Speaker's Series Jan. 17

Stephen Ward
Friday, January 17, 2020 - 15:00


January 17, 2020

Stephen J. A. Ward

Distinguished Lecturer in Ethics
University of British Columbia

 Stephen J. A. Ward is an internationally recognized media ethicist whose writings and projects have influenced the development of the field in theory and practice. He is an educator, consultant, keynote speaker and award-winning author, having written nine books on journalism and media ethics. Ward has extensive experience in media both academically and professionally.

Unreasonable Publics and Engaged Media

Every day, a stream of tribalism, racism, extreme populism, and fake news pollutes the online public sphere making it toxic and intolerant. Is it possible to reduce the impact of these unreasonable publics and protect dialogic democracy? The talk defines “unreasonable publics” and discusses possible responses within and without journalism. Media ethics needs to reconceive journalists as engaged informers. Citizens should create society-wide initiatives such as enhanced media literacy education and coalitions against hate speech and disinformation.

3:00 – 5:00 pm

McPherson Lounge, Alumni Hall

All are welcome