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[ecrea] Advancing Media Production conference - Registration now open

Fri Mar 01 15:42:50 GMT 2013

Advancing Media Production Research One-Day Conference
University of Leeds, Monday, 24 June, 2013.

Full Price: £40 / $65 (apx.)
Student rate: £25/$40 (apx.)
This conference is a unique collaboration between the IAMCR<>  Media Production Analysis Working Group<>  with the ICA<>  Journalism Studies Section<>  and ECREA<>  <>  Media Industries and Cultural Production Working Group<>
, and is organised and hosted by the Institute of Communications Studies (ICS) at the University of Leeds.

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-Leveson 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 presentations of new production research in concurrent panels.  Confirmed 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 Newsrooms)
 *   Philip Schlesinger (Putting ‘Reality’ Together)
 *   David Hesmondhalgh (The Cultural Industries)

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. See   for details.  Our main venue will be the beautiful, recently renovated, Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall on the university campus, near the Institute of Communications Studies.

To register for the event please visit  The deadline for regsitration is April 1, 2013.

Please write us (atAdvancingProductionResearch /at/<mailto:(AdvancingProductionResearch /at/>  if you have any questions.  We look forward to welcoming you to Leeds.

Dr Anamik Saha
Lecturer in Communications Studies
Institute of Communications Studies
Rm 2.24 Clothworkers' North Building
University of Leeds
011334 35807

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