In the Nov. 2 issue of News & Events (bottom corner, page 4), you’ll see photos of New York State Assemblymembers Susan John and Joe Morelle.
Democrats Morelle and John both visited the same location at RIT in these photos—the newly opened Center for Biosciences Education and Technology. And, both are pictured with students in the Bioprocess Operations certificate program. Is it important to readers—and voters—that we include two photos of these politicians?
In another instance, I was asked to move a quote from Rep. Randy Kuhl
(R-Hammondsport) to a more prominent place in an upcoming fuel-cell research grant story. I’m wondering if these kinds of “political moves” in News & Events sway readers’ votes in certain directions.
Personally, I would have preferred to skip publicizing the Morelle/John appearances altogether. After all, they’re not doing much—just shaking hands and kissing babies, so to speak.
Many times, politicians are responsible for securing government funds for RIT research and I fully support reporting this information. But, politicians from every party visit RIT all the time and I think documenting every “kissing baby” visit in News & Events is a waste of space.