3 new ways to think about credibility

not teaching,still THINKING … In a nonjournalism setting recently, we heard credibility described as: Consistency Honesty Courage We agree. Credibility is a common theme we share because it is at the heart of everything we do as journalists. When we lose our credibility, it is difficult — and sometimes impossible — to regain. As colleges […]

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 things to do when you make a mistake

not teaching,still THINKING … Mistakes happen. But then what? To err might be human. But to err and then not take responsibility is unacceptable. Here are some tips for handling the delicate process of correcting a mistake. Be disciplined. Know the process at your news organization for handling an error — whether you made the […]

Listen! Can you hear the collaboration?

not teaching, still THINKING … Collaboration is one of those words that evokes strong emotion, and not usually positive. When asked about collaboration and teamwork, journalism students in the past often gave these responses: I’d rather work alone I do my best work independently When I collaborate, people don’t show up for meetings Everyone gets […]

Instant recall is a tricky undertaking

In a visual exercise the other day to demonstrate how editors must be mindful of a variety of issues in a story, I donned two different earrings (usually, I wear none); a pin with three snowmen (it’s September); my jacket backward (on only one arm) and a sock (on my other arm). When students returned […]