What makes a reporter indis­pen­sible? In this age of jour­nal­istic belt-​​tightening, Martin Baron ought to know best.

The person should be an excel­lent reporter with equally impres­sive writing skills. The reporter should wel­come col­lab­o­ra­tion and a broad range of assign­ments, and ought to be well-​​versed in new jour­nal­istic tools, like pro­gram­ming and data-​​mining.

If someone could do all of what I just described, you’d need to let me know because that would be a great hire,” said Baron, the editor-​​in-​​chief of The Boston Globe, who spoke last week to pro­fessor Nicholas Daniloff’s jour­nalism ethics course.

When we hire some­body, espe­cially someone who is recently out of col­lege, we want them to have skills that we don’t have in abun­dance in our news­room. So when we’re looking to hire some­body … we expect them to be able to do some­thing [that other reporters cannot do] and be able to transmit those skills to others on our staff,” Baron said.

In his hour­long visit to campus last Thursday, Baron fielded ques­tions from stu­dents on a variety of issues, mostly related to the role of jour­nal­istic ethics in an age in which more and more jour­nal­ists report on plat­forms other than legacy insti­tu­tions like news­pa­pers, mag­a­zines and broad­cast stations.

While reporters once relied on orga­ni­za­tions with “their own ink and printing presses and dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tems,” new reporters can get started with just a web­site, blog or Twitter feed. Since they are often working out a sup­port system, new jour­nal­ists must be even more aware of ethics.

These days, all that power rests in your hands, on your iPads or your mobile devices,” Baron told the stu­dents. “So I think it’s a good idea to think about what cir­cum­stances may be — it’s not math­e­matics, it may not always be clear what the right and wrong answer is.”

Given that nowa­days any local story can become national or even global news, eth­ical mis­steps can rever­berate on a much larger scale, Baron warned.

We all make mis­takes, some­times more severe mis­takes than others,” Baron said. “Because of that, it’s a good idea to think it through in the class­room set­ting before you’re out in the real world. These days, we have an envi­ron­ment in which the con­se­quences of an error are far greater than they were when I was starting out in journalism.”

Northeastern’s School of Jour­nalism, in the Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design, has strong ties to the Globe. It sends reporters to work as co-​​ops and interns to the Globe and its web­site. One of the school’s top fac­ulty mem­bers, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Jour­nalism Walter Robinson, spent a promi­nent career at the paper, win­ning a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for the Spot­light Team’s cov­erage of the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church.