Global Media Policy Working Group

The Global Media Policy Working Group critically investigates the processes that regulate and govern the on-going transformations of global media and communication systems and structures. Special attention is given to the multi-level complexities of this domain, to emerging forms of multi-actor, network and platform governance, and to innovative practices of participation in governing arrangements beyond the nation state. The Working Group also focuses on the democratic implications of policy transformations, and on the fundamental principles, political-economic conditions and social dynamics that favor (or hinder) more transparent and accountable governance models for media and communication. Methodological innovation and new thinking, regarding both the regulation of emerging areas of communications and new mechanisms, processes and norms of policy-making, are fostered through its activities.

Established in 1998, the Working Group has since offered an open space for scientific interaction to examine Global Media Policy as a growing field of research and practice. Over the years, the Working Group has organized conference panels and produced publications. It has also promoted collaborative research (as the IAMCR-OSF Rapid Response Grants on Emerging Issues in Communication Policy) and conducted projects (in particular, the project Mapping Global Media Policy). All this has contributed to consolidate policy-relevant knowledge in the field and to structure Global Media Policy as a scientific domain.

As a Working Group rather than a Section, it typically focuses on a narrower set of topics at the annual IAMCR conferences, and it complements regular conference sessions with thematic roundtables, interactive workshops or practitioner panels, thus promoting thematic collaborations with other Sections and Working Groups as well as with professional worlds outside academia.

Co-Chair: Arne Hintz (Cardiff University, United Kingdom) [Contact]
Co-Chair: Claudia Padovani (University of Padova, Italy) [Contact]
Vice-Chair: Preeti Raghunath (Lecturer, Monash University, Malaysia) [Contact]

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IAMCR's Global Media Policy Working Group invites the submission of proposals for single papers and multi-paper sessions (the online conference equivalent of a panel in a face to face conference) for IAMCR 2021, which will be held online from 11 to 15 July, with a regional hub in Nairobi, Kenya. The deadline for submission is 9 February 2021, at 23.59 UTC.
The IAMCR Global Media Policy Working Group will be holding online elections in 2020 for the positions of two Chairs and two Vice-chairs. The deadline to submit candidacies is 10 June 2020.
IAMCR's Global Media Policy Working Group invites the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels for the 2020 conference of the Association, which will be held from 12 to 16 July, 2020 at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.
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 Global Media Policy Working Group invites proposals that reflect the section's interest. 
The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) will hold its annual conference from 16-20 July, 2017 in Cartagena, Colombia. IAMCR's Global Media Policy Working Group invites proposals that reflect the the section's interest. 
At the upcoming July 2016 IAMCR conference in Leicester, the IAMCR Global Media Policy Working Group will be holding elections for the offices of: two co-chair positions; and two vice-chair positions.
altThe Working Group o Global Media Policy of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions for the IAMCR 2013 conference to be held on 25-29 June, 2012 at Dublin City University.
The deadline for submissions of abstracts and panel proposals is February 28, 2013.
blue_5The Working Group on Global Media Policy has just issued its Report  from the 2011 Istanbul Conference, with descriptions and insights on past and future activities. Download the report:
icon GMP WG Activities' Report 2011 (45.71 kB)
istanbulAs part of the GMP programme at the IAMCR Conference 2011 to be held in Istanbul, 14-17 July the Working Group on Global Media Policy invites you to the workshop:
Mapping Global Media Policy.
Interactive session on data collection, maps elaboration, scenarios of use and future developments

Istanbul, Kadir Has University -...
istanbulIAMCR Conference 201113-17 July, 2011 - Istanbul, TurkeyIAMCR Working Group on Global Media PolicyCall for papers
The Working Group on Global Media Policy is a dedicated space within the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) to discuss global aspects of communication governance and investigate...
There is growing interest in the international and global governance of media and communication amongst scholars and policy makers, as well as civil society organizations and trans-national issue networks. At the same time Global Media Policy (GMP) as a field of research is under-theorized, not well defined in its boundaries and open to controversial interpretations regarding the main processes and actors involved.
In order to address such challenges, the Global Media Policy working group has...
The Working Group is planning to hold several sessions about its project 'Mapping Global Media Policy', including a general introduction, a hands-on workshop on the new digital platform, and a discussion concerning future scenarios. The Group is also collaborating with other IAMCR sections in organizing the following joint sessions:

'Women and News Media in Global Perspective: Reflections on the Global Media...
braga_2010The Community Communication Section and the Global Media Policy Working Group invite paper proposals for a roundtable on 'Policies for Community Communication'. The purpose of the roundtable is to discuss the policy situation for diverse types of grassroots-based, civil society-oriented and self-organised media, from community radio to blogs, and...
At the IAMCR conference in Mexico 2009, the Global Media Policy WG and the Emerging Scholars Network held a joint round table on "Communication as a Human Right: Policy challenges, public interest narratives and visions for the future".
You can find the call for papers here.