Washington Post media reporter set for lecture about journalism ethics

February 25, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — An award-winning media reporter from The Washington Post will present the annual Oweida Lecture in Journalism Ethics on March 3.

The free public lecture and discussion with Paul Farhi will begin at 7 p.m. on Zoom. The event is coordinated by the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications and will be moderated by Patrick Plaisance, the Don W. Davis Professor of Ethics.

Farhi has worked at the Post since 1988, serving as financial reporter, political reporter and reporter for the style section before becoming the media reporter in 2010.

He said he considers himself a reporter first and foremost, and his work consistently reflects that approach.

“My stories attempt to explain how the news media functions and then to assess and analyze whether this was an effective and credible way to report or discuss the news,” Farhi said. “In an era of widespread public skepticism and outright distrust of the news media, it is critically important to ‘watch the watchers.’ I consider myself a reporter first and foremost; no critical assessment with any integrity can be made without a thorough grounding in the facts.”

Farhi earned the nationally recognized Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism, presented by the Bellisario College, for his work in 2018. He is a three-time winner of the National Press Club award for media reporting and criticism.

The Dr. N.N. Oweida Lecture in Journalism Ethics is supported by an endowment from Margaret L. Oweida in memory of her husband, the late Dr. N.N. Oweida, a surgeon from New Kensington, Pennsylvania.

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    Paul Farhi will present the Oweida Lecture in Journalism Ethics on March 3.

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Last Updated February 25, 2021