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Virtue Forum Luncheon - November 3, 2017

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Oklahoma Memorial Union, Heritage Room

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Norman, OK 73019

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VIRTUE FORUM LUNCHEON

"Moral Psychology & Media Practice: Keys to Ethical Behavior in News, Public Relations & Media Marketing"

by Patrick Lee Plaisance, Ph.D.
Don Davis Professor of Ethics
Bellisario College of Communications
Pennsylvania State University

Complimentary lunch will be provided for all registered attendees. Please register by October 27th.


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Moral psychology theories and methods hold increasing promise for efforts to understand moral motivations of individuals within fields or professions, as well as organizational-level factors that can either promote or discourage virtuous behavior. Based on a five-year study of 'exemplars' in journalism and public relations, Plaisance suggests a 'model of the morally motivated self' among media practitioners, drawing on extensive qualitative and quantitative data. The model also comports with some central tenets of virtue ethics theory, and Plaisance argues that a framework combining virtue theory and moral psychology provides a promising avenue for the maturation of media ethics scholarship.


About Dr. Patrick Lee Plaisance

Patrick Lee Plaisanceis the Don W. Davis Professor of Ethics in the College. His research focuses on media ethics theory, moral psychology theory and methods, and the value systems, ethical orientations and other factors that influence the decisions of media professionals. He is author of a textbook, Media Ethics: Key Principles for Responsible Practice (SAGE, 2nd Ed., 2014), which is used nationwide, and a book featuring original research, Virtue in Media: The Moral Psychology of Excellence in News and Public Relations (Routledge, 2015). He is editor of the upcoming volume, The Handbook of Communication & Media Ethics, to be published by the Berlin-based publisher DeGruyter Mouton in 2018. He serves as Editor of the Journal of Media Ethics, which is the flagship journal for peer-reviewed research in the field from around the world. He also writes a regular blog on media ethics issues for Psychology Today. He has published more than two dozen journal articles and book chapters, and his work has appeared in research journals including Communication Research, Communication Theory, the Journal of Communication, and Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. Before coming to Penn State, he taught at Colorado State University for 15 years. He also had a career of nearly 15 years as a newspaper journalist in New Jersey, south Florida and Virginia, where he specialized in state-level political reporting. He received his PhD. From Syracuse University.


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