How nice of the New York Times’ public editor, Margaret Sullivan, to hand all of us this near the end of the semester: “Everything I Know About Journalism in 395 Words.”
No way I would be able to put this as succinctly as she does, but I agree with her advice — a gift to her last journalism class (for the foreseeable future) at Columbia University.
Here it is:
1. About social media.
• No road rage; walk away from the keyboard.
• Be useful.
• Be responsive.
• Be willing to correct and acknowledge errors immediately.
• Show restraint; remember that you are posting to The World. Forever.
• Try for a mix of 20 percent fun and 80 percent hard information.
• Read every link before re-tweeting or re-posting.
• It’s a tool, not an end in itself.
2. About journalism.
• Don’t cut corners. Do the actual…
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