Profs on Breaking the Rules

“Let’s say my editor told me that my story wasn’t important. If I really felt that my story was news-worthy, and I was really passionate about that story, I’d stop at nothing to cover that story to the best of my abilities.”

– Professor Aaron Goodman, assistant professor for journalism.

“The essential premise of the profession of journalism is that journalists act on behalf of the public good. If there was an instance where the public good, as defined as the majority of people, was actually hurting people, I as a journalist would be prepared to challenge the premise that the majority rules. I would go the opposite way.”

– Professor Thomas Rose, lecturer for journalism.

“When you do experiments of a quantitative nature, you’re supposed to be objective. There’s so much of a subjective element in doing any experimentation. I would focus on the subjective nature.”

– Dr. Kris Gerhardt, assistant professor for leadership.

“My field of study is English literary criticism. Literary criticism has been historically the less rule-bound disciplines.…The one rule I tend to break is the rule around privileging concerns about ascetics, and I tend to look at how literature works in a cultural context. I usually don’t study literature that could be said to have much artistic merit. The stuff I study tends to be popular literature…which couldn’t be said to have much literary merit…. I tend to work on things that are popular and I tend to ask ‘why is this literature popular?’ and ‘what does its popularity tell us about the culture of its readers?’

– Dr. Ken Paradis, assistant professor for contemporary studies.

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