Q&A with Roy Peter Clark, Senior Scholar, The Poynter Institute

How would you best describe your magazine (company, etc.)
One of the world's most influential schools for journalism and democracy.

What makes it special?
The Poynter Institute is a non-profit school that owns one of America's best newspapers, the Tampa Bay Times.

What steps led to your current position:
I was a young English professor, teaching in Alabama, when a great American editor, Gene Patterson, invited me to work with the writers in his newsroom.

What’s been a career highlight?
Being on the Oprah Winfrey show – twice.

A career lowlight?
Being on the Oprah Winfrey show – twice.

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in your industry?
The biggest change is the digital revolution, and the collapse of the business model for traditional journalism.

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?
Twitter, Facebook, Google, Amazon, Poynter.org – all the big ones.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?
My portable electric keyboard (musical, not computer).

What’s the best professional advice you’ve ever received?
From Gene Patterson: "Don't just make a living, son, make a mark." And from writing coach Donald Murray, "Remember, Roy, a page a day equals a book a year."

What’s the best professional advice you could offer?
Try to find a job for which you have a passion.