Caesar Andrews: Media Ethics and Writing | Undergraduate Research

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Title

Media ethics and writing

Mentor

Caesar Andrews

department

Journalism

Organic sketch

Caesar Andrews teaches courses in media ethics, reporting, writing and editing, including investigative projects. Before joining the Reynolds School, he was editor of the Detroit Free Press and managed other newsrooms across the country, including Gannett News Service and newspapers in Florida, Pennsylvania and New York. He has been a visiting professor at Washington and Lee University, Arizona State University, and Grambling State University, his alma mater. He serves on site visit teams for the organization that accredits college journalism programs – the Accreditation Council on Journalism and Mass Communications Education. As the holder of the Leonard Excellence Chair in Media Ethics and Writing, he coordinates academic and community forums featuring national and state media personalities.

Project overview

The opportunities for research activities associated with the Leonard Chair in Media Ethics and Writing can be tailored to meet the varied interests of students. Anyone intrigued by morality, decision-making, and the impact of individual and collective choices is a good prospect for this field of study.

One possibility is to assess the university’s culture and outcomes for student conduct, including orientation and training, written codes, and disciplinary practices. Another broader possibility involves the role of digital technology in cheating on campuses across the country, managing trends in the volume and nature of incidents, and evaluating institutional efforts to prevent policy violations. Further research may involve helping to create a new model for college teaching in media ethics. Gathering information for comparative analysis of ethics teaching in other academic disciplines is an element of teaching research. Another element is to collect data on how media ethics courses are structured in other universities. More specific goals will be formed after consultation with the student on the most interesting areas.

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