PtG Article 19.03.2015

One-day seminar on ethics in sports journalism

The Centre for Journalism Ethics based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites to a one-day conference on the subject of ethics and sports journalism on April 10, 2015.

On 10 April, the Centre for Journalism Ethics will host its seventh annual symposium, which this year will operate under the title 'Fair or Foul: Ethics and Sports Journalism'.

The one-day seminar will bring together journalists, athletes and academics to discuss various perspectives on ethics and sports journalism. In a mixture of panel debates and breakout sessions, subjects like money and sports media, the ethics of investigating sports, criticism and vitriol in sports journalism and race, gender and sexuality in sports coverage will be up for discussion.

The conference will furthermore look into what ethical issues may arise when covering high school sports and what challenges journalists working for sports teams and college athletic departments can meet.

The Centre for Journalism Ethics is based at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and does both research and recommendations as to how to uphold ethical standards in reporting.

For those not able to attend the seminar in Madison, there will be a live webcast accessible at no charge through the conference website.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Walt Bogdanich, New York Times reporter and Pulitzer winner
  • Mark Fainaru-Wada, journalist and co-author of League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth
  • Ira Basen, CBC Radio producer and reporter
  • Christina Kahrl, baseball writer for ESPN and founder of Baseball
  • Chris Kluwe, former kicker for the Minnesota Vikings
  • Melissa Isaacson, columnist/writer for ESPN Chicago and former sports writer for Chicago Tribune
  • Mary Byrne, managing editor, USA Today Sports
  • Greg Hughes, senior vice president for communications, NBC Sports
  • Jim Miller, co-author of Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN
  • Steve Berkowitz, projects and database sports reporter for USA Today

More information

Read more about the Centre for Journalism Ethics
Read more about the conference 'Fair and Foul: Ethics and Sports Journalism'