Foundation Roundtable to discuss media ethics

Thu, August 17, 2000 by Patty Cottingham

CINCINNATI – A panel of leading U.S. journalists and media professionals will gather in Washington, D.C., this month to discuss the topic “Media Ethics: Doing it Right!” during the annual Scripps Howard Foundation National Roundtable.Brian Lamb, founder and chief executive officer of C-SPAN, will moderate the National Roundtable, which is open to the public free of charge. It will be held from 7-8:30 p.m., EST, Saturday, Feb. 12, at the National Press Club. The Foundation began hosting the National Roundtable in 1998 to examine issues of ethics and integrity in journalism.“Our goal for this year’s roundtable is to focus on what journalists are doing right,” said Judith G. Clabes, president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation. “All too often, we hear from our critics what we’re doing wrong. Lost in the criticism, and in our own introspection, is the reality that most in this business adhere every day to the highest possible ethical standards. Why doesn’t the public believe that?”Participating in the roundtable will be:Drew Berry, vice president and general manager, WMAR-TV, Baltimore; Louis D. Boccardi, president and CEO, The Associated Press; David Broder, columnist, The Washington Post; Frank del Olmo, associate editor, Los Angeles Times; Deborah W. Fisher, managing editor, Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller-Times; and Jane KirtleySilha, professor of media ethics and law, University of Minnesota.William Raspberry, columnist, The Washington Post; Rem Rieder, editor and senior vice president, American Journalism Review, College Park, Md.; Bruce Sanford, First Amendment attorney and author, Baker & Hostetler, Washington, D.C.; John Temple, editor, Denver Rocky Mountain News; Nigel Wade, editor-in-chief, Chicago Sun-Times; and Steve Yelvington, executive editor, Cox Interactive Media, Atlanta.The roundtable can be viewed live on the Internet beginning at 7 p.m., (EST), at Videotape of the discussion and a study guide will be made available to college and university schools of journalism, libraries, and organizations interested in media issues. Videotape copies and study guides can be obtained by calling Vickie Martin of the Scripps Howard Foundation at 513-977-3034 or contacting her by email at to excellence in journalism, the Scripps Howard Foundation is a leader in industry efforts in journalism education, scholarships, internships, literacy, minority recruitment/development and First Amendment causes.