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Faculty member's work on ethics honored in teaching contest

Yael Warshel, an assistant professor in the Department of Telecommunications who holds a dual appointment in the University-wide Rock Ethics Institute, won second place in the International Communication Division teaching contest for a focus on the ethics of international reporting. Her project was titled “Responding to a Diverse and Global World: Ethics of International Reporting.”

This first appeared in Penn State News.

Yael Warshel Teaching Contest AwardA Penn State College of Communications faculty member earned second place in a teaching contest conducted as part of the annual international conference of the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's (AEJMC).Yael Warshel, an assistant professor in the Department of Telecommunications who holds a dual appointment in the University-wide Rock Ethics Institute, won second place in the International Communication Division teaching contest for a focus on the ethics of international reporting. Her project was titled “Responding to a Diverse and Global World: Ethics of International Reporting.”

Warshel was one of 13 Penn State faculty members who had papers accepted for the conference or are participating in discussions or panels. Two dozen graduate students also served as authors or co-authors on papers accepted for the conference. Overall, 21 different papers by Penn State authors were accepted for the conference that runs through Aug. 7 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Warshel works at the intersection between international media, child, and conflict analysis, practice and policy specializing in what she has coined as “peace communication.”

She is fluent in and/or has studied five languages and conducted fieldwork in the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans and Latin America. An award-winning scholar, Warshel is the recipient of three top dissertation awards, including one in peace studies and two in global and international communication, which she received from the International and National Communication associations. She has also earned several more awards in communication, public service, Middle Eastern and African studies.

Before joining Penn State, Warshel taught at UCLA, UCSD and American University as an assistant professor of international communication and associate faculty of international peace and conflict resolution. She coordinated communication policy for UNESCO, worked as a photojournalist in Zimbabwe, and conducted policy-relevant research with the Center for International Development and Conflict Management, the Jerusalem-based Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, the Center for Middle East Development, and the Center for Research on Peace Education.

AEJMC is a nonprofit organization of more than 3,700 educators, students and practitioners from around the globe. Founded in 1912 by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer, the first president (1912-13) of the American Association of Teachers of Journalism, as it was then known, AEJMC is the oldest and largest alliance of journalism and mass communication educators and administrators at the college level.

AEJMC’s mission is to promote the highest possible standards for journalism and mass communication education, to encourage the widest possible range of communication research, to encourage the implementation of a multi-cultural society in the classroom and curriculum, and to defend and maintain freedom of communication in an effort to achieve better professional practice, a better informed public, and wider human understanding.