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 […]

7 ways to decide what’s news

not teaching,still THINKING … We probably could all agree that we often are on information overload. Journalists know this, and one of their roles is to develop a sense of news judgment. News judgment determines whether: A story is covered at all It is followed up The follow is one story or a series of […]

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 — […]