Abstract

In the digital age, journalistic production is undergoing a process of constant transformation. Up till today, the scientific debate about this transformation has mostly been focusing on the specific potentials of web-based communication, which – at least in theory – is supposed to pave the way for new forms of participation, more transparency, and a general democratization of professional journalism. In the meantime, however, more and more counter-examples have been suggesting that the promising innovations of digital journalism are all too frequently reversed, in order to confront journalistic actors with new ethical problems instead, which have long been unknown in analog newsrooms. This contradiction provokes numerous questions: Do the ethical problems of online communication outweigh its undisputed potentials? How do the both sides of this discussion relate to each other? What does this mean for the future of media and communication ethics? And what are possible consequences for the (self-)regulation of digital media and online journalism? These questions are answered on the basis of a multi-method research design, which includes a document analysis of journalistic codes and professional guidelines in different journalism cultures all over Europe, an evaluation of complaints that were submitted to press and media councils, as well as problem-centered interviews with journalists, media self-regulators and media users.

Financing

Own funds

Cooperation Partners

University of Zurich, Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research

University of Milan, Department of Social and Political Sciences

University of Wroclaw, Department of Political Science

Lectures

Lectures

  • 15/09/2020 , Coventry
    Eberwein, T.
    Towards a participatory turn in journalism ethics? Lessons from the ethics of care
    Online conference “Responsible Journalism and Communication in Divided and Conflicted Societies”
  • 11/07/2019 , Paris
    Eberwein, Tobias
    Ethical and strategic ways to respond to hostile media rhetoric
    5th World Journalism Education Congress
  • 10/07/2019 , Paris
    Eberwein, Tobias
    “Don’t feed the troll!” Dysfunctional user participation as a challenge for journalism education
    5th World Journalism Education Congress
  • 22/02/2019 , Cologne
    Eberwein, Tobias
    „Troll“ oder „Glaubenskrieger“? Zur Differenzierung dysfunktionaler Formen der Medienkritik in Online-Kommentaren [“Troll” or “warrior of faith”? Differentiating dysfunctional forms of media criticism in online comments]
    Jahrestagung der DGPuK-Fachgruppe „Kommunikations- und Medienethik“
  • 22/02/2019 , Cologne
    Karmasin, Matthias Krainer, Larissa
    Bewegte Objekte? Die Erweiterung medienethischer Objektbereiche und KOnsequenzen für das Fach Kommunikations- und Medienethik [Moving objects? Extending media ethics´scope of application and its consequences to the field of communication and media ethics
    DGPUK FG Medienethik Jahrestagung 2019 "Kummunikations- und Medienethik reloaded?"
  • 21/02/2019 , Cologne
    Karmasin, Matthias
    It´s the economy? Digitale Innovation und Kommerzialisierung als methodologische und methodische Herausforderung in der Medienethik [Digital innovation and commercialization as amethodological and methodical challenge of media ethics
    DGPUK FG Medienethik Jahrestagung 2019 "Kummunikations- und Medienethik reloaded?"
  • 23/06/2018 , Eugene, OR
    Eberwein, Tobias
    ‘Trolls’ or ‘warriors of faith’? Differentiating dysfunctional forms of media criticism in online comments
    Annual Conference of the IAMCR
  • 24/05/2018 , Prague
    Porlezza, Colin Eberwein, Tobias
    A participatory turn in journalism ethics: Rethinking objectivity on the grounds of participatory journalism.
    ICA Pre-conference “’The Participatory Turn’ Ten Years Later: Trust/Distrust and Engagement/Disengagement”
  • 14/09/2017 , Cardiff
    Eberwein, Tobias
    Who let the trolls out? Understanding dysfunctional follow-up communication on journalistic news platforms
    Future of Journalism 2017 conference
  • 25/05/2017 , San Diego, CA
    Eberwein, Tobias Kus, Michal Porlezza, Colin Splendore, Sergio
    Lost ground? The ethics of participatory media production
    Preconference "Ordinary Citizens in the News" - ICA 67th Annual Conference
  • 23/03/2017 , Odense
    Eberwein, Tobias Porlezza, Colin Splendore, Sergio Kus, Michal
    Integration through participation? Functions (and failures) of citizen journalism in the digital age
    ECREA Journalism Studies Conference 2017
  • 16/02/2017 , Munich
    Eberwein, Tobias
    Diskriminierungsschutz oder Denkverbot? Anmerkungen zur Ethik der Kriminalitätsberichterstattung im Zeitalter der Migration [Non-discrimination or thought control? Comments on the ethics of crime reporting in the age of migration]
    Jahrestagung des Netzwerks Medienethik und der DGPuK-Fachgruppe "Kommunikations- und Medienethik"
  • 16/02/2017 , Munich
    Eberwein, Tobias Porlezza, Colin
    Integration durch Partizipation? Funktionen (und Fehlleistungen) des digitalen Bürgerjournalismus [Integration through participation? Functions (and failures) of citizen journalism]
    Jahrestagung des Netzwerks Medienethik und der DGPuK-Fachgruppe „Kommunikations- und Medienethik“
  • 10/11/2016 , Prague
    Eberwein, Tobias Kus, Michal Porlezza, Colin Splendore, Sergio
    The ethics of citizen journalism: (Dis)continuities in the norms and values of participatory media production
    6th ECREA European Communication Conference
  • 16/09/2016 , Milan
    Eberwein, Tobias
    What’s good journalism after all? On the transformation of journalistic norms and standards in participatory media production
    XXX Convegno Società Italiana di Scienza Politica
  • 28/07/2016 , Leicester
    Eberwein, Tobias Kus, Michal Porlezza, Colin Splendore, Sergio
    A vague memory of professionalism. On the role of journalistic standards in the education of citizen journalists
    Annual conference of the International Association for Media Communication Research (IAMCR)
  • 15/07/2016 , Auckland
    Eberwein, Tobias Porlezza, Colin Karmasin, Matthias
    Into the void: Exploring media ethics in the digital age. International cases and consequences for journalism education
    4th World Journalism Education Congress, Auckland, NZ
  • 10/06/2016 , Fukuoka
    Eberwein, Tobias Porlezza, Colin
    Both sides of the story. Communication ethics and media accountability in transition
    66th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) Fukuoka
  • 01/04/2016 , Leipzig
    Karmasin, Matthias Krainer, Larissa
    Von der Deutschen zur Deutschsprachigen Fachgeschichte?
    61st Annual Conference of the German Communication Association (DGPuK)
  • 31/03/2016 , Leipzig
    Eberwein, Tobias Porlezza, Colin Karmasin, Matthias
    Integration und Wandel. Entwicklungsoptionen einer Kommunikations- und Medienethik im digitalen Umbruch [Integration and change. Options for communication and media ethics in the digital transformation]
    61st Annual Conference of the German Communication Association (DGPuK)
  • 10/12/2015 , Vienna
    Karmasin, Matthias Eberwein,Tobias
    Double standards: Mediatization as a challenge to media ethics
    International Conference "Resposibility & Resistance: Ethics in Mediatized Worlds"
  • 26/11/2015 , Salzburg
    Eberwein, Tobias Porlezza, Colin Karmasin, Matthias
    Ignoreland: How digitization disrupts journalistic ethics and self-regulation
    ECREA Digital Culture and Communication Section: Digital Culture: Standards, disruptions and values
  • 19/11/2015 , Barcelona
    Porlezza, Colin Eberwein, Tobias
    Land of confusion? News organizations and ethical guidelines in a digital networked environment
    Communication, Development and Human Rights: Social change and media flows
  • 05/05/2015 , Bremen
    Eberwein, Tobias
    Immer noch #neuland? Medienethik in digitalen Welten - komparativ betrachtet [Still #neuland? Media ethics in digital worlds - a comparative view]
    Zentrum für Medien-, Kommunikations- und Informationsforschung (ZeMKI) der Universität Bremen
  • 11/04/2015 , Lodz
    Eberwein, Tobias Bichler, Klaus Porlezza, Colin Karmasin, Matthias
    Journalism's terra incognita. Exploring the ethics of digital media - a comparative view
    ICA Regional Conference: Expanding Communication: Old Boundaries and New Frontiers
  • 13/03/2015 , Bern
    Porlezza, Colin Bichler, Klaus Eberwein, Tobias Karmasin, Matthias
    Journalistische Ethik-Kodizes im digitalen Wandel. Aktualisierungsbedarf für berufsethische Richtlinien? Ergebnisse einer vergleichenden Drei-Länder-Studie [Journalistic codes of ethics in transition. Do professional guidelines need an update?]
    Jahrestagung der Schweizer Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaft
  • 14/11/2014 , Lisbon
    Splendore, Sergio Di Salvo, Philip Eberwein, Tobias Groenhart, Harmen Kus, Michal Porlezza, Colin
    Teaching Big. Educational strategies in the field of data journalism - a comparative study in six European countries
    5th European Communication Conference (ECREA)
  • 15/05/2014 , Paris
    Eberwein, Tobias
    Functional deceleration: Aims and effects of journalistic storytelling in the digital age
    9th annual conference of the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS)

Books and Monographs

Books and Monographs

  • Blome, A., Eberwein, T., & Averbeck-Lietz, S. (Eds.). (2020). Medienvertrauen. Historische und aktuelle Perspektiven [Trust in media: Historical and contemporary perspectives]. Berlin / Boston: de Gruyter.

Articles and Book Chapters

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Eberwein, T. (2020). „Troll“ oder „Glaubenskrieger“? Zur Differenzierung dysfunktionaler Formen der Medienkritik in Onlinekommentaren [„Troll“ or „warrior of faith“? Differentiating dysfunctional forms of media criticism in online comments]. In M. Prinzing, N. Köberer,, & B. Debatin, (Eds.), Kommunikations- und Medienethik – reloaded?. Baden-Baden: Nomos.
  • Eberwein, T. (2020). In Enttäuschung vereint: Motive für dysfunktionale Anschlusskommunikation in Nutzerkommentaren – und Konsequenzen für den Journalismus [United in disappointment: Motives for dysfunctional follow-up communication in user comments – and consequences for journalism]. In A. Blome, T. Eberwein,, & S. Averbeck-Lietz, (Eds.), Medienvertrauen. Historische und aktuelle Perspektiven (pp. 135-151). Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter. doi:10.1515/9783110590470-008
  • Eberwein, T. (2019). In Enttäuschung vereint: Motive für dysfunktionale Anschlusskommunikation in Nutzerkommentaren – und Konsequenzen für den Journalismus [United by disappointment: Motives for dysfunctional follow-up communication in user comments – and consequences for journalism] [accepted]. In A. Blome, T. Eberwein,, & S. Averbeck-Lietz, (Eds.), Medienvertrauen. Historische und aktuelle Perspektiven.. Berlin: de Gruyter.
  • Eberwein, T. (2019). Trolls”or“warriors of faith”? Differentiating dysfunctional forms ofmedia criticism in online comments. Journal Of Information, Communication And Ethics In Society, [Ahead of Print], n/a. doi:10.1108/JICES-08-2019-0090
  • Eberwein, T. (2019). A question of trust: Functions and effects of transmedia journalism [reprint]. In Information Resources Management Association (Ed.), Journalism and ethics. Breakthroughs in research and practice (pp. 856-871). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-8359-2.ch047
  • Eberwein, T. (2018). A question of trust: Functions and effects of transmedia journalism. In R. Rampazzo Gambarato & Alzamora, G. C. (Eds.), Exploring transmedia journalism in the digital age (pp. 15-30). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-3781-6.ch002
  • Eberwein, T., & Porlezza, C. (2018). Integration durch Partizipation? Funktionen (und Fehlleistungen) des digitalen Bürgerjournalismus [Integration through participation? Functions (and failures) of digital citizen journalism]. In M. Prinzing, Köberer, N., & Schröder, M. (Eds.), Migration, Integration, Inklusion. Medienethische Herausforderungen und Potenziale für die digitale Mediengesellschaft (pp. 87-104). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
  • Eberwein, T., Porlezza, C., Bichler, K., & Karmasin, M. (2016). Lästige Gäste? Partizipation und Produsage als Problem der journalistischen Selbstregulierung: Ergebnisse einer Drei-Länder-Studie [Inconvenient guests? Participation and produsage as a problem for journalistic self-regulation: Results from a three-country study]. Medien Journal, 40, 34-48.
  • Eberwein, T., & Porlezza, C. (2016). Both sides of the story: Communication ethics in mediatized worlds. Journal Of Communication, 66, 328-342. doi:10.1111/jcom.12216
  • Splendore, S., Di Salvo, P., Eberwein, T., Groenhart, H., Kus, M., & Porlezza, C. (2016). Educational strategies data journalism: A comparative study of six European countries. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, 17, 138-152. doi:10.1177/1464884915612683
  • Eberwein, T. (2015). Der Widerspruch von Schnelligkeit und Aktualität: Medienethische Überlegungen zum gegenwärtigen Geschwindigkeitswahn im Journalismus [The contradiction between rapidity and topicality: Media-ethical reflections on the current delusion of speed in journalism]. Communicatio Socialis, 48, 407-411.
  • Eberwein, T. (2015). Journalistisches Erzählen im Wandel: Ergebnisse einer Mehrmethodenstudie [Journalistic storytelling in transition: Results of a multi-method study]. In O. Hahn, Hohlfeld, R., & Knieper, T. (Eds.), Digitale Öffentlichkeit(en) (pp. 107-120). Konstanz: UVK.

Research Papers

Research Papers

Popular Publications

Popular Publications

  • Eberwein, T. (2019). Poster: Troll oder Glaubenskrieger? [Troll or warrior of faith?]. Derstandard.at. Retrieved from https://www.derstandard.de/story/2000112143379/poster-trolle-oder-glaubenskrieger
  • Eberwein, T. (2018). Futter für den Troll. Motive für disruptives Kommentieren auf Nachrichten-Websites – und wie sich dagegen vorgehen lässt. Neue Gegenwart, 60. Retrieved from http://www.neuegegenwart.de/ausgabe60/troll.htm
  • Eberwein, T. (2018). Journey to a terra incognita. IALJS annual convention 2018 in Vienna. Literary Journalism, 12, 2-4. Retrieved from http://ialjs.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/1806_IALJS_Newsletterv4.pdf
  • Eberwein, T. (2018). Wider den Geschwindigkeitswahn der Medien [Against the media´s addiction to speed]. Derstandard.at Blog. Retrieved from https://derstandard.at/2000079693608/Wider-den-Geschwindigkeitswahn-der-Medien?_blogGroup=2
  • Eberwein, T., & Porlezza, C. (2016). Bürgerjournalismus belebt das Mediensystem [Citizen journalism revitalizes the media system]. European Journalism Observatory (Ejo). Retrieved from http://de.ejo-online.eu/digitales/buergerjournalismus-belebt-das-mediensystem
  • Eberwein, T. (2016). Nach dem Rausch: Bürgerjournalismus und Laienberichterstattung [After the frenzy: Citizen journalism and lay coverage]. Derstandard.at. Retrieved from http://derstandard.at/2000046816780/Nach-dem-Rausch-Buergerjournalismus-undLaienberichterstattung
  • Eberwein, T. (2016). Der digitale Umbruch als Chance [The digital transformation as an opportunity]. In Transparency International Deutschland (Ed.), Korruption im Journalismus. Wahrnehmung - Meinung - Lösung (pp. 23-24). Berlin: Transparency International Deutschland. Retrieved from https://www.transparency.de/fileadmin/pdfs/Themen/Medien/Transparency_Korruption_im_Journalismus_16-05-03.pdf
  • Eberwein, T. (2016). Terra incognita: Medienselbstregulierung ist überfordert [Terra incognita: Media self-regulation is overburdened]. Derstandard.at. Retrieved from http://derstandard.at/2000030564462/Terra-incognitaMedienselbstregulierung-ist-ueberfordert
  • Eberwein, T. (2016). Terra incognita. European Journalism Observatory (Ejo). Retrieved from http://de.ejo-online.eu/digitales/terra-incognita

Popular Talks

Popular Talks

In the media

Röben, Bärbel (21.2.2017). Gegen Trump & Co mit Transparenz & Kontext. M – Menschen Machen Medien, https://mmm.verdi.de/beruf/gegen-trump-co-mit-transparenz-kontext-38985 (Bericht zu den Vorträgen auf der Jahrestagung 2017 des Netzwerk Medienethik)

ms (31.8.2015). Medien-Ethiker kritisieren Schock-Foto aus Flüchtlings-Lkw: „Dreister Verstoß gegen Grundsätze des Journalismus“. Meedia, http://meedia.de/2015/08/31/medien-ethiker-kritisieren-schock-foto-aus-fluechtlings-lkw-dreister-verstoss-gegen-grundsaetze-des-journalismus/ (Tobias Eberwein im Gespräch über die Veröffentlichung strittiger Fotos)