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  • 24.10.2019 14:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ECREA is happy to announce that two new Sections were established in October 2019.

    The Children, Youth and Media Temporary Working Group and Visual Cultures Temporary Working Group have received permanent status.  

    ECREA currently has 24 permanent thematic Sections, 3 permanent Networks and 4 Temporary Working Groups.

    All members are invited to update their profiles and to join the recently established Temporary Working Group (Communication and Sport) or Sections (Children, Youth and Media; Media, Cities and Space; and Visual cultures) by ticking a box on ECREA Intranet in order to receive all important information sent by the Management Teams.

  • 16.10.2019 15:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ECREA in partnership with the University of Minho call for papers to be presented at the 8th European Communication Conference, to be held in Braga, Portugal, from 2 October to 5 October 2020.

    The Conference has chosen the key theme 'Communication and trust: building safe, sustainable and promising futures'. Organisers call for proposals addressing (but not limited to) the main conference theme and relating to ECREA Sections, Networks or Temporary Working Groups.

    Proposals for individual papers, panels, and posters can be submitted to one of ECREA Sections, Temporary Working Groups and Networks through the ECREA 2020 submission platform until 15 January 2020

    For more information please visit the conference website www.ecrea2020braga.eu.

  • 07.10.2019 14:15 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ECREA is happy to announce that a new Temporary Working Group and new Section were established. 

    The Media & the City Temporary Working Group has received permanent status and has become the next ECREA thematic Section called Media, Cities and Space

    Th new Temporary Working Group, Communication and Sport, was established with the aim to foster European scholarly understanding of the complex relations between communication and sport.

    Check ECREA Newsletter articles for more information about the Media, Cities and Space Section and for more information about the Communication and Sport TWG.

  • 22.08.2019 10:50 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are happy to announce that new book from ECREA series just came out. Media Accountability in the Era of Post-Truth Politics maps the current state of media accountability in Europe and provides fresh perspectives for future developments in media and communication fields.

    More info can be found here.

    You can also read the interview with editors of the book Tobias Eberwein, Susanne Fengler, Matthias Karmasin here.

    ECREA members can get 20% off and free shipping - more info can be found on ECREA intranet.

    Purchase here.

  • 06.06.2019 15:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are happy to present ECREA special panel at IAMCR 2019 that will take place on 7 - 11 July 2019 in Madrid. 

    Panel title: Rethinking journalism under conditions of post-truth epistemology (OCS number 23797)

    Panel chairs: Ilija Tomanic Trivundza and John Downey

    Recent electoral and plebiscitary gains of politicians and parties claiming to represent the unrepresented, and election-backed consolidation of regimes with autocratic tendencies have (re)ignited the debate on the democratic project’s “backsliding” into illiberal models of governance. Within Europe and beyond, this narrative of democratic backsliding, articulated through a set of keywords, such as populism, post-truth, fake news, illiberal democracy, has been portrayed as a consequence of manipulation of gullible publics and electorate in and through a dramatically altered information ecology. This panel, however, places focus not on gullible publics and illiberal politicians but on gullible journalism. Institutionalised journalism has largely failed to adequately respond to the post-truth strategies and illiberal tactics of political actors, leading to widening of the epistemological gaps between the post truth politics and the dominant liberal conception of journalism. If journalism is to no longer be a gullible party, it needs to reconsider its basic paradigmatic and epistemological principles in response to post truth politics. The panel, drawing on a variety of case studies from Europe, offers tentative suggestions for such renegotiation.

    Risto Kunelius (University of Helsinki): Critical moments of journalism 

    The gullibility of journalism has a history where professional journalism was made based on three interrelated ideas. First, at the level of reporting practice, a structural dependency of “legitimate sources” was camouflaged with a detached and critical style, a performative version of autonomy. Second, at the level of institutional relations, journalism leaned (in the last instance) on the epistemological, cultural and moral authority of a differentiated modern institutional order and its capacity to tackle social problems. Third, at the level technology journalism relied on the practical necessity of mass media (technology) for constructing attention and translating it to political (social) power. Post-truth politics hits journalism on all these three fronts, simultaneously. It effectively plays norms of reporting against journalism, exposing the independence of journalism as a front for elite power. It abandons the logic of differentiation and the idea of expertise and replaces bargaining and compromise with loyalty, revelation and charisma. It rejects the need for legitimation of policy in imagined public sphere, embraces the techniques of attention control, and weaponizes small group communication lessons into mobilization of a political base. This multi-layered attack is powerful because it takes advantage of real weaknesses and contradictions of the inherited political communication. After outlining this diagnoses, this presentation considers briefly two interrelated strategies of supporting more truth-oriented, rational and deliberative political communication: 1) differentiated responses to the three broken moments and 2) a (wicked) problem-centered orientation to developing new practices.

    Susana Salgado (Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa): The populism-journalism puzzle

    All politicians need visibility to achieve their goals. The interplay between media and politics has been central to this, first with legacy media, now with both legacy and social media (Chadwick’s hybrid media system). Much has already been written about this interplay and about the role of journalists in democracy, in framing and shaping democratic principles and behaviors. Schudson (1995), for example, emphasizes how journalists de-construct complex issues and thus help citizens to make sense of reality. Journalism’s part in the spread of populism has been receiving increased attention, but as yet there are still more questions than answers. This presentation aims to discuss whether and how journalism fits in the current populism puzzle and introduces the Portuguese case, where mainstream journalists have been stonewalling some populist actors and ideas, notably those linked to a radical/extreme right wing positioning. Could this be somehow related with the (up to now) lack of electoral success of populist parties in Portugal? Should journalists act as firm gatekeepers or should they simply provide reports without any interpretation of reality? Drawing on extant research about the role of journalism in democracy and introducing the Portuguese case, this presentation discusses the role(s) that journalists play in the spread of current forms of populism.

    John Downey (Loughborough University): What do you do about Tommy? Mainstream media, social media, and the ‘far right’ in the United Kingdom 

    Tommy Robinson, ex-leader of the English Defence League, is currently according to You Gov opinion pollsters the ninth most popular ‘other UK public figure’ and the 11th most famous. Sixty-one percent of people in the UK have heard of Robinson, 13% of people have a positive opinion of him. This is partly the result of Robinson’s extensive use of social media such as Facebook and YouTube. It is also partly the consequence of reporting by mainstream media. Have they contributed wittingly or unwittingly to Robinson’s popularity?

    Cinzia Padovani (University of Southern Illinois, Marie S. Curie Experienced Researcher University of Loughborough): Mainstream media and the ultra-right: Focus on Italy

    In this presentation, part of a larger inquiry into the contemporary developments and comparative history of the relationship between mainstream media and ultra-right political actors in the UK and Italy, I will focus on the latter as a case study. After highlighting some of the conditions that have characterized the relationship between professional journalism and the political party system in Italy (Mancini 2009; Habermas 2006; Padovani 2005), this study will underline some of the differences between the so-called “social right” (a euphemism used to indicate the re-emergence of the neo-fascist right, a movement that surfaced out of the shadows of Berlusconesimo in the early 2000s and that is still active today) and the so-called “populist far-right” of more recent history; and then interrogate the ways in which mainstream media have historically reacted to and interacted with these different political actors.

    Ilija Tomanic Trivundza (University of Ljubljana) and Igor Vobic (University of Ljubljana): Reconsidering gullibility of professional journalism in post-truth: Lesions from Slovenia 

    While the Enlightenment principles of reasoning have lost its dominance as means of social integration and political action, the post-truth epistemological coordinates rely on vagueness enabling construction of alternate political and cultural realities with unclear boundaries between knowledge and justification. In this context, professional journalism remains loyal to the ideal of objectivity as it has re-articulated in the last century or so and therefore appears gullible and devoid of proper answers in post-truth—not only as a critical link in public life based on facts and reasoned arguments, but also as a builder of community and collective sense-making. This case study explores how professional journalism in Slovenia reacts to fake news tactics of political power holders and elaborates how journalistic responses have deepened the paradigmatic gap between vague epistemology of post-truth and the dominant principles of professional journalism – not by dismantling the post-truth, but by effectively feeding into it. On this basis, the paper argues that the post-objectivity paradigm of journalism needs to be invented and practiced if we want to continue to meaningfully engage with matters of social relevance.


  • 15.05.2019 17:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2019 ordinary General Assembly of ECREA will open on Monday 20 May (6:45 CEST) and will close on Friday 24 May (23:45 CEST) 2019. We invite all the members, who are eligible to vote, to participate and cast their votes online.

    The Assembly deals with a number of important issues, such as Approval of ECREA Executive Board Report for 2018 and the Budget Plan for 2019.

    WHO CAN VOTE

    Please note that only individual members and institutional coordinators are entitled to vote. If you are a member through an institution, you do not have the right to vote but need to communicate to your institutional coordinator. If you do not know who your institutional coordinator is, please ask ECREA’s Administrator at info@ecrea.eu. In line with ECREA Statutes, each individual member has one vote and each coordinator of an institutional member holds five votes.

    All members, who are eligible to vote will receive a separate email with voting credentials and a link to dedicated online area when the General Assembly opens on 20 May 2019.


  • 13.03.2019 19:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2019 will take place at the University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia, from 8-17 July, 2019.

    ECREA will be giving 10 grants for participation at the summer school, do not forget to attach the grant application.

    Deadline for application is 15 March 2019.

    Read more HERE.


  • 07.03.2019 12:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ECREA declares interest in establishing 2 new Task Forces on critical issues in contemporary academia: one on Practices of Academic Publishing in Communication, and one on Working Conditions in Neoliberal Academia (please, scroll down to see the second call for participants).

    Call for participation in ECREA Task Force on Practices of Academic Publishing in Communication

    ECREA hereby declares its utmost interest in establishing a Task Force on Practices of Academic Publishing in Communication. ECREA Task Forces are expert working bodies which aid ECREA Bureau and Executive Board in pursuit of specific strategic tasks. Mandated by Executive Board, Task Forces are typically established for the duration of two years.

    We look for dedicated members who wish to analyse the situation in in academic publishing, monitor developments, engage in debate on publishing ethics and standards in the field, and develop clear recommendations for its members.

    (Please, find the more detailed rationale for the Task Force here.)

    If you are interested in serving on “Practices of Academic Publishing in Communication Task Force”, please do not hesitate to self-nominate yourself. Please, email:
    1) expression of interest and
    2) short position statement (100 words)
    to ECREA General Secretary Irena Reifová: generalsecretary@ecrea.eu.

    Deadline for applications: 4 April 2019.

    Call for participation in ECREA Task Force on Working Conditions in Neoliberal Academia

    ECREA hereby declares its utmost interest in establishing a Task Force on Working Conditions in Neoliberal Academia. ECREA Task Forces are expert working bodies which aid ECREA Bureau and Executive Board in pursuit of specific strategic tasks. Mandated by Executive Board, Task Forces are typically established for the duration of two years.

    We look for dedicated members who wish to monitor and analyse working conditions of the academics in media and communications, produce documents which could serve as a starting point for policy transformations, and develop clear recommendations for ECREA members. We are especially interested in Task Force members who have personal experience of being exposed to precarious conditions in positions of young scholars, academic parents, female academics, etc.

    (Please, find the more detailed rationale for the Task Force here.)

    If you are interested in serving on “Working Conditions in Neoliberal Academia Task Force”, please do not hesitate to self-nominate yourself. Please, email:
    1) expression of interest and
    2) short position statement (100 words)
    to ECREA General Secretary Irena Reifová: generalsecretary@ecrea.eu.

    Deadline for applications: 4 April 2019.


  • 15.02.2019 14:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration for ECREA European Media and Communication Summer School is now open. Deadline for application is 15 March 2019.

    ECREA will be giving 10 grants for participation at the summer school, do not forget to attach the grant application.

    ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2019 will take place at the University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia, from 8-17 July, 2019.  

    Read more HERE.

  • 07.02.2019 14:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ECREA is happy to launch the call for  participants for 2019 ECREA European Media and Communication Summer School, which will take place at University of Tartu, Estonia from 8 to 17 July 2019.

    ECRAE will be giving 10 grants for participation at the summer school.
    Deadline for applications 15 March 2019.
    Read the full call here
    .

    More information on the summer school is available here.

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