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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 […]

3 common feelings you must understand

not teaching,still THINKING … Worried? Stressed? Anxious? All of the above? Deadlines will do that to you. So will your imagination. A recent piece in The New York Times by Emma Pattee explains the differences. The reason we share this with you is not only because you might find the information valuable as you navigate […]

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 […]

Make the most of your competitive spirit

not teaching,still THINKING … Competition can be a good thing when it leads to a person looking inward and assessing personal philosophies. That’s one reason we encourage having a credo — a practical way to consider what guides you when you make decisions. A credo is a way to check in with yourself during times […]