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Who’s Helping Who in the Game of Lobbying?

Who’s Helping Who in the Game of Lobbying?

October 27, 2020

What are the ethical risks and rewards of political lobbying? Read More
TikTok, Time to Snitch

TikTok, Time to Snitch

October 21, 2020

Is it ethical to use TikTok to shame fellow college students who violate COVID-19 guidelines? Read More
Quelling Interference or Dissent?

Quelling Interference or Dissent?

October 20, 2020

Did Tumblr's purge of Russian misinformation accounts go too far? Read More
Putting the President in Check

Putting the President in Check

October 13, 2020

Is Twitter's decision to add a factcheck to Trump's voter fraud tweet a good thing? Read More
Celebrity Death in the Media

Celebrity Death in the Media

October 5, 2020

What challenges arise when the media covers dead celebrities who were both loved and hated? Read More
Setting the Terms of the Debate

Setting the Terms of the Debate

October 1, 2020

What ethical trade-offs accompany different ways of framing advocacy campaigns in political communication? Read More
The Ethics of Word Choice

The Ethics of Word Choice

September 28, 2020

Is ambiguity and creative wordplay ethical in political communication? Read More
Freedom Of Skepticism and the Social Responsibility of the Powerful

Freedom Of Skepticism and the Social Responsibilit...

September 17, 2020

How much skepticism of experts is ethical for powerful leaders during a pandemic? Read More
Being Compassionate with Yourself May Help Bridge Political Divides

Being Compassionate with Yourself May Help Bridge ...

September 17, 2020

Being able to form relationships with people you disagree with or viewing them with compassion is not easy. In this study, the Center for Media Engagement wanted to find out…
Gaming Platforms and Shocking Speech

Gaming Platforms and Shocking Speech

September 14, 2020

When the gaming platform Twitch wants to police the speech of its users, what could go wrong? Read More
Angry for Change

Angry for Change

September 8, 2020

Is anger - and angry political rhetoric - good for democracy? Read More
Political Speech or Legalized Bribery?

Political Speech or Legalized Bribery?

September 1, 2020

Lobbying may be legal in politics, but is it ethical? Read More
Finding Common Ground: Habits that May Help

Finding Common Ground: Habits that May Help

August 30, 2020

As politics continue to push Americans further apart, it can be difficult to find common ground. The Center for Media Engagement wanted to see what habits are common in people…
Blurring the Line Between Reporting the Truth and Minimizing Harm

Blurring the Line Between Reporting the Truth and ...

August 25, 2020

Should journalists show the faces of protesters in news coverage? Read More
Campaign Promises and Vague Rhetoric

Campaign Promises and Vague Rhetoric

August 12, 2020

What are the ethical uses and abuses when it comes to using ambiguity in political communication? Read More
The Paradox of Pathos

The Paradox of Pathos

August 1, 2020

What are the ethical promises and perils of using emotional messages in politics? Read More
How to Talk to People Who Disagree with You Politically

How to Talk to People Who Disagree with You Politi...

July 30, 2020

How can you communicate with people you disagree with politically? This report reveals five strategies you can use. Read More
Objectivity in Journalism

Objectivity in Journalism

July 28, 2020

What are the challenges of objectivity in journalism? Read More
Ghosting the People?

Ghosting the People?

July 13, 2020

Is using a ghostwriter in presidential communication ethical? Read More
Whose Image is It to Use?

Whose Image is It to Use?

July 9, 2020

What ethical choices lie behind the use of images for advocacy campaigns? Read More
Doxing in the Name of Public Health

Doxing in the Name of Public Health

July 6, 2020

Is it ethical to name and shame those that violate travel precautions in the COVID-19 pandemic? Read More
Fighting (Online) Fire with Fire?

Fighting (Online) Fire with Fire?

June 22, 2020

What are the ethics of using counterspeech to fight online harassment? Read More
Pandemic Prime Time for the Cuomo Brothers

Pandemic Prime Time for the Cuomo Brothers

May 26, 2020

What ethical concerns arise with the brotherly interactions between Governor Cuomo and journalist Cuomo? Read More
Politics in the Age of Digital Information Overload

Politics in the Age of Digital Information Overloa...

May 21, 2020

What are the ethics of Facebook allowing potentially misleading political ads? Read More
Campaigning for Your Enemies

Campaigning for Your Enemies

May 7, 2020

Is it ethical to campaign for opponents you know you can beat? Read More
Producing Fear for the Greater Good?

Producing Fear for the Greater Good?

May 4, 2020

How much complexity can we overlook in persuading young adults to fight COVID-19? Read More
Can Artificial Intelligence Reprogram the Newsroom?

Can Artificial Intelligence Reprogram the Newsroom...

April 27, 2020

As artificial intelligence plays an increasing role in newsrooms, what ethical issues arise? Read More
Images of Death in the Media

Images of Death in the Media

April 2, 2020

What ethical challenges arise when the media uses images of the dead? Read More
Misinformation, Social Media, and the Price of Political Persuasion

Misinformation, Social Media, and the Price of Pol...

March 25, 2020

Is banning paid political advertising on social media good for democracy? Read More
Beer Cans and Cancel Culture

Beer Cans and Cancel Culture

February 5, 2020

What are the ethical challenges when journalism and cancel culture merge? Read More
How Vigilant Should Cable News Be About Political Messages?

How Vigilant Should Cable News Be About Political ...

February 3, 2020

What are the ethical implications of CNN refusing to air Trump's misleading advertisements? Read More
Greta Thunberg and Her Harsh Critics

Greta Thunberg and Her Harsh Critics

January 30, 2020

What are the ethics of criticizing young political activists like Greta Thunberg? Read More
The Ethics of Anonymous Criticism in Political Journalism

The Ethics of Anonymous Criticism in Political Jou...

January 22, 2020

What are the ethical implications of using anonymous political sources in journalism? Read More
Secret Facebook Groups and the Ethics of Democracy

Secret Facebook Groups and the Ethics of Democracy

November 18, 2019

People are turning to secret Facebook groups to express their political opinions. What are the ethical implications of this trend for democracy? Read More