Doniphan Herald publisher talks about ethics, journalism’s changes
By Heather Haskins University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Because it is a small town paper with a small staff, Ivy does a little bit of everything. He oversees all aspects of the paper, including advertising, design, and editing.
Part of his job, he said, is to decide which stories should be published and whether they need changes after they’ve been submitted.
“Being in a small town, it is always a tough decision about what kind of news to run,” Ivy said. “There was a bedbug outbreak at one of the senior living places and everyone was really hush-hush about it. “
Ivy said he did not run the story because people did not want to be interviewed because of the sensitive nature of the topic.
He offered advice to aspiring editors on dealing with ethical concerns.
“Try to be ethical and truthful and do the best,” Ivy said. “Make a decision and stick with it, whether it’s the right decision or not and trust your gut and trust your ethics.”
Ivy typically spends Mondays going to sports press conferences. He also travels around town to find news.
He said that because the paper is a weekly, national news events are only covered if there is a local connection. The paper’s focus is “the ultra-local news that no one else is covering.”
Ivy spoke about the changing journalism field.
“I don’t think the industry will completely die,” Ivy said. “It’s a tough industry right now, but it’s still a worthwhile career in terms of the importance of good editing and good news gathering.”