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February 5, 2019 Prof. Lear-Olimpi Appointed to National Committee

Michael Lear-Olimpi, assistant professor of communication, has been appointed to the national ethics committee of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the nation’s oldest journalism organization.

Lear-Olimpi will work with other members of the ethics committee to provide guidance to journalists across the nation facing ethics dilemmas in their reporting, editing, source-development and source-treatment, promises of confidentiality and other journalistic activities.

Long active in studying and teaching media ethics, Lear-Olimpi brings his experience to the following topics, including general news reporting, diversity, fairness, transparency, and the motives and methods media gatekeepers use in ethical decision-making.

He also is the ethics, diversity and membership chair of the Keystone Pro Chapter of SPJ, which covers the state east from Pittsburgh, and is the driving force behind the reestablishment of the Philadelphia SPJ chapter, of which he was once president.

Lear-Olimpi is teaching a section of COM215 Communications Ethics this term. The course centers on communication majors learning how to recognize ethics problems in journalism, public relations, advertising and general communication, and how to use moral-reasoning models to reach ethical decisions.