Just Write: Blog

September 9, 2017

Young Journalists

I leave the national Excellence in Journalism convention in Anaheim convinced that the next generation […]
September 7, 2017

Learning from experts

The things you learn when you attend a journalism conference with the best experts from […]
January 16, 2017

Bill Hilliard: The man who took a chance on a kid.

I learned today that Bill Hilliard, the former editor of The Oregonian, died. It is […]
November 12, 2016

Book covers from another era

We’ve always been told to not judge a book by the cover. But that’s what […]
September 11, 2016

My 911 memory: On a train with strangers

When the United States was attacked on September 11, 2001, I was on a United […]
September 3, 2016

A Story That Requires No Words

June 12, 2016

Childhood: When reading and creating was most pure

When I was a kid in elementary school, there was nothing better than ordering books […]
September 4, 2015

What remains in a journalism world constantly changing

I was asked – via Twitter – a provocative question today following my post featuring […]
September 4, 2015

Help a young writer seeking advice

I received an email recently from a young journalist named Mitch Galloway. He’s a senior […]
August 23, 2015

So what are you doing? Tick, tick, tick.

A week ago today I turned 60. As expected, I’ve been thinking about the past, […]
June 8, 2015

The NYC hotel that became a home

After arriving in New York City I found a job as a copy editor at […]
June 5, 2015

Making the transition from editor to writer: Meet Virgina Black

A couple weeks ago I received an e-mail from someone at an Indiana newspaper who […]
June 3, 2015

A New York state of mind

Next week I head out to New York City. I’m taking a red- eye from […]
June 1, 2015

Finding Inspiration

I’m dating myself here, but there was once a television show called “Thirty Something,” and […]
May 31, 2015

Renewing the creative spirit

  All creatives have ways of renewing the spirit, the engine we rely on as […]
May 24, 2015

How a creative gets organized: Meet my briefcase

  I have never been an organized man. I’ve always been the type to reach […]
May 20, 2015

Focus on a young journalist: Scott Hansen

I’ve focused on the work of experienced journalists and writers in a series of recent […]
May 8, 2015

A master storyteller: Meet Keith Sharon

I met Keith when he was hired by The Oregonian to be the sports editor. […]
April 21, 2015

Music, Writing + Peter Frampton
Meet Mary Ellen Walsh

One of on-going features I want on my blog is the ability to introduce readers […]
March 25, 2015

The Dream of Writing a Book

At some point, most writers — especially narrative writers — toy with the idea of […]
March 24, 2015

The Writer Returns

After a three-year absence, I’m finally getting back to my website and this blog. My […]