History of IAMCR
We are pleased to present IAMCR in retrospect, a brief history of the Association prepared by Cees Hamelink and Kaarle Nordenstreng, with contributions by Raymond B. Nixon, Jacques Bourquin and James D. Halloran. It was issued in 2007 at the 50th anniversary conference in Paris as a printed publication and was put online here. You can access it via the menu on the right or download it as a PDF file: IAMCR in Retrospect (4.2 MB)
Additional accounts from some key witnesses and actors of the early fascinating days can be found below. These accounts constitute the beginning of a more comprehensive presentation of the Association's history in the context of an overall history of the field being prepared by Professors Cees Hamelink and Kaarle Nordenstreng.
The last account below, Overview of IAMCR's History, is an article by Cees Hamelink and Kaarle Nordenstreng, based mainly on IAMCR in Retrospect. This text can be read online in English or downloaded in PDF format in both English and Spanish.
The history of the IAMCR goes back to the first years of Unesco. Its Committee on Technical Needs in the Mass Media drafted in 1946 a constitution for an “International Institute of the Press and information, designed to promote the training of journalists and the study of press problems throughout the world”.
In 1957, I was president of the Union of Journalists in Istanbul and editor in chief of the Turkish daily paper, Aksam. The Turkish National Commission for UNESCO asked me to take part in the first course of the International Centre for Higher Education in Journalism which had just been created in Strasbourg.
It all began with the conference on methods of journalists' training in Paris in April 1956, organized by UNESCO with the participation of representatives of 31 countries. It was chaired by the director of the Carleton College School of Journalism in Ottawa, Professor Wilfred Eggleston. After the conference of journalism teaching experts, a meeting of media researchers was held in a narrower circle.
Speech at IAMCR 1997 Oaxaca Conference.
We present here the English version of an article published in Spanish in the journal Disertaciones, special issue on "Communication Research: history, current situation and prospective", edited by Miguel Vicente and Manuel Martinez Nicolas. Both versions are available below as pdf files.