Past teletraining recording now available: “Ethics in a New Media World”

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Ethics in a New Media World

June 17, 2013 – 2 p.m. EST

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To hear it on your telephone, dial this playback number: 218-339-2651. (This is not a toll-free number.) When prompted, enter this Playback Access Code: 609169

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Kevin Z. Smith is the chairman of the Society of Professional Journalist’s Ethics Committee and is a 21-year member of the committee. Smith was a national board member for SPJ from 2006-10 and was national president of the Society, 09-10. He originally served as ethics chairman from 1995-96 when the Society rewrote the code to its present day form, and in 2010 he was reappointed as committee chair. He is currently serving as deputy director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at The Ohio State University. He worked in newsrooms for 15 years and taught journalism for 13 years at various universities in Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia.



Kent Zelas is a blog editor with the AOL Huffington Post Media Group. He was previously with the Pew Charitable Trusts; The Los Angeles Times, where he was the assistant readers’ representative, news editor, copy editor and page designer; and The Orange County Register, where he was a wire editor and copy editor. Kent also was a contributor to the American Copy Editors Society’s recent ebook on plagiarism and fabrication, Telling the Truth and Nothing But.


Jan Leach is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University.  She is a member of the University’s Faculty Ethics Committee, chair of the Journalism Sequence and director of Kent’s Media Law Center for Ethics and Access. The Media Law Center annually hosts the Poynter KSU Media Ethics Workshop, which brings together media professionals, educators and students for debate about urgent ethics topics. Jan also is an Ethics Fellow at the Poynter Institute for Journalism Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla. Before joining the faculty at Kent, Jan was editor and vice president of the Akron Beacon Journal. Jan went to Akron from the Cincinnati Enquirer where she had been managing editor. She also was managing editor at the (now-defunct) Phoenix Gazette, city editor at the Arizona Republic, and held reporting and editing positions at other newspapers.

She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in media ethics from Kent State. Jan has written book chapters and has been published in research journals, in industry newsletters and online. In 2013, she contributed to the national e-book, “Telling the Truth and Nothing But,” produced and published by the National Summit to Fight Plagiarism and Fabrication.


Thomas Kent is deputy managing editor and standards editor of The Associated Press, responsible for standards of fairness, accuracy and quality across the organization. He lectures internationally on media ethics and newsroom organization. He is a former international editor of the AP; news editor of AP’s World Services division; bureau chief in Moscow; chief of AP operations in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; correspondent covering NATO and the European Union in Brussels; and reporter in Sydney, Australia and Hartford, Conn. He has served twice as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in international reporting, and is an adviser to the Ethical Journalism Network. He was raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, holds a degree in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University and speaks Russian, French and Spanish. He has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism since 1996 and since 2001 at the Harriman Institute of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.


For more information on “Ethics in a New Media World,” contact Mary Jane Pardue, or 417-836-8834.

Register for the call. At the time of the call, dial 218-339-2626. At the prompt, enter the access code 4058935.

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