IAMCR 2012 - Journalism Research and Education Section Call for Papers

erythrina_caffraThe Journalism Research & Education Section invites submissions for its open sessions at the IAMCR that will be held from July 15-19, 2012 at the Howard College Campus of the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa.

'Journalism as a tool for conversation' is not limited to conversations between journalists and their prospective audiences, but also related to high quality conversation for democracy. Many writings address the global prospects for journalism to serve democracy and conversation between the north and south, but less attention has been given to the diversity of the south-south conversations. However, positions are usually too optimistic or too pessimistic with no middle grounds most of the time.


Skeptics show concern about the global future of journalism. From media concentration to authoritarian media policies that make the current media landscape full of constrains facing the role of journalism as a vehicle for public expression and political accountability.  However, journalism research and education cannot be boxed in these distinct categories.

Through the research papers, panel proposal and workshops moderated, the JRE section can help convene quality public conversations among its members to stimulate further quality dialogues in the public spheres between the north and south, as well as between the diverse 'Souths'.

The Journalism Research & Education Section thus invites submission within the general theme of 'South-North Conversations', by raising a main question: 'What can we expect of Journalism Research and Education in addressing such conversations (North-South) or (South-South)?" through the lens of the five JRE themes:

  1. International Collaborative Research in Journalism Research: New Challenges and Emergent Perspectives
  2. Innovations in Journalism
  3. The Professional Journalism
  4. Methods for Quantifying Professional Journalism
  5. Generic Studies of Journalism

The Journalism Research & Education Section is opened for panel proposals, workshop sessions and research papers proposals.

Many times journalism research highlights the division between the (rich) global North and the (poor) global South. Less research and focus is given to the diversity within and among journalism schools and curricula of the global South.

Abstracts should range between 300 and 500 words in length including the research objectives, theoretical framework and methodology. Each proposal must include title, name(s), affiliation, institutional address and email addresses of the author(s). All abstract submissions must be made centrally via the IAMCR Open Conference System (OCS).

It is expected that for the most part, only one (1) abstract will be accepted per person in the research paper proposals in the JRE section Program. But the author could also submit a panel proposal. The JRE section encourages its members to take part in their moderation and chairing sessions so please let us know, if you are interested.

The deadlines are as follows:

The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 14, 2012. Please note that this deadline will not be extended. The OCS system at  will open on December 1, 2011, and will close on February 14, 2012.

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to individual applicants by JRE section chair no later than March 12, 2012.

On the same day, March 12, 2012, conference registration will open for bookings by participants.

For those whose abstracts are accepted, full conference papers are to be submitted via the IAMCR OCS by June 10, 2011.

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 IAMCR and this conference is available on the respective websites: http://www.iamcr.org/iamcr2012cfp or at the Durban 2012 Conference website http://www.iamcr2012.ukzn.ac.za/

JRE Publications: JRE has its two JRE Online Journals (English & Portuguese). The deadline is Oct. 15 at 3p.m, 2012, Central European Time. For the English Edition, send your submissions to the editors Susan Jacobson and Ibrahim Saleh (susanj[at]temple.edu & jre09is[at]gmail.com). For the Portuguese edition, send your submission to the journal editor Claudia Lago (claudia.lago07[at]gmail.com) and CC (jre09is[at]gmail.com).

In addition, 2012 marks the launch of the New JRE Journal: Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies (ISSN 2001-0818) that is edited by Leon Barkho and Ibrahim Saleh. Please send your submissions to: editors[at]jams.se.

Please refer to the Journalism Research and Education Section website for guidelines

Ibrahim Saleh
IAMCR Journalism Research & Education Section, Chair
jre09is [at] gmail.com

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