Park University’s Center for Global Peace Journalism to Present Media Ethics Symposium

Park University’s Center for Global Peace Journalism and the Department of Communication and Journalism will host “Doing the Wrong Thing: The Struggle for an Ethical Media” on Friday, Sept. 27, at noon in the McCoy Meetin’ House on the University’s Parkville Campus.

The event will feature Kansas City Star columnist Lewis Diuguid, who will speak about the ethical implications in covering the Trayvon Martin story. Diuguid, who has been with The Star since 1977, focuses his writing on education, social justice and diversity issues. He is a certified diversity facilitator with The Newspaper Association of America.

Other speakers will include Park University faculty John Lofflin, professor of journalism and photography, and Steven Youngblood, associate professor of communication arts and director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism. Lofflin, who teaches a communication ethics and law course, will address the topic, “Objectivity: The 11th Commandment or Convenient Excuse.” Youngblood will discuss media narratives and stereotypes in places such as the Middle East, and will describe how these can be addressed by peace journalism.

“Those who attend the symposium will no doubt come away with more questions than answers, which to me is the goal of any proper discussion of ethics,” said Youngblood. “It has always been a challenge for media professionals to behave ethically, especially today, with the advent of new media and an increased pressure to be first.”

Youngblood, a two-time J. William Fulbright Scholar, began the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University in 2012. The CGPJ promotes the concepts of peace and encourages responsible, non-inflammatory reporting, including advocating non-violent conflict resolution through seminars and courses in the United States and abroad.

The event is being held in cooperation with the Center for International Media Ethics, a nonprofit organization bringing together a network of media professionals throughout the world to provide training, discussion and expertise in the ethics of their profession. The symposium also commemorates International Media Ethics Day, held on Friday, Sept. 20, this year.

The symposium will be streamed live online, and later archived at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/parkadmin.portal#. For more information about the symposium, contact Youngblood at steve.youngblood@park.edu.

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