While I have not written any controversial stories while on staff, I do my best to ensure that I follow the law each time I write a story. While completing this portfolio, I came across two articles that represent the Law and Ethics of journalism.
Article #1: Veteran MMA journalist Ariel Helwani moves to ESPN, will host new show with Chael Sonnen.
EXPLANATION: Ariel Helwani is one of the most prominent combat sports writers in the world today. His vast knowledge makes him a reliable source of information, and he makes sure to always get his facts 100% accurate. This was no more evident than in June 2016 when Helwani was asked to break a huge story regarding one of the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC’s) biggest stars, Brock Lesnar. Lesnar had not competed in mixed martial arts since 2011 and was returning to the UFC, looking for a huge pay-day. Helwani knew he had confirmed Lesnar’s marquee UFC return with three credible outlets, and broke the story. The UFC then banned Helwani “for life”, before reinstating him just 48 hours later via fan support. This represents Law and Ethics because Helwani digs deep for information, and will do whatever it takes to perfect his craft. Going to ESPN next month (June) will further enhance his popularity and dedication to MMA news.
Article #2: Evanston student newspaper confiscation leads to policy change, teacher’s early retirement
EXPLANATION: Last fall, Evanston HS’ newspaper publication wrote a controversial story about the use of drugs and alcohol in high school. It received tons of negative backlash from the school and went as far as the school having to confiscate the paper for content purposes. Through help from outside sources and SPLC, the school was able to reverse the policy of talking about drugs and alcohol in their publication. This led to the journalism teacher’s early retirement after the change was made. Law and Ethics are clearly demonstrated here, as journalism students stood up for their rights and got what they deserved.