Favoritism vs news judgment

When assessing content, if you must think too long about whether something is fair, then it probably is not, and you should redirect your energy into making it fair. Fairness has to do with being aware of and attentive to nuances, treating people with respect, and anticipating perceptions that readers will take away with them. […]

How to decide news values — encore

News judgment and news values have one thing in common — they take a good amount of looking inward and thinking. To that end, we are offering a previously published post: “Which story is the lead? Look inward.” Originally published in February 2010, the advice still stands. Deciding story play takes communication and questioning, and […]

Judgment – how to decide what’s news

News judgment cannot really be taught. It is learned. Journalists can develop a sense of news judgment by observing what others do and analyzing it. With each experience, they will become more comfortable with their own news judgment. Here are some suggested ways you can decide what’s important. Be methodical Be aware Be a listener […]

Simple tip: Put readers’ interests first

Basic journalism standards should rule no matter what you do in a digital world. Link readers from print to Web and from Web to print Make content interactive Include hyperlinks in stories Give added value to your digital stories Point readers to helpful resources Post reader-generated material Update stories in real time The reader — […]

Perceptions = Reality: Video

Journalists have always taken this concept seriously — that what people perceive to be true is true. For example, if readers perceive journalists to be biased, then that is something they have to deal with — even if their print and multimedia stories are factual, well-sourced, substantiated and free of personal points of view. The […]

Journalists: Judge and be judged

Judgment. Journalists use it all the time. It is something we rely on to do our jobs, whether we are reporters or editors, beginners or veterans. Online or print. Or, most often, both. Readers and viewers use their judgment, too, when they assess us. Two stories in the news recently fall into the category, “Don’t […]