Welcome to ECREA-CLP

Welcome to the website of the European Communication Research and Education Association’s (ECREA) Communication Law & Policy Section (CLP). Here you can find information about the section, its workshops and publications. Not a member yet? Join ECREA-CLP today!

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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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Soon we will meet for ECREA 2016 in Prague!

A lot is happening at your favorite ECREA section these days.

We are busy finalizing the CLP section’s program for the upcoming ECREA conference in Prague next November. We will have more sessions in our section than ever before, ten in total, a number of interesting poster presentations and an exhilarating business meeting (as always). If you have not registered for the conference yet, please do so as soon as possible in order to benefit from the early bird registration fee at http://www.ecrea2016prague.eu.

As communicated earlier, the CLP section will again award a Best Student Paper Award to acknowledge excellent contributions to our field from young scholars. All PhD students whose abstract was accepted for the European Communication Conference (ECC) and wish to be considered will have to submit a full paper by the specified deadline to be eligible for the ECREA-CLP Best Student Paper Award. The paper has to be single-authored by the student, or, in case the paper is co-authored, the PhD student has to be first author. The deadline for submission of full papers for the ECREA-CLP Best Student Paper Award 2016 is October 1, 2016.  For more information please see https://commlawpolicy.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/ecrea-clp-best-student-paper-award-2016.pdf.

Moreover, elections for section management for the appointment of a Chair and two Vice-Chairs for the period 2016-2018 are coming up. Two members of the current management team are willing to run again; the current chair will step down. However, other candidacies are welcome. We are inviting nominations by individuals for all positions. Please send your nomination accompanied by a 150 word (max) statement (if you so wish) to Manuel Puppis (manuel.puppis@unifr.ch) by July 31, 2016. Please note that ECREA’s bylaws stipulate that the Chair and at least one of the two Vice Chairs need to have a PhD. Moreover, disciplinary, regional, gender and age balance needs to be respected within the management team.

See you soon in Prague!


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ECC 2016 Prague & Best Student Paper Award

A very Happy New Year from your section management team!

ECC 2016 Prague

As you know, the next European Communication Conference will take place in Prague on November 9-12, 2016. Preparations for the conference are well under way and some of your fellow CLP members are ready to review submission.


Our section invites a broad range of paper proposals. You may submit proposals for individual papers, panels, and posters. The maximum length of individual abstracts is 500 words. Panel proposals combine a panel rationale with five panel paper abstracts, each of which shall be a maximum length of 500 words.

Proposals can be submitted on the conference website http://www.ecrea2016prague.eu until the end of February. The website also provides all the relevant information (call for papers, registration, accommodation, etc.).

We are looking forward to your submissions and hope to see as many of you as possible in Prague.

CLP Best Student Paper Award

Once more, the CLP section will have a best student paper award. All students whose abstract is accepted for the ECC conference and wish to be considered will have to submit a full paper by October 1, 2016, to be eligible.The awards committee is made up of Maria Löblich, Amit Schejter & Christian Herzog.

For more details please download the ECREA-CLP Best Student Paper Award information.



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ECREA 2016 in Prague: Submit now!

The call for papers for ECREA’s forthcoming “European Communication Conference” 2016 is out. The conference will take place from November 9-12, 2016,  in Prague.

Our section invites a broad range of paper proposals:

The Communication Law and Policy section provides a forum for the debate and analysis of past and current national and EU legal, regulatory and policy directions in the field of European media and communication. The field is interpreted broadly to include political, social, cultural, anthropological and economic questions. The section invites contributions (proposals for papers, posters or panels) in any area of (broadly understood) European media and communication law, regulation and policy, including historical, comparative and philosophical approaches to this domain. We welcome critical methodologies and analyses, as well as discussions on new ways of thinking about policy and law in the media, communication and cultural industries. We also welcome empirical studies of policy or the policy making process as well as evidence aimed at contributing to debates on current policy issues, especially those that use interdisciplinary approaches and push the boundaries of established work.

ecrea2016You may submit proposals for individual papers, panels, and posters. The maximum length of individual abstracts is 500 words. Panel proposals combine a panel rationale with five panel paper abstracts, each of which shall be a maximum length of 500 words.

Proposals can be submitted on the conference website http://www.ecrea2016prague.eu until the end of February. The website also provides all the relevant information (registration, accommodation, etc.).

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After Ljubljana is before Prague

After an inspiring workshop in Ljubljana, we would like to thank the organizers once more for their hard work!

Ljubljana Workshop

And the next meeting of ECREA-CLP members is already on the horizon. The next European Communication Conference of ECREA will take place on November 9-12, 2016, in Prague. The conference website is already up and running: http://www.ecrea2016prague.eu


The call for papers will be published in early December; submission of abstracts in possible until the end of February.

We look forward to your abstracts and to see you again next year!

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