CNN Professional Brings Decades of Ethics Experience to UA as Visiting Professor

Steven A. Holmes

Steven A. Holmes

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –  Steven A. Holmes, a top CNN newsroom professional, has been chosen as the 2018 visiting distinguished professor of ethics in journalism for the School of Journalism and Strategic Media.

Holmes is executive director of CNN Worldwide Office of Standards and Practices, which oversees news content on all of CNN's cable and digital platforms.

"Beyond journalism and communications, I am eager to work with the faculty from other disciplines, including law, health, political science, education, social work and others," Holmes said. "I aim to encourage students and faculty to better understand journalism in order to produce more enlightened producers of news and consumers of news."

With more than 40 years of print and broadcast journalism experience, Holmes was a member of a team at The New York Times that was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for its coverage of race relations. In addition to serving as a reporter and editor at the New York Times, he has worked as national domestic policy editor at The Washington Post and also authored the biography, "Ron Brown: An Uncommon Life," which focused on the former Democratic Party chairman who was killed in a plane crash while serving as U.S. commerce secretary for President Bill Clinton.

As visiting professor, Holmes will lecture on the U of A campus beginning Thursday, Sept. 6. Among his topics of interest are journalism ethics, diversity in the newsroom, challenges in covering news at the White House, and fake news.

"We are thrilled that Mr. Holmes is joining us this semester. He brings a wealth of experience, and a long commitment to journalistic accuracy, fairness, balance and taste," said Larry Foley, chair of the School of Journalism and Strategic Media. "His reporting about race in America is groundbreaking, and he will bring a prospective to our students and faculty that is sharp and important."

Raymond McCaffrey, director of the Center for Ethics in Journalism, said that Holmes is a welcome addition to the list of top journalists who have served as the visiting distinguished professor of ethics in journalism.

"As always, I'm particularly pleased that he will have the opportunity to provide students with insight into the challenges facing journalists in an era when their ethics have been repeatedly assailed by political leaders and the public alike," McCaffrey said.

Holmes' final week at the university in mid-November is scheduled to culminate with a panel discussion that will include nationwide media professionals.

Local media outlet workshops, local interviews and student one-on-one sessions are available. 

The Center for Ethics in Journalism was established at the University of Arkansas in 2013. Founded on the beliefs that the future of excellent journalism depends on the ethical practices of those who gather and present the news, the center promotes critical thinking as foremost in the process of reaching ethical choices in identifying, collecting and presenting news that informs the public, whose decisions shape democracy.

The Center for Ethics in Journalism is connected to the School of Journalism and Strategic Media within the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas.


Renette Smith McCargo, assistant director, Center for Ethics in Journalism
School of Journalism and Strategic Media


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