JMC Receives Gift to Establish Lecture Series with National Media Ethics Experts

CNN's Brian Stelter to Deliver First Dix Media Ethics Lecture, Spring 2019

The College of Communication and Information at Kent State University is pleased to announce the creation of the Dix Media Ethics Lecture Series funded through the generosity of David and Janet Dix.

This endowment gift of $100,000 to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) will launch an annual spring lecture on campus featuring nationally recognized figures discussing critical issues in media ethics, furthering enhancing the school’s national reputation as a leader in the field.

"The Dix endowment allows us to build a new high-profile element to the school's emphasis on media ethics,” commented Jeff Fruit, Interim Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. “At a time when media ethics is increasingly a focus of political and social discourse, we believe this investment can have an enduring impact on professional standards and best practices."

David Dix is the former publisher of the Kent Record-Courier, a position he held since 1974. The newspaper was started in 1898 by his grandfather and great-grandfather. He also published weekly newspapers in the surrounding communities, served on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Newspaper Association including two years as president and has been a committed supporter of Kent State University. Janet Dix is a counseling psychologist at Western Reserve Psychological Associates. She received her bachelor’s degree in English, her master’s degree in higher education and her doctorate in counseling psychology – all from Kent State.

“We are so grateful to the Dix Family for their generosity,” said Amy Reynolds, Dean of the College of Communication and Information. “And we are also thrilled to announce that on February 28, 2019, our inaugural speaker for the Dix Media Ethics Lecture series will be CNN’s Brian Stelter.”

The event will be streamed live at

The chief media correspondent for CNN Worldwide, Stelter is also the anchor of "Reliable Sources,” a weekly program that analyzes the week’s top media stories. Previous to that role he was a media reporter at The New York Times and he is the best-selling author of Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication is poised to lead important national conversations about core media ethics issues, and The Dix Media Ethics Lecture Series will help continue to grow the national reputation of a program already well known for the quality of its graduates. In the field of media ethics, JMC also hosts the annual KSU Poynter Media Ethics Workshop, is the home of The Media Law Center for Ethics & Access, holds a Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism concentrating on First Amendment and civic education and is ranked one of the top 10 programs in the United States.

POSTED: Monday, December 10, 2018 - 2:35pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 2:54pm