Dix Media Ethics Lecture
The Dix Media Ethics Lecture was established in 2018 through a generous gift by Janet and David Dix. The endowment gift of $100,000 to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) launched 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 inaugural lecture featured CNN’s chief media correspondent and anchor of the weekly program “Reliable Sources,” Brian Stelter. He discussed: “Telling the Truth in an Age of Alternative Facts.” [ livestream ]
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.
2023: Mizell Stewart III (Award-winning reporter and News Executive): Journalism as a Civic Good
2021 and 2022: Not held due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
2020: Eric Deggans (NPR): Building Bridges, Not Walls: Decoding Media's Confusing Coverage of Race, Gender, Culture and Politics
2019: Brian Stelter (CNN): Telling the Truth in an Age of Alternative Facts