3Qs: Debating the ethics of Rolling Stone’s controversial ‘El Chapo’ interview

Rolling Stone on Sat­urday pub­lished an article by Oscar-​​winning actor and activist Sean Penn that sparked a national debate about jour­nal­istic ethics. We spoke with John Wihbey, an assis­tant pro­fessor of jour­nalism and new media at North­eastern, who exam­ines the inter­view with noted Mex­ican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

First Pages takes students to Katrina’s aftermath

Sheri Fink, the Pulitzer Prize-​​winning author of this year’s First Pages book Five Days at Memo­rial, spoke to new stu­dents Tuesday night about what she wit­nessed at a New Orleans hos­pital after Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina struck the city in 2005.

The immigration debate in America

As part of Northeastern’s edu­ca­tional series on civic sus­tain­ability, a trio of North­eastern scholars led a dis­cus­sion on immi­gra­tion issues in the U.S. from a legal, philo­soph­ical, and crim­inal jus­tice perspective.

What do human research subjects have the right to know?

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of researchers from around the world con­verged at North­eastern last week to grapple with the ethics of informed con­sent when using humans as their subjects.

3Qs: Sports under a microscope of suspicion

The winner of the 98th Tour de France will be crowned on Sunday in Paris. But the event has been tainted by ongoing alle­ga­tions of blood doping and the use of performance-​​enhancing drugs by cycling’s top per­formers. We asked Dan Lebowitz, exec­u­tive director of Sport in Society, a North­eastern Uni­ver­sity research center, to ana­lyze the impact of such illegal prac­tices in pro­fes­sional sports.

3Qs: Billionaires need a giving philosophy

North­eastern pro­fessor dis­cusses why the wealthy should factor impor­tant moral and eth­ical choices into their giving decisions

3Qs: Catching the copier

A well-​​respected German defense min­ister resigned recently after he admitted that parts of his 2006 doc­toral thesis repeated pas­sages by other authors without proper cita­tion. These days, copying and pasting makes it easier than ever to pla­gia­rize, espe­cially in acad­emia, where papers, projects and dis­ser­ta­tions are written every day. Brenda Berke­laar, a pro­fessor of com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies at North­eastern, clar­i­fies what pla­gia­rism is, how to pre­vent it, and how the short-​​term reper­cus­sions can have lasting effects.