Garret Grove's Journalism Portfolio

Garret Grove's Journalism Portfolio

Above is a photo I took with Chokwe Antar Lumumba, the Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi.

Law And Ethics

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. 

News Gathering And News Literacy

 

 

Also when writing stories, I always use a diverse array of sources that best represents our school community. This journalistic principle is implemented despite the source's age, grade, interests, field of study, race, gender, sexual orientation or any other factor. This applies for broadcast, print or any other facet of journalism that I or my fellow journalists at St. Joseph engage in. 

When orchestrating stories, multiple sources are always used. This practice not only verifies the the information in our news organization's stories, but increases the quality of those stories as well.

Having multiple sources in a news story is a requirement for our organization. For anyone who wants to make a good print or news story, it's also a necessity. Writing journalistic pieces involves the presence of different viewpoints and beliefs, and the only way to do that is to have a plethora of sources.

An honor system is also present for when we write stories or do news packages.

We use accurate information and we rarely have issues with dishonesty and innacurate reporting. When we do, the student is reprimanded and a retraction will be issued. Our news organization has not had an issue with this within recent memory, or an issue with hate spech, defamation, obscenity, etc.

To help guarantee accuracy in all interviews, I record and store records of interviews for both broadcast and print. This is to help make sure that I accurately write the things those I interviewed said down to the letter. I also use verifiable sources and provide information on the source's background and relevance to the story. 

It is important to stay honest and unbiased in your writing because honsesty and transparency is the foundation that journalism is built upon. If this is not the foundation, the news organization that you build on it will not stand, whether it be in high school, college, or professionally. 

Before I start any interview or any gathering of information, I initiate coversation with the source and I am sure to address them with courtesy and a sense of knowledge and enlightenment about the topic to be adressesed.       

I have in mind what I want to ask and often expand the list of questions I will ask based on what insightful information the source I am using gives me. I also make sure that the source I am interacting with

1. Is relevant to the topic

2. Has credible and relevant information on the topic

3. Can conduct him or herself in manner that reflects the seriousness and importance of the topic

These outlying principles are necessary when I orchestrate any news gathering for stories to my audience, because it in turn is a reflection on the respectability, professionalism and competence of my news organization and the journalists -including myself- who contribute to it.