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Ethical News Reporting
Robyn Burman

            Should there be a line as to what is ethical and what is unethical reporting for news media?  The answer in my mind is no.  I personally feel that through my experiences with going to college and getting older, nothing surprises me any longer. I used to be very naïve and wonder what caused people to make irrational decisions, take different actions, or even speak in a harmful way to others.  The realization that I have made is human nature.  People feel free to do as they please based on a self-gratifying basis.  They ask themselves, “What can I do for myself?” Society is no longer shielded from the many issues going on left and right.  Society is like a sponge absorbing issues like teen pregnancy, gambling, murders, violence, and many other matters.  If the youth of tomorrow wants to make a difference, they need knowledge from society to make changes.

            I feel that as a reporter, one has a mission.  The mission is to deliver the truth to consumers, even if the information is distasteful.  The more knowledge a person has, the more educated he or she can become.  After all, who ever said the truth never hurts.  Believe me, the truth can hurt many, but at the same time, it makes people aware. If a reporter makes a person angry or even stirs controversy, at least he or she knows that their story is harvesting an impact.

 Reporters are entitled to free speech under the First Amendment.  If someone’s born with a right, one can’t take it away and define what can be said and what shouldn’t.  This is America, land of the free, home of the brave.  If reporters aren’t allotted the right to inscribe information that impacts society, one must ask him or herself what it means to live under democracy.  The question of ethical, or unethical will remain an issue for many reporters, but one has to remember that people have the right to know and understand the issues that may sometimes plague their society.


Too Much Information
   Mike Demirdjian

            “Do you think Kobe’s innocent or guilty”, I directly asked one of my close friends. “I dunno—I’ll just whatever I need to know on ESPN for the next 24 hours”, he replied nonchalantly.

         Yes, people have picked up on the excessive media coverage that has plagued both the sanctity and marketability of one of the country’s top athletes. Then again, how could they not have? The rise of the 24-year old basketball star’s influence on pop culture within the last five years has been surreal.

      Magazines and news channels have taken note of this, always depicting when they explain, in greater extent, the difficulties Bryant has faced since being accused of a criminal offense this past summer. His appeal attracts parent groups and children, both of which have taken notice of Bryant’s optimistic image, always wearing a smile and taking time to teach kids to basketball in many of his appearances.

       In mid September, The name of the alleged victim in Bryant’s upcoming court case appeared online. The Internet is viable to have private information, but the question remains how did the name appear? Earlier that summer, reports surfaced that a disc jockey told the audience the name of the alleged victim.

     Sometimes you cannot help but wonder what leaking too much information about controversial issue would accomplish at a time like this.




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