5 Ways to Cause Trouble for Yourself

not teaching, still THINKING … Trouble finds us easily enough, but sometimes we cause trouble for ourselves — especially when our personal and professional interests intermingle. Here are five ways we could cause that trouble. Recognize them. Avoid them. Keep your boss in the dark about any conflict of interest, hoping it will go away […]

Think first, then tell the truth

No good comes from a lie. We have seen that most recently with the made-up story involving four Olympic swimmers in Rio de Janeiro. The fabrication was that they were robbed in a taxi — by police, at gunpoint — when, in fact, they themselves had vandalized a public restroom. The only money they had […]

How to make wise personal decisions

All journalists have an awesome responsibility. Editors, in particular, have an obligation to protect the credibility of their product and their organization by making wise personal decisions. They can do that by recalling the tenets of ethical decision-making in a newsroom and by remembering the appropriate way to ACT. Assess the situation Consider the consequences […]

Closing of the ‘World’ is a dramatic read

If you want a good read, check out the latest news about the News of the World. Britain’s tabloid, owned by Rupert Murdoch, is closing amid accusations of phone hacking. Today’s New York Times story has everything, and the nut graph says it all: The scandal has shaken the intertwined worlds of press and politics, […]

Be smart about when to turn it off

It was an interesting morning here. I had a 10 a.m. appointment for someone to come and take care of an annual lawn issue. He brought with him two young men. “We’ll make short work of it today,” he told me. “I brought some helpers.” Good enough. They all got to work. The next thing […]