I asked DePauw visiting journalism professor Mark Tatge if he cared to comment on Poynter ethicist Kelly McBride’s remarks about his use of public records in the classroom, and if there were updates to share with Romenesko readers. His reply:
My response: “There seems to be a total misunderstanding of my intentions. I in no way intended to embarrass or humiliate anyone. This was a teaching exercise. This is a public record in a public Indiana court. People who get arrested and charged with a crime give up their right to privacy. If people don’t like this, then they should start a petition to change the U.S. Constitution.”
UPDATE: Vice President of Academic Affairs David Harvey informed me via email Sunday that he does not plan to take any formal action against me. President Brian Casey is meeting with members of the faculty today to address concerns this case has raised about academic freedom at DePauw.