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Upcoming Events


A Fragile Trust Screening

Date:  Tuesday, April 4th
Time:  5:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Location:  College of Media and Communications - Basement, Room 67
The promising young journalist who made some really bad decisions thereby inciting the worst plagiarism scandal ever seen at the world's most important newspaper – The New York Times. Blair's exclusive interview for A FRAGILE TRUST represents the first time he has spoken out about his actions at the Times since the weeks immediately following the scandal in 2003. A Fragile Trust tells the dramatic story of Jayson Blair and Macarena Hernandez, two reporters who became entangled in a scandal that brought the New York Times to what publisher Arthur Sulzberger called "the low-point in the 152 year history of the paper." From the buzz of New York City to the solitude of the Texas desert, this cinematically evocative film addresses questions of ambition, race, and hierarchy in journalism, while bringing focus back to the heart of the matter, the sacred and fragile trust upon which all American journalism is built.
Registration is required and seating is limited.

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A Fragile Trust Panel Discussion & Luncheon

Date:  Wednesday, April 5th
Time:  12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Location:  College of Education - Basement, Room 001
As a third generation journalist, I care deeply about the future of the profession. Getting people thinking and talking about the challenges facing journalism, while reinforcing the notion that reliable and accurate journalism is essential to a functioning democracy, is why I'm doing this work. My hope is to draw people in with a gripping and entertaining account of this fascinating story, and then keep them engaged long enough to explore these issues in a deeper way. As more and more people consume their news online, news publications seem to be shifting en masse to an online only format. With this shift, plagiarizing has become as simple as a quick cut and paste, making the ethical boundary seem easier to cross. With a new plagiarism scandal breaking nearly every week, the lessons learned in the aftermath of the Blair Affair are more relevant than ever. A FRAGILE TRUST takes a deeper look into the mind of Jayson Blair, the serial plagiarist, and explores what caused this promising young man to make so many bad decisions, while also examining the institutional dynamics inside the Times that may have contributed to Blair's downfall.
Registration is required and lunch will be provided. Seating is limited.

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Past Events

TLPDC/Ethics Lunch Series (Spring 2015)

Title:  Addictions:  the Good, the Bad, the Recovery

TLPDC/Ethics Lunch Series (Fall 2014)

Title: Secure Survey Data Collection - A New Cap for Researchers

Coffee Ethics Series (Spring 2015)

Title :"Global Concept of Time and Best Practices"

Coffee Ethics Series (Fall 2014)

Title:"Stress Management"

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