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October 18, 2010

New stress on values by NGOs

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The Common Cause Report (September 2010) produced by five international non-governmental organisations (NGO) is quite ground-breaking, writes Robert Beckett. The scale of membership and operation of NGOs such as Oxfam, WWF (UK), Climate Outreach and Information Network (COIN), the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and Friends of the Earth (FoE), suggests a powerful common agenda which highlights two themes for communication ethics.

The first theme describes how the environment and development movements and their campaigning agendas are being transformed by a critique of the values which underpin factual analysis, rather than remaining stuck in arguments with fixed positions based on facts. Values, the report argues, are used by people to pre-judge matters of fact and therefore, in matters of critical and complex disagreement, it is values that most influence decisions. A second theme identifies how these values are best represented as ‘frames’ that structure the matrix of complex issues which NGOs deal with. These frames can be deconstructed to isolate the underlying moral, social and human values so that better communication can take place.

As leading campaign organisations move to address a moral framing of issues that many communication researchers identify as powerful and motivating, there appears to be a new opportunity. For those interested in discourse analysis, critical theory and social constructionism, to name a few of the communication theories and insights that appear to have gained significant endorsement in this report, the time may be right to link communication ethics with a growing critique, based on values, now shared with the environmental and development movements.

A good first step might be to search for funding currently available through the report sponsors, the Arthur Page Centre for Public Integrity, at Penn State University (see link below).

- The Common Cause Report may be accessed at
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Socialnomics - the way ahead

According to the YouTube presentation ‘Social Media Revolution 2′ (part of a set of short-videos all available at the link below) social networks are the new community, university, service provider, self-generated media and self-programming work-space, writes Robert Beckett.

This video promotes a best-selling book, Socialnomics by Erik Qualman (2009), which describes the phenomenal success of social media. As its thesis, Qualman foresees the decline of print media and the printed text, the end of the author as singular authority and the rise of collaborative networks and actors from the new Y and Z generations. Social networks, particularly Facebook, are phenomenally successful - Facebook would be the 3rd largest country by population after China and India according to Qualman - while the video is more promotional than credible research.

However, there is a good argument promoted here for a new generation of co-creating learners, not only educating themselves with a little help from the occasional good teacher, but also governing themselves, building their own sustainable resources and largely ignoring the limits imposed by old ways of doing almost everything.

With reference to the present education debate in the UK, the latest developments in social media suggest how powerful new learning opportunities should be heeded. New programmes such as ‘edutainment and gaming for life’ (see links) are based on a completely different set of learning assumptions. In ten years time, the whole architecture of education may even be redesigned around technologies that enable distance, virtual and game learning and encourage mass participation. So looking to the future, interestingly, it looks much like many of the communication researchers predicted thirty years ago, somewhere between dystopia and do-it-yourself.

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July 4, 2010

The media’s crucial role in the anti-racism campaign

Richard Lance Keeble, Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln, highlighted the role of the media in promoting multi-culturalism at the opening session of the conference “Learning to live in a multi-cultural world”, organised by Initiatives of Change, at Caux, Switzerland, 2 July 2010

Why are we here in at this amazing Mountain House, in Caux? Well. We all live in multi-cultural societies and we all have multi-cultural blood running through our veins. My family, for instance, can trace its roots back to Australia, Scotland and Ireland. My partner of 39 years is French. Our son, after spending two years teaching in Japan, is now a researcher at Murdoch University in Australia. The mother of his partner there is Greek, her late father Irish. In this context notions of racial, cultural, national purity are nonsense. We should celebrate our multi-cultural heritance.

And yet ethnic violence, crude nationalism and racism (often fuelled by underlying economic grievances) are globally on the rise. Most recently minority Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan have fallen victim to appalling violence.

In the UK, despite all the rhetoric about multi-culturalism over recent decades, evidence suggests a backlash is underway. Just take a look at the members of the new Con-Dem coalition government: the majority are Oxbridge educated, white and male. Eighteen of them are millionaires. Some 7 per cent of Britons go to private schools and yet a recent report concluded that some 54 per cent of top journalists in the UK went to private schools. 45 per cent went to Oxbridge. So much for cultural, class diversity!

Commentators on the coverage of the election by the major broadcasting companies also remarked on how again most of the reporters were white and male. Indeed, a recent report funded by the UK government and compiled by the charity Business in the Community found that some of the best-paid professions such as the media, law, banking and politics were seen by ethnics as subtly hostile or openly racist towards ethnic minorities. More than one-fifth of ethnic minority people in employment have heard racially offensive comments at work.

How the media can stoke hatred and ignorance
We are here because we know that the role of the media in all of this is vast - for instance, it can stoke xenophobia, stereotypes, hatred and ignorance. The controversy which exploded across the world following the publishing of the Mohamed cartoons in a Danish newspaper (resulting in more than a hundred deaths) served also to highlight the enormous responsibility of all journalists - and the complexity of the issues relating to freedom of expression, respect for difference and so on.

In the UK, the mainstream media too often perpetuate damning stereotypes about asylum seekers. A study by Article 19, the international organisation campaigning against censorship, of six daily newspapers found widespread use of such labels as “bogus asylum seekers”, “asylum cheats”, “scroungers” and “parasites”. In many of the reports the immigrants were dehumanised; the Mail, for instance, referred to a consignment of immigrants. Asylum seekers were often painted as criminals and threats to public health - as supposed importers of AIDS with words such as “exodus”, “flood”, “swamp”, “deluge”, “mass influx” fuelling fears. Roy Greenslade, professor of journalism at City University and Guardian media commentator, concluded: “In papers which pride themselves on their ability to tell human interest stories, human interest stories about people fleeing torture, oppression and gross poverty have been entirely absent.” Analysis of television coverage by Cardiff University School of Journalism found similar stereotyping.

At a more subtle level, cultural prejudice (which can confine black Africa to the margins of media coverage) can seriously distort new values - and mean that incredible stories of progressive political and journalistic action are marginalised. And so we must work to change those news values, sourcing conventions and practical routines that perpetuate stereotypes and exclude solution-oriented reporting.

Take, for instance, Liberia. Following mainstream media reporting, you may associate that country with child soldiers, the hacking of limbs by the combatants in the recent brutal civil war there. And yet Liberia has been the site of a little reported and yet extraordinary peace and peace journalism movement.

Extraordinary movement for peace - missed by the Western media
Let me explain: A peace movement called Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace played a crucial role in the ending of hostilities in Monrovia. Organised by social worker Leymah Gbowee, thousands of Christian and Muslim women staged silent protests and forced a meeting with President Charles Taylor and extracted a promise from him to attend peace talks in Ghana. Gbowee then led a delegation of Liberian women to Ghana to continue to apply pressure on the warring factions during the peace process. They staged a sit in outside the Presidential Palace, blocking all the doors and windows and preventing anyone from leaving the peace talks without a resolution. In other words, the women of Liberia became a powerful political force against violence and against their government.
Their actions helped bring about an agreement during the stalled peace talks. As a result, the women were able to achieve peace in Liberia after a 14-year civil war and later helped bring to power the country’s first female head of state, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Since her election, unprecedented numbers of women have assumed leadership positions. Women comprise 17 per cent of the Senate, 12.5 per cent in the House of Representatives, 31 per cent among junior and senior ministers and 33 per cent among local government officials. Today, there are around 200 women’s organisations throughout Liberia and a series of regionally broadcast radio programmes have recently prominent women leaders in various fields.
These radio programmes have been used to foster dialogue among women’s groups about topics of particular importance to women, including health, education, and peace building and have provided networking opportunities for women interested in contesting elections. And since its formation by a group of Liberian journalists interested in sustaining peace, democracy, human rights, free expression and development in their country the Center for Media Studies and Peace Building has helped sustain these peace moves through the provision of training and research for the media in peace building, advocacy and development.
All these remarkable achievements are happening largely away from the glare of the western media.
Moreover, in western Europe the promotion of multi-culturalism and human rights is more often rhetoric than reality. Human rights, for instance, were evoked scandalously to legitimise the “war on terror” and the illegal war in Iraq in 2003 - with all its terrible consequences: the abuse of prisoners, the massacres of civilians, the creation of millions of refugees, the impoverishment of whole nations, the extraordinary rendition of terrorist suspects to Guantanamo Bay and secret prisons - where they have been tortured - or disappeared. In the UK, black and Asian people have been seriously discriminated against by the police in anti-terrorism strategies - with blacks now seven times more likely to be stopped and searched than white people. More than 310,000 black and Asian people were searched on the streets in 2008/09, the figures rising more than 70 per cent over the last five years.

We might even say there is an excess of morality of one kind in the media and the dominant political culture in general. The mainstream media are forever swamped in predictable media moral panics: over declining media standards, over violent video games, irresponsible parents, rowdy students, football hooligans and so on. And each week some one or some group is damned as “evil”.

Crucial role of progressive journalists within the mainstream
How do we confront these issues? How do we theorise our strategies? Well, clearly we should not exclude activities within the mainstream. While its closeness to dominant financial, military and ideological forces means that the professionalised mass media in advanced capitalist countries function largely to promote the interests of the political/industrial/political complex, at the same time the contradictions and complexities of corporate media do provide spaces for progressive journalism. The careers of journalists such as Martha Gellhorn, Nicholas Tomalin, John Pilger, Robert Fisk, Arundhati Roy, Naomi Klein are proof enough. In this context the work of organisations such as the International Communications Forum, PressWise and the Media Diversity Institute are crucial - working for changes from within the professional sector.

Indeed, we are also here because while we know the media too often promote dangerous cultural stereotypes, in many parts of the world the media are part of the solution - assisting in conflict resolution, encouraging understanding between races and cultures, campaigning for positive changes.

In Media Values, the book I have just edited, drawing together the writing of 27 journalists and artists inspired by the ICF founder Bill Porter, Fabrice Boulé describes the programme he has developed promoting the journalism of peace and reconciliation in the Great Lakes Area of Africa. Even in the Congo, where a little reported civil conflict has caused more deaths than any other conflict since 1945, journalists are working together to promote peace.

There are many other examples of practical moves by journalists to promote civil harmony and progressive peace. In Germany the Peace Counts projects brings together a network of international journalists to work in trouble spots - such as in the Ivory Coast - inspiring journalists to work for reconciliation.

Just recently in the UK, the Guardian revealed that 216 CCTV cameras had been installed by the police in two predominantly Muslim though relatively crime-free neighbourhoods of Birmingham. As a result of the newspaper’s investigations which prompted local protests, the cameras were de-activated.

But professionalism is not enough. Professions are best seen as historically-located and class based social groupings which seek to regulate market conditions in their favour by restricting access. Significantly research suggests that only around 2 per cent of journalists in the UK are black, Asian or Arab compared to a national minority population of 5.26 per cent. Moreover, professionalism tends to stress the individual conscience, an apolitical stance and the importance of following codes of conduct to transform the mainstream media. All of these approaches need to be confronted.

Indeed, we need to redefine journalism as political practice. And by applying a political analysis of the media and journalistic activity we will be able to highlight the crucial roles of collective trade union action within the mainstream and of alternative media in the formation of a progressive, multi-racial, multi-cultural public sphere.

Let me give a few international examples of progressive collective action by journalists in the mainstream:

Between 1999 and 2001 the media worked alongside other civil society organisations in protests against President Estrada in the Philippines culminating in what became known as the Second People’s Power Revolution. In 2001 all-women teams at the Philippines Center for Investigative Journalism produced a series of television reports exposing government corruption that gained massive publicity and were considered as crucial in helping inspire the mass non-violent protests, in part sparked by Estrada fuelling of civil discord in his brutal clampdown on the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Closer to home in the UK, during 2003 and 2004 Daily Express journalists in London passed the following motion:

This chapel is concerned that Express journalists are coming under pressure to write anti-Gypsy articles. We call for a letter to be sent to the press Complaints Commission, the leading regulatory body in the UK set up by the Thatcher government in the early 1990s) reminding it of the need to protect journalists who are unwilling to write racist articles which are contrary to the National Union of Journalists’ code of conduct.

Call for conscience clause rejected by PCC
They asked the PCC to insert conscience clause in its code whereby journalists who refused unethical assignments would be protected from disciplinary action or dismissal. This would be surely an important element of any campaign to promote higher standards in the mainstream media. But the PCC, being too much the voice of vested media interests, predictably refused.

During the Orange Revolution in the Ukraine in 2004 about 40 journalists from all TV channels announced that they were being compelled to lie on air and promised not to do so in future. - these activities culminated three months of campaigning.

In 2006 journalists on the German Berliner Zeitung newspaper refused to produce a normal edition of the paper in protest at the appointment of a new editor since they were concerned their proprietor planned to “sacrifice journalistic quality and high standards for the sake of short-term money-making ambitions” As Tony Harcup comments: “Without a collective voice and collective confidence, control of the ethics of journalism will remain largely in the hands of editors and proprietors with individual journalists being left with little choice but to do what they are told or resign. Journalistic ethics cannot be divorced from everyday economic reality such as understaffing, job insecurity, casualised labour, bullying and unconstrained management prerogative.”

Considering further collective action it’s important to acknowledge the work of media trade unions in promoting anti-racist struggles. In the UK, the National Union of Journalists has a range of guidelines on handling issues relating to multi-culturalism and the coverage of overtly racist groups - and highlights many of these activities in its publication: The Journalist. The Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists likewise constantly speaks out over the oppression of progressive journalists around the world and the dumbing down of standards as proprietors focus obsessively on profits and ratings. And the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, which brings together trade union progressives, leftist political activists and academics, similarly works in many imaginative ways to support anti-racist campaigns.

Intriguingly, the ideologies of professionalism and the linked notion of “objectivity” have served largely to exclude alternative, campaigning, social media even from the definition of “journalism”. Thus it’s important to extend the definition of journalism beyond the mainstream to incorporate the vital role of alternative media.

Firstly there’s the much under-valued anti-racist media: In Britain there’s the magazine of the organisation Campaign Against Racism and Fascism, there’s the excellent Race and Class, published by the Institute of Race Relations and there’s Muslim News. There’s the progressive US-based website, and the human rights campaigning magazine New Internationalist.

Then there are all the newspapers, magazines, newsletters, community radio and television stations which specifically target ethnic minority groups in the UK. A list produced by the Commission for Racial Equality carried the names of 113 such outlets. And yet these media are hardly ever considered by conferences such as this, by the mainstream media in their handling of contemporary journalism - nor rarely feature in academic research.

Important role of “citizen journalists”
Finally, I want to consider the controversial role of the new “citizen journalists” in the promotion of multiculturalism. Many professionals, predictably, see the new journalists as upstarts threatening their privileges and unconstrained by any adherence to any credible codes of conduct. I take the opposite view. The best citizen journalists are providing a necessary critique of professional standards. For instance, the media monitoring website medialens based in the UK is subjecting the mainstream media to a constant and extremely well informed critique from a radical, Chomskyite perspective.

Moreover, too much of the conventional debate over multi-culturalism and anti-racism focuses on the journalist as professional producer and the audience as a passive consumer of a professional product. Rather we need to view the audience as producers of their own (written or visual) media. Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 proclaims, in effect, the right to journalism since it stresses that everyone has the right not only to seek and receive but to “impart” (in other words communicate) information and ideas.

So let’s celebrate blogs such as and the website (edited by the black campaigning journalist Marc Wadsworth) for highlighting important issues and carrying out investigations ignored by the mainstream.

There are many journalisms today and more may well sprout in future years - in the struggle against racism we need to tap the special potentials of all of them.

December 28, 2009

conference on global ethics, Bristol, UK

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Conference Announcement

The Third International Global Ethics Association (IGEA)
University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
30 June - 1 July, 2010

Global Ethics:
10 years into the millennium

What progress have we made in addressing the key ethical issues of our time such as global conflict, climate change, and international injustice?

Confirmed speakers: Simon Caney (University of Oxford) and Darrel Moellendorf (Director, Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs, San Diego State University)

This conference invites papers and panels on all aspects of Global Ethics in 2010. We encourage multidisciplinary papers which address the theory and practice of Global Ethics and global justice from academic, policy and practice perspectives. Issues which we would like to consider include:

  • Development issues like progress towards achieving the MDGs and impact of post-colonial and post-development critiques on development ethics
  • Ecological crises such as global warming and the distribution of increasingly scarce natural resources
  • War and peace concerns such as the ethical issues arising from the War on Terror, humanitarian intervention, privatization of the military and the ethics of peace-keeping
  • Gender issues 20 years since CEDAW, for example, transnational feminism and reproductive rights
  • Human rights issues 60 years after the UDHR
  • Economic injustices and the global market
  • Global networks and civil society
  • Identity politics, multiple identities and transnationalism

Journal of Global Ethics

Network for Global Ethics and Human Rights, University of the West of England

Centre for the Study of Global Ethics, University of Birmingham

For further information please contact Dr Christien van den Anker ( and Dr Heather Widdows (

November 4, 2009

How saying sorry plays into the hands of the spin doctors

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Journalists’ obsession with winning apologies from politicians and bankers is playing into the hands of the spin doctors and the public relations industry, according to Nicholas Jones.

Jones, for 30 years a BBC industrial and political correspondent, told the annual conference of the Institute of Communication Ethics, at Coventry University on 28 October 2009: ‘The priority is always to work out who is to blame and who should say sorry. All too often journalists put that question at the top of the list when interviewing victims and aggrieved members of the public. And the blame game is speeding up thanks to the internet, the blogosphere and social networking sites.’

He continued: ‘By giving so much emphasis to such story lines journalists play into the hands of spin doctors and the public relations industry and as a result they find it easier to mislead the media, a process which invariably ends up giving another push to the downward spiral of highly-personalised news coverage.’

Looking back on the Blair years the routine of saying ’sorry’ was taken even further and subsequently used to protect the Prime Minister. If a damaging story was running out of control, his chief press secretary, Alastair Campbell, knew it was essential to try to close it down before Blair went to the House of Commons each Wednesday to answer PM’s questions. Blair had to know that the crisis was over: that there had been an apology or resignation, which he could say was the end of the matter. ‘That is why Tuesday became the day for saying “sorry” - so that Blair would have a clear run at the despatch box.’

The apologies of the Blair years were essentially mechanisms for defusing personality-led stories which had got out of control and had to be closed down. ‘But the apologies didn’t result in a change in behaviour. Blair did not stop taking ill-considered donations from suspect businessmen; ministerial special advisers such as Jo Moore went on abusing the rules that apply to temporary civil servants; and Cherie Blair continued her buying spree, building up an impressive property portfolio.’

June 24, 2009

Call for abstracts: The annual conference of the Institute of Communication Ethics

‘I’m an ethicist…get me out of here’: Communication, celebrity and conscience in a global media age

The annual conference of the Institute of Communication Ethics

When: Wednesday October 28, 2009 10 am-1 pm Where: Start Up Cafe, Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5SB All welcome!

Call for abstracts

The conference aims to explore the many ethical issues facing communication professionals and academics in the global media age.

Thus papers may wish to examine some of the following questions:

  • Can we speak meaningfully of global ethical communication standards?
  • To what extent is the concept of global public sphere/s useful in understanding contemporary communication issues?
  • What are the ethical dilemmas (for both journalists and citizens) associated with the now globalised social networking sites?
  • Does the politics of celebrity culture serve to marginalise more significant issues and perspectives (thus contributing to the ‘dumbing down’ of the media and the rise of ‘churnalism’)?
  • Can the contradictions within the celebrity culture be explored for progressive purposes: for instance, can issues relating to racism, sexism, disability and class be explored in Reality TV programmes?
  • To what extent does celebrity coverage reinforce a culture of cruelty?
  • To what extent has the celebrity culture invaded the world of politics?

In addition papers may wish to focus on:

  • Case studies of celebrity coverage and manufacture eg Jade Goody, David Beckham; Piers Morgan, Simon Cowell; Britney Spears, Madonna
  • The globalisation of the celebrity culture: within hours of appearing on Britain’s got talent Susan Boyle became a global superstar - thanks to YouTube.
  • Comparative case studies - celebrity coverage in contrasting cultures (eg Nigeria and the US)
  • Comparative case studies of PR promotion in contrasting cultures

Abstracts of 200 words should be sent to Prof Richard Lance Keeble at by September 14, 2009. Feedback following peer review will be given back within 10 days. Selected contributions will appear in a future edition of Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics (

Attendance at the conference will cost £55. Please send cheques payable to ‘Institute of Communication Ethics’ c/o Fiona Thompson, Faculty of Media, Business & Marketing, Leeds Trinity & All Saints, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5HD.

The ICE conference will be followed by the major international ‘Is world journalism in crisis’ conference, in the Humber Theatre, Coventry University 2-5 pm

October 1, 2008

Whistleblowers and mischief-makers: ICE annual conference

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You’re warmly invited to the ICE annual conference, to be held in London on 21 November. The theme is the ethics of scandal, and major speakers already confirmed are Guardian investigative reporter David Leigh, Karen Sanders (author of books on media ethics and political scandal), the BBC’s Michael Ford, and PR scholar Simon Goldsworthy. Conference flyer attached. Conference Flyer

April 19, 2008

Symposium for scholars at Media Reform conference (Minneapolis)

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This is a quick update and reminder about the symposium for scholars which will take place in Minneapolis on June 5th, a day before the National Conference on Media Reform.  The symposium is called ‘Academic Research for Media Reform’ and the program is now online. Otagizers are calling it a ‘unique opportunity’ to engage in a dialogue between academics and media reform advocates.

The program offers an expansive presentation of scholarship on the most pressing issues in the media reform community.  The program committee - through a double-blind peer review process - generated eight sessions of papers submitted by leading academics from the US’s top schools.  The sessions will focus on media ownership (and the FCC’s research effort), sustainability of independent media, access to dominant platforms, network neutrality, international media reform efforts, and the media reform movement itself.

The symposium also features two special sessions.  There will be an opportunity for a roundtable discussion with members of the ‘future of American telecommunications working group’. This group is currently designing a new media and telecommunications policy framework for the new administration in 2009. In addition, there will be a session on ‘copyright and free speech’ in which Neil Netanel will present his new book Copyright’s Paradox.

All registrants to the symposium are eligible for the early-bird fare for the NCMR itself.

Amit M. Schejter, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Telecommunications Pennsylvania State University
Ben Scott Policy Director Free Press

Media education summit (UK)

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We are pleased to invite you to attend the Media Education Summit 2008 and to call for proposals for creative contributions and posters.

This event is organized by The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, hosted by Bournemouth University and supported by Skillset and the Art, Design and Media Higher Education Subject Centre.

Conference Details

Media Education Summit Monday 1st September & Tuesday 2nd September 2008

This national conference will provide valuable insights into the opportunities and challenges facing media education now and in the future.


  • Convergence - implications for HE
  • Media Practice 2020 - industrial and educational perspectives
  • Employer engagement an government policy
  • The launch on the 14-19 Creative Media Diploma
  • The creation of the Skillset Screen and Media Academies
  • Students reflecting on their creative practice
  • Using new technologies to engage students

Confirmed Speakers

  • Anthony Lilley, CEO Magic Lantern
  • Prof Stephen Heppell, The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice
  • Kate O’Connor, Deputy CEO, Skillset
  • Dr Julian McDougall, Newman University College
  • Dr Andrew Burn, Institute of Education
  • Dr Julian Sefton-Green, University of South Australia

Fees: Early Bird GBP125 (before 30th June), Full Rate GBP175 (after 30 June)

Call for Creative Contributions, and Poster Presentations

Proposals for short screenings, posters, foyer demonstrations and performances related to the conference themes of Policy, Philosophy and Pedagogy are invited.

Please submit short proposals (up to 500 words plus other artefacts or information as relevant) by 30th June 2008.

There will be designated time to enable poster presenters to share their work in person. The poster session allows a more interactive forum for communication and collaborative discussion. The poster presenter must be present during the period assigned for discussion.

Please send proposals and any queries to:

Further details can be found at together with information on how to register to attend.

Jon Wardle co-director the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, The Media School, Bournemouth University 01202 965907

Australian media educators conference (Adelaide)

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National Media Education Conference (SAAME)

Adelaide 26-28 September

2008 Conference Theme, Digital Dialogues: Moving Media Education

Hawke Building, City West Campus, University of South Australia

Call for papers and workshops
The digital future is upon us and we ought to be talking about the digital present. How are students, teachers and media education
accommodating and responding to the changes brought by the digital revolution ? Where is Media Education now and where is it heading?

Children and young people now have more choices as consumers, readers, viewers, creators and producers of media than their parents and even older siblings had, and their communicative power is considerable. Media that used to be exclusive and expensive is now everywhere and everyday. With so much availability and opportunity for creativity, what are the practices that we find ourselves engaged with as consumers, producers, educators, and citizens?

This conference invites papers and workshops that engage with the most current issues, challenges and practices in media education. Papers will be accepted in peer-reviewed and non-reviewed streams. Workshops may provide examples of teaching and learning innovation, excellence, and engagement with media practices and projects.

We welcome papers and workshops on a broad range of topics and here are a few suggested themes:

Fostering Media Cultures; Me Media: More Than Just a Marketing Mantra?; Media Making; Developing Digital Literacy; IP: Creating/Quoting; Teaching Ethics in a Changing Media Culture; Indigenous Media Communities; Who are the Net Gen and What Do They Do?; Media Regulation; New Media and Old Moral Panics; Relevant Education for Media Workers; Social Networking Sites and Services; Encouraging Childrens’ Creativity with Media; Open-source in the Classroom; Personal Technologies, Creativity and Education; Cyber-bullying in Youth Culture
All abstracts and papers will be double blind, peer-reviewed.

Submit 200 word abstract by 28th April, 2008 to

Follow the instructions under ‘Lodge Abstracts’

Response Schedule:

Notification of Abstract Acceptance 12th May Full Paper Due 16 June
Notification of Paper Acceptance 7 July Final (Revised) Paper Due 4

Early Bird Registration Closes 11 August

All peer-reviewed papers will be considered for publication in Southern

Please submit any questions relating to your abstarct to Grant Brindal

Grant Brindal Conference Convenor

April 13, 2008

Public integrity symposium (Florida, 2009)

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2009 Public Integrity Symposium

Ethics Education and Training
Ethics education and training are no longer cottage industries in higher education, business, government, or the world of NGOs. There is a rapidly growing consensus, as well as empirical evidence, that sound ethical practices and behavior go hand-in-hand with high performance, better products and services, and improved governance. These forward steps are truly exciting. Still, there is much to do and to learn.

This symposium seeks to advance our knowledge of the successes and failures, tools and methods, costs and return on investments in ethics education and training. Authors are invited to submit abstracts of papers to be considered for inclusion in the symposium. A multi-disciplinary approach is welcomed. Paper topics include but are not limited to:
Current trends and practices in any discipline or within a field of practice
Cross disciplinary developments in business, public administration, social work, criminal justice, and other fields
Normative ethics theory/practice
Educational and training methods and approaches
Cases involving success stories or failures
Assessments of educational and training programs
Inventory and assessment of ethics centers and institutes
Roles of professional accrediting bodies such as the National Schools of Public Affairs & Administration
International training and education including trans-national organizations such as the U.N. and the World Bank
Professional associations
Ethics management in organizations
Leadership ethics
Decision making theories
New Public Management ethics training

Given the limited space available for the symposium in Public Integrity, it is anticipated that a book length manuscript will also be produced to include an expanded number of high quality papers.

June 1, 2008               Abstract
October 1, 2008          Manuscript draft (All papers will be subject to blind refereeing.)
November 15, 2008    Revised manuscript submitted (All manuscripts must be submitted with APA style & formatting.)
December 15, 2008    Manuscript acceptance notification

Send Abstract/Paper in Word 2003 to:
Donald C. Menzel, Ph.D. & Symposium Editor

3930 American Drive
Tampa, FL 33634

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