Advancing Media Production Research: A one day post-ICA / pre-IAMCR conference

About the Conference


International Communication Association (ICA) Post-conference

International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Pre-conference

University of Leeds - Monday, 24 June, 2013

Initiated and Co-sponsored by the IAMCR Media Production Analysis Working Group with

ICA Co-sponsor: Journalism Studies Section and

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

and hosted by the following research groups at the Institute of Communications Studies (ICS), University of Leeds:

Cultural Production and Media Policy Research Group & Journalism Studies Research Group

Speakers and participants include:

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.  If you are interested in presenting research to this conference, see our Call For Papers.  (The call is now closed).

Additional confirmed speakers and a preliminary programme will be posted here.

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.

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.

This event is organised by the Institute of Communications Studies at the University of Leeds.

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