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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Morgantown locals cry out for pedestrian safety

14 Feb

Frustration and grief filled the faces of West Virginia University students, community members and city officials crowded into the tiny conference room at the Public Safety Building on Spruce Street for the Pedestrian Safety Board meeting Monday evening. The big topic of the discussion was Leah Berhanu, who was struck and killed by a vehicle, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]