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mei profile logoThe Media Ethics Initiative is developing an extensive set of case studies for use in media ethics courses, or in courses that seek to add an ethics element to their communication-related subject matter. The list of cases below will be updated frequently. For a discussion on how to employ these case studies in your class, please read Dr. Scott Stroud’s guide to using case studies.

Media Ethics Case Studies:

Ethics and the Tweeter in Chief: The Ethics of the Presidential Communication

[Topics: Twitter, digital ethics, social media, political communication]

This Bake Sale Got Burnt: Free Speech and the Ethics of Protest

[Topics: protest ethics, campus communication, free speech]

Bullying our First Amendment?

[Topics: digital ethics, social media, bullying, free speech]

13 Reasons Why and the Ethics of Fictional Depictions of Suicide

[Topics: art, film, media effects, health communication]

Taking Charging Bull by the Horns: The Ethics of Artistic Appropriation

[Topics: art and ethics, appropriation, aesthetics, public art, guerrilla art]

Sports Media Cases:

Covering Female Athletes Case Study

[Topics: digital ethics, blogging, journalism, gender, advertising]

Defending Freedom of Tweets Case Study

[Topics: Twitter, digital ethics, social media, free speech]

Endorsement Deals for Journalists Case Study

[Topics: journalism, advertising]

Sacking Social Media in College Sports Case Study

[Topics: Twitter, digital ethics, social media, free speech, campus issues]

Sports Blogs Case Study

[Topics: blogging, journalism, digital ethics]

Journalists and the Bowl Championship Series Case Study

[Topics: journalism, advertising]


Case studies produced by the Media Ethics Initiative remain the intellectual property of the Media Ethics Initiative and the University of Texas at Austin. They can be used in unmodified PDF form without permission for classroom use. For use in publications such as textbooks and other works, please contact the Media Ethics Initiative.


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