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Media Ethics Citizen Scholars

The Media Ethics Citizen Scholars Program is a research internship open to students in all UT colleges, schools, and departments. Earn 1, 2, or 3 credits (most often through CMS 178K/278K/378K) by participating in the internship program. Citizen Scholars will assist the Media Ethics Initiative in promoting reflection on issues in communication, journalism, advertising, and media ethics at the University of Texas at Austin (


What activities do Media Ethics Citizen Scholars take part in?

  • Scholars attend at least three exciting events on campus discussing media ethics during the semester.
  • Scholars will work closely with the director of the Media Ethics Initiative, Dr. Scott Stroud, to research and write case studies on pressing topics in media ethics that will be used across campus and the nation. All case studies produced by Citizen Scholars will carry the name of the intern who researched and wrote them.

What do Media Ethics Citizen Scholars get from this program?

  • Scholars earn the title of “Media Ethics Citizen Scholars” and will be recognized as such on the Media Ethics Initiative website.
  • Scholars will learn more about the ethical dilemmas and media ethics in an media industry or area of interest.
  • Scholars will produce high-quality case studies bearing their name.
  • Scholars will gain experience in helping plan and publicize exciting Media Ethics Initiative events.

Applications for the Media Ethics Citizen Scholars Program can be submitted now. Start your internship application now by contacting Dr. Scott Stroud, Director of the Media Ethics Initiative!

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