All posts by Bill Mitchell

Bill lived at Beacon Hill Friends House in Boston from June 2013 until August 2015. He works occasionally as an affiliate faculty with the Poynter Institute, struggles to become a better photographer and keeps an eye out for what's next. He lives now in Brookline, just up the Green Line from BHFH and across the hall from Leila and Mateo and the couple whose life they direct.

Visual journalism, sustainability issues, deception & affirmative ethics; Slides for class #7


Follow up on Minnesota harassment case

Tim McGuire, the former editor of the Star-Tribune in Minneapolis, has written a smart and compassionate analysis of the case we discussed in class last night. Tim also links to a subsequent blog post by the reporter, Amelia Rayno. Here’s her original story on Teague’s resignation, published before she revealed her own experience with him. That story includes a discussion on video with a colleague about Teague’s departure.

I was especially struck by this paragraph in Tim’s post:

I think this sad circumstance may be one of the most important diversity cases I have seen in years. I have taught ethics and diversity for almost 10 years and I have never seen a case where the duties to all stakeholders are so difficult to navigate. From my experience, gender is not addressed enough in ethical diversity discussions and this case should be carefully examined.

Operation Correct That Error: An example

With the deadline coming up next week (7 a.m. Friday Aug. 14) for the final version of your Correct That Error post, here’s an example of the sort of report I’m looking for. This is drawn from the case we reviewed in class last week and is summarized in slides 5-10 in the deck posted from our July 27 class.

As discussed in class, I recognize that not everyone will be successful in getting a correction made. The point of this exercise is to increase your critical reading habits and to help you explore the process of pointing out a mistake and seeking a correction. I also want you to experience the corrections process from the perspective of a reader/viewer/listener.

Although getting the fix made is an objective of the assignment, I’ll also assess the quality of your discussion of whatever your experience has been in finding an error, reporting it to the people responsible and seeking an appropriate correction. I intend the brief post below more as an example of how you might proceed than a blueprint for particulars.

All about the numbers (and their meaning)

Since I’d been wondering how Joe Biden might figure in the 2016 presidential race (more in terms of his support than his candidacy), I was drawn to a July 27 Boston Globe story whose headline promised no more than it delivered: “Biden’s plans for 2016 still a mystery.” Continue reading Operation Correct That Error: An example

Update on grades

To reiterate what we’ve discussed in class:

1. Class participation (as a critical dimension of what it takes to do ethics effectively with colleagues): 0-5 points for each of five classes. (If you attend all classes, I’ll use your five best. If you miss two, I’ll use all five you’re present for. If you miss more than two classes, we should talk.)

Total available points for class participation: 25 Continue reading Update on grades