Gary Klott Ethics Symposium- October 24 & 25


PHOENIX – SABEW conducted a two-day journalism ethics seminar here in October in honor of its late president who many thought contributed to the ethics conscience of its 50-year-old organization.

Read more about Gary Klott here.

Photos from the symposium

Here is a highlight video from the symposium.

S.A.B.E.W. Ethics Symposium from Chris Mix on Vimeo.

Event-related stories:

Recognizing and finding solutions to modern ethical issues in journalism took center stage at the 2013 Klott Symposium By RAFFY ERMAC

A provocative discussion of ethics in the media by former CNN anchor Aaron Brown began a two-day ethics symposium at the Cronkite School   By CHERRELLE WADE

Cronkite professor and former CNN anchor Aaron Brown kicks off SABEW’s first Klott Ethics Symposium By RAFFY ERMAC

Veteran journalists Margaret Sullivan, Clark Hoyt and Barney Calame, who all have been public editors at The New York Times, spoke at  the Gary Klott Ethics Symposium Oct. 24-25 at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Aaron Brown, former CNN reporter/anchor and current Cronkite faculty member, was the Thursday lead-off speaker. Kelly McBride, ethicist at the Poynter Institute, was the Friday lunch speaker.

The Cronkite School had a strong imprint on the program.  Tim McGuire, faculty member and former ASNE president, conducted a conversation with Sullivan about the future of ethics in the digitally dominated journalism world.

The program, open to the public, was a special event as SABEW celebrates its 50th anniversary throughout 2013.

View the schedule here.

Click here to read the speakers’ bios.

Klott, who was SABEW president in 1994-95, died of a massive heart attack in 2002 at age 52. He is credited with getting SABEW to expand its tough ethics guidelines for business journalism. At the time of his death, Klott was a widely syndicated tax-advice columnist and ran a tax information website he founded. Previously, he was a business writer for United Press International and The New York Times. He also wrote three books, including “The New York Times Complete Guide to Personal Investing” in 1987.

Sandy Duerr, Klott’s widow and vice president and executive editor of The Tribune in San Luis Obispo, Calif., was part of a planning group organizing the Phoenix seminar. Other members of the committee included Randy Smith, journalism professor at the University of Missouri, and Calame, a former top editor at The Wall Street Journal. Duerr, Smith and Calame are all past presidents of SABEW.

After Klott’s death, Duerr and Klott’s brothers, David and Richard, led a SABEW ethics fund drive in Gary’s honor. Money from the fund will be used to defray some seminar costs in Phoenix.

Since Klott died, SABEW has conducted one-hour ethics programs in Klott’s honor at its annual spring conference. This was the first extended workshop in his honor.


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