IAMCR joins Women Make the News 2013

On the occasion of International Women’s Day (8 March), IAMCR joins UNESCO and other international and regional media organizations to launch the annual Women Make the News (WMN) initiative, under the theme “Towards a Global Alliance on Media and Gender”.

We are inviting editors-in-chief of newspapers, radio, television on and offline to join UNESCO’s initiative, and to produce special supplements/programmes on these topics and/or to entrust women journalists and reporters with editorial responsibility for the newsroom for a limited period over the duration of the WMN initiative.


New journal of the Political Economy Section

altThe Political Economy Section of IAMCR is establishing a new journal with the first issue to be published on 1 May 2013. Political Economy of Communication will be an online open access academic publication.

The journal will publish peer reviewed articles that are delivered within the Political Economy section's sessions at IAMCR conferences. The journal is also open, in special cases, to ground-breaking contributions from non-section members.


IAMCR 2012 election results

altThe results of the elections for IAMCR's Executive Board and for the elected members of the association's International Council have been announced. The International Council also includes one representative of each of the association's fifteen sections. Their names will be announced later.

The new Executive Board and International Council held their first meetings on 20 July.


Mapping Communication Associations

ecrea_iamcr_icaECREA, IAMCR and ICA have launched a joint online inventory of communication associations worldwide. All communication associations are invited to create an entry in the database.

As more associations make themselves known, the database will gradually grow into the first ever searchable database of communication associations. At this stage, the database is publicly accessible and can be navigated either by browsing or using keywords.

The "Mapping Communication Associations" website is hosted by Université Libre de Bruxelles and can be found here.



ica_logoEvery year IAMCR sponsors a panel at the conference of the International Communication Association (ICA).

This year ICA's conference was held in Phoenix, Arizona from 24 to 28 May and the IAMCR panel was held on Friday 25 May with the title "Critical approaches to Communication and Community".


Proposal to amend IAMCR's statutes and by-laws

iamcr_small_dgdThe Legal Committee of IAMCR was requested by the International Council and the President to draft the changes in the statutes and the by-laws needed to enact Electronic Voting for the IAMCR Executive Board and the elected members of the International Council in the future. The President of IAMCR, Annabelle Sreberny, will bring these changes to the General Assembly in Durban.


IAMCR joins Women Make the News 2012

WMNOn the occasion of International Women’s Day (8 March), IAMCR joins UNESCO and other international and regional media organizations to celebrate the annual Women Make the News (WMN) initiative. WMN is a global policy advocacy initiative aimed at promoting gender equality in the media.

The theme for this year, Rural women’s access to media and information, seeks to underscore and stimulate knowledge exchange on: the importance of policies in favour of access to media and information in rural communities, particularly for women; and good practices undertaken by public service broadcasters, commercial and community media, and NGOs.

Deadline approaching for IAMCR Urban Communication Prize

urban_communicationIAMCR and the Urban Communication Foundation offer an annual prize for the best paper by an IAMCR member that critically addresses issues in urban communication. This year's prize will be awarded at IAMCR's conference in Durban, South Africa to an original paper which shows scholarly excellence in critical and innovative engagement with issues in urban communication.

The deadline for submission of papers for the 2012 prize is 10 June.


IAMCR 2012 Membership Campaign

calendarIt's time for IAMCR members to renew their membership for 2012. All individual and institutional members should have received an email recently reminding them that their 2012 membership fees are due.

If you aren't yet a member, join online and become part of the worldwide professional organisation in the field of media and communication research.


IAMCR 2012 General Call for Proposals

erythrina_caffraThe International Association for Media and Communication Research invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the 2012 IAMCR conference to be held from July 15-19, 2012 at the Howard College Campus of the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa.

The conference will be held under the general theme, 'South-North Conversations'. The theme reflects the asymmetry of global communication flows, but without implying the negatives that usually accompany discussions of the 'digital divide'. The theme also calls for balanced and empowering narratives that do not regard those in ‘the South’ as victims primarily in need of handouts from the more affluent.

The deadline for submissions is February 14, 2012.