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  • 10.11.2021 17:50 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Comunicar

    Deadline: December 30, 2021

    We are pleased to announce that the journal 'Comunicar' (JCR-Scopus Q1) specialized in media education, is currently receiving manuscripts for the Call for Papers n. 72 about, 'The disinformation society: The impact of fake news on the public sphere' until 30 December. This issue is coordinated by Dr. Guillermo López-García (University of Valencia), Dr. Gianpietro Mazzoleni (University of Milan), and Dr. Eva Campos-Domínguez (University of Valladolid), which contributes to the analysis of erroneous, biased or false messages in terms of misinformation, disinformation, fake news and news stories that have changed social communication.

    We also remind you that the journal accepts manuscripts in each of its issues with miscellaneous topics related to the scope of the journal. We invite you to read carefully the guidelines for authors and to submit your study through www.comunicarjournal.com.

  • 10.11.2021 17:23 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Giovanna Mascheroni, Andra Siibak

    What are the consequences of growing up in a datafied world in which social interaction is increasingly dependent on digital media and everyday life is shaped by algorithmic predictions? How is datafication being normalized in children’s everyday life? What are the technologies, contexts and relations that enhance children’s datafication? What are the meanings of data practices for parents, teachers, and children themselves? These are some of the questions that Mascheroni and Siibak address in Datafied childhoods: Data practices and imaginaries in children’s lives.

    When the data-driven business model emerged twenty years ago, we could not have imagined how pervasive data extraction would have become in the context of everyday life, including the “institutional triangle” of children’s lives (the home, the school and the playground). Today, the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the datafication of everyday life and our reliance on data-relations. Yet, we still know little about the nature, meanings and consequences of the data practices in which children, and the adults around them, engage. This book tries to fill in this gap in two ways. First, drawing on the authors’ knowledge of children and media studies and their own research on children’s, families’ and teachers’ interactions with multiple technologies (IoT and IoToys, artificial intelligence, algorithms, robots) in different contexts (home, school and play), it promotes a non-media-centric and child-centered approach. Second, in so doing it encourages further scholarly inquiry into the everyday as the analytical entry point to understand how datafication is transforming parenting, education, childhood and thereby the children.

    Purchase here: https://www.peterlang.com/document/1140627

  • 05.11.2021 10:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    November 11, 2021

    I am pleased to invite you to the next in the series of IPRA Thought Leadership webinars. The webinar Cyber security: insights and implications for public relations by Volker Pulskamp, senior vice president and partner, FleishmanHillard, Germany on Thursday 11 November 2021 at 12.00 GMT/UCT (unadjusted).

    What is the webinar content?

    In this webinar we will hear all about implications for cyber security and how they relate to public relations. The webinar will reference case studies on cyber security crises.

    The webinar will be followed by an interactive Q&A session.

    How to join

    Register here at Airmeet.

    A reminder will be sent 1 hour before the event.

    Background to IPRA

    IPRA, the International Public Relations Association, was established in 1955, and is the leading global network for PR professionals in their personal capacity. IPRA aims to advance trusted communication and the ethical practice of public relations. We do this through networking, our code of conduct and intellectual leadership of the profession. IPRA is the organiser of public relations' annual global competition, the Golden World Awards for Excellence (GWA). IPRA's services enable PR professionals to collaborate and be recognised. Members create content via our Thought Leadership essays, social media and our consultative status with the United Nations. GWA winners demonstrate PR excellence. IPRA welcomes all those who share our aims and who wish to be part of the IPRA worldwide fellowship. For more see www.ipra.org

    Background to Volker Pulskamp

    Volker Pulskamp is a senior vice president and partner at FleishmanHillard and serves as head of corporate communications and crisis lead in Germany/EMEA. As member of the Global and EMEA Crisis Lead team, the ARC certified crisis counsellor has more than 24 years of PR, reputation management and crisis communications expertise, including crisis prevention, trainings and simulations. He has significant experience in issues and crisis management for leading companies across a range of sectors, often being key contact and spokesperson. As crisis and media trainer, Volker has trained more than 300 people in personal or team trainings during his career.

    Contact

    International Public Relations Association Secretariat

    United Kingdom

    secgen@ipra.orgTelephone +44 1634 818308

  • 05.11.2021 10:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Deadline: February 18, 2022

    Preliminary title: The Future of the Nordic Media Model: A Digital Media Welfare State?

    Editors:

    • Peter Jakobsson (Uppsala University)
    • Johan Lindell (Uppsala University)
    • Fredrik Stiernstedt (Södertörn University)

    Contact:

    • Peter Jakobsson: peter.jakobsson@im.uu.se
    • Johan Lindell: johan.lindell@im.uu.se
    • Fredrik Stiernstedt: fredrik.stiernstedt@sh.se

    Format: Open Access, double-blind peer-reviewed anthology

    Important dates:

    Deadline for extended abstracts: 18 February 2022

    Deadline for full submissions: 14 October 2022

    Peer review: December 2022–February 2023

    Expected publication: 2023

    For more information, please visit: https://www.nordicom.gu.se/en/publications/academic-books/calls-anthology-contributions

    Background and aim

    Like in many other policy areas (Esping-Andersen, 1990; West Pedersen & Kuhnle, 2017), the Nordic media policy system has stood out internationally. In a seminal contribution to comparative media studies, Syvertsen and colleagues (2014) detailed the traits that set the media system of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden apart from the rest of the world. Although sharing certain qualities with other media systems (see, e.g., Hallin & Mancini, 2004), the system in these countries – referred to as the media welfare state – has stood out in a number of ways. The media have been approached as public goods which manifest in a strong public service media, and there exist ambitions for universal access to communication infrastructures. Furthermore, the Nordic countries show egalitarian patterns in news consumption and high levels of trust in news media, and they have long and stable traditions of institutionalised editorial freedom. Additionally, media and communications have been regulated within a broader cultural policy framework, and press subsidies have been comparably generous. Finally, the media market has been characterised by consensual relations between stakeholders (Syvertsen et al., 2014). This media system – which is celebrated internationally by media scholars (Benson et al., 2017) and supported locally by voters (Lindell et al., 2021) – facilitated the egalitarian democracies in which they were shaped (Enli et al., 2018).

    The Nordic media model is, however, challenged on several fronts. First, a neoliberal policy regime emerging in the late 1970s has had a significant impact, not only on the welfare state more generally (Kvist et al., 2011), but also on media and communications policy (Ala-Fossi, 2020; Jakobsson et al., 2021). Previous policy measures and institutions that were designed to limit the impact of market forces, or to compensate for market failures, have been either abolished or gradually transformed (Jakobsson et al., 2021). Second, the rise of radical right-wing attacks on the key institutions of the media welfare state – for example, public service media – pose new threats to the Nordic media model (Holtz-Bacha, 2021; Jakobsson et al., 2021). Third, the globalisation and the subsequent digitalisation of the media, and the dominant role played by transnational platform companies and global tech giants in media and communications have made national media policy an increasingly difficult endeavour (Syvertsen et al., 2014).

    These contemporary challenges to the Nordic media model raise many questions. What remains of this system today? Is the Nordic media model, as has been suggested, merely an “image in the rearview mirror” (Ala-Fossi, 2020: 146)? Is it a viable alternative for the future? What are the risks – and possibilities – of a transforming Nordic media model? Would it be worthwhile to defend or adapt the Nordic media system to deal with future challenges? What arguments exist for welfare in the media and communications area, and what does welfare mean in this context? What normative basis is there for welfare more generally, and for media welfare specifically?

    This edited volume aims to address these and other issues, and to bring together contributions on the current state and the possible futures of the Nordic media (post-)welfare states. We invite both empirical contributions from scholars in all the Nordic countries on the current state of Nordic media welfare, as well as analyses of the possible future (or futures) of the Nordic media model (or models), and theoretical and normative work on the general concept of media welfare and its wider social implications.

  • 05.11.2021 10:34 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    December 10, 2021

    Online conference

    Deadline: December 5, 2021

    It is with great pleasure that we announce and invite you to participate in the final conference of the SMaRT-EU project.

    The conference will take place on December 10th, in online format, and will bring together researchers, practitioners and end-users to present and discuss the results of the project. The conference will also feature a number of speakers who will address topics related to new horizons and challenges for resilience towards misinformation and social media.

    Save the date: 10 December 2021, from 9.30am (CEST)

    The full programme is available at http://smart-toolkit.eu/smart-eu-conference/

    If you wish to attend, we ask you to confirm by the 5th of December, to the email socialmediaresilience@gmail.com so that we can give more details such as the link to access the conference.

  • 05.11.2021 10:31 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Media and Communication (special issue)

    Dedadline: December 15, 2021

    Editor(s): Ashley Hinck (Xavier University, USA)

    More information: https://www.cogitatiopress.com/mediaandcommunication/pages/view/nextissues#OnlinePopulism

    Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 December 2021

    Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 April 2022

    Publication of the Issue: October/December 2022

    In recent years, there has been an explosion of populism across the globe. Strains of populism have been taken up by leaders like the United States’ Donald Trump, the United Kingdom’s Boris Johnson, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, India’s Narendra Modi, and Indonesia’s Joko Widodo. While these are some of the most visible instances, populism has also emerged in smaller countries like the Netherlands (Hameleers, 2019) and in the communication of political challengers like Alexey Navalny in Russia (Glazunova, 2020). Populist communication functions as a style, strategy, and ideology that constitutes a “virtuous” people and an enemy of elites who control the system and the status quo (Engesser et al., 2017; Lee, 2006).

    Populists are using social media to organize and amplify populist communication (see e.g., Boulianne et al., 2020; Bucy et al., 2020; Hameleers, 2019; Peck, 2020). In an age when citizens are turning to online communities to construct their political values, beliefs, and ideologies (Bennett, 2008; Giddens, 1991; Hinck, 2019), it is not coincidental that many of these populist leaders have been bolstered by large followings of supporters online. This thematic issue examines the role online communities play in contemporary populism—how seemingly untraditional political communities online are influencing national and international politics by developing populist messages and circulating populist media.

    Submissions might consider (but are not limited to) to the following:

    • How might online communities provide transnational points of contact, network nodes, or flows of communication between and across nations?
    • How do the social norms and values of online communities provide fertile grounds for populism?
    • How do conspiracy communities, fan communities, and other online communities influence and enable populism?
    • What forms and genres (like memes and deep fakes) define online populism?
    • What communication strategies emerge from online communities to support populist leaders?
    • What are the implications for democracy?
  • 05.11.2021 10:27 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Roskilde University

    Apply here: https://candidate.hr-manager.net/ApplicationInit.aspx?cid=1310&ProjectId=146569&DepartmentId=18969&MediaId=4618

    Department of Communication and Arts (DCA), Roskilde University (RUC), invites applications for a position as Associate Professor in digital humanities, with a special focus on digital communication, digital platforms, digital business models and ”datafication”. The position is available from August 1st 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

    In announcing the position, DCA looks to strengthen its relationship with the private sector mainly through the DigitalLead Cluster and with an ambition to focus on stakeholders in Region Zealand. Simultaneously, DCA aims to develop its research and teaching in digital communication and/or digital humanities, by focusing on new digital busines models and platforms, datafication and digitalization especially within new media and the cultural sector.

    The Department of Communication and Arts is an innovative and interdisciplinary university environment, characterized by diversity with respect to theory, method and area of study in research and education. The department produces knowledge that contributes to critical research and reflexive practice in relation to development and change in society, including public institutions, private organizations, NGOs, and cultural and media institutions. Read more here. The department holds a strong environment within research and education in digitalization, and has recently launched Center for Digital Citizenship.

    Responsibilities and tasks

    The associate professor´s tasks and responsibilities will include research (including publication/academic dissemination) and research-based teaching (including examination and course coordination). The associate professor will be expected to teach both MA and BA levels, and across programs. Teaching at Roskilde University involves supervising problem-oriented project work (PPL – read more here) and requires an interdisciplinary approach.

    It is expected that the candidate has an aptitude for external collaboration, and Roskilde University provides the candidate with a reduced teaching load of 150 hours within the first three year to cover the commitment with the cluster organisation DigitalLead.

    The position also entails public dissemination of knowledge, including participation in public debate; participation in managing research, providing guidance and supervision of PhD students, assistant professors and contributing to academic assessments.

    Furthermore, the associate professor is expected to maintain a steady rate of publications and to make a contribution to the research culture at the department; to attract research grants and manage research projects; provide guidance and supervision of PhD students and assistant professors; participate actively in research groups and development of new teaching activities, as well as taking part in academic assessments and other tasks requested by the department.

    Applicants are referred to the university’s Faculty expectations for specifications on the required level of qualifications within research, teaching, networking, fundraising, impact and outreach etc.

    Qualifications

    Applicants must hold a relevant PhD degree and qualifications equivalent to a completed employment period as assistant professor in communication studies, media studies or other relevant subject areas. The ideal candidate matches the following characteristics:

    • International research profile within digital methods (such as media analytics, digital network analysis, data tracking/capture, information retrieval, recommender systems, etc.) and/or digital communication (such as platformization, datafication, digital business models, data governance, etc.).
    • A focus on questions of trust, ethics and transparency in processes of digitalisation and datafication.
    • A keen interest in working in a cross-disciplinary fashion, as the methods mentioned above are in high demand across the department and university.
    • Teaching experience in digital methods, preferably within communication studies as well as the humanities broadly.
    • A keen interest in and experience with project-based teaching and teaching in an interdisciplinary environment.
    • Documented pedagogical qualifications, good teaching evaluations, and the ability to innovate within the educational field.
    • Ability to communicate in Danish (or possibly Swedish or Norwegian)

    Moreover, the ideal candidate is expected to be enterprising and to possess good communication skills, and to be an involved participant in the department’s daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department. At the time of appointment, the successful candidate must master English for academic purposes.

    Assessment

    In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:

    • Research topic
    • Scientific production and research potential at an international level,
    • Experience with close collaboration with external stakeholders
    • Strong teaching qualifications, experience with project-based learning, and interdisciplinary teaching experience,
    • Ability to attract external funding in collaboration with external partners such as public authorities, private companies, NGO’s etc.
    • Ability to create, promote and utilise research results
    • Ability to contribute to development of the department’s internal and external cooperation

    Questions

    For further information about the position, please contact Dean of Humanities Julie Sommerlund (+45) 42160611/sommerlund@ruc.dk

    Terms of employment

    The employment is full time and you will refer to Dean of Humanities, Julie Sommerlund

    The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

    Application procedure

    After the deadline for applications the Dean will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

    Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

    The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and - later on - their assessment.

    Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.

    Application

    To apply for the position go to www.ruc.dk/en/job/

    Only applications in English are accepted.

    Applications must include:

    1. Cover letter

    2. CV

    3. Reasearch plan (maxium 2 pages)

    4. Documentation of education

    5. Teaching portfolio (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University here)

    6. A complete list of publications

    7. A maximum of 5 relevant scientific works that you want included in the assessment

    If any of the publications that you want included in the assessment are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of your contribution to each individual work must then be clarified in a co-author statement (find template here)

    Please submit your application no later than December 12 2021.

    Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration.

    Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

    The position is part of a larger strategic effort by Roskilde University to strengthen its research profile within research fields that open new avenues for external collaboration with the private and public sector, for example through the Danish innovation cluster organizations. Furthermore, as the Region Zealand university, Roskilde University is particularly committed to addressing the research and innovation needs of the region’s stakeholders.

  • 04.11.2021 13:44 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    University of Fribourg

    The Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences (SES) at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, invites applications for a PhD position at the Chair of Political Communication and Media. The successful candidate will work as a teaching and research assistant at the Department of Communication and Media Research (DCM) and write a PhD dissertation under the supervision of Assistant Professor Alexandra Feddersen.

    The DCM provides an outstanding research environment based on interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic collaborations at the interface between communication, media, economics and management. With its emphasis on rigorous training and high-quality research, the SES Faculty provides a decisive first step for a successful research career.

    Information

    Start date: February 1st, 2022, or to be agreed

    Contract duration: 5 years (1 year; renewable 4 years)

    Employment rate: 100%; the salary will be established according to the guidelines of the University of Fribourg

    Profile

    Interests: The candidate is creative, motivated and passionate about research. She/he can work independently as well as in a team. She/he is ideally interested in one or more of the following areas:

    - political communication;

    - media selection mechanisms and/or media organizations;

    - digital media;

    - quantitative content analysis and/or computer-assisted text analysis;

    - surveys and/or survey-embedded experiments.

    Skills: Proficiency in basic quantitative methods commonly applied in social sciences. Knowledge of experimental methods, programming languages (e.g., R, Python) and/or qualitative methods is considered an additional asset.

    Education: Master’s degree in communication or closely related field. The evaluation of the applications will focus on the applicant’s background, interests, attitude and potential for academic success. Admission to the doctoral studies is subject to the rules of the SES Faculty.

    Languages: Full proficiency in French; effective operational proficiency in English; good knowledge of German is considered an additional asset.

    Application

    Questions: Questions regarding the position and/or application can be sent to Jolanda Wehrli

    (jolanda.wehrli@unifr.ch).

    Documents: The application must contain:

    - a cover letter specifying research interests and motivations;

    - a CV containing the names of two academic references;

    - transcripts of completed academic training; and

    - other relevant certificates (e.g., TOEFL, GMAT, …) or documents (e.g., evaluation of Master thesis).

    Deadline: The application must be sent as one single PDF document to Jolanda Wehrli

    (jolanda.wehrli@unifr.ch) by December 1st, 2021.

  • 04.11.2021 13:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Edited by: Giuliana Sorce

    This book examines the central role media and communication play in the activities of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) around the globe, how NGOs communicate with key publics, engage stakeholders, target political actors, enable input from civil society, and create participatory opportunities.

    An international line-up of authors first discuss communication practices, strategies, and media uses by NGOs, providing insights into the specifics of NGO programs for social change goals and reveal particular sets of tactics NGOs commonly employ. The book then presents a set of case studies of NGO organizing from all over the world—ranging from Sudan via Brazil to China – to illustrate the particular contexts that make NGO advocacy necessary, while also highlighting successful initiatives to illuminate the important spaces NGOs occupy in civil society.

    This comprehensive and wide-ranging exploration of global NGO communication will be of great interest to scholars across communication studies, media studies, public relations, organizational studies, political science, and development studies, while offering accessible pieces for practitioners and organizers.

  • 04.11.2021 11:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ‘Journalism Studies’ Special Issue Call for Papers

    Deadline: May 1, 2022

    Special Issue Editors:

    • Hayes Mabweazara, University of Glasgow - Hayes.Mabweazara@glasgow.ac.uk
    • Catherine Happer, University of Glasgow - Catherine.Happer@glasgow.ac.uk

    Journalism studies is defined by and benefits from its interdisciplinary nature and broad scope of interests and priorities. However, one consequence of this is that the way in which distinct disciplines might differentially shape and bring value to our understanding of the field can be overlooked. A key strand of the current foundational critique of journalism was established and deeply rooted in the discipline of Sociology, which gave rise to specific concerns and approaches to understanding the ways in which news organisations manage the processes through which information is gathered and transformed into news and the pressures that encourage journalists to follow familiar patterns of news making. In the British context, the late 20th century was a particularly prolific period for the sociology of news in which the empiricism of institutional research centres such as the Glasgow University Media Group (GUMG) played a leading role in setting the agenda for journalism and media studies. The conceptual basis for such work was the understanding of journalism as embedded within systems of power (economic, political, social, cultural) and as institutionalised through everyday practices, shared beliefs, and norms. Methodological approaches which involved the analysis of production processes, patterns in content, audience reception and the formation of public opinion addressed the totality of communication systems with journalism and journalists as key agents in driving a range of societal outcomes.

    The body of work produced by the GUMG in particular was influenced by the political economy of the media as represented, for example, by Herman and Chomsky’s Propaganda Model, ideas of media as cultural hegemony and the role of ‘primary definers’ in the work of Stuart Hall. Shared foci around journalistic selection, inclusion, and omission paralleled work in the US, including McCombs and Shaw’s research on ‘agenda setting,’ Robert Entman’s ‘media framing’ and David Manning White’s seminal ‘gatekeeper theory,’ among others. The importance of structures of ownership and control and the extent to which the broader ideological climate shapes the thinking of journalists also came to the fore. News production was also seen as a highly regulated and routine process shaped by organisational pressures, with very little acknowledgment of journalistic agency. For some time, this pioneering body of work collectively ushered in revolutionary approaches to understanding news as a historically contingent ‘manufactured’ product.

    However, the complexities of contemporary societies and their media systems have increasingly rendered these early sociological approaches anachronistic, and in some cases, inadequate as explanatory frameworks for understanding the operations of journalism in the 21st century. The systems of power or ideological climate of news production have changed significantly and the field of analysis has expanded beyond a focus on the production of information flows and their impacts within Western economies. New political and social formations, including the complexities of increased globalisation and the emergence of multicultural citizenship have become central concerns in changing social and political contexts in which new global news players are emerging. At the heart of these changes are developments in digital technologies which have radically transformed the working practices of journalists and news consumption habits. The time is long overdue for revisiting early sociological studies and their deep-rooted Western-centrism which continue to define journalism studies’ key areas of inquiry and the field’s theoretical and methodological direction globally.

    This special issue addresses the question of the continuing value of the priorities of the sociology of news and the importance of a sociological critique of journalism more generally, the dynamism and adaptability of its modes of analysis to different contexts, and the validity of the conceptualisations of power and resistance built into them. Themes and areas of particular interest may include:

    • Emerging methodological approaches to studying news and news organisations
    • Doing content analysis beyond mass media
    • Conceptualising ‘media power’ in the age of big tech
    • Constructing ‘public opinion’ through social media content production
    • Agenda setting on social media platforms
    • News values in non-Western contexts
    • The impact of technological innovation on traditional sociological understandings of news production
    • Studies that challenge and throw into question Anglo-American conceptions of news
    • Changing connections between journalists and news sources
    • Shifts in the culture and patterns of news consumption/reception
    • The shifting nature of social class identifications and media audiences
    • Contestable notions of bias and objectivity in the news media

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