Through The James D. Ewing Lecture on Ethics in Journalism, the DeWitt Wallace Center invites widely respected media leaders to Duke University to discuss issues associated with ethics and values in media.

The Ewing lectures are endowed by James D. Ewing, who was publisher emeritus of The Keene Sentinel in New Hampshire and vice chairman and co-founder of the Center for Foreign Journalists in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Ewing endowed this annual lecture to provide a forum for defining and exploring those principles that should guide journalists and news executives, and those who interact with them, in their daily work.

In considering whom to invite for the Ewing Lecture on Ethics in Journalism each year, the DeWitt Wallace Center looks to individuals who are widely respected not only for the high-caliber of their work in communications, but for the lasting values that it imparts for future generations.

2021 Ewing Lectures

March 17, 2021When reporting goes wrong: Battling media bias about historically Black spaces

When North Carolina A&T student journalists got fed up with local news outlets linking their campus to unrelated crime scenes, they documented the slights. Editor-in-chief Alexis Wray worked hard to show editors what they did. Some changed but this work is far from done. Despite decades of such efforts, Black journalists are still pushing newsrooms to see and evict racial bias from the news. Moderated by DeWitt Wallace faculty member, Cathy Clabby.

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