On April 26, 2019, our 11th annual ethics conference provoked discussion of the ways in which gender is represented in media, how it can result in discrimination in the newsroom and field and how news organizations need to change following the #MeToo movement. Leading tech journalist Kara Swisher took part in a keynote conversation on #MeToo, a story "hiding in plain sight" and the culture of the modern tech workplace.
245 registrants (17% increase from 2018)
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Photo from left to right: Nada Bakri (Anthony Shadid's widow), Emily Michot, Rhonda Shadid (Anthony's mother), Julie K. Brown, Laila Shadid (Anthony's daughter) and keynote speaker and New Yorker journalist Sarah Stillman.
We announced this year's recipients of the Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics in New York City on May 14, 2019. Miami Herald journalists Julie K. Brown and Emily Michot received the prize for "Perversion of Justice," an investigative series that revealed how hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein concealed the full extent of his crimes molesting and sexually abusing underage girls.
Center director Kathleen Bartzen Culver addressed media ethics in news outlets ranging from the LaCrosse Tribune to the Washington Post and spoke to groups across the country, primarily on the topic of “Truth, Trust and the Future of Journalism Ethics.” Culver also worked with clinicians, social service providers, parents and civic leaders in New York to discuss journalism ethics and kids who experience trauma.
The Center’s white papers on drones in journalism, exploring public response and journalists’ practices, continue to help inform news media use of this emerging technology. Culver participated in drone training sessions in partnership with the National Press Photographers Association and the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska.
MAKING AND INFORMING THE NEWS
Center director Kathleen Bartzen Culver addressed media ethics in 26 news stories, including the Washington Post, Politico and Forbes.
Culver for POLITICO: "I think it's very difficult to draw a bright line between what comes out of the president's mouth or his Twitter account and action from other individuals. But that doesn't mean we should accept a normalization of this rhetoric."