“You have a responsibility to be ethical,” Bill Baldini
Bill Baldini, a longtime news reporter for WCAU-TV (NBC 10), spoke to the first group of University students inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, the national communications honor society, at a December 9 induction ceremony. The students honored Baldini, who worked as a television journalist for 42 years, by making him an honorary member of the society.
“When you’re in the news media, people trust you, they believe in you. So you have a responsibility to be ethical,” Baldini told the group. “Leave your biases at the door and never, ever, misrepresent a material fact.”
Students inducted into the honor society were Gilbert Griffin of Ridley Park; Meghan Rogers of Morton; Bethany Anderson of Townsend, DE; Alonzo Jones of Thorndale, PA; Frank Mazza and Andrew Pickul of Philadelphia; Russell Spangler of York Haven, PA; and Annemarie Vizoco of Pennsauken, NJ.
Martin LoMonaco, the University professor of communication arts who arranged the induction, told students that the purposes of the honor society included “to recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement” and “to promote and encourage professional development among communication majors.”
Lambda Pi Eta was founded in 1985 by students at the University of Arkansas. There are currently 250 chapters worldwide. Membership criteria include a declared interest in the field of communication and a high level of academic achievement.