VANCOUVER – Students in Brett Oppegaard’s “Information Ethics” class at Washington State University Vancouver will recieve  professional experience while working with Fairness.com this fall.
 
The internship allows students to evaluate mainstream news publications and examine contemporary ethical problems related to information. 

“This experience will give students specializing in digital media a taste of what it is like to work with a commercial Web site and to receive feedback on their writing from professionals in the field,” said Dene Grigar, director of the Digital Technology and Culture program at WSU Vancouver.

Fairness.com is a free national clearinghouse providing information links to articles about fairness issues world-wide, such as law, politics, finance, consumer protection, media and information technology. The organization was founded by Dan Doernberg, the former Chairman of Silicon Valley’s Computer Literacy Bookshops, Inc. Their site averages almost 3,000 visitors a day.

A staff writer at The Columbian for more than 13 years, Oppegaard said he sees this collaboration with Fairness.com as an opportunity to give students professional work experience, improve their literacy habits, and teach them how to evaluate mass media effectively, as well as to perform an important service to the larger community.

More information about the WSU Vancouver Digital Technology and Culture program is available at
http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/dtc

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