Gosh darn - Should we use an asterisk or print the word

One of the turning points for me in my grasp of journalistic ethics was a wonderful course I was lucky enough to attend at the Poynter Institute decades ago. Here is an up-to-date and ethical model for deciding whether to reflect foul language verbatim or find a way to sanitize it. Most media organizations still use asterisks for the f-word for example. Given what I see on any given day in my Twitter feed, it does seem quaint - and yet holding to certain values still makes sense. CBC Journalistic Standards and Practices provide guidelines. This wonderful article by Roy Peter Clark entitled Trying to decide if you should publish that dirty word? Here’s a step-by-step guide is a model of clear thinking and great values. A must for journalists and those who hold them to account for their decisions - in other words, everyone.