Friday, March 5, 2010

Panel debates Holocaust denial ad

Members from faculty, ASM, Daily Cardinal, student body say Badger Herald wrong; Editor in Chief defends decision by putting trust in UW community to reject its message

By Carolyn Briggs
Friday, March 5, 2010 1:01 a.m.

University of Wisconsin students gathered in Bascom Hall Thursday for an open forum on journalistic ethics and sensitivity.

The forum, which was hosted by the UW Dean of Students Office and UW Hillel, was created in response to an advertisement posted on The Badger Herald website purchased by Holocaust denier Bradley Smith. Herald Editor in Chief Jason Smathers said the ad was initially posted without his knowledge.

Panelists included journalism professors Katy Culver, Stephen Ward and Lew Friedland, political science professor Howard Schweber, Smathers, the Daily Cardinal Editor in Chief Charles Brace and Associated Students of Madison Chair Tyler Junger.

Dean of Students Lori Berquam, who moderated the event, said she hoped the forum would focus less on the ad itself and become a broader discussion of journalistic ethics. More

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