UA Ethics Center to Host Veteran Journalist Gene Foreman

The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville recently announced it would host Gene Foreman, professor of journalism and a 41-year veteran of the industry.

Foreman will be the first visiting distinguished professor of ethics in journalism at the university’s Walter J. Lemke Department of Journalism, according to a news release.

During his career, Foreman worked at the Arkansas Gazette, Pine Bluff Commercial and Arkansas Democrat. He was also a copy editor for The New York Times.

He retired from journalism in 1998 after 25 years managing newsroom operations at the Philadelphia Inquirer; he taught news editing and journalism ethics for 17 semesters at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pa., ending his full-time teaching career in 2006.

His residency is part of the university’s Center for Media Ethics.

“Gene Foreman was the obvious first choice for the distinguished professorship,” Patsy Watkins, developer of the Center for Media Ethics, said in the release. “He has a national reputation as a highly respected and ethical journalist, and is the author of a widely used textbook on media ethics that I use in my own class.”

Foreman will speak to journalism classes throughout the semester.