Creating transparency beyond journalism

Transparency. In the journalism world we are hearing more and more about being transparent. A lot of the talk surrounding transparency has been how it can make journalism more credible and open. Does the reporter have a bias? Is the reporter somehow connected to the topic? What sources were used?  Can the community provide feedback? Is the reporter’s contact information available? Do we interact with our community? But does transparency also have ramifications outside of the journalism world? I think the answer is yes. This whole post is sparked by a mailing I received from my bank on Saturday. On Continue reading

An Introduction

I finally did it. I made the decision to start a blog. While I am unsure of what direction to go in, I think the best place to start is with an introduction, so here it goes. I’m Brian Smith and I am currently a sophomore at Iowa State University and in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. I work for the Iowa State Daily, the independent student newspaper of Iowa State, as a design chief and copy editor. My passion is design, but I’m learning to enjoy the copy editing. I found my way to journalism in middle Continue reading