I would like the IAMCR as the pre-eminent global organisation for media and communication research to expand and strengthen its presence in all the regions of the world. Many regions in the Global South experienced from the late 1990s growth of media and media and communication programmes but not a concomitant growth in membership and participation in the IAMCR. This underrepresentation and lower levels of participation is an opportunity we must take to globalise the association. Active membership recruitment would be one of my top priorities.
In this regard the IAMCR should enable and support members to partner and collaborate on projects to promote research and education in critical media literacies. One focus should be how the growing phenomena globally on of social media to drive disinformation campaigns. Research into critical media literacies will also centre the agenda of participatory media controlled by citizens.
A third priority for me would be promoting more collaborations and partnerships underpinned by principles of mutual benefit and co-creation of research agendas between across the world. In these collaborations the training of diverse cohorts of early career researchers should be a top priority.
- Kaarle Nordenstreng, Tampere University, Finland
- Ullamaija Kivikuru, University of Helsinki, Finland
- Ufuoma Akpojivi, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
- Monica Chibita, Ugandan Christian University, Uganda
- Knut Lundby, University of Oslo, Norway
- Dumisani Moyo, University of Johannisburg, South Africa