Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Journalists Serve Up Passion

Passion: It sounds like a dirty word or something straight out of a Harlequin novel, but for journalists, passion has nothing to do with romantic embraces or terms of endearment. Passion is a clean and clear sign that a journalist will succeed.

There’s no doubt that good journalists are passionate about what they do and that passion is contagious. It’s our secret, dirty little word that gets us through the day. Continue reading


November 5, 2010 Posted by | Blog, Journalism | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Retention: Effort = Results

retentionNone of us are strangers to the concept of retention. In academia, it is often viewed as a dirty word signaling the profit portion of higher education. But, nonetheless, every college I have ever taught at has focused on the importance of retaining students, and every employer stressed the need to retain quality employees.

Personally, we have a natural desire, too, to retain relationships with friends and loved ones. Retention is not easy, though. It’s a pull and play concept. You have to work to pull the person in, work to show the benefits of the institution or relationship, and work to maintain the results.

The problem is that most people don’t actively retain; instead, they sit back and hope for the best. Continue reading

October 29, 2009 Posted by | Blog, Journalism, Teaching | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment