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 […]

Put your personal interests to the test

not teaching,still THINKING … Personal credibility is just as important as newsroom ethics because personal decisions can upend all the hard work that journalists put into their jobs every day. And those decisions are important to the audience, too. Consider the following scenarios. As a journalist, what would you do? As a news and information […]

Not a journalist? You still have power

not teaching,still THINKING … Curiosity is that powerful trait that drives journalists. It can drive you — the audience — too. Here’s how. Each day, set aside time to think about what you are curious about and make a list. As the days go by, review the list. Do you spot any trends? Follow your […]

Right your wrongs with transparency

not teaching,still THINKING … Mistakes happen. An important thing to remember as journalists is that when errors occur, we must be transparent with our audience. The same is true when we update information in an already published story. There is a difference between correcting something that is outright wrong and updating a story as new […]

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 […]

3 not-so-easy ways to maintain credibility

not teaching,still THINKING … Summer internships are approaching, and journalism interns must take special care with their credibility. Not a journalist? Or an intern? These tips on how to stay above reproach still might apply. Don’t socialize with or enter into relationships with sources. This could mean local government or law enforcement officials, or local […]