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Complications and ethics issues in data mining workshop Thursday

Big Data has become a catchphrase in journalism — searchable databases, and data visualizations add context and credibility to news, but it can also add complications.

Exploring the complications and ethics issues in data mining is the focus of the 10th annual Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday.

The Workshop – “Data Minefields?” — brings together Poynter faculty, data journalists, media professionals and “digital do-ers” for a daylong program considering topics such as privacy, data and democracy, and using data to shape news decisions. Poynter’s Vice President of Academic Programs, Kelly McBride, and Ellyn Angelotti Kamke, of Poynter’s social media and law faculty, will facilitate the debates.

Keynote speaker Robert Hernandez, web journalist and self-described “hack-academic” from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, will review emerging technology, including Google Glass, and talk about ethics questions related to telling stories on new platforms. Hernandez says he’ll talk about “MacGyver-ing”* new tools to tell stories grounded in journalism fundamentals.

Another special session will feature Joe Vealencis, director of the Office of Strategic Communication for the National Counterterrorism Center in Washington, D.C., discussing “Transparency in an Age of Terrorism.”

One panel – titled “Private Matters: Using and Fusing Data” – will explore concepts such as striking a balance between telling a story and individual privacy and ethical concerns about collecting and using data in journalism.

Strategic communications practitioners will appreciate a panel discussion highlighting the ways data is used in advertising, marketing and public relations including demographic research, product development and crisis response. Professionals will discuss problems and best practices in data mining such as using data to “sell” candidates and campaigns or including data to support new products. Jennifer LaFleur, senior editor for data journalism at the Center for Investigative Reporting and a former trainer for Investigative Reporters and Editors, will suggest how journalists should question data from strategic communicators.

As part of the 10th anniversary of the Media Ethics Workshop, Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication will honor Poynter’s Bob Steele with a new Excellence in Media Ethics Award. Steele, who worked with thousands of journalists during nearly 20 years at Poynter, recently retired from DePauw University. He will address attendees via Skype.

The Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop is a training and development opportunity for media professionals, educators and students. The national program is available via internet live stream at http://mediaethics.jmc.kent.edu/. All viewers and participants are encouraged to comment, engage with speakers and raise questions by Tweeting at #ksuethics14.

*MacGyvering is a reference to a 1985-92 television series about an agent who made practical, new things out of relatively ordinary things. Read more


Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013


Longtime Poynter faculty member Paul Pohlman has died

After a brief illness, Poynter senior faculty member and adviser Paul Pohlman, 70, has died.

Pohlman started teaching at The Poynter Institute in 1979 and 10 years later joined the Institute full-time as head of what was then called the Management Center. In the 24 years since, he led leadership programs and coordinated international training. He also consulted and advised as associate dean, interim dean, a valued colleague and in many other capacities.

Friends celebrated Paul’s 70th birthday last June by wearing masks like the one he’s holding in this photo.

Pohlman was part of the Poynter team that helped establish The Institute for the Advancement of Journalism in Johannesburg, South Africa. For many years he taught in South Africa as part of the program.

“We think we’ve made a difference [there] — gradual, but certainly progress,” he told the Cornell Report in 1997.

In 1991, Poynter Library Director David Shedden interviewed Pohlman about his life and career:

Before coming to Poynter, Pohlman was director of management development programs and newspaper management education at the University of Chicago, where he also earned a master’s degree in history. His undergraduate degree comes from Cornell College in Iowa.

He is survived by his brother, sister-in-law, four nieces and his extended Poynter family.

Related: Journalists remember Paul Pohlman, ‘a quiet leader who helped countless journalists’ Read more


Monday, Aug. 27, 2012


Services set to honor former Poynter President, Inquirer editor Jim Naughton

Two separate services in October will honor former Philadelphia Inquirer editor and Poynter President James Naughton, who died earlier this month of complications from cancer. The first service will be held at the Mummers Museum in Philadelphia on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. The second service will be held at The Poynter Institute on Sunday, Oct. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. Both services are open to the public. Naughton died Aug. 11, two days before what would have been his 74th birthday. Read more


Monday, Sep. 05, 2011

Registration for Leadership Academy

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Monday, June 06, 2011

Why we published Twitter handle of alleged rape victim

As Mallary Tenore and Kelly McBride started reporting a story about the alleged rape of a young Tampa woman, we knew that we would ourselves confront the dilemma about which we were writing: whether to name the person who revealed her attack on Twitter.

The three of us discussed the options for naming her. We talked specifically about the reasons journalists generally do not name people who come forward in situations like this, at the risk of being victimized a second time by the law, the media and the public discourse about sex crimes.

At the time we talked, I struggled with whether the underlying principle held in this case: We protect potential sexual assault victims because they do not want their situations made public. But this young woman made hers public on a Twitter account that displays her first name with a handle that includes her last name.

Though she may have intended the tweets for the circle of her then-600+ followers, once it was published it could (and was) followed by many others for whom it was not directly intended, including the media. In other words, it was public.

So, what protection can and should journalists afford someone who has chosen to reveal information? And what if you’re told by counselors — as we were — that people who reveal this information often later regret having done so?

After communicating with her several times in the 10 days since the alleged attack, we asked the woman if she would grant us permission to use her name. She suggested we use her Twitter handle, which we did. I considered spelling out her Twitter handle, but it seems that additional step — combined with a link to her Twitter feed — all but guaranteed her name would be made public.

And once you know her name, a Google search immediately presents you with social networking profiles that reveal where she works, her parents’ names, and a geo-location service that includes some places she has frequented. It scared me to think a potential criminal would have access to this information. And so, we stuck with her Twitter handle.

I am certain this is not the wrong decision, but I am uncertain whether it is the right one.

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Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010

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