Monday, February 20, 2012

Information about drug arrests at other Texas colleges

Here is a link to a Dallas Morning News story, with stats at the end about other universities in Texas. These numbers indicate that they (and relevant police departments) have a different approach than that used last week:

The weed-out approach, which means there is daily and weekly attention paid to this issue, is a much better pathway, and perhaps delivers the same message to students: that the university handles drug cases with daily vigilance and that violators of the student code of conduct will be removed from campus.

If we think about the case with the values labels from class last week, we might focus on the values of "justice" for all the time, every day, and "humaneness," handling things in a more prosaic way instead of the "big bust" drama of the Fort Worth police department. I say this, because those gotcha photos appeared not only on the arrest warrants, but also in the student paper and again on the front page of the Sunday's edition of the Dallas Morning News.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Ethics and social media for the newsroom

So, let's put our labels to work. The link below is to a story about CNN firing one of its on-air commentators for tweeting something seen as anti-gay during the Super Bowl. What values are considered from CNN's standpoint, and how do you make them into principles? Then, how do you write social media policy to allow your journalists to tweet?  So, we're moving from value, to principle (and to code of ethics), to media company guidelines.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room