Markkula Center for Applied Ethics - Better Choices

Mind the Gap

Patrick Plaisance

Patrick Plaisance, ethicist at Colorado State University

Patrick Plaisance joined Colorado State University in 2002 after working for newspapers for nearly 15 years in Virginia, New Jersey, California and Florida. He is currently the editor of the Journal of Media Ethics. He said trustworthiness is a dynamic of interaction, involving the behavior of one party and the expectations of another. When these two align, there is trust. When there is a disconnect, that leads to problems. One way to fix a disconnect is to change the way journalism is practiced, though he said that risks fostering confirmation bias in audiences. The other way is to calibrate expectations, to help the audience better understand what journalism is.

Nov 13, 2014