As part of the upcoming conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) in Durban, South Africa, the IAMCR's Global Media Policy Working Group has organized a "Special Session" on the theme of "Mapping the Globe, Mapping the Media: A South-North Conversation on Policy Challenges". The session will introduce several mapping projects that share the goal of making media (content, tools and policies) meaningful to a broader set of actors, and allow them to contribute to framing issues and articulating solutions, and thus to participate in policy debate. Comments and responses will be offered by media practitioners, advocates and policy makers from South Africa. The session will take place on Monday, July 16th, at 4pm.
IAMCR Global Media Policy Working Group:
GlobalMediaPolicy.net: Cartographies of Media Policy
Arne Hintz, McGill University, Canada
Claudia Padovani, University of Padova, Italy
Marc Raboy, McGill University, Canada
Open Society Foundation:
Mapping Digital Media: Understanding the Digital Transition and its Challenges
Nancy Booker, Faculty of Media and Communication, Multi Media University College of Kenya
Rodrigo Gomez,UAM-C, Observatorio de las Industrias, las políticas y los consumos culturales, Mexico
Guillermo Mastrini Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, UBA, Argentina
Media Development Indicators (MDIs): A Framework for Assessing Media Development
Guy Berger, UNESCO, Director of the Division for Freedom of Expression and Media Development (video message)
Steve Buckley, Consultant with UNESCO on the MDIs, United Kingdom
Internews and World Bank (video presentation) :
Media Maps: The Impact of Media Development Worldwide
Tara Susman-Pena, Consultant with Internews/World Bank, Director of Research, Media Map Project
Kate Skinner, SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition, South Africa
Lumko Mtimde, Media Development and Diversity Agency, South Africa
Other sessions organized by the IAMCR Working Group on Global Media Policy:
Competing and Emerging Practices in Multi-level Media Policy: Challenges and Future Trends
One of IAMCR’s great strengths is its emphasis on policy research and policy intervention. Several spaces have emerged where successful and innovative work has been conducted, including a task force, a working group, and several sections, and many IAMCR members have been active in different policy-relevant international fora. This has led to a variety of conversations on policy issues within IAMCR. The Durban conference is therefore a good occasion to take stock of what is happening in the various spaces, and to enhance interactions and relations between them. This session is to provide a forum for discussion amongst IAMCR sections, groups and individuals on the structures and programs of IAMCR’s engagement with policy research and policy debates, with the goal to clarify collectively a framework for the multiple policy conversations taking place at the association – from research, to information sharing, to advocacy.
The session will be divided in three blocks:
1. Mapping policy research and interventions at IAMCR: Who is doing what, on what topics, with what goals, and targeting what processes, institutions or venues?
2. Roles, remits and responsibilities: What is the remit of each policy-related entity at IAMCR, including the relevant sections, the working group and the task force? How can they interact productively and complement each other’s work? Can we clarify their roles within the broader ecology of policy spaces at IAMCR? What relevant interventions are taking place by individuals and other networks beyond the core IAMCR spaces?
3. Future research and interventions: Which upcoming policy developments should IAMCR be engaged with? Which resources, information, structures, etc. are necessary for this? With a number of international communication-related events coming up – from WSIS+10 to MDG to Beijing+20 – how can the association take advantage of opportunities for policy intervention, in view of strengthening its capacity to orientate debates as well as connecting global discussions to local practices?