Chapter . Tip #11: Use Questions Socratically

An editor for a large metropolitan newspaper reported a great example of using questions Socratically. His story goes that he was supervising a journalism student who had high hopes of bettering Lois Lane. She was to spend a semester in the city newsroom with the expectations of gaining an understanding of the inner workings of a major newspaper and (of equal importance) developing the ability to report, organize, and write a news story worthy of publication.

The city editor had a reputation of being very tough, and it was well known that his sarcastic, critical comments often left his best reporters feeling undeserving of a byline. Nevertheless, he was considered an excellent newsman and was committed ...

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