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

  • 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
    Tobias Eberwein: 
    Lost ground? The ethics of participatory media production
    Preconference "Ordinary Citizens in the News"
  • 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 , München
    Tobias Eberwein: 
    Diskriminierungsschutz oder Denkverbot? Anmerkungen zur Ethik der Kriminalitätsberichterstattung im Zeitalter der Migration
    Jahrestagung des Netzwerks Medienethik und der DGPuK-Fachgruppe "Kommunikations- und Medienethik"
  • 16/02/2017 , München
    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 , Prag
    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 , Milano
    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 , Wien
    Matthias Karmasin,  Tobias Eberwein: 
    Double standards: Mediatization as a challenge to media ethics
    Internationale 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]
    Vortrag am 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

Books and Monographs

Books and Monographs

Articles and Book Chapters

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Eberwein, T., Porlezza, C., Bichler, K., & Karmasin, M. (2016). Lästige Gäste? Partizipation und Produsage als Problem der journalistischen Selbstregulierung: Ergebnisse einer Drei-Länder-Studie. Medien Journal, 40, 34-48.
  • Kus, M., Eberwein, T., Porlezza, C., & Splendore, S. (2016). Training or improvisation? Citizen journalists and their educational background: A comparative view. Journalism Practice, 10, 1-18. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17512786.2016.1221737
  • 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
  • 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.

Research Papers

Research Papers

Popular Publications

Popular Publications

  • Eberwein, T., & Porlezza, C. (2016). Bürgerjournalismus belebt das Mediensystem. 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. Derstandard.at. Retrieved from http://derstandard.at/2000046816780/Nach-dem-Rausch-Buergerjournalismus-undLaienberichterstattung
  • Eberwein, T. (2016). Der digitale Umbruch als Chance. 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. Derstandard.at. Retrieved from http://derstandard.at/2000030564462/Terra-incognitaMedienselbstregulierung-ist-ueberfordert

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)

Eberwein, Tobias; Porlezza, Colin (28.11.2016). Bürgerjournalismus belebt das Mediensystem. European Journalism Observatory, http://de.ejo-online.eu/digitales/buergerjournalismus-belebt-das-mediensystem

Eberwein, Tobias (2.11.2016). Nach dem Rausch: Bürgerjournalismus und Laienberichterstattung. derstandard.at, http://derstandard.at/2000046816780/Nach-dem-Rausch-Buergerjournalismus-undLaienberichterstattung?_blogGroup=1

Eberwein, Tobias (8.2.2016). Terra incognita: Medienselbstregulierung ist überfordert. derstandard.at, http://derstandard.at/2000030564462/Terra-incognitaMedienselbstregulierung-ist-ueberfordert

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)