Caesar Andrews: Media ethics and writing

Caesar Andrews

Title

Media Ethics and Writing

Mentor

Caesar Andrews

Department

Journalism

Bio sketch

Caesar Andrews teaches courses in media ethics, reporting, writing and editing, including investigative projects. Before joining the Reynolds School, he served as executive editor of the Detroit Free Press and led other newsrooms throughout the country, including Gannett News Service, and newspapers in Florida, Pennsylvania and New York. He completed visiting professorships 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 Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. As the Leonard Distinguished Chair in Media Ethics and Writing, he coordinates campus and community forums featuring national and state media figures.

Project overview

Opportunities for research activities associated with the Leonard Chair in Media Ethics and Writing can be tailored to accommodate wide-ranging interests of students. Anyone intrigued by morals, decision-making and the impact of individual and collective choices is a good prospect for this area of study.

One possibility involves assessing the university’s culture and outcomes on matters of 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, dealing with trends on the volume and nature of incidents, and evaluating institutional efforts to prevent policy violations. Additional research may involve assistance in building a new template for college instruction in media ethics. Gathering information for comparative analysis of ethics instruction in other academic disciplines is one element of researching instruction. Another element involves gathering data on how media ethics courses are structured at other universities. More precise objectives will be formed after consultation with student on areas of most interest.