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Changes made at BSU Radio after staff complaint

Changes have been made at Boise State Public Radio, after two reporters complained to managers in February, citing concerns “that undue influence from Boise State University threatens to compromise our journalistic ethics,” the Idaho Statesman reports. The university’s vice president for campus operations and general counsel investigated the complaint and found no wrongdoing. However, the university moved the station out of the Office of the President and into the Extended Studies department. The station’s longtime general manager, John Hess, began to report to the Extended Studies dean, Mark Wheeler, instead of to Kustra; Hess left the station last week.

Statesman reporter Audrey Dutton reports that former reporter Emilie Ritter Saunders and current reporter Adam Cotterrell wrote in the complaint that the university was trying to influence news coverage to meet its public relations aims. Scott Graf, news director, told the Statesman that “things have improved considerably” since the complaint. The station has developed a new journalistic code of ethics.

Wheeler said, “The university has always believed that a vibrant and unbiased news product is vital to the quality of the station, and has endorsed the station’s proposed code of editorial integrity to continue to ensure that in the future.” The Statesman’s full story is online here.



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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