Ethics in Journalism

4 Dec

“It was just one of those situations when you question everything you do. No room for mistakes,” said Brooke Chaplain. Chaplain is one of the multimedia reporters on WTRF 7 News located in Wheeling, WV. Chaplain experienced a difficult ethical dilemma this past summer. She was on the scene for the terrible flooding that took place in the […]

An Ethical Dilemma

4 Dec

In February of 2013, Pete Mundo was an Oklahoma radio personality who did the play-by-play for one particular high school basketball team. A snowstorm was brewing prior to a weekend tournament, so everyone involved – coaches, teams, media – went in advance of the snowstorm. After a safe arrival, the tournament got cancelled – but the snow had already […]

When a journalist succumbed to bullies

4 Dec

To Neal Justin, then a young regional reporter in Illinois 25 years ago who had been tipped off about a local judge who, because of an alleged addiction to alcohol, usually slept through court sessions only to later hand down “irrational” judgements, getting to the bottom of the matter was a no-brainer. However, Justin, 23 […]

Fairness and Ethics in News Reporting

4 Dec

At some point in his/her career, nearly every journalist will face some sort of ethical dilemma and will have to make a decision on how to handle it.  Lacie Pierson, courts reporter for the Charleston Gazette Mail, knows this all too well. “The stakes are higher on this beat,” she says of covering crime and […]

Ethics in the Newsroom: A Business of Details

4 Dec

As professional journalists must filter through mass amounts of sensitive information every day in order to provide the public with the knowledge it needs, ethical dilemmas are inevitable. Ashley Craig, now the assistant city editor at the Charleston Gazette-Mail, has dealt with her fair share of ethical issues in her nine years working as a […]

An Ethical Voice for the Public

4 Dec

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about being a journalist, its that regarding ethics, you should avoid reporting on something if you have a conflict-of-interest. That given, Rachel Dissell, a reporter for The Plain Dealer, told me of her experiences covering a beat that she had a conflict-of-interest in reporting on lead poisoning and lead […]

Ethics and Journalism

4 Dec

For many journalists, there are ethical decisions that they come across that can be somewhat difficult to handle. Mitch Vingle covers West Virginia University sports for the Charleston Gazette-Mail. For Vingle, he has certainly come across his fair share of ethical situations in his journalistic career. “There’s been a longstanding argument that accepting media and parking […]

Cycling lanes for Morgantown: So close, yet so far

12 Oct

If everything goes according to schedule, Morgantown may finally have its own cycling lanes next summer. That is if.   Despite having a population that tops 30,000, according to the US Census Bureau, the West Virginia college town still has almost no dedicated bicycle lanes, with its only cycling infrastructure in Granville.  “[But even] Granville […]

Trick-or-treating times announced for Halloween in Morgantown

25 Sep

Trick-or-treating hours for the greater Morgantown area were announced at last week’s city council meeting. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31, residents of Morgantown – and students of the university alike – will be going door-to-door in costumes collecting candy. While some believe the 8 p.m. stopping time is perfect, affording kids […]

Morgantown City Council Talks Improvements Towards Morgantown Municipal Airport

25 Sep

On September 19, Morgantown City Council held their bimonthly public meeting to discuss issues and potential opportunities involving Morgantown. One heavy issue that was discussed was the runway expansion of the Morgantown Municipal Airport (MMA). For the past few years, MMA has been in the works of renting space for runways, but the project opportunities […]