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

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)