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Journalistic Ethics


Ted Gup - Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism, Case Western Reserve University


Chris Sheridan - Special Assistant to the President of Case Western Reserve University and Director of Presidential Communications
Friday November 16, 2007
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Crawford Hall - Room 9
Inamori Center
Case Western Reserve University

With an amorphous "war on terror" but some actual terrorists; strident and partisan outlets but people getting their news from Comedy Central; economics-driven cutbacks in traditional companies while bloggers and YouTube circulate stories at the speed of the internet, the journalism profession faces both old and new challenges. So there is lots to discuss with two award-winning journalists from our CWRU community: Ted Gup, the Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism in our Department of English, and Chris Sheridan, special assistant and director of presidential communications for President Barbara Snyder.

Co-sponsored by the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence

The Friday Lunch is a brown-bag event open to all. Cookies and some beverages are provided

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About Our Guests

Ted Gup teachs journalism, nonfiction writing, literary journalism, a course in secrecy, and a class called “Press and Society,” which explores the changing role of the press in American culture and society. He is the author of two books, Nation of Secrets: The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life (2007) and The Book of Honor: Covert Lives And Classified Deaths At The CIA (2000), both from Doubleday. Ted Gup was a former staff writer for The Washington Post and Time magazine, but he has also written for a wide range of other publications, including Smithsonian, National Geographic, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Slate, GQ, Mother Jones, The Boston Globe, Columbia Journalism Review and Newsweek. Ted Gup has been a Pulitzer finalist and recipient of the George Polk Award, the Worth Bingham Prize, the Gerald Loeb Award, and Book-of-the-Year Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors (for The Book of Honor.) He has also had several grants and fellowships that have helped support his teaching, his reporting, and his writing -- a Thomas Watson Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship to China, a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, a fellowship with the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Ted Gup, his wife, Peggy, his sons, David and Matthew, live in Pepper Pike, Ohio. In the summer, he lives in a log cabin in the woods not far from Bucksport, Maine where he writes, reads, and spends time with his family and chocolate lab, Cookie. Ted Gup's principal vices are billiards and guitar.

Chris Sheridan, associate editor and award-winning editorial writer and columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, was named a special assistant to the president and director of presidential communications at Case Western Reserve University by President Barbara Snyder on September 4, 2007.

No stranger to the campus, Sheridan has coached and taught undergraduates at the university since 2002. Among the first presidential scholars chosen to develop and lead first and second-year courses under the university's Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship (SAGES) program, since 2004, Sheridan has taught "Sports and American Society in the 20th Century". Since 2002, Sheridan has also been the head coach for the University's women's crew team.

Sheridan joined the Plain Dealer's op-ed pages in 1995 from the Hartford Courant in Connecticut. She earned her bachelor's degree in history at Yale University, where her studies focused on civil rights and school desegregation. She has worked for newspapers for more than 20 years, winning a wide range of awards for investigative and explanatory journalism as well as for editorial writing.

Friday Lunch and Other Public Affairs Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

November 23: Thanksgiving Break

November 30: Nico Lacetara, Assistant Professor of Economics, will talk about, "What Motivates Blood Donors?"

December 7: TBA

The Friday Lunch will resume for the Spring semester on January 18, with Robert Strassfeld, Professor of Law, leading a discussion on 'How to End a War.

The Friday Lunch discussions are held on the lower (ground) level of
Crawford Hall.  Visitors with mobility issues may find it easiest to take advantage of special arrangements we have made.  On most Fridays, a few parking spaces in the V.I.P. lot in between Crawford Hall and Amasa Stone Chapel are held for participants in the lunch discussion. 

Visitors then can avoid walking up the hill to the first floor of Crawford by entering the building on the ground level, through the garage area under the building.  The further door on the left in that garage will be left unlocked during the period before the Friday lunch.  On occasion, parking will be unavailable because of other university events.

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Upcoming Events

Louis Stokes Leadership Symposium

Congresswoman -
Maxine Waters
35th Congressional District, California

Monday November 26, 2007
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Ford Auditorium - Allen Memorial Medical Library
Case Western Reserve University

Representative Maxine Waters was elected in November 2006 to her ninth term in the House of Representatives with an overwhelming 80 percent of the votes in the 35th District of California, Congresswoman Maxine Waters represents a large part of South Central Los Angeles, the communities of Westchester and Playa Del Ray as well as the diverse cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood and Lawndale.

She continues to be a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and the Chairwoman of its Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity. She also serves on the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and the Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade, Technology.

She also continues to serve on the Committee on the Judiciary and its Subcommittees on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, and on Immigration, Border Security and Claims.

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