ICE blogs

October 26, 2007

Communicating diversity: call for papers

Filed under: News, ethical space editors blog, Headlines — icetemp @ 8:02 pm

Every word matters: Communicating diversity is the title of the annual conference of the Institute of Communication Ethics on 16 November 2007 at Leeds Trinity and All Saints College, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5HD. This one-day, international conference, organised by the leading communication ethics institute in the UK, is an opportunity for practitioners and academics to come together and discuss the crucial issues that surround the communication of diversity in all its forms. Thus discussions may focus on: representations of ethnic diversity, class and gender in the media both in Britain and abroad; the Internet and campaigns for people with disabilities; promoting awareness of diversity issues in higher education; language, ideology and myth in the constructions of diversity. The conference will be in a cafe format enabling relaxed, creative dialogue between all delegates. Papers will be short (around 10 minutes each) with the emphasis placed on the ensuing discussion. Position papers, articles or statements are welcome and will be published as part of the conference papers and may also be carried in Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics. They should be between 1,000 and 2,500 words and sent to Fiona Thompson, chair of the Institute of Communication Ethics, ( or Richard Keeble (, ICE director and joint editor of Ethical Space.

New book reviews editor for Ethical Space

Filed under: News, ethical space editors blog, Headlines — icetemp @ 7:51 pm

Ethical Space now has a book reviews editor in the southern hemisphere, complementing the work of Prof. John Tulloch in the north.
Dr Mary Griffiths, who is associate professor and head of media at the University of Adelaide, Australia, researches the diverse political and social outcomes of new media practices, especially the cultural and ethical contexts of e-democracy, censorship regimes, e-citizens, citizen journalism, social networking online, online participation and learning, and mobile media. She will enrich the journal through her academic networks in Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

Dr Griffiths is an associate editor for EJEG: the electronic journal of e-government and on the editorial boards of the Journal of E-Government and Southern Review: Communication, Politics and Culture. On the conference executive of the annual European Conference in E-Government, she initiated, and chairs, the e-democracy track.
Her recent publications include Media-savvy professionals: Intranets and reinventing government (EJEG 2007) and she co-authored a chapter on online pedagogy, The pastoral in virtual space: A tale of two systems and how e-learning practitioners remake them.
The reviews editors welcome suggestions for titles to review and offers to review items. Please contact either editor, at and

Death of leading media ethicist

Filed under: News, Headlines — news_editor @ 7:43 pm

Claude-Jean Bertrand, the eminent media ethicist and member of the Ethical Space editorial board, has died in Paris. In all, he published 20 books on media ethics, American civilization, Methodism and a range of other topics. His articles were published in 20 languages. He co-authored a book on pornography and even compiled a book of his favourite jokes. Throughout much of his work, he promoted the concept of M*A*S (Media Accountability Systems). He believed passionately in the capacity of individuals, groups and journalists themselves within democracies to improve standards by putting pressure on the media to change. He defined the M*A*S as a non-governmental means of inducing media and journalists to respect the ethical rules set by the profession. They are extremely diverse but all aim at improving news media, using evaluation, monitoring, education, feedback and communication.
Thus he identified 120 M*A*S systems, such as readers letters, codes of conduct, in-house ombudsmen, blogs, journalism reviews and media columns in newspapers and magazines. He first ran a programme on American civilization at the universities of Strasbourg and Paris-X and then taught communication studies at the Institut francais de presse at the Universite de Paris-2 (where in 1995 he became an Emeritus Professor). Claude supported the work of ICE from its beginnings. He attended the inaugural conference at City University, London, in 2003 and contributed a number of articles to Ethical Space.
He is survived by his wife, Michele, four children and five grandchildren. Deepest condolences go to his family.

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