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 […]

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 […]

3 new ways to think about credibility

not teaching,still THINKING … In a nonjournalism setting recently, we heard credibility described as: Consistency Honesty Courage 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]