Discussion exposes deep layers of journalism


Fabio Souza

Students listen to Dean Hume give his lesson for the day.

An early morning journalism ethics debate on day four of the NKU journalism workshop turned the normally reserved campers into passionate debaters.

Lakota East journalism teacher Dean Hume challenged the students with issues they had never previously considered such as whether or not to run photos of an exhausted teen runner or a   toddler refugee. This stirred up the campers, sparking the week’s best group conversation.

“You must justify everything you do,” said Hume. “If you can’t do that people will assume you have an agenda.”

Hume persisted on fueling the discussion based around ethical and legal rights by exposing the students to previous photos and writing that have caused conflicts in the past.

“Every time you do something ask yourself how it’s going to impact someone else,” Hume said. “It’s the public’s right to know things and we reflect society in almost everything we do. Have a reason with reporting behind you and make your ethics connect with a policy.”

Sarah Krebs, a sophomore from Newport Central Catholic, questioned Hume about the different boundaries of writing.

“Dean’s talk was amazing,” Krebs said. “I saw deeper layers of journalism I didn’t know were there. It helped me consider the more serious stories and how different news stations handle things. They are looked at as leaders bringing information to the public and that’s something they need to remember.”

After the debate with Hume, students spent the afternoon around campus practicing photo taking and editing skills with the guidance of John Gibson, electronic media and broadcasting professor.

“I am extremely impressed with everyone’s work,” Gibson said. “I started noticing the higher-level shooting — the interesting angles, nice use of graphic elements, and interviews. I was happy to see them apply everything they were shown.”

After days of work and preparation the students are more than eager to show off all their hard work.

“It was cool being able to get back out there and practice everything being taught,” Krebs said. “I came in knowing nothing about this and I don’t think I would have done as well as I did without John and the mentors. Capturing everyday life instead of just clips of it is more enjoyable.”