Best Paper Awards 2016
Best Research Paper
Dr. Slavomir Magal
University of Ss. Cyrila and Methodius in Trnava, Slovakia
Best Student Paper
Ms. Jiayi Tang
Xin Hua College of Sun Yat-Sen University, China
Best Paper Awards 2015
Best Research Paper
Dr. Bradley C. Freeman
American University in Dubai, UAE
Dr. Keith Zukas
Carroll University, USA
Prof. Archana Rakesh Singh
Panjab University, India
Best Student Paper
Robert Gordon University, UK
"JOURNALISM, MEDIA AND MASS COMMUNICATION AT THE CROSSROADS"
Today’s media exist in an age of challenging dichotomies: truth versus 'post-truth', facts versus 'alternative facts’ and news versus ‘fake news'. If media practitioners find this evolving environment perplexing, what of their audiences? The media landscape increasingly comprises traditional and new media - and media producers range from experienced professionals who publish or broadcast their work widely, to relative novices who use the internet and social media to access niche audiences. Regulated and unregulated media compete for audiences, but what implications for trust are there to the monetisation of falsehood?
Mass media are found in almost every area of our daily lives and the proliferation of platforms has increased their ubiquity, as well as their potential as agents of social change, with possible influences on culture, language, employment, health, social welfare, development, politics and religion. Social media enable dialogues to emerge, seemingly from nowhere, and create impact almost everywhere, through the ongoing evolution of the ‘public sphere’. These trends are observable almost worldwide, and deserve recognition and analysis.
Through the divergence of sources and platforms, and the convergence of content and practices, many similarities and differences persist between information, entertainment and communication in today's mass media and social media alike. These various media interactions might influence societies in a number of ways and evidently impact social relations through the way we communicate with one another. Drawing academically-robust conclusions requires an understanding of this complex, highly-mediatized world, and encourages interdisciplinary scholarship, critical reading, data analysis, and an examination of the impact of the various media.
The research topics I would recommend are as follows:
- Truth and ‘post-truth'
- Journalism practice
- Journalism ethics
- Media and citizenship
- Media practice
- Media convergence
- Audiences and trust
- Technology and platforms
- Interactivity and media
||Workshop on “Digital Narratives, Entertainment and Community Building”
By Dr. Vivian Hsueh Hua Chen, Nanyang Technological University
||JMComm 2017 Conference Proceedings: Print ISSN: 2301-3710, E-Periodical ISSN: 2301-3729 will be published and submitted to several indexing partners.
||Journal on Media & Communications: All authors who present their papers at the conference will be invited to submit an extended version of their research paper for the GSTF Journal on Media & Communications (JMC) - (Print ISSN: 2335-6618, E-periodical: 2335-6626). All submitted papers will go through blind review process for acceptance. All accepted papers (after the review process) will be included in the JMC.
||Best Paper Awards and Best Student Paper Awards will be conferred at the conference (in order to qualify for the award, the paper must be presented at the conference).
||JMComm 2017 will also constitute a Special Panel Session.
||Panel Proposals are invited for submission. A minimum of three papers centering on a specific topic will be accepted for submission under Panel Category.
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