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These 3 traits hold promise for us all

Summer is still with us in full force, but hints of the fall semester are creeping in around us via emails, schedules, requests for syllabi and interactions with incoming students. At Syracuse University and the Newhouse School, the welcome mat is being rolled out for freshmen and returning students. As we reflect on what’s ahead, here […]

A tip from actor James Garner — RIP

Sometimes profound insight is found in the most unexpected places. This short piece of advice comes from James Garner, as reported in USA TODAY’S obituary of the actor, who died July 19 at age 86. “I’m a Spencer Tracy-type actor,” Garner once said. “His idea was to be on time, know your words, hit your […]

Lots of lessons from fake shark video

Another hoax. Surprise, surprise. How many people published, posted, shared, liked, tweeted, retweeted and commented on the YouTube video of a shark sighting in Lake Ontario — without a bit of skepticism? Hooray for those who at least suspected it was a hoax. Even more important, how many people were genuinely concerned? Here’s a sense […]

Encore: Why you need to think of ethics

Some things are just worth repeating. So we offer a previously published post — “Needed: Everyone to Think about Ethics.” Originally published last fall, the key takeaways are that you can tell a lot about strangers by the way they drive, and you can tell a lot about people by how they handle situations involving […]

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 — […]

Needed: Everyone to think about ethics

For roughly the past 30 days, we have taken our own advice, which we wrote in our last blog post: It’s acceptable to have an unexpressed thought. We have not posted to this blog since that entry. During that time, we thought each day about what we might write. But, we also were well aware […]