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Category: News Life

Reinventing Yourself After Job Loss? 5 Blogger-Inspired Habits To Help You Bounce Back

What can “influencer” culture teach women who are facing pandemic job loss? Your first answer might be to scoff and roll your eyes. And I totally get where that is coming from! Certainly, the Kardashians of the world have precious little in common with the near 900,000 women who dropped out of the labor force last month. However, they are not the “influencers” I am talking about.…

How To Get Media Coverage & Why You Want It

Want to give your blog, brand, or business a lift? Earned media may be the answer! For more than a decade I fielded all kinds of media pitches—good, bad, and ugly. As a news anchor, part of my job was deciding who made the cut. We had businesses, city leaders, politicians, charities, animal shelters, brands, and bloggers jockeying for position. Each wanted a spot on our morning news program.…

Essential Video Tips for Remote Workers

By now, you’ve probably made it through your first major hurdle of remote work. You delivered emergency messages about COVID-19 changes. You shifted your workplace to be “safer at home” and are now settling in for the long haul. That means, many of you will be appearing on video or video conference for the first time. It might be in a Zoom or WebEx meeting.…

Coronavirus Coverage: A Journalist’s Guide to Separating Hype From Fact

Feel like you’re constantly looking over your shoulder? As the novel coronovirus races across the globe, travel bans begin, schools and sporting events shutter, the stock market plunges, and Italy quarantines its entire population, it’s natural to feel distress. The unknown is scary! The World Health Organization has labeled COVID-19 a pandemic, urging countries to take urgent and aggressive action. However, this post is not really about the virus.

4 Reasons Failure Is a Good Thing

Social media has a knack for sanitizing our lives and making everything look easy. We talk a lot about our wins. We cover the highlights, the vacations, and the dreams fulfilled. So let’s talk about something that is decidedly not easy⁠ — failure. When is the last time you experienced it? It certainly doesn’t feel nice. But the more I reflect on it, the more I realize failure is actually a good thing!

Best [and Worst] Career Advice I’ve Ever Received

I’ve never been a huge New Year’s resolutions person. However, I do find myself getting reflective as the year draws to a close. It’s a great time to take stock of your progress toward your goals, your strategies for reaching them, and the reasons behind those dreams. In fact, this line of thinking had me reminiscing about the best ⁠— and worst ⁠— career advice I’ve received over the years.…

News Anchor Outfits: The BEST of Amazon Dresses

Strike a pose? More like strike a bargain! Today’s quick post is all about rounding up the best of Amazon dresses. In particular, it focuses on highly recommended styles for news anchors/reporters. These bargain finds are all under $40 and offer classic workwear styling. The clean lines, flattering shapes, and screen-friendly colors will serve you well whether you work on-camera or off. And we’re just in time to score some added Cyber Monday discounts!…

Put ‘On the Spot’? How to Cope with Work Pressure

The leopard puns? Yes, I am going all out in this post—so brace yourself! But in all seriousness, these jokes lead us to an important topic: healthy ways to cope with work pressure. I was chatting with a friend the other day who felt “put on the spot” at work. They were suddenly thrust into a role they believed they were unprepared for.…

Perfectionism: 3 ways to dial it back

Detail-minded, driven, goal-oriented, exacting, relentless…

These are good traits, right? Society tells us they are a sure-fire recipe for success, but perfectionism is a slipperly slope. Get the proportions wrong and this mix can be toxic. Yes, we’d all love to nail every job assignment… launch the successful business… score the promotions… earn the A’s… keep our homes immaculately clean… cook gourmet meals… have impeccably behaved children… and look svelte, stylish and camera-ready while doing it.…

Public speaking anxiety: Get the ‘leg up’ on nerves

Sweaty palms, shaky knees, a slight tremble in your voice… Sound familiar? Want to get a leg up on your nerves? Public speaking anxiety is common and natural. In fact, even TV journalists and performers experience it. The first time I ever reported live, I felt like I was on a roller coaster. My heart was racing. What if I lose my train of thought?…