The Bedrock of Journalism

This column first appeared in the AEJMC Media Ethics Division Winter 2021 Newsletter I was in class when the text came: “Can we talk ASAP about an ethical issue”? It was one of our Lantern Student Media editors, but he was reaching out about a quandary he faced in his internship with an NPR affiliate….

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The New Normal for Student Journalists

Published first in the AEJMC Media Ethics Division newsletter Our student-journalists at Ohio State started the 2019 Ohio State fall semester covering a campus-area shooting, and we thought that was a crazy way to kick off the year. If only we knew what was coming. This year we were barely out of the 2019-2020 school…

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Lantern Navigates First Amendment Fight

Published first in the AEJMC Media Ethics Division newsletter The Lantern thought it was covering a straightforward campus protest over racial injustice. Within hours Ohio State’s student media was in the middle of a First Amendment fight. It started with a public safety notice. The Ohio State reported two sets of students near campus had…

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Plagiarism: It’s worth talking about

This article first appeared in the AEJMC Media Ethics Division ETHICAL NEWS: SPRING 2019 • VOLUME 22, NO. 3. “Three major publications have acknowledged plagiarism by Fareed Zakaria. Does CNN have no shame?” This column in the Nov. 18, 2014 issue of The Week focuses on Fareed Zakaria, who was in the middle of a scandal that…

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Power of the written word

The video featured a potentially intoxicated sophomore sorority girl, sitting in a fast-food restaurant, lamenting the loss of a boyfriend. Filmed by an unidentified companion, she states in her 10-second video, “F*** yourself you are hooking up with a black girl,” she says. “That’s weird. That’s weird as f***. F*** you.” The video ended up…

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Kraft Comm Classes featured in New York Times

Check out the article, “The iGen Shift: Colleges Are Changing to Reach the Next Generation,” and see how Nicole and other innovative faculty are making learning accessible and engaging for today’s learners.

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Sports media ethics getting tougher and tougher to teach

I focus much of my attention on sports. But I root for few teams. I am a sports writer. I teach sports media. And amid the challenges of learning box scores and the rules of hockey and wrestling, there is a little thing called sports media ethics that are getting tougher and tougher to teach….

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Mental Health Support Important Role for Student-Journalism Faculty

(This column first appeared in the March 2018 newsletter of the AEJMC Media Ethics Division.) On the first day of Ohio State’s spring break, third-year journalism major Zach Varda put on a dress shirt and blazer, tucked his recorder and laptop into a messenger bag, and headed off to the Franklin County Court of Common…

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Calling All Women, Repeat After Me: We’re Not Going to Take it Anymore #MeToo

Note: This post was originally published Oct 10, 2016. Seemed like it might be worth reposting now. #MeToo I was lucky last week to join a “Rock the Vote” team for a panel aimed at helping millennial women understand their importance to the 2016 election. Our focus was non-partisan, but I’m sure you can guess the leanings of two liberal…

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