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The 10th annual Institute of Communication Ethics conference will be held on October 25, 2013 at the Frontline Club at 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 10J, UK. The conference will review ethical issues that were not discussed during the recent Leveson Inquiry into newspaper "hacking."
Your conference papers may cover, but are not limited to, the following topics:
* Ethical spaces: what leveson missed
* Is objectivity dead?
* Is churnalism still on the rise?
* How valuable are the alternative media as examples of good journalism?
* How crucial is an understanding of the political economy of the media to
an understanding of its ethical standards?
* What can the UK learn from other countries about press regulation?
* Is social media killing journalism?
* What can Fleet Street learn from the local press about standards?
* Is the press too likely to indulge in manufacturing moral panics?
* How important is the feminist critique of the press?
* Are the interests of the disabled still marginalised in the mainstream press?
* How do we define "scandals"? Isn't the failure of the press to expose the lies of
"weapons of mass destruction" more of a scandal than "Hackgate"?
* Are not Fleet Street journalists too close to the government's intelligence services?
After 23 years of print publication (with an ancilliary online presence after 2004), this and future issues of Media Ethics magazine are available only online. (The present URL is www.mediaethicsmagazine.com).
Our publication calendar remain unchanged. The editor, Dr. John Michael Kittross, has issued a call for manuscripts for the next issue. Details can be found in the Call for manuscripts page.
Like so many publications facing a tough economy, and recognizing the availability of changing technologies, we have weighed our options carefully. Over the past three years, the publishers have discussed and debated this decision, talked with the editor, consulted several members of our advisory board, invited input from most sponsors, and consulted many friends in various places.
Even though it was obvious that current economic conditions were the prime movers in making this decision, they were not the only reason for moving online. In addition to economic factors, there was also the benefit of publishing a more environmentally-friendly electronic version of the magazine－one that saves trees as well as treasure. By moving the entire operation online, we were able to contribute to the solution of two problems with only one act.
A majority of our advisors, taking account of changing modes of delivery in this century, have come down on the side of an online magazine...although the editor has strongly argued for the retention of a print edition to meet certain needs of authors, readers, professionals, the academy, and other stakeholders in Media Ethics magazine. There are also the enticing possibilities of going online to meet some special needs of readers and others by increasing the magazine's ability to update and expand notices and announcements, as well as make any necessary corrections, updates and explanations quickly. It may be necessary to make special arrangements to service libraries－and the magazine should now have the flexibility to do so.
We realized that there were likely to be mixed reactions to this decision. To those who prefer print, we apologize. However, we took this action primarily to permit us to continue publication in some form. We look forward to many more engaging years working together with readers, contributing authors, sponsors, and friends. Your manuscripts, announcements, ideas, donations, reviews, feedback, news, interest and use of the magazine continue to be a most welcome reason for continued existence.
Here's to Media Ethics Online!
Cliff Christians, Tom Cooper, and Manny Paraschos, Publishers