NPR Ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen will speak in Traverse City at a joint event presented by IPR and the International Affairs Forum. The free event, “Ethics and Transparency in Today’s Media,” will be Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium.
Jensen and IPR’s Executive Director Peter Payette will discuss the challenge for news organizations to remain impartial and stay above reproach in a polarized society. They'll explore real scenarios confronting newsrooms and engage the audience in conversations about how to handle situations that are never clear cut.
The ombudsman is the public's representative at NPR, serving as a liaison between the newsroom and listeners. Jensen receives tens of thousands of listener inquiries annually. She responds to comments and criticisms and is responsible for bringing transparency to matters of journalism and journalism ethics.