Friday, May 04, 2007

How to engage co-workers (while avoiding provocation of their egos)

Tips from my journalism ethics professor Bill Reader:

Real-world procedures:
  • Raise the issue
    • Don’t assume the group is always right
    • Don’t assume the boss is always right
    • Don’t assume the expert is always right
  • Don’t just point it out
    • Offer suggestions as to why you think you have a problem
    • Identify how the problem could have arisen
    • Place the problem in context of the three reasons for moral reasoning in journalism (philosophy, politics, and economics)
  • Offer alternatives

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