Founded in 1999, the Whalen Symposium on Media Ethics offers a forum for focused discussion about the moral dimensions of journalism and mass media. The symposium is funded through an endowment made possible by leadership gifts from CBS Inc. and Hubbard Broadcasting, as well as by contributions from alumni whose lives were touched by the late Rev. James Whalen, a founder of UST's Journalism & Mass Communication Department.
2006 Symposium: Who Is a Journalist?
Thursday, October 17, 2006
The 2006 symposium was held in conjunction with the Colloquia 2000 Series in Applied Media Ethics. Featured panelists included media ethics scholars from across the country who explored the meaning of the word "journalist."
2005 Symposium: When Ethics Collide: Reconciling Professional Calling with Personal Conviction
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Featured panelists included Dan Fagin of Newsday, Margaret Kriz of the National Journal and Steve Laumakis of the St. Thomas Department of Philosophy. They discussed how journalists who cover the environment balance their personal beliefs with their professional obligations to provide fair, accurate journalism.