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June 30, 2017

Call for papers: ICE annual conference

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Papers are invited for the annual conference of the Institute of Communication Ethics, ‘Sports Journalism: Ethical vacuum or ethical minefield?’, to be held on 27 October 2017 at the Frontline Club, London W2 1QJ. The keynote speaker is Andy Cairns, executive editor, of Sky Sports News.

Sports content is a crucial aspect of many media organisations’ output. But while the ethical issues surrounding news journalism are closely scrutinised, the ethical dilemmas facing sports journalism are often neglected, or even unacknowledged. Issues of media regulation remain highly contentious in the UK, but how does sports output fit into this debate? Is the balance of power between sports journalists and sports media relations executives shifting decisively in favour of the latter? How have sports journalists responded to the issues arising from the digital revolution? And how can students be best prepared to tackle the many ethical issues involved in sports reporting?

The conference aims to provide a space for analysis and discussion on the varied ethical issues confronting sports journalists. Topics might then include:

• Too cosy a relationship? Sports journalists and sports PR managers
• Does sports journalism need a separate industry code?
• Taking the (click)bait: are website visitor targets undermining high-quality sports journalism?
• Covering diversity in sports – issues of representation in sports coverage
• Using social media as a sports journalist: the ethical issues
• Sports journalism and ‘entrapment’: the ethical issues involved in an undercover investigation
• Branded content – is it in danger of killing independent sports journalism?
• ‘Fans with typewriters’. How prepared are sports journalists to cover ‘hard’ news on top of the regular diet of press conferences and matches?
• How should ethics and regulation be taught to sports journalists, both in industry and on training courses?
• Fan sites: when citizen sports journos challenge the news values of corporate media’s sports coverage
• Sports celebrities – and the ‘human interest’ bias of the media
• Local sports coverage – the necessary manufacture of ‘imagined communities’?

These issues – and more – will be of interest to academics, journalists, sports media relations practitioners and students working in the field of sports communications.

Please send 200-word abstracts to Dr Daragh Minogue (daragh.minogue@stmarys.ac.uk) and Tom Bradshaw (tbradshaw@glos.ac.uk) by 1 July 2017

Fake news inquiry

Filed under: News, ethical space editors blog, Headlines, journalism, ethics training — news_editor @ 1:01 pm

In January 2017, parliament’s culture, media and sport committee set up an inquiry to investigate ‘the growing phenomenon of widespread dissemination, through social media and the internet, and acceptance as fact of stories of uncertain provenance or accuracy’. It followed the public outcry over deception in political campaigning during the UK’s EU Referendum and the USA’s presidential election in 2016.
A detailed analysis of the submissions to the inquiry by Vian Bakir and Andrew McStay, of Bangor University, can be accessed at

http://www.meccsa.org.uk/news/three-d-issue-28-combatting-fake-news-analysis-of-submissions-to-the-fake-news-inquiry/.

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