“Why Editors Drink” Author Rob Reinalda, Award-Winning Corporate News Editor, Discusses How to Improve Writing Skills

On this episode of SBN Newsmakers, Chicago-based Rob Reinalda, award-winning editor and author of Why Editors Drink: A Snarky Look at Common, Often Hilarious, Writing Blunders (affiliate link), discusses the many ways modern writing is failing and what to do about it.

Reinalda and SBN Newsmakers host Steve Lubetkin worked together in college newspaper journalism at the Monmouth College Outlook in the 1970s.

Watch the interview in the player below.

About the Guest

Rob Reinalda is a career journalist and winner of ACES’ Robinson Prize for excellence in editing. After 25 years in newspapers, Rob moved into online publishing and quickly became an authoritative voice on writing and editing. His humorous, informative essays on Huffington Post and other popular websites have drawn widespread acclaim, and he has written numerous podcast scripts for Grammar Girl. He has delivered live and online presentations to enthusiastic audiences for about a decade.


Rob and his wife, Teresa (who designed and illustrated Why Editors Drink), moved from metro New York to greater Chicago in 2005.

About the Author

Steve Lubetkin
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for StateBroadcastNews.com. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. In May 2019, he began anchoring and reporting for the new weekly podcast, "The CRE News Hour," a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry. From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for GlobeSt.com and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta. He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced audio podcasts on CRE topics for the NAR Commercial Division and the CCIM Institute. Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for CEOReport.com, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies. Steve also reports on-camera and covers conferences for NJSpotlight.com, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of StateBroadcastNews.com, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC. In March 2021, he was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996. Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional. You can email Steve at steve@statebroadcastnews.com.