BPR presents community conversation about journalism ethics and standards Sept. 10

Elizabeth Jensen is the Ombudsman/Public Editor at NPR.

Press release from Blue Ridge Public Radio:

Asheville, NC – As the 2020 national election campaign ramps up, public interest in how the media covers it is intensifying. Blue Ridge Public Radio and National Public Radio will host a community conversation to tackle one of the most important components of journalism – trust – on September 10th at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts in Asheville, beginning at 7:00 pm.

Public Media: Building Trust in an Age of Mistrust will offer an evening of candid discussion and behind-the- scenes glimpses into the role of ethics and rigorous journalism standards in one of our country’s most respected newsrooms. Elizabeth Jensen, NPR’s Public Editor, and Mark Memmott, NPR’s Senior Editor for Standards and Practices, will join BPR’s News Director Matt Bush, and local reporters and editors from news outlets across WNC, including the Asheville Citizen-Times, Mountain Xpress, and Smoky Mountain News. They will share real- world scenarios that have challenged NPR’s newsroom to examine deeply what it means to be an ethical journalist, the importance of earning the public’s trust, and the critical role the fourth estate plays in American Democracy. Journalists from the region’s print media will bring their own ethical challenges to the conversation.

Mark Memmott. Photo courtesy of BPR

Elizabeth Jensen serves as the public’s representative to NPR, responsible for bringing transparency to matters of journalism and journalism ethics. The Public Editor receives tens of thousands of listener inquiries annually and responds to significant queries, comments and criticisms. Mark Memmott works closely with NPR’s journalists to helping them raise the right questions as they do their work and uphold the organization’s standards. He is charged with cultivating an ethical culture throughout NPR’s news operation. Memmott looks at how NPR applies its principles and monitors the organization’s decision-making practices to ensure the organization’s commitment to journalistic excellence, transparency, and integrity.

Tickets to the event are $20.00 and can be purchased on the Wortham Center website:

https://tinyurl.com/yyqnnjk9 or by calling the Wortham Center box office at 828-257-4530 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Tuesday through Friday.

Note: Mountain Xpress Managing Editor Virginia Daffron will participate in the media panel.

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