The Edmond Sun


September 23, 2013

UCO Media Ethics Conference features Al Jazeera America correspondent

EDMOND — Keynote lunch speaker and panelist Josh Rushing, a correspondent with the news network Al Jazeera America, and special guest speaker Doug Mitchell from NPR’s Next Generation Radio initiative highlight the third annual Media Ethics Conference at the University of Central Oklahoma Sept. 25-26.         

The conference will cover all fields of media and discuss the ethics involved with being a media professional in the modern media environment. Participants can attend workshops on various issues featuring a wide range of professors and media professionals from across the state.      

Rushing is a 14-year American Marine Corps veteran who resigned from a top job at the Pentagon to work for the Al Jazeera TV network. His reporting has taken him to Iraq and Afghanistan 10 times, often embedded with soldiers and Marines at the invitation of their commanders. With the recent launch of Al Jazeera America, Rushing’s work is very timely. He will talk about how he performs his job ethically, while seeking out truth and telling stories of people who often are voiceless.

Mitchell is co-director of a start-up camp funded by The Ford Foundation to develop media professionals of color into tomorrow’s business founders and CEOs. He’s a member of two boards, an adjunct instructor at Georgetown University and recently was appointed to the Peer Review Committee for the Fulbright Commission’s Senior Specialist Program.             

These speakers will join panelists from across the state including KFOR-TV’s Kent Ogle, KOCO-TV’s Wendell Edwards, The Oklahoman’s Sports Editor Mike Sherman, Bishop Warner, the former vice president of Liberia, and many more. Companies represented also include VI Marketing and Branding, Bumbershoot PR, Griffin Communications and more.

Sponsored by Central’s Department of Mass Communication, the conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday and 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Nigh University Center. Registration is open to the public for $25, and the conference is free for Central students, faculty and staff. Lunch is included. Both paid and free attendees must register at           

“Everyone who attends this conference will take away a profound understanding of the importance of ethics in today’s multimedia world,” said Yvette Walker, Central’s Edith Kinney Gaylord Endowed Chair for Journalism Ethics and The Oklahoman’s director of custom publications/night news director.           

REGISTER for the conference at For more information, contact Walker at 974-5924 or

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