In the wake of a media scandal, journalism professors in Boston will finally be able to answer the age-old question: “When will we ever use this in real life?”

As the fall semester looms, journalism faculty are injecting their lesson plans with applicable quandaries, real-life examples, and social media in order to educate students about ethics and the art of reporting.

“It’s a teaching moment,” says Walter Robinson, a professor of journalism at Northeastern University. “Things like this give us a better sense of what’s not permissible, an example of how you shouldn’t handle sources.”