Community Communication and Alternative Media Section

The Community Communication and Alternative Media Section focuses on media that originates, circulates and resonates from the sphere of civil society.  It seeks to advance research on the objectives, practices and dynamics of community, alternative and citizens' media, including issues of localism, politics, socio-economics, language, ethnicity, gender, or other interests and intersections. Our concerns include issues of media access, participation and reception; media projects undertaken by marginalized and underrepresented groups; development and support of community-based media institutions and infrastructures; communication practices by social movements; innovative forms of media activism; interactions between classic community and new social media; alternative forms of journalism; and theoretical contributions to the research, evaluation and practice of community communication.


Co-Chair: Andrea Medrado [contact]
Co-Chair: Vinod Pavarala (UNESCO Chair on Community Media / University of Hyderabad, India) [contact]
Vice chair: Claudia Magallanes-Blanco [contact]
Vice chair: Alejandro Barranquero (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain) [contact]

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La Sección de Comunicación Comunitaria y Medios Alternativos (COC) de IAMCR celebrará elecciones durante la reunión ejecutiva en la próxima conferencia en Madrid, España.
The IAMCR Community Communication and Alternative Media Section (COC) will be holding elections during the business meeting at the upcoming conference in Madrid, Spain.
The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) will hold its annual conference from 20-24 June 2018 at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, USA.
IAMCR's Community Communication and Alternative Media Section invites proposals that reflect the section's interest. 
The 2017 IAMCR conference in Cartagena was particularly successful for the Community Communication and Alternative Media Section (COC). We enjoyed a large, diverse and very lively program.
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The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) will hold its annual conference from 16-20 July, 2017 in Cartagena, Colombia. IAMCR's Community Communication and Alternative Media Section invites proposals that reflect the the section's interest. 
The IAMCR Community Communication Section will hold elections for its section head team during the section business meeting at the upcoming conference in Leicester (27-31 July 2016). We are looking for candidates to fill up to 2 positions as section chair or co-chair, and up to 2 positions as section vice-chair.
The IAMCR Community Communication Section invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the 2016 IAMCR conference to be held 27-31 July 2016 in Leicester, UK. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2016.
The IAMCR Community Communication Section invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the 2015 IAMCR conference to be held 12-16 July 2015 in Montreal. The deadline for submissions is February 9, 2015.
Call for Papers
The IAMCR Community Communication Section invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the 2014 IAMCR conference to be held from July 15-19 at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad, India.
An OURMedia event in collaboration with the Community Communication Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), the Global Communication and Social Change Division of the International Communication Association (ICA), the Community Radio Forum of Ireland (CRAOL), and Irish community media activists.
Dublin, IRELAND...