The Terrapin Times

Monday, August 08, 2005

Kunkel: You're Doing Well When People Are Mad

Philip Merrill College of Journalism Dean Thomas Kunkel told Knight Ridder Newspapers this weekend that the role of watchdogs in journalism is important and that when they are successful, people get angry.

"If you're doing your job, you're going to make people mad," Kunkel said, referring to the recent suicide of
Miami City Commissioner Arthur E. Teele Jr., after damning stories were printed in the Miami Herald.

He said victims of watchdog journalism "find it offensive when it touches them, fascinating when it touches other people." Find the full story HERE.

Perhaps Kunkel's own students should take his comments to heart the next time they're offended at watchdog journalism directed at them.


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