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Covering coronavirus is for all writers

not teaching,still THINKING … Specialty writing is holding a special place these days in our consumption of news as a major news story — the coronavirus — touches every aspect of our lives. The idea that hard news is for only “news” reporters to cover has, once more, been debunked. We have always taught and […]

Polls Part 2: This error is a good one

not teaching,still THINKING … The margin of error is an important term that brings context to every poll and should be included in the reporting of every poll. First, thank you to George Edmonson and Larry Dietrich, two fellow journalists. They both mentioned the all-important margin of error when they commented on our previous post […]

Polls: How the math is figured matters

not teaching,still THINKING … Political polling is in full force, and it brings to mind the importance of knowing the difference between percent and percentage point. These terms do not mean the same thing. Using one instead of the other will alter the accuracy of the information. Here is an example and an explanation: Consider […]

Heard news? Ask: How do you know?

not teaching,still THINKING … When Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, along with seven others, died in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26, a lot of “details” were shared — some overheard in casual conversations. For example: Kobe Bryant is Catholic Kobe Bryant attended Mass the morning of the crash Kobe Bryant received the Holy […]

Um, you might want to know this

not teaching, still THINKING … Um. It’s a word that fills time when someone is thinking while speaking. We hear it so often — and use it so often — that it can go unnoticed. Other filler words, however, are not so subtle, particularly when used as a transition of sorts, at the start of […]

It’s true — there’s only one ‘only’

not teaching, still THINKING … If you listen carefully to what people say, you’re likely to hear this phrase: “one of the only …” It doesn’t make sense. Something can be “one” of a specific number, such as one of three, or it can be the “only” one, meaning just that. Words take up valuable […]