Media Ethics Class Group Activity

Bill Babcock, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale

Bill Babcock, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale

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.

 

“In my media ethics classes — both undergrad and graduate — I divide the class into small groups, with each group focusing on Multi-media, new media, social media, a newspaper, a cable station, a TV station, a radio station, a magazine, etc.  Each group has the same assignment:  to monitor that medium’s coverage of an event.  For example, during the past presidential elections, I asked each group to report weekly (as opposed to weakly!) on how that medium/organization had covered the presidential race:  was the medium fair, responsible, ethical, etc.  We then compare/contrast these assessments during class.”


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