100 Things Journalists Should Never Do

Today Poynter Online posted an article about the 100 things journalists should never do. They are publishing these on twitter and asking journalists to retweet them. I think this is an excellent example of what it means to start a conversation on twitter. This is something I greatly struggle with, so I am glad I found this post for some inspiration! 

The Times-Delphic staff made some tough decisions this week while reporting on the recent events involving their own peers. Reporting on such events is particularly difficult when the news involves not only fellow Drake students, but friends. As journalists we have to make difficult judgement calls on a daily basis. A general code of ethics designed by the publication and personal morality are often the only guidelines we have to go by. 

I think these retweets of the “100 Things  Journalists Should Never Do” are pertinent to every journalist who is faced with a difficult judgement call. 

  • Give voice to those who cannot make themselves heard. (@paulbradshaw)
  • Afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. (@lkorleski)
  • Actually follow rule of “If your mother says she loves you, get a second source.” (@ddt tweets a variation on “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.”)
  • Don’t be a slave to any rule, including these 100. (Michael Booth)

2 responses to “100 Things Journalists Should Never Do

  1. I’ll admit it, I’m really starting to get into this Twitter thing.

    I’d noticed this conversation going on and have followed it lightly. Some of the tips are so pertinent to the class discussions we’ve had and some of them are classic cynical journalist humor.

    My favorite so far:
    “Never use D’oh in a headline on a Simpsons story, Oops in a Britney one, i in an Apple one or Atwitter is one about Twitter.”

  2. It seems that the more I learn about the journalism profession, the more it scares me. All careers, more or less, will force you to make ethical calls in one way or another. However, it seems that you can never win as a journalist. Someone will always criticize your choice, no matter how many supporters you have. The public nature of the work makes these ethical dilemmas even more sensitive.

    So, as I looked at this list of the dos and don’ts of journalism, I didn’t find a lot of guidance. What does it really mean afflict the comforted? I’m finding that application of ethics is something that can be learned only through experience, no matter how many lists of rules you read.

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