10 Warning Signs a Story Should Not Run

not teaching, still THINKING … Decisions to publish stories can result in long-lasting consequences, which we always hope are good ones. Sometimes a story is not ready to run, and an editor must hold it. How to decide? Here are 10 warning signs that a story should not run. And, we would add a note […]

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 […]

Needed: Everyone to think about ethics

For roughly the past 30 days, we have taken our own advice, which we wrote in our last blog post: It’s acceptable to have an unexpressed thought. We have not posted to this blog since that entry. During that time, we thought each day about what we might write. But, we also were well aware […]

Don’t let a hoax get by you

It happened again. Someone successfully plotted a hoax that got by the media and trended on Twitter. No — male celebrities are not donating sperm to FameDaddy.com so women can pay more than $24,000 for “top quality celebrity surrogate fathers.” Yes — the hosts of Britain’s Independent Television show, “This Morning,” have acknowledged that their […]

Letting things go: Video

Letting things go. Perhaps someone at some time has gently advised you to “let it go.” Maybe you have told someone else — or yourself — this same thing. In interpersonal relationships in the workplace or when handling a story, you’ll be in situations in which you must know when to “let it go.” When […]