Braga 2010 - Journalism Research & Education Section Call for Papers

The Journalism Research & Education Section invites submissions for its open sessions at the IAMCR that will be held in Braga (Portugal) 2010 from July 18-22. The overall conference theme is "Communication and Citizenship. Rethinking Crisis and Change".

Making this connection between Journalism and Citizenship not only helps citizens all over the world to enhance their level of engagement, but also satisfies a global news-hungry appetite as a sound investment in better policy-making and a core element of good governance. The Journalism Research & Education Section invites papers within the general theme to promote conduct and dissemination of research into all facets of journalism research and journalism education.

The Journalism Research & Education Section covers five main themes:

  1. International Collaborative Research in Journalism Research: New Challenges and Emergent Perspectives
    • Pros & Cons of International Research Projects in Journalism
    • Diversified Journalism Values in Different Journalism Cultures
    • Qualitative Versus Quantitative Methods
    • How to further internationalization and integration of journalism studies?
    • Means of facilitating the dialogue between different schools of thought and regional traditions of studying journalism.
    • New methods and approaches to the methodological arsenal of empirical journalism studies, particularly methods that are of use for cross-cultural comparative research.
    • How to link between the convergence with training, vocational expertise and journalism research, with news media as an actor?
    • Revisiting within the current parameters the new methods of journalism education, and what incentives that drives improvement and leveling of the journalism quality.
  2. Innovations in Journalism
    • What evidence for journalists as stakeholders in innovation systems?
    • How do current innovation diffusion models treat the role of media?
    • What available models and evidence for the innovation communication system (interplay between journalists/ communicators/others)?
    • What lessons could be derived from historical evidence about the role of media systems?
    • What is the role played by media in the social construction of reality?
    • What measures and metrics to identify the influence of journalism on community identities?
    • How could journalism education optimized?
    • How does journalism contribute to the formation of the public perception of an emerging industry?
    • Will journalism increase economic growth?
  3. The Professional Journalism
    • What are the conflicts of interest in Journalism practice?
    • How similar/dissimilar is it to other emerging areas of Journalism coverage?
    • What obstacles derive from journalism as a profession (systems of jurisdiction, the role of the state, education, ideologies, etc.)?
    • What are best ways to teach Professional journalism?
    • How do journalists currently think about journalism innovations?
    • What makes innovation difficult for journalists to cover as 'news'?
    • What variation of Professional Education worldwide and across the full spectrum of media?
  4. Methods for Quantifying Professional Journalism
    • How to map current practices of Professional Education?
    • How to evaluate and rank Professional Education– quality, standards, & effectiveness?
    • How to establish and monitor Professional Education credentials?
    • How to compare Professional Education– volume, focuses, specialties, and neglected areas?
    • How to attribute (or introduce?) Professional Education to underdeveloped and developing countries, especially to local media?
    • How to compare Professional Education trends in all media?

  5. Generic Studies of Journalism
    • How to evaluate the general education component of journalism and mass communication using a uniform assessment formula?
    • How to judge student and program performance; and policy analysis and decision making?
    • Studies involving Institutional profiles, background information?
    • Descriptions of the evaluation efforts how work and occupations influence organizations innovation and entrepreneurship?
    • How different media practices shape emerging technologies, markets, and industries?
    • Different experiences of validation and accreditation of journalism and mass communication programs?

The Journalism Research & Education Section has already scheduled two panels in Braga 2010 that deal with Journalism Education in Challenging Environments, and Emerging Journalists & Cross-media Publishing Skills. However, the section is opened for other panel suggestions that can resonate with the JRE themes.

Abstracts should be sent to the JRE Section Chair only through the Conference website, and should be between 300-500 words long. Each abstract must include title, name(s), affiliation, institutional address and email address of author(s).

The deadlines are as follows:

    • Submission of abstracts: January 31, 2010 (papers will be assessed and provisionally accepted on the basis of the abstracts).
    • Announcement of acceptances: March 15, 2010.
    • Full papers due: April 30, 2010

IAMCR accepts presentations in English, French and Spanish. However, it is requested that abstracts, if at all possible, be submitted in English.

Further information about this conference is available at

As part of the JRE restructuring that was introduced in Mexico City 09, a blind referee process of six members (steering committee) will review the research papers to optimize the quality of research in the best objective and professional level. Authors interested in the Journalism Research & Education Section on-line publication will be be requested to send their full papers after final modifications no later than September 2010.

Ibrahim Saleh
IAMCR Journalism Research & Education Section, Chair
Email: jre09is[AT]
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