This course promotes critical evaluation of media in the digital era, including an examination of how media professionals interact with individuals and institutions in the creation and presentation of their work. The course hopes to promote students’ moral growth and development. Participants should leave at the end of the semester with the skills necessary to work through an ethical dilemma in the work place—and in their personal lives.
Students will use systematic moral analysis of ethical issues within particular cases and gain a better understanding of important ethical constructs such as harm, blameworthiness, praiseworthiness, justice, privacy, confidentiality, and conflict of interest.
This course can be applied toward:
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Ethics for a Digital Era (2018)
Deni Elliott and Edward H. Spence
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!