MED Paper Call

The Media Ethics Division welcomes faculty and graduate student paper submissions on all topics related to media ethics. The Division’s work cuts across many professional and scholarly boundaries, and the papers it selects reflect that diversity. The Division encourages submission of all media ethics-related research, regardless of its overall orientation (theoretical, philosophical, pedagogical, methodological, practical), its professional context (journalism, advertising, public relations), or its methodological approach. Those authors who use interdisciplinary methods are strongly encouraged to submit their work. All papers must be no more than 25-pages long (excluding bibliography and appendices) and must otherwise conform to the rules outlined in the AEJMC uniform call for papers. Submitting a paper to the MED implies that the author (or one of the authors) intends to present the paper in person or will make arrangements for the paper to be presented by a colleague familiar with the work.

The Division offers recognition in a number of areas, including the Burnett award, which is presented to a graduate student. All submissions will be evaluated in the general paper competition.

Help Us Reward Ethical Journalism

Each year, the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon presents the Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism. The goal is to recognize both journalists and journalistic institutions for demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to ethical conduct, even when faced with economic, personal. or political pressure.
We can use your help in identifying potential winners. MED faculty are in a unique position to recognize examples of current ethical conduct in journalism—we often use them in our classes. We’d like you to pass those examples on to us so that we may consider them for a Payne Award. All you have to do is send your examples, in whatever form you like, to Tom Bivins,, and we’ll take it from there. After all, when journalists do the right thing, we believe they deserve to be recognized.

You can view the Payne Awards site at:

The Teaching Resources Website Is Packed with Tools for Ethics Professors

Have you checked out the Media Ethics Division’s new Teaching Resources website? It’s online at

The website features resources, syllabi, activities and case studies submitted by MED members for use by anyone teaching media ethics at the college level. Since it was unveiled at AEJMC in St. Louis, five new items have been added with several more to come.

Check out “The Value of Sticking with It,” a case study submitted by Jay Black, which argues in favor of sustained analysis of a single case throughout a semester. See syllabi from Maggie Patterson, Patrick Plaisance, Kati Tusinski Berg, Wendy Wyatt, Ginny Whitehouse and other MED colleagues.

Among the new items are paper and companion PowerPoint presentation from Matt J. Duffy about a PR firm in Dubai that lays out an ethical lapse involving a doctored photo. Also new is the paper titled “Correcting the Record,” by graduate student Nicole Joseph. Joseph was the third-place winner of the Media Ethics Divisions student paper competition at the 2011 AEJMC conference in St. Louis.

As with any repository of resources, content is important and I’m constantly seeking new material for this site. I have some things to add this fall and YOU can send more to make it a vibrant, jam-packed supply for ideas. Send any teaching tips, class activities, case studies, syllabi to Teaching Standards Chair Jan Leach at I’m also looking for book titles for the Resources list, more material about advertising and PR ethics, and anything related to theoretical perspectives including papers, essays and book chapters.

Think of this website as an inventory of the wisdom of our collective members. We want it to be respected and recommended; you can make that happen!