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Become an IAMCR ambassador

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IAMCR is looking to expanding its Ambassador initiative. This article describes the initiative and incites expressions of interest for potential new ambassadors. For more information, contact Graham Murdock, IAMCR vice-president and coordinator of the ambassador initiative.

What is the Ambassador Initiative?

In 2015 the International Association for Media and Communication Research began to establish a global network of IAMCR Ambassadors to promote and represent the Association. A call for expressions of interest was issued and four members who met the specified criteria were appointed for an initial term of three years, which ends this year (2018).

The incumbents have been invited to renew their tenure for a further term if they wish to do so, but the EB is now inviting expressions of interest from other members interested in volunteering to be IAMCR Ambassadors in their own country or region for the three year period 2018 - 2021.

Applications from members in countries and regions where no Ambassador is currently based and who will extend the gender and age diversity of representation are particularly welcome.

Ambassadors are answerable to the IAMCR Executive Board. They are required to submit a bi-annual report to the EB and to maintain regular communication with Graham Murdock, the vice-president responsible for coordinating the network, and the IAMCR Secretariat.

The position of IAMCR Ambassador is voluntary and the association is not able to finance Ambassadors' activities. But given the vital role  they play in promoting the organization, they are on the IAMCR website with their photographs and biographies. Their activities are featured in the IAMCR newsletter and website and their reports shared with the International Council and the membership.

Who Are the Present Ambassadors?

IAMCR currently has four ambassadors. They are:

Bangladesh - Professor Dr. Jude William Genilo, Media Studies and Journalism Department, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh
India - Dr. Uma Shankar Pandey, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Surendranath College for Women, Kolkata
Portugal - Luís António Martins dos Santos - Communication and Society Research Centre, University of Minho
Southern Africa (covering Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe) - Brian Pindayi, Rusangu University, Zambia

How have they been promoting IAMCR?

IAMCR Ambassadors are tasked with creatively promoting the mandate, distinctiveness and membership of IAMCR as an international association of media and communication scholars in the country and/or region where she/he is located.

They are expected to explore opportunities to expand IAMCR's footprint in their country or region through publicity, events, and other strategies that will build the association's membership and reputation.

Activities have included:

  • organising a social networking events for existing IAMCR members in the region/country
  • encouraging existing IAMCR members to participate in seminars and conferences in the region/country, to include the IAMCR logo on their presentations, and to take the opportunity to publicise and promote IAMCR within the meetings. Options have included posters, and dedicated tables with displays of relevant information about the Association , recent books by IAMCR members, and membership forms
  • organising master classes for research students
  • establishing an active on- line presence on Facebook, Whatsapp, and Twitter
  • follow -up contacts with recently joined members and  conference attendees from the country/region

How to Apply

IAMCR Ambassadors are chosen for their creativity, initiative and independence as well as their connections with their academic community, their experience and their knowledge of IAMCR.

Applicants should send a proposal to the EB that clearly outlines  how they intend to promote the IAMCR in their country or region. The proposal should include creative ways to expand IAMCR's membership.

All applications will be screened by an Executive Board panel, which will use the following criteria to choose IAMCR ambassadors:

  • Knowledge of and connection to key actors in the national/regional media and communication research field
  • Knowledge of IAMCR and IAMCR in the country/region
  • Knowledge of current gaps and opportunities
  • An understanding of key target groups
  • Willingness to develop a 3-year plan with clear outcomes and understanding of how this plan will contribute to strengthening IAMCR
  • Evidence of personal initiative and creativity in thinking through pathways and solutions

Additionally, applicants will need to include the names and email addresses of two references from the country or region, who can vouch for their suitability and commitment.

Applications can be sent at any time and will be considered by the EB on an ongoing basis. Please send applications to Janet Wasko, President of IAMCR, at president [at] iamcr.org and Graham Murdock, Vice President of IAMCR and coordinator of the ambassador initiative.

We look forward to hearing from those interested in becoming involved in this way with IAMCR, the world's leading professional organisation in the field of media and communication research.

Janet Wasko
President, IAMCR

Graham Murdock
Vice President, IAMCR
Coordinator of the ambassador initiative
[G.Murdock [at] lboro.ac.uk (Subject: IAMCR%20ambassador) (Email)]