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Former St. Croix Avis editor pans online journalists, while studying for her j-school degree online

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CHRISTIANSTED – The former Managing Editor of the St. Croix Avis newspaper has taken a public stance in favor of the scofflaw businessman who did not pay an employee their final paycheck, according to a post on LinkedIn.

Stephanie Hanlon-Nugent, a part-time instructor at the University of the Virgin Islands, lambasted the publisher of the Virgin Islands Free Press for publishing an article about Ernice Gilbert of the VI Consortium not paying an employee.

“John, first of all as a writer in the Virgin Islands, you should know that this could be considered defamation on your part, which is a criminal offense here,” Hanlon-Nugent wrote on LinkedIn. “It’s also disingenuous to not mention that you are a former employee of VIC.”

In her extensive bio on stephaniehanlon.info online, Hanlon-Nugent of New York bills herself as a “self-proclaimed scholar of digital journalism,” but does not mention that she has a background in law.

“I, like any professionally-trained journalist would be, am concerned with the VIC [Virgin Islands Consortium] and their lack of experience,” Hanlon-Nugent wrote. “What I would say to them and you is to think about the huge responsibility that comes with publishing online.”

In her online bio, Hanlon-Nugent said that she has “developed an innovative and interactive classroom setting that seeks to prepare students for the ever changing journalism landscape through theory and practical application” through her part-time instruction at UVI.

“There are laws and codes of ethics that exist and are followed by journalists for very important reasons,” Hanlon-Nugent wrote on LinkedIn.

According to her bio:

“Stephanie Hanlon-Nugent is a veteran journalist, native New Yorker and seven year resident of St. Croix. She is managing editor of the daily newspaper, The St. Croix Avis, where she also has worked as a reporter, photographer, page designer and assistant editor. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in print and electronic journalism from Long Island University, and her published honors thesis was written on the digital journalism revolution. She is a self-proclaimed scholar of digital journalism, completing dozens of online courses in digital copyright law, blogging, open source journalism, reporting, research and editing, as well as participating in case studies of digital journalism. She has produced several original websites and publications, for self promotion, disseminating information and scholarly study. As a part time instructor of communications and advisor to the campus newspaper at the University of the Virgin Islands, she has developed an innovative and interactive classroom setting that seeks to prepare students for the ever changing journalism landscape through theory and practical application. She is currently pursining a Master of Fine Arts degree in Communications Social Media from Southern New Hampshire University.”

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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