Monthly Archives: November 2010

New issue of the Political Communication Report

Now the November issue of the Political Communication Report, the newsletter for the Political Communication Divisions of the International Communication Association and American Political Science Association, has been published.

Call for Papers: “Political representation on Web 2.0: concepts, methods and empirical data”

6th ECPR General Conference, University of Iceland, 25th – 27th Aug. 2011

Deadline for submission of paper abstracts: 1 February 2011

As a publicly constituted exchange, political representation is filtered through the media. At the same time, as our media ecology continues to change away from an environment dominated by the conventional mass media, the layers of this mediation process are increasingly multiplied and political communication follows the same trends of transnationalization, specialization, customization and personalization as do political decision-making, media consumption and community-building. As these shifts affect and (to some extent) replace mass media-driven ‘politics as usual’, what new patterns emerge? What constitutes a democratic polity in a media environment characterized by multiply-layered offline and online publics ranging from the hyper-local through the national to the transnational level? If societal political discourse disaggregates into a discussion of specific issues in individual publics, rapidly forming and dissolving ad hoc and in complex configurations, how does this affect the political process? That is, what becomes of the underlying narratives provided by the ideological positions of established parties within national or regional political systems, and how does this affect their claims of representing specific voting blocs?

With political discourse increasingly taking place online, possibilities for new approaches to the study of political exchange emerge– for example by examining political discourse in blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and on other social media platforms. While the user-base of such spaces is not always necessarily representative of the identities and interests of the wider population, the study of politics in social media spaces nonetheless provides new insight into the communicative practices of citizens, escaping and recasting the traditional categories and methodologies of political science.

Combining insights from online media research with a new paradigmatic shift in representative theory, this panel examines online politics from a communication perspective, discussing conceptual, methodological and empirical aspects of the mediated relationship between political claimants, constituents and audiences.

Panel Chair: Asimina Michailidou, Post-doctoral fellow, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo, Norway

Panel Discussant: Axel Bruns, Associate Professor, Media and Communication, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

For more information about the panel and submission of paper abstracts, please visit

Updates at the website

Today this website has been updated with a number of new Resources as well as information about upcoming conferences. The website will be continually updated, and if you have any information relevant for this website and the membership of the ECREA Political Communication Section, please just contact the webmaster.

Call for Papers: ”Political communication: antecedents, contents and effects of political information” (NOPSA2011)

Now the Nordic Political Communication Association has issued the Call for Papers for their next conference, to be held in Vasa, Finland, between August 9-12, 2011. One of the workshops will be: ”Political Communication: antecedents, contents and effects of political information”. More information about the conference can be found at the conference’s website. The full call for papers is featured below:

Today’s societies have been labeled mediatized and the relationship between journalism, politics and citizens is allegedly driven by media-logic. It is evident that many citizens do not have extensive first-hand experiences or engagement with the political arena. For them, and also for those that are engaged in political discussions, the media play a crucial role as channel of communication, source of information, and in crystallizing opinions and changing attitudes and behavior.

In very general terms, political science has tended to downplay the role of the media and information for the development of attitudes and behavior, despite evidence showing that the media can have significant effects. Communication science and media studies have tended to focus in particular on the media themselves and less on the political context and implications of the media. In the recent years there is a renewed interest in issues of political communication, triggered by developments in political campaigning, with an increasing level of professionalization and importance of news management, by developments in the media, with increasing market competition and new technologies, and by developments in the electorate showing signs of increasing political dissatisfaction and electoral volatility.

In the Nordic countries research agendas have emerged in both communication science and political science departments. It is the explicit goal of this workshop to bring together social scientists working on issues of political communication. We will welcome paper proposals that deal with the antecedents and conditions of political news and actor-controlled political information, papers dealing with contents and systematic features of news and political information, and papers dealing with the effects of the media and mediated political information on attitudes, opinions and behavior.

The workshop takes a starting point in the Nordic countries – focusing on new research agendas and changes in political communication – but is explicitly open for international scholars, and English will be the language used in all workshop sessions.


Welcome to our new website

Welcome to the new webpage of ECREA’s Political Communication Section. Right now this new home on the web is under construction, but please check back soon as we will continually add information and expand this webpage. If you have any information about upcoming conferences, call for papers and other events that may be of interest to scholars in political communication and that you want to be featured on this website, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Call for Papers: ”Future of Journalism 2011 – Developments and Debates”

Call for Papers

The Future of Journalism – Developments and Debates

Thursday 8th and Friday 9th September 2011

Following the success of the Journalism Practice and Journalism Studies conferences in 2007 and 2009, we are delighted to announce that the third in this series of biennial research-based conferences – to be hosted by the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC) and sponsored by Routledge Taylor and Francis – will again focus on the topic: The Future of Journalism. The Plenary speakers will be Emily Bell and Robert W. McChesney.

Emily Bell is Professor of Professional Practice and Director of the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism at the Columbia School of Journalism. Previously she worked at the Guardian, initially as Founder and Editor of and later as editor-in-chief of Guardian Unlimited.

Robert W. McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is Co-author (with John Nicholls) of The Death and Life of American Journalism, as well as Rich Media, Poor Democracy and 14 other authored or edited volumes. The Utne Reader lists him among their “50 visionaries who are changing the world”).

The plenary lectures, as well as a selection of conference papers will be published in special issues of Journalism Practice and Journalism Studies.

We invite contributions from the international community of scholars of journalism studies, journalism practitioners, educators and trainers, media executives, trade unionists and media regulators; indeed everyone with scholarly or practitioner interests in the future of journalism.

The pace of developments in journalism has accelerated since 2009. Innovations in media technologies, increasingly competitive and fragmented markets for audiences and advertising revenues, shifts in government media policy and changing audience requirements for news and the ways in which it is presented and delivered, bring with them extraordinary challenges to journalism and journalists. Such developments impact on journalists’ employment, their workplaces, products and perceptions of their professional roles and ethical judgements, as well as their day-to-day journalism practice.

But the changes confronting journalism are perhaps too frequently understood and framed as a ‘Crisis’. They also offer the potential and prospect for a different journalism based on new technologies, involving distinctive ways of writing and presenting news, conducted in converged newsrooms or wholly outside of conventional newsrooms, funded with innovative sources of revenue, and all this informed by continuously shifting understandings of what constitutes journalism and who is a journalist. So a good deal to discuss and debate.

Titles and abstracts for papers (250 words max) are invited by 22nd December 2010 and should be submitted online at:

Papers should address one of the following five key questions, which constitute the conference themes:

1.    Journalism practice and changing technologies – how are developments in media technologies across all platforms shaping a new journalism practice, especially novel routines for news reporting which include citizen journalism, crowdfunding/sourcing, social networking sites and (micro) blogging?

2.    Global journalism developments – how are these changes unravelling in different national settings with their distinctive journalism cultures, audiences, media structures and histories?

3.    Business models and funding journalism – what are the implications of these changes for the revenues traditionally available to fund journalism and what business models are emerging (for example the use of pay walls) to resource newly emerging forms of journalism?

4.    Journalism professionalism – what are the consequences of these developments for the education, training and employment of journalists, as well as journalists’ changing perceptions of their professional roles and identity?

5.    Journalism, democracy and ethics – in what ways do these changes impact on journalism’s wider connections with the political and democratic life of communities locally, regionally, nationally and internationally?