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10th National Ethics Workshop at Kent State Focuses on Data Mining

Posted Sep. 1, 2014

Industry experts to discuss data implications for the First Amendment, privacy, information security, the media and more

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The 10th annual Poynter Kent State Media Ethics
Workshop with the theme “Data Minefields?” will take place
Sept. 18
at the  FirstEnergy Auditorium in Franklin Hall.

Big data. Big search. Big opportunities. Big complications. And big implications for the First Amendment, privacy, information security and the media. The 10th annual Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop will focus on the big question of “Data Minefields?” and will take place in Kent State University’s Franklin Hall on Thursday, Sept. 18.

Robert Hernandez, a self-proclaimed “hackademic,” and assistant professor of professional practice (Data) at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, will give the keynote address. Hernandez uses journalism and technology to empower people, inform reporting and storytelling, engage community, improve distribution and, whenever possible, enhance revenue.
Joe Vealencis, the director of strategic communications for the National Counterterrorism Center, will discuss "Countering the Terrorist Threat in an Age of Transparency." Vealencis manages the agency’s external relationship with foreign partners, congressional oversight committees and national print and television media.
“Data is such an important issue now with concerns about privacy, security, marketing, and, of course, using data to enrich stories,” says Jan Leach, workshop organizer and associate professor in Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. “We're going to look at all those issues, and we have some high-profile speakers lined up to weigh in on the topics.”
Celebrating the conference’s 10th year at Kent State, “Data Minefields?” will focus on topics such as information privacy, transparency in data collection, sports data, data journalism and the future of news.
Workshop speakers, in addition to Kelly McBride and Ellyn Angelotti Kamke of the Poynter Institute, include:

  • Jeremy Gilbert - As director of strategic initiatives at the Washington Post, Gilbert works to identify, create and execute new digital products and storytelling experiences. 
  • Jennifer LaFleur - Currently the senior editor for data journalism at the Center for Investigative Reporting, LaFleur has won several awards for her coverage of disability, legal and open government issues.
  • Daniel Lathrop - As projects data editor of the Dallas Morning News, Lathrop “tells stories with computer code.” In 2008, Lathrop received a White House Correspondents Association Edgar A. Poe Award for revealing the failure of the post-9/11 FBI to pursue white-collar criminals.
  • Gina Miller - The vice president and director of customer experience at CBD Marketing, Miller is no stranger to in-depth online research methods. Described as “insatiably curious,” Miller is known to constantly ask, “Why?”
  • Chris Quinn - As vice president of content at the Northeast Ohio Media Group, Quinn acts as leader of online news strategy for the digitally focused news operation in The Plain Dealer market area.
  • Jill Riepenhoff - As projects reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, Riepenhoff advocates for open government, transparency in college athletics and consumer-financial protection.
  • Jennifer Smith Richards - Also from The Columbus Dispatch, Smith Richards has more than 10 years of experience as an education reporter.
  • Bruce Winges – Since joining the Akron Beacon Journal in 1982, Winges has held a variety of editing and management positions. He was named editor and vice president in 2007.
  • Additional speakers and guests will be announced soon.

“Attending this workshop is a great opportunity for professionals, students and educators because the topics are timely and results of the discussions can be applied immediately at work or in classes,” Leach says. “The workshop brings together high-profile speakers for debate on hot topics, and students add to that debate with their perspectives and expectations.”

The program will draw a national audience through live streaming and mobile devices. In-person attendees and Web viewers can contribute to discussions and ask questions via Twitter, using #ksuethics14.

Detailed information:
What: 10th annual Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop, “Data Minefields?”
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18
Where: Kent State University, FirstEnergy Auditorium in Franklin Hall, 550 Hilltop Dr., Kent, Ohio
Cost: $25 for media and public relations professionals, $20 for educators and free for students
Event website for details and registration: Available soon
Questions: Contact Jan Leach at 330-672-4289 or; or Michele McBride Simonelli, Esq.,  at 330-398-1393 or  

The Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop is sponsored by the Poynter Institute, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Akron Beacon Journal, the Akron Area Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, the Media Law Center for Ethics and Access, the College of Communication and Information, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and TeleProductions.

For more information about Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, visit