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Exploring Trends in Global Media Policy

Monday, June 23, 2014


Full fee Wincott Foundation scholarship for Business, Economic or Financial Journalism Student

The grants allow the grantees to conduct a research project and travel to the IAMCR conference in Hyderabad, India, in July 2014 to present their results

  • Young Scholars Conduct “Rapid Response” Research
  • Summary of projects preliminary research results
  • Reports to be presented at IAMCR conference in July

Global communication policy is transforming rapidly. New actors participate in policy debate and have complemented, or even pushed aside, classic intergovernmental diplomacy.

The digitisation of the media has made older rules and regulations obsolete while the emergence of citizen media has required new thinking on laws and policy processes.

In addition, changes in internet governance happen so frequently it is difficult even for dedicated experts to keep pace.

To understand some of these dynamics better, the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) have offered a small number of “Rapid Response Grants” for young scholars who are working in these areas.

The grant scheme has been administered by Dr Arne Hintz and the research progress is reviewed and accompanied by the IAMCR Global Media Policy Working Group, the IAMCR Communication Policy Task Force, and the IAMCR Emerging Scholars Network.

The grants allow the grantees to conduct a research project and travel to the IAMCR conference in Hyderabad, India, in July 2014 to present their results.

Dr Hintz said, “Four project proposals were selected, and three further applicants received travel grants for the IAMCR conference. Together, these projects offer an interesting perspective on the variety of different issues which are debated across different fields of communication policy.”

Julia Pohle - Doctoral student at the Free University Brussels, Belgium
Mapping the WSIS+10 Review Process

Veronique Wavre - Doctoral student at University of Exeter, UK
Does the EU's influence matter? Discussing trends in communication and media policies in Southern Mediterranean countries

Sylvia Blake - Doctoral student at Simon Fraser University, Canada
Media diversity in the era of communicative abundance: Mapping Canadian and global policy

Preeti Raghunath - Doctoral student at University of Hyderabad, India
Reconstructing histories: Community radio policies and policy-making in South Asia

The reports are currently being finalised and will be published once they have been presented at the IAMCR conference in July.

The grantees are also contributing to the website ‘Mapping Global Media Policy’ which traces trends in communication governance through an interactive database and visualisation tools.


Related Links

Dr Arne Hintz - The Jomec Blog

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