Definition of New York Times Rule

A guideline for business conduct that suggests avoiding any actions or written statement that would not be comfortable appearing on the front page of the New York Times. The reasoning behind the rule is that if something would be embarrassing or harmful if made public, it is probably best avoided altogether.

Example: At the new hire training, the company advised employees to follow the New York Times rule when writing emails to avoid issues if an email was read by a person who was not the intended recipient.

Variations: NYT rule, WSJ rule, Wall Street Journal rule


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Date: 02/04/2023

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"New York Times Rule." Jargonism.com Dictionary, https://jargonism.com/words/1617. Accessed 02/04/2023.