Our journalism program has a strict set of ethics we follow when producing stories, as do I.
For instance, we do not use anonymous sources when writing stories. Over the years, our news rooms have come across them, but we have decided to not use them and to find an open source that could provide the same information.
I -along with our school's news organization- believe that anonymous sources should be used only in dire circumstances and not on a regular basis. In my opinion, it can lower the overall credibilty of the story and, if used in excess, the overall credibility of the news organization.
On the same note, our organization and I still respect the privacy of the people and groups that we have the priviledge and ability to cover.
When writing the Finn Blaylock stories, I covered the events that were to happen for Finn Blaylock, a first grader fighting a rare form of cancer. We were asked by the family not to reveal the type of cancer that he had, and we respected their privacy. On the same note, I personally thanked them for their cooperation while writing the stories.
At the end of the day, it is necessary to realize that our profession has certain boundaries that must not be crossed and that those we cover are still human beings.
In a world where both seem to be forgotten by some media platforms, corporations, interest groups, etc, it still holds true and it must be recognized.
I am a firm believer that the character of the status quo must be challenged and the news must be honestly reported, but it is in the manner that we do so that reflects our own character and honesty as journalists.