Facing the great social challenges, the issue of the integration of diversity in the media is the result of a multi-faced construction process, in which the ideological and strategic choices made by the States through public policies, by NGOs, by supranational institutions (UNESCO, the Council of Europe), through regulatory systems (eg. the communications director in Italy and the CSA in France) or by the media themselves. These institutions give to media, and to journalists, a collective and/or individual social responsibility (SR) that declines itself especially in a first form, that of the management, and that concerns the access to positions of power with high social visibility. For media companies, the attention to diversity must also be reflected through some widespread editorial orientations and program guidelines. But several studies and reports focusing on women, ethnic minorities, sexual orientations or disabilities, show European media’s difficulty in expressing diversity. Several studies bitterly note that the generalist information seems to be a space where discriminations are reinforced.
The special issue of Comunicazionepuntodoc aims to become a moment of collective and transnational reflection on the attempts of reaffirmation of the role of journalists in modern democracies. So this issue doesn’t aim to launch a study on media coverage of diversity, or to engage the profession in a militant position, that would mean to promote the theme of diversity, but we aim to question and understand the exercise of journalism in this particular configuration, thus responding to the challenges of contemporary societies. A further objective, mostly methodological, is related to the mobilization of analytical methods dealing with the theme of the journalists’ SR by two particular points of view: the deontological ethics (compliance) and the consequentialist ethics (contents’ consequences) of the journalists’ practices and productions.
Between compliance with the standards and good professional practices, how do journalists construct and treat their SR on the issue of the expression of diversity? Do such injunctions weigh on their actions? What are the conditions and the possibilities offered by companies to let journalists assume their individual and collective SR on the issue of the expression of diversity?
Abstracts (500 words, with a short bibliography) should be sent by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org before July the 1st, 2016.
The definitive papers should be sent to this same address before October the 15th, 2016.
Papers in Italian, French and English will be accepted.
Assistant Lecturer of Sociology
Univ. Littoral Côte d'Opale EA 7369 - URePSSS - Unité de Recherche Pluridisciplinaire Sport Santé Société, F-59383 Dunkerque, France