In a world where so many “professional” journalists tweet first and ask questions later, it was refreshing to see the student journalists of the Comment invest the time and effort to get all side of story that other local media outlets needlessly sensationalized. (“Support floods in for the University, Janson after recent news break,” The Comment, Oct. 23, 2014).
Good journalism is hard and it takes time and effort to ferret out all sides of complex issues, but in the end, good journalism gives readers all of the available facts so they can make informed decisions based on those facts. Thankfully, the Comment did that hard work when the Brockton Enterprise and other outlets that picked up the story took the easy route out, letting a half-reported story fuel a needless “controversy” on campus.
We all have the right to form our own opinions on this and other stories that affect life on campus. Thankfully, in this instance, those opinions are much better informed than they would have been if the Comment had opted to publish the sexier story instead of the accurate story.
Professor David Copeland
Communication Studies Department
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