The Journalistic Ethic

April 12, 2010 | CUNY Lecture Series, LaGuardia Community College

As a Daily News columnist, Errol Louis is used to ruffling feathers, but his job also comes with the obligation to tell the truth. “There are lobbyists with financial interests out there spinning stories, calling reporters day after day, and feeding them information,” said Louis during a panel discussion of blacks in the media, at LaGuardia Community College. “If you check it out, and the information is true, it’s fine, but if based on stuff you didn’t bother to check, you shouldn’t put it in the paper.” Louis, who also hosts the Morning Show for AM 1600 radio, was joined by NY1 Queens reporter Ruschell Boone and weekend evening anchor Cheryl Wills, to discuss their individual career paths and the responsibilities that come with them. “Whether or not the issues are pretty, it’s our job to bring them to the forefront,” said Boone.
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