Astros sign scandal steals reputations

not teaching,still THINKING … “At the end of the day, all we have in this game is our reputation.” So said a baseball executive to ESPN in the wake of the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, thus stating the obvious when it comes to ethics.  Why do people cheat or stretch the rules or otherwise risk their good names? The […]

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 […]

What’s your stake in ethical decisions?

not teaching,still THINKING … When it comes to making ethical decisions, a good place to start is by considering three specific stakeholders and then asking yourself key questions about them. It’s a methodical process, and it works. First, the stakeholders: Audience. This includes your news consumers; your many sources; and your advertisers. Peers and profession. […]

Think — give yourself this gift every day

Time. Never enough of it. But there’s always time to think. You might be thinking right now that we haven’t had time to post on this blog since the last item, Oct. 1. Not true. Just didn’t have anything to say. Really? Really. We understand, because we experience it ourselves, that you are bombarded all […]

Encore: Offensive? Poor taste? Neither?

This post originally was published June 18, 2012. It still applies to sensitive content today. The yearbook cover of a local middle school here in the Syracuse area caught the attention of some parents, who were upset that the photo montage — student faces forming the design of the school’s mascot — segregated the students by […]

‘Lessons learned’ from others teach us

In a “Lessons Learned” blog post on fastcompany.com, Vivian Giang shares stories from seven business leaders on how they reached “the biggest moral dilemmas of their careers.” As Giang writes in the intro of her piece: Someone’s wrong can be your right, which means your right will definitely, at some point, be someone else’s wrong. Most of […]