Some New Year’s Resolutions to #MakeJournalismGreatAgain
By Sandy K. Johnson
2016 was undeniably a mixed bag for journalists. Let’s make 2017 the year we get our reputations back.
Some suggestions for the New Year:
1. Take inspiration from spectacular journalism produced by fellow journalists in 2016. These examples just happen to be National Press Foundation award winners. #GoodReads
2. We’re all fact-checkers now. 2016 brought us not only politicians’ lies and exaggerations, but actual fake news. Teach yourself how to fact-check by learning from the best, like PolitiFact and FactCheck.org.
5. Pay it forward. Share with your colleagues these two journalism awards that open for entries Jan. 17: the Mattingly award for mental health reporting carries a $10,000 prize and the Stokes award for energy/environment reporting has a $2,000 honorarium.
6. Learn to incorporate investigative reporting techniques into your daily beat. Apply tips from award-winning investigative journalists.
7. Need to recharge your enthusiasm? No matter what your beat is, NPF has resources that will make you a better reporter and give you some fresh story ideas. Click around our digital content.