat

not teaching, still THINKING … An embarrassingly number of times, the following has happened to me: Go to washing machine, set all of the dials, start water, open lid — only to find not an empty washer, but instead a washer full of clean clothes, already washed, rinsed and spun. And now those clothes are […]

10 ways you can ensure accuracy

Certain details in stories should always be checked — even when it seems there is no time because of tight deadlines. Editors learn how to check information quickly and efficiently, especially when they are the last line of defense against errors being published. Here are 10 ways you can ensure accuracy: Check names. Look up […]

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 […]