editor on the verge

Online musings from the newsroom and beyond . . . by Yoni Greenbaum

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Entries Tagged as 'Beat Development'

Are you setting yourself up for a “beat”down?

January 4th, 2008 · No Comments

One of the great things about your newspaper having a website is that the painful sting of getting beaten does not have to last a full day. It used to be that reporters would grab a copy of the competitor’s newspaper on the way to work, discover that they had been beaten and have to […]



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Can you spare five minutes for a better story?

December 20th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Conversations between reporters and editors are a great thing. But at many newspapers, they don’t happen nearly often enough and when it comes to covering breaking news, I’m afraid they happen even less. We all are familiar with this scenario: The police scanner suddenly crackles with the news of a fire, reports of smoke coming […]



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Office Hours — Your local reporter is in

December 19th, 2007 · 5 Comments

Reporters who are interested in spending time out of their newsrooms while still pleasing their editors and maintaining productivity might consider adopting a simple practice — holding office hours. In many cases, just the phrase “office hours” evokes thoughts of college or grad school, of meetings with professors and teaching assistants in musty, windowless offices. […]



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