Give up, but don’t quit

not teaching, still THINKING … Time works against us in a publish-every-second world. But it doesn’t have to get the best of us. Here are some tested tips to get you through time-sensitive moments: Give up perfection but don’t quit on quality. That means do check for accuracy, do write for clarity, do communicate succinctly. […]

Minimum wage issue a lesson in inclusion

Classes at the Newhouse School start a week from today, and it’s time to remind ourselves how many lessons surround us every day, with every story and post that we read. Take, for example, the increased minimum wage issue that’s been in the news. Lots of information. Plenty of opinions. If you’re following that news, […]

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 […]

Be original – tips to eliminate cliches

Cliches weaken your message. They can be slang expressions, common phrases or idioms. They are not creative. Cliches are not-so-gently used words — over and over, again and again. They are tired and worn out, and they wear out readers. Good writers use their own words to describe a scene, to capture a moment, to […]

April 1: Job hunting? Use common sense

Each day in 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 1 Do you have a lead on your dream job? Great. Are you applying? Super. Need a reference? That’s expected. What’s next? Choose […]

How we speak is how we write

Funny how a seemingly simple conversation about tangerines and clementines can spark a lively exchange about language. Here is how it went: Me: Try some of this clementine. It’s really sweet. Other person: What is a clementine? Me: It’s like a tangerine, but it has no seeds. Other person: Why are you saying it has […]