Sharmeen Somani is a senior Public Relations major at the University of Texas at Austin with a minor in French. She became interested in ethics in media after studying greenwashing and the ethical dilemmas that come with misleading the public when it comes to global climate change and sustainability solutions. As a Media Ethics Initiative Research Scholar, she is eager develop more insight into the advertising industry’s authenticity in their responses to preferences for environmentally conscious goods and services.
Media Ethics Initiative Research Scholars earn credits and research experience by working with the Media Ethics Initiative to promote reflection on media ethics among students and faculty at the University of Texas at Austin. They gain valuable skills by assisting the organizing and promotion of Media Ethics Initiative events, as well as by researching and writing case studies in media ethics. Interested UT Austin students can sign up for a 1, 2, or 3 credit internship for the fall or spring semester. For more information on the Media Ethics Initiative Research Scholar program, visit here. The Media Ethics Initiative is based in the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin.