Listen! Can you hear the collaboration?

not teaching, still THINKING … Collaboration is one of those words that evokes strong emotion, and not usually positive. When asked about collaboration and teamwork, journalism students in the past often gave these responses: I’d rather work alone I do my best work independently When I collaborate, people don’t show up for meetings Everyone gets […]

Encore: Try, but you won’t succeed

This post originally was published Jan. 16, 2017, reflecting on the end of the fall semester’s editing course. As we begin the spring 2018 semester, now is a good time to reinforce — at the start of the editing course — that we all must do more than try. Just finished folding a set of […]

How to prevent workplace burnout

A piece published today by Fast Company, “5 Creative Ways to Prevent Employees Burning Out,” offers some good reminders about balancing work and everything else. The tips are directed at employers, but anyone can put them to use. And they remind us of some other ways that journalists can help themselves and one another. First, Fast […]

May you go beyond what is expected

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 On the second day of training at Dow […]

April 6: Do you ‘really’ not understand?

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 6 You’ve probably heard it said that there is no stupid question. When you have a question, you should ask. But how […]

Teamwork: Give in and let go (video)

Perhaps no word brings more tension to a classroom discussion than “teamwork.” It makes students cringe. First reactions usually go something like this: I prefer to work independently I don’t have time to meet My last team project was a disaster These are all valid reactions. I can relate – in academic and professional settings. […]