Wild west in the WWW?

Wild west in the WWW? The digital revolution as a problem of media ethics

Like cowboys in the wild west, journalists are challenged by the digital revolution. Special ethical conflicts arise from new forms of journalistic communication in the internet. Are the conventional institutions of media self-regulation ready for these new challenges? Which innovations in media self-regulation can help when it comes to facing these challenges? What role can e.g. media blogs play in this process?

These and other questions will be analyzed in a public panel discussion with international representatives from practical journalism as well as from the realm of academics. The participants are:

  • Yavuz Baydar, Reader Representative of the Turkish daily Sabah and a Political Columnist for Today’s Zaman in Istanbul (Turkey)

  • Dr. Mercedes Bunz, Reporter for Technology and Media at The Guardian, London (UK)

  • Dr. Huub Evers, professor of intercultural journalism and media ethics at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, School of Journalism in Tilburg (The Netherlands)

  • Dr. Klaus Meier, professor for cross-media journalism and media convergence at the University of Dortmund (Germany)

  • Elmar Theveßen, Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Head of the Editorial Division “News and Current Affairs” at ZDF German Television, Mainz (Germany)

The panel discussion will start at 6 p.m. on February 18th, 2010, at the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism, University of Dortmund. It will be hosted by Prof. Dr. Susanne Fengler, academic director of the Erich Brost Institute and MediaAcT's project coordinator.

Further information under brost.org.

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MediaAcT is a comparative research project on media accountability systems in EU member states as indicators for media pluralism in Europe.

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