Media Ethics Initiative Research Scholars (Spring 2019)
Irie Crenshaw is a Political Communication senior from Austin, Texas. Her interests include, but are not limited, to citizen journalism, fake news, social media, and political campaigns and advertisements. She became interested in ethics after taking Dr. Stroud’s Communication Ethics course and was fascinated with different theories of solving ethical dilemmas involving the media. She is looking forward to being a Research Scholar to utilize her critical thinking skills to analyze different ethical dilemmas in the media.
William Cuellar is a double major studying Corporate Communication and Accounting at the University of Texas at Austin and is from McAllen, Texas. His interest in ethics was sparked after learning about how various moral theories could lead to different conclusions across issues in communication media. William wants to explore ethical issues that pertain to film, the gaming industry, and the internet. As a Media Ethics Initiative Research Scholar, he hopes to get people to think more critically about current issues in the world.
Grace Holland is a senior Advertising and Business Foundations student at the University of Texas at Austin. After taking a course in Business Law and Ethics, she became interested in media law and ethics. As a Media Ethics Initiative Research Scholar, she hopes to explore contemporary ethical issues in advertising and how these issues relate to current cultural trends. Grace’s other interests include political ideology and campaign strategy, photography, and world history.
Rachel Moore is a third year Radio-Television-Film and Advertising double major. Rachel studied abroad the summer after her sophomore year and took classes that highlighted the importance of looking at global issues through an ethical perspective. Since then she has been interested in the ethics of advertising, especially as it pertains to technology, interactive media, and influencers. As a Media Ethics Initiative Research Scholar, she is excited to deepen her understanding of ethics in the everyday world of advertising.
Sophia Park is a third year student at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Political Communication with a minor in Philosophy of Law. After taking a course in communication ethics course, she became interested in exploring more topics at the intersection of communication studies and philosophy, especially in the area of media ethics. As an Media Ethics Initiative Research Scholar, she hopes to explore contemporary ethical dilemmas found in media.
Justin Pehoski is a Graduate Research Associate assisting with editing and administrative responsibilities. He is pursuing a graduate degree in Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include media ethics, pragmatism and rhetoric, public discourse, and philosophy of communication. He holds B.A. degrees in Psychology and Journalism from California State University, Chico. For two years he served as assistant managing editor of the Paradise Post which twice won the California Newspaper Publishers Association first-place award for general excellence.
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.
Page Trotter is a junior Health and Society major with minors in Communication Studies and Business Foundations. She is interested in health communication, specifically the ethics involved in reporting on disease outbreaks and public health measures. While taking a recent course in communication ethics, she discovered that case studies are an effective tool to increase awareness about ethical issues in this field. Page is very excited to be a part of the Media Ethics Initiative. Ultimately, she hopes to shed light on the need for accuracy and morality in a realm of communication that truly impacts the safety of the global population.
Michaela Urban is a sophomore Plan I Sustainability Studies and Iberian/Latin American Languages and Cultures double major at the University of Texas at Austin. After taking Dr. Stroud’s Communication Ethics class, she became interested in exploring and applying moral theories, such as those proposed by Kant, to expose the ethical issues of diverse situations. She hopes that the MEI internship will strengthen her critical writing skills and she is particularly interested in connecting issues in communications with current issues facing the environment.