3 new ways to think about credibility

By · Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

not teaching,
still THINKING …

In a nonjournalism setting recently, we heard credibility described as:

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 and universities welcome new and returning students to school, now is a good time to think about and share the best ways to stay consistent, honest and courageous.

  1. Start with a credo. Write a few sentences that describe your personal mission statement, the values that guide you and that will keep you pointed in the right direction. Refer to this credo often. Rely upon it when situations cause anxiety or uncertainty. Remember that you know yourself best, and your credo will not fail you.
  2. Don’t be afraid to fail. Fear of failure is known to be a major reason that people make dishonest decisions. Rise above this fear. Identify your best attributes and focus on what makes you strong. Remember that it is OK to say: “I don’t know.” People will respect your honesty.
  3. Stand up for yourself. You have a voice. Use it. Develop it. Nurture it. The most courageous people are not necessarily the loudest. They are, however, keenly aware of their station in life and what is expected of them. Remember that people are relying on you and your expertise. Have the courage not to disappoint them.

People need to trust us. Every day, we must earn that trust and build upon it.

(These two profs are no longer teaching at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, but we are still thinking.)

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