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Newsletter archives 2021

October

  • October 21, 2021: Politico paywall ‘mistake’; CBS defends reporter after ‘horrific, racist’ attacks; Baby crashes press conference
  • October 20, 2021:  ‘Ask better questions,’ McAuliffe tells reporter; Sean Penn’s Washington Post companion
  • October 19, 2021: Dying woman calls newsroom; ‘Newsroom’ speech saved Jeff Daniels; Why is it so hard to delegate?
  • October 18, 2021: Politico’s new owner removes editor after NYT report; Washington Post traffic drop; Work-life ‘balance’ is doomed
  • October 15, 2021: Politico paywall coming & the new owner’s other plans; What’s enough feedback?
  • October 14, 2021: ‘I am resigning — very reluctantly’; New Baltimore Sun rival; How to deal with pushback
  • October 13, 2021: Houseless reporter lived in van for 2 years; Couric’s RBG ‘edit’; Leaders who hate office politics
  • October 12, 2021: ‘Nick for Oregon’; ‘60 Minutes’ deepfake; Managing ‘Roomies’ and ‘Zoomies’
  • October 8, 2021: Reporting during chemo; Nobel Peace Prize for press freedom; Who’s an emerging leader?
  • October 7, 2021: Nobel prize for press freedom?; Fox News, 25 years later; Talking to the imposter in you
  • October 6, 2021: When Gannett came to town; Couric returns to ‘Today’; Rule 1 for managing your boss
  • October 5, 2021: Journalists refusing vaccinations; Katie Couric banned; When do I give up on an underperformer?
  • October 4, 2021: Facebook outage; Reporter fired over vaccine mandate; Manager’s mantra, ‘Q before A’
  • October 1, 2021: Fox’s new DC bureau; NPR board resignation; Jon Stewart’s new show

September

  • September 30, 2021: Plot to intimidate journalists; Stunning memorial photo; The best way to resign
  • September 29, 2021: Veep or West Wing?; Washington Post lawsuit response; Resilient leaders
  • September 28, 2021: Capital Gazette gunman; Evicting the White House press corps; When managers hoard information
  • September 27, 2021: TV station suspends newscasts; Outsmart ‘Imposter Syndrome’; Scholarship winners honor journalism excellence
  • September 24, 2021: CNN’s Cuomo accused of harassment; Politico COVID case; Our biggest mistakes during tough conversations
  • September 23, 2021: Psaki vs. the Press; ‘Professional toxicity’; Battling burnout
  • September 22, 2021: Trolling Politico; Becoming Matt Drudge; 4 questions for understanding data
  • September 21, 2021: Gannett under fire; Who are the Sunday show guests? When a great team member leaves
  • September 20, 2021: WaPo adding 41 editors; CNN delays newsroom return; 8 ways managers make teams feel unimportant
  • September 15, 2021: Defamatory tweet?; Marshall Project wins Sheehan award; Jon Stewart’s new show
  • September 14, 2021: Fraudit or audit?; ‘This shit is just embarrassing’; Hallmarks of a great boss
  • September 13, 2021: Journalists debate working unpaid hours to get ahead; Big benefits of small talk
  • September 10, 2021: 20 years of 9/11 coverage; Michael Jordan’s $1M journalism pledge; How to ignite inspiration
  • September 9, 2021: Washington Post lawsuit fallout; ‘Grandma badass’; Overscheduled? How to say no
  • September 2, 2021: Afghan journalists arrive in U.S.; Reporting through COVID fog; What makes an ideal meeting?
  • September 1, 2021: AP’s new top editor; Covering 9/11; Tips for reporting on polls

August

  • August 31, 2021: What now for Afghanistan’s media?; Covering Ida; How to handle union organization efforts
  • August 30, 2021: Journalists attacked; Aubuchon honorees; Lou Grant’s journalism legacy; Say goodbye with grace
  • August 27, 2021: Pulitzer’s special Afghanistan journalism prize; Playing Linda Tripp; 10 communication tips for leaders
  • August 26, 2021: What’s next for Politico; ABC News investigation; Journalists left behind in Afghanistan; What managers should never do
  • August 25, 2021: Washington Post’s new plan; Lewinsky’s story; Working with jerks
  • August 24, 2021: Reuters journalist killed; 5 ways to transform education coverage; How do I apologize?
  • August 23, 2021: AP vs. Florida’s governor; How journalism saved ‘Jeopardy!’; Make your team the favorite
  • August 13, 2021: Plagiarism at Snopes, Help #FreeAustinTice; Tracking source diversity; Are you ready for management?
  • August 12, 2021: Maddow mulling MSNBC exit; ‘The press will destroy her’; Are introverts better leaders?
  • August 11, 2021: CNN’s next Cuomo headache; Detained journalist Austin Tice turns 40; 5 strategies to uncover bias in data
  • August 10, 2021: Dave Chappelle rescues public radio station; ‘Ignorance is a virus’; Is being an extrovert an advantage?
  • August 9, 2021: How Albany paper gets Cuomo right; Gannett reworks crime coverage; Words for managers to avoid
  • August 6, 2021: Politico owner emails anti-union memo to staff; WH journalists must report vaccination status
  • August 5, 2021: CNN fires unvaccinated employees; Newsrooms delay reopening; Foxes like ‘the mouthfeel of a newspaper’
  • August 4, 2021: ‘Many people at CNN love Chris’; Lester Holt is the 2021 Fourth Estate honoree; How can I stop my colleague’s complaints?
  • August 2, 2021: Washingtonian battle; WaPo lawsuit raises questions; What your meetings *really* say about you

July

  • July 30, 2021: NYT indefinitely postpones reopening; Can the Capital Gazette survive? Your views on journalists protesting
  • July 29, 2021: Can journalists protest, march, rally? NPR says yes; Numbers are not neutral; How to follow through
  • July 28, 2021: NYT journalists detained; White House reporters re-mask; Gawker returns; The values leaders share
  • July 27, 2021: The Post’s vax requirement; Journalist wanted (to staff Victorian hotel); Why young employees expect feedback
  • July 26, 2021: Top editor exit; CNN journalist’s long Covid; 4 tips for difficult conversations
  • July 23, 2021: Public radio exit; Olympics coverage; Better stories about where we live; First steps with a new team
  • July 22, 2021: Washington Post reporter sues paper; Dying journalist’s ‘last rewrite’; Managing time
  • July 21, 2021: Dallas’ new history-making editor; Kristof’s governor groundwork; How often can I switch jobs?
  • July 20, 2021: White House talks with Fox News; Succession turmoil; What loyalty looks like
  • July 19, 2021: NYT journalist testing run for governor; How to choose a deputy; ‘Thunder Road’ correction
  • July 16, 2021: Reuters journalist killed; ‘Facebook is helping save lives’; End the week with a thank you
  • July 15, 2021: Capital Gazette shooting verdict; Rolling Stone’s next editor; Can you ever regain trust once it’s lost?
  • July 14, 2021: Journalist kidnapping plot; Covid vaccine disinformation war; Fear as a motivator
  • July 13, 2021: The Atlantic’s multi-million $ losses; $250K Substack salary; How do you know when it’s time to quit?
  • July 12, 2021: New DC journalism startup; Does your team play well with others?; Covering housing & racism
  • July 9, 2021: TV news crews at risk; How to mess up tough conversations
  • July 8, 2021: Reporter’s COVID longhaul; Black or black, revisited; How to avoid the ‘idea trap’
  • July 7, 2021: Editor jailed; AP attack arrest; WHCA tie; When an employee cries
  • July 6, 2021: Traumatized Capitol reporters; Nikole Hannah-Jones to Howard; 3 tips for hybrid newsrooms
  • July 1, 2021: PolitiFact lawsuit; Springsteen’s photographer; Vacation time struggles

June

  • June 30, 2021: UNC tenure vote protests; ‘Given a second chance’; The feedback you didn’t get
  • June 29, 2021: Fox agrees to $1M fine; Median editor & reporter wages; I broke my boss’s ‘no surprises’ rule. Now what?
  • June 28, 2021: Newsroom shooting 3 years later; Surprise tenure vote; Say no without shame
  • June 25, 2021: The women running DC’s newsrooms; Wanna be a manager?; Rebuilding trust in news
  • June 24, 2021: L.A. Times DC dustup; Do people leave bosses or companies?; Room Rater Handbook coming
  • June 23, 2021: Washingtonian unionizing; NPR reporter’s cancer secret; Free training to shift your newsroom’s culture
  • June 22, 2021: ‘That’s a moray’; Taking young managers seriously; Pitching editors
  • June 21, 2021: Tribune exodus; 4 must-have skills for today’s managers; Rethinking burnout
  • June 17, 2021: WSJ cuts; Capital Gazette departures; Changing leadership lessons
  • June 16, 2021: Biden apologizes to CNN reporter; Plagiarism lawsuit; ‘Soft’ skills are hard
  • June 15, 2021: Politico top editor exit; AP stops naming suspects; How to get results if you’re not the boss
  • June 14, 2021: CNN, Post meet with AG; Amanpour’s diagnosis; 5 keys to a ‘high-performing happy hybrid’ culture
  • June 11, 2021: Pulitzer firsts & backstories; Ed Yong’s advice to journalists; Leaders, ask for feedback
  • June 10, 2021: Jeffrey Toobin returns to CNN: ‘Nobody is ever just a victim’; Am I succeeding as an ally?
  • June 9, 2021: CNN, NY Times, WaPo editors meeting with Attorney General; Numbers are not neutral; Be generous with information
  • June 8, 2021: Today’s ProPublica leak being investigated by Biden admin; Should managers ever shout?; Weirdest cicada stories
  • June 7, 2021: Pulitzer preview; Covering hate crimes; Feedback is not one-size-fits-all
  • June 4, 2021: TV news cyber attack; Top editor’s ‘true self’; Can I stop being a manager?
  • June 3, 2021: To prison for BuzzFeed leak; Manager’s secret weapon against stress
  • June 2, 2021: AP digs in on ‘clear bias’; You, your team & your boss; 🚨 LAST CALL 🚨 for writing workshop

May

  • May 26, 2021: Historic White House briefing; Tribune begins buyouts; LinkedIn for journalism job seekers
  • May 25, 2021: Racist cartoon; Reporter now drives Lyft; Tips for rebuilding trust; 3 mistakes to avoid when assessing talent
  • May 24, 2021: AP staff push back on firing; Rule 1 for managing your boss
  • May 21, 2021: AP defends firing staffer; Tribune sale drama; How to make learning stick
  • May 20, 2021: CNN says Cuomo behavior ‘inappropriate’; What hiring managers want you to know; Efficient teams
  • May 19, 2021: Only journalists of color can interview Chicago mayor; UNC denies tenure to NYT Pulitzer winner; Effective meetings
  • May 18, 2021: ‘On the Media’ host fired; New reporting grants; Promoting someone the boss doesn’t like
  • May 17, 2021: Israeli intel on AP Gaza bureau; Zucker staying at CNN?; To lead or to follow in meetings
  • May 14, 2021: Women at the Washington Post; ‘Save local news’ rally; When personalities clash
  • May 13, 2021: White House journalists go maskless; ‘B**** I wrote it’; Managers who hate planning
  • May 12, 2021: Washington Post reopening; Fining fact-checkers; Israel-Gaza tech interference
  • May 11, 2021: Washington Post names top editor; White House quote approval; 3 blind spots for managers
  • May 10, 2021: Newsroom forms union, layoffs follow; 6 things to know before becoming a manager
  • May 7, 2021: Washingtonian walkout; L.A. Times buyouts; Juggling the vacation backlog
  • May 6, 2021: Satisfying the White House press corps; Federal Writers Project; The secret to collaboration
  • May 5, 2021: ‘Please buy this newspaper’; Management advice you reject
  • May 4, 2021: CNN, PBS promotions; Getting Guiliani wrong; Your team’s stories
  • May 3, 2021: L.A. Times names new top editor; 7 reasons job candidates turn you down (and good employees leave)

April

  • April 30, 2021: Reporter snared in ‘virtual kidnapping’; AI wins crossword tournament; 3 things employees never forget
  • April 29, 2021: 100 days of Biden coverage; Gannett responds to reported pay discrepancies; Stop doing your old job
  • April 28, 2021: News crews attacked at 20% of TV stations; Be a ‘strategic interrupter’; New career workshop speakers
  • April 27, 2021: Gannett’s gender pay gap; New broadcast diversity scholarship; Leaders are learners
  • April 26, 2021: NYT retires ‘op-ed’s; 3 ways to upgrade your reporting; 80 lawmakers send #FreeAustinTice letter to Biden
  • April 23, 2021: NYTimes vs. Substack; Your weekend team; New reading group
  • April 22, 2021: Journalist preps for ‘surreal’ Oscars; Are you emotionally exhausted?; Read-aloud memos
  • April 21, 2021: NYT’s new Global Days Off; ‘Project Mayhem’; Giving tough feedback well
  • April 20, 2021: Readying for the Chauvin verdict; ‘Stick to the facts’; Managers, help your exhausted teams
  • April 19, 2021: Assaults on journalists in MN ‘chilling’; #FreeAustinTice today; Communication reminders for managers
  • April 16, 2021: Mass shooting — ‘Now it’s happening to us’; America’s pandemic senioritis; Add care in today
  • April 15, 2021: Substack’s $1M local news plan; J&J pause a ‘perfect storm’; Teach how, not just what
  • April 14, 2021: ABC & CBS get new News presidents; ‘One great question’; Should I follow my staff on social?
  • April 13, 2021: Covering J&J ‘pause’; New CBS News chief?; Vaccinating against jerks
  • April 12, 2021: Newsroom layoffs; Covering Chauvin trial; How to be approachable
  • April 9, 2021: ABC News makes history; Drawing new voting law; How to diversify sources
  • April 8, 2021: Reporter pepper-sprayed; Bring back public editors?; Planners & plungers
  • April 7, 2021: CBS shakeup; Defamation buzzwords; Am I a bad boss?
  • April 6, 2021: Where are the leaks?; ‘Emerging leader’ mistakes; DIY newspaper crafts
  • April 5, 2021: Tribune considers anti-Alden bid; News Leader of the Year; Help free journalist Austin Tice
  • April 1, 2021: LA Times surrogate owner; New workshops 🎉; Fake collaborators

March

  • March 31, 2021: That ‘Voltswagen’ scoop; Google’s $1 billion for news; Repeating yourself
  • March 30, 2021: Editor exits; 1,400 DC journalists vaccinated; Cameras in court; Be the calm
  • March 29, 2021: Post reverses coverage ban; Tribune’s new bidders; How do you define ‘high performers’?
  • March 26, 2021: LA Times reporter detained; AP, Fox News sued; Two-way feedback
  • March 25, 2021: Meteorologist on air as tornado hits house; What Biden was(n’t) asked; When leaders are burn out
  • March 24, 2021: Tribune’s savior spurned; WaPo’s unicorn search; Don’t let the ‘suck of today’ win
  • March 23, 2021: Journalist’s father killed in Boulder shooting; Reporter fired over caption; The cost of bullying
  • March 22, 2021: Fox producer dies of COVID; CNN ratings plummet; How to push back productively
  • March 19, 2021: ‘Massage parlor’ or spa?; Post’s editor search narrows; Silence isn’t feedback
  • March 18, 2021: Teen Vogue editor out over tweets; Newseum icon finds new home; What is work culture really?
  • March 17, 2021: Covering Atlanta shootings and anti-Asian hate crimes; Award-winning journalist killed
  • March 16, 2021: NYT newsroom return; Headline ‘blind spot’; Cost of bad management
  • March 15, 2021: Tribune savior?; Tips to open records (and doors); Know your boss
  • March 12, 2021: Reporter accuses Cuomo; 242 editions later; Manage & lead
  • March 11, 2021: Cop poses as reporter; CNN, CBS returning to newsrooms; Your ambitious team
  • March 10, 2021: Reporter acquitted; WaPost plans newsroom reopening; COVID coverage flashback
  • March 9, 2021: ‘Massive’ HuffPost layoffs; Oprah interview lessons; ‘I’m just doing my job’; How to be a real ally
  • March 8, 2021: Battling vaccine misinformation; Brennan on refocusing Face The Nation; What Oprah can teach journalists; Setting work/life harmony
  • March 4, 2021: LA Times sale grows more likely; Fox News rebound?; 3 tips for remote leaders
  • March 3, 2021: Who is a politico?; Fake news engagement; 3 levels of feedback; How to go easy on yourself
  • March 2, 2021: Cuomo interviewing Cuomo; Newspaper/liquor store; Top communication tips
  • March 1, 2021: NYT reporter’s n-word resignation; Baron’s goodbye; 3 FOIA tips that work anywhere

February

  • February 26, 2021: Charging WH journalists for COVID tests; Khashoggi report reaction; Texas Tribune engagement tips
  • February 25, 2021: WaPo reporter harassed; Covering extreme weather aftermath; Coaching questions
  • February 24, 2021: ‘That’s not Timesean’; Polk honorees named; Managers, stop this habit
  • February 23, 2021: WaPo’s new top editor (for now); BuzzFeed sues Capitol Police; Ex-NASA engineer fights media bias
  • February 22, 2021: COVID deaths milestone; New Watergate series; Preparing for pushback
  • February 19, 2021: LA Times sale?; Tribune fears ‘valid’; Name Cruz’s dog; [email protected]
  • February 18, 2021: First Amendment coming down; Interviewing from bed; Is your team exhausted?
  • February 17, 2021: Limbaugh’s legacy; Tribune sale ‘gut punch’; Feeling taxed? Journalists’ 2021 answers
  • February 16, 2021: CNN anchor leaves; ABC’s COVID suspension; NYT reporter blames ‘recovered memories’; How to tell if you’re a good (or bad) manager
  • February 12, 2021: ‘I will destroy you,’ WH press aide threatens reporter; Read that spiked NYT column; Tips for battling burnout; Love inspires
  • February 11, 2021: NYT ‘erupts’; Bloomberg layoffs; Flynt’s legacy; 3 tips to listen better
  • February 10, 2021: CNN at a crossroads; Rose resurfaces; Where are the dinosaur stories?; Decoding your boss
  • February 9, 2021: Media impeachment restrictions; Manage your boss; ‘I’m not a cat’; The case for semicolons
  • February 8, 2021: Journalists unravel murder-for-hire; Covering impeachment; Thank your manager
  • February 5, 2021: Big New York Times resignations; How to build trust; Inside NPR’s Life Kit; Super Bowl ads
  • February 4, 2021: Fox’s $2.7 billion lawsuit; NYT racism fallout; ’Pandemic wall’; Fear’s flaw as a motivator
  • February 3, 2021: CNN decision time; CBS racism claims; McClatchy folds Experiment; Rebounding from mistakes
  • February 2, 2021: Bezos steps down; ‘Pandemic fine’ in the newsroom & how to ask for help; Delegate or DIY?
  • February 1, 2021: Removing comments; Never tweet?; Be a collaborator, not a competitor; From slave to newspaper publisher

January

  • January 29, 2021: How WSJ sorts news from opinion; The Post rumor mill; Difficult conversations
  • January 28, 2021: ABC News boss steps down; TV crew’s question spurs arrest threat; How to cover climate; Close the loop
  • January 27, 2021: Famed photographer dies of COVID; NYT ‘Caliphate’ moves; Next Washington Post editor; How introverts show interest
  • January 26, 2021: Marty Baron steps down from Post; Trump supporter charged with threatening journalist; 4 ways to make better decisions
  • January 25, 2021: Photojournalist dies of COVID; NYT firing response; CBS investigation; Communicating through change
  • January 22, 2021: WAMU firings; Brokaw retires, Rather returns; Wise pitches; New program Feb. 12
  • January 21, 2021: NYT journalist’s ‘long COVID’ nightmare; ‘We’re partners in truth’; How to make someone’s day
  • January 20, 2021: ‘There is truth and there are lies’; VOA head out; Sanders newspaper memes; Newsrooms’ rites and rituals
  • January 19, 2021: Inauguration Day coverage updates, safety card, style reminders; Fox News ‘purge’
  • January 15, 2021: ‘On even higher alert’; What does your team need?; Writing resolutions
  • January 14, 2021: Politico’s Playbook pushback — ‘We stand by every word’; Class of 2020 takeaways
  • January 13, 2021: Iconic DC show to end; ‘Why I lost it on live TV’; COVID vaccine reporting tips; What’s keeping journalists sane
  • January 12, 2021: New NYT ‘Caliphate’ fallout; How to edit audio investigations; Inclusion as a way of life
  • January 11, 2021: Covering Capitol Police without FOIA; When the mob turns on you; Leading traumatized journalists
  • January 8, 2021: Neo-Nazi apologizes to reporter; ‘Race is the story’; Allyship without applause
  • January 7, 2021: ‘Is this really happening?’; CNN’s historic day; Leaders, be bold and angry; Coping with uncertainty
  • January 6, 2021: Siege at the Capitol; Journalists capture chaos; Language to use; Questions to ask
  • January 5, 2021: Georgia’s photo finish; New top editors; ‘Writing is a muscle’; Leaders manage the clock
  • January 4, 2021: ‘Coup’ or ‘Anarchy’, ‘Conservative’ or ‘Radical Right’; What’s your ‘snack-to-sentence ratio’?; Job search lessons

Newsletter archives 2020

December

  • December 23, 2020: Fallen Journalists Memorial Act becomes law at midnight; ‘Almost everything becomes service journalism’; Great leaders say thank you
  • December 22, 2020: When will Post’s Baron step down?; Weather Channel reporter’s 2020 takeaways
  • December 21, 2020: Bloomberg journalist exposes relationship with source; ‘Adapting was easier’; Why ‘Gilligan’s Island’ fronted WSJ; Lead with empathy
  • December 18, 2020: New York Times’ major ‘retraction’ and its impact; What’s next for White House coverage; The value of slow news cycles
  • December 17, 2020: Axios buys local news startup; 10 leadership lessons from 2020; ‘We had no choice but to adapt’
  • December 16, 2020: Washington Post’s 2021 plans; Biden reporter tests positive; ‘I’m saying yes less’; Helping others succeed
  • December 15, 2020: New Playbook authors; ‘When you’re sure, be brave’; Confident or arrogant? Job search tip
  • December 14, 2020: WSJ Dr. Biden op-ed fallout; Newsroom heroism medal; ’Question everything’; Finding new things to create
  • December 11, 2020: Newspaper apologizes for election endorsement; ‘Reporters have to be even more sensitive’; Leaders’ New Year’s resolutions
  • December 10, 2020: Gannett layoffs; ‘We learned to power through fatigue’; How to coach, not fix
  • December 9, 2020: CNN’s post-election surge; What NPR’s media writer learned in 2020; Your best sound; De-stress gifting
  • December 8, 2020: Should journalists get COVID vaccine early?; What reporters should know about GA voters; Grow great deputies; Journalism class of 2020 revisited
  • December 7, 2020: MSNBC’s new president makes cable news history; Covering the Georgia runoff; Renew feedback; Eye strain tips
  • December 4, 2020: What’s next for ‘The Daily’? Anticipate pushback; Break through burnout
  • December 3, 2020: Congress passes Fallen Journalists Act; Investigator sues reporter over Epstein; Leaders catching up; Your year-end lists
  • December 2, 2020:  White House journalists test positive for COVID; Gridiron resignation; Don’t delegate these decisions; Desk fatigue
  • December 1, 2020: Playbook competitor coming; Is Patch the new Substack? Making time for what matters

November

  • November 30, 2020: Journalist COVID deaths; Record media layoffs; How do you handle mistakes?
  • November 20, 2020: Vox exodus; Loyalty’s limits; Handling holiday FOMO
  • November 19, 2020: BuzzFeed’s big buy; Snarky pool reports; Watch Susan Zirinsky, Maria Ressa, Ed Yong, Linda Tirado honor journalism
  • November 18, 2020: Magic Wall addiction; Fauci’s journalism award; Newsletter boom (or bust)?
  • November 17, 2020: ‘Every serious reporter in DC knows…’; Premature obituaries; Contagious emotions; Use your benefits
  • November 16, 2020: L.A. Times pay problems; Hate mail; The secret to inspiring leadership; 3 deep breaths
  • November 13, 2020: White House journalist tests positive; Next-gen CNN; Playing favorites; Friday rituals
  • November 12, 2020: ‘He plans to wreck Fox’; CNN libel suit; Leaders help others succeed; Thanksgiving planning
  • November 11, 2020: Toobin fired from New Yorker; Journalists & veterans; Should you start a side hustle?; Final Fourth Estate sales
  • November 10, 2020: Will Fox News’ loss be this network’s gain?; Reporter had COVID during Election Day interviews; From doomscrolling to joyscrolling
  • November 9, 2020: Biden speechwriter; From GMA to ‘Jeopardy’?; Lead like it’s January; Win or lose with grace
  • November 6, 2020: A President-Elect by any other name?; King-Kornacki love; Grace under pressure; Weekend wandering
  • November 5, 2020: Calling Arizona; NYT digital subs top print; Freelance journalists win; Time to sleep?
  • November 4, 2020: How TV anchors kept going; Polling post-mortems; Those tough post-election conversations
  • November 3, 2020: All eyes on AP; Journalist’s 1st vote; Transition planning; Ditch the doomscrolling
  • November 2, 2020: Election Night coverage plans; How the Big Story brings out our best; Pre-order your pizza

October

  • October 30, 2020: CNN reporter attacked; Election night changes; Toles’ final cartoon; Stretching past burnout
  • October 29, 2020: Greenwald quits; Fox’s future; Break barriers to collaboration; Winter hobbies
  • October 28, 2020: The ‘Anonymous’ reveal & his CNN connection; Endorsement fallout; Make work meaningful
  • October 27, 2020: Lesley Stahl death threat; ‘Our staff was burning out’; Why you should overcommunicate
  • October 26, 2020: Fox COVID cases; Best political reporters by state; Your ‘Murphy’s Law’ Election checklist; Winterize your masks
  • October 22, 2020: ’60 Minutes’ video leak fallout; Debate countdown; Most likely polling errors; Silence is not feedback
  • October 21, 2020: Quibi shutdown; ’60 Minutes’ interview photos; ‘Do you have a minute?’; War photographer forages for peace
  • October 20, 2020: Trump abruptly ends CBS interview; Those viral COVID charts; Plan your PTO now
  • October 19, 2020: Toobin suspended; Debate demands; 10 truths about planning; Clear out clutter
  • October 16, 2020: Town Hall ratings; The Post’s ‘What day is it?’; Fourth Estate tribute
  • October 15, 2020: C-SPAN suspends editor after Twitter hack lie; NBC’s Town Hall test tonight; How journalists can document harassment
  • October 14, 2020: Why these journalists reveal how they’ll vote; Dueling Town Halls; The danger of ‘just tell me what you want’
  • October 13, 2020: TV news crew guard kills protester; 1619 revisited – ‘I’m absolutely tortured by it’; How to close the loop
  • October 9, 2020: Debate moderator hacked?; New Twitter ‘timeout’; IndyStar’s Spanish-language newsletter; Feedback beats imposter syndrome
  • October 8, 2020: Debates debated; VP ratings; Media reparations; Coach instead of fix; Fake your commute
  • October 7, 2020: Reporter pulled from White House; Why the Globe endorsed for 12 voter types; The importance of low-key chats
  • October 6, 2020: Journalist presses charges against Trump supporter; More WH press test positive
  • October 5, 2020: LA Times editor steps down; Debate changes; About your manager; Take an ‘awe walk’
  • October 2, 2020: WH journalists test positive; Miami Herald’s new leader; Managing relentless breaking news; 9 memoir writing tips; Rediscovering the classics
  • October 1, 2020: Trump supporter attacks journalist; Star NYTimes reporter’s ‘lies’; ‘Question everything’; Schedule health screenings

September

  • September 30, 2020: Next debates will have a ‘kill switch’; Wallace’s regrets; Woodward’s Biden archive; Dealing with disappointment
  • September 29, 2020: Debate prep; Top editor resigns; Reinventing praise (remotely); Food and mood
  • September 28, 2020: The Latest: Exploring the NYT tax story; LAT apologizes for systemic biases; How to cover health policy; The first step to self-care
  • September 25, 2020: Vindicating Jim Acosta; Austin Tice’s invitation to his brother; ‘Talking to myself on Twitter’; Self-care bingo
  • September 24, 2020: Daily Caller reporters arrested; 3 pitching tips from Atlantic editor; Springsteen as self-care
  • September 23, 2020: Facebook false victory, lawsuit, leaks; ‘Explosive reporting’ rewarded; Leading with intention; Budget for self-care
  • September 22, 2020: Wallace reveals presidential debate topics; NYT reporter’s 6th month with COVID; The uncertainty spiral
  • September 21, 2020: L.A. Times succession planning; Fox & Friends apologizes; ‘Unpacking the why behind the why’
  • September 18, 2020: Chuck Todd’s critics; When to call this hotline; Newspaper collages; Travel planning eases FOMO
  • September 17, 2020: L.A. reporter arrest update; WAMU told not to fire harasser; Pastor’s pulpit apology for journalist email; ‘Let the storm come to you’
  • September 16, 2020: ‘When I read my own obituary’; Journalists under attack; Leaders empower others; Manage with mantras
  • September 15, 2020: Bloomberg layoffs; Scientific American’s first endorsement; Conflict communication; 15-minute self-care tips
  • September 14, 2020: NPR affiliate’s reporter tackled, arrested; Reporting the pandemic in a college town; 7 managers on what brings them joy; How trauma experts can help
  • September 11, 2020: 9/11 front pages; Stars & Stripes saved; ‘It’s about them winning, not you’; Stress-free scents
  • September 10, 2020: ‘Let Woodward be Woodward’; CBS News president gets top NPC honor; What brings managers joy; Text check-ins
  • September 9, 2020: Woodward criticized for ‘Rage’ reporting; Get the most out of virtual conferences; ‘Everyone has a secret power’; Organize your inbox
  • September 8, 2020: TV reporter stabbed; Publisher locks out journalists; What motivates managers; Small comforts
  • September 4, 2020: Stars and Stripes shutdown; ‘The ultimate shoe leather’; 8 leadership lessons for Labor Day
  • September 3, 2020: New York Times bonuses; ‘Facts are not partisan’; Making time for feedback
  • September 2, 2020: Meet the debate moderators; Meaningful internships; Turn a new page
  • September 1, 2020: That viral tweet about the wrong Portland; NYT succession; Ask now for holiday time off

August

  • August 31, 2020: McClatchy’s goodbye; 3 tips for writing about grief; Great middle managers; Got vitamins?
  • August 28, 2020: ‘Not one lie should go unchallenged’; How to help when they’re stressed; Self-care on the fly
  • August 27, 2020: Hurricane journalism during a pandemic; Barriers to collaboration; Create a personal COVID contract
  • August 26, 2020: How to follow local journalism about Laura; Question authority, even yours; WFH desk refresh
  • August 25, 2020: RNC ratings; How to stay resilient as a journalist; Find your ‘safe venting zone’; Take control of tasks
  • August 24, 2020: Editing out ‘officer-involved shooting’; Allies hold themselves to account; Take Bingo on your walk
  • August 21, 2020: Is journalism helping save USPS?; How to practice antiracist journalism; ‘Nature is my sanctuary’
  • August 20, 2020: Linda Tirado receives Aubuchon Press Freedom Award; That ‘tipping point’ Postal Service story; Voting at work; Kick off creativity
  • August 19, 2020: The Mail delivers US Postal Service news; Leading with empathy; Avoid the fall juggle struggle
  • August 18, 2020: NPR, Dallas Morning News, Washington Post diversity leaders on changes ahead; Culture check – compliance or integrity?; Learn a new language
  • August 17, 2020: That ‘[email protected]#k’ headline; The live-from-your-couch convention; Mute, pause, delete for self-care

Covering Coronavirus

Newsletter archives

AUGUST

  • August 14, 2020: Trump asks Syria to free Austin Tice; What can go wrong on live TV Election Night; ‘Pass it forward’ free designs
  • August 13, 2020: 3 tips when covering faith; To fight newsroom inequity, look up; 5 breathing exercises to try now
  • August 12, 2020: Tribune leaving newsrooms; 3 steps to equity in local news; 4 signs of burnout you may be brushing off
  • August 11, 2020: Kamala Harris’ first media appearances; Journalist Austin Tice begins 9th year of detention in Syria
  • August 10, 2020: End of NYT in print?; 7 newsrooms, 1 goal; Who’s in the trench with you?; Rethink your pandemic journal
  • August 7, 2020: WAMU GM ousted; McClatchy’s new CEO; Gritty journalists, resilient kids; 5-minute reset; A fond farewell
  • August 6, 2020: Editor apologizes for ‘Journalism Matters’ t-shirts; From Beirut: ‘I needed to photograph to stay sane’; Profiling a sex trafficking survivor
  • August 5, 2020: Biden hits back at reporter; Public records search strategies; Good leaders invest in others; Ready. Set. Play!
  • August 4, 2020: Staff demand resignation at WAMU; How to catch a recruiter’s eye; Reveal your intentions; Reading as self-care
  • August 3, 2020: 100th edition; Journalist covering Trump tests positive; How COVID could hurt newsroom diversity; Remote work check; Labyrinths as self-care

JULY

  • July 31, 2020: Editor killed in crash; A ‘flash of interest’ in crime & policing; Check your tech
  • July 30, 2020: WaPo uppercases White (and Black); CIA agent takes on fake news; The mummy’s X-ray; Schedule time off
  • July 29, 2020: LA Times, NYT journalists on opinion journalism; Don’t work with jerks; Kickstart creative thinking
  • July 28, 2020: For baseball writers, the game has changed; Raiding Area 51; Coaching without controlling; Trade chaos for calm in the morning
  • July 27, 2020: Notre Dame drops out of presidential debate, where’s next?; When government ‘gags’ its experts; ‘I’ or ‘We’ managers; Working in working out
  • July 24, 2020: Why (and how) to diversify your I-team; leadership legacies start now; reset your pandemic routines; ‘I’m never not writing’
  • July 23, 2020: 17-year-old journalist gassed; Miami Herald’s COVID audience strategy; Resolving conflict remotely; Shift your WFH setup (and attitude)
  • July 22, 2020: From cow to customer – explaining a pandemic journey; Keep feedback frequent; “The news never sleeps”; Water can make you smarter
  • July 21, 2020: NYT reporter punched; A college town’s ‘crazy news cycle’; Lead values first; Heat and WFH
  • July 20, 2020: Fox News lawsuit; Terry Gross & Michael Barbaro swap interview tips; Connections at work; Self-care for freelancers
  • July 17, 2020: Fox News staffers erupt; How NYT makes sense of COVID-19 data; A witness to ‘history being written’; Make the most of webinars
  • July 16, 2020: Vox layoffs; LinkedIn for journalists; Feedback’s no luxury; Marvin Kalb & Ken Burns program; Holistic self-care habits
  • July 15, 2020: NPR ratings collapse; ‘We can expect, and should demand, scrutiny from our colleagues’; Feeling stuck at work? Take a break.
  • July 14, 2020: Vanity Fair’s historic cover; A national database for local journalists; Plants as self-care; Lead with empathy
  • July 13, 2020: New programs with Terry Gross, Michael Barbaro, Nikole Hannah-Jones; Are you easy to manage?; Interviewing the Candy Bomber; Managing your student debt
  • July 10, 2020: Last reporter in town; Black editors on leading through BLM; Cold War pen-pals; Rev up your run/walk routine
  • July 9, 2020: White House reporter tests positive for COVID-19; How a style guide keeps up with changes; Lead the change; Who to check in on right now
  • July 8, 2020: Journalists share best reporting advice; ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi on ‘the simple set of words’ that guide him; Restarting your workouts; Upcoming Conventions
  • July 7, 2020: NBC News’ new quota; How NFL reporters are handling COVID-19 coverage restrictions; What about routine check-ups?
  • July 6, 2020: These DC media orgs got PPP loans; Job hunting tips for mid-career journalists; Take control of the to-do list; In a lucid dream
  • July 2, 2020: Emerging journalists demand diversity; Inclusion starts in the classroom; Leading WFH parents; how to celebrate safely
  • July 1, 2020: Trouble at the LA Times; Unpublishing ‘suffering’; Virtual job interview tips; Tax deadline is July 15

JUNE

  • June 30, 2020: Journalist with COVID snaps final family photo; Trans Journalists Association launches; Thank your team; Manage, not deny, anger
  • June 29, 2020: Will McClatchy be purchased by nonprofit savior? Mizzou journalism grad changes NFL; From symbolic to systemic newsroom change
  • June 26, 2020: Maria Ressa to receive Aubuchon award; A TV station explains itself; Last interview with ‘Friends’ songwriter; Screen cleaning
  • June 25, 2020: L.A. Times settles bias lawsuit; Mask up; Facing furloughs; Taking psychological breaks
  • June 24, 2020: Pulitzer Prize winner dies of COVID; ‘The stories we tell ourselves’; Ed Yong’s advice to emerging journalists; Kick the caffeine
  • June 23, 2020: WHCA cancels dinner; ‘There is no pipeline problem’; Life after a layoff
  • June 22, 2020: AP journalist dies of COVID; Making time for your team; Covering sports’ ‘Granddaddy of them all’
  • June 18, 2020: Inside ‘The Unwritten Rules’; How journalists can hold police accountable; Free design tools for any journalist
  • June 17, 2020: Design hacks if you don’t usually create visuals; Missing trans voices; The danger of ‘paying your dues’
  • June 16, 2020: Pittsburgh paper sued for discrimination; Be a sponsor, not just a mentor; Unplug for your health
  • June 15, 2020: Cartoons: Polarized ink?; Mental health fund for Black journalists; How to turn off work
  • June, 12, 2020: Blame the pollsters?; How to network virtually; How to spend your weekend outside; ‘Second-home’ on campus
  • June 11, 2020: Covering disability during a pandemic; Mugshot galleries are ‘pure schadenfreude’; How to face uncertainty
  • June 10, 2020: How to navigate PACER; Pop culture hype amid pandemic; Face mask best practices
  • June 9, 2020: ‘A reckoning moment’ for newsrooms; Smart leaders read the room; Helping others, virtually
  • June 8, 2020: 3 top editors resign in 3 days; Can journalists donate to charity?; Class of 2020 grad’s Nyota magazine
  • June 5, 2020: When police want your video or photos; ‘Never be complacent’; The power of a midday nap
  • June 4, 2020: Philly, NYT journalists revolt; Black American or African American?; When protest stories end; Breaks, boundaries, bonding
  • June 3, 2020: ACLU sues on behalf of journalist; Leaders build trust; ‘Always be hustling’
  • June 2, 2020: Legal, physical safeguards essential; Do you qualify as an ally?; LGBTQ coverage during pandemic; Difficult conversations with family
  • June 1, 2020: Journalism groups’ open letter to law enforcement; Reporting under curfew orders; Hostility ‘a feature, not a bug’; Contact your EAP

MAY

  • May 29, 2020: CNN team’s arrest illegal, NPPA says; Avoiding loaded language; Covering context, not just conflict
  • May 28, 2020: From ingenious street reporter to furlough; Bad sushi + Surrogate family = Big win; The gift of empathy; Sleep deprived?
  • May 27, 2020: ‘Just get some words on a page’; How will you remember the pandemic?; ‘Meet Merlin the Rescue Duck’; Level up wellness with video game
  • May 26, 2020: NYT editor on ’emotionally taxing work’ of honoring COVID lives lost; Give thanks, platinum-rule style; Free finance classes
  • May 22, 2020: Behind the scenes of the Big Scribble; How to onboard in a pandemic; Interviewing Arabic Sesame Street viewers; Try a scavenger hunt
  • May 21, 2020: NewsGuild lobbies Congress; How to be a good human; Who’s your beneficiary?
  • May 20, 2020: Journalism union releases guidance for reopening newsrooms; Work friends matter; The case for real pants
  • May 19, 2020: Reporting for details in a pandemic; Lead with humanity; Try an outdoor office space
  • May 18, 2020: Managers as guides, not guards; Virtual job hunting help; Letter-writing revival
  • May 15, 2020: NBC News death; ‘We can win again,’ says Navajo Times editor; Covering a rapper flap; Spring cleaning – now what?
  • May 14, 2020: How many journalists have COVID-19?; Beware of ‘recency bias’; Rescue pandemic conversations
  • May 13, 2020: NYT live-chats SCOTUS; Class of 2020 advice from ‘Snow Fall’ reporter; Tips for teammates
  • May 12, 2020: NYT journalists on having COVID-19; Shop talk while social distancing; Redefine journaling
  • May 11, 2020: Who is left behind in education reporting?; An internship with ‘impact’; Start a “love me” file
  • May 8, 2020: Designing the post-pandemic newsroom; The real ‘View from my Window’; A class of 2020 surprise graduation gift; Give coaching a rest
  • May 7, 2020: Americans support gov’t COVID funds for news; Small gestures, big impact; Your pandemic routines
  • May 6, 2020: COVID-19 deaths; How readers are thanking news orgs; Class of 2020’s ‘bulletin burger’
  • May 5, 2020: NPPA’s ‘urgent’ needs; How to help when they’re stressed; ‘She Said’ is Book Bracket champ
  • May 4, 2020: Antiracist reporting on COVID-19; Derby Day for local heroes; stay-at-home adventure photography
  • May 1, 2020: Tech reporting and the ‘new normal’; Connector etiquette; Organize your WFH space; “She Said” v. “All The President’s Men”

APRIL

  • April 30, 2020: Journalists prepare as states reopen; How to be a ‘connector’; Caring for your face mask
  • April 29, 2020: Writing, resilience and community in crisis; Vox podcaster’s advice to class of 2020; Just breathe
  • April 28, 2020: COVID-19 reporting trends from Motor City; Sip away stress; Best journalism books face off
  • April 27, 2020: Watch COVID-19 coverage evolve in timeline; Bipartisan ad praises Kentucky journalists; Stop annoying your coworkers; The myth of multitasking
  • April 24, 2020: White House seat swap; Lessons from a recession j-school grad; Keeping newsrooms resilient; The case for taking a break
  • April 23, 2020: Know your legal rights; Informing indigenous communities; Avoid screen fatigue
  • April 22, 2020: Cuomo’s son recovering; Robin Roberts’ advice to j-school grad; 1,000 masks for photographers; Puzzling peace
  • April 21, 2020: Ex-Newsday reporter dies of COVID-19; Covering protests; New emergency funds available; Sky-high self-care
  • April 20, 2020: Deep business dives for reporters; Translating for Spanish-speaking readers; Meet the class of 2020; Set down some roots
  • April 17, 2020: Writing through grief; The “hyperproductivity high”; Virtual gallery nights; Book Bracket pop quiz
  • April 16, 2020: Encryption while WFH; Brevity is efficient until it’s deficient; The home stretch
  • April 15, 2020: Connecting COVID-19 and climate change; How’s your team?; Build your digital portfolio; Mute the notifications
  • April 14, 2020: L.A. Times cuts; Cartooning through crisis; Follow the Fault Lines; Virtual volunteering
  • April 13, 2020: New job listings; Journalism’s class of 2020; Chair yoga for journalists; Cast Book Bracket round 1 votes
  • April 10, 2020: Nurse-photographer captures hospital’s last ‘normal’ days; New reporting, writing & leadership programs open; Reset your sleep routine
  • April 9, 2020: White House tests journalists for COVID-19 before today’s briefing; How UC Berkeley students are helping NYT; ‘Weird’ pandemic book launch
  • April 8, 2020: How Politico is taking care of the newsroom; Intern captures ‘era-defining’ photo; Avoid the ‘Quarantine 15’
  • April 7, 2020: How CBS podcast makes sense of pandemic briefings; Bringing policy stories to life; No gym gear? No problem
  • April 6, 2020: How to uncover economy stories; Science writer: Explain the uncertainty; Providing feedback when you’re swamped
  • April 3, 2020: AP editor dies; How to humanize policy stories; Unsung heroes to applaud; Chiropractor’s WFH tips
  • April 2, 2020: How to engage Latino communities; Tipping point moments; WaPo graphic animates grounded industry
  • April 1, 2020: Journalists skip briefings; Better email interviews; Balancing WFH give and get; Book Brackets open for picks

MARCH

  • March 31, 2020: CNN’s Cuomo quarantined; your legal rights when covering the outbreak; reporting takeaways from S. Korea
  • March 30, 2020: Gannett furloughs, Tampa Bay Times cuts print; When your team is hurting; Reporting on the ‘invisible’ campaign
  • March 27, 2020: “A relationship forged in fire”; WFH bingo; News “essential” in 29 states — and so is student journalism
  • March 26, 2020: A risk scientist’s tips for journalists; How to be an instant editor; First-person accounts from reporters
  • March 25, 2020: Politics readers still want their Fix; How to be a manager who ‘gets it’; AI & COVID-19 ideas
  • March 24, 2020: Post’s Von Drehle on surviving COVID-19; New questions for religion reporters; WFH ergonomics
  • March 23, 2020: New case at New York Times; Editor memos that work; Graphics to share; COVID-19 & FOIA
  • March 20, 2020: 1st news staffer coronavirus death; handling real conflict virtually; ‘Nobody recovers in isolation’
  • March 19, 2020: How student journalists stay local; Help your team be resilient; Book Brackets sub in for March Madness
  • March 18, 2020: Photojournalists describe the frontlines;  WaPo simulation draws reader thanks; Meteorologist: ‘Learning shouldn’t stop’
  • March 17, 2020: What *not* to call the coronavirus; Information is currency for managers; Explain your story choices
  • March 16, 2020: Will COVID-19 grow-subscriptions? Next-wave coverage plans; Put down your phone, really.
  • March 13, 2020: How sports journalists are adapting; Communicating remotely with your boss; ‘This is our calling’
  • March 12, 2020: Why everyone is sharing *that* graphic; ‘the Olympics of explanatory journalism’; Classified coronavirus meetings