The Media Ethics Initiative exists to promote and publicize research on the ethical choices involved in media use. Ethics is about choice, values, and reasons; media ethics focuses on the choices, consequences, and values involved in our communicative activities. How do we affect self and other in our use of media such as the Internet? What sort of consequences ought we to avoid in our production and consumption of social media? How can we balance competing values such as privacy and the public interest in our journalism practices? These and many other issues fall under the term “media ethics,” and the Media Ethics Initiative aims to make us more aware of how we use media, as well as how media uses us. The Media Ethics Initiative is strictly non-partisan and encourages a diversity of viewpoints in our discussions of media ethics.


Dr. Scott R. Stroud is the founding director of the Media Ethics Initiative. Dr. Stroud has training as a philosopher and as a communication scholar, and he researches a range of topics at the intersection of media and ethics. He is an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of the books John Dewey and the Artful Life (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2011) and Kant and the Promise of Rhetoric (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014), as well as the co-author of A Practical Guide to Ethics: Living and Leading with Integrity (Westview, 2007). He has written extensively on many topics in communication and media ethics, rhetoric, and philosophy. His CV and his scholarly articles can be found at his academia.edu page. You can contact Dr. Stroud and the Media Ethics Initiative here.