Accuracy in Journalism
Jack, an opinion writer, submits a piece condemning affirmative action policies in the university’s admission process. He argues that such policies are racist because they consider race, rather than merit, as a criterion. Elena, the editor-in-chief, reviews the article before publication. She was unaware of the university’s use of affirmative action in admissions. She contacts the Admissions Office to inquire about the application review process, and learns that the university does not practice affirmative action. Elena believes that opinion pieces must be rooted in facts – even if the paper has made it clear that it does not endorse the viewpoints on opinion pages.