A quick comment on ‘no comment’

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You see it all the time on television. A reporter is badgering a government official, attorney or other source with questions, and the subject says, “No comment.” At this point, the reporter either shuts up or keeps asking questions. Personally, I’m not a fan of “no comment” as the only thing you tell a reporter. It can mean a multitude of things: “I have nothing to say about this.” “I’m not authorized to say anything about this.” “I don’t want … Read More

On enterprising stories through Twitter

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Several months ago, I decided to create a Twitter account for the station. Being a total newbie at the whole Twitter thing, I asked the 17 or so followers we had what I could do to make it better, and Jeff Moriarty (@jmoriarty) kindly obliged. Fast forward to two weeks ago. I’m in the middle of a weekly journalism discussion when Jeff sends me a direct message (a private message sent only to me): Pssst… question for ya: Have you … Read More

Spare change?

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On a recent visit to a forum I frequent, someone started a thread on change jars, and I realized–you can save a lot of money that way. I know it sounds odd, but how many people just kind of throw their change around, and don’t keep it together? I know not many people use exact change (or, at least at the little boutique where I’ve worked), so why not have a change jar? People were talking about how they ended … Read More