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Journalists focus on honesty in political reporting
Kent State hosts media ethics workshop


Grant Engle
In The Region:

Political rhetoric and misleading statistics seemingly dominate the 24-hour news cycle.

But, a forum held Thursday at Kent State University focused on maintaining objectivity and honesty in political reporting. 

The Kent State school of journalism partnered with the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based journalism think tank, to host a media ethics workshop titled: Dirty Politics.

Jan Leach teaches journalism ethics at Kent State. She said journalists have a responsibility to consider the impact their work has on public opinion.

Kent State professor Jan Leach says the media has a responsibility to the public

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“The media should think about the way they make their decisions: news decisions, coverage decisions, sourcing decisions, anonymity decisions and how that affects the audience who is learning from the media because we have such a tremendous influence on the public.”

Kent State Alumna and Pullitzer Prize-winning journalist Connie Schultz was the keynote speaker at the event. 

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