Special call from the Journal of Media Ethics:

“Methods of Inquiry across Media Cultures”


            Keen interest among media ethics scholars to identify cross-cultural, and possibly even universal principals for responsible media practice has highlighted the diversity of cultural lenses and contexts through which media are perceived and judged. While Western Enlightenment-based approaches of autonomy and rationality have predominated much media ethics theorizing, other paradigms rooted in an “ethic of community,” an “ethic of divinity,” or other value systems, as some researchers have suggested, provide very different – and equally legitimate – “readings” of media culture, professionalism, and practice. Such paradigms are driving media ethics scholarship in several parts of the world, yet such work remains marginalized within the academic community.

            A special issue of the Journal of Media Ethics is planned to showcase scholarship from diverse media paradigms focused on news, marketing, public relations, or social media use. Both empirical studies and philosophical explications that explore media ethics questions from non-Western scientific and humanities traditions are encouraged. Also encouraged are examinations of culturally specific norms that define news work and other media practices, and essays that explore ethical challenges faced by media workers within a culture or community. Religious treatises or polemics are discouraged. Case studies are welcome if they provide relevance beyond local or national boundaries.

            Manuscripts should be submitted by 30 April 2018 for consideration. All authors must prepare their work for blind review by following Journal submission guidelines, which can be found here:


            Contact Journal Editor Patrick Lee Plaisance at plp22@psu.edu with any questions.