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The missing side to every story

By:Claudia Williams

Last month, Rolling Stone released an article “A Rape on Campus: A brutal assault and struggle for justice at UVA.” It was about a violent rape that occurred on a college campus fraternity in 2012. Due to the touchy nature of the subject, the victim Jackie, asked the writer of the story, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, to refrain from speaking with her attackers and to keep names private. When the story was published, it made worldwide headlines and put the fraternity and campus into question.

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Using YouTube as a News Source

By: Claudia Williams

On the evening of November 3, a woman by the name of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither was abducted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the whole thing was caught on film by a surveillance camera on a nearby building. The video shows Freeland being grabbed by a man and forced into his vehicle against her will, all while another car pulled up, watched the whole thing, and left without a word. The media source YouTube

and the Philadelphia PD channel is asking for the public’s help in identifying the unknown car, as well as the suspect involved in the actual abduction.

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Ethical Reevaluation




The Society of Professional Journalists (known as SPJ) is in the process of revising their Code of Ethics which will affect thousands of journalists but it might be about time since journalism has changed a little since it was last revised in 1996. A 18 member committee, is finally working on a revision of the Code of Ethics

Holding final say on the code is an 18-member committee of professional journalists. Take a look at some of the revisions they’ve made so far:




These revisions are nothing short of the beginning. This careful revision process expected to last until mid-summer. If you’re interested in reading the suggested revisions check out this PDF that shows the changes beside the current. Continue reading

Jeanne Moos and Cultural Insensitivity

Posted by Brian Taylor Carlson

Jeanne Moos – a national news correspondent for CNN, famous for her unique feature stories and quirky opinion pieces – has been in the spotlight over a piece she did recently.

And not in a good way.

On April 9, Moos showcased a story about a visit by Prince William and his family to New Zealand. They were greeted by the Maori people in an elaborate welcome ceremony.

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Anonymous Sources and Pseudonyms in Journalism

Posted by Marissa Mumford

The Washington Post recently published the gripping struggles of a sexually assaulted war veteran. Per her request, the source is identified only by her middle name, Diana. “Diana” pretends all is well while secretly accumulating doctor’s visits and battling stress and paranoia.

Credit to Leland Francisco, licensed under Creative Commons

Diana was viciously brutalized and hasn’t shared her story with family or friends. It isn’t the Washington Post’s job to make her pain known to the world. I understand that. Ethically, it feels right. But from a journalistic point of view, is this okay? If a prestigious news source is going to publish a lengthy piece on sexual abuse in the armed forces, shouldn’t the source be entirely verifiable?

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Life Saving Social Media

By Heather Kilby
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Wikimedia via Creative Commons

Yes I said it. Social Networks truly do save lives. Many people ridicule social media as drama-ridden and wasteful of time. Certainly it has proven to be a bit of both, but I want to play the devil’s advocate here. Has anyone ever considered the convenience and public nature social media possesses as a positive thing?

Think about the lives it has possibly saved by children threatening to harm other students at school the next day by taking part in the bullying epidemic or even school shootings. Think about the way social media allows society to stay in immediate communication with breaking news and with their long-distance family and friends. Continue reading

“Real” News: a Needle in a Haystack

Posted by Marissa Mumford


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A common frustration is apparent in many of the class’s blog posts as we witness front pages flooded with killer cats and celebrity baby announcements. So what is “news,” anyway? What deserves to make the front page? What is worth our attention and where can we get the best information?


It has become increasingly hard to know what true news is because we are bombarded with a constant barrage of information.

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