Ethics

Marital affair? Take special care

not teaching,still THINKING … Transparency. Journalists strive for it. The audience craves it. We all need it. Residents called for it recently at a school board meeting about an issue that has been in the news: “West Genesee residents ‘outraged, embarrassed’; want transparency over superintendent” What’s the story? These lead paragraphs from that story, published […]

6 ways to keep people honest

not teaching,still THINKING … It’s not always easy to know “the right thing” to do, but these tips about honesty can help. They were written from the perspective of editors working with reporters in their all-important relationship. But, realistically, they can apply to just about anyone doing anything in any profession. Educate them. When it […]

What’s your stake in ethical decisions?

not teaching,still THINKING … When it comes to making ethical decisions, a good place to start is by considering three specific stakeholders and then asking yourself key questions about them. It’s a methodical process, and it works. First, the stakeholders: Audience. This includes your news consumers; your many sources; and your advertisers. Peers and profession. […]

You’re ‘just’ a … what?

not teaching, still THINKING …  This single word — just — can unfairly deflate anyone’s impression of you. I’m just an intern I’m just a part-timer I’m just a volunteer Remove the word “just” and replace it with one of its meanings, “merely,” and you have a false definition of your worth. Why is this […]

5 Ways to Cause Trouble for Yourself

not teaching, still THINKING … Trouble finds us easily enough, but sometimes we cause trouble for ourselves — especially when our personal and professional interests intermingle. Here are five ways we could cause that trouble. Recognize them. Avoid them. Keep your boss in the dark about any conflict of interest, hoping it will go away […]

Give up, but don’t quit

not teaching, still THINKING … Time works against us in a publish-every-second world. But it doesn’t have to get the best of us. Here are some tested tips to get you through time-sensitive moments: Give up perfection but don’t quit on quality. That means do check for accuracy, do write for clarity, do communicate succinctly. […]