Next FVCC President’s Lecture Series to Focus on Internet Ethics

Deni Elliott, Eleanor Poynter Jamison Chair in Media Ethics and Press Policy at the University of South Florida, Saint Petersburg, will continue Flathead Valley Community College’s inaugural President’s Lecture Series November 1 with her presentation, “Internet Ethics for Everybody,” for the community.  Free and open to the public, the event will take place at 7 p.m. in the large community meeting room inside the Arts and Technology Building on the college’s Kalispell campus.

During her presentation, Elliott will address how the transition of news has evolved over the years.  She will showcase how the change from a one-way transmission model, involving a handful of well-established and wealthy news organizations providing information to a broad mass audience, to an interactive model allowing anyone with access to the Internet the ability to serve as a provider of information and opinion sheds the light on the lack of convention and regulation in how one gives and utilizes received messages.  In her presentation, Elliott will explain how 20th century professional codes of journalism ethics fail to meet the realities of Internet-based mass communication, prompting the need for “Internet Ethics for Everybody” and guidelines for ethical online communication.

Elliott serves as professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies and as director of graduate studies for the department at the University of South Florida, Saint Petersburg.  She serves as campus Ombuds, International Review Board member of the university’s system-wide Social and Behavioral Sciences Committee.  She is a former Mansfield Professor of Ethics and Public Affairs and founding director of the Practical Ethics Center at The University of Montana and was the founding director of the Ethics Institute at Dartmouth College.  Elliott is the author of more than 190 books, articles and book chapters on the disciplines of practical ethics for the scholarly, trade and lay press.  Elliott earned an interdisciplinary Doctorate in Philosophy of Education from Harvard University, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Maryland.

Seating will be limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, call 756-3668.

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