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, […]

Context can enhance even a solid story

BIG numbers. How can journalists convey how big? A good example is found in the work of Manny Fernandez of The New York Times, whose story about Houston after Hurricane Harvey carries the headline: “Over 21 Miles of Highway, Snapshots of a Resilient Houston.” How can we visualize the size of Houston? Fernandez shows us […]

May you keep up your morale

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 The definition, alone, of “morale” would keep anyone’s […]

Multijob Journalists: More Edits a Must

If you want an idea of what editors go through when making deadline decisions on major stories, read Arthur Brisbane’s account. The New York Times public editor details what was happening in the Times newsroom on the day of the Tucson shootings and how it happened that the news organization reported on its website that […]

Mental Illness – What To Do On Campus

One of the more disturbing issues of the Tucson shootings is the mental state of the gunman. Story after story has described his odd behavior and run-ins at the community college he attended. Just as many stories have explained that a person who might be mentally ill does not necessarily exhibit violent behavior or commit […]