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Prof. Bob Steele '69 Questions Ethics of "Back Room Deals" with Media

March 1, 2009

Bob Steele 2006.jpgMarch 1, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — School administrators in Richmond County, Georgia, have agreed to partnerships with two local television stations, deals that Bob Steele, Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University, finds troublesome. Under the arrangements, the stations will run school-themed features.

"These agreements -- they are really back room deals -- raise ethical questions and erode the journalistic integrity of the news organization," Dr. Steele tells the Augusta Chronicle.

As the newspaper points out, Professor Steele also serves as Nelson Poynter Scholar for Journalism Values at the Poynter Institute.

Bob Steele MarkerBoard.jpgRead the story at the Chronicle's Web site.

A 1969 graduate of DePauw, Bob Steele was recently quoted in a Washington Times article on the controversy surrounding a New York Post cartoon and in another story in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He will be among a number of national figures who will gather at DePauw April 17 for events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Society of Professional Journalists (Sigma Delta Chi) on this campus. Details can be found in this announcement.

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