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 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.
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