I should be doing homework.
I have an assignment in my ethics class to write four journal entries that put me in an ethical dilemma and then I have to choose an ethical rationale to decide what to do with the dilemma.
I have written three out of the four: re-victimizing, how to report on suicide and how to deal with the line between advertisers and the paper.
I have learned quite a bit about the situations that can put turmoil in the heart of a journalist by doing this exercise.
But strange enough, I found out what I would do in these ethical dilemmas, not always what I would think I would do honestly.
I find myself to be more conservative than the typical 21-year-old girl. I like to go to bed at 11 p.m., read for fun and think that playing Wii at someone’s house until 1 a.m. is a crazy night.
But when it comes to news decisions I don’t always think like a conservative, which I never thought I would do.
Maybe it’s the liberal college breeding that I have been subject to for the past three years, or maybe that stereotype is wrong and college has allowed me to find my own voice.
I am no longer in sync with my parents opinions, but decide things based solely on my own opinion.
I think that being a journalist can be challenging and the situations that they get put into can be scary and tough to handle, but the more and more I think about it the more excited I get.
I mean I have decided 10 decisions already in written format, what else could possibly stump me now, so bring it on.