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Ethical Issues in Communication Professions

Ethical Issues in Communication Professions

Ethics in business and the professions is an important but understudied topic. The study of ethics and social responsibility has become a hot topic in business and also warrants attention in the communication professions.

Dynamic, rapid, and radical changes are transforming the communication professions in ways that are blurring traditional boundaries, leaving vast implications for ethics while competing for attention.

As technology advances, media converge. Everyone – including companies, nonprofits, and governmental agencies – tweet, blog, and send messages via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Relentless competitive pressures are causing some traditional forms of communication to atrophy while permitting others to explode. This conference explored the implications of a globally connected world, the desire to land a story first or provide strong metrics immediately and consistently, and the ramifications it has on ethics and responsibility.

Publication: Ethical Issues in Communication Professions – Aug. 30, 2013

Editors: Meme Drumwright (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is an associate professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at The University of Texas at Austin. She previously taught at the Harvard Business School and in the UT Department of Marketing. Her research involves studies of social responsibility in business, marketing advertising, marketing strategy, and business ethics. Drumwright has written articles and cases for various books and journals, including the Journal of Marketing and Marketing Letters, and has won two school-wide teaching awards at UT for her MBA course on services marketing. Outside the university, she has taught in corporate executive education programs in Mexico, Europe, and Asia as well as the U.S., and previously worked in advertising and public relations for seven years.

Stephen D. Reese (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is the Jesse H. Jones Professor of Journalism and current associate dean for academic affairs for the College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin. A former director of the School of Journalism, he teaches general introductory courses on critical issues in journalism and more research-oriented graduate seminars. His numerous publications and research interests address ideological critiques of news media, debates over news bias, framing of public issues – particularly war and terrorism, the place of faith in the public arena, how globalization affects journalism, and changes in professional journalistic norms, such as blogs. Selected works include co-authoring “Mediating the Message: Theories of Influence on Mass Media Content” (Longman Trade, 1995) and an edited volume titled “Framing Public Life: Perspectives on the Media and How We Understand the Social World” (Erlbaum, 2001)