Once someone develops the raw passion for reporting, he may never fully recover. I worked as a television journalist in Tennessee and later as a newspaper reporter in North Carolina and Virginia. I still suffer from the journalism addiction, but instead of chasing cop cars or investigating scandals, I try to help my Virginia Tech students find the same love for journalism that I still have.
My primary research interest is journalistic ethics. I became concerned about the varying degrees of professional ethics when I was working in television news. That concern followed me throughout my career and eventually became the focus of my thesis and dissertation. I am a former chair of the Media Ethics Division of the Association for Journalism and Mass Communication Educators.
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