2006 Spring Forum: The Customer is Always Right? The Assault on Media Impartiality from the Empowered American Consumer

With Seth Mnookin

Seth Mnookin delivered the keynote address at the 2006 Silha Center Spring Ethics Forum to mark the Society of Professional Journalists Fourth Annual Ethics in Journalism Week. The theme for this year’s national Ethics Week is taken from the SPJ Code of Ethics: Seek Truth and Report It. SPJ chapters around the United States will host events observing Ethics Week April 24-29, 2006.

Mnookin's speech was followed by commentary by Kate Parry, Reader’s Representative at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law, Director of the Silha Center at the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and a member of the SPJ Minnesota Pro Chapter board, moderated. The presentation included audience Q&A, and was followed by a book-signing and reception. 

Mnookin is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a former senior writer for Newsweek, where he covered media, politics and popular culture. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, New York magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Spin, Slate, Salon, The New York Observer, and other publications. He began his journalism career as a rock critic for the now-defunct webzine Addicted to Noise, and has also worked as a crime reporter (at The Palm Beach Post), a city hall reporter (at the Forward), and as a political reporter (at Brill’s Content). He graduated from Harvard College in 1994 with a degree in the History of Science, and was a 2004 Joan Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

The Silha Spring Ethics Forum is co-sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists , and the Minnesota Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. 

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