About Us

MED’s Teaching Ethics Resources website is a compilation of resources for all MED members and anyone who teach media or journalism ethics including advertising, public relations and entertainment ethics. We hope it will inspire and encourage you.

The website is the brainchild of Dr. Ginny Whitehouse of Eastern Kentucky University, and Dr. Tom Cooper of Emerson College, both long-time MED members. Whitehouse has been co-director of MED’s annual pre-convention Teaching Ethics Workshop for many years. She and Cooper wanted to create a pool of good ideas for faculty teaching ethics.

“Handing out a stack of papers at the annual Teaching Ethics Workshop seemed inefficient,” Whitehouse explained. “Creating a website means faculty will have access to a large wealth of material whenever they need it.”

This website will be active with changing topics and frequent contributions from members, including new materials and updated information. Bookmark it now and visit it often; refer it to colleagues and solicit contributions.

For information, ideas, suggestions or submissions, contact Jan Leach at Kent State University: 330-672-4289 or jleach1@kent.edu.

Here are things you can find on this site:

  • Teaching Ethics — Syllabi, class activities, discussion questions, ideas for grading and just about anything that can help faculty facing a new teaching assignment or looking for ways to freshen up a course.

Teaching Tips should be geared to college undergraduate and graduate courses in all areas of media ethics; i.e. advertising, broadcast, online, photo, print, public relations, etc.

This site also includes case studies (real or hypothetical) and activities such as classroom projects, group discussion questions or an “instrument” you use to engage students. Think “Best Practices” here.

  • Theoretical Perspectives – Short essays or book chapters on the theoretical foundations of media ethics. Do you start with Aristotle? Do you include Locke? What are the advantages of looking at ethics in other cultures or from non-Western religions?
  • Hot Topics – Highlights current ethics issues so professors can find timely cases in journalism, advertising, public relations and more. This can be a sentence or a paragraph with links to specific events, developing questions or immediate problems. MED members will be encouraged to add their opinions about the newest hot topics.
  • Book Shelf – Find this under “Resources” and think of it as a digital “library” dedicated to media ethics topics. This will list new publications in media ethics, books by MED authors, book reviews and, again, links to articles and journals. If you’ve published something, let us know.
  • Links & Events – Links connect to media ethics resources online such as Poynter, SPJ, RTDNA, NPPA, PRSSA, APPE, ethics centers and institutions. Links to newsletters or communications from ethics centers can also be added.

Events list upcoming ethics training programs, workshops and symposia, and online offerings such as webinars and live chats. 

Help – Similar to the ethics experts listed on the MED site, this will list members who volunteer to help others with questions, ideas, problems or just to serve as sounding boards.

Send suggestions, articles, essays, dates, links and especially photos or visuals to Jan Leach, MED Teaching Standards Chair, at jleach1@kent.edu or phone 330-672-4289.

The website is hosted independently and maintained at the Media Law Center for Ethics and Access in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University. The Media Ethics Division has complete management and oversight of the site.
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