‘Just enough’ isn’t good enough

not teaching, still THINKING … When a special occasion comes around and we order a roast to entertain, we always order more than the suggested number of pounds per person who will be seated at the table. Usually the standard is given as 1/2 pound per person. We make it 1 pound per person. The […]

NPR leader has some advice for us

When we speak of change in the media industry, we’re often drawing attention to the latest about newspapers and online publishers. Today, we direct you to radio. National Public Radio’s Jarl Mohn talks audience, podcasts and the basics in an interview with Brett Zongker for The Associated Press. Consider this telling line from The Big Story interview: “We don’t have […]

New ‘Storyline’ tells it like it is

The Washington Post just announced the start of a new storytelling site: Storyline. Jim Tankersley, editor of Storyline, explains. Today we launch a new destination on Washingtonpost.com, dedicated to the power of stories to help us understand complicated, critical things. We’re focused on public policy, but not on Washington process. We care about policy as […]

What’s the best way to tell a story?

If you ask yourself this question at the start of any story planning, you likely will move forward with confidence and efficiency — and on a platform that maximizes your content. The key is to know how to handle multiple platforms and tools and to consider your options, smartly. Here’s one strategy: Find inspiration from […]

Judgment – how to decide what’s news

News judgment cannot really be taught. It is learned. Journalists can develop a sense of news judgment by observing what others do and analyzing it. With each experience, they will become more comfortable with their own news judgment. Here are some suggested ways you can decide what’s important. Be methodical Be aware Be a listener […]

Optimize your photo-taking efforts

Images abound this Memorial Day weekend — whether they are published in legacy media or on social media, whether they are posted online or are being passed around on mobile devices for others to see. If you are making memories, why not optimize your efforts? Here are some suggestions. HOW TO PICK THE BEST PHOTOS Follow […]