Media Ethics Initiative Research Scholars (2019-2020)
Draven Schoberg is a sophomore Communication Sciences and Disorders Major at the University of Texas at Austin. Draven became interested in ethics after taking a class that explored the relationship between art, criticism, and society. Since then she has been fascinated by the ethics behind art. As a Media Ethics Initiative Research Scholar, she looks forward to exploring the ethics behind controversial events and trends in the art world.
Aiden Kanuck is a junior studying Psychology with a minor in Business, with intentions to attend Law School after his undergraduate studies. He is from Austin, Texas, and originally became interested in the Media Ethics Initiative after taking classes on Art Criticism and Society as well as Business Law and Ethics. As a Research Scholar, he is eager to delve into the various topics regarding the ethical implications of different political media reporting as well as that of film and other forms of modern 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.
Dakota Park-Ozee is a Graduate Research Associate for the Media Ethics Initiative. She is a doctoral student in Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in political communication. Her research focuses on press-state relations, political intermediaries, and socio-political crisis and controversy. She holds a B.A. from the University of Alabama and an M.S. from the University of Utah. She is excited to focus on cases on media ethics in South Asia in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin’s South Asia Institute.
Sophia Park is 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 a Media Ethics Initiative Research Scholar, she hopes to explore contemporary ethical dilemmas found in media.
Page Trotter is a senior Health and Society major with a Communication Studies minor. 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 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.
Chloe Young is a journalism major at the University of Texas at Austin. She studied digital reporting and audience engagement under journalists at D Magazine and the Dallas Morning News. As an Undergraduate Research Assistant for the Media Ethics Initiative, she hopes to encourage broader understanding and engagement surrounding the pressing ethical dilemmas that shape American media. She also seeks to create and promote tangible tools that best aid students and educators, media institutions, and citizens in incorporating democratic, ethical media practices into their everyday lives amidst a divided, and often hostile, digital landscape.
Allyson Waller is a senior journalism major at the University of Texas at Austin and served as an Undergraduate Research Assistant in Fall 2019 for the Media Ethics Initiative. As an aspiring journalist interested in covering politics and social issues, Allyson is excited to produce case studies exploring media practices in today’s democracy as it pertains to politics, partisanship, and community segmentation. She has interned at The Texas Tribune and the Miami Herald.
Kat Williams is a Graduate Research Associate for the Media Ethics Initiative. She is pursuing a Master’s degree in Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in rhetoric and language. Her research interests include ethics, political communication, and social movements. She holds a B.S. in Communication Studies and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin.