3 ways to test your trust in today’s news

not teaching,still THINKING … Now is a good time to share, again, some key ways that news consumers can test whether they can trust the information bombarding them about serious national issues in today’s news. Try any — or all — of these three simple exercises. After you have followed your normal routine for consuming […]

These key questions will lead to trust

not teaching,still THINKING … Ask yourself this: As a news consumer, how can I trust information? As a journalist, how can I ensure news consumers trust what I provide? The answer: credit. Credit gives journalists and their work credibility. And three elements in a story — attribution, sources and substantiation — give credit in distinct […]

10 dangers when you trim a story

not teaching,still THINKING … Journalists and surgeons have something in common. Trimming a story is like performing delicate surgery. A surgeon wants to leave no evidence of a scalpel or sutures. Journalists, too, aim to trim stories without drawing attention to what has been deleted. But trimming someone else’s copy comes with risks. Writers put […]

Credit: Use this checklist to get it right

Three elements in a story — attribution, sources and substantiation — give credit in distinct ways. Credit is essential to give you and your work credibility. Attribution tells readers where information came from; it makes the story transparent. Sources indicate that others — not the reporter — provided information; they make the story credible. Substantiation […]

Get rid of editors at your own risk

An onion. Skin. Lasagna. What do these have in common? If you think about the journalism profession and how it is evolving — or devolving in some cases — you will know the answer right away. Traditional print newsrooms are shrinking. They are changing. They are striving desperately to survive. All good. New models are […]

10 warning signs a story shouldn’t run

A parallel can be drawn between people who make serious, personal decisions and journalists who make decisions about whether to run stories. Personal decisions have long-lasting consequences. The same is true for reporters and editors. It is a major decision to run any story, and when a reporter or editor decides to publish despite serious […]