The Student Journalist Adventure Series: Is Cursing with a Source A-OK or Sort of F****ed Up?

The Student Journalist Adventure Series features perspectives and advice on serious and quirky college media issues of the moment. Most installments include a question or quandary submitted by a student journalist, journalism professor or student press adviser.

Question: Should you curse with a source who is cursing? Or asked another way, is it ever acceptable, or even advantageous, to use vulgar language in front of a source when they’re already cursing up a storm themselves?

Click here or anywhere on the image below to hear my reply.

In addition, click here or on the image below to hear the perspectives of CMM Fellows Nizia Alam, Griffin Guinta, Nicole Brown and Olivia Krauth.

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