Archive | Class Activities

Media Ethics Class Group Activity

Bill Babcock, professor in the School of Journalism at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., provided the following group project he uses in both his undergraduate and graduate ethics classes.

Creating a Class Case Portfolio

Ginny Whitehouse, associate professor of journalism, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Ky., gives this assignment early in the course and uses it throughout the term.

Joint Listserv

Dr. Thomas Cooper, professor of visual and media arts at Emerson College, Boston, provided the following project he first designed with Dr. Tom Brislin, professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa..

Advocacy Communication

Jacqui Lowman, assistant professor, professional communication and journalism concentration/English at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, has provided the following class activity.

PollEverywhere – A Class Resource

Wendy Wyatt, associate professor of media ethics and chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn., uses PollEverywhere.com to do instant polling in her ethics classes, particularly when talking about an issue that may be sensitive. It allows students to give anonymous responses that then pop […]

Guide to Online Media Ethics

Jerry Ceppos, dean of the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., said he focused his ethics session last year almost entirely on Internet or “new- media” ethics. Almost every case the class discussed was a live one, breaking that week. During the semester, he and his students gathered […]

The Falling Man

Dr. Paulette Kilmer, professor of communication in the College of Languages, Literature and Social Studies at the University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, said she shows every ethics class the documentary titled “The Falling Man” about a reporter’s attempt to identify the man who became the poster child for the 9/11 jumpers at the World Trade […]

Comic Books in the Classroom

The following article was published in the Spring 2013 edition of the MED newsletter. The article looks at Tom Bivins, John L. Hulteng (CQ) Chair in Media Ethics in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon, and his use of comic books in his classes. Bivins has given permission for others to […]

Media Non-Transparency: How It Affects Your Story

The following  handout was submitted by Katerina Tsetsura, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Strategic Communication/Public Relations, Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Oklahoma The handout was prepared by Dr. Tsetsura and her colleagues for a presentation at the PRSA 2011 International Conference Workshop. They “used the activity on the second page to generate discussion about the importance of media […]

Ethics in the Workplace – Role Plays

Dr. Jack Breslin, of Iona College has provided the following role play exercise. It is intended for mass communication capstone or senior seminar courses.