New Year’s Resolutions

Posted on December 29, 2011


I have three New Year’s Resolutions (two are on the list below):

  • Do not quote a press release in a story.
  • Get ahead of the story.
  • Stop using “according to…” in stories.

What are your resolutions for 2012?

New Year’s Resolutions

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New Year’s Resolutions

We’re almost done with 2011, and that means it’s time to make those New Year’s resolutions (do you even remember the resolutions you made last year?).

While other people are making New Year’s resolutions like to diet and quit smoking, journalists make resolutions like not to wait to call a source until 4:45 p.m. on a Friday and work on not telling their editor to go to hell (some made this resolution last year).

Here’s our list for New Year’s resolutions. We left four spots for readers’ suggestions.  Come back Friday for the complete list.

  • Don’t wait until the last minute to blog/write
  • Dinner can’t be anything that can be ordered by the number or in a drive-thru
  • Quit smoking (unless accompanied by drinking)
  • Work on making bar tab less than rent
  • Drink less at work
  • Do not quote a press release in a story
  • Stop sleeping with that spokesman (and/or woman)
  • Learn all of your editor’s grammar pet peeves
  • Get serious about writing that book
  • Will actually read some reader suggestions
  • Find all those “unreported” stories
  • Do more investigative/enterprise reporting
  • Change the world for good (or at least your community)
  • Be less of a slob
  • Get ahead of the story
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  • Appreciate the fact that you still have a job in journalism