https://soundcloud.com/wmua-news/thomas-piketty-visits-umass Persistence pays off. By being the most annoying reporter at the annual Phillip L Gamble memorial lecture at UMass, where French economist Thomas Piketty spoke on his book Capital in the Twenty First Century, I got to ask the first question at the press gaggle, post-talk. I had prepped about five questions, in the hopes … Continue reading WMUA: Famous Economist Thomas Piketty visits UMass
Another year, another set of thorny ethical questions to contend with. Specifically, at what point does journalism turn into semi-independent PR? One of the staples of any news-source relationship, be it the politician, the special-interest group, or the business, is the interview. Interviews rarely happen unless someone is trying to sell something. That something could … Continue reading Short Stop: the Ethics of the Promotional Interview
This piece currently occupies pride of place amongst all the work I've done at WMUA this year. It's not the most complex, nor is it necessarily the most interesting piece. But I worked hard, and people helped me when I needed them to, and we got a solid piece of reporting (informative and well-produced) out … Continue reading SGA Elections: how much is too much truth?
Tomorrow the Westboro Baptist Church will (theoretically) be coming to picket at UMass Amherst to protest the University, as a whole, because Derrick Gordon, a basketball player for a D-1 team, came out as gay this past week. In response, students have organized a rally in support of the LGBT community (this wording is important) … Continue reading WMUA : a reflection on ethics
Last week or the week before, I did one of my stories for WMUA on the ultimatum issued by David Cameron to the newspapers of Britain with regards to self-regulation. Some years ago, the News Corps owned News of the World publication was under investigation for hacking the phones of (according to Wikipedia) first, "celebrities, … Continue reading Leveson Report & and self-regulation