A Jew, a Pagan and a Mormon Walk Into a Newsroom: In our postmodern world, newsrooms are more diverse than ever. Can people from different religious backgrounds get along? Should newspeople practice a "don't ask, don't tell" policy, or could dialogue be healthy? This panel of journalists with varied religious backgrounds will discuss their experiences of being a person of a certain faith in a newsroom that perhaps tries to pretend faith doesn't exist. Then students will work on guidelines for religious tolerance in their own newsrooms.     Michael R. Finch, Lee University     

A National Student Media Initiative on Rape: Some college-media students have done great work investigating issues about rape. How do we help more journalists do this important work and share training and resources? Do we need a loose coalition, a reporting project or a national conference? Hear about our progress and help us brainstorm the next steps. David Simpson, Georgia Southern University; Susan Zake, Kent State University; Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center     

Advisers' Guide to Establishing Policies: For new advisers: a crash course in how to set policies for your staff with a look at basic student media law and ethics. Veteran advisers will touch on topics such as social media, prior review, FERPA, libel and the FCC.     

Camera Obscura: A Snapshot of Photojournalism Ethics: Through implementation of an ethical-decision-making model designed by philosopher Sissela Bok, we will examine a collection of controversial photographs that spark debate about what should and should not be published as "journalism." We'll also discuss First Amendment responsibilities as well as how photojournalists can serve their community through journalism. Michael Prince, Olympic College

Covering Tragedy With Sympathetic Objectivity: Each death in a community contains a story that needs to be told. Review and discuss examples from campus and professional newspapers to show how reporters can tell stories of faith shining through adversity. See how with every obit or accident, a newspaper staff learns something new. You'll also discuss a strategy that helps reporters and editors do their job well without unduly alarming the community. Deborah Huff, Liberty University     

Death on Campus: A Primer for Ethical and Responsive Coverage: Every news staff will, at some point, face covering a death on campus. If you're not ready, your coverage will seem weak, insensitive or simply irrelevant. Learn to plan how deaths are covered, from what records to seek and how to interview friends and family members to ways to deal with criticism. The emphasis will be on fair and ethical coverage, while keeping an eye out for public safety issues that might need investigating. Max McCoy, Emporia State University

Double Session: The Myth of Objectivity: Journalism students are told to be objective in their writing. But what exactly does this mean? What's wrong with subjectivity in journalism? Let's talk about the mythology of objectivity and see how it may not be the holy grail after all. Trum Simmons, Harrisburg Area Community College

Media Ethics: How to Expect the Unexpected: Reporters on the job and under deadline often encounter ethical dilemmas that require them to make -- and live with -- split-second decisions. Young journalists are armed with significant power and discretion early in their careers. Join us to explore common dilemmas you may encounter on the job.  Rebecca Taylor, Siena College     

SPJ Update: the Unethical and the Undead: Learn what the nation's largest journalism organization has planned for 2014 -- including free cash for chapters and members (and even nonmembers) who play unethical poker, beat up rabbis and interview zombies. (But not all at the same time, of course.) Also get paid to defile SPJ's vaunted Code of Ethics and spend Labor Day weekend in a Florida homeless shelter. Michael Koretzky, SPJ national board member

The Boston Marathon: A Lesson in Photojournalistic Ethics: Visual coverage of the Boston Marathon posed a challenge for photojournalists, online producers and media managers. Some graphic images were digitally altered. Some were cropped. And some publishers held to the standard of depicting reality. Learn why discussing how to handle such coverage in advance and having an ethics policy can improve your publications. Bradley Wilson, Midwestern State University  

The Ethics of Interviewing and Quoting the University President (or Anybody Else): Is it OK to quote from a YouTube video of your college's president? How much of a university news release should you use in a news story? How much paraphrasing of a quote is OK? Learn the ethics and techniques of contacting, interviewing and quoting college administrators in particular and other sources in general. Anthony Hatcher, Elon University     

Writing About Social Justice: Millions of Americans are nowhere near living or ever achieving the American dream. You can find them outside and inside our nice hotel, and they are on your campus, too. Why is this, and why should we care? Let's talk about how to tell these stories.  Trum Simmons, Harrisburg Area Community College