Journalist uses caution to ensure his success

26 Apr

by: Shannon MacNeil Starting off your career can be a challenging thing for some, it’s like one wrong move could jeopardize the rest of your life.  This causes some recent grads to be extra cautious on the job. Will Dean, a recent graduate from West Virginia University, has been working as a journalist for the […]

Ethics in Political Reporting

25 Apr

A “normal” day for Pennsylvania Legislative Services reporter, Jessica Richardson, can be anything from attending committee meetings, covering a press conference or attending an unannounced meeting in Harrisburg. However, almost all of her time is spent in the Capitol covering legislation in the works. Talking to politicians used to intimidate Richardson, who started as an […]

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Faces Biggest Ethical Dilemma Covering Ugly 2012 Senate Campaign

25 Apr

Finding yourself in the middle of ethical dilemmas can become commonplace for all journalists, even the really successful ones. Eric Eyre, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for the Charleston Gazette Mail, was writing a story about a controversy involving a candidate running for West Virginia state Senate when he found himself in the biggest ethical […]

How Chris Parypa Dealt with Stolen Content

25 Apr

As someone who lives in Berlin, Maryland during the seasonal times of the year, I have quickly taken an interest in Chris Parypa, one of Ocean City’s most highly recognized reporters and photographers. In a recent weekend trip back to Maryland, I was lucky enough to interview him about the biggest ethical issue he has […]

An ethical problem on the local level

25 Apr

The Cobb County Courier may be a small paper, but it faces its fair share of ethical dilemmas. “There are a bunch of small ethical decisions during the course of a day,” said Larry Johnson, the editor and publisher of the Cobb County Courier, an online Georgia news source which he created nearly three years […]

Conflicts Of Interest In The Horror Critic Community

25 Apr

In the tight-knit horror community, it’s not uncommon for film critics to be friends with the creators whose content they review. And for micro budget indie films, oftentimes with budgets for as low as $5000, a good review from a prominent website can be critical to receiving distribution. Horrorfreaknews.com editor Josh Millican knows this all […]

The ethics of public interest

25 Apr

In the wake of fake news and the rise of white supremacy leaders in the media, reporters have to consider the public’s best interest now more than ever. At the Huffington Post, Senior Politics Editor Paige Lavender and her team are faced with this dilemma everyday when reporting on white supremacy leaders, such as Alex […]

Is it Ethical to Push for the Emotional Response?

25 Apr

Jeanette Woods is a producer for WHYY, a public radio station based in Philadelphia, Pa. In her career, she reported for both radio and television. She said that the one ethical rule that journalists cannot break is “not putting words or concepts into the interviewee’s mouth.” “Often in editing or paraphrasing, you can end up […]

Confronting conflicts of interest

24 Apr

Reporting on courts and crime isn’t always an easy task, especially if the news source you’re working for is the same one you grew up watching. That’s the case for Jessie Shafer, a reporter for WOWK in Huntington, West Virginia. Shafer is a native of Kanawha county and as a crime reporter often runs into […]

An Ethical Dilemma: The Battle Against Bias

15 Apr

“We are human beings; we are a product of how we were raised and what we have learned.” Hoppy Kercheval said. “It’s a constant struggle to minimize bias.” As a forty-year veteran in the journalism industry, Kercheval is no stranger to the difficulty of remaining unbiased in reporting. The biggest ethical dilemma he has faced […]