Newsroom

Guides for enhancing and extending your resources for reporting, editorial, photojournalism and other content generating areas.

Golf tournaments bring out weekly paper’s top performance

November 3, 2014

When the U.S. Open Championship came to town, Pilot Publisher David Woronoff put all his resources into play to provide top-notch coverage of the golf classic.

5 rules this copy editor is losing sleep over

October 17, 2014

After my last article on things I’m not losing sleep over as a copy editor, I thought it only fair to tell you what is keeping me up at night.

‘Begs the question’ is a phrase best avoided

October 17, 2014

A reader wrote to me about his pet peeve—the misuse of the phrase “begs the question.” He wanted to know whether this rampant misuse had become accepted usage. That can happen, but it hasn’t in this case—and I hope it won’t.

Using county-level data to generate local stories

October 17, 2014

One of our favorite things we do on The Rural Blog is tell rural journalists about county-level data that can help generate interesting local stories. We had several items like that lately, along with several other interesting posts that could be localized.

Commas: Now you see them; now you don’t

August 8, 2014

Do you like magic? Commas are the magicians of our language. They can transform the meaning of a sentence.

Giving your sources a preview of the story

August 8, 2014

It’s probably happened to every journalist as least once. You’ve just completed an interview, one that took an extra coaxing to land. As you’re wrapping up, the subject asks, “Could I see a copy of the story before it goes to print?”

Even here in America, grammar can be fun

July 8, 2014

My brother’s English mother-in-law grew up in a culture that values all things proper, but she lives in the U.S., so she’s constantly assaulted by American “anti-grammar,” and she reads my column for relief of the mental anguish it causes. She asked if I dared tackle the usage of lay versus lie. I told her it would likely fall on deaf ears, but I would do it anyway, so here goes:

Be careful not to squelch reader exchange

July 8, 2014

We’ve all received letters that give us pause as to whether they should ever see the light of day on our editorial pages. In the editor’s mind, there are numerous reasons to dismiss the letter out of hand.

‘If someone’s soles are worn thin, he must be doing a good job’

July 8, 2014

If you told Eric NeSmith that his shoes are starting to show some wear and tear, he’d take that as high praise.

Holding court with your news sources

June 9, 2014

A newsroom’s lifeblood is its ability to keep a pulse of the community and deliver timely reports. Uncooperative news sources often create detours and roadblocks.

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