Johna Strickland Presents Research at Symposium

Study looks at the ethics of undercover journalism.  


Johna Strickland ’09 presented, “An Ethical Apparition? The Ethics of Undercover Journalism” at the Symposium for Artists & Scholars on April 17, 2009 at Randolph College.

Strickland conducted the research project with her faculty mentor, Jennifer Gauthier, associate professor of communication Studies, while an undergraduate student at Randolph College.

An abstract of the project follows...

My research examines the ethics of undercover journalism through the Chicago Sun-Times ’ Mirage operation in 1978. The Sun-Times nearly won a Pulitzer prize for its work exposing corrupt city, state and federal employees and spawning investigations by the IRS and the FBI. Newspaper leaders, however, decided the Sun- Times had violated ethical principles by using undercover journalism and withheld the Pulitzer. Since 1978, undercover journalism has become a dangerous and last-resort technique in newsgathering. My work seeks to understand the discourse about The Mirage and how journalistic ethics shape news.

The Student Symposium of Artists and Scholars provides Randolph College students from all classes and disciplines the opportunity to present the results of their research, scholarship, and creative work to the entire College community and beyond.

The two-day symposium, modeled after a typical academic conference, features oral presentations of student research, readings of creative work, musical performances, and exhibitions of student artwork. The symposium also includes a poster session, reception and a keynote address from a noteworthy academic speaker.

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