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Ethics and Communication Writing Contest

As communication students and scholars, we all know that human communication in the public sphere and in private life frequently presents ethical questions and dilemmas. We are constantly presented with moments of needing to rethink ethical standards and the criteria we use in decision-making, deliberation, and practice.

The Ethics and Communication Award, made possible through a generous donation from a Professional & Technical Communication alumnus, was established in 2004 by the Department of Communication to recognize outstanding work in the study of ethics and communication by an undergraduate student enrolled in PTC, APR and Journalism.

Starting in 2011, the Department of Communication will be sponsoring an Ethics and Communication Writing Contest. All Communication students (PTC, APR, JOUR) will be eligible to participate. Students will be asked to submit a 1,500 word, double-spaced essay that addresses any relevant issue of communication and ethics. The other criteria for the award are:

  • Authors must be full-time students in good standing enrolled in the Professional & Technical Communication, Advertising & Public Relations, or Journalism Degree programs in the Department of Communication at RIT.
  • All essays must be completed by April 18, 2011.
  • Projects may or may not be related to course work.
  • The essay is formally submitted to the contest registration site by the above date. On April 18, 2011, the site will close and all essays will be downloaded for review. An Ethics essay committee will be formed and all projects will be judged "blind."
  • The Ethics and Communication Essay committee shall consist of three Department of Communication faculty. The committee will evaluate the essays on strength of argument, style and mechanics.
  • Winner of the contest will be given the Ethics and Communication Award and a cash prize at the Lambda Pi Eta ceremony on April 25, 2011.
  • Contestants are free to consult faculty as to topics for their essay, but must refrain from asking faculty to review drafts of their work.