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William A. Babcock

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Journalism, 1979

Media Ethics Professor, 

Southern Illinois University

Carbondale, Illinois

William A. Babcock is senior media ethics professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, School of Journalism, and Affiliated Faculty at Principia College.  He also is editor of Gateway Journalism Review.  Dr. Babcock has his undergraduate degree from Principia College (English/history), an M.A. from American University (international communication/West Europe relations), and a Ph.D. from SIUC (journalism/environmental sciences). 

The recipient of three teaching fellowships, Dr. Babcock directed for more than a dozen years the annual Media Ethics Teaching Workshop for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He is founding director of AEJMC’s Media Ethics Division. 

Before coming to SIUC in 2008 Dr. Babcock chaired California State University, Long Beach’s, Department of Journalism where he directed some 30 faculty and 700 undergraduates.  During most of the 1990s he directed the University of Minnesota’s Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law. 

During portions of the 1970s and 1980s he worked at the Christian Science Monitor in a number of capacities, including those of writing coach, senior international news editor, environmental writer and copy-desk editor.  As writing coach and trainer, he developed and conducted an in-house education program for the paper’s junior reporters and editors.  

While on the faculty at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications he taught graduate- and undergraduate-level communications courses, advised Syracuse’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and directed the journalism department’s London Programme. 

His most recent overseas teaching was fall semester, 2011,at Beijing’s University of International Business and Economics.  While in China he also lectured on media ethics at various universities. 

Dr. Babcock’s scholarship and creative work has appeared in a number of scholarly and professional publications, and he has made research presentations in the United States, Britain and China.

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