The 100th AEJMC Annual Conference
Closing the Gap: Media, Research and the Profession
2017 Paper Call
The AEJMC Media Ethics Division seeks a diverse range of original faculty and graduate student paper submissions related to ethics. The division encourages submissions that address a broad spectrum of ethics-related topics and concerns, which may include, but are not limited to, ethical decision-making, moral development, truth-telling and deception, privacy, credibility, the relationship between journalism and democracy, the impact of technology and economics on ethics, organizational norms and routines, accountability systems, social responsibility and corporate social responsibility, audience considerations, applied ethics in strategic communication, and the relationship between law and ethics. In addition to our regular call, the Division is sponsoring a special call focusing on “Strategic Communication Ethics” (see below).
The division seeks the broadest possible range of theoretical, methodological and pedagogical scholarship, looking at ethics across a range of media contexts including journalism, advertising, public relations, entertainment, new media, social media, etc.; from a range of theoretical/paradigmatic approaches such as philosophical, critical, sociological, psychological, etc.; and using a range of methods including qualitative, quantitative, mixed-method, etc. Theoretical/normative essays grounded in ethics theory are welcome, as are manuscripts related to the teaching of ethics.
We also have awards for top faculty paper, top graduate student paper (the Carol Burnett Award, co-sponsored with Kappa Tau Alpha and the University of Hawaii), and a professional relevance award. In addition to cash awards for top faculty paper, and top professional relevance paper, Carol Burnett Award winners will be awarded financial assistance for travel for the top student submissions.
Overall, there is no limit on the amount of papers an author can submit to the division. Submissions will either be evaluated in the general paper competition or in the special call. Authors wishing to be considered for the special call should submit their paper only once.
All papers should adhere to APA style (6th ed.); must be no more than 25- pages (excluding title page, references, figures, illustrations, and/or appendices); should be saved as Word, WordPerfect or PDF (PDF is strongly encouraged); and must otherwise conform to the rules out- lined in the AEJMC Uniform Call for Pa- pers. Papers that do not conform to these rules, or which contain information identifying the author(s), will be disqualified.
Submitting a paper to the Media Ethics Division implies that the author (or, one of the authors) intends to present the paper in person.
Special Call for Strategic Communication Ethics: In addition to our regular call, the Media Ethics Division is sponsoring a special call for papers pertaining to “Strategic Communication Ethics.”
Ethical considerations of advertising abound including its intrusive and ubiquitous nature, invading privacy, using offensive appeals, promoting harmful products and targeting vulnerable audiences. By comparison, public relations practitioners see themselves as ethical conscience of the organization by counseling senior management on potential consequences for inappropriate actions. Historically and presently, the practices of advertising and public relations are intertwined and organizational roles continue to overlap. The blurring of boundaries, along with emerging media and new technology add to the increased complexity and challenges firms and individuals face when establishing ethical guidelines and enacting ethical behavior.
The special call asks scholars to ex- amine the blurred boundaries of strategic communication, including but not limited to the practices of advertising, public relations, sales promotions, marketing communications and integrated marketing communications, to better understand related ethical challenges.
Papers may address, but are by no means limited to, emerging media and its impact on ethical decision making in strategic communication practices, codes of ethics and how they ought to address the blurring of boundaries in strategic communication, the role of organizational conscience and moral exemplars in strategic communication, the ethics of employer branding, case studies on social responsibility and corporate social responsibility, the social impact of advertising and advertising as social impact, and sustainable brand practices.
Special call papers can be critical, pedagogical, philosophical, theoretical as well as empirical scholarship representing a range of methods including qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method. Special call papers must be marked “Special Call” on the title page. All papers must conform to the style and length rules outlined above and in the AEJMC Uniform Call for Papers.
Carol Burnett Award for Graduate Students: The Media Ethics Division is committed to supporting and promoting promising graduate students with an interest in media ethics. All graduate students who submit papers to the Media Ethics Division are automatically entered into the Carol Burnett Award competition. The Media Ethics Division teams with the University of Hawaii and the Carol Burnett Fund for Responsible Journalism to sponsor this special paper competition for graduate students. Students are invited to submit papers on any topic related to media ethics, from any theoretical approach, using any method or combination of methods.
The winning paper will receive the Carol Burnett/University of Hawaii/AEJMC Prize, which includes a $350 cash award. The runner-up will receive a $150 cash award. Authors for the top two submissions will also receive a small travel assistance stipend. The winner will be invited to accept his or her prize at the Kappa Tau Alpha Awards Luncheon at the AEJMC conference. Burnett competition papers must be marked “Burnett Competition” on the title page.
The Burnett Award is reserved for graduate students; papers containing faculty members as co-authors are ineligible.
Professional Relevance Award: Special recognition will be given to the paper that is judged to be the most relevant to working professionals (e.g., journalists, advertisers, etc.). The recipient will be selected from the general paper competition.
Top Faculty Paper: Special recognition will be given to the faculty paper judged to be the best paper submitted among faculty authors.
All questions should be directed to the Media Ethics Division research chair Erin Schauster, University of Colorado Boulder, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 303-492-7149.