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 […]

The conflict between reporting and not ruin lives

28 Apr

When deciding on whether or not a reporter should run a story there is many things to consider.  These questions can be: will the story hurt the individual more than it will help the general public, will the story hurt the persons reputation? This is the struggle Randy Miller faced a few years ago when […]

The responsibility of truth

28 Apr

You’re the night editor of a newspaper with a 30,000 daily circulation. You oversee all content, including photography. One afternoon there is a car accident in a local intersection involving an injured baby. One of your photographers takes the following picture: Do you use the picture? If you do, where should it go? How big […]

How Image Control is Changing Journalism

28 Apr

By: Jon Fehrens Today, now more than ever, your image is one of the most important aspects of your personality. There are hundreds of social media sites designed to show off what you’re eating, who you’re hanging out with and even people you are working with. But in today’s age not only are people trying […]

The Balancing Act of Ethics

28 Apr

Journalists face ethical dilemmas on their day-to-day routine. Amelia Ferrell, a reporter and producer for WOWK 13 News in Charleston, WV said that she most frequently deals with the possible issue of harming someone’s reputation. She said that she often uses tips from law enforcement and public servants to confirm breaking news but reporting ethically […]

Run the story

28 Apr

By: Frank Rosario If the media does not want a story to become known, they bury it in the midst of their paper or program or just outright ignore it. In this case, Casey Ramos did just that. I went back to New York this past weekend and stumbled upon a great story that had […]

Mike Michalowicz: Wall Street Journal

28 Apr

Journalists are faced with ethical dilemmas daily, as they have to publicize others’ lives to the world for a living. But, for Mike Michalowicz, the ethical decision to be made pertained to his own life. Michalowicz started writing after losing all of his money, and says the biggest ethical dilemma he ever faced, was really […]

Ethical Concerns in College Sports

28 Apr

By. Joe Lipovich Morgantown, W.Va.- As an Audio Engineer for the West Virginia University Men’s Basketball team, current WWVU-FM General Manager Matt Fouty found himself in many ethical conundrums in his time with the team. While directly not a reporter, he found himself sharing information that he gathered first-hand. Fouty described a moment in his […]

When Professionalism Outweighs Website Views

28 Apr

As journalism continues to migrate from the traditional medium of the evening news cast to constant coverage online, journalists are facing ethical dilemmas in deciding what is newsworthy, and what is being done for website views. For Amanda Starrantino, a reporter at KSBY-TV in San Luis Obispo, California, the amount of clicks on the website doesn’t […]