You can try, but you won’t succeed

Just finished folding a set of sheets, including the dreaded fitted sheet. Actually, folding sheets was an exercise for students during one of their editing classes at the end of last semester. Two students were given a flat sheet. Two students were given a fitted sheet. Their instructions were simple. The two students with the […]

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. […]

Tucson shootings – Collaboration is Key

Everyone’s attention has been focused on the shootings in Tucson, Ariz., that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition with a brain injury, six people dead and 14 injured. Stories have described the gruesome scene, the heroic actions to stop the gunman and the selfless efforts to help the injured. Portraits have emerged of the […]