Clifford G. Christians Ethics Research Award

DEADLINE: September 18, 2020

The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics announces an annual call for papers for peer review and works (i.e., books or articles) published in the last year to be considered for the Clifford G. Christians Ethics Research Award. Submissions should interpret or address important theoretical issues in the broad field of communication ethics, including mass communication theory, relationships of media and technology and culture, responsibilities of producers and consumers of distributed communication products, or education in that field. All methodologies or mixed methodologies are invited.

Preference will be given to work that advances the field of communication ethics in new and insightful ways, taking into account factors addressed by Clifford Christians during his prolific career. Communication ethics has made major advances in the last four decades, and Christians has been involved in many of them. The field has become theoretically robust in part through Christians’ explorations of proto-norms, intrinsic priorities, instrumentalism, and communitarianism. Long before the Internet, he argued for pluralistic and universal communication values. From his 1980 monograph, Teaching Ethics in Journalism Education through several textbooks published during his career, Christians helped shape curriculum using an ethical reasoning process easily accessible by students.

Submissions will be evaluated based on (1) originality, (2) clarity and consistency of thought, (3) style and presentation, and (4) advancement of knowledge. Single and co-authored works are accepted as are works from students, faculty and professionals. Applications may only be submitted for award consideration once. The winner will receive a certificate and a $250 cash award. The Association will withhold the award any year in which there is not a submission of appropriate quality. The Christians Award winner or representative is expected to be present at the APPE annual meeting to receive the award.

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