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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]