How 'bout them Yankees!
I catch so much heck for being a Yankee baseball fan that it has been nice watching them in the playoffs.

How 'bout them Yankees!
I catch so much heck for being a Yankee baseball fan that it has been nice watching them in the playoffs.
It actually has caused some "discussions" at home. First, the Yankees beat Minnesota in a one-game playoff for the wildcard spot. Minnesota is my husband's favorite team. Russell grew up there and was a Milwaukee Braves fan until the Twins were formed in the "Land of 10,000 Lakes."
After the Minnesota win, the Yanks scraped with the Cleveland Indians in a great five-game playoff. They bested Cleveland which is my son's favorite team. Rusty got hooked on them when he lived in Cleveland and worked very near the stadium. He attended several games when he lived there.
As I write this on Tuesday evening, the Yankees have just tied Houston and now the two teams stand 2-2. It has been a nerve wrecking playoff for my team which was said to be rebuilding this year and not expected to get very far.
Russell and I have really fallen for the young Yankee right fielder, Aaron Judge. He is so pleasant and polite. Let's just hope that fame and fortune does not change him. We need more athletes like this.
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I have been asked about ethics in journalism. I did not study journalism in college so did not have a class in ethics, but I have many years of experience in the newspaper business. I was chatting with John Ford recently and he remarked that, between us, we have 75 years of newspaper experience. I have learned a lot from the people I have worked with and in the school of hard knocks.
The one thing I am very watchful of is the caution about journalists taking gifts from someone or some company that he/she is going to write about. Taking gifts leaves open the question of treating the story fairly and accurately, and resisting the temptation to "embellish" or give the subject "free publicity" by giving them a lot of space.
I have been trying to think what I may have taken as a gift from someone while I was working as a reporter. I cannot remember taking anything from an individual or company. I have eaten a few meals at some meetings that I was covering, although these were meetings for a charity or some other general cause. Often, over the years, while doing a story, someone offered me something that they are demonstrating for the story, such as a jar of homemade jelly or a pot holder. They usually are persistent about giving me one, so I usually take it. Some times they allow me to pay for it, which I always offer to do.
The Society of Professional Journalists speaks to this: Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel; and special treatment, and avoid political and other outside activities that may compromise integrity or impartiality, or may damage credibility.
So if you are wondering, that's how it is supposed to be in the newspaper business. I'm sure I have misstepped a time or two somewhere along the line, but I take my integrity very seriously.

 

Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.