JTC 411 - Media Ethics and Issues

  • 3 credits

In one semester or session, students learn ethical decision-making tools they can use in their chosen professions. We will study philosophers’ theories and how they can be applied in everyday workplace dilemmas. The textbook is written in magazine style and engages students with real-life cases from young professionals. We cover dilemmas in strategic communication, news media and entertainment media. Professor Peck’s media blog aggregates current issues important to those concerned with ethical decision-making. Students often say they use what they learn in this class to solve personal ethical dilemmas.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Media Ethics at Work: True Stories from Young Professionals, 3rd Ed.
    Peck, Lee Anne / Reel, Guy S. / Schulte, William / Frederick II, Nathaniel
    ISBN: 978-1644967003

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Lee Anne Peck, Ph.D.
Lee Anne Peck, Ph.D.


Dr. Peck has 25 years’ experience working on print and online products and owns Little White Dog Communications, an editing and writing consulting business. After completing her Ph.D. coursework, she taught at Franklin University Switzerland as an assistant professor of international communication. She has also taught in Dubrovnik, Croatia, as a Fulbright Scholar. She recently retired as a full, tenured professor from the University of Northern Colorado and since the fall of 2017 has been teaching media ethics at CSU on special appointment.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in English from CSU, a master’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of South Florida, a master’s degree in philosophy from Ohio University and a unique Ph.D. in journalism ethics (mass communication and philosophy) from Ohio University. A current project includes writing a book on the history of the Colorado Press Women organization, celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2021.

Dr. Peck lives outside of Trinidad, Colorado, in the Sangre de Cristo foothills near the New Mexico border with her photographer husband, Joe Coca, and their two dogs, Kaiser and Anna. Her son, Davis, and his family live in the L.A. area, where he produces a variety of music and film documentaries. He is always willing to help students!

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