Online Ethics Survey Benefits Blackburn NPPA Scholarship Fund

Feb 3, 2006

 Brad Thompson, an assistant professor of mass communication at Linfield College in McMinnville, OR, has asked NPPA members and other photojournalists to take part in an online survey regarding journalism ethics. In return, Thompson says he will donate $1 for every survey that’s completed to the NPPA Reid Blackburn Scholarship Fund, up to a total of $1,000.

Blakburn was a photographer for the Vancouver Columbian who was killed 25 years ago in the eruption of Mount St. Helens. He was a graduate of Linfield College where Thompson teaches journalism. “Your participation in the survey will honor his memory and help the cause of photojournalism,” Thompson wrote to NPPA members.

Thompson also wrote, “Participants need to complete the survey as soon as possible. Naturally, your participation is entirely voluntary, and your anonymity is assured. Participation is not limited to NPPA members; indeed, I encourage you to ask your colleagues to fill out a survey, as I have no other way to reach photojournalists who are not members of NPPA.”

A college instructor for eight years, Thompson spent 16 years at newspapers before joining the ranks of higher education. He was a writer and editor for The Greenville News in Greenville, SC, the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Thompson has a doctorate in communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a masters degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Denver. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Bulgaria in 2001.

The survey will take less than 15 minutes to complete, Thompson says, and the results will be shared with the NPPA board of directors. For questions or comments before or after you take the survey, contact Thompson at bthomps@linfield.edu.

The online survey is at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=541741412408