Dr. Karyn Campbell, Assistant Professor of Communication/Mass Communication at North Greenville University, had an article published in the Journal of Media Ethics in 2021. The article is titled, “Determinants of Attitudes toward Ethical Dilemmas in News: A Survey of Student Journalists.” This article was co-authored by Dr. Campbell and Dr. Bryan Denham.
The abstract of the article is as follows: In this research, we surveyed 214 college journalists to assess their attitudes toward a series of ethical dilemmas. Significant predictors of a nine-item index included years enrolled in college, completion of an ethics course, ethics training as a part of student media, informal discussions about ethics in student media, number of situations calling for an ethics-related decision, familiarity with the ethics code of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and use of that code. Of these determinants, familiarity with the SPJ code showed the strongest association with the response measure. Findings suggest that formal instruction of ethics and professional journalistic norms should continue and that students should be encouraged to gain practical experience during their college years. Additionally, data suggest the SPJ code can prove useful as a pedagogical tool and should be incorporated into both classrooms and newsrooms.
The subject of this article is sparking attention! Dr. Campbell is invited to speak at the Society of Professional Journalists/College Media Advisers/Associate Collegiate Press annual conference in Washington, D.C., this October. Dr. Campbell will speak on a panel discussing the Society of Professional Journalists code of ethics.
She has also been asked to give the annual faculty lecture on the same topic at North Greenville University.
“Apparently, people really like this topic,” she said.
More recently, Dr. Campbell was a panelist at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference. She was on a panel discussing ethics in student journalism; the panel was titled, “The Present and Future Ethics in Student Media.”
Congratulations, Dr. Campbell!
Learn more about the article here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23736992.2021.1939030?scroll=top&needAccess=true.