Ethics

Encore: Offensive? Poor taste? Neither?

This post originally was published June 18, 2012. It still applies to sensitive content today. The yearbook cover of a local middle school here in the Syracuse area caught the attention of some parents, who were upset that the photo montage — student faces forming the design of the school’s mascot — segregated the students by […]

‘Lessons learned’ from others teach us

In a “Lessons Learned” blog post on fastcompany.com, Vivian Giang shares stories from seven business leaders on how they reached “the biggest moral dilemmas of their careers.” As Giang writes in the intro of her piece: Someone’s wrong can be your right, which means your right will definitely, at some point, be someone else’s wrong. Most of […]

These 3 traits hold promise for us all

Summer is still with us in full force, but hints of the fall semester are creeping in around us via emails, schedules, requests for syllabi and interactions with incoming students. At Syracuse University and the Newhouse School, the welcome mat is being rolled out for freshmen and returning students. As we reflect on what’s ahead, here […]

A tip from actor James Garner — RIP

Sometimes profound insight is found in the most unexpected places. This short piece of advice comes from James Garner, as reported in USA TODAY’S obituary of the actor, who died July 19 at age 86. “I’m a Spencer Tracy-type actor,” Garner once said. “His idea was to be on time, know your words, hit your […]

Lots of lessons from fake shark video

Another hoax. Surprise, surprise. How many people published, posted, shared, liked, tweeted, retweeted and commented on the YouTube video of a shark sighting in Lake Ontario — without a bit of skepticism? Hooray for those who at least suspected it was a hoax. Even more important, how many people were genuinely concerned? Here’s a sense […]

Favoritism vs news judgment

When assessing content, if you must think too long about whether something is fair, then it probably is not, and you should redirect your energy into making it fair. Fairness has to do with being aware of and attentive to nuances, treating people with respect, and anticipating perceptions that readers will take away with them. […]