We can’t let people give up on the media

not teaching,still THINKING … Trust in the media. It is a topic we have written about numerous times in this blog. Today, we share a thoroughly researched and thoughtfully written piece by Sabrina Tavernise and Aidan Gardiner of The New York Times under the headline: ‘No One Believes Anything’: Voters Worn Out by a Fog […]

3 ways to test your trust in today’s news

not teaching,still THINKING … Now is a good time to share, again, some key ways that news consumers can test whether they can trust the information bombarding them about serious national issues in today’s news. Try any — or all — of these three simple exercises. After you have followed your normal routine for consuming […]

What we publish — in poor taste or not?

not teaching,still THINKING … “In poor taste.” Those three words can be a major factor in whether material is published or kept from public view. How to decide? Many times, it is up to individuals and colleagues to figure out where to draw the lines on appropriate subject matter for published content, including all the […]

No tips here — and that’s the story

not teaching,still THINKING … Perfection. One definition: “extreme degree of excellence.” That’s what consumers expected from their Hershey’s Kisses, whose tips have been missing since December. It’s a human interest story generated by a disappointed baker, and we can learn a lot from it. Social media played a part. As The New York Times reported, […]

Marital affair? Take special care

not teaching,still THINKING … Transparency. Journalists strive for it. The audience craves it. We all need it. Residents called for it recently at a school board meeting about an issue that has been in the news: “West Genesee residents ‘outraged, embarrassed’; want transparency over superintendent” What’s the story? These lead paragraphs from that story, published […]

6 ways to impress at a new job

If you’re starting a new job or an internship at a news organization, take a moment to learn these six simple ways to stand out as a professional member of the team from Day One. Dress professionally. This doesn’t necessarily mean full-blown business attire. But it does mean dressing appropriately for the position. A reporter […]