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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 […]

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 […]

Capital Improvement Projects for Morgantown Municipal Airport Debated at City Council Meeting

25 Sep

The Morgantown City Council, on September 19, 2017, discussed the progress of the capital improvement projects at the Morgantown Municipal Airport. The public hearing surrounding this issue was for the ordinance authorizing an agreement with RSA Flight Training leasing office space at the Morgantown Municipal Airport. This office space that will be leased will be […]

Possible Tif Tax Causes Controversy

24 Sep

“Why is Sunnyside so important? Do we do everything for WVU? Do they prosper at the expense of everybody else in this city?” These were the words of Morgantown citizen James Giuliani at the September 19th City Council meeting. His displeasure came from the hot button issue of the night-the plan for a “tax increment […]

Austin Caperton, Secretary of West Virginia DEP, Leaves Many Discouraged After First Public Forum

1 Mar

Austin Caperton is proud to be the new secretary for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Caperton’s first time speaking directly to the public was this past Monday, when the Sierra Student Coalition invited him to speak at the Mountain Lair at West Virginia University. Caperton states the focus of this Agency is […]

Morgantown City Council Approves Rate Increases for Infrastructure Improvements

9 Feb

The waste water treatment plant in Star City is well over 30 years old. It was designed to last just 25 years and the equipment has become obsolete by today’s standards. To improve the plant, Morgantown City Council approved Morgantown Utility Board‘s (MUB) proposal to increase to resident’s water and sewer rates at a recent […]

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 […]

Somebody call 9-1-1…

17 Sep

Talk to any student at WVU who has placed a call to 9-1-1 for an emergency recently—they will all tell you the wait time to get a response is too long. It’s an emergency after all, and should be treated as such. But has anyone cared to dig deeper into why the wait is so […]

9-1-1 Emergency… Can You Wait Please?

17 Sep

“The Constitution of the State of West Virginia provides certain powers to the County Commission, but these powers are limited to “the manner prescribed by law”. This means that the County Commissions’ powers must be expressly conferred by the Constitution or by acts of the Legislature.” This line above is the first line stated under […]

Solid Waste

17 Sep

Monongalia County Commission Meeting September 9th, 2015 “It’s become a situation, I think, that needs to be addressed at a higher level,” Tom Bloom, President of the Commission says in relation to the local Solid Waste Authority not having updated their webpage after repeated attempts by Bloom to make contact.  “…The misinformation is believed to […]