Media Ethics is independent. It is eclectic in editorial content, and the sponsors are not responsible for its content. It strives to provide a forum for opinion and research articles on media ethics, as well as a venue for announcements and reviews of meetings, opportunities, and publications.
Media Ethics is grateful to its sponsors, who are neither responsible for nor in control of our content. Our sponsors are:
Kegley Institute of Ethics
The Kegley Institute of Ethics is committed to stimulating ethical thought and reflection on the California State University Bakersfield campus and in our service region. We host major lectures, panels and workshops, and we sponsor scholarships and research for faculty and students.
*Web site: Kegley Institute of Ethics
Emerson College is the nation's only four-year college devoted exclusively to the study of communication and performing arts. Emerson's School of the Arts and School of Communication both sponsor MEDIA ETHICS magazine on behalf of Emerson College and emphasize ethics in special programs, in their curricula, and in faculty research and publications.
*Contact: Emerson College, 120 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116; Telephone: 617.824.8500;
*Web site: Emerson College
Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, has approximately 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students working toward degrees in more than 100 programs of study. It stands as a national leader among colleges and universities in promoting an ethical world view drawn from ethics study in the Christian intellectual tradition. The Department of Communication Arts actively integrates ethics study into more than 50 course offerings.
*Web site: Union University
Indiana University School of Journalism
The Indiana University School of Journalism provides a permanent home for more than 170 media ethics cases on its Web site. Faculty are encouraged to use these cases in ethics courses.
*Web site: Indiana University School of Journalism
The Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota
The Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law is a research center located within the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. Its primary mission is to conduct research on, and promote understanding of, legal and ethical issues affecting the mass media. The Silha Center also sponsors an annual lecture series; hosts forums, conferences and symposia; produces the Silha Bulletin, a quarterly newsletter, and other publications; and provides information about media law and ethics to the public. Support is provided for faculty research, and for Silha Fellows working on advanced degrees.
*Contact: The Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, U. of Minnesota, 111 Murphy Hall, 206 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455-0418; Telephone: 612.625.3421;
*Web site: The Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law
Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation
The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation was established in 1982 by Edith Kenney Gaylord to support projects designed to improve the quality and ethical standards of journalism. The Foundation serves charitable, scientific and educational purposes, including the improvement of the quality of the practice of journalism among various media. Foundation support includes funding for creative projects and research that promotes excellence in journalism and instills and encourages high ethical standards in journalism. Funding is not available to individuals, but is available to formal organizations via an application and review process.
*Web site: Ethics and Excellence in Journalism FoundationBR
Facultad de Comunicación, Universidad de Navarra
The School of Public Communication, University of Navarra, offered the first Spanish academic degree in journalism starting in 1958. Since that time, it has offered both graduate and undergraduate degrees in three different sequences: Advertising, Radio, Film and Television, and Journalism. Each sequence includes specific courses involving media ethics.
*Web site: The School of Public Communication, University of Navarra
The Department of Communications at Brigham Young University
The Department of Communications at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, is one of the strongest Communications departments in the United States with 1,300 students studying in 5 sequences (advertising, broadcast journalism, communications studies, print journalism, and public relations), and with a consistent record of national awards for student achievement in its applied programs. The department has a firm commitment to media ethics pedagogy, practice, and research as demonstrated by its free-standing course in media ethics; its inclusion of ethical principles across the curriculum; its strong faculty publication record in media ethics; its decade of financial support for the Media Ethics Colloquium 2000 which supports the work of media ethics scholars world-wide; and its role in the founding of the Journal of Mass Media Ethics.
*Web site: Brigham Young University
The Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Institute offers a Ph.D. in communications within the traditions of social scientific research, historic-cultural interpretation, linguistics, and political economy. Its B.S. degree in Media Studies is rooted in the liberal arts. The Institute develops intellectually productive approaches to cultural, political, ethical and social challenges of the global communications economy. Public service and social responsibility are emphasized in the curriculum and research projects. Work in ethics is required of undergraduates and doctoral dissertations in communication ethics are an option.
*Web site: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Institute of General Semantics is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational corporation whose mission is to promote a scientific approach to understanding human behavior, especially that related to symbol systems and language. Through conferences, symposia, seminars, and publications, which include a quarterly journal ETC: A Review of General Semantics, an annual, the General Semantics Bulletin, and numerous books and monographs, the IGS seeks to facilitate ethical conduct through improved communication.
*Web site: Institute of General Semantics
SPECIAL THANKS ed
Our sponsors and, of course, our authors are MEDIA ETHICS' main sources of support, but there are others to whom we also want to express our gratitude:
We are always glad to welcome new sponsors, including the Kegley Institute of Ethics (California State University Bakersfield), the University of Indiana School of Journalism, Emerson College (returning after a hiatus) and Union University (TN). We are truly grateful for their support.
The Grand Masonic Lodge of Massachusetts, particularly Grand Secretary Arthur Johnson, Grand Master Jeffrey Hodgson, and Assistant Grand Treasurer Craig MacPherson for providing the space and other facilities that enable the MEDIA ETHICS office to function.
Our hosts at the Institute of Communications Research of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, who not only are publishers of the magazine, handling the fiscal and contractual functions with aplomb, but also are contributing financially to MEDIA ETHICS as a sponsor.
The Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation, which generously contributes not only to MEDIA ETHICS, but also to many other journalism ethics programs and initiatives.
We also want to give thanks and recognition for the significant support of the following individuals and groups: Helen Stark, Mark Fackler, the Dept. of Communications at Calvin College, Robert Gardner, and anonymous individuals. The voluntary donations of each of these friends is extremely important to us.