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Journalism, in fewer than 400 words

About reporting

How nice of the New York Times’ public editor, Margaret Sullivan, to hand all of us this near the end of the semester: “Everything I Know About Journalism in 395 Words.”

No way I would be able to put this as succinctly as she does, but I agree with her advice — a gift to her last journalism class (for the foreseeable future) at Columbia University.

Here it is:

1. About social media.
• No road rage; walk away from the keyboard.
• Be useful.
• Be responsive.
• Be willing to correct and acknowledge errors immediately.
• Show restraint; remember that you are posting to The World. Forever.
• Try for a mix of 20 percent fun and 80 percent hard information.
• Read every link before re-tweeting or re-posting.
• It’s a tool, not an end in itself.

2. About journalism.
• Don’t cut corners. Do the actual…

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2 thoughts on “Journalism, in fewer than 400 words

  1. Hello and Thank You for visiting my Recovery Blog! I think Mr. Harsh Reality guy had something to do with that! LOL. Never be afraid to write!! You don’t have to be a ‘professional writer’ or even a journalist to let what is in your heart fall onto your keyboard….

    My years of journaling about my recovery journey, living with mental/emotional health problems, and my past childhood trauma and abuse was power enough to have a book published to help others, and give them HOPE to never give up on life!

    I’m now a new follow fan, and I’ll have my eye on you! LOL.
    “Just Keep Writing!”

    Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon 🙂 XO

    • Wow! Thank you for the encouragement. Really, I’m not consciously aware of why i really visited your blog but it’s powerful none the less. I’ll have to say that when I read about recovery stories I wonder where I am along that path. Some days I feel lost in a sea of living day by day and other days I feel like I’ll be OK. Today? Let me have my coffee and toast first then I’ll decide. lol Thanks again for the encouragement.

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