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Center for Journalism Ethics 2015 Conference to focus on Sports Journalism

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The Center for Journalism Ethics will address the topic of ethics in sports journalism at our seventh annual conference, which will be held April 10, 2015 at Union South on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus..

The conference, titled Fair or Foul: Ethics and Sports Journalism, will feature Robert Lipsyte, veteran sports journalist, author and current ombudsman for ESPN, as keynote speaker.  The program will include panels addressing ways journalism ethics come into play in topical areas including issues of privacy, editorial independence in a world of sponsorship and rights fees, representation of minorities, and the bounds of civil discourse in a sporting context.

fedexfieldpressboxWe need look no further than recent headlines for examples of events and the coverage that followed them for rich subject matter, such as Donald Sterling’s leaked racial commentary, the NFL handling of a domestic abuse issue that blew wide open with one TMZ video post, or Bill Simmons’ recent suspension for his heated criticism of both the NFL and his own management.  These and other stories will serve to inspire panels and the selection of panelists with the goal of offering lively discussions and, perhaps, some direction looking forward.

Be sure to save the date, April 10, 2015.  More details will be available here on our site in the coming weeks and months.

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