Ethics

3 new ways to think about credibility

not teaching,still THINKING … In a nonjournalism setting recently, we heard credibility described as: Consistency Honesty Courage We agree. Credibility is a common theme we share because it is at the heart of everything we do as journalists. When we lose our credibility, it is difficult — and sometimes impossible — to regain. As colleges […]

5 tips for handling photos responsibly

not teaching,still THINKING … Freedom comes with choices, but how to know the right choice to make? Since all of us share and view so many photos a day, here are 5 tips for good choices that benefit everyone. Do not electronically delete a person from the middle of a photo as if the person […]

Stay connected but practice willpower

not teaching,still THINKING … Eight years ago — and a day — we published a post that started this way: It was an interesting morning here. The post is worth sharing again because all these years later, the issue still remains — we need to use common sense when we use our phones. So here […]

Privacy — heed these 7 cautions

not teaching,still THINKING … Archaic is the word we’d use to describe cautions about privacy that we shared back in 2011 when “Think Like an Editor” was published. We say “archaic” now because privacy at that time was something that seemed able to be protected. Today, it seems, everything is public. Yet those cautions are […]

3 things to do when you make a mistake

not teaching,still THINKING … Mistakes happen. But then what? To err might be human. But to err and then not take responsibility is unacceptable. Here are some tips for handling the delicate process of correcting a mistake. Be disciplined. Know the process at your news organization for handling an error — whether you made the […]

May you trust your gut — and act on it

not teaching,still THINKING … Our top-of-mind advice today — that you always trust your gut — is something you will need to personalize. First you must know yourself. Know your comfort level. Know what makes you uncomfortable. Your gut tells you when something is off, isn’t right, could be wrong. It’s that inner instinct that […]