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Kathleen Culver

James E. Burgess Chair in Journalism Ethics

College of Letters & Science l School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Hometown: Fitchburg, WI

Kathleen Bartzen Culver is the James E. Burgess Chair in Journalism Ethics, an associate professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication and director of the Center for Journalism Ethics. Long interested in the implications of digital media on journalism and public interest communication, Culver focuses on the ethical dimensions of social tools, technological advances and networked information. She combines these interests with a background in law and free expression. She also serves as visiting faculty for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and was the founding editor of PBS MediaShift’s education section.


“She is an energetic speaker. Her remarks are timely and generally apolitical–a challenge in this day in age.” “Topical, Relevant, Informative and Interesting! Walked away with better understanding of ethics in Journalism and the role we play in upholding ethical standards in media. Great speaker selection.” – Members, The Rotary Club of Milwaukee


  • Crisis Communication in the Digital Age
  • Effective Messaging in the Digital Age
  • Media Ethics and Responsible Journalism in the Digital Age
  • New Technologies and the Future of Journalism
  • Ethics and Branded Content
  • Ethical Implications of Drone Technology in Journalism
  • Privacy and New Technologies
  • In an era of declining trust and so-called fake news, where can citizens turn for information to make the decisions that affect their lives? How can news media work to restore faith in neutral coverage in the face of increasing partisanship and vitriol. She’ll discuss where we are, how we got here and where we all may head next.