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JOURNALISM THROUGH THE EYES OF FAITH

The Johnson Center for Journalism and Communication at Bethel University (St. Paul, MN) held a conference on April 16-18, 2008 with the above title, dealing with advocacy, ethics, and faith in an election year. *Information may be obtained from Phyllis Alsdurf, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or online at http://www.bethel.edu/special-events/jtef/

POYNTER/KENT STATE MEDIA ETHICS WORKSHOP

The Workshop, held at Kent State University in Ohio in mid-September 2008, for the first time focused entirely on online ethics, specifically blogs and blogging. *For details, contact Amy Szabo at the Kent State University College of Communications and Information, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

COLLOQUIA 2000 SERIES IN APPLIED MEDIA ETHICS

The ninth colloquium in this series was held in Estes Park, Colorado, September 15-17, 2008. Its theme was "Media Ethics and Economics: Competing Imperatives and Duties." It was organized by a consortium of Colorado Universities and, like the previous colloquia, it featured papers by five selected two-person teams. *Further information on this colloquium is available from Patrick Lee Plaisance, in the Department of Journalism & Technical Communication, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80521; Telephone: 970.491.6484.

WORLD ASSOCIATION FOR CHRISTIAN COMMUNICATION

The WACC held its 2008 Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, October 6-10, 2008 with the theme "Communication is peace: Building viable communities." *For more information: www.waccglobal.org/congress

NATIONAL COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION

The National Communication Association held its 94th annual convention in San Diego, November 21-24, 2008. * For more information: Telephone: 202.464.4622; Web site: http://www.natcom.org/nca/Template2.asp?bid=8700 DATEBOOK

PACIFIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL

The Pacific Telecommunications Council will hold its annual conference January 18-21, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawai'i. *For more information: Web site: http://www.ptc.org/ptc09/index.php

WESTERN STATES COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION

The Western States Communication Association will hold its annual conference February 13-17, 2009 at the Mesa Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. *For more information: Telephone: 480.965.6650; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Web site: http://www.westcomm.org

ASSOCIATION FOR PROFESSIONAL AND PRACTICAL ETHICS

The Association for Professional and Practical Ethics will hold its 18th annual meeting March 5-8, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio. *For more information: APPE, 618 East Third St., Bloomington, IN 47405-3002; Telephone: 812.855.6450; Web site: http://www.indiana.edu/~appe/ annualmeeting.html

INTERCOLLEGIATE BROADCASTING SYSTEM

The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System will host its 68th International Radio, TV, Webcasting, and Podcasting conference March 6-8, 2009 in New York City. *For more information: Telephone: 845.565.0003; Web site: http://www.ibsradio.org

SOUTHERN STATES COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION

The Southern States Communication Association will host a convention April 1-5, 2009 in Norfolk, VA. *For more information: Web site: http://www.ssca.net/convention-info/index.php

CENTRAL STATES COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION

The Central States Communication Association will host a convention April 1-5, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri, titled "Conversations about Connections: Gateway to Communication at the 'Heart of it All.'" *For more information: Web site: http://www.csca-net.org

RADIO-TELEVISION NEWS DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION

The RTNDA will hold its annual "[email protected]" convention in association with the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas, April 19-22, 2009. *For more information: Web site: http://www.rtnda.org

BROADCAST EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

The Broadcast Education Association will host its annual convention and festival in Las Vegas, April 22-25, 2009, immediately following the NAB convention. *For more information: Telephone: 202.429.3935; Web site: http://www.beaweb.org/staticcontent/staticpages/2009conv.htm

EASTERN COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION

The Eastern Communication Association will hold its 100th annual convention "Defining Moments-A Century of Communication" in Philadelphia, April 22-26, 2009. *For more information: Web site: http://www.ecasite.org

POYNTER CENTER (INDIANA)?TEACHING RESEARCH ETHICS

The Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions at Indiana University, Bloomington, will host a "Teaching Research Ethics" conference May 12-15, 2009. *For more information: Telephone: 618.855.0261; Web site: http://poynter.indiana.edu/tre

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION

The International Communication Association will host its 59th annual conference May 21-25, 2009 in Chicago with the title "Keywords in Communication." *For more information: Web site: http://www.icahdq.org/conferences/2009/

CONFERENCE ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

The inaugural Conference on Intellectual Property will be held on June 12-13, 2009 at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. It will include keynote addresses by academic Laura Quilter and painter Joy Garnett. The Conference invites papers and panels dealing with any and all aspects of intellectual property, from the origins of 18th century literary property debates to the viability and ethics of plagiarism and plagiarism detection, from the economic impact of patents to the technological advances that may make intellectual property obsolete. Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary papers/panels are particularly encouraged. *Abstracts of papers and panels should be submitted by February 9, 2009 to Amy Stackhouse, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dean Defino, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The conference Web site is http://www.iona.edu/cip

ASSOCIATION FOR EDUCATION IN JOURNALISM & MASS COMMUNICATION

The AEJMC will host its 2009 convention in Boston from August 5 to August 8, 2009. *For more information: Web site: http://aejmc.org/_events/convention/09convention/index.php

SPJ CONVENTION

The 2009 Society of Professional Journalists Convention and National Journalism Conference has been scheduled for August 27-29, 2009, in Indianapolis, IN. This is the Centennial of SPJ's founding as "Sigma Delta Chi." *Contact: Associate Executive Director Chris Vachon at 317.927.8000, ext. 207; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NEWS

NATIONAL MEDIA REFORM CONFERENCE

The fourth National Conference for Media Reform took place in June 2008 in Minneapolis. More than 3,000 people, from all 50 states and dozens of nations assembled to discuss what measures to take to improve media systems, especially in the United States. There was considerable optimism because of the victories already won in difficult waters in Washington, D.C. during the past two years. Expectations were high that a change in government resulting from the November 2008 elections would make the media reform job vastly easier. The key themes of the Conference were the need to address the disintegration of journalism as a viable institution; the need to prevent the telephone and cable monopolies and oligopolies from privatizing the Internet; the need to protect and expand non-profit and non-commercial broadcasting; the need to enhance local and minority ownership of media, and to dismantle the massive media conglomerates; the need to establish credible regulation in the public interest across numerous fronts. It is fair to say that this is the agenda of the movement going forward. In short, we need to create a media system where it is rational behavior for people to produce ethically and socially conscious material. Further information can be obtained from Free Press, a national non-partisan organization working to reform the media, http://www.freepress.net Robert W. McChesney

RTNDA'S COCHRAN RETIRES

Barbara Cochran, president of the Radio-Television News Directors Association for the past 12 years announced her intention to retire in June 2009. She will serve as President Emeritus for the following year.