Intercultural Intersections in Media Ethics

As part of the decade-long series aimed at enhancing scholarship in applied media ethics, the University of Hawai'i at Manoa will host the eighth "Colloquia 2000" October 14-18, 2007 in Honolulu. It will feature 10 fellows working in teams to explore the moral dimensions of negotiating intercultural issues in media. Two will be invited to represent differing cultural perspectives; the remaining eight fellows will be chosen through a competitive proposal process. All selected fellows will receive travel expenses to cover airfare, accommodations and some meals. Fellows will stay on the University of Hawai'i at Manoa campus and work in a culturally diverse setting and participate in programs and activities that will enrich, enlighten and enliven. During the colloquium fellows will present their work to, and solicit feedback from, each other and the senior scholars who form the colloquium steering committee. University of Hawai'i students and faculty, and East-West Center Fellows also will be invited to attend select sessions. An honorarium will be awarded to subsequently completed papers, which will be given priority consideration for publication in the Journal of Mass Media Ethics. Proposals should focus on media and media practitioner roles, practices, and responsibilities in such areas as the interface and interaction of dominant and indigenous value systems (i.e. host and occupying cultures); empowerment; authentic voices; and representations. The colloquium is less interested in studies of a descriptive nature, e.g., comparative media structures or case studies that lack an element of intercultural interaction. All proposals should strongly evidence a base in ethical theory, or the application of normative ethics. This colloquium is eager to explore how our traditional Western-based media ethics can be informed by other cultural systems; and extend our scholarship beyond the traditional lines of journalism, public relations and advertising into other forms of popular culture such as cinema, digital platforms and distribution, video games, television, and music. The colloquium is sponsored by the University of Hawai'i at Academy for Creative Media and School of Communications through the Carol Burnett Fund for Responsible Journalism, Brigham Young University, the Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., the Media Ethics Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and others. Applicants may apply as individuals, in which case colloquium organizers will pair them with another applicant. Or they may apply as part of already formed teams. In the selection process, preference will be given to creating teams that are able to combine disciplines, that include a junior scholar working with a senior scholar, or that bring cultural perspectives to the table that are fresh to the discourse, or have been in the past minimized or marginalized. Once selected, teams will begin to exchange ideas and each will develop a single first draft to be presented at the colloquium. Team members will then refine their paper to a maximum 8,000-word co-authored manuscript that adheres to the JMME's style, scholarly range and approaches. Applications for fellowships should include: A brief (500 word) abstract of a proposal for an original paper to be written exclusively for this colloquium and subsequent publication; a resume; notation, if any, of a desired team membership; and notation of whether the applicant has previously applied for, or participated in, the colloquium series. (This is for data purposes only. It will neither privilege nor prejudice an application.) The deadline for proposals to be received is March 7, 2007.

For more information, e-mail or mail submissions to: Tom Brislin, Academy for Creative Media, University of Hawai'i, 2550 Campus Road, Honolulu, HI 96822. Telephone: 808.956.3788; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Media Ethics Summit II

Twenty years ago, the first "U. S. Media Ethics Summit" was held in Massachusetts. Organized by Tom Cooper, and supported by Emerson College and the Times-Mirror Company, among its results was a heightened sense of community among the individuals and groups represented, and the establishment of this magazine. The second Summit is scheduled for February 27-March 2, 2007 on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University, in Murfreesboro. Organized by Cooper, Clifford Christians of the University of Illinois, and Dean Anantha Babbili of MTSU, the Summit anticipates special presentations by individuals such as the Hon. Al Gore, Robb Moss (Harvard), and Adam Clayton Powell III (Univ. of Southern California). The theme is "Media Ethics: the Last and Next Twenty Years." The Summit is being supported by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, MTSU, and a number of individuals, groups and firms such as Robert Gardner and Coltrin and Associates. It is anticipated that the proceedings will be published. Among those invited are a number of "wise elders" (i.e., experienced and respected leader) and the delegates from a variety of professional, media and educational organizations.

For more information, and to reserve a copy of the proceedings, contact: Tom Cooper, U. S. Media Ethics Summit II, Middle Tennessee State Univ., Box X109, 1301 East Main St., Murfreesboro, TN 37132; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.