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Capturing the lively discussions, presentations, and other events that make up the daily activities of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

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  •  Bogeymen and Babes

    Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 4:47 PM

     Race and gender bias in science news is the focus of a presentation by Sally Lehrman, senior fellow in journalism ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, November 13.  An award-winning reporter and writer for some of the top names in national print and broadcast media, Lehrman convenes the Center's annual Executive Roundtable on Digital Journalism Ethics.

  •  Journalism Fellow to Work With Ethics Center

    Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013 9:50 AM

     Sally Lehrman has been named senior fellow in journalism ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.  Formerly the the Knight Ridder Professor in Journalism and the Public Interest at SCU, Lehrman will continue convening the Executive Roundtable on Digital Journalism Ethics, which she started in collaboration with the Center in 2008.  Her work has focused on medical and science policy reporting and on diversity in the newsroom.

  •  New Media and Traditional Journalistic Values

    Monday, Jun. 10, 2013 2:48 PM

    New media do a better job of living up to traditional journalistic values than predecessor media, such as newspapers and TV, according to Sue Gardner, executive director of Wikimedia Foundation. Gardner made her remarks at the 2013 Digital Journalism Ethics Roundtable, sponsored by the Ethics Center.

    On all measures--quality, relevance, timeliness, fairness, accuracy, objectivity, utility, and depth-- today's digital information is superior, Gardner argued, particularly in the case of depth, as evidenced by the 27 million articles offered by Wikipedia.

  •  The Disconnect: Accountability and Consequences Online

    Wednesday, May. 1, 2013 4:00 PM

    Do we need more editorial control on the Web? In this brief clip, the Chairman, President, and CEO of Seagate Technology, Stephen Luczo, argues that we do.  He also cautions that digital media channels sometimes unwittingly lend a gloss of credibility to stories that don't deserve it.  Luczo sees this as a symptom of a broader breakdown between responsibility, accountability, and consequences in the online world.

    Luczo's remarks are part of the video series "Internet Ethics: Views from Silicon Valley."  Responding to them is Chad Raphael, Chair of the Communications Department and Associate Professor at Santa Clara University.

  •  Digital Journalism in the Public Square

    Tuesday, Apr. 9, 2013 3:46 PM

    Representatives from news media outlets from the entrepreneurial to the massive are visiting Santa Clara University today for a Roundtable on Digital Journalism Ethics sponsored by the Ethics Center.  The focus of this third annual event is journalism in the public square. 

    Keynote speaker Todd Gitlin, political writer, sociologist, and cultural commentator from Columbia University, kicks off the procedings with his presentation, "Who Can Deliver the Journalism We Need in the Digital Public Square?” 

    Other participants include Sue Gardner, Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation;Henry Holzman, Chief Knowledge Officer, MIT Media Lab; and Richard Gingras, Head, News & Social Products at Google.  


    Image by Mike Licht, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license on Flickr.

  •  When Politics, Religion, and Journalism Collide

    Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 2:15 PM

    A panel of experts focuses on the ethical issues that arise for journalists when religion is so prominent in the current presidential election, Thursday, Oct. 4, 3:45 - 5:30 p.m., in Bannan 142 (Note location change).  Participants include expert journalists, a visiting group of masters’ students from Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany, and SCU faculty.

    According to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics, American journalists “believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues,” thus creating an informed public square.

    Questions we will discuss: Should journalists incorporate cultural values in their coverage of the general election? Which values (and whose) should get prominence? Do journalists have a responsibility to reach beyond campaign platforms in order to provide the facts and perspectives that might stimulate broader discussion of issues such as contraception, same-sex marriage and immigration? What responsibility do journalists have, if any, to highlight “truthfulness” or the lack thereof? How should they define “truth” in this context? What is journalists’ responsibility to address stereotypes and fears regarding minority religions such as Islam, Mormonism, or Catholicism?

    Participants include:

    Gerardo Fernandez, Editor, Aliana Metropolitan News
    Josh Richman, Bay Area News Group
    Shirin Sadeghi, blogger and former producer for the BBC and Al Jazeera
    Peter Erlenwein, sociopsychologist, journalist and author
    Steven Saum, Editor, Santa Clara magazine
    Ingrid Stapf, Assistant Professor, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
    Students from Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg interdisciplinary masters program
    Sally Lehrman, Knight-Ridder Professor of Communication, Santa Clara University
    Paul Soukup, S.J., Associate Professor of Communication, Santa Clara University
    Katharine Heintz, Media Analyst and Lecturer, Santa Clara University
    Students from Santa Clara University, Introduction to Journalism and Media and Advocacy courses

  •  Digital Journalism Ethics

    Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 3:29 PM

    The migration of news organizations to the online world, including the world of social media, has raised a host of new ethical issues for journalists.  Leaders in the online news field reflect on those issues in a series of videos from the Center's recent Executive Roundtable on Digital Journalism Ethics.  The meeting also produced a set of "Unavoidable Dilemmas for Digital Journalists."

    Conclusions From the Meeting
    Unavoidable Ethical Dilemmas for Digital Journalists
    Short Videos on Digital Journalism Ethics
    Ethical Challenges for Digital Journalism
    Richard Gingras, head of news products, Google
    Accuracy and Newsgathering Online
    Scott Rosenberg, executive editor, Grist
    Accountability and Transparency in Digital Media
    Bryan Monroe, editor,
    Inclusiveness in Digital Media
    Joaquin Alvarado, senior VP for digital innovation, American Public Media
    Using Metrics to Make Editorial Decisions
    Christine Montgomery, chief digital officer, Center for Public Integrity
    Findings From the Online News Association Survey
    Jane McDonnell, executive director, Online News Association


    Illustration by Mike Licht, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license on Flickr