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Cardinal Points, Ethics Institute Focus on Societal Issues in Briefings Series

The Institute for Ethics in Public Life at SUNY Plattsburgh has teamed up with the college’s award-winning, student-led newspaper, Cardinal Points, to present “Worthy of Our Attention,” a monthly series of social-issues briefings.

The purpose of the series is to heighten sensitivity among members and prospective members of the student newspaper, as well as other campus media, on issues such as human and civil rights, the presidential election, climate change and the world economy. The briefings will be led by former fellows of the Institute for Ethics in Public Life.

“In today’s always on, 24/7 news cycle, discovering which issues are truly worthy of our attention actually is becoming harder, and this challenge is even more pronounced for our students,” said Shawn Murphy, Cardinal Points faculty adviser.

Dr. E. Thomas Moran, director of the institute, said that “news reporting in a democratic society is as much an ethical duty as it is a journalistic enterprise, and it is essential our students understand this fundamental connection and the need to remain fully informed about important issues of the day.”

The first two briefings will be held Monday, March 28 and Monday, April 11, both at 8 p.m. in Room 110, Ward Hall, and are open to members of campus media and to students considering joining the Cardinal Points staff in future semesters. Students enrolled in any major may work for Cardinal Points and attend the “Worthy of Our Attention” briefings. 

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