Media Ethics: New And Old Dilemmas


The media: powerful but powerless, over-governed but ungovernable, the infinite flow of info so ubiquitous, yet so claustrophobic. Rapid digital advances have dramatically and irreparably transformed the media industry, blurring lines between producers and consumers. How should we navigate the paradoxes and dilemmas that this information age presents?

 

TAGS: media, ethics, philosophy, politics

Starts: March 10, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Alderman (upstairs) 134 Lygon St, East Brunswick
Format: Presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

Reporting The Election 2013

March 10, 2013 Lecturer: Misha Ketchell (The Conversation)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes
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If It Bleeds It Leads: Ethics and disaster reporting

May 9, 2013 Lecturer: Nicholas Hansen (Mutiny Media)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

The disaster zone is a vortex of information, much of it spun out by first responders to a hungry media. The public has a right to know, but where is actuality amongst these hurried impressions and in whose interest is the news we receive? This discussion outlines factors influencing contemporary disaster news and issues around its consumption. How are ethics stretched in production and reception and where are the opportunities as media speeds up and our capacity increases to talkback? Nicholas Hansen is an artist, award wining filmmaker and media critic and along with his company Mutiny Media have 15 years experience in the digital story telling space. Nicholas's first feature documentary RASH (2005) about Australian street art, was awarded Best Documentary at the Film Critics Circle of Australia 2005. Nicholas produced a half hour documentary ONE CUP (2006) about Fairtrade and East Timorese coffee farmers and was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award at the 2012 Inside Film Awards for BREAKING THE NEWS (2011) a story about two local East Timorese journalists who a decade after independence still struggle to freely report the ongoing turmoil of their country.

Ethics: What is it?

Aug. 22, 2013 Lecturer: Chris Cordner (Melbourne Uni)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes
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The Fourth Estate: Changing role, changing ethics?

Aug. 29, 2013 Lecturer: Leslie Cannold (Monash Uni, Wikileaks Party)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

Media ethics is not just about the do's and don'ts for individual reporters and editors, but encompasses the way in which the fourth estate sees itself as has its role defined in liberal and social democratic states. In this talk, I will canvass the codes of ethics that govern the Australian media, the reaction of the press to regulatory reform in the wake of Britain's Hacked Off scandal, the role of whistle-blowing and shield laws in defending public interest journalism and the ethical challenges the networked fourth estate poses to the values of older media players.

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Media Ethics in the Digital Age

Sept. 19, 2013 Lecturer: Dennis Muller (Melbourne Uni)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes
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Media Ethics in Practice Within The Industry

Sept. 26, 2013 Lecturer: Andrew Crook (Crikey)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

The Role of Information: Secrets, Wikileaks and Freedom

Dec. 9, 2013 Lecturer: Binoy Kampmark (RMIT)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

The way information is stored, used, and accessed in an open society presents a contradiction. The theory behind a healthy democracy is based in a vibrant media and publishing industry. But what happens when the source that discloses such material is punished? There are those who argue that state security is paramount in preserving a certain 'way of life', thereby giving us the surveillance state as a solution. This talk uncovers the issues around this surveillance mentality and the high-profile whistleblower cases that have incurred the wrath of the state.

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