Bread recipe serves as important lesson

not teaching,still THINKING … Like homemade bread? So does a former colleague — a highly respected, now retired journalist who posted a baguette recipe on social media recently. But he transposed two important ingredients. No problem. Being the professional that he is, he immediately posted a correction.  Sunday, 3:01 p.m.: Recipe posted. Monday, 1:13 a.m.: […]

Close your eyes and look around

not teaching,still THINKING … Picture yourself in a picture. Wherever you are right now, look around. Up, down and sideways. Take it all in. This is the first step in a process that can help you notice details and remember them. Why is that important? Details bring a story to life. They naturally color the […]

No shortage of coronavirus story ideas

not teaching,still THINKING … Coronavirus coverage is an extreme example of how story ideas are generated. Not only are the basics being reported, but also the fallout in every locality, every state, every country, every continent. If you are looking to cover a new angle that has not been reported, consider the following: Change. It […]

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 […]