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[ecrea] Call for Papers: Advancing Media Production Research

Fri Nov 23 09:31:59 GMT 2012

* Call for Papers:  Advancing Media Production Research *

This one-day event will be an International Communication Association (ICA)
Post-conference&  International Association for Media and Communication
Research (IAMCR) Pre-conference

University of Leeds - Monday, 24 June, 2013

IAMCR Co-sponsor: Media Production Analysis Working Group

ICA Co-sponsor: Journalism Studies Section

ECREA Co-sponsor: Media Industries and Cultural Production Working Group

As the internal workings of media institutions change beyond the
recognition of early researchers, and as the challenges to understand
those internal functions become ever greater, there is a need to review
what new knowledge is emerging from production research, what gaps
remain, what challenges to production research persist, and discuss how
those might be overcome.  Researchers in the UK might question if, in
the post-Levenson Report age, media institutions will become more
transparent and open to scrutiny, or less?

This conference is intended to address the issues raised in the process
of researching within media, journalistic, and cultural organisations,
primarily from the anthropological and sociological traditions of
long-term exposure to production cultures through ethnographic
observation or participant observation.  Scholars like Tuchman and Born
have provided insights into production cultures which have shaped
contemporary understandings, but can such research keep pace with the
rate of change in media production environments?  And is the classic
research setting of the newsroom or studio now too limiting; should our
focus shift, for news, at least, to the journalistic “ecosystem,” as
Anderson has argued?

In addition to panel sessions, the conference will feature discussions
with prominent researchers of media production addressing:

-   how theories of journalism and cultural production have been
advanced and challenged by recent media production ethnography

-   the ongoing challenge of access to media and cultural institutions
for in-depth, critical research

-   pressing questions for production research in the coming decade

The conference will also feature presentation of new production research
in concurrent panels – a call for papers follows.

Expected speakers and participants include:

     * Georgina Born (Uncertain Vision: Birt, Dyke and the Reinvention
of the BBC)
     * David Ryfe (Can Journalism Survive? An inside look at American
     * Philip Schlesinger (Putting 'Reality' Together)
     * David Hesmondhalgh (The Cultural Industries)

Additional confirmed speakers and a preliminary programme will be posted
to the conference website.

There is further the opportunity to attend a guest lecture by ICA
past-president Professor Barbie Zelizer, organised separately, which
takes place immediately after the event.

Call for Papers

We seek papers from researchers who have confronted the contemporary
challenges of long term research within production environments.  Papers
should highlight the manner in which such research provided insights and
contributions to theory which other methodologies could not; as well as
highlight challenges such as access limitations or efforts to influence
findings by the organisation involved.  Papers should be distinct from
any presented at ICA, IAMCR, or other venues.  300 word abstracts may be
submitted via the conference website, below, by 28 January, 2013.
Accepted authors will be notified by 28 February.

The event will be held on the campus of the University of Leeds, which
is easily accessible by train, road or air from London; and air/sea from
Dublin.  Leeds provides an ideal base from which to explore the north of
England between conferences.  Details of the venue and cost, and advice
on travel, are available at the conference website:

Organised by

Chris Paterson and the University of Leeds Institute of Communications

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