Monthly Archives: April 2019

RR 9

In these chapters we get into what the first amendment really means to us as journalist. we are protected by freedom of speech and freedom of the press but that freedom does have limits. We can publish any story of fact of truth but people still have a right to sue or try to bring the story down if it hurts government process or is slander. In these cases the right of freedom of speech doesn’t stand up.

He uses ethics to view how we should use our journalistic abilities. He uses the phrase “just because we can doesn’t mean we should.” a example of this in journalism would be having details of a CEO’s affair. Just because we can make a story doesn’t mean we should be the ones to publish it and expose them.


Reading Response 9

These chapters by Filak and Knight mostly discuss the law of the first amendment of Freedom of Press. They go into detail about how journalists must obey this law or a lot can backfire on them.

The first amendment is supposed to be used to an extent. This does not give the right to be able to say anything you desire, it must be truthful and unharmful to other people. This is where the Bill of Rights comes in. The Bill of Rights could publish a piece of work by a journalist that is not entirely factual because government doesn’t have to approve of the work.

Filak discusses this issue very well in my opinion and talks about ethics to a great extent. He says that there just some things that all reporters/ journalists shouldn’t say. Likewise, there are a lot of situations they should stay away from. Imagine if your audience found out you were publishing fictional work with false leads, they would to want to read your stories anymore because they are fake. However, if a story comes up with facts that might hurt the public or your own appearance, they should be told because journalists have to stay honest.


These chapters really started diving deeper into some of the more controversial parts of journalism. The best journalists are those who are aware that our first amendment rights do not allow them to publish anything without any repercussions. Libel can have serious consequences for reporters who aren’t careful.

However, I believe that the ethical choices that journalists have to make can be just as important as watching their backs to make sure they aren’t sued for defamation. I recently read a Vice News article about a South Korean Pastor who illegally helps North Korean defectors escape from the hermit kingdom. The article followed his journey rescuing two women who had escaped North Korea, only to be abducted into the sex trade when they reached China.

Vice reporters chose to leave out all personal information of the women in order to avoid the potential of them being captured and returned to North Korea. In potentially perilous stories like these, it is important that the journalist make ethical decisions, and consider the safety and well being of those involved in the story.

RR9: Filak Chapters 12 & 13

Chapter 12 covers the morality of freedom of the press and chapter 13 covers the ethics of writing in journalism.

As a reporter it is good to know your rights so when people get in your face about covering a story you aren’t afraid. At the same time be careful what you but on an investigative series because as Filak says, “just because you say, “It was only Twitter” won’t get you very far if you libel someone.” His expression relates to ethics in journalism by saying, “just because we have the power to write it doesn’t mean we should.” As much as the audience has the right to know when it comes to the actions of the public, it also has the right to know how your media outlet has addressed errors in judgement or anything else that can cut your credibility.

In conclusion, Filaks’s Chapters 12 & 13 express to cover the media in an ethical and moral way that empowers the readers to see the truth, but doesn’t matter how long the piece is as you’re a publisher and you assume the risk in writing for the media.


“Freedom of the press” doesn’t allow journalists to be able to do whatever they want and go wherever they please. Freedom of the Press simply means that journalists have the right to publish the truth, but that doesn’t mean anything can be published without ramification. The Bill of Rights, however, does state that the press has the right to publish and the government can’t stand in the way.

Several laws are in place, like the Communications Decency Act of 1996 and the Sunshine Act, to ensure ethical, moral, and decent publications. Privacy, slander, and libel are all issues that fall under decency laws as well.

Filak makes the statement: “jus because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” I think that one sentence sums up ethics within journalism. There are some situations that just aren’t okay. Besides, publishing something unethically may lead to loss of audience, and the point of journalism in the first place (which is to inform the public) is lost to begin with. On the other hand, this doesn’t mean that journalists shouldn’t tell the truth. Honesty and objectivity are key in journalism.

Breaking News: Fire Drill at Swanson

    Sage Shirley

Laughter and chatter was replaced by smoke and screams wednesday morning. The annual disaster drill took place on Wednesday where students from all over campus took part in a simulated fire.Working with the event was many local departments such as police, EMT and firefighters. Over 100 nursing students from both Athens and demorest campus took the roles of responders and victims while mass communication students acted as the press and theater students aided with making it believable.

 “I’m working on the technical aspect with the fog and making sure it looks like a fire and such,” Said Antonio Atoa, Musical Theatre major, “[We’re] just trying to make it look as realistic as possible with all the lights off and the colors and everything.”  Low visibility and thick fog make it hard to see or tell what things were inside. The drill saw the firefighters coming in to the building first and securing it. They were followed by nursing students rushing in to aid the victims. They would evaluate the victims then bring them outside to color code sections.

“My injury is a bleeding wound from the head,” said Casey Crunkleton, nursing major “[The nursing students] will have to assess me and do their nursing applications seeing what a real-life situation would be like.”They would then be treated according to severity. Patients would be sent off either by van or by helicopter or be declared dead. We had a total of 28 patients declared dead. This event provides practice that these students can’t get anywhere else.

“Students who can experience what they’re going to do in real life before they leave school– where they can safely make mistakes– we know that that really helps their education,” Said Dr. Abbey Dondanville, Associate Dean of Health Sciences. “It’s hard to expose students to emergencies because you can’t really plan for an emergency to happen.” Giving students a realistic environment into what they will have to face is a great way to prepare them for what’s to come in their careers.


Dr. Abbey Dondanville

Casey Crunkleton

Antonio Atoa

RR8: Knight Chapters 8 & 9 and Filak Chapter 4

In Knight’s chapters he delves into clichés and words to never use in writing. In chapter 8 Knight says, using the phrase “adding insult to injury” are just awful and don’t give readers insight to be interested into the writing. Instead of using such a cliché phrase he emphasizes to take the meaning of the phrase and describe it into one word. In chapter Knight says to stay away from words like everyone, everywhere, and all because they tend to make false accusations.

In Filak’s chapter 4 he explains how writers should stop hiding there details in a six paragraph story and get to the point but have structure. In order to accomplish such feat you must take your time with the description and “give the story what its worth.”

In conclusion Knight and Filak tell us to make our stories unique and authentic.