NY Times Public Editor Dispenses Valuable Advice

Some words of wisdom.

We’re big fans of The New York Times’ public editor Margaret Sullivan, so naturally we were excited to see that she shared some advice she has given to her students at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Below are just a few of the tips, but her entire piece is well worth checking out.

  • You can lose your reputation and your career in an instant.
  • Despite that, don’t be timid. Be brave; just don’t be brave and stupid.
  • Ask for advice from smart people.
  • Be aggressive — a passive journalist isn’t really a journalist.
  • Put yourself in the place of the people who will be affected by your work. That doesn’t mean to pull your punches.