I think integrity as not only an individual but especially as a writer is crucial to have. I have had to build up a line of creditability and trust with the students on campus making them feel comfortable being about to talk to me about sensitive issues. It’s difficult to get students to communicate what matters. There are those uncomfortable truths that reporters try to reveal but there is an ethical line of integrity that must be in place. No student wants their reputation tarnish, especially on an online publication that follows them for the rest of their life. I have made my goal to not jeopardize someone’s trust in me and try to portray them in the best light possible. Maintaining that integrity personally means more than having the most scathing expose published under my name. There are blurred lines in journalism but I have been cautious of crossing them. Integrity to me also means having an amount of personal responsibility and ownership over ones shortcomings. If an article is not completed on time at the very least I believe I owe it to the staff and my editor to acknowledge my mistake and not justify it with excuses. Integrity is also following through and making up for something if it was not completed. Integrity essentially is the very core of my character and if I didn’t have that developed as a person than my word as a writer and speaker means nothing.
- Ventura US-CA