Professional Integrity and Accountability in New Media – Call for papers

The transition from classic to new media requires from the professionals in the field not only the internalization of new technical skills, but also the reconsideration of the new moral challenges and an updating of their ethical norms.

The recent ethical and legal obstacles arising due to the emergence of new media stimulate an increasing number of press organizations to reassess particular codes of conduct / codes of professional ethics and set up new rules for the journalistic branch. The new types of regulations emphasize, for instance, the use and misuse of online sources; the specific rules of the digital communication between journalists and readers; the internal data that journalists are allowed to make public in social media, or the congruency between the values of the media organizations and the personal opinions expressed by journalists using alternative media (blogs, Facebook, Twitter).

The recent context of media digitalization brings into question the opportunity to adjust and update the present organizational and national codes and regulations in the media, taking into account challenges such as: the increased speed-reaction in digital news reporting, the more frequent exchanges between online journalists and readers, the competition with the alternative news gatherers (blogs, “citizen journalism” sites), but also the increasing of intellectual property theft.

Given this context, the conference aims to discuss the opportunity of imposing a new set of principles and rules for online journalism as part of the EU governance.

Main Topics

The papers proposed for this edition can cover any of the following topics:
– Self-Regulation and State-Regulation in Digital Media: new media, new rules; journalistic self-regulation in a national and European context; state regulations and censorship in digital media, verification of online sources, accuracy and corrections, etc.
– Professional Integrity and Transparency in Online Journalism: role conflict in media sphere; accountability and interaction with readers, etc.
– Intellectual Property in Online Journalism: digital property rights; photojournalism and intellectual theft, etc.
– Regulatory Settings for Online Broadcasting Platforms: censorship and editing practices in the broadcasting of TV and radio content; social media platforms and new moral challenges regarding dignity, right to intimacy, etc.
– Professional and Organizational Constraints of communicational behaviors, value judgments and opinions of digital journalists in social media.

Expected Participants

The conference aims to involve the large community of professionals and academics interested in the ethics of new media, digital journalism, and social media, namely:
– The practitioners in journalism, communication and the broadcasting area;
– The NGOs members concerned with monitoring and regulation in media and communication;
– The academic staff (professors, researchers, post-graduate and PhD students);
– The media authorities (local, national, and European regulatory bodies);
– Professional entities (trade unions).

Keynote Speakers

– Mike Jempson (Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England; Director of the MediaWise Trust; Visiting Professor of Media Ethics at the Lincoln University)

The whole list of keynote speakers will be available by the end of May 2012.

EMEC Consortium

EMEC is being prepared by a consortium of organizations lead by theCentre for Advanced Research in Management and Applied Ethics. The 2012 edition is supported by the Center of European Legal Studies of the Romanian Academy and the University Publishing Company (Editura Universitara).


Only one paper per person/research group is permitted and must represent an original contribution, not published or submitted elsewhere. Early submissions are highly encouraged. This way, the prospective participants may receive the acceptance letters sooner. Prospective participants must send a 400 words abstract by April 27, 2012, and final papers by June 15, 2012. Papers will circulate before conference and will be temporarily published on the official website. After the conference, a selection of the presented papers will be published in the EMEC Proceedings. The selection will be determined via a peer reviewing system with the support of the Scientific Advisory Board.

The official language is English. Papers must be proofread before submission. All authors should observe the editorial guidelines and papers must be prepared for blind-review (one Word/OpenOffice file containing the title, author’s name, and the academic affiliation + a separate Word/OpenOffice file containing the 400-words abstract with only the title).

Paper proposals and any inquiries should be sent to:, Isabella Trifan, EMEC Project Manager.

EMEC 2012 Deadlines
– Abstracts: April 27, 2012
– Letters of abstract acceptance: May 7, 2012
– Final papers: June 15, 2012
– Letters of paper acceptance: June 24, 2012

EMEC 2012 Registration
– Early Bird Registration (May 7-June 24, 2012): 100 Euro
– Late Registration (June 24-August 1, 2012): 150 Euro
– Last Minute Registration (August 1-September 15, 2012): 200 Euro

Registrations will be made via the registration form available on our website from the end of March. Registered participants will receive a CD with ISSN containing all the presentations and papers delivered at the European Media Ethics Congress 2012. For this reason, registered participants will have to send in their final papers and presentations (slideshows) by August 20, 2012.

There are no conference grants available. The participants will have to manage their own travelling and accommodation costs. The organizers have provided a list of hotels close to the conference halls that you can choose from.

EMEC 2012 Website
For further details and up to date information about EMEC 2012, we invite you to visit the official website of the conference:

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