10 questions for unprecedented times

not teaching,still THINKING … Stakeholders are the most important people to journalists, and you — as news consumers — are among them. Usually, when we talk of stakeholders, we mean the following people we consider when we face ethical issues: Audience. This includes news consumers, sources for information, the bureaucrats we cover, everyday people we […]

Checking facts? Try these 5 steps

not teaching,still THINKING … Fact checking has everyone’s attention again. And for good reason. So this is a good time to share a trusted method that will draw your attention to how many facts can appear in a story. It is a step-by-step fact-checking exercise that reporters have routinely followed in the past. We think […]

3 ways to test your trust in today’s news

not teaching,still THINKING … Now is a good time to share, again, some key ways that news consumers can test whether they can trust the information bombarding them about serious national issues in today’s news. Try any — or all — of these three simple exercises. After you have followed your normal routine for consuming […]

Watch your words and your tone

not teaching,still THINKING … Editorializing is a word we don’t hear much, perhaps because everyone has a point of view and also has the means to share it. But with news stories, editorializing is not considered a good thing. Here’s why: Editorializing means the content sounds as if it is coming from the writer and […]

These key questions will lead to trust

not teaching,still THINKING … Ask yourself this: As a news consumer, how can I trust information? As a journalist, how can I ensure news consumers trust what I provide? The answer: credit. Credit gives journalists and their work credibility. And three elements in a story — attribution, sources and substantiation — give credit in distinct […]

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 […]