[FoME] IAMCR Preconference & CfP: Reflections on Foreign Aid, Philanthropy and Change in Media Systems

Christoph Dietz Christoph.Dietz at CAMECO.ORG
Do Mär 2 16:28:38 CET 2017

Preconference for the IAMCR, 15-16 July -- Call for Papers and
Expressions of Interest
 “Reflections on Foreign Aid, Philanthropy and Change in Media Systems”
 Dates: 15-16 July 2017           Location: Cartagena, Colombia
 Please register and submit abstracts or statements of interest by May
1st 2017.  
 ·         Paul Rothman and Nicholas Benequista,  Center for
International Media Assistance, National Endowment for Democracy  
 ·         Chris Paterson and Jairo Lugo-Ocando, the Aid and Journalism
Network Project funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council
(AHRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID) with
support from the University of Leeds 
 ·         Winston Mano and Susan Abbott, CAMRI, University of
 ·         Anne Marie Hammer and Ricardo Corredor, Global Forum for
Media Development
 Media and Media Development are in flux. Digitalization, globalization,
and a shift in paradigms and thinking related to democratization and
democracy promotion have given rise to concerns and questions related 
to the value and purpose of media development programs and the influence
of international aid on journalism. In addition, the environment for
media development work has worsened under pressure from increasingly
illiberal governments and a collapse of the traditional  institutional
and economic framework for independent media. To what extent has the
diffusion of a particular model of journalism practice been central to
the “modernisation” project in international development, and what
alternatives to this approach are emerging?
 This pre-conference will bring together academics and practitioners
(donors, NGOs, and journalists) working on various aspects of foreign
aid and philanthropy designed to support freedom of expression, access 
to information, and to contribute to improving journalism and
information ecosystems. In collaboration with the AHRC/DFID funded
research network “Aid and Journalism”, it will facilitate a conversation
about the impact that foreign aid and development assistance  has had in
Latin America and Africa, and how this has affected the development of a
critical and independent media sector. 
 The purpose of this pre-conference is to:
 ·         Encourage the development of an international network of
media development researchers.
 ·         Foster collaboration, coordination, and networking between
researchers – including applied researchers, practitioner researchers
and academic researchers. Researchers from both social  science and
humanities traditions are welcome.
 ·         Improve cross-cultural and historical understandings of the
ideas and motivations that underpinned media development and
international assistance targeted at journalism.
 ·         Consider issues of how digitalization and technological
developments have created the need to conceptualize media development.
 ·         Problematize how a post-truth, post-fact era bears upon the
world of media development and journalism
 ·         Critically reflect on the issue of how to measure and assess
the impact of media development and journalism assistance programs as
well as to support the research and body of evidence  that is being
generated from both academics and practitioners.
 In doing so, we hope that this pre-conference will contribute to
scholarship that reflects today’s contexts, needs and realities in the
field of media development. The pre-conference will consist of the
sharing  of papers, panel discussions, and a hackathon.  We welcome all
who would like to take part in this pre-conference.  It is not required
to submit a paper or speak on a panel to attend. There is no cost to
take part in the pre-conference; however, we do ask  that you register.
 If you would like to present a paper or speak on a panel, we welcome
contributions on the following topics:
 ·         How has digital communications coupled with globalization
presented both opportunities and challenges for media development?
 ·         What is the goal of media assistance in a hyper-connected,
digitally saturated world?
 ·         What has been the role of development assistance in shaping
journalistic approaches in Africa and Latin America, and what are the
 ·         How has the prevalence of misinformation, hate speech, media
bias, coupled with a world of citizen journalism and user generated
content, impacted media development programs?
 ·         What are the theoretical foundations and frameworks for the
study of media development that are most relevant for the current
 ·         How might we critically reassess the relationship between
external influences on journalism and local cultures and practices of
 ·         How can the media development community foster political
change for more supportive environments for independent media?
 ·         How do you measure media and journalism training programs
that are rooted in online publications or social media platforms?
 ·         Case studies from recent projects or programs that seek to
contribute to development through a media or communications development
 If you have a paper or a panel idea on one of the above themes or if
you’d like to suggest one that you think would be a good fit, we would
love to hear from you.
 Hackathon on 16 July 2017 (half day): 
 Following day one (July 15), we will have a half-day hackathon on
topics and issues raised in this conference.  We will draw upon data
sets, research, and real life programs of contemporary media development
 research.  We will also use this time to discuss and brainstorm in a
creative and fun way how to improve partnerships, collaboration, and
coordination between researchers, NGOs, donors, and the journalism and
media communities.
 Concurrently, members of the “Development Assistance and independent
journalism in Africa and Latin America” research network will hold their
second project meeting.  Details will be posted to ajn.leeds.ac.uk.
 *If you do not wish to submit a paper to this pre-conference, we
request that you submit a statement of interest that describes your
research interests, relevant experience, and reason for participating in
the  pre-conference (500-word maximum).
 Cost: There is no cost to attend this Pre-Conference.  All interested
attendees are, however, required to register.   It is encouraged, but
not required,  to submit a paper.  We’ve outlined our ideas for what we
are looking for in the call below.
 For further information on this Pre-Conference, to register, or to
submit an abstract, please email: MediaDevPrecon at iamcr.org

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