The Truth In Our Stories:
Exploring Ethics In Communications
As communications professionals and consumers, we are caught in a tug-of-war between the law (the rights and freedoms we enjoy under the First Amendment) and ethics (the professional responsibilities we need to be conscious of as we exercise these rights). This is a conversation we are all a part of.
According to a research study from Stanford University, more than 80% of students could not distinguish between a piece of “native advertising” (sponsored content) and a verified news article (Ingram, 2016). It is crucial today to engage in ongoing conversation that will educate our students to become careful creators, curators and consumers of all media types.
Our conversation begins with a three-part panel series held in the new WSU Everett building focusing on communication ethics; continues with the live stream of each discussion on our YouTube channel; and lives on with video featuring our students, faculty and alumni promoting the Murrow legacy.
Part One: Ethics in Media
Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:30 am
A panel of experts gather for a discussion of media ethics and the challenges facing a free press and the First Amendment today and in the future. Our goal: to leave feeling empowered to take action as smart and careful consumers of media.
Austin Jenkins, Olympia Correspondent, Public Radio NW News Network
Mike Gugliotto, President/CEO, Pioneer News Group
Christine Willmsen, Investigative Reporter, The Seattle Times
Lynne Varner, Associate Vice Chancellor, WSU North Puget Sound Everett Breakfast will be served.
This event is the first to be held in the new WSU NPSE building. We proudly represent the campus as we kick-off the open house and ribbon cutting ceremonies for the day.
Part Two: Ethics in 3D Spaces
As we connect with one another more through digital technology, ethical issues emerge related to privacy and the relationship between fantasy and reality. Join our experts in virtual and augmented reality and the digital space as we explore a future based on virtual reality, artificial intelligence and machine learning; one in which we have to think about where to draw virtual lines and what kinds of situations may be problematic.
Part Three: Media Ethics and the Privacy Challenge
What’s the difference between what we have a right to know, what we need to know and what we want to know? Experts in the public and private sectors, representing journalism, business and healthcare, will gather to discuss their feelings about the appropriate use of customer data, following a code of ethics and what, if anything, should remain private.
Student, Faculty, Alumni and Partnership Media Series
With Murrow students and faculty at the production helm for an immersive hands-on learning experience, we are developing a diverse media series for print, audio, video and digital distribution. As Murrow partners with media outlets to distribute content, all information will be available to educate and motivate the public to be responsible creators and consumers of media. The ultimate goal is to inform the vital role that communications play in a democratic society and what we should all expect from quality media.
Content will be shared with media outlets as well as archived on the Murrow website and YouTube channel.