A group of veteran Charlotte-area print, TV and internet journalists will join a panel discussion Monday night at Davidson College on “Ethics in the Media.” The program, sponsored by the college’s Vann Center for Ethics, includes DavidsonNews.net editor David Boraks and other speakers.
“Ethics in the Media” is scheduled Monday, Feb. 4, at 7:30pm, in the college’s Alvarez College Union 900 Room.
Besides Mr. Boraks, the panel will include: Glenn Burkins, editor, QCityMetro.com; Stuart Watson, investigative reporter, WCNC-TV Charlotte; Rafael Prieto Zartha, editorial director, Qué Pasa Mi Gente, Charlotte; Candace Cummins Gauthier, professor of philosophy and religion, UNC Wilmington.
David Perry, director of Davidson’s Vann Center for Ethics and professor of applied ethics, will moderate the discussion. It’s part of the Ethics in Professional Life series, funded by the Richard Davoud Donchian Foundation and the Vann Center for Ethics.
Questions to be discussed by the panelists include:
- What counts as news? Are there important stories, or even whole topics, that are under-reported or never investigated because they’re not believed to attract a big enough audience or appeal to paying advertisers?
- Speed vs. accuracy. How important is it to report the news first, as opposed to getting the story right. How difficult is it to be ethical in reporting, considering the pressures of the 24-hour news cycle, bloggers and Twitter feeds?
- Privacy and its limits: People are drawn to tragic human-interest stories. But victims’ families often want to preserve their privacy. How do journalists balance their concerns for victims with the desire of the public to know what’s happened.
- The responsible and productive “consumption” of news: What advice do journalists have about becoming more savvy and responsible “consumers” and users of news? How can we keep informed without being overwhelmed by noise and trivia?
The event is free, with light refreshments. Information on Davidson.edu