Day holds important conversations

Today at the American Society of News Editors Reynolds Institute was good.

Monday we talked about law, which is hugely important, but today we also discussed ethics, another one of my favorite subjects in the journalism arena.

Donica Mensing

Our ethics instructor was Donica Mensing, a University of Nevada, Reno, Reynolds School of Journalism associate professor.

She shared some good stuff, and I live-blogged her presentation. Check that out here:

Warren Lerude

We also discussed editorials, columns and letters with Warren Lerude, RSJ professor emeritus.

This was cool because Lerude is a Pulitzer Prize winner. He won the 1977 Pulitzer for Editorial Writing. He has even more amazing credentials too. He was a great guy.

Martin Faint live-blogged his presentation. Check that out here:

Then Karl Grubaugh talked to us about grading high school journalism, which is something I’ve been struggling with anyway.

It was enlightening, but I still haven’t come up with a definitive way to do it.

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Todd R. Vogts, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of media at Sterling College in Kansas. Previously, he taught yearbook, newspaper, newsmagazine, and online journalism in various Kansas high schools, and he ran a weekly newspaper in rural Kansas. He continues to freelance as a professional journalist from time to time. Also, Vogts is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Journalism Education Association (JEA), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), among others. He earned his Master Journalism Educator (MJE) certification from JEA in 2022. When he’s not teaching or writing, he runs his mobile disk jockey service and takes part in other entrepreneurial ventures. He can be reached at or via his website at

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  1. Thanks for posting about the Institute and for the live blogging. It was very interesting to read the back chatter that was going on during the ethics presentation. I see upsides (engaging with others on relevant questions) and downsides (distracting, occasionally off topic, diverting from the focus of the presentation, separating those participating online from everyone else, etc.)

    I do know I would rather do the live blogging than have someone else live blog me!

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