RALPH BARNEY RETIRES FROM JMME The Journal of Mass Media Ethics announced the retirement of founding co-editor Ralph Barney, of Brigham Young University, and the appointment of two new staff members. Barney, who joined Jay Black in 1984 in launching a journal to house scholarly articles about media ethics, has completed the editing of Vol. 19, Nos. 3 and 4-a special double issue on "Ethics Across the Professions." Now, he says, he can focus his attention on his 20 grandchildren and the rest of his family. He remains a member of the JMME editorial board, and continues to shape the decade-long "Colloquium 2000" series on media ethics. That series, launched in 2000, is bringing together media ethicists and others from around the globe for colloquia, conferences, and publications (in JMME) on a variety of topics. Beginning with Vol. 20 (2005), the new associate editor of JMME will be Lee Wilkins of the University of Missouri. Co-author of a popular media ethics textbook, she has been on the JMME editorial board since its inception, and hosted the most recent in the "Colloquium 2000" series-a spring 2004 meeting in Missouri on media and public affairs. The new webmaster for JMME is Tom Bivins, who holds an endowed chair in journalism ethics at the University of Oregon. Effective immediately, the new Web site for the Journal of Mass Media Ethics is www.jmme.org. Bivins is host of the May 2005 "Colloquium 2000" (see announcement elsewhere in this issue of MEDIA ETHICS). * For more information about JMME, visit their Web site at http://www.jmme.org. Subscriptions are available through Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., 10 Industrial Avenue, Mahwah, NJ 07430-2262, or online at http://www.erlbaum.com

BENTLEY SURVEY ON HIGHER EDUCATION ETHICS A recent survey conducted by Bentley College's Center for Business Ethics has found that only 43% of the 450+ four-year colleges and universities responding had an institution-wide ethics or compliance program-yet 79% thought that they should have such a program. This is believed to be the first such nation-wide study of higher education, although the ethics and compliance programs in other industries (health care, telecommunications, banking and defense) have been examined. The Bentley findings were presented at the Association of College and University Auditors Annual Conference in September, and a written report is expected by the start of 2005. It was conducted by W. Michael Hoffman and Tina S. Sheldon of the Center for Business Ethics, supported by PricewaterhouseCoopers and administered by Walker Information. Looking at the history of compliance programs, roughly half of the institutions with a program have had it for six or more years, and nearly a third for more than 11 years-a far cry from the experience in other industries. While compliance or ethics programs apply to administration and faculty in most cases, they also apply to governing boards in nearly two-thirds of the cases, even though the Sarbanes-Oxley Act doesn't apply to non-profit institutions. Colleges and universities also are affected by the less-well-defined concept of "academic freedom." With respect to oversight, most institutions have appointed an ethics or compliance officer-although most of those in such positions also have other responsibilities and spend only a small portion of their time on these matters. Almost all schools with an ethics program have a written statement of the institution's core values or principles, and 91% have a code of ethics-even though only 61% provide training to their employees. The Bentley report also contains information about monitoring, auditing and communications (e.g., helplines or hotlines). * For more information, contact Bentley College's Center for Business Ethics, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA 02452-4705; Telephone: 781.891.2981; Fax: 781.891.2988; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BENTON CALLS FOR CONCERN In his acceptance speech for the Council on Foundations' 2004 Distinguished Grantmaker Award, Charles Benton, board chair of the Benton Foundation, sounded the alarm over the future of media in the United States and called for greater funder involvement in media policy. "I believe the future of media and communications in America is cause for serious concern. As we move from an analog world to a digital one, we are truly at a crossroads," Benton said in his prepared remarks for his acceptance speech, which he delivered in April in Toronto. "At stake is who controls what we see, hear, and read. At stake is our ability to get our message out and make a difference. At stake is nothing less than the health of our democracy. We all have a stake in this debate." The Benton Foundation was founded in 1981 with a focus on communications policy and public affairs programming. It is rededicating its efforts in the new century to "preserving, protecting, and strengthening the public space in America's media environment," Benton said. The foundation has joined with a number of organizations in the "Public Interest, Public Airwaves Coalition" to pressure the FCC to require broadcasters to meet their public interest obligations, including local, civic and children's programming. * For the full text of Benton's remarks, visit http://www.benton.org

CHRISTIANS WINS AEJMC DEUTSCHMANN AWARD Clifford Christians, well-known media ethics scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, was awarded the Paul J. Deutschmann Research Award at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Toronto this past August. His well-received address to the AEJMC was titled "Ethical Theory in Communications Research." It will appear as a research review in Journalism Studies.

ROTZOLL AWARD ESTABLISHED In honor and in memory of Kim Rotzoll, former dean of the Univ. of Illinois College of Communications, the American Academy of Advertising has created the Kim Rotzoll Award for Advertising Ethics and Social Responsibility, which recognizes outstanding contributions to furthering the study and practice of ethical and socially responsible advertising. Rotzoll, who died in November 2003, was selected as the first recipient of this award. The Rotzoll Award will be given only to individuals or organizations who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to advertising ethics and social responsibility. It need not be given each year. * For further information, including details of nominating criteria, visit: http://advertising.utexas.edu/AAA.

HINDERY HONOR GIVEN TO CLIFFORD CHRISTIANS On November 9, 2004, Clifford G. Christians of the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign was honored as the second Leo Hindery Ethics and Values Speaker of the Year at Emerson College. Christians delivered "Truth in a Technological Age: Ellul and the Elephant Man," to an audience of students, faculty, staff and invited guests in Boston. Christians was honored not only for his scholarly expertise and many influential books and articles, but also for his wide range of mentoring of many junior ethicists, for his immense influence internationally, and for his reputation as one who lives a life of ethics, not just teaches in that field. He was selected by an independent panel recruited by Tom Cooper (co-publisher of MEDIA ETHICS and professor at Emerson College) which included such figures as Ted Glasser (Stanford), David Gordon (retired, U. of Wisconsin-Eau Claire), Deni Elliott (U. South Florida), Jay Black (U. South Florida) and Lou Hodges (retired, Washington and Lee) with additional input from Manny Paraschos (MEDIA ETHICS co-publisher) and Mike Kittross (MEDIA ETHICS editor). Christians spoke of the importance of deeper truth in a technological age which values efficiency above all else. Using a multi-cultural context, Christians alluded to the different ancient and penetrating visions of truth from the Hebrew, Greek, Buddhist, and early Catholic traditions, and then traced truth to more current and tentative definitions such as by media professionals, recent philosophers and others like Derrida, the father of deconstructionism. Like Jacques Ellul, Christians called for normative rather than relative values and for the revelation of a truth "beneath the surface," not just for the empirical concept of "facts." Clifford Christians also has served as Director of the Institute of Communications Research and chair of its doctoral program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been a visiting scholar or Pew Fellow at institutions such as Princeton, Oxford, and the University of Chicago. Wishing to honor both communication industry leaders and academics who exemplify and promote media ethics and pro-social values, Leo Hindery, Jr., Chairman of Yes Network and of HL Capital, initiated this annual lecture series in 2002. Hindery is a renowned entrepreneur and philanthropist. He has served as CEO of several major telecommunication and media companies and has been a committed spokesperson for ethics and values. The first Hindery Speaker of the Year title was awarded to Stephen Coltrin, CEO of Coltrin and Associates, in 2003. It is anticipated that the honor will alternate between a leading business professional and a leading academic ethicist in future years. * Further information about the Hindery program may be obtained from Dr. Tom Cooper at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..