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Call for Papers: 2nd Journalism & Communication Education TWG Conference, Pamplona, Spain

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Call for Papers
“Higher Communication Education – Serving or Innovating the Profession”
May 19/20, 2016
Universidad de Navarra
Pamplona, Spain
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Today, the constant and accelerated change in the professional media markets has led to many challenges for higher education programs: How can we educate students for a constantly changing market that may not require the skills we are practically teaching them today? How can we know what to teach them? Can we provide answers through our research? Could we even be a spearhead of innovation for a media industry that is increasingly desperate for new and creative approaches? It comes down to a question of identity: Do we see ourselves as serving the profession, or the means to create change through research and innovation? In other words: as both scientists and educators, what is our mission in today’s changing media environment?

This is the question we would like to address with you at the second conference of our ECREA working group, this time taking place at one of Spain’s premier higher education institutions, the University of Navarra in Pamplona. Contributions may address the topic from many different angles, for example:

  • Do media educators see themselves (and/or are comfortable with) “serving” the profession, i.e. “producing” well-functioning graduates who get jobs and are good journalists, PR-professionals etc.? Or do they want to be innovators and a vanguard/driving force of media development?
  • How did this develop historically and why?
  • Are media educators and higher education institutions even equipped to provide innovation – theoretically, methodologically, and in terms of facilities, funds, and competencies?
  • What can media education programs learn from other disciplines which have traditionally been involved with both education and research/innovation in their respective fields, for example pharmacy, engineering, informatics… These disciplines have developed as research and higher education providers along with their professions.
  • Do we do our students a favor if we teach them to be media innovators – instead of, for example, journalists and PR-professionals?
  • How do students perceive innovation in the profession, and/or related aspects of educations and research?
  • What do media professions expect from our future graduates in terms of media innovation?
  • How well connected is innovation in our curricula to the demands of the industry?
  • Other perspectives on this topic are welcome!

The conference will feature three presentation formats:

  • Traditional conference presentations: For traditional conference presentations, please submit an abstract (max. 500 words, not including references), presenting research results and/or theoretical work relevant to the conference theme. Please outline the state of the study or research project, the research question(s) or hypotheses, findings and conclusion(s). In case of a theoretical presentation, please outline your argument, describing the issue you are tackling, the current state of research in this field and how your approach provides something new. We also encourage submitting work in progress, e.g. new theoretical or methodological ideas you want to discuss with peers at the conference. However, research projects that you want to present and that are not in the field yet (or only yield preliminary results by the time of the conference) should be fully developed and contribute to the theoretical and/or methodological debate.
  • Panel proposal: Panels should consist of three to four presentations by different authors/presenters, addressing a common topic from different perspectives. Each panel should also name a chair who serves as a moderator and may or may not be a presenter. Panels should aim for length of 1 to 1 ½ hour, including discussions. Panel proposals should include a description of the topic and overall goal of the panel, addressing the relevance of the topic to the conference theme (400 words). The proposal should also include a short abstract of each of the presentations (max. 200 words each).
  • Conference workshop proposals: In addition to traditional panels, we would like to invite proposals for workshop sessions. These sessions could start with up to three short introductory talks (about 7 min.) followed by a moderated discussion, but we also welcome alternative workshop models. Sessions should deal with current practical, methodological or theoretical challenges of media education and should aim towards finding ways to meet these challenges. Proposals for workshop sessions should include a clearly defined workshop topic and goal, up to three presenters contributing, and a number of questions or assignments for the discussion. Please submit a short workshop abstract (max. 500 words) including short outlines of the individual presenter’s topics.

True to this conference’s aim, traditional presentations as well as workshops should seek to either include multiple educational fields (PR, journalism, advertising…) or address applicability/relevance of their topic for programs from different areas of communication education.

Deadline for abstract submission: Monday, February 21, 2016
Accepted presenters will be informed by Tuesday, March 8, 2016
The conference will take place Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20, 2016

Please submit abstracts as anonymized Word- or pdf-documents to [michael.harnischmacher[at]]. Please include your author information (name, institution, contact) in the accompanying e-mail.




Call for Papers: 1st Journalism & Communication Education TWG Conference, Trier, Germany

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Call for Papers
“Professional Communication Programs in Search for Identity”
March 5-6, 2015
University of Trier, Germany

Professional media systems are changing fast, driven by both technological and societal developments. Media convergence is blurring the boundaries between many formerly separate professional systems like journalism, PR, corporate communication, political communication, advertising. This is leading to hybrid models in communication education programs (like programs in “journalism and public relations”) on one hand, as well as more and more specialized approaches on the other hand.

Educational systems have two important functions for professions: They can be stabilizing factors for systems in transition, as well as a vanguard of innovation and development. Work in the field of education for communication professions has traditionally been done within the boundaries of specific fields and has favored certain topics. However, in a time of converging media markets and professions, the professionalization of new markets, and the blurring of boundaries between formerly separate professions, it is important to reconsider media education’s role from a more interdisciplinary and broader perspective.

The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for educational approaches for communication professions that witness a transition. We invite you to send in your contribution related to this aim.

Deadline for abstract submission: Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015

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Special panel call: 5th European Communication Conference, Lisbon

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Call for Papers
Special Panel „Journalism and Communication Education“
European Communication Conference 2014
12th-15th November 2014
Lisbon, Portugal

 Journalism and Communication Education is a new Temporary Working Group of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). We invite paper proposals for the TWG’s official launch panel at the ECC2014, 12th-15th November 2014, in Lisbon, Portugal.


Today, the development of communication technologies and the mediatization of society have a profound impact on professional media work. Educational institutions are faced with the important task of following the ongoing changes in the media markets in order to make informed decisions for providing and maintaining a high standard of education. These changes demand that we constantly rethink education for media professionals, as well as media competencies development and education for audiences. Unfortunately, educational systems evolve at slower speed than the field itself.

At the same time, there is still a lack of theoretical concepts and empirical studies regarding the development, change and adaptiveness of professional media education. Educational issues are being treated within the realm and focus of different fields (journalism studies, public relations, advertising research, educational science, …) but rarely as a topic in itself that integrates the diverse angles. The aim of the new ECREA Journalism and Communication Education TWG is to foster the relationship between journalism and communication education institutions in Europe in order to advance communication and exchange in higher and continuing education research and practice. Its goal is to provide a platform for researchers and educators interested in advancing our theoretical, empirical and practical understanding of media education, both for media professionals and audiences in mediatized societies.

We invite paper proposals that cover the main themes below:

  • Comparative research on European  media education systems
  • Historical development of media educational systems
  • Media change and media education
    ›          e.g. the role of ‘big data’, surveillance society and privacy issues
    ›          e.g. teaching new media skills
    ›          e.g. shifts in 21st century role perceptions of students, scholars and professionals
    ›          e.g. blurring lines between information professions
  • Innovation in the curricula of journalism schools and media education programs
    ›          e.g. flipping the class room, teaching hospitals, blended learning, MOOCs and social media learning.
  • Teaching ethics in journalism, PR and advertising education
  • Teaching entrepreneurial journalism and self-branding
  • Educating ‘reflective practicioners’
  • Aspects of cooperation between education and the professional field, reflecting gaps between theory and practice
  • Media competence training and education, both in the realm of professional/higher education and secondary education/pedagogy
  • Quality management in journalism and communication education
  • Best practice in journalism and communication education
  • Higher education, vocational training and lifelong learning: organizational approaches to media education
  • Education management

Conference submission
Please submit a 400 to max. 500 word abstract followed by a short biographical note (name, surname, position, institution, address, e-mail).

Please send your submission to:

by February 28, 2014.

All paper submissions should be in English.
All submissions will be blind reviewed.

Although this is a separate call, the Journalism and Communication Education TWG launch panel will be part of the ECC2014 conference. Please keep in mind, that you may submit more than one paper or poster proposal to the entire conference, but only one paper or poster as first author will be accepted and programmed (throughout the entire program). First authors can still be second (or third, …) author of other papers or posters, and can still act as chair or respondent of a panel.

Contact and Information
Dr. Michael Harnischmacher (University of Trier, Department of Media Studies)

Prof. Dr. Carlos Barrera (University of Navarra, School of Communication)

Dr. Harmen Groenhart (Fontys University of Applied Sciences, School of Journalism)

Notification of accepted papers will be sent out by April 30, 2014
For more information about the TWG, see:

For more information about the conference, see:


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