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Convergent Journalism: An Introduction, 2nd Edition by Vincent F. Filak

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Ethics in the Digital Age

Tracy Everback

Introduction

Elizabeth Bassett was a junior at Texas Christian University when she found herself covering one of the most controversial stories of the year. Bassett had been assigned the religion beat on the student newspaper, the TCU Daily Skiff, for the semester. One day in January 2004, she received an anonymous message on her phone.

The tipster suggested she attend a meeting that night because “a professor has been unfairly discriminated against.” Ever the curious journalist, Bassett went to the meeting. She found herself in the middle of a story about sexuality, the Christian Church and allegations of prejudice. The professor in question worked at the university’s Brite Divinity School, affiliated ...

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