Roy Peter Clark

October 16, 2017

On Dictionary Day, a tribute to books that offer the last word on language

In 2010 Little, Brown published my book The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English. The New York Times […]
October 12, 2017

After Las Vegas shooting, a Columbine expert offers heartfelt advice about the why of it all

If I made a list of books that all journalists should read, “Columbine” by Dave Cullen would be near the top. Cullen was at the […]
October 6, 2017

The Journalism of Why: How we struggle to answer the hardest question

No algorithm of reporting is more enduring and productive than the Fives W’s: Who, What, Where, When and Why. None of those is harder to answer […]
October 2, 2017

On ode to Tom Petty: Why journalists need to appreciate the lyric

Editor’s note: This article was first published on our site on June 17 of this year. We’re republishing now in light of rocker Tom Petty’s […]
September 27, 2017

Twitter, please don't mess with the perfect measure

When it comes to short writing, I am a professional hypocrite: I wrote a book on the topic. A book. On short writing. “How to […]
September 15, 2017

From Shakespeare to Irma: the storm as story

It was odd to think about Shakespeare during a hurricane, but the Bard knew his storms. From “King Lear” to “The Tempest,” where there was a […]
September 8, 2017

Kerry Sanders, master of TV disaster, recounts a storm-tossed career

After a career spent leaning into BB-gun raindrops and tree-snapping winds, Kerry Sanders is getting ready for another harrowing close-up. Sanders, a correspondent for NBC […]
September 7, 2017

To journalists covering wars and disasters: 'Thank you for your service'

Last weekend in Valdosta, Georgia I found myself in the rest room of a Cracker Barrel restaurant. Next to me at the sink was a […]
September 2, 2017

Gene Patterson and the journalist’s search for common humanity

When a president speaks, it makes sense to figure out what he means, or, in some cases, what he “really” means. What did President Trump […]
August 30, 2017

Reflections on the history of ethics at Poynter

From its earliest years as a school for journalists, The Poynter Institute concerned itself with the practice and teaching of news media ethics. As happened […]
August 30, 2017

Reflections on the history of ethics at Poynter

From its earliest years as a school for journalists, The Poynter Institute concerned itself with the practice and teaching of news media ethics. As happened […]
August 24, 2017

Robert E. Lee and the legacy of an inconvenient name

If your name is Robert Lee these days — whatever your middle initial — you stand to be the brunt of somebody’s joke. “Hey, Bobby,” […]
August 17, 2017

How courageous journalists of the last century stood up to the KKK

The Pulitzer Prizes are never a perfect measure of great journalism in a particular era, but they remain a good place to start. On matters […]