Welcome to ECREA-CLP

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Call for chair and vice-chair candidates

Dear colleagues,

as you were probably informed, we will have an election of the chair and vice-chairs of our section.

We hope you were informed by the ECREA organizing committee, but we are using this channel to additionally call for candidates to come forward at our business meeting, on Tuesday, September 7.

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Call for Paper Proposals: “Public Service Media’s Contribution to Society”

2020 Conference of the International Association of Public Media Researchers


October 28-30, 2020, in Geneva (Switzerland)


2020 is an exciting year for public media research: The RIPE initiative is transforming into the International Association of Public Media Researchers and the tenth biennial conference jointly organized by the University of Fribourg’s Department of Communication and Media Research (DCM) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will take place on the premises of EBU’s Geneva headquarters. The conference will offer an opportunity for celebrating RIPE’s legacy and the 70th anniversary of the EBU.


Conference Theme  

Public Service Media (PSM) organizations across Europe and beyond are increasingly under pressure.  Due to digitization, media use is changing rapidly, with streaming services and online platforms gaining in importance and making it harder for legacy media to hold their ground. This affects both public and private media. With users and advertising shifting to search engines and social networks, the business model of newspaper publishers is also under pressure, which, in turn, leads to disagreement about PSM’s online activities. In addition, many policy-makers are highly critical of PSM due to a belief in the efficiency of market solutions or – especially in the case of right-wing populist parties –  for political reasons. As a result, both PSM’s role in a digital environment and its funding  are under scrutiny. PSM seem to be constantly in the position of having to defend themselves. Following attempts at demonstrating the “public value” of PSM, the discussion is now turning towards the concept of PSM’s “contribution to society”. Communication and media scholars need to critically discuss the analytical value and the usefulness of new concepts that are circulated in industry and policy-making. The 2020 conference of the International Association of Public Media Researchers / RIPE@2020 thus focuses on the concept of contribution to society. 

Presumably, it is uncontroversial to claim that PSM need to make a particular contribution to society in order to have a continuous reason to exist in media landscapes characterized by competition and abundance. And it should also be self-evident that PSM’s contribution should be distinct and distinctive from what private media and online platforms (e.g. social media) offer. However, beyond these general statements the concept of contribution to society raises the important question of which contributions to which society. After all, society is changing. Research has focused on a number of trends like transnationalization, neo-liberalization, digitization or individualization that deeply affect modern societies. Audiences in different media systems are not only confronted with more media products than ever before and can become involved in production themselves but are also less homogenous or monolithic than they were in the past. These trends thus radically alter the relationship between professional media organizations and citizens. Moreover, they challenge the notion of an all-encompassing public sphere, nurturing new ideas like, for instance, of a network of public spaces.  

Consequently, it is necessary to rethink the role of media organizations in general and PSM in particular in a more fragmented society. On the one hand, this involves refining the societal contribution of public service. Starting from the notion that PSM should, as McQuail (2010, p. 178) put it, “serve the public interest by meeting the important communication needs of society and its citizens”, these needs (e.g., contribution to democratic governance and culture, production of information and knowledge, cohesion and integration, or progress) and the ways PSM can address these needs in unique ways other media cannot have to be identified. On the other hand, it is also necessary to modernize the ways in which PSM provide their contribution to society. Beyond producing content for all kinds of distribution channels, platforms and usage scenarios (ranging from the living room to mobile consumption), PSM have the chance to involve citizens in production and to evolve the ways in which their content reaches audiences (e.g., personalization based on algorithms). Moreover, it is necessary to discuss how the contribution of PSM to society can be measured. 

In order to be meaningful for society and to have an effect on PSM organizations, “contribution to society” needs to be more than just an instrument of legitimacy management by organizations under pressure. While communicating the many valuable contributions of PSM is important, the task at hand is not solving a communication problem. The concept is useless if it is limited to the question of how to better sell the contribution of PSM to citizens instead of guaranteeing that PSM actually serves the public interest and makes a contribution worth paying for and talking about. Seen in this light, critically analyzing the concept of “contribution to society” is not only a worthwhile task for communication and media scholars but also a meaningful undertaking for the future of PSM.  


Topics of Working Groups  

Scholars from various research fields of media and communication as well as from neighboring disciplines are invited to submit abstracts for both conceptual and empirical contributions addressing one or more of the following topics. The topics will comprise the working group structure for this conference. 

(1) Communication Needs of Changing Societies 

Starting from the idea that PSM should meet the communication needs of society and its citizens, societal change raises the question of which contributions are necessary today in order to meet these needs. Societies are more diverse than in the past; many democracies witness the ascent of populist parties and illiberal leaders; the amount of media content available to citizens is bigger than ever; the commercialization and concentration of media is uninhibited; platforms and streaming services gain in importance with respect to media use. In light of these changes, it is necessary to rethink the contribution of PSM. What role can PSM play in restoring the trustworthiness of media and institutions? How can PSM mediate between societal groups and integrate societies that are drifting apart? How do PSM contribute to political participation, culture life, and the realization of individuals’ full potential? And how can we measure the impact of PSM and its contribution to society? We invite paper proposals that deal with the contribution of PSM in changing societies, how this contribution needs to adapt, and how it differs from the performance of commercial media. 

(2) New Forms of Contribution and Distinctiveness 

In order to be able to make a contribution to society and generate positive externalities, the content produced by PSM need to reach citizens in the first place. In today’s media landscapes characterized by a plethora of broadcasting channels and online services this is not necessarily the case anymore. Hence, producing content for linear channels and offering these broadcasts on demand is not sufficient. Many PSM invest in web-only content that they also make available via third-party platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram or TikTok. And gradually, there is an understanding that “the” internet is not simply an additional distribution channel but allows for a personalization of content using algorithms. However, private media show little enthusiasm for these new forms of content provision by PSM and worry about market distortion. Which possibilities exist for PSM to reach audiences in a digital environment? What could a public service algorithm look like? And how should public and private media co-exist and/or collaborate in the online world? We invite paper proposals that deal with new forms of contribution, the distinctiveness of PSM, its relationship to and possibilities for collaboration with private media and platforms, and the shift from broadcasting to a personalized streaming service. 

(3) Involving Citizens, Building Communities 

Digitization fundamentally alters the relationship between media organizations and citizens. This change poses a huge challenge for all media organizations. Whereas in the past audiences only mattered when measuring media use, now there is a need to adjust media production: journalism needs to become more dialogic in nature as instant feedback and criticism is now possible; and users can contribute to reporting in various ways, e.g. as informants or via crowdsourcing. Yet beyond media production, the changed relationship to their audience also offers an opportunity for PSM to really become a media organization of the people, by the people and for the people. What possibilities are there to involve citizens in decision-making within PSM or to engage in dialogue that informs decision-making? How can PSM build a community among their users that also strengthens their legitimacy? And how does PSM matter in individuals’ lives in ways that metrics of audience research cannot capture? We invite paper proposals that deal with the importance of audiences for PSM, the involvement of citizens within PSM, and ways to reinvigorate the rooting of PSM in society. 

(4) Governance, Communication and Legitimacy Management 

Recent reforms of media policy have also led to stricter regulation of PSM. On the one hand, in many countries the remit of PSM – especially with respect to online activities – has been defined more firmly  and new services require public value tests. On the other hand, while still having better conditions than private media struck by crisis, PSM are expected to be more efficient or confronted with considerable budget cuts. Like other media organizations PSM respond to regulatory pressure and try to influence policy-making in their own interest. Concepts like “contribution to society” thus also can be seen as a strategic instrument of legitimacy management to deal with expectations of stakeholders. Is the concept of contribution an empty PR tool or is it inducing real change within PSM organizations? How does the interplay between policy-makers and PSM work in practice? And what role can communication scholars play in critically accompanying the change of media policy, PSM organizations and their contribution to society? We invite paper proposals that scrutinize the concept of contribution, focus on the politics of media policy, and the role of communication in the governance of PSM. 


Submission Requirements  

Paper proposals may be submitted via “Easy Chair” at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ripe2020. To do so, you need an “Easy Chair” login. If you do not have one yet, you can create one.  

Please enter the following information into the online submission form:  

  • the name(s), e-mail-address(es), location(s) and organization(s) of the author(s);  
  • the paper’s working title;
  • an extended abstract (max. 750 words) explaining the main messages of the paper and how it contributes to the conference theme;  
  • 3-5 keywords;
  • the two working group topics the paper is most closely related to.  

Additionally, the abstract needs to be uploaded as a Microsoft Word file. Please make sure that your Word file is anonymized and does not contain any indication of the author(s) either in the text or in meta data.  

All submissions will be peer-reviewed (double-blind) by a scientific committee. The evaluation criteria are:

  1. Relevance to the conference theme and fit with one of the working group topics.  
  2. Conceptual and analytic quality as well as theoretical foundation.  
  3. Clarification of methodology if the paper will report on empirical research.  
  4. Relevance to PSM management and practice.  
  5. Generalizability of insights and findings.  

Empirical research is highly valued, but we also welcome insightful philosophical, critical and theory-driven papers.  

RIPE conferences focus on substance, dialogue and results. We therefore limit acceptance to about 60 papers. Each paper is assigned to a working group. At best we assign 9-12 papers to each group so that every paper has sufficient time for presentation and, most importantly, discussion.  

Submissions are due February 29, 2020.  

Decisions on acceptance will be announced on April 15, 2020.  

Full papers need to be submitted by September 1, 2020 via “Easy Chair” at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ripe2020.  

The conference takes place over two and a half days, starting late on a Wednesday morning and ending on Friday around noon. The conference language is English.  

The International Association of Public Media Researchers plans to publish a selection of the papers in a peer-reviewed book handled by NORDICOM publishers.  


Program Committee

Maria Michalis (Westminster University, London)
Marko Milosavljević (University of Ljubljana)
Julia Pohle (WZB Berlin Social Science Center)
Manuel Puppis (University of Fribourg)
Roberto Suárez Candel (European Broadcasting Union)
Hilde Van den Bulck (Drexel University, Philadelphia)

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Call for Papers: Communication Rights in the Digital Age

International Conference Organized by the Helsinki Media Policy Research Group, the University of Helsinki, the ECREA Communication Law and Policy Section and the Euromedia Research Group , and supported by the IAMCR Communication Policy & Technology Section.


24–25 October 2019, Helsinki, Finland

The rights-based perspective on ethical and political questions presented by the new digital media has recently regained attention in academic and political debates. The formulation of human rights in general is based on a communication right – freedom of expression – as well as a right to take part and be heard in a dialogue. In the digital era, the role of communication has been magnified.

Calls for the protection of citizens’ “digital rights,” for example, have resulted in countless reports and declarations by governments, international bodies and activist organizations over the past two decades. In addition to debates on the consequences of digital transformations for established rights, such as freedom of expression, new rights have been envisioned, such as “the right to be forgotten” and the right to internet access.

Thus far, there are more academic, public and policy debates than solid and sustainable legal and policy solutions. This is not surprising given the complexity of these rights, which have many context-based variations, operate on the cusp of theory and praxis, and are constantly evolving with technological advances. Communication rights refer not only to legal norms but also more broadly to the freedoms and norms that have special significance to societies and individuals.

Due to the importance of communication rights to societies and democracy, it is imperative to understand how those rights are defined, manifested, regulated and monitored today. The realization of communication rights is further shaped by economic, political and socio-cultural situations. What do we know about these contexts? How can we accumulate a better conceptual and empirical understanding of communication rights?

This conference will specifically address the interplay of national and global (universal and specific) characteristics of communication rights. Core questions include but are not limited to the following:

  • What are some definitions of communication rights?
    • What should be considered communication rights?
    • What is their relationship to human rights and/or natural rights?
    • How do communication rights differ from the classic reliance on speech rights as the basis for media regulation?
  • Who are the policy and other actors defining these rights in national and international contexts, and what are their roles in discursive and/or policy-making contexts?
    • How do different academic disciplines respond to the concept of communication rights?
    • How are rights interpreted in different empirical contexts?
      • For instance, communication rights and their position in national constitutions
  • What are current core issues or cases that pertain to communication rights? These may include but are not limited to
    • Market concentration, platforms and “big tech”: EU and national responses
      • For instance, platforms financing media and their influence on journalism
    • New policies for diversity; new tools and policies for media support and sustainability
      • For instance, media flows, cultural diversity and new policy tools, such as the Netflix tax, or old policy tools, such as quotas
    • The influence of party politics and populism (and the context of hate speech) on freedom of speech
    • Increasing state control of media outlets, including public broadcasters

We are especially interested in novel conceptual and theoretical interventions, but we also appreciate comparative empirical approaches.

Presenters will be invited to submit to a special issue of the Journal of Information Policy.


Confirmed keynote speaker:

Philip M. Napoli, James R. Shepley Professor of Public Policy in the Sanford School of Public Policy and Professor of the International Comparative Studies Program, Duke University, United States.



Please submit your proposal of max. 500 words, including your affiliation and contact information, by 15 May 2019 to minna.aslama@helsinki.fi.

You will receive notification of acceptance by 15 June 2019.


Registration and fee:

Registration will be open 15 June through 15 October.

Registration fee: €100

Reduced student fee: €40

For more information and enquiries, please contact minna.aslama@helsinki.fi and irina.khaldarova@helsinki.fi and see: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/communication-rights-in-the-digital-age.


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Programme finalised; last chance to register 2017 Workshop on Future of Media Content

 Register by 31 August at http://store.uea.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-arts-and-humanities/conferencesevents/ecrea-workshop-the-future-of-content-interventions-and-industries-in-the-internet-era 

The Future of Media Content: Interventions and Industries in the Internet Era

2017 Joint Workshop of the ECREA “Communication Law and Policy” and “Media Industries and Cultural Production” Sections


Friday 15 September
Registration from 10:00

11:00 – 12:30 YECREA session: Engaging with industry and policy stakeholders for research and impact
Speakers: Karen Donders, Maria Michalis, Tim Raats, John Street
Chair: Ruth Garland

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch (own organization)

13:30 – 14:30 Keynote sponsored by UEA’s Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) Professor Eli Noam, Columbia University, NY
Introduction: David Hesmondhalgh

14:30 – 16:00 Keynote industry and policy stakeholder panel
Speakers: Glenn Gowen, Head of Audiences at ITV; Ben Weston Head of Factual at Reef Television independent production house; Jo Dipple former CEO of UKMusic and now Senior VP at Live Nation Entertainment; Jeremy Oliver, Head of Internet Policy at Ofcom
Chair: John Street

16:00 – 16:30 break

16:30 – 18:00 Panel: How media institutions are adapting to the increasingly non-linear, mobile environment
Hanne Bruun, Navigating the Eco-System: On-Air-Scheduling in the Digital Era
Manuel Puppis, Brigitte Hofstetter, Diana Ingenhoff “We need engineers instead of journalists”. How Swiss legacy media adapt to change and what this means for the future of journalism
Etienne Bürdel, Recycling or Diversity? How Local Media Organizations Cope with Digitization
Abdul Hadi Che Hassan Mobile technology development in Malaysia
Chair: Maria Michalis

19:00 Conference Dinner at The Library, Norwich


Saturday 16 September 

09:30 – 11:00 Panel: The processes and discourses of policy interventions in media
Karen Donders, Hilde van den Bulck, Tim Raats Developing public service media policies for the future: A critical analysis of the merit of stakeholder consultations
Tanja Keršvan Smokvina The European Union Media Policy Discourses: The Scope of Regulatory Intervention in the Internet Era
Phil Ramsey From the BBC Trust to Ofcom: an assessment of the changes to the governance of the BBC
Corinne Schweizer. Zhongwei Li, Tingru Zhu Encouraging and hindering content production and distribution: A document analysis of the Chinese Governments’ media policy announcements.
Chair: Manuel Puppis

11:00- 11:30 break

11:30 – 12:45 Panel: The changing systems for funding quality content
Alessandro D’Arma Funding BBC’s public service content through the market: An analysis of the set up of BBC Studios
Eline Livémont & Karen Donders Developments in the European documentary production sector in the past 10 years. What does the future hold?
Ruth Flaherty Diverse Interpretations of the Effect of Self Published Fan Fiction on the Market for Fiction Works – A Quantitative Study on Implications for Copyright Law
Chair: Hanne Bruun

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (provided)

14:00 – 15:15 Panel: Algorithms and Platforms in media markets: new roles between content and consumers
Vivi Theodoropoulou and Stelios Stylianou,  Consuming Algorithmically Produced Content: Audience Empowerment or Computable Data Governance?
Morten Hviid, Sabine Jacques, Sofia Izquierdo Sanchez, Digitalisation and intermediaries in the Music Industry
Natali Helberger, Fair algorithmic media practices – lessons to be learned from media law and policy
Chair: Marko Milosavljević

15:15 – 16:30 Panel: Redefining journalism and the public in the new news media environment
Ruth Garland, Changing definitions of impartiality and ‘the public’ in government communications: the hidden struggle between bureaucracy and politics for control over government news making
Marko Milosavljević, New definitions of journalism in digital eco-systems
Avshalom Ginosar, Online journalism: The institutional point of view
Chair: Amit Schejter

16:30 – 17:00 Break

17:00 – 18:30 Panel: From regulating to “chilling”: the application of law to communications and cultural expression
Chris Ali, From farm to docket: Utility regulation and communication policy
Nikola Belakova, Negotiating the ‘chill’ in the internet era. And investigation into the ‘chilling effect’ of defamation and privacy laws on media organisations, journalists and media content in Slovakia
Renato Costa Leite, The Radio Law and the Future of Network Stations in Portugal
Amit Schejter, The assault on freedom of the media and cultural expression in Israel
Chair: Hilde van den Bulck

18:30 Close

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Industry & policy stakeholders panel confirmed for our workshop 15-16 September

The speakers on our industry and policy stakeholders panel will be Glenn Gowen, Head of Audiences for ITV; Ben Weston, Head of Factual for Reef Television, Jo Dipple, former CEO of UKMusic, and Ofcom.

This is a great line up ready to talk about content from the points of view of an independent production house, a major broadcaster, the music industry and the regulator. The will follow our Keynote by Prof Eli Noam and an excellent YECREA panel on engaging with stakeholders for research and impact. Register now to join us in Norwich http://store.uea.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-arts-and-humanities/conferencesevents/ecrea-workshop-the-future-of-content-interventions-and-industries-in-the-internet-era

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Eli Noam confirmed keynote; YECREA panel set for CLP/MICP workshop

We have Prof Eli Noam confirmed as our Keynote speaker and great industry/stakeholder panel coming together including Jo Dripple, former CEO of UKMusic, Ofcom and others. Our YECREA panel on “Engaging with industry and policy stakeholders for research and impact” is set. We will have people speaking about getting access for research, doing consultancy, involving stakeholders in impact activities and much more. And of course we have an excellent day and a half of cutting edge academic papers. Join us in historic Norwich 15-16 September. Register now http://www.uea.ac.uk/political-social-international-studies/events/ecrea-communications-law-and-policy-section-workshop1

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Deadline Approaching for Joint CLP/MICP Workshop on Future of Content

Don’t miss the 2017 Joint Workshop of the ECREA “Communication Law and Policy” and “Media Industries and Cultural Production” Sections

The Future of Media Content: Interventions and Industries in the Internet Era

The “Communication Law and Policy” and “Media Industries and Cultural Production” Sections of the European Communications Research and Education Association (ECREA) invite abstracts for theoretical and empirical papers on the topic of The Future of Content: Interventions and Industries in the Internet Era. The workshop will take place in Norwich, United Kingdom from 15-16 September 2017. It is hosted and organized by the University of East Anglia’s School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies. With a keynote address from Professor Eli Noam co-sponsored by UEA’s Centre for Competition Policy, a planned panel with industry and regulatory stakeholders, and a special YECREA session for early career researchers, this will be a unique opportunity to bring together those investigating the processes of production and distribution with those studying the policy and regulation governing those processes.

Get your abstracts of no more than 400 words submitted for blind peer review in Word-format by March 31, 2017  to Sally Broughton Micova s.broughton-micova@uea.ac.uk. Each abstract should address one of the above topics in a sound theoretical and methodological manner, include a title as well as the name(s), institutional affiliation(s) and e-mail address(es) of the author(s).

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Workshop 2017 The Future of Media Content: Interventions and Industries in the Internet Era

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2017 Joint Workshop of the ECREA “Communication Law and Policy” and “Media Industries and Cultural Production” Sections

The Future of Media Content: Interventions and Industries in the Internet Era

Call for Papers

The “Communication Law and Policy” and “Media Industries and Cultural Production” Sections of the European Communications Research and Education Association (ECREA) invite abstracts for theoretical and empirical papers on the topic of The Future of Content: Interventions and Industries in the Internet Era. The workshop will take place in Norwich, United Kingdom from 15-16 September 2017. It is hosted and organized by the University of East Anglia’s School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies. With a keynote address from Professor Eli Noam co-sponsored by UEA’s Centre for Competition Policy, a planned panel with industry and regulatory stakeholders, and a special YECREA session for early career researchers, this will be a unique opportunity to bring together those investigating the processes of production and distribution with those studying the policy and regulation governing those processes.

Media and communications industries have changed dramatically over the past decade and both businesses and policy makers are struggling to adapt. Legacy media companies engaged in cultural and news production are trying to change their business models in a manner that will allow them to survive in the face of increased competition for advertising income and the constraints of having a new breed of intermediaries between them and their audiences. Policy makers are looking beyond the traditional investment in public service broadcasting and content quotas for new interventions and policy mechanisms that might encourage content production and distribution. One of the biggest challenges is defining the landscape of actors, markets and relationships in which content is created and disseminated – from the YouTube star making and reaching millions from a bedroom to the public service broadcaster (PSB) that is now managing big data for its online audience and negotiating with service providers for zero-rating carriage in order to reach its audiences with sufficient speed and stability. This joint workshop invites contributions from a broad range of disciplines, interested in the policy, production and business of content and its carriage. We welcome perspectives from political economy, news and cultural production practice, policy and governance studies, media and cultural production history, media and communication law, and other approaches and fields. We welcome theoretical, methodological and empirical submissions – case studies and comparative work, as well as innovative use of methods are encouraged.

The workshop organisers invite researchers interested in the following areas:

  • The news and cultural production landscape: How is content being produced and distributed? What does the new value chain look like for the cultural industries? What roles are legacy and new actors playing and what are the challenges they face? To what extent are concepts such as commercialisation, citizen/consumer, and public interest still useful as normative frameworks for considering the production and distribution of content? How do or should we define ‘culture’ and ‘journalism’, and where are the boundaries, if they persist, among different types of content? What is the future of highly resource dependent types of content such as quality news, investigative journalism, high quality drama, documentaries and feature films? How are public and private media organizations adapting strategically and in their everyday work? Where and how is innovation happening?
  • Funding content into the future: How is ‘value’ being conceived and exchanged among players, and how are relationships with audiences/users being defined? What are the ‘currencies’ of these relationships, and of those among the various commercial and public actors? What role does data play and what are the implications? How has the function of copyright and intellectual property rights changed? What are the particular challenges across different kinds of contexts and markets? How useful are concepts such as globalization, the citizen/consumer and ‘the public’ as normative foundations for investigating issues around the funding of content? What new ones might be? What roles are internet intermediaries and online platforms playing in the business of content?
  • Governance and intervention: To what extent are traditional mechanisms for supporting public interest or public service content, such as quotas, subsidies, PSB, must carry obligations and others still relevant? Who are the actors in the governance of content production and distribution and what are their interests? How do they try to influence policy-making? Where are the key points of policy intervention or regulation? What are the implications of multi-level governance (e.g. EU, WTO and ITU), of ongoing austerity, and of the rise of populist and even new authoritarian governments? How might research contribute to key debates around the EU’s Digital Single Market agenda, burgeoning free trade agreements and media plurality? What are the implications for content of the right to be forgotten, traffic management and zero-rating carriage, and media concentration?

Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be submitted for blind peer review in Word-format directly to the organizers of the conference by March 31, 2017 (Sally Broughton Micova s.broughton-micova@uea.ac.uk).

Each abstract should address one of the above topics in a sound theoretical and methodological manner, include a title as well as the name(s), institutional affiliation(s) and e-mail address(es) of the author(s). Colleagues will be notified of acceptance by May 15, 2017, and registration is required by July 15, 2017. Full papers are due no later than August 31, 2017. Reduced fee for ECREA recognized “soft-currency” countries and non-waged participants will be available.

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ECREA 2016: CLP Program

Wondering about the program of the Communication Law & Policy section at the forthcoming ECREA 2016 conference in Prague? Here it is!

Thursday, November 10th, 09:00 – 10:30 , Club H
[CLP01] New Intermediares and Platforms: Challenges for Communication Policy and Research
Chair: Natascha Just
  • Intermediaries as Shapers of Our Information Environment (B. Stark, P. Jürgens, M. Magin)
  • Practices of Contestation and the Erosion of Regulatory Power in Multiplatform Environments (S.A. Ganter)
  • Putting the Canaries in the Data Mine. Some Suggestions for the Practical, Ethical, and Legal Challenges of Researching the ‘Black Box’ (B. Bodo, J. Moller, K. Irion, F. Zuiderveen Borgesius, N. Helberger, C. de Vreese)
  • Towards a Public Service Algorithm That Promotes News Diversity (P. Verdegem, E. Lievens)
  • From Contested to Shared Responsibility: Online Platforms and the Transformation of Publicness (T. Poell, J. Pierson, N. Helberger)
Thursday, November 10th, 11:00 – 12:30, Club H
[CLP02] Governance, Power and Language – Approaches for Analyzing Communication Policy
Chair: Kari Karppinen
  • Doing Governance in Figurations: Proposal of an Analytical Framework (M. Oermann, W. Schulz, T. Mast)
  • Regulations, Norms, Discourses and Technology: An Integrated Governance Perspective for Media and Communication Studies (C. Katzenbach)
  • Towards a Theory and Method of Communicative Power in Media Policymaking (C. Ali, M. Puppis)
  • Imagining the Internet: The Use of Metaphors, Images and Similes in the Argumentation Over the Future of Online Audiovisual Services (A. Schejter, N. Tirosh)
Thursday, November 10th, 14:30 – 16:00 , Club H
[CLP03] Public Service Media in the Digital Age
Chair: Hilde Van den Bulck
  • Public Service Media Governance in Europe and Overseas. A Comparison of Remit, Funding, and Offer in 18 Media Systems (C. Schweizer, M. Puppis)
  • Contribution to Society: A Citizen Oriented Approach to Public Service Media Accountability (R. Suárez Candel, D. Fernández Quijada)
  • How the Public Values Public Service Broadcasting (N. Just, M. Buechi, M. Latzer)
  • Public Service Media’s Own Social Network – Necessity or Utopia? (C. Wenzel, T. Steinmaurer)
Thursday, November 10th, 16:30 – 18:00 , Club H
[CLP04] Rethinking Data Protection and Privacy
Chair: Amit Schejter
  • Tracing Audience Behaviour for a Reason – A Matter of Paternalism? (E. Appelgren)
  • Shopping for Privacy: Exploring National Differences in Disclosure of Personal Data in Ecommerce (C. Robinson)
  • Online Privacy: Websites Managers’ Perspective and Policy Implications (A. Ginosar, Y. Ariel)
Friday, November 11th, 09:00 – 10:30 , Club H
[CLP05] The Interaction Between Media Policy and Media Markets: An Analysis of Small European Countries
Chair: Marko Milosavljevič
  • Does the Public Interest Matter for Companies in the Media Sector? A Comparative Analysis of Experiences in Flanders and Norway (K. Donders, T. Raats, T. Syvertsen, G. Enli)
  • The Politics of Media Policy in Scotland (P. Schlesinger)
  • Broadcasting, the Welfare State and Media Ecosystems: Changes and Challenges for Public Service Broadcasting (T. Syvertsen, V. Schanke Sundet)
  • Economic Austerity or Just More Market? A Critical Analysis of the Austerity Argument in Flemish Policy Making 2008-2015 (H. Van den Bulck, M. Van der Burg)
  • Liberalizing Advertising While Protecting Public Service Broadcasting: The Case of Switzerland (M. Künzler, M. Puppis)
Friday, November 11th, 13:30 – 14:30 , Club H
Business Meeting – Communication Law and Policy
  • CLP Business Meeting including
  • Elections of the new Section Management Team
Friday, November 11th, 14:30 – 16:00 , Poster Area
Poster Session
  • Right to Information and Communication between Government and Citizens (T. Asrak Hasdemir)
  • Trade, Culture and Diversity (M.T. Garcia Leiva)
  • Media Concentration in Lithuania and Latvia (D. Jastramskis; A. Rozukalne)
  • The Regulation of Media and their Contribution to the Quality of TV News (J.T. Oliveria Filho; I. Coutinho)
  • Communication Research Policy in Spain and the EU (F. Ortega)
Friday, November 11th, 16:00 – 17:30 , Club H
[CLP06] Media Change and Policy Responses
Chair: Manuel Puppis
  • The Media Welfare State in the Digital Age – Structural Changes in Danish Media Policy (S. Flensburg)
  • Subsidizing Media Innovation (A. Kammer, E. Hobel)
  • The Politics of Media Plurality: A Case Study of Political Expedience and Consolidation of Power (S. Barnett)
  • Does Media Ownership Really Matter? A Content Analysis Case Study from Ireland (R. Flynn)
  • Ancillary Copyright for Newspaper Publishers: Six Recommendations for Better Media Policy in Europe (C. Schäfer-Hock, T. Eberwein, M. Karmasin)
Friday, November 11th, 18:00 – 19:30 , Club H
[CLP07] Present and Future of Public Service Media in a Crisis Environment: Independence, Management, Programming and Participation
Chair: Ana Azurmendi
  • New Ways of Audiences Participation in European Public Regional Televisions: Institutional and Not Institutional Participation: Spain, United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany (A. Azurmendi, M. Muñoz)
  • Technocratic Policies in Southern Europe: Political Interference or Independence and Neutrality of Public Service Broadcasting? (A. Fernández Viso)
  • Managing Budgets and the Problem of Funding in Times of Crisis: The Mediterranean Case (A.I. Segovia, I. Fernández Alonso, A. Fernández Viso)
  • Outsourcing Content Production in the Autonomous Public Television in Spain (J. Sánchez Martínez, I. Sarabia)
  • European Union Media Policy and National and Regional Public Service Media: All Quiet on the European Front? (C. Llorens)
Saturday, November 12th, 09:00 – 10:30 , Club H
[CLP08] The Future of EU Media Policy
Chair: Sally Broughton Micova
  • Online Platforms, the Country of Origin Principle, and the Future of European Audiovisual Policy (M. Michalis)
  • Who’s Afraid of Pan-European Spectrum Policy? (M. Ala-Fossi, M. Bonet Bagant)
  • Disruptive Digitalization: Priority for Telecommunication over Broadcasting (S. Gadringer, R. Parrilla Guix, J. Trappel)
  • Alignments in Diversity: Factual Harmonisation in Protecting Minors from Harmful Media (S. Dreyer)
  • Continued Limitations of EU Media Policy: Notes on Media Developments in Eastern and Southern European Countries (M. Metykova)
Saturday, November 12th, 11:00 – 12:30 , Club H
[CLP09] International and European Issues of Media Regulation
Chair: Roddy Flynn
  • The Regulation of Electoral TV Advertising Across the World (C. Holtz-Bacha)
  • From Telecommunication Policy Towards Media Policy – Explaining the Increased Politicization of the International Telecommunication Union (S. Berghofer)
  • A Children’s Rights Perspective on Self-Regulation of New Advertising Formats (V. Verdoodt, E. Lievens)
  • Interrelation of Media, Telecomms and Inetgovernance Policies: Cases of EU Eastern Partnership Countries (A. Paziuk)
  • Free to Hate? A Comparative Analysis of British and Italian Ultra-Right Online Media: Characteristics and Policy Implications (C. Padovani)
Saturday, November 12th, 16:00 – 17:30 , Club H
[CLP10] Media Landscapes under Pressure: Regulatory Reform and Legal Challenges
Chair: Sarah Anne Ganter
  • The New Legislation for Media Regulation and Broadcasting Reform in Greece: Towards a Discontinuity in the Greek Audiovisual Landscape (K. Serafeim)
  • Portuguese Mechanisms of Media Accountability. The Journalists’ Perceptions, the Regulatory Powers and the Impacts of Non-Mandatory Deliberations (N. Moutinho, H. Lima, S. Cavaco, I. Reis)
  • Blurring the Lines Between Information Content and Commercial Communication. A Study from the Perspective of Radio Ownership Responsibility (C. Muela, S. Perelló, R. Berganza, G. Starkey, R. de Miguel)
  • Basic Problems of the Media System Regulation in the Post-Socialist Society – The Experience of the Republic of Serbia (I. Milutinovic)
  • Negotiating a Balance Between Protection of Reputation and Privacy and Free Expression in the Age of Mediated Crisis of Continuity. A Study of the Operation of Defamation Law in Slovakia (N. Belakova)

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ECREA-CLP Program for Prague

The program for the forthcoming ECREA conference in Prague is now available. Here are the CLP section’s sessions. And please also attend our business meeting on November 11 after lunch! See you soon.


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