Media Ethics Initiative Research Scholars (Fall 2018)
Oluwasemilore Adeoluwa, also known as Semi, is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Corporate Communication along with a minor in Sociology. She plans to use this experience as a Media Ethics Initiative Research Scholar to help develop both her critical writing skills and her ability to evaluate the differing points of view of all the participants in a situation. Furthermore, she hopes this internship imparts more knowledge on the constantly developing dilemmas concerning communication ethics, indispensable knowledge that would aid her in her future career in communications.
Colin Frick is a junior at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing a major in Computer Science with a minor in Business Administration. Colin has always been intrigued by interesting ethical dilemmas, especially those concerning new technologies like social media. He became interested in researching and writing on media ethics topics after taking Dr. Scott Stroud’s Digital Ethics course. As a Media Ethics Initiative Research Scholar, he is excited to have the opportunity to think critically about difficult issues that our society is facing and will be facing in the future.
Kaitlyn Pena is a senior Public Relations major at the University of Texas at Austin. She became interested in digital ethics after taking Dr. Scott Stroud’s Digital Ethics course. She looks forward to writing case studies on emerging online ethical issues and reading about new issues in media. She is particularly interested in the ethical issues surrounding children’s online usage.
Alex Purcell is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Rhetoric & Writing. After she began working at the Center for Media Engagement, she became interested in the role of ethics in online journalism and politics. She is also fascinated by the ethics of video game culture and digital entertainment because she claims to be a pop culture connoisseur. She hopes that the MEI Research Scholar internship will add to her understanding of media ethics in our everyday lives. Alex also assists the Media Ethics Initiative with event planning and administrative tasks.
Michael Sanchez, a third-year Plan II major, pursues the study of Design Strategies with UT’s new School of Design and Creative Technologies. He brings the design principles he learns to his other work, from analyzing the Cybersyn command room of 1970s Chile to developing communications strategy for Apricity Magazine. Michael attended a lecture his freshman year that let him see the importance of citizen journalism. Since then, he’s realized the ethical questions journalists consider also should be considered by everyone using social media. He looks forward to researching the ethics of social media and other topics for the Media Ethics Initiative this semester.
Holland Smith is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Political Communication and minoring in Government. Holland’s interests in politics and broadcast journalism are closely related to the issues of media ethics, and she looks forward to exploring the intersection between the two over the course of the semester. As a Media Ethics Initiative Research Scholar, she is excited to analyze challenging and relevant topics and applying her findings to her own media use.
Rachel Weisenthal is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Human Relations with a focus on the entertainment industry. With the ultimate goal of working in the music business, Rachel took any and every class available to her regarding the role of mass media and brand development on interpersonal communication and American culture. She spent the fall of 2017 participating in the UT in Los Angeles program, working full time for credit and taking industry-specific classes at night. Having always been fascinated by the role ethics plays in media, both digital and traditional, Rachel is excited to explore these issues through her work with the Media Ethics Initiative.
Justin Pehoski is a 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, home of the multi-award-winning student newspaper The Orion. 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.