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National expert to speak at PBSC on ethics and the media

tompkinsPalm Beach State College’s Center for Applied Ethics will host award-winning journalist Al Tompkins in an engaging, interactive session exploring the challenges journalists face today that are transforming the foundations of traditional journalism and its ethics.

Titled, “Navigating the News in the New Normal,” the presentation will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Public Safety Training Center conference room 108 on the College’s Lake Worth campus. The event is free and open to the public. To register, click here.

Attendees will discover four key questions that will help them think critically about the information they consume online, in the newspaper or over the air from any source.

“We live in a media saturated world and are consuming more than ever before,” said Kim Ardila-Morgan, director of PBSC’s Center for Applied Ethics. “Therefore, it’s important to not only recognize the kinds of content you’re reading, but to analyze its sources and evidence so as not to be misled. Al will not only help attendees learn how to look at a story differently, but discover the deeper, more critical questions that consumers should be asking.”

Tompkins is The Poynter Institute’s senior faculty for broadcast and online in St. Petersburg, Fla. He has 43 years of experience as a reporter, investigative reporter, producer, photojournalist and news director. He helped author the national codes of ethics for both the National Press Photographers Association and the Radio and Television Digital News Association.

Tompkins was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame and in 2008 was awarded the Governor’s Award, the highest honor given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. During his two and a half decades as a journalist, Tompkins won a National Emmy Award, Peabody Award, the Japan Prize, the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel for Court Reporting, seven National Headliner Awards, two Iris Awards and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.

Tompkins is also the author of “Aim For The Heart: A Guide for TV Producers and Reporters,” which was adopted by more than 150 universities worldwide as their main broadcast writing textbook.

For more information, call 561-868-3545 or email

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