November 2020 - This letter was sent by Nico Carpentier, IAMCR President, to thank IAMCR members for their support in 2020 and to invite them to renew their membership for 2021.
In alignment with the possibilities offered by the COVID-19 pandemic, IAMCR 2021’s conference will offer multiple modalities for participation. It will be an online conference with an African “hub” at USIU-Africa, and satellite activities at various points around the globe.
In this letter to the members, IAMCR's newly elected president, Nico Carpentier, reflects on IAMCR's 2020 conference and the opportunities and challenges raised by the events of 2020.
IAMCR strongly opposes the Australian Federal Government’s decision to increase university fees for communications and media studies degrees, and for humanities, arts, and social science students more generally, while cutting the cost of degrees in science, technology engineering and math-related subjects.
The elections for IAMCR Executive Board (EB) and International Council (IC) are over. Nico Carpentier was elected president and will be joined on the Executive Board by 2 vice-presidents, Andrea Medrado and Usha Raman, the current secretary general, Gerard Goggin, and treasurer, Elske van de Fliert, who have both been reelected.
The IAMCR 2020 online conference will begin on 12 July with an opening plenary with welcoming words from IAMCR's Executive Board and the conference host, Tampere University, plus keynote speakers reflecting on the conference theme. Following that will be the launch of IAMCR Online Conference Papers.
This month IAMCR holds elections for the Executive Board and International Council. The online voting period will run from 11 May to 31 May 2020. All current members are eligible to vote, including those who take out or renew their IAMCR membership until Wednesday, 27 May.
UPDATE: On 19 March IAMCR appealed to its members for help translating “Journalism, Fake News & Disinformation” into new languages. According to UNESCO, 200 proposals were received and the handbook is being translated into 30 new languages. Thank you to all the IAMCR members who offered to help!
Given the rapid and unpredictable developments associated with COVID-19 at present, and the health and safety issues and constraints associated with travel and conference activity, IAMCR and our partners at Tampere University, are planning online activities in lieu of a face-to-face conference in Finland.