How to use a quote to draw a picture

So Syracuse got soaked last night and broke a record for rain for June 30: 2.64 inches, with 2.55 inches of it falling in just two hours. We know that from Glenn Coin at, who wrote a short piece about it. He also told us that the heavy rain caused flash flooding in some areas, […]

How to lead when you want to scream

In a feature published on 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 […]

May you ‘be the weather’

MAY you … For the month of May, we are devoting this blog to our wishes for journalists present and future: “MAY you … “ Every day, you will find a tip, a tidbit or a top-of-mind piece of advice we hope will help you now and later Our good friend Chris Fruitrich, formerly of USA […]

Life lesson from baseball’s Tex Simone

It has taken the passing of a local sports legend and icon of the Syracuse, New York, baseball scene to revive our Think Like an Editor blog, which has been on sabbatical for what was supposed to be a semester — but extended into another half a semester. Anthony “Tex” Simone — former chief operating […]

How can you trust a website?

Just this week, we discussed in class how an editor can trust a website, along with a dual discussion about how many ways people can be tricked. Here is a fresh example from today’s, under the headline, “If you buy tickets online, beware copycat sites.” As the story explains, tickets for shows at the […]

Big sports news — and big opportunities

There’s a big local news story — with a lesson in journalism wrapped inside as well. The story here in Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University and Pittsburgh are leaving the Big East athletic conference to join the Atlantic Coast Conference. Sure, that is a big deal in the sports world, because some classic basketball rivalries will […]