Ethics, Journalism Focus of SPJ Workshop

Ethics and journalism will be the focus of half-day workshop Saturday, Nov. 20, presented by the Society of Professional Journalism professional and student chapters.

“Public, Press and Ethics in the Digital Age” will be held at 9 a.m. in the Maverick Activities Building and is sponsored by SPJ, the Fort Worth Pro Chapter, Texas Watchdog and the UTA SPJ Student Chapter.

Panelists will include professionals from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Dallas Morning-News, PegasusNews.com, various local broadcast news outlets and Texas Watchdog. Topics for the panel discussion and skills workshop will include open government, the Press, the Internet and e-mail communications.

“With the industry changing, everything is being redefined,” said Sarah Lutz, a junior journalism major and president of the SPJ student chapter. “It’s important to know how to define the ethics. With the popularity of entertainment journalism or journalism where people can pick a [political] side, it’s tough for students to manage in the class curriculum. The only way to keep up is to talk to the people who are out there doing it.”

Lutz said the event is also a good networking opportunity for students. Organizers are asking for a $5 donation to benefit SafeHaven Women’s Shelter of Tarrant County.

Seating is limited however, so those interested in attending should RSVP to mkpirtle@yahoo.com or call (817) 272-7039.

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