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Ethics for Today’s Journalist


Feb 16, 2023




Teresa Shaak



Ethical challenges abound in today’s media world.  What should you do?

Newsroom veterans as well as inexperienced journalists can face many moral dilemmas.  From gun violence to war to political divisions to social media posts and more, violent, unsettling and unprecedented news seems almost constant.  How can you make better decisions about what you publish or don’t publish while serving the public good and informing your communities?

Penn State’s Dr. Patrick Lee Plaisance is a leading researcher, author, editor, professor and blogger of media ethics, moral psychology and media sociology. He’ll discuss topics such as requests for removing or updating online articles, reporters’ use of social media, handling sources that are dishonest or spreading misinformation, what to do when your news organization becomes the story, and more..  He will offer pointers on making tough decisions that can have professional and personal implications.  Whether your newsroom has established ethics policies or not, this session will be helpful and informative.  Come with your questions and concerns and the opportunity to discuss with others.

Most appropriate for editors, reporters, photographers and others working in newsrooms.

Presented by: Patrick Lee Plaisance, Don W. Davis Professor in Ethics, Bellisario College of Communications, Pennsylvania State University, and Editor, Journal of Media Ethics

This one-hour GoToWebinar session is scheduled to begin promptly at 12 noon, eastern time, on Thursday, Feb. 16.  Registrants must have both a computer and audio/phone in order to participate.

There is no cost for PNA members; $20 for non-members.


A confirmation with log in instructions will be emailed to each registrant immediately upon registering and a reminder email will be sent one day and one hour prior to the session.


February 16
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Dr. Patrick Lee Plaisance is the Don W. Davis Professor in Ethics in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. He also is an Affiliate Faculty member with the Rock Ethics Institute. His research focuses on media ethics theory, moral psychology theory and methods, and the philosophy of technology as applied to media systems and practices.

He is author of a textbook, “Media Ethics: Key Principles for Responsible Practice,” which is used nationwide, and a book featuring original research, “Virtue in Media: The Moral Psychology of Excellence in News and Public Relations.” He is editor of the “Handbook of Communication & Media Ethics.” He serves as editor of the Journal of Media Ethics, which is the flagship journal for peer-reviewed research in the field from around the world. He also writes a regular blog on media ethics issues for Psychology Today.