Ethical journalism is part of the cure for COVID-19 by Audrey Boyce

Ethical journalism is part of the cure for COVID-19 by Audrey Boyce

The University of Rochester, 4/21/16. Audrey Boyce on pedestal; David Kramer behind at the foot of George Eastman’s statue [Photo: Leslie Kramer] From Audrey’s excellent adventure in Rochester

You first met Audrey Boyce back in about 2012 when she was a still a tyke playing “Kick Ice Croquet.”

@2012 (left) David Kramer; (right) Audrey Boyce [Photo: Carol Kramer] From 42 years and counting for the Kick Ass Kro-Kay Club of Cobb’s Hill

Since, Audrey has been all over town. Among many other venues, you’ve seen her laying flowers at the grave of Adelaide Crapsey in Mt. Hope Cemetery, standing in for Goethe in the Highland Bowl, tending to the ghost of a Civil War union soldier in the Rockpile, at Charles Darrow’s first Monopoly board at the Strong Museum, hanging Talker at the North Entrance to the cemetery, and with her mother preparing to plant flags atop the leaf mound at Cobb’s Hill.

But Audrey is not all fun and games.

A budding Talker, since August 2018, Audrey has been a staff writer for the Scott Scoop, the student newspaper of Carlmont High School in Belmont, CA. Beginning in March 2020, Audrey became in charge of editing the newspaper’s COVID-19 section. She will be a managing editor once the COVID-19 role is no longer needed (might never happen during her tenure). Along with these editor roles, Audrey continues to write for the Scot Scoop and serve on its editorial board

Audrey honing her interview skills with a down-on-his-luck Talker. From “The love ($) you get is equal to the love ($) you give” —  adapted from John Lennon

Today we offer her persuasive, carefully researched and well detailed discussion of the ethics of journalism in a time of crisis, published yesterday in Scott Scoop.


U.S. Navy/photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan M. Breeden/
Although they are not working on the front lines of the pandemic, journalists have an equally important role in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Note from author’s mother:

The article also just won a Best of SNO award! And, the Best Of SNO site published it on top news. Best of SNO evaluates 463 schools and publishes the best student articles.

Author and mother at the Spanish-American War Trophy Cannon in Highland Park: “Leslie gives thumbs down to the phallo-military-industrial-complex.” From Audrey’s excellent adventure in Rochester


Adding Audrey to the Cobb’s Hill Series

Monopoly at the Strong Museum. And the world’s shortest Monopoly game.

What are the rules of air hockey and what is a spin?

Audrey’s excellent adventure in Rochester

Visiting a Talker haunt: the Brickyard Trail with Leslie Frances and Audrey

About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


Like what you see on our site? We’d appreciate your support. Please donate today.

Featured Posts