Act. Action. Activism?

The 15th annual Poynter KSU Media Ethics Workshop will address media ethics issues and covering activism at a day-long program on Thursday, Sept. 19 at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University. The Workshop – titled “Act. Action. Activism?” – will feature a keynote address by the print and broadcast journalism teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The school was the site of the tragic murders of 17 people on Valentine’s Day 2018. The events in Parkland led to remarkable student and community activism nationwide mostly focused on issues of gun control. Kelly McBride, the Poynter Institute’s senior vice president and chair of its new Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership, will moderate and facilitate major parts of the Ethics Workshop. The Media Ethics Workshop will also feature two sessions on media coverage and activism related to the events at Kent State on May 4, 1970. These sessions are a small part of the University’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of those activities. During the Workshop, students will learn about a special scholarship competition for undergraduate Kent State students and a companion contest for high school students to mark 15 years of this ethics program.


Contact Us?

Jan Leach, Director of the Media Law Center for Ethics and Access, Associate Professor at Kent State / jleach1@kent.edu / 330-672-4289

Who's Speaking?

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Eric Garner

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

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Melissa Falkowski

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

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Mike Shearer

Akron Beacon Journal

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Howard Ruffner

Photographer

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Patti Gallagher Newberry

Miami University in Oxford

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Tim Smith

Former ABJ Reporter

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Andrew Meyer

WKSU

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Chad Painter

University of Dayton

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Laura Evans Manatos (via Skype)

Laura Evans Media

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Michelle Everhart

Dispatch.com

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Jim Crutchfield

Akron Beacon Journal

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Bruce Winges (retired)

Akron Beacon Journal

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Kelly McBride

The Poynter Institute

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Speaker
    Session
  • 9:00 - 9:15 AM
    Welcome, introduction
  • 9:15 - 9:25 AM
    Video celebrates 15 years
  • 9:25 - 9:45 AM
    Kelly McBride
    Why ethics matters covering activism
  • 9:45 - 10:45 AM
    Howard Ruffner
    Activism mattered on May 4
  • 10:45 - 11:00 AM
    Break
  • 11:00 - 12:00
    J. Crutchfield, M. Shearer, C. Painter
    Activism, Advocacy, Journalism & PR
  • 12:00 - 12:30 PM
    Lunch, Awards
  • 12:30 - 1:45 PM
    M. Falkowski, E. Garner, K. McBride
    Keynote + Q&A
  • 1:45 - 2:00 PM
    Anniversary scholarship competition
  • 2:00 - 3:00 PM
    Patti Gallagher Newberry
    WWYD? Modeling Exercise (students participating)
  • 3:00 - 3:15 PM
    Break
  • 3:15 - 4:15 PM
    Bruce Winges, moderator
    Akron Beacon Journal May 4 Pulitzer Prize: Then & Now
  • 4:15 - 4:30 PM
    Where do we go from here?

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Travel Information

Getting here parking is free.

Driving Directions



From I-76

Take the Kent/Route 43 exit (exit 33) and proceed north to Route 261. Turn right (east) onto Route 261. Proceed one-fourth mile to Campus Center Drive. At the traffic light, turn left onto Campus Center Drive and follow it to the stop sign at the junction of East Campus Center Drive and West Campus Center


From I-80 (Ohio Turnpike)

Use exit 187/13 (Streetsboro). After the toll booth, proceed straight (follow Ravenna sign) onto Route 14 traveling southeast, go past Route 303 to Route 43. Turn right (south) on Route 43 and continue south for approximately six miles until you come to the traffic light at the dead end at Haymaker Parkway in the city of Kent. Turn left (east) onto Haymaker and follow until you reach the traffic light at the intersection of Lincoln and Haymaker. Proceed to your destination from this point by following the signs.


From I-90

Proceed toward Cleveland. Take I-271 south to I-480 east; stay on I-480 until it becomes Route 14 in Streetsboro. Turn right (south) on Route 43 and continue south for approximately six miles until you come to the traffic light at the dead end at Haymaker Parkway in the city of Kent. Turn left (east) onto Haymaker Parkway and follow until you reach the traffic light at the intersection of Lincoln and Haymaker. Proceed to your destination from this point by following the signs.



Recorded Sessions

Ethics panel workshop proceedings will be recorded and archived here. Missed a session? rewatch them.