ETHICAL SPACE DEBUTS A new magazine or journal in the field of mass media ethics is always welcome. The most recent new publication is that rarest of items, a journal that provides a variety of well-written and important pieces, from an international viewpoint. Ethical Space (subtitled "The International Journal of Communication Ethics") produced its first issue in 2003. It is published by the Institute of Communication Ethics (ICE), located in the United Kingdom, and edited by Richard Keeble. Members of the editorial board include numerous individuals well known to readers of MEDIA ETHICS (Valerie Alia, Claude-Jean Bertrand, Jay Black, James Carey, Clifford Christians, Deni Elliott, Kaarle Nordenstreng, etc.), as well as others who may not yet be so well-known, but should be soon. The first issue included news and views (on such topics as MediaWise, the Media Accountability Systems Web site, Anti-Spin.com, details of the ICE convention, and a major report on privacy). Following these appetizers were a half-dozen major articles: an interview with Fareena Alam, newly appointed editor of Europe's leading Muslim magazine, on the question of whether there is a specific Muslim perspective on communication ethics; a paper by Clifford Christians on ethics and media literacy; Anne Gregory on communication and the machine of government; Chris Atton on the ethical issues in alternative media; Chris Post on privacy, accuracy and the Press Complaints Commission (U.K. self-regulation agency) over the past 10 years; and Dean Ritz on free speech, corporations and moral rights. These were followed by a number of reviews and letters. As the editor states in the inaugural editorial, "Ethical Space is an academic journal with a difference. At its core are the academic papers which over the years will embrace the diverse disciplines and issues that fall under the substantial communication ethics umbrella. But it is also committed to keeping abreast of the news in the field and providing a space for lively, opinionated pieces on topical subjects."
MEDIA ETHICS-which has a similar scope and purpose-is glad to welcome Ethical Space to the fray!
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MEDIA MISSIONARIES Media analyst Ellen Hume writes a detailed analysis of the effort by the U.S. government and private agencies to promote press freedom and raise journalism standards worldwide in "The Media Missionaries: American Support for International Journalism Excellence and Press Freedom Around the Globe," a report funded and published by the John S. and James L. Knight foundation. Over $600 million has been spent on media development since the collapse of communism in the USSR and its satellites to launch newspapers and radio and television networks. But, according to Hume, repression and censorship continue to threaten journalists. The report suggests increasing funding for media training and legal support for free press legislation, and contains 33 pages of updated contact information for media developers worldwide.
*For more information, or to download a free copy of the report, visit http://www.knightfdn.org/default.asp?story=news_at_knight/releases/2004/2004_04_14_mediamissionaries.html