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2010 Conference: New Journalism – New Ethics
Madison, Wisconsin, April 30, 2010

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Stephen J. A. Ward, Director of UW Center for Journalism Ethics
The New Journalism Ecosystem: Transparency, Standards and Practice
Ethics for the New Investigative Newsroom
Bridging the Gaps: Holding True to Old-Media Values in a New Media World
What Ever Happened to Verification in Journalism?
When Journalists Join the Media Revolution: An International Conversation

Toward a new ethics: Reflections on a timely conference
Stephen J.A. Ward
May 12, 2010
On April 30, leading journalists, media scholars and students participated in “New Journalism-New Ethics?” the second annual conference of the Center for Journalism Ethics. Sessions ranged from the issues of nonprofit journalism to how journalists should use social media. Center Director Stephen J. Ward surveys the conference, and argues that the intense discussion signaled a shift in journalism ethics.
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Ethics Center Co-Authors Report on Nonprofit Journalism
The Center for Journalism Ethics co-publishes a ground-breaking report on the ethics of nonprofit investigative newsrooms in time for discussion at its second annual conference. Released April 26, 2010, it is one of the first comprehensive reports on ethical issues facing nonprofit investigative newsrooms.

Ethics for the New Investigative Newsroom is a collaboration of three journalism centers: Center for Journalism Ethics, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Knight Chair in Investigative & Enterprise Reporting, University of Illinois; and Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. It puts forward ethical principles and best practices. It outlines legal considerations and explores nonprofit journalism in Canada. The report warns that newsrooms must protect the integrity of their journalism. Only transparency about sponsorship, clear rules on conflicts of interest, and frank communication with supporters will maintain public confidence in these new experiments in journalism.

  Roundtable Report [PDF 5.14 MB]

  Press Release

CJR Columbia Journalism Review

Veteran Journalist Tom Bier wins UW’s First Journalism Ethics Award

The Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has selected  television broadcaster Tom Bier, vice president and station manager of WISC-TV, Channel, for its first Wisconsin Commitment to Journalism Ethics Award.

Bier, a 39-year veteran of the television, radio and web broadcast industry, will be recognized for his lifelong practice of the highest ethical standards at the center’s second annual journalism ethics conference on April 30, 2010.

Press release       [print version]


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April 13, 2010
Center’s Board Members Celebrate Pulitzer Prizes

The ethics center congratulates journalist Anthony Shadid, a member of the center’s board, for winning a second Pulitzer Prize for journalism, international reporting.

Pulitzer Prize winners for 2010 were announced recently. Shadid, an alumnus of the UW School of Journalism, plans to return to campus in the fall to deliver the ethics center’s inaugural ethics lecture on the topic of media and religion.

"Shadid is not only a tremendous journalist, writing deeply on difficult subjects,” said center director Stephen J. A. Ward. “He is also an inspiration to our journalism students who see in his work the possibility of doing journalism that matters.”

The center also congratulates Martin Kaiser, editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and also a board member, on MJS reporter Raquel Rutledge's 2010 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting.

Dancing with the Sheiks: Freedom in a Global Age
In a global age, there is no master plan for advancing media freedom, writes Stephen J.A. Ward. There are only the precarious, pragmatic efforts of journalists to push the boundaries of societies that have been wary of the Western idea of press freedom. Ward explores the tensions between new and old practices by focusing on a radio talk show host in Dubai.
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