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  • 24.08.2018 16:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ECREA is pleased to announce that the 8th European Communication Conference will be hosted by the Communication and Society Research Centre (Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Sociedade - CECS) of the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal. The conference will take place in the buildings of the University of Minho.

    Under the theme ‘Communication and Trust: building safe, sustainable and promising futures’, ECC2020 will aim to draw attention to vulnerabilities shaped by the speed of technological change and new communication practices.

    The organising team led by Helena Sousa will introduce ECC 2020 during the upcoming European Communication Conference in Lugano (31 October -  3 November 2018). More information will follow. 

  • 20.08.2018 17:17 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are sad to inform you that former ECREA Radio Research Section Chair Guy Starkey passed away at the beginning of August, aged 59. Guy Starkey chaired ECREA Radio Research Section between 2008 and 2014 and was a member of ECREA Executive Board between 2014 and 2015. Since then, he has served on association’s Advisory Board.  

    The funeral will take place on Tuesday, August 21st, at 2pm. The venue is Cheam Baptist Church, 4 Park Road, Sutton, Surrey SM3 8QB. 

    Retrieved from

    A tribute to Guy Starkey (1959-2018) by Madalena Oliveira 

    There are people whose memory neither distance nor even death can erase. They are people who marked us for a special dedication to a cause or to the others. Guy Starkey is such a person. So, it would always be too soon to lose people like him. This is why the news of his death at the beginning of August 2018 was so shocking for his colleagues and friends.

    Like many other scholars in the radio studies field, Guy Starkey started his career as a practitioner in radio, where he exercised the vibrant, absolutely clear and unmistakable intonation of his voice. Although he has also worked in magazine journalism, radio was his main vocation. In addition to his exciting experience at the Voice of Peace, an offshore radio station broadcasting from the Mediterranean to the Middle East, Guy Starkey also worked for Radio Nova International on the French Riviera. After his graduation, he was employed by the British Forces Broadcasting Service in Gibraltar. His professional credits include several commercial radio stations and BBC Radio 4. He had the passion for radio and knew how mysterious the relationship with the studio can be, as well as understood the imaginative power of the spoken word and the complicity with the listeners, which he was still practising in his morning show—Weekend Breakfast Club—every Saturday and Sunday, from 7 to 11 a.m.

    In 2001, after receiving an MA in Media Education, Guy Starkey was awarded a PhD in Educational Studies by the University of London with a thesis entitled ‘Balance and Bias in Radio Four’s Today Programme, during the 1997 general election campaign’. His first book—Radio in Context (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004)—is still (and will be for a long time) a reference for students, as it combines in a truly balanced way theory with contributions for the development of practical skills in radio production. In 2007, Guy Starkey published Balance and Bias in Journalism: Representation, Regulation and Democracy (Palgrave Macmillan), which represented more or less a return to his PhD thesis, based on his concern with the power bestowed on those who have the ability to shape representations in the mass media. In 2009, Sage published Radio Journalism, a book that Guy Starkey co-authored with Andrew Crisell. Exploring what makes radio reporting distinctive, this book results from the magnificent harmony Starkey had with Crisell in acknowledging how radio transformed the character of the news and how radio journalism is worthwhile. His last book, published in 2011 (Palgrave Macmillan) —Local Radio, Going Global—explores the impact of globalisation on local radio stations. In a way, it is a book on the economy of the radio sector, putting into perspective themes like regulation, localness and ownership. Well-informed and visionary, this book also shows how Guy Starkey was an intuitive researcher, taking seriously the risk local radios face of falling into the hands of big media groups.

    Between 2000 and 2017, Guy Starkey published several book chapters and articles in scientific journals on radio, regulation, journalism, localness, democracy and citizenship. He coedited two other books: Radio Content in the Digital Age: the Evolution of a Sound Medium (with Angeliki Gazi and Stanislaw Jedrzejewski, 2011, Intellect) and Radio: the Resilient Medium (with Grazyna Stachyra and Madalena Oliveira, 2014, Centre for Research in Media & Cultural Studies). A regular participant in scientific events, Guy Starkey has also acted as reviewer and consultant in scientific journals, events, projects and industry awards (such as the New York International Radio Awards, the Radio Academy Radio Production Awards and the Frank Gillard BBC Local Radio Awards), not only in the UK but also in Portugal, Spain and France. He was a member of the Steering Committee of the Radio Studies Network within MeCCSA and of the Scientific Committee of the Groupe de Recherches et d'Etudes sur la Radio (GRER).

    Guy Starkey’s legacy is however much more than pure science or countable outputs because in his discreet way he was a kind of ‘communities maker’. Unpretentiousness and humility do not apparently combine with leadership, but his modest and welcoming temperament was the source of his tremendous talent when leading groups. He was the Associate Dean (Global Engagement) for the Faculty of Media and Communication of Bournemouth University since January 2016. Previously he was Professor of Radio and Journalism at the University of Sunderland, where he had the role of Associate Dean (Media) and Head of Department (Media). In 2008, he was appointed chair of the ECREA Radio Research Section, a position he held until 2014. Between 2014 and 2015, Starkey was Sections Representative on the ECREA Executive Board and member of the Advisory Board.

    In 2013, as chair of the section, Guy Starkey organised the 3rd Radio Research Conference at the University of Sunderland in London. Like other events of the ECREA Radio Research Section, it was an outstanding event. But besides the high quality of the scientific programme, there was a particular detail that made this conference such a unique event: as accommodation is very expensive in London and usually breakfast is not included, participants were provided with a breakfast every morning in the conference hall! Only a sensitive man like Guy Starkey was would have thought of offering this!

    Among other scholars, Guy Starkey was always between equals. There were no signs of any superiority or vanity. His words were always warm and kindly. Scientific meetings with him were always like a circle of friends, where he used to ask about our families and update us on his own children’s achievements (just like proud fathers do). Guy Starkey was one of the most gentle people many of us ever met. For those who are not native English speakers and express words with some difficulties, Guy was the most delicate and pedagogic interlocutor. Speaking Spanish and French as foreign languages, he knew very well how non-native speakers were experts at ‘inventing new words’! And when chairing conference sessions or presenting his own work, there was a melody in his voice, intended to make his words totally understandable and to create the same empathy radio practitioners reach with their listeners.

    Guy Starkey was a one-of-a-kind man. In the hours that followed the announcement of his death, many colleagues wrote messages praising the person he was. There will be no fairer tribute nor better words than those posted on Facebook and sent by email: ‘a brilliant man’, ‘the finest friend’, ‘a wonderful and generous scholar’, ‘kind, generous and extremely professional’, ‘a great colleague’, ‘an amazing tutor’, ‘a wonderful man’, ‘an excellent scholar, researcher and a big inspiration for students and co-workers’, ‘a leading, caring and inspiring colleague’, ‘one of the most genuine, caring, sincere people’, ‘an amazing gentleman’, ‘such a humble and approachable human being’.

    If radio studies are now a vibrant, vivid, emotive and passionate scientific area, it is to a great extent thanks to Guy Starkey, with whom many scholars learnt how science is simultaneously a matter of thinking and affection.

  • 09.08.2018 01:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are sad to inform you that former ECREA Radio Research Section Chair Guy Starkey passed away last Thursday aged 59. Guy Starkey chaired ECREA Radio Research Section between 2008 and 2014 and was a member of ECREA Executive Board between 2014 and 2015. Since then, he has served on association’s Advisory Board.

    His major publications include Local Radio, Going Global (2015, Palgrave Macmillan), Radio: The Resilient Medium (co-edited with M. Oliveira and G Stachyra (2014, Sunderland: Centre for Research in Media & Cultural Studies), Radio in Context (2004 and 2014, Palgrave Macmillan), Local Radio, Going Global (2011, Palgrave Macmillan), Radio Content in the Digital Age: The Evolution of a Sound Medium (co-edited with A. Gazi and S. Jedrzejewski, 2011, Intellect), Radio Journalism (co-authored with Andrew Crisell 2009, Sage), and Balance and Bias in Journalism: Representation, Regulation & Democracy (2007, Palgrave Macmillan).

  • 07.08.2018 16:20 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    European Media and Communication Summer School 2018, that took place at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy, from July 19 to July 27, 2018, successfully ended. With 26 Ph.D. Students as participants and 17 lecturers, the Summer School offered 20 Workshops, 5 Lectures and 3 Roundtables. The Doctoral Summer School is a great opportunity for young scholars to get inspired for their research projects and to meet other scholars from all around Europe. This year, ECREA selected young scholars by awarding 3 grants in total amount of 3500€.

    The Summer School was organised by:

    • International director: Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt
    • Programme director: Fausto Colombo, Simone Tosoni
    • Summer School coordinators: Maria Francesca Murru, Laura Peja
    • Social Media Editor: Valentina Turrini, Federica Cavaletti
    • Programme Committee (in alphabetic order): Aukse Balcytiene, Fausto Colombo, Peter Dahlgren, François Heinderyckx, Andreas Hepp, Hannu Nieminen, Louise Phillips, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt and Ilija Tomanic-Trivundza.

  • 25.07.2018 10:48 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    European Communication Conference in Lugano (31 October - 3 November 2018) has published its preliminary programme online.

    You can browse through it and you can also have a look at all the buildings and rooms that will host the conference.

    For more information go to the official conference website: .

  • 26.06.2018 13:38 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In December 2017, ECREA has established a Public Statement Committee, which consists of two members of the ECREA Executive Board – Ilija Tomanic Trivundza and Murat Akser, with Koen Leurs as a representative of the S/N/TWG management teams. 

    To read more about the newly established Committee, click here

  • 21.06.2018 15:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Bureau of the Executive Board (composed of Ilija Tomanić Trivundža, John W. Downey, Irena Reifová and Pawel Surowiec) organized a General Assembly on 11-15 June 2018. The voting at the General Assembly was organised through an on-line voting tool.

    The agenda was the following:

    1. Approval of the minutes of the previous General Assembly (11-15 December 2017)
    2.  Vote upon the ECREA Executive Board Report 2017
    3.  Vote upon the ECREA Budget Plan for 2018
    4.  Any other business

    592 ECREA Working Members (individual members and coordinators of institutional members) had the right to vote. Each individual member has one vote and each institutional coordinator has five votes. The 145 votes cast by 73 individual members and institutional coordinators represent 12% of all possible votes.  Annual report for 2017, Financial report, and budget proposal for 2018 were approved.

  • 19.06.2018 20:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    All ECREA members are entitled to a 20% discount across a whole range of Routledge books if the field of media and communication studies, including books published in ECREA book series.

    ECREA members can claim their member discount anytime they buy books through Routledge website by entering ECREA member discount code at checkout. The discount code is accessible on the Intranet in member-only offer subpage.

    Click here to go to dedicated Routledge website and choose your books. 

  • 13.05.2018 22:29 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are happy to announce that the review process has finished and that 886 individual papers, 43 panels and 155 posters were accepted to ECC 2018 Lugano conference. Notifications of acceptance have been sent and participants need to confirm their participation by 1 June 2018.

    We would like to thank all the reviewers and Section, Network and TWG programme chairs for all the work that went into the review process.

    We would also like to provide information about a technical error that occurred at the beginning of the notification process, when for a brief period, the submitters were able to see not only their scores but also the names of the reviewers. According to the information provided to us by the technical company that runs the platform, the names of reviewers were visible for a two-hour time window to up to 130 out of over 2.000 submissions. While this does not put in question the credibility of the review process (the review itself was based on uncompromised double blind peer-review), we nevertheless want to apologise for any inconvenience that might have been caused by the unintended disclosure of reviewers.

  • 07.05.2018 20:51 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ECREA Young Scholars Network (Yecrea) and ECREA invite application for three grants offered to doctoral candidates participating in the yearly ECREA Doctoral Summer School. The grant is meant to encourage and support Ph.D. candidates with limited economic support and with limited opportunities to participate in international academic events. The grant will cover the Summer School fee as well as the travel costs (up to 250€).

    Applicants must have been accepted to participate in the Summer School before applying. The scholarships will be awarded based on a number of criteria. The primary aim is to make it possible for young scholars to participate in the summer school, who otherwise would not have the opportunity to participate in a similar event. Evaluations will especially assess applicants’ access to financial or institutional resources. Furthermore, it will be considered in how far an applicant has opportunities to received qualified feedback by high-profile researchers and peers in a way the summer school provides. The Yecrea board will carry out the selection process. The applicant will not be reviewed in terms of academic quality, as the student should already have been accepted by the summer school committee.

    Application documents

    Applicants are expected to complete and submit the form ”Application Form for the ECREA Summer School attendance grant” in which they will be asked about their financial and institutional background as well as their motivation for applying. In the application letter, students should especially specify the reasons for why they should be awarded a grant. The focus should be placed on the stability of the doctoral position (financial support, time given to complete the Ph.D., etc.), the academic support (in terms of supervision and opportunities for structured feedback), international academic exposure, and all other topics that might seem relevant to the applicant. The grant will be given following a reimbursement model. 

    The grant winners will be expected to submit all travel receipts in order to receive a reimbursement.

    To apply, please submit the completed form to by May 20, 2018.

    For further information, please use the same contact address.

    The selected applicants will be notified by June 1, 2018.

    Download the application form here.



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