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"Ethics in the News Media" Panel Discussion Tuesday, May 1

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ The Center for Communication and Journalism at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh will host its annual "Ethics in the News Media" panel discussion on Tuesday, May 1, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. in Ward Hall, room 110. This is the fourth year for this annual spring event.

Panelists include Bob Grady, editor in chief of the Plattsburgh Press-Republican ; Lois Clermont, news editor of the Press-Republican ; Stephanie Gorin, anchor for WPTZ, the local NBC-affiliate; Thom Hallock, anchor for WPTZ; Ryan Hutchins, managing editor of the SUNY Plattsburgh Student Newspaper, Cardinal Points ; and professors from the Center for Communication and Journalism at SUNY Plattsburgh. The discussion will be moderated by Shawn Murphy, associate professor of journalism, and Dr. Jonathan Slater, associate professor of communication.

The discussion will focus on real-life local stories that the media have covered during the past year, which merited some situational ethical discussion, and perhaps debate, in their respected newsrooms. The event, which is free and open to the public, will also include questions and comments from the audience.

"I believe that the transparency of journalistic decision-making is beneficial to journalists as well as readers or viewers of these local mediums," said Murphy. "Journalists best serve their audience when their jobs are done in the public interest, which includes lifting the veil of mystery about the decisions they make that affect their readers or viewers."

For more information, contact Shawn Murphy at 518-564-2422 or via email at shawn,[email protected]

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