How to Think Like a Journalist: Breaking Through Writer’s Block

I have a confession to make. I’m one of the worst (or best) procrastinators in the world. Sometimes, I relate by saying to myself “I’m taking my time”. This unfortunately is a cop out. What I am NOT doing is following advice from top motivational speakers like Zig Ziglar, whose rule no. 4 of hisContinue reading “How to Think Like a Journalist: Breaking Through Writer’s Block”

How to think like a journalist: Getting the Interview in Government Meetings

At government meetings, reporters assume they can get the story from the mayor, town supervisor, or other leader, but it is a mistake to think that. Let me explain. President Richard Nixon got caught with his hands in a cookie jar, not because Nixon was interviewed, but because Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and CarlContinue reading “How to think like a journalist: Getting the Interview in Government Meetings”

HOW TO THINK LIKE A JOURNALIST: THE HOOK

Ask any fisherman and he will tell you, the way you cast your hook is half the battle in catching fish. The same holds true for reporters and their profession. You have to find the right hook. Hooks are the introduction of the story to the reader; they remind them why they are reading it,Continue reading “HOW TO THINK LIKE A JOURNALIST: THE HOOK”