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Media Mentions

A selection of articles, op-eds, TV segments, and other media featuring Center staff.


Developing News Trustworthiness

Developing News Trustworthiness

In a Sacramento Bee article, the newspaper's executive eitor and senior vice president, Joyce Terhaar, discusses how the Trust Project is working to turn the news media into a more trustworthy industry.

"The Trust Project, for instance, is using expertise from universities, media and technology companies to develop an online indicator intended to signal whether a news operation is trustworthy. If, like me, you are frustrated when supposed news sites don’t disclose who owns them or creates the stories, you might welcome an indicator." (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Health Care Ethics Internship

Experiencing Ethical Issues in Health Care

In an article for Medical Ethics Advisor (AHC Media), Margaret R. McLean discusses the benefits of the Center's Health Care Ethics Internship program.

“Students observe clinicians’ everyday work,” says McLean. “They are directly exposed to ethical issues arising in the healthcare setting. Students develop a deep understanding of current ethical issues in healthcare, strong critical thinking skills, and compassion."

Dog Whistle Politics

The Dangers of Political Speech

In an article for Real Clear Politics, Hana Callaghan, director of Government Ethics, discusses the dangers of vitriolic language in a presidential campaign.

"Intentional or not, Trump’s comments are incendiary “dog whistles”—veiled messages that are heard by unstable people, which can have a high likelihood of resulting in violence," Callaghan said. "Were these comments illegal threats? Obviously not. They were, however, reckless, irresponsible, and unethical." (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Extinction Tourism

Is Climate Change Tourism Morally Wrong?

In an article by Natasha Geiling for, Brian Green considers the ethical implications of tourism to places like Antarctica or the Marshall Islands, where climate change has left a major imprint.

“The only thing that is going to be left of [the Marshall Islands] is memory,” Green says, “and so I think its important for people to experience that, and for people to see that this is having a human impact. It’s not just a theoretical thing out there. It’s something that is here, among us.” (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

College Athletes Under Investigation

In a Los Angeles Times piece by David Wharton, Ann Skeet comments on the challenges that universities face when deciding whether or not to discipline an athlete who is suspected of breaking a law.

“These decisions should be guided by some kind of deliberate decision-making approach, something that suggests there has been a serious discussion,” said Skeet. “That’s a good place for people to start.” (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

The Clinton Foundation's Future in Tanzania

In a Tampa Bay Times article by Jon Greenberg, director of Leadership Ethics Ann Skeet discusses how the 2016 presidential election might impact the work of the Clinton Foundation in countries like Tanzania.

"The foundation needs to get on with its business and not be distracted by a political situation," Skeet said. "Board members have a duty of care and a duty of loyalty to serving the public interest of the nonprofit. They should not have divided loyalties." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, POOL)

Clinton Foundation

Do Clintons Receive Personal Benefit from Foundation?

In an article by Lauren Carroll for PolitiFact, Ann Skeet discusses the potential personal benefits the Clintons receive from their foundation, and whether or not it's an ethical concern.

"The reason people start charities in their name and donate significant amounts of money often boils down to a desire to feel like they’re contributing to a cause they care about or to increase their standing in the community, Skeet said. These are, however abstract, a form of personal benefit."

"'All donors to all organizations give for a reason you can tie back to personal benefit,' she said." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

G20 Summit

Economic Leadership at G20 Summit

Kirk O. Hanson discusses China's opportunity for economic leadership at this year's G20 Summit during an interview on CCTV's China 24.

"This is like the Olympics of multilateral meetings," said Hanson. "It's an opportunity for the host country to show its competance in running meetings, but even more importantly its command of the important economic issues that face the world at this point in time."

"The background issues which are so important that China needs to show sensitivity to and has standing to do so are the environment... and inequality - inequality among the nations of the world and inequality within many countries such as the United States and China," Hanson added.

Craig Newmark

Craigslist Founder Discusses Media Trustworthiness

In an Inc. interview of Craig Newmark, the Craigslist founder comments on his involvement in the Trust Project, a journalism ethics program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

"I support the Trust Project, which is working to develop indicators of trustworthiness that can be done as HTML tags in articles," Newmark said. "One could be a link to an ethics code; one could be a link to an accountability process. There could be tags to whether or not this is original reporting, maybe, to distinguish opinion versus factual pieces. So any news aggregator would look for these tags, and if the reporter or the news organization has committed to them, then that article would be ranked more highly than articles from outlets that haven't made this commitment."

Irina Raicu

The Value of Privacy

Irina Raicu discusses the work she does relating to online privacy and other internet ethics issues in a Mercury News profile by Patrick May.

"In the United States, where we've taken privacy for granted, the more we now have this sense that our privacy is being invaded through the internet, the more we're realizing we need to protect it," Raicu said.





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