Magazine article The Quill

Quill THROUGH THE YEARS

Magazine article The Quill

Quill THROUGH THE YEARS

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November/December 1995

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$3 per issue, $29 per year

ETHICS OF REPORTING ON CAMPUS RAPE

The ethics edition of Quill in 1995 covered various ethical approaches to topics of the time, but most notabe was an article about how to handle campus rapes, which is still debated today.

"Among the difficult ethical challenges confronting journalists, reporting on rape is surely one of the most sensitive," Lois Bianchi wrote. "Balancing the privacy rights of individuals against the security rights of the community is a complicated process. Consideration for the emotional distress of the victims, and the fears of the public, calls _ for a delicate balance of tact, empathy, and clear-headedness."

Bianchi went on to point out how student journalists probably have it the hardest in these situations, because they are forced to handle them with little experience and a lot of pressure. She suggested the below checklist for journalism educators and students to refer to when a rape occurs on campus.

* Does the rape victim have the right to decide whether her/his name and details of the incident are to be made public?

* Does the accused have a similar right?

* Do people living and attending classes with an offender have the right to know of his/her presence?

* Do students need to know of areas/events on or near campus that should be avoided for their own safety?

* Does the student outlet have a policy regarding rape stories, and are all reporters aware of it? …

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