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UCO to Host Media Ethics Conference, Documentary Film Festival

Media Ethics logoThe University of Central Oklahoma will host Emmy Award-winning journalist and senior entertainment editor for BuzzFeed.com Kelley Carter and internationally acclaimed photojournalist Monica Morgan as part of its annual Media Ethics Conference Oct. 8-9.

Sponsored by Central’s Department of Mass Communication, the conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 and 9:30 a.m. to noon on Oct. 9 in the Nigh University Center ballrooms on Central’s campus. Registration is open to the public for $25, and the conference is free for students as well as Central faculty and staff. Lunch is included. Both paid and free attendees must register by Oct. 3 at www.uco.edu/ethics.   

Conference keynote addresses and sessions will focus on issues surrounding media ethics in entertainment journalism, celebrity photography, news, public relations, advertising and more.

New for 2014, the conference will host a documentary film festival featuring the work of students. A panel will follow to examine the making of the films as well as ethical challenges faced during production.

“As journalists use technology to bring news and information to people quickly, we occasionally observe shortcuts and a lack of ethics in news production,” said Yvette Walker, Edith Kinney Gaylord Endowed Chair for Journalism Ethics at Central and Night News Director for The Oklahoman.

“Everyone who attends this conference will take away a profound understanding of the importance of ethics in today’s entertainment world,” she added.

Additional speakers include Scott Booker, CEO of the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO; Warner Brothers record executive Rick Gershon (via Skype); local broadcast and print journalists including Griffin Communications’ Alex Cameron; public relations and advertising representatives; and award-winning Central professors Terry Clark, Ed.D.; Mark Hanebutt, J.D.; Desiree Hill, Kole Kleeman, Ph.D.; Jill Lambeth, Ph.D.; Sandra Martin; Jesse Miller; Jeff Palmer; and Mark Zimmerman.

For more information, contact Yvette Walker at 405-974-5924 or email ywalker@uco.edu.