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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Alumni debate news as entertainment

Ethics Center director Stephen Ward led a lively discussion among UW alumni and leading journalists on the future of journalism in Los Angeles on Jan.12.

About 50 Badgers, plus a panel of LA journalists, exchanged views on the impact of the need to entertain audiences on serious news programs and news publications.

The panel consisted of Kelly Kahl, senior executive vice president of CBS, Ina Jaffe, national desk correspondent for NPR, Gerald Ruben, an award winning TV news executive producer, and Abigail Goldman, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who recently ended a 16-year career with the Los Angeles Times.

Over the past year, Ward has been leading public discussions on journalism across America to raise awareness of the school’s new Center for Journalism Ethics.

The latest session was staged by Alumni Association with support from the UW Foundation and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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