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[ecrea] Interactions - new issue: Social media and citizen engagement in crises

Mon Jul 06 11:10:42 GMT 2015

It is my great pleasure to inform you about the online publication of a new issue of 'Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture' (Volume 6, Issue 2, July 2015) by Intellect, which is now available at,id=2897/

The thematic issue on 'Social media and citizen engagement in crises', guest-edited by Lemi Baruh (Koc University), is an outcome of the international workshop held in Istanbul in September 2014 in the context of the FP7-funded project COSMIC (COntribution of Social Media In Crisis Management). Full information about the project is available at with the full list of outputs available in the 'Working Documents' section of the website. The COSMIC project was an EU-funded project from the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme FP7-SEC-2012 under grant agreement no. 312737.

Table of Contents

Editorial: Social media and citizen engagement in crises
Lemi Baruh (Koc University)

An engaged public: Considerations for the use of social media in managing crises
Hayley Watson and Kim Hagen (Trilateral Research & Consulting)

Crowdsourcing and the folksonomy of emergency response: The construction of a mediated subject
Gregory Asmolov (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Citizens’ involvement in emergency preparedness and response: A comparative analysis of media strategies and online presence in Turkey, Italy and Germany
Salvatore Scifo (Maltepe University) and Yusuf Salman (Koc University)

Riding the (seismic) wave: The building of a media discourse following a disaster
Caglar Akgungor (AKUT / Search and Rescue Association)

Citizen involvement in emergency reporting: A study on witnessing and citizen journalism
Haluk Mert Bal and Lemi Baruh (Koc University)

Hurricanes and hashtags: How the media and NGOs treat citizens’ voices online in humanitarian emergencies
Glenda Cooper (City University London)

Transformation of collective action space: A study on the relationship between organizational attributes and ICT use
Zeynep Gunel and Gokce Karaoglu (Koc University)

About the journal

'Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture' recognizes the interdisciplinary nature of the fields of media, communication and cultural studies and we therefore encourage diverse themes, subjects, contexts and approaches; empirical, theoretical and historical. Our objective is to engage readers and contributors from different parts of the world in a critical debate on the myriad interconnections and interactions between communication, culture and society at the outset of the twenty first century.

It is our intention to encourage the development of the widest possible scholarly community, both in terms of geographical location and intellectual scope and we will publish leading articles from both established scholars and those at the beginning of their careers.

'Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture' is a journal published by Intellect. For further information, please visit the journal's webpage at,id=165/

Editor: Salvatore Scifo (Maltepe University, Istanbul)
Associate Editor: Alessandro D'Arma (University of Westminster)


Assist.Prof.Dr.Salvatore Scifo
Maltepe University
Faculty of Communication, Room A502
Department of Public Relations and Publicity (English)
Marmara Eğitim Köyü
TR-34857 Maltepe, Istanbul

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