As current students and alumni committed to truth, transparency, and critical examination of our surroundings, this new policy flies in the face of everything we are taught to practice as journalists.
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This controlled and limited dialogue and prohibition of multiple perspectives diminishes our ability to act honestly and independently, a virtue held high in Journalism Ethics, while impeding the goal of upholding the value of objectivity.
LaPenna was one of five first responders to assist in the recovery of Port Authority police officers John McLoughlin and Will Jimeno. Now, he’s coping with the impact that the 9/11 rescue had on his health, watching how the bill that covers first responders’ health concerns is not nearly sufficient.