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Journalist’s Resource: Social skills are increasingly valuable to employees

Jobs with social skills are paying higher wages as the labor markets respond to automation, a new paper finds.
“Computers are still very poor at simulating human interaction,” writes David Deming of Harvard University. “Human interaction requires a capacity that psychologists call theory of mind — the ability to attribute mental states to others based on their behavior, or more colloquially to ‘put oneself into another’s shoes.’”
Looking at data on employment, wages and types of job tasks over several decades, Deming quantifies the added value of these social skills.

Transcription: There’s an app for that

Technology has made it easier than ever for reporters to connect with their sources, whether they’re across the street or halfway around the world. With so many digital recording options, it takes no more than a few clicks and swipes to record an interview with a source. The biggest problem reporters face when it comes to digital interviews, however, is how to deal with all the recorded content once the interview is over. Turning those audio files into useable text isn’t always easy. Transcription is a time-consuming and often costly part of the job.

Appointing federal judges and U.S. attorneys: An explainer with resources

While the presidential appointment process for a Supreme Court seat draws national attention, few take notice of federal judge appointments. There are hundreds of federal judges and these appointments, too, are for life. Because the judges wield significant power, they are at the core of a president’s legacy. 
Federal courts have jurisdiction over a wide variety of crimes and civil disputes outlined in the Constitution and other federal statutes, including election fraud, weapons trafficking and terrorism.

How to sell the value of digital without overselling your client

Everyone sells digital. Everyone has similar portfolios. In order to differentiate, you’ll need to go beyond CTRs and CPMs to show clients the value of your newspaper’s services and how you can help them grow their businesses.
Topics covered in this Online Media Campus webinar include how to:
• Simplify digital sales for the customer and your sales team
• Build a client-focused digital recommendation
• Measure the results of digital advertising in a way that matters to your client
• Retain and up-sell current campaigns

How to write headlines that pop

Headlines have never been more important for attracting readers online and in print. Best practices, creative planning processes and tips for reporters, editors and designers will be discussed in this Online Media Campus webinar. Students will learn the art and science of writing winning headlines.
The one-hour event is set for 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21. Deadline to register is Monday, Sept. 18. Registration fee is $35. For more information or to register, click here.

Commissioners may choose to allow clerk in closed sessions

Q: Does the county clerk really belong in executive sessions of the county commissioners court? The county judge or any of our four county commissioners could push the button to start and stop the tape recorder in an executive session. Besides, our voters didn’t elect the county clerk to take part in budget and policy decisions. 

Making the best ‘trade’ for each new day

It was a recent Saturday morning, and Facebook cheerfully informed me that it was Suzanne Bardwell’s birthday.
So I messaged best birthday wishes to my fellow alumna from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M-Commerce) and co-owner of the Gladewater Mirror.
“Thanks Pat . . . my party is a scrimmage, a community prayer meeting and a museum event!” she responded.
All of which got me to thinking about college football coaching legend Paul “Bear” Bryant and a little slip of paper found in his billfold when he died in 1982.