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ARTICLE: Different types of government support could help foster diversity in South African media

There should be more constructive debate about media diversity in South Africa, Julia Plessing of the University of Johannesburg, argues. She studied different types of print media regulation and support in Scandinavia, Latin America and West Africa, and examines these in the South African context. There is a tension between ensuring press freedom by state … Continued



ARTICLE: Media freedom and responsibility in South Korea

With political power shifting first from the military to civilian government, and from conservative to progressive parties, and then from progressive parties to conservative parties, the consolidation of South Korea’s democratic political culture continues, write Qian Gong, of University of Leicester, and Gary Rawnsley, of Aberystwyth University. The article explores the perceptions of media freedom and responsibility … Continued


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CFP | 31.03. | Media management and education in time of disruption

An IMMAA (International Media Management Academic Association) conference is calling for paper and panel proposals. The event is entitled “Media Sustainability, Value Creation and Public Policies” and it will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on the 11th and 12th of September 2017. The conference accepts various contributions, but its focus is on media management … Continued


ARTICLE: Codes of ethics not adapted to the rise of sponsored content

The current codes of ethics do not address sponsored content sufficiently, a new study states. The article by Pasi Ikonen and Vilma Luoma-aho of the University of Jyväskylä and Shannon A. Bowen of the University of South Carolina studied ethical guidelines from journalism, public relations, marketing and advertising. Sponsored content has gained popularity in the … Continued


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CFP: How will future media be produced and regulated?

A workshop entitled “The Future of Media Content: Interventions and Industries in the Internet Era” is looking for paper proposals. The workshop is arranged by two ECREA sections, “Communication Law and Policy” and “Media Industries and Cultural Production”. The event will take place in Norwich, United Kingdom, on the 15th and 16th of September 2017. … Continued


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ARTICLE: UK reporters have not adapted to threats towards information security

Edward Snowden’s revelations and the acts in 2014 by the United Kingdom’s Metropolitan Police have brought the issues of source protection and information security close to the everyday practice of reporters. Paul Bradshaw of Birmingham City University investigated awareness and actions of regional journalists on information security issues. Author conducted 76 face-to-face surveys and 10 … Continued


ARTICLE: Nordic welfare and media subsidies

Media subsidies are not a neutral instrument, but rather a political tool for achieving certain policy objectives, writes Aske Kammer, of The IT University of Copenhagen. They also serve to correct media-market failures. The study explores the connection between the Nordic social-democratic welfare-state regime and the extensive public frameworks for media subsidies. The study claims … Continued


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CFP: Media policy & political communication

Two workshops related to the 18th Nordic Political Science Congress (NoPSA) are now looking for papers. The workshops are titled “Communicating politics in the digital age” and “Media Policy and Digitalization”. They will be arranged sometime during the congress, between the 8th and 11th of August 2017. The event will take place in Odense, Denmark. … Continued