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2020: Journalism Ethics & the Crisis in Local News

FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication Dean Michelle Ferrier, Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting executive director Jon Sawyer and ESPN’s Christina Kahrl at the 2019 ethics conference, What #MeToo Means for Gender, Power & Ethical Journalism.


FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2020


On April 24, 2020, the Center for Journalism Ethics will host its 12th annual journalism ethics conference at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery in Madison, Wisconsin. Titled “Journalism Ethics & the Crisis in Local News” the conference will be free and open to the public. 

This conference will bring together news media professionals, non-profit news leaders, media innovators, academics, students and the public to address the current crisis in local journalism with special attention to media ethics.

Panelists will take on topics such as funding models, transparency, disinformation, digital media, truth and trust. And participants will leave with a better understanding of the factors driving the current crisis, as well as concrete ideas for strengthening and protecting local journalism.

Keynote conversation with AMINDA MARQUéS GoNZáLEZ

Aminda (Mindy) Marqués González is President & Publisher and Executive Editor of the Miami Herald Media Company and McClatchy’s Florida Regional Editor, which includes Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald, Bradenton Herald, the Keys digital products and the Tallahassee bureau.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Marqués began her career as a Miami Herald intern and rose to become the paper’s first Hispanic editor in 2010. Her career has included assignments as a metro reporter, assistant city editor, deputy metro editor, multimedia editor and Sunday/features editor.

During her tenure as executive editor, the Miami Herald has won two Pulitzer Prizes and has been a finalist five times. Marqués serves on the Pulitzer Prize board and is past-president of the Florida Society of News Editors. She sits on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Communications and Journalism at Florida International University, as well as the Kopenhaver Center for Women in Communication. She is also a board member of the United Way of Miami-Dade.