Ethics

Timing is everything — this is our time

not teaching,still THINKING … Thinking brought us here, with our first Think Like an Editor post published more than 10 years ago, on Dec. 22, 2009. Since then, we have published more than 500 posts, all connected in some way with the all-important trait of “thinking,” which we believe is underrated. Now we are thinking […]

10 questions for unprecedented times

not teaching,still THINKING … Stakeholders are the most important people to journalists, and you — as news consumers — are among them. Usually, when we talk of stakeholders, we mean the following people we consider when we face ethical issues: Audience. This includes news consumers, sources for information, the bureaucrats we cover, everyday people we […]

Checking facts? Try these 5 steps

not teaching,still THINKING … Fact checking has everyone’s attention again. And for good reason. So this is a good time to share a trusted method that will draw your attention to how many facts can appear in a story. It is a step-by-step fact-checking exercise that reporters have routinely followed in the past. We think […]

Bread recipe serves as important lesson

not teaching,still THINKING … Like homemade bread? So does a former colleague — a highly respected, now retired journalist who posted a baguette recipe on social media recently. But he transposed two important ingredients. No problem. Being the professional that he is, he immediately posted a correction.  Sunday, 3:01 p.m.: Recipe posted. Monday, 1:13 a.m.: […]

You are at the center of this discussion

not teaching,still THINKING … News judgment — and reader judgment — are at the core of a recent decision by The New York Times to publish a story more than two weeks after learning about an issue. The issue is explained in a piece by Ben Smith, the media columnist for The Times, published under […]

Make the most of your competitive spirit

not teaching,still THINKING … Competition can be a good thing when it leads to a person looking inward and assessing personal philosophies. That’s one reason we encourage having a credo — a practical way to consider what guides you when you make decisions. A credo is a way to check in with yourself during times […]