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Deni Elliott is a media ethics expert. She's the Eleanor Poynter Jamison Chair in Media Ethics and Press Policy and Co-Chief Project Officer of the National Ethics Project, a multiyear research and dissemination project to redefine ethics education. It does so by developing knowledge and tools to improve the quality, effectiveness and intentionality of undergraduate ethics education.
Elliott’s publications have spanned the disciplines of practical ethics. She is the author of more than 200 articles and book chapters for scholarly, trade and lay press. Her books include “Ethics for a Digital Era” (Wiley/Blackwell, 2018); “Ethical Challenges: Building an Ethics Toolkit” (Authorhouse, 2009); “Ethics in the First Person, A Guide to Teaching and Learning Practical Ethics” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007); “The Kindness of Strangers, Philanthropy in Higher Education” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006); “Journalism Ethics: Contemporary Issues” (ABC-CLIO, 1998) and others. Elliott has co-produced three documentaries distributed by Fanlight Productions, including “The Burden of Knowledge,” on ethical questions of prenatal testing, and “A Case of Need and Buying Time,” which addressed ethical issues of news media bringing about extraordinary medical care. From 2003-2006, Elliott co-hosted “Ethically Speaking,” a weekly radio show syndicated through PRX (Public Radio Exchange).
Elliott teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in media ethics. She is the recipient of a number of awards, grants and fellowships, including a 2014 appointment to the Fulbright Specialist Roster for her expertise in digital communication ethics. During the five-year appointment, she was called on to educate international professional organizations and higher education institutions.