Put your personal interests to the test

By · Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

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 consumer, how might you be affected or feel affected?

In assessing these scenarios, remember that it is important to put yourself above reproach and be responsible.

In each of these scenarios, be honest with your audience. This is always the best approach. If your audience questions the veracity of even one article because of personal integrity, then everything you do — and have done — will be questioned.

(These two profs are no longer teaching at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, but we are still thinking.)

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