Our Mission

The Center for Ethics in Journalism of the School of Journalism and Strategic Media at the University of Arkansas’ J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences fosters the study and practice of the journalistic principles of accuracy, fairness and service to the public in editorial/news; in broadcast, radio and television; and in advertising and public relations.

The University of Arkansas Center for Ethics in Journalism will play an integral role in shaping the future of journalism by educating students and professionals on the tenets of ethics, preparing them to employ those principles as a matter of course and teaching them to reach ethical decisions as routine and not exception.

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Founding Principles:

  •   That the future of excellent journalism will depend on the ethical practices of those who gather and present the news, and
  •   That critical thinking is foremost in the process of reaching ethical choices in identifying, collecting and presenting the news that informs the public, whose decisions shape democracy.

The Center’s activities include:

  •   Public events at the university and elsewhere to promote the discussion of issues
  •   A repository of information about media ethics
  •   Workshops for media professionals on current ethics issues and challenges

Our Work:

The key to the center’s program is the Visiting Distinguished Professor of Ethics in Journalism, a nationally recognized leader in the field as a professional and/or academic who has been forceful in promoting ethical thinking and practice. The Visiting Distinguished Professor will be in residence in the School of Journalism and Strategic Media during fall semesters.