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A journalist’s perspective on handling ethical issues

24 Apr

By Erin Drummond A journalist’s career consists of making difficult, ethical choices. Some take a hazardous route, resulting in “fake news,” lawsuits, and other negative outcomes. Others follow what they believe in, doing their best to prevent unethical situations. Emily Daniels, the City Editor for The Journal in Martinsburg, WVa., recalled a personal ethical dilemma […]

Medical MASH: CRISPR’s Potential for Cosmetic Enhancement

22 Feb

If you’re a 90’s kid, you probably grew up playing MASH. The game lets you pick your future house, car, spouse, job and any other life decision you might imagine. Medical technology is now approaching the ability to play MASH with our bodies. A gene-editing tool called CRISPR/Cas9 allows scientists to remove, add and edit […]

The Dilemmas of Journalism

26 Apr

It was just another call to a crime scene for Herald-Standard reporter Robert Gillispie. At this scene laid a 22-year-old male gunshot victim who was struck in the leg and the buttocks. Naturally, Gillispie pulled out his camera and started filming. It didn’t take long for on-lookers to criticize Gillispie’s decision to film a man […]

Showing Your Boss, Who’s Boss

3 Dec

Journalism is defined by the American Press Institute as, “the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information.” While a journalist is presenting news and information they must know how and be able to present it in an ethical way.  By “ethical way,” I mean that a journalist must portray the information with […]

3 Things Journalists Just Don’t Do

3 Dec

My short time as a journalist has been no cakewalk and anyone trying to track down a good story knows the struggle I’m referring to.  As journalists, we have an idea of the story we want to write and then plan out our interviews by the minute. We sketch out every question we need to […]

Getting the Whole Truth

3 Dec

As the fall semester is coming to an end at West Virginia University, in class we were asked to talk to a professional journalist on an ethical dilemma they have faced in their career. I got to learn a few things, personal and ethical, from someone very talented and passionate about their work. Errin Whack, […]

A victim by any other name

3 Dec

When a victim calls The Charleston Gazette-Mail newsroom, editors know exactly who to hand the phone to: Erin Beck, a West Virginia University alumna. She might be one of the youngest in the newsroom, but you wouldn’t know that from meeting her. “I try to take the victim’s perspective whenever I write about crime,” she […]

Stand up for what you believe

3 Dec

In an attempt to prepare for the fast-approaching real world, I had the opportunity to talk to West Virginia University Extension Service Writer and Editor Brittany Dick about what I should be prepared for in a future journalistic job.  She spouted off basic advice: meet deadlines, always fact-check, try to maintain a good work-life balance, […]

Impartial Reporting

28 Apr

As a professional journalist, there is no escaping the many various ethical dilemmas that often arise in the business. I spoke with a journalist from my hometown, Ethan Rothstein, a writer for ARLnow.com, which is a news site that provides up to the minute local coverage of breaking news in Arlington, Virginia and the surrounding area. […]

Is it ok to disclose a victim’s name?

28 Apr

As journalists, our main goal is to put accurate and timely news out to the public. In many cases, the news deals with sensitive subjects. It’s important that the public knows about these issues, but where do we draw the line on what is ethical to include in a story? In 2011, Courtney Clark was […]