Into the Unknown: Understanding Digital Media Ethics

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

  • 11/07/2019 , Paris
    Tobias Eberwein: 
    Ethical and strategic ways to respond to hostile media rhetoric
    5th World Journalism Education Congress
  • 10/07/2019 , Paris
    Tobias Eberwein: 
    “Don’t feed the troll!” Dysfunctional user participation as a challenge for journalism education
    5th World Journalism Education Congress
  • 22/02/2019 , Cologne
    Tobias Eberwein: 
    „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
    Matthias Karmasin: 
    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
    Matthias Karmasin: 
    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
    Tobias Eberwein: 
    ‘Trolls’ or ‘warriors of faith’? Differentiating dysfunctional forms of media criticism in online comments
    Annual Conference of the IAMCR
  • 24/05/2018 , Prague
    Tobias Eberwein: 
    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
    Tobias Eberwein: 
    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
    Tobias Eberwein: 
    Lost ground? The ethics of participatory media production
    Preconference "Ordinary Citizens in the News" - ICA 67th Annual Conference
  • 23/03/2017 , Odense
    Tobias Eberwein: 
    Integration through participation? Functions (and failures) of citizen journalism in the digital age
    ECREA Journalism Studies Conference 2017
  • 16/02/2017 , Munich
    Tobias Eberwein: 
    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
    Tobias Eberwein: 
    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
    Tobias Eberwein: 
    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
    Tobias Eberwein: 
    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
    Tobias Eberwein: 
    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
    Tobias Eberwein: 
    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
    Tobias Eberwein: 
    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
    Matthias Karmasin: 
    Von der Deutschen zur Deutschsprachigen Fachgeschichte?
    61st Annual Conference of the German Communication Association (DGPuK)
  • 31/03/2016 , Leipzig
    Matthias Karmasin,  Tobias Eberwein: 
    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
    Matthias Karmasin,  Tobias Eberwein: 
    Double standards: Mediatization as a challenge to media ethics
    International Conference "Resposibility & Resistance: Ethics in Mediatized Worlds"
  • 26/11/2015 , Salzburg
    Matthias Karmasin,  Tobias Eberwein: 
    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
    Tobias Eberwein: 
    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
    Tobias Eberwein: 
    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
    Matthias Karmasin,  Klaus Bichler,  Tobias Eberwein: 
    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
    Matthias Karmasin,  Klaus Bichler,  Tobias Eberwein: 
    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
    Tobias Eberwein: 
    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
    Tobias Eberwein: 
    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

Articles and Book Chapters

Articles and Book Chapters

  • 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). 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. (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)