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2018: Division, Denial & Journalism Ethics

Keynote Conversation with Justin Gill and Deep Divides: bridging the gap with ethical journalism

The keynote conversation with Justin Gillis asked how science writers can accurately convey both uncertainty about research and certainty about scientific consensus.

“Deep divides: Bridging the gap with ethical journalism” explored several current news stories with an eye to the ethical issues involved and will consider options for how to address them in ways that could help bridge divides among news consumers.

Denial: Your truth and mine

“Denial: Your Truth and Mine” considered the routines and incentives of journalists and the psychology of the audience that grows conspiracies, values the wisdom of the mob over expert knowledge, and limits public debate on policies.

Solutions: is there a future for deliberation?

“Solutions: Is there a future for deliberation” asked what journalists can do to represent diverse views in public debate, restore a common set of facts as the basis for discourse, build trust and aid citizens in being a self-governing democracy.

2017: truth, trust and the future of journalism

Keynote Conversation with Margaret Sullivan

The Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan was the keynote speaker at the Center for Journalism Ethics’ 2017 conference: Truth, Trust and the Future of Journalism. CJE director Kathleen Culver interviewed Sullivan for this keynote conservation.

The Responsibility & Challenge of Truth: Fact, Fiction and News

Moderated by Jason Shepard (California State University -Fullerton). Panelists: Lucas Graves (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Ken Vogel (Politico), Raney Aronson-Rath (PBS FRONTLINE) and Jason Stein (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).

Blind Beliefs? Conspiracies, Hoaxes and Disinformation

Moderated by Michael Wager (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Panelists: Deborah Blum (MIT), Charlie Sykes (RightWisconsin), Joanne Miller (University of Minnesota).

Where Do We Go From Here? Solutions in an Allegedly Post-Truth Era

Moderated by Jill Geisler (Loyola University Chicago). Panelists: Michelle Ye Hee Lee (Washington Post), Stephen Ward (University of British Columbia), Dawn Garcia (Stanford) and Marty Kaiser (Democracy Fund).


Panel 1 – Representing Race: Language, Imagery, Sources and Issues for Journalists

Panel 2 – Education Matters: Covering Racial Dynamics and Examining Journalism’s Role

Panel 3 – Questions of Justice: Crime, Inequality and News Media

Panel 4 – Tomorrow’s Work: Moving Forward on Race and Journalism

2015: Ethics and Sports Journalism

Keynote – Robert Lipsyte

Session 1 – Investigating Sports

Session 2 – Race, Gender and Sexuality

Session 3 – Criticism and Vitriol

Plenary Session – Ethics and the Power of Money

Shadid Award: Chicago Tribune

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2014: Surveillance, Security and Journalism Ethics

Keynote – Eric Lichtblau

Session 1 – Protecting Sources and Data

Session 2 – Ethical Bounds of Tools for Watching, Scraping and Sensing

Radical Rethink – Do New Security Challenges Require New Norms?

Shadid Award: Associated Press

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2013: Shaping the News

2013 conference archives coming soon!

2012: Ethics & Elections

Keynote – Tom Rosentiel

Session 1 – Fact-Checking Elections

Session 2 – Political Advertising

Breakout – Tweets and Votes

Shadid Award: Tribute to Anthony Shadid

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2011: Partisan Media

Keynote – Tony Burman

Session 1 – Rise and Fall of Partisan

Session 2 – National Partisan Radio?

Session 3 – Who Funds Your News?

Session 4 – Partisan Media Across

Session 5 – Polling and Polarization

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2010: New Journalism, New Ethics?

Session 1 – New Journalism Ecosystem

Session 2 – New Investigative Newsrooms

Session 3 – Bridging the Gaps

Session 4 – Verification in Journalism

Session 5 – When Journalists Join the Media Revolution

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2009: Future of Ethical Journalism


Session 1 – Surviving the Media Carnage: Pathways to Good Journalism

Session 2 – Ethical Situationals, Tough Calls in the Newsroom

Session 3 – Media Accountability, Dialogue with Public Editor of the New York Times

Session 4 – Future of Investigative Journalism

Session 5 – New Media, Ethics and Democratic Journalism

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