Be a cautious skeptic — especially now

Look no further than the rash of stories about creepy clown sightings around the country to understand how important it is to be a healthy skeptic. The topic of healthy skepticism is timely, with good reason. Journalists get paid to ask questions, and the aim has always been to ask the right questions to get […]

Gawker 101 — its history and influence

If you don’t know what to think about the recent shutdown of Gawker.com, then you must read Farhad Manjoo’s column, “Gawker’s Gone. Long Live Gawker.” It is rich — full of history and examples that bring context to the development and decline of the digital service. Here are a few tidbits from the column: “It […]

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. […]

Rely on your conscience for fairness

Fairness in coverage 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. Fairness has to do with being consistent, yet flexible when circumstances require. A role of journalists is to consider context in making decisions case by case — […]

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 — […]

Keep your digital readers in motion

When it comes to writing headlines, you probably won’t always have the time you desire to come up with the perfect one — especially when you work in the hurry-up digital world. That’s OK. If you visualize what the story is about while you edit, you can start writing the headline in your head. Focus […]