News Media Innovation Ethics: Activating Human Rights Through Core Professional Values

An IAMCR pre-conference event

Description: News media is suffering a Schumpeterian “creative destruction". This has been the received wisdom among scholars and media watchers evaluating the impact of digital technology on journalism today. However, is “creative destruction” an appropriate term to describe what is happening in news media innovation? The use of this terminology usually involves reductive techno-economic paradigms that overlook the important cultural and ethical component in explanations of the current changing times.

This IAMCR pre-conference calls for extended abstracts and full papers aiming to understand technological innovations as "creative reconstruction". The pre-conference focuses on the energizing of ethical codes and human rights ideals of journalism by looking for best practices at the specific arena of news media innovation, such as new narratives, immersive 360º journalism, new business models, data journalism, media labs, digital audio, personalization and content automation, and digital fact-checking.

Media speakers and scholars are invited to reflect and analyze theoretically and empirically new concepts, initiatives, practices and narratives that show how the human and civil values of journalism are invigorating the innovative dimension of the profession. 

Location: The conference will be held at the UC3M Postgraduate Building, which is located at calle Madrid, 139 in Getafe (20 minutes train distance from Madrid). Presentations and discussion will take place in room  18.1.A12.

Date and time: Saturday, 6 July, 2019 - 09:00 to 19:00

Participation and registration

Registration fee is 20 € (Euros) for IAMCR members and 30 € (Euros) for non IAMCR members.

It includes food, beverages, digital access to the papers to be presented at the pre-conference and a certificate of participation (to be delivered at the end of closing session). 

The language of this pre-conference will be Spanish only.


  • Susana HERRERA-DAMAS, Ph.D. Associate Journalism Professor at Carlos III University of Madrid and Head of the Innovation on Digital Media Research Group,  based at the Journalism and Audiovisual Communication Department
  • María LUENGO-CRUZ, Ph.D. Associate Journalism Professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Faculty Fellow of the Yale Center for Cultural Sociology (YALE CCS)
  • Carlos III University of Madrid is a leading research university in Spain and one of the 3 public Universities in Madrid offering media studies. Its Department of Journalism and Audiovisual Communication is the 4th largest in size.


Key dates

  • April 20, 2019 – Extended Abstract. Please send an extended abstract (500–1,000 words) by April 20, 2019. In the following 2 weeks, we will write you with decision of rejection or acceptance, and suggestions for revisions if needed. Engaging in a productive back and forth at this early point will shape a more coherent expected volume.
  • June 20, 2019 – Full Paper Draft Submission. Please send a full paper draft of your proposal (9,000/10,000 word document). We will circulate them digitally soon after, so everybody has the opportunity to read them before the conference.
  • July 6, 2019 – Conference in Madrid.
  • July 20, 2019 – Full Paper Submission. You can send a revised full paper after the feedback received from the pre-conference’s organizers and participants.
  • September 15, 2019 – Full Paper Feedback. Decision of selection/rejection for book publication. The conference organizers will return paper drafts along with comments, suggesting final revisions.
  • January 15, 2020 – Final Paper Due. This date is tentative depending on publishers’ decisions. 


Email: mediainnovationethics.IAMCR2019 [at]