Story pick: Master mentors
Best advice I ever got about college: don't take classes, take professors. In the news business, the same applies to editors--good ones elevate your copy and spirits, the others, well, it ranges from mild neglect to soul-crushing disappointment. Luckily, I've had some great ones at virtually every step of the way, which I've been reflecting on of late. Once, when asked to critique an editor's performance, I said I wished she could be the editor of my life. Another, when I was a news aide at The Post writing high school game stories, we called the "Master Mentor." R.B. Brenner, who left The Post recently like so many others, is another of the greats who made me look better than I deserved. Now, he's off teaching the craft of journalism at DePauw University, and thanks to his new blog, I'm happy to report that the lessons have not ended.
| February 15, 2011; 7:58 AM ET
Categories: Story Picks | Tags: great editors; R.B. Brenner; depauw university; journalism
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