Of all the wise words Stephen Buckley of the Poynter Institute shared with us last Monday, these stood out to me the most. To me, Buckley is the perfect example of a servant leader. He leads by motivating others to realize their full potential, and by doing so, he ensures that the entire organization runs smoothly.
I also liked what he said about prioritizing: “One of the things that leaders have to do is figure out what their priorities are and schedule them.” In a world that’s becoming increasingly fast-paced, this is great advice. I’m personally guilty of trying to take on too many things at once, and to hear that prioritizing is key to good leadership inspired me to improve my scheduling habits.
Along with advice on leadership, Buckley had some interesting things to say about where journalism is headed. One thing that really resonated with me was his point about the fact-checking movement being a response to citizen journalism — a way to hold “journalists” accountable and promote credibility even as the line is blurred between journalists and readers.
“We can’t control an act of journalism,” Buckley said. “There are no journalism police.”
But if we as journalists strive to ensure that the news continues to be reported fully and accurately — regardless of the source — then maybe we can maintain credibility in journalism even as the industry goes through a drastic series of changes.