JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville State University news bureau should have a mission statement, a code of ethics, and a system for verifying its releases, the university’s Integrity in Communications Committee recommended Friday.
The recommendations were part of the committee’s four-page final report, which also details the results of the committee’s investigation of the news bureau. The committee presented the report to JSU President William Meehan.
“I can’t say I was surprised (by the recommendations),” Meehan said after the committee meeting. He added that he was “very pleased” by the committee’s report.
Meehan formed the committee Aug. 9 to examine the news bureau following reports of suspected plagiarism in the “Town and Gown” columns ghostwritten by a former bureau employee, Al Harris. Friday’s report completes the group’s work.