RALPH BARNEY RETIRES FROM JMME The Journal of Mass Media Ethics announced the retirement of founding co-editor Ralph Barney, of Brigham Young University, and the appointment of two new staff members. Barney, who joined Jay Black in 1984 in launching a journal to house scholarly articles about media ethics, has completed the editing of Vol. 19, Nos. 3 and 4-a special double issue on "Ethics Across the Professions." Now, he says, he can focus his attention on his 20 grandchildren and the rest of his family. He remains a member of the JMME editorial board, and continues to shape the decade-long "Colloquium 2000" series on media ethics. That series, launched in 2000, is bringing together media ethicists and others from around the globe for colloquia, conferences, and publications (in JMME) on a variety of topics. Beginning with Vol. 20 (2005), the new associate editor of JMME will be Lee Wilkins of the University of Missouri. Co-author of a popular media ethics textbook, she has been on the JMME editorial board since its inception, and hosted the most recent in the "Colloquium 2000" series-a spring 2004 meeting in Missouri on media and public affairs. The new webmaster for JMME is Tom Bivins, who holds an endowed chair in journalism ethics at the University of Oregon. Effective immediately, the new Web site for the Journal of Mass Media Ethics is www.jmme.org. Bivins is host of the May 2005 "Colloquium 2000" (see announcement elsewhere in this issue of MEDIA ETHICS). * For more information about JMME, visit their Web site at http://www.jmme.org. Subscriptions are available through Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., 10 Industrial Avenue, Mahwah, NJ 07430-2262, or online at http://www.erlbaum.com
BENTON CALLS FOR CONCERN In his acceptance speech for the Council on Foundations' 2004 Distinguished Grantmaker Award, Charles Benton, board chair of the Benton Foundation, sounded the alarm over the future of media in the United States and called for greater funder involvement in media policy. "I believe the future of media and communications in America is cause for serious concern. As we move from an analog world to a digital one, we are truly at a crossroads," Benton said in his prepared remarks for his acceptance speech, which he delivered in April in Toronto. "At stake is who controls what we see, hear, and read. At stake is our ability to get our message out and make a difference. At stake is nothing less than the health of our democracy. We all have a stake in this debate." The Benton Foundation was founded in 1981 with a focus on communications policy and public affairs programming. It is rededicating its efforts in the new century to "preserving, protecting, and strengthening the public space in America's media environment," Benton said. The foundation has joined with a number of organizations in the "Public Interest, Public Airwaves Coalition" to pressure the FCC to require broadcasters to meet their public interest obligations, including local, civic and children's programming. * For the full text of Benton's remarks, visit http://www.benton.org
CHRISTIANS WINS AEJMC DEUTSCHMANN AWARD Clifford Christians, well-known media ethics scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, was awarded the Paul J. Deutschmann Research Award at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Toronto this past August. His well-received address to the AEJMC was titled "Ethical Theory in Communications Research." It will appear as a research review in Journalism Studies.
ROTZOLL AWARD ESTABLISHED In honor and in memory of Kim Rotzoll, former dean of the Univ. of Illinois College of Communications, the American Academy of Advertising has created the Kim Rotzoll Award for Advertising Ethics and Social Responsibility, which recognizes outstanding contributions to furthering the study and practice of ethical and socially responsible advertising. Rotzoll, who died in November 2003, was selected as the first recipient of this award. The Rotzoll Award will be given only to individuals or organizations who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to advertising ethics and social responsibility. It need not be given each year. * For further information, including details of nominating criteria, visit: http://advertising.utexas.edu/AAA.