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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 […]

The water in the streams of West Virginia remains orange with Trump as President

22 Feb

  President Trump revoked the Stream Protection Rule in February of this year. This rule protected against the dumping of hazardous waste into the nearby streams of coal mining communities. This decision will largely effect the wildlife and health of our local streams. As a citizen of West Virginia I am outraged by this action […]

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 […]

Assistant Editor Urges Writer To Feature Only One Athlete

26 Apr

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette started in 1786 and is the largest daily newspaper serving metropolitan Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Nicholas Tolomeo is a part-time sports writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He covers various high school sports around the Pittsburgh area. Every week the editor assigns each writer to an area they must cover whether it is North, South, […]

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 […]