Think — give yourself this gift every day

Time. Never enough of it. But there’s always time to think. You might be thinking right now that we haven’t had time to post on this blog since the last item, Oct. 1. Not true. Just didn’t have anything to say. Really? Really. We understand, because we experience it ourselves, that you are bombarded all […]

Make the best use of quotes — encore

Quotes bring life to a story. They inspire, inform, enlighten and engage us. They bring the voices of others to us. There is an art to including “real people” in stories. It takes insight, patience and thinking. To that end, we are sharing a previously published post: “‘Real People’ Quotes: We Can Do Better.” First […]

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 […]

April 22: Surprise question? Answer it!

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 22 Picture yourself at an interview for a job that you really hope to land. The interviewer asks you one of those […]

Talking + thinking = communicating: Video

All kinds of relationships are built upon good communication. The reporter-editor relationship is an example. My co-author prefers the term “talking” to “communicating,” but they pretty much are the same thing. Talking comes naturally to journalists. Reporters rely on sources to answer questions. Editors rely on reporters to share information. This communication between reporters and […]

Get exposed to some new thinking

On our way home from the Syracuse University campus last night, we stopped off for an hour-long talk by Seth Godin, the blogger/writer/marketer/thinker/motivator. He drew several hundred to a downtown venue. Godin gave a “canned presentation,” with a funny PowerPoint running behind him. That being said, ready-made as it was, it was an entertaining and […]