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How the Blogosphere Affects Journalism and Business

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Georgia State University's Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility and the Atlanta Press Club guest speakers explore how bloggers are redefining journalism and presenting new challenges for businesses and other institutions. This discussion on ethics and new media is led by representatives of business, journalism, and the electronic media.

John C. Knapp, PhD, is University Professor and Mann Family Professor of Ethics and Leadership. He serves as founding Director of the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership, established in the Brock School of Business to support teaching, research and service across the Samford University campus. Before joining Samford in 2008, he was Professor and Director of the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility at Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business, the fifth largest business school in the United States. The center was established under his leadership 1993 and grew to become one of the nation's leading resources for leaders seeking to strengthen ethics and integrity in organizations. Internationally known as a featured speaker and seminar leader for business and professional organizations, Dr. Knapp contributes to public understanding of ethics through frequent interviews with such media as *The New York Times*, *BusinessWeek*, *Sports Illustrated*, *Entrepreneur*, National Public Radio, *Financial Week* and Bloomberg News Service. His books include *For the Common Good: the Ethics of Leadership in the 21st Century* and *Leaders on Ethics: Real-World Perspectives on Today's Business Challenges*. He is co-editor of the forthcoming three-volume set, *The Business of Higher Education*. In 2009, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company will release his newest book, *World's Apart: How the Church Fails Businesspeople (and What Can Be Done about It)*. Dr. Knapp's scholarly work was recognized in 2007 with his induction into the Martin Luther King Jr. International Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College, and in 2001 with the Georgia Governor's Award in the Humanities. He is an adjunct Professor of Ethics at Columbia Theological Seminary, teaching courses in the doctoral program, and previously was Senior Scholar and Professor of Ethical Leadership at Kennesaw State University.
Lea Donosky is an experienced manager of online interactivity and strategic planning. As The Atlanta Journal-Constitutions' first internet Interactivity Manager, she has been a frequently requested panelist and advisor on blogs, social networks and employee participation in social networking. In more than three years as liaison with and advocate for visitors of ajc.com, blog traffic increased more than 10 fold, to half a billion page views annually, which generated more than 15,000 comments/interactions a week online. She is responsible for developing strategy and content for several web channels. Prior to in her Internet career, she was a journalist for the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Newsweek Magazine and The Chicago Tribune. A native Texan, reporting assignments have taken her to live in New York City, London, Chicago, and Washington D.C. Her coverage, and later editing of local, regional, national and international issues, inform her outlook on technology and business.
Jeremy C. Garlington is a leadership consultant who specializes in branding and transition issues facing executive-level business leaders. Garlington currently serves as managing partner of Point of View, LLC, a consultancy based in Atlanta. Clients include some of the nation's top business figures active in executive search, technology and financial services. A regular speaker and contributor, Garlington's perspectives have appeared in *The Wall Street Journal*, *USA Today*, *Fortune*, *Bloomberg Business News*, *BRANDWEEK*, *The Atlanta Journal & Constitution* and *Atlanta Business Chronicle*. He contributes frequently to the on-line coverage of *Business to Business* magazine, which covers news and issues impacting Atlanta-based companies.
Greg Lisby (PhD, University of Tennessee, 1988) is professor of communication, with specialization in journalism and mass communication research. Lisby has also earned a JD degree from Georgia State University and is a licensed attorney in the state of Georgia. Lisby's research interests include communication law (particularly first amendment law) and journalism history. He won the Book of the Year Award from the Journalism Historians Association for *Someone Had to be Hated: Julian LaRose Hassis-A Biography (Carolina Academic 2002, with W.F. Mugleston)*. In addition to his three other books or monographs, he has published his research in *Communication Law and Policy, Georgia Historical Quarterly, Communication and the Law, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Journalism Educator, Newspaper Research Journal, Media Law Notes*, and *Journalism Quarterly*. Dr. Lisby has received external funding from the United States Information Agency, the Defense Department, and the Georgia Humanities Council. He received the Award for Outstanding Achievement and Excellent Leadership from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) after serving as Chair of the Council of Divisions, the Head of the Law Division, and the editor of the AEJMC Southeast Colloquium.