Trust this favorite tip to trust yourself

not teaching,still THINKING … Year’s end seems to be a natural time for making decisions of all kinds — some lighthearted, others life-changing ones. In our quest to simplify the complicated when possible, here is a favorite tip for you: Trust your gut. Skeptical about information in a story? Trust your gut. If a story […]

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 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 […]