Table of Contents - Spring 2017

Table of Contents, Spring 2017 

Climate Change on ‘The New York Times’ Opinion Page: “Diversity” or More “False Balance”?

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BY RUSSELL FRANK

An exploration of journalistic balance and the perception of journalistic bias with regards to The New York Times' coverage of climate change.

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BY RYAN P. WHITSON

How Immanuel Kant's Categorical Imperative impacts how we think about ethics in journalism.

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 BY LILI NING

Lili Ning interviews Clifford Christians.

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A selection from Ovid’s The Metamorphoses and how it reflects upon modern ethics about fake news.

securityBook by Michael DaganBY MICHAEL DAGAN

A thorough, comprehensive guide to achieving the pinnacle of online privacy and security as a journalist.

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The October 15, 1958 address by Edward R. Murrow to the Radio-Television News Directors Association stands out as an inspiring and important message to journalists everywhere.

 Announcements

Upcoming and past meetings, events and seminars related to media ethics are shared here. The announcements that follow are based on information supplied by the organizations involved or other sponsors. If you wish to have announcements of future meetings published in Media Ethics, please send program and contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as early as early as possible. A few earlier announcements are provided in a special section to remind readers that many of the meetings mentioned in announcements are annual. In the future, however, we hope to publish reports on all pertinent events rather than just a few.

 


Call for Papers, Abstracts and Panels for The Walter Cronkite Conference on Media Ethics and Integrity

Conference Date: October 26, 2017

Media educators, students and professionals are invited to submit completed research papers, abstracts and suggestions for hot topics panels for the third annual Walter Cronkite Conference on Media Ethics and Integrity, sponsored by Missouri Western State University and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Media Ethics division.

While the conference has been held the last three years at MWSU in Cronkite’s hometown of St. Joseph, this year it will be co-located with the National Collegiate Media Convention in Dallas, TX in order to reach out to college journalists.

Completed papers and abstracts should be original, unpublished work that deals with media ethics issues in contemporary and historical settings. For more information about qualifications or the conference, visit the official website: www.missouriwestern.edu/cronkiteconference

  • Submit abstracts, proposals and papers via email to Ryan Thomas, conference co-chair and AEJMC Media Ethics Division Vice-Head: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • For any logistical questions, contact co-chair Bob Bergland: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Excellence in Journalism Conference 2017

Regular Registration Deadline: August 15, 2017

Since 2011, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio Television Digital News Association have partnered to host an annual conference that provides journalists with the industry’s best training and networking opportunities. The conference was named the Excellence in Journalism (EIJ) conference in order to provide an opportunity for other organizations to partner with SPJ and RTDNA on the event. Following five successful Excellence in Journalism conferences, SPJ and RTDNA welcome the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) as an EIJ collaborator for the 2017 event in Anaheim, CA.

The Excellence in Journalism 2017 conference will be host to top news professionals from broadcast, print and digital newsrooms around the country.


Broadcast Education Association Super-Regional Conference

Registration Deadline: September 2, 2017

Conference Dates: September 21 - 23, 2017

Join the Broadcast Education Association and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina for the second annual Fall Super-Regional Conference, September 21 - 23, 2017 at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. This three-day conference will feature academic training workshops, topical and timely panel discussions, and competitions for both scholarly research and creative works.


Call for Papers: 6th International Conference on Communication, Media, Technology and Design

Conference Dates: October 6 - 8, 2017

The International Conference on Communication, Media, Technology and Design is a three-day media conference held in Famagusta, Cyprus this year.

Main themes aim for the exchange of information on research, development, and applications of Communication Technologies, Social Media, Visual Communication and Design, Integrated Marketing Communication, Communication Education, Communication Barriers, Health Communication, Media Management and Economics, Political Communication and Communication and Media Studies in General.

The conference is seeking paper submissions to be included in the Conference Proceedings (Soft Copy) and published on the conference website.

  • For more information about paper guidelines, and to register for the conference itself, visit http://www.cmdconf.net/


Recent Events (Spring & Summer 2017)

Freedom of the Press & Journalism in Changing Times

Dates: July 24 - 25, 2017

In an effort to bridge the gap that can sometimes exist between classroom and industry, the International Radio & Television Society Foundation underwrites annual Faculty Seminars designed to give outstanding university educators a chance to explore key topics of the day that relate to their teaching.

Selected conferees will meet some of today's top journalism practitioners, as well as legal experts to explore this topic in a variety of ways; and a few field trips are included as part of the journey.

This seminar is best suited for educators who are as interested in looking at the subject through a legal lens as they are in getting a close-up look at how major news operations and careers in journalism are changing.

2017 Ethics Bowl Summer Workshop

June 30 - July 2, 2017

The workshop held sessions pertaining to the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, the Two-Year College Ethics Bowl, and the National High School Ethics Bowl, in addition to sessions on coaching, judging, student voices, the future of the bowl, and organizing regional competitions, etc.

The 2017 Ethics Bowl Summer Workshop was held at San Jose State University in San Jose, California.

Experience Interactive Digital Modules on Public Relations Ethics

The Page Center's new online modules are an interactive and educational tool designed for public relations classrooms. The modules feature expertise from faculty members from many universities. They are presented in an accessible and easy-to-use format that will help students understand, appreciate and apply ethics. Modules include videos, images, content and quizzes that cover an array of topics, including crisis management, corporate social responsibility, media framing and more. 

Relive the 2017 Arthur W. Page Center Awards Online

The 2017 Arthur W. Page Center Awards for integrity in public communication occurred on February 22, 2017 in New York City, honoring Ann Barkelew, Dick Martin and Alan Murray. Each discussed pursuing the truth with nearly 230 colleagues at the Center's awards dinner. Each of their speeches—and the opening remarks by Page Center advisory board chair Bill Nielsen—can be viewed online at the Center's website.

Truth, Trust and the Future of Journalism Conference

March 31, 2017

The Center for Journalism Ethics explored critical issues facing journalism such as Fake News, Conspiracy Theories, Disinformation, and Public Distrust at the Truth, Trust and the Future of Journalism Conference. Attendees strategized potential solutions for what some are calling an era of "post-truth." The Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan offered a keynote address focusing on these very issues.

The conference was held at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wisconsin.

For more information view the website


 

Media Watch Journal – Free Speech after a Free Press Papers

Media Watch developed an issue dealing with the future of the news business around the world.

The publication received submissions from media scholars in as wide a range of locations as possible, dealing with the future of the free press, as seen from technological, labor, craft, and business perspectives. There was interest in topics ranging from the sociological, political, and cultural revolution in a post-free press environment along with all of the accompanying ethical implications. Rather than examining ways to preserve the press as it is commonly known, Media Watch was interested in having scholars imagine the world after the demise of the current news industry and what that landscape might look like.


Northwest Excellence in Journalism Competition

January 13, 2017 - February 6, 2017

Organized by the Society for Professional Journalists, this annual contest covers work published or broadcast in 2016. It includes Daily Print and Online (four staff size groups), Weeklies, Non-daily Newspapers, Magazines, Radio, Television and Visuals. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions and allow one business day for a response.

More information can be found here.


26th Annual Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Conference

February 23, 2017 - February 26, 2017

The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) is a multidisciplinary, international organization advancing scholarship, education, and practice in practical and professional ethics. They facilitate and support collaboration among scholars and teachers, business and government leaders, and professionals from all areas concerned with the practical application of ethics and values.


Nominations for Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism

The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication was accepting nominations for the 17th Annual Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism. Up to three $5,000 awards are given annually. More information is available at the link below including information about nomination requirements, last year's winners, and a link to nomination forms.


Page Center Funds Online Modules Focused on Ethics and Integrity in Communications

The Arthur W. Page Center is organizing and funding an initiative that will strengthen the role of ethics education in communications classrooms. With Center support, 11 experts will build online modules on specific ethics topics that teachers and professors all over the world can use in their courses.

Based on research, the Center identified 14 areas that are most frequently included in public relations curricula. The teaching modules will provide an in-depth view of each area and give communications instructors relevant and research-based lesson plans.

Content will be standardized so students can seamlessly move from one module to another to gain insight into the different topics. The final lessons will be available on the Page Center website in 2017. They will also be shared broadly with communications classrooms across the globe.

Module topics include, but are not limited to: ethical decision-making, digital ethics, public relations writing, and corporate social responsibility.

More information can be found on the Page Center website: http://comm.psu.edu/page-center/article/research-grants-connect-public-relations-faculty.