Thursday, November 30, 2006

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Knew it had to break eventually. And now apparently CNN is casting commentators. Good times... See y'all at 1:45 tomorrow!

Ivy J-Schoolers Fail Ethics, Ace Irony

Cheating on an ethics exam? It sounds like the setup for a joke. But
a group of grad students at Columbia's journalism school are
suspected of having done just that, according to a source at the
institution.

Tomorrow, the entire student body is required to attend a special
session of "Critical Issues in Journalism," an ethics course taught
by New York Times columnist Samuel Freedman. In an e-mail announcing
the meeting last week, vice dean David Klatell stated only that
there had been a "serious problem" with the final exam. Failure to
attend the session, Klatell warned, would result in a failing grade
for the course.

Neither Klatell nor Freedman responded immediately to calls for
comment, but students believe the purpose of the meeting is to
exhort suspected cheaters to step forward. "It's an 'Out yourself
or you'll all have to suffer' situation," says the source.

"Critical Issues," an all-school seminar, focuses on dilemmas facing
journalists in the post-Judith Miller and Jayson Blair era. The
class includes topics such as "Why be Ethical?" and "Tribal Loyalty
vs. Journalistic Obligation." The final exam consists of two essay
questions to be completed in 90 minutes. Since the test can be
taken at any time during a 36-hour period, students are instructed
not to discuss the exam questions with each other.

In this case, it seems a few of the aspiring Woodwards and
Bernsteins were a little too adept at working their sources. No
word on how the school's administration got wind of the cheating.

If the disgruntled posts on RateMyProfessors.com are any indication,
Freedman's students haven't exactly been soaking up his sermons.

"Maybe he could e-mail his 'speeches' to the students instead of
making everyone suffer through the most wasted class in j-school
(collective punishment?). His ethical Fridays were a pompous
exercise in self-adulation. He seldom talks about the readings and
a typical speech always begins, 'In (fill in year here).'"

By Jeff Bercovici 11/30/06 3:07 PM

4 Comments:

At 6:16 PM, Blogger JoeGouldsSecret said...

http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=812121

Radar referenced the following:

We weren't permitted use of latrines during his 90 minute rebukes (SNORE). His sophistic dialectic avowing the byzantine policy:"If you did the toilet during a press conference, missing a jiffy, what would your editor say?"DUH I wouldn't tell my editor DUH Press conferences don't run 90 minutes DUH I'd ask an ethical bloke/dame to share DUH DUH

His arrogance masks deep insecurity. Maybe he could e-mail his "speeches" to the students instead of making everyone suffer through the most wasted class in jschool (collective punishment?). His ethical Fridays were a pompous exercise in self-adulation. He seldom talks about the readings and a typical speech always begins, "In (fill in year here)."

Don't take Freedman if you want warm and fuzzy. He's distant and tough. But he'll inspire you to good work and read every word you write. His comments are extensive and detailed.

 
At 7:13 PM, Blogger Barry.Petchesky said...

Shit, meet fan. I'll let you two get to know each other.

 
At 10:02 PM, Blogger JoeGouldsSecret said...

Lest anyone think my comment above is an endorsement of any of those views, they're not.

Freedman to my mind is tough but fair. One-on-one, his bedside manner improves.

This story has legs because it is ironic -- journalism 101.

But the real irony is that the careless actions of a few people may taint the perceptions about a class that -- by and large -- cares deeply about excellent journalism and journalism ethics.

Yes, you may quote me on that.

 
At 6:30 PM, Blogger E.J. Vega said...

Limbaugh's early entry into the discussion suggests to me that thoughtful discussion, the helpful kind that can deepen our Columbia education, is not far off.

It's like running a gauntlet where the first attackers draw blood with war mallets and battle flails and the rest of the line just whacks you with feather dusters.

 

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