May 2014 Ethics Update

Can editorial integrity and expediency co-exist?

Historically speaking, winners of editorial award competitions have demonstrated journalistic expertise. In the case of ABM’s Timothy White Editorial Integrity award — the focus of this issue’s lead article — courage and passion are traits taken into account.

Reading the excellent articles written by award winners, one immediately senses that expediency was not in play; depth of coverage and adequate resources to do the job right were important assets not necessarily available to all B2B editorial staffs. For the latter, the ongoing byword is expediency; meet tough deadlines posed by heavy workloads no matter the circumstances.

In such cases, can integrity and expediency co-exist? If so, can a new form of integrity awards take expediency into account? Let us know what you think.

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