▼Journalistic Integrity vs. Rumor, Gossip & Conspiracy Theory▼
The Power of the Pause
With power, comes responsibility. So remember to pause and reflect:
PAUSE — and take the time to find out, what’s important to you. Find out what you love, what’s real and true to you — so it can infuse and inform your work and make it your own.
PAUSE — before you report something you don’t know is absolutely true, something you haven’t corroborated with not just one, but two sources, as I was taught. And make sure that they’re two reliable sources.
PAUSE — before you put a rumor out there as fact. Just because you read it or saw it on TV or the Web — no matter how many times -- doesn't mean its true. Don’t just pass on garbage because you want to be first. There’s no glory in being first with garbage.
PAUSE — before you hit the “send” button and forward a picture that could ruin someone’s life — or write something nasty on someone’s Wall because you think it’s funny or clever. Believe me, it isn’t.
PAUSE — before you make judgments about people’s personal or professional decisions.
PAUSE — before you join in and disparage someone’s sexuality or intellectual ability.
PAUSE — before forwarding the untrue and inflammatory tidbits that have made it so difficult for would-be public servants and their families to step up and lead. Edmund Hillary once said, “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”
Sometimes when you pause, you’ll realize you’re gonna have to hold yourself back from acting out on your ego and your first impulse.
With power, comes responsibility. So remember to pause and reflect — before you sign on with someone or some organization whose work you don’t admire and respect. Who you work for is as important as what you do. PAUSE — before forwarding the untrue and inflammatory tidbits that have made it so difficult for would-be public servants and their families to step up and lead.
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