Category Archives: 2006 Conference

Sketches of a Sociological Inquiry into Blogging Ethics

Chris Anderson, Columbia University

chris_andersonLargely lost amidst the debate about whether bloggers need an ethics code and, if so, what it should be, is the more sociological question of why “ethics codes” and occupational norms emerge in the first place. It is in helping to articulate and analyze this question, Anderson argues, that scholars can productively contribute towards our understanding this rapidly growing world of online media.

Chris Anderson is a PhD student at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. His research focuses on the various forms of grassroots journalism and the changes within the journalistic profession being wrought by theese new media forms. Currently, he is developing a theoretical framework for analyzing challenges to the epistemological claims of professional journalists. Anderson serves as a senior editor for the New York City Independent Media Center website (, one of the earliest examples of a grassroots journalism project in the United States. He also serves on the editorial board of the Indypendent, a biweekly progressive newspaper in New York City

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Your Personal News Wire: The RSS Reader and Its Implications On News Organizations

Serena Carpenter, Michigan State University

Aggregators and readers may have serious implications on the future of journalism. The advent of the “Daily Me”, as Negroponte coined it, may have serious implications for news organizations.

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It's About What Your School Can Do for You

Susanne Göricke, University of Kansas

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Online Journalism Ethics

Bernard Debatin, Ohio University

debatinOnline journalism is a new and growing field with a variety of ethical challenges and conflicts. So far, little research has been done on the ethics of online journalism, and general ethical standards and protocols have not yet been established. The ethical challenges and dilemmas of online journalism are unique–or at least more pronounced, intensified, or amplified–than in other media because of the distinctive media logic of the hybrid medium Internet and its conditions of use. Practical strategies and ethical recommendations for online media professionals will be proposed.

Bernhard Debatin is an Associate Professor at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, where he also serves as the Director of Tutorial Studies in Journalism. He is co-editor or author of six books and several extended research reports in the areas of media ethics, communication research, online journalism, and philosophy. He has published over 50 articles in scholarly books and journals. Debatin teaches online journalism, media ethics, and other conceptually and theoretically oriented courses on mass communication in the School of Journalism.

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Reality blast: News judgment in a click-through world

Bob Benz, Scripps Company

bob_benzOnline journalism is fueled by metrics. We know very specifically what readers are clicking on. And what they aren’t. What ethical issues do online journalists face in a medium that emphasizes driving the most possible clicks?

Bob Benz earned a BA in journalism/English from Edinboro University and holds a master’s in English literature from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is on the NAA’s New Media Federation board, serves on the advisory board at Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism and is on PowerOne Media’s board of directors. Benz has taught English and/or journalism at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the University of New Mexico, Metro State College (Denver) and Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism.

Benz is general manager/interactive media for the E.W. Scripps Co.’s daily newspapers. He has worked for Scripps since 1986. In 1994, Benz was the copy editor on The Plutonium Experiment, which earned a Pulitzer Prize for reporter Eileen Welsome and The Albuquerque Tribune. He went from Albuquerque to the Denver Rocky Mountain News, where he played a key role in launching the newspaper’s Web site.

In his role as general manager/interactive media, Benz is responsible for revenue and content at Scripps newspaper sites. In 2002, those newspapers sites achieved profitability and have seen substantial audience, revenue and cash flow growth in each subsequent year.

Benz is married to Lara Edge, VP/Editorial for Scripps Networks online. They live in Knoxville in a restored 19th century farmhouse with four dogs, a cockatoo and a ghost.

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Typology of Online Journalism

Mark Deuze, Indiana University

The 21st century has been called the ‘Participation Age’ with regards to the various ways people across the globe use and make media. Scholars and industry observers alike signal a shift away from the mass media model (typified by terms as broadcast, top- down, show-and-tell, b2c, downstream, one-way) towards a culturally converged model (coined as bottom-up, collaborative, participatory, p2p and c2b, upstream, interactive, multiple-way). This presentation analyzes the implications of the participation age for (online and offline) journalism.

Mark Deuze (1969) is assistant professor at Indiana University’s Department of Telecommunications, and is consultant to the Journalism and New Media program at Leiden University, The Netherlands. Mark received his PhD in the Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His work focuses on the relationships between media production, technology and society, and has appeared in print in a number of Dutch and English books and journals (including Journalism Quarterly, Journalism Studies and New Media & Society). At the moment, he is working on a new book titled ‘Liquid Media Work’, on the changing nature of media work in the context of cultural and technological convergence. Mark maintains a weblog on journalism, new media, and culture at E-mail:

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We the Media: The rise of grassroots, open-source journalism

Dan Gillmor, Center for Citizen Media

As technology collides with journalism, democratizing the tools of media creation and distribution, news is evolving from a lecture into a conversation.

Dan Gillmor is author of “We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People” (O’Reilly Media, 2004), a book that explains the rise of citizens’ media and why it matters. He is currently working on several projects aimed at enabling grassroots journalism and expanding its reach. He also writes a regular column for the Financial Times.

From 1994-2004, Gillmor was a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley’s daily newspaper, and wrote a weblog for He joined the Mercury News after six years with the Detroit Free Press. Before that, he was with the Kansas City Times and several newspapers in Vermont. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Vermont, Gillmor received a Herbert Davenport fellowship in 1982 for economics and business reporting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. During the 1986-87 academic year he was a journalism fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he studied history, political theory and economics. He has won or shared in several regional and national journalism awards. Before becoming a journalist he played music professionally for seven years.

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Blogging from a War Zone

Robert Bateman

robert_bateman_sSoldiers have been recording their thoughts and fears in personal journals for hundreds of years. Weblogs add a new twist, however, because not everyone who reads them is necessarily a “good guy.” Finding the line, that balance between the impetus of the volunteer soldier from an open society and the need to prevent the enemy from learning about our tactics, techniques and procedures, has been a painful process for the armed forces these last three years. Misunderstandings, miscommunications, and in a few cases, non-judicial punishment, have characterized the reactions of an institution which is in turmoil in more ways than one.

Robert Bateman is a professional soldier, an historian and author. He is both Airborne and Ranger qualified, and has served as an Infantry officer around the world over the course of his career. He has also served as a “Military Fellow” at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and taught history at the United States Military Academy and George Mason University. Currently he is assigned to the Pentagon, where he works as a strategist.

As a freelance writer he has published more than 200 articles and reviews in both military professional as well as academic journals and commercial magazines and newspapers. His first book, */Digital War, A View from the Front Lines /*(1999) was an edited anthology about the future of war which has subsequently been published in paperback as well as Korean and Chinese. His second book, */No Gun Ri, a Military History of the Korean War Incident /*(2002), was an academic work of military history which investigated the history, and the reporting of, the events at No Gun Ri in 1950.

In January 2005 he left his home on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and went to Baghdad. Over the course of the year he served in Iraq he wrote a column for the /*DC Examiner */newspaper and also updated the readers of the MSNBC.COM blog “Altercation,” (hosted by the liberal pundit Eric Alterman) every week with his observations about life in Baghdad and Iraq.

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Media Ethics in a Digital Age

Clifford Christians, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

What ethical issues are central now as the new technologies dominate the media professions and global information systems take shape? There are new moral problems such as digital manipulation. Privacy, surveillance, gender discrimination, distributive justice and cultural diversity are more complicated than ever. But the centerpiece ought to be an ethics of truth. A sophisticated principle of truth should at the leading edge of the cyberspace revolution.

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Liberalism as Free Thought: John Stuart Mill

John Skorupski, University of Saint Andrews, Scotland

October 26th, 2006, 8:00 to 9:30 pm
Bentley Hall 124

john_skorupskiJohn Skorupski studied philosophy and economics at Cambridge University. After lecturing at the University of Glasgow he moved to the Chair of Philosophy at Sheffield University in 1984, and to the Chair of Moral Philosophy at Saint Andrews in 1990. His interests at the moment are: moral and political philosophy, meta-ethics and epistemology, history of 19th and 20th Century philosophy.