Marital affair? Take special care

not teaching,still THINKING … Transparency. Journalists strive for it. The audience craves it. We all need it. Residents called for it recently at a school board meeting about an issue that has been in the news: “West Genesee residents ‘outraged, embarrassed’; want transparency over superintendent” What’s the story? These lead paragraphs from that story, published […]

10 ways to keep your wits on deadline

not teaching, still THINKING … Now, more than ever, editors must remain unflappable in their roles as gatekeeper, cool head and last defense — sometimes the only defense — against error and misstep. Editors are asked to do more, to know more and to juggle more, and often they have less time to do it. […]

A checklist for jet crash coverage

With the tragic news of the downed Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine, here are some tips for covering breaking news of this kind as more details are uncovered and stories are updated — by the minute, hour, day, week and beyond. Keep track of and check the following in every story. Flight number Number of […]

Digital error? Update? Be transparent

There are more opportunities for misinformation to be disseminated digitally than in print for a number of reasons: Stories are posted in real time Stories often bypass a copy desk Reporters can post from a mobile device — at the scene of breaking news, during a court proceeding or when covering any story Reporters often […]

April 29: A thank you? Pitch yourself!

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 29 Thanking someone with a formal note has already been a theme of our April tips. But here is an idea from […]

ESPN must monitor itself, more openly

When ESPN came along, no one was happier than me, a “sports nut” all my life. It was definitely a “pinch me” moment. “A network just for sports? Are you kidding me?” What’s happened in the more than quarter-century since then has been surreal. I’ve watched the network become so much more than game broadcasts: […]