NOTE: July, 2016: I am serving as campaign manager for Art Sherwood, the Democratic candidate for North Carolina Senate District 45, which includes 5 Appalachian counties – Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell and Watauga. This is consistent with my objective to further progressive environmental and social justice policies in Appalachia.
Our objective is to offer insightful reporting and thought-provoking commentary on the vital issues affecting Appalachia.
Rather than reinvent the wheel regarding ethical standards, we embrace the standards of public broadcasting, which state in part, “At all times, we report for our readers and listeners, not our sources. So our primary consideration when presenting the news is that we are fair to the truth. If our sources try to mislead us or put a false spin on the information they give us, we tell our audience. If the balance of evidence in a matter of controversy weighs heavily on one side, we acknowledge it in our reports. We strive to give our audience confidence that all sides have been considered and represented fairly.”
Regarding our reports and op-ed pieces about the fossil fuel industry, I wrote this. It, too, guides our writing.
– Michael M. Barrick