Events

The Central European Journal of Communication was created after the General Meeting of Founders of the Polish Communication Association (PCA). The promotion of the first issue took place in the historical Oratorium Marianum (University of Wrocław) during the first Congress of the Association (September 15-17, 2008). The journal has been further advertised during the congresses of the International Communication Association and several media and communication conferences organized in Central and Eastern Europe.

2016

4th Polish Communication Association Congress, Poznań, September 15 – 17, 2016

4th Congress of Polish Communication Association which took place in Poznań, 15 – 17 of September 2016, was a great opportunity to present our Central European Journal of Communication to the scientists and analysts from all over the Poland. During the presentation  editor-in-chief professor Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska and executive editor doctor Michał Głowacki presented our recent achievements. Representatives talked about number of articles we had published since the last congress in 2013, about finance issues and of course they touched the topic of challenges and future plans. Professor Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska drew attention to international character of the journal and cooperation with scientists from all over the world. Our representatives provided also some statistics to show the audience our editorial work in numbers. They highlighted the important role that our journal plays within the another journals devoted to the communication sciences.

66th Annual ICA Conference “Communicating with Power”, Fukuoka, June 9-13, 2016

Media and communication scholars gathered in the city of Fukuoka (Japan) for the 66th Annual meeting of the International Communication Association (ICA). The topic of the conference ?Communicating with Power? was designed to investigate media and society from the perspective of changing power relations. The notion of power was analyzed in line with the interests of several research sections working in the structures of ICA; this included Communication and Technology, Communication Law and Policy, Game Studies, Mass Communication, Organizational Communication, and so on. Special emphasis was put on the role of researchers and scholars when communicating change (and urgency of media reform and a need for adaptation) to policy makers, NGOs and civil society organizations. In line with the main topic of the ICA conference Polish Communication Association organized a panel “Public service media: An idea of the Enlightenment?” which took a long way to identifying the position and future of public service media (PSM) organizations in Europe and beyond. fukuoka 111The goal of the session was to bring together a range of scholars able to draw together a diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches to interrogate the idea of PSM in a post-enlightenment, post-mass media, global ecology. Speakers of the panel: Tim Raats and Karen Donders (Free University of Brussels, Belgium), Manuel Puppis and Laia Castro Herrero (University of Fribourg, Switzerland), Corinne Schweizer (London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom), Peter Gross (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA), Nick Gross (University of North Carolina, USA), Lizzie Jackson (London South Bank University, UK) and Michał Głowacki (University of Warsaw, Poland)  were asked to explain the necessary shifts in the traditional public broadcasting model. They were also tasked with exploring the ways in which public service media enterprises organize and might re-organise internal structures and production processes in order to become more adaptive to external factors. Among the research questions were: how do we make a PSM fit for the next generations? What kinds of centralized or decentralized organizational structures will be required to ensure evolution? How can scholars critically and objectively examine the internal structures and production ecosystems of public service media firms? What forms of participatory public service media are emergent? How can the traditions of PSM be maintained and/or augmented?

The PCA session in San Juan was chaired by Iwona Hofman ? President of the Polish Communication Association. In addition, Spring 2016 issue of Central European Journal of Communication was officially launched.

2015

The 8th International Central and East European Media Conference ?The Digital Media Challenge”,  Zagreb, June 12?14, 2015.

The 8th International Central and East European Media Conference entitled ?The Digital Media Challenge? took place in Zagreb on June 12?14, 2015. The conference featured 4 plenary sessions and 33 parallel sessions which were attended by 150 researchers from different countries. Scholars and practitioners of communication and media had a great opportunity to present their research dedicated to journalism education in the digital age, politics and digital media, digital challenges to journalism and media; participation and identity, and so on.The conference keynote speeches were delivered by Paolo Mancini (University of Perugia), Slavko Splichal (University of Ljubljana), Amy Jordan (ICA President-Elect), Dominique Cardon (University of Marne la vallée), Dunja Mijatović (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), Gvozden Flego (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe), Václav Štětka (Charles University, Czech Republic) and Zrinjka Peruško (University of Zagreb). The 8th International Central and East European Media Conference in Zagreb was organized by the University of Zagreb, the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), and Central and East European Media Conference Consortium (CEECOM Consortium). ceecomA panel ?Publishing Scientific Research in the Field of Media and Communication in CEE? took place during the 8th Central and East European Media and Communication Conference in Zagreb. It was the fourth meeting of editors of journals published in CEE after the previous meetings organized in Prague (CEECOM 2012), Kaunas (CEECOM 2013) and Wrocław (CEECOM 2014). There are about 40 communication journals published in 17 countries in CEE. Seven of them are listed on H Index Communication Journals according to Google Scholar Metrix (2009?2013) Journal Ranking 2014. Th e Slovenian Javnost/The Public holds the highest position (156), while the next one belongs to Central European Journal of Communication (281). The list includes three Croatian journals: Medijska istrazivanja (294), Medijske studije (334) and Medianali (390) as well as two Polish titles ? Kwartalnik Filmowy (398) and Przekladaniec (423). The Editors of four journals took part in the session in Zagreb. Viktorija Car, editor of Croatian Medijske studije, Demeter Marton, co-editor of Hungarian Kome. An International Journal of Pure Communication Enquiry, the co-editor of Communication Management Quarterly, Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska and Michał Głowacki, editors of Central European Journal of Communication. Round table discussion was chaired by Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska.

65th Annual ICA Conference “Communication Across the Life Span”: San Juan, May 21-25, 2015

Polish Communication Association organised a sponsored session during the 65th ICA Annual Conference “Communication Across the Life Span”, May 21-25, 2015, San Juan, Puerto Rico. The goal of the session, entitled “Journalism education in the digital mediascapes” was to combine theoretical approaches to journalism with opportunities, challenges and risks in the development of journalism education and training in the post-mass media era characterized by network practices.

Contributions by Wolfgang Donsbach (Technische Universität Dresden, Germany), Peter Gross (University of Tennessee, USA), Gunnar Nygren (Sodertorn University, Sweden) and Michał Głowacki (University of Warsaw, Poland) went a long way to explaining the role and contributions of journalism education to professionalization, accountability and the understanding of professional roles.  All of this when underlining different variables having an impact on the quality of journalism education in different social and cultural architectures.

The PCA session in San Juan was chaired by Iwona Hofman – President of the Polish Communication Association. All the papers presented received feedback from Barbie Zelizer (University of Pennsylvania, USA) who served as the panel respondent. The meeting started with the short presentation of PCA activities. In addition to this, Spring 2015 issue of Central European Journal of Communication was officially launched.

International Communication Association Regional Conference ‘Expanding Communication” Old Boundaries and New Frontiers’: Lódź, April 9-11, 2015

Almost 200 academics from all around the world gathered in Łódź (Poland) to participate in ICA Regional Conference. The ICA conference in Łódź was the first one organized in Poland and in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. The theme of the conference ‘Expanding Communication: Old Boundaries and New Frontiers’ has found its reflection in the participation of numerous scholars, representing many different scientific disciplines and challenging communication issues in several different ways. Among the conference participants were scholars representing political science, psychology, linguistics, philosophy and other sciences. This diversity was reflected in thematic focus of 50 workshops and panels, which were dedicated to journalism studies, communication theory and research, popular culture studies, political communication, public relations, and so on.

Keynote speeches were delivered by (among others): the former ICA Presidents: Sonia Livingstone (London School of Economics, UK) and Francois Heinderyckx (Free University of Brussels, Belgium) and the former President of the Polish Communication Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska (University of Wrocław).

International Communication Association Regional Conference in Łódź was organized by the University of Łódź and the Polish Communication Association.

2014

The 5th ECREA Conference: Lisbon November 12-15, 2014

The 5th European Communication Conference organized by the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) took place on November 12 – 15, 2014 in Lisbon. Around 1,200 communication scholars from 49 countries took place in the conference on “Communication for Empowerment: Citizens, Markets, Innovations”. The co-organizer of the conference was Lusófona University.

The conference featured 3 plenary sessions, 187 parallel sessions with a total of 693 presentations and a poster session, where 82 posters were displayed and presented by their authors. One of the sessions was sponsored by the Central and East-European Network (November 13, 2014). The session was entitled “Shock of Democracy – Journalism in Post -Authoritarian Societies”. During a business meeting of the Network (November 14, 2014) a new board was elected. The new chair is Vaclav Stetka (Charles University, Prague) and the new vice-chairs are Irena Reifova (Charles University, Prague) and Zrinjka Perusko (Zagreb University). During the meeting the most recent issue (Fall 2014) of the CEJC and two new books: “Journalism that Matters. Views from Central and Eastern Europe” (eds. M. Głowacki, E. Lauk, and A. Balcytiene) and  “Media, Power and Empowerment: Central and Eastern European Communication and Media Conference Ceecom Prague 2012” (eds. T. Pavlickova and I. Reifova) were launched.

The conference hosted insightful and stimulating keynote speeches from Natalie Fenton, Tristan Mattelart, Kirsten Drotner, Diogo Pires de Aurelio, Kees Brant and Christian Fuchs. Besides a rich and versatile academic programme, the conference offered interesting cultural and social events, including a reception for participants at the Pátio da Galé with Jazz pianist Júlio Resende, a visit to the Orient Museum, a guided tour of the SIC TV studios, a Portuguese cinema session, a music performance by Lusófona University students and a tour of Lisboa Vineyards.

7th International Central and Eastern European Communication and Media Conference (CEECOM 2014): Changing Media and Democracy: 25 Years of Media Freedom and Public Sphere in Central and Eastern Europe (Wrocław, June 12-14, 2014)

Media, democracy as well as relations between media and politics in Central and East Europe (CEE) have been widely analyzed in several scientific publications and further discussed during international and national conferences. So far many initiatives have made attempts to map the most characteristic features of CEE media systems, journalistic autonomy and the state of media freedom. In addition to this, some of them also indicated problems and challenges related to social and political transformations, the development of public sphere, civil society and the role of media when fostering and improving the level of democracy. The analysis of different phases of media and politics transformations over the last 25 years was the subject of the 7th CEECOM (International Central and Eastern European Communication and Media Conference), which was organized in Wrocław June 12-14, 2014.

More than 200 scholars from around 30 countries (and nearly every continent) responded to the conference call. The papers were presented in 6 plenary and 30 parallel sessions during the 3 days of intensive discussions and debates. Keynote speeches were delivered by Andrzej Antoszewski (University of Wrocław, Poland), Elena Vartanova (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia), Peter Gross (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA), David Weaver (Indiana University, USA), Susanne Fengler (University of Dortmund, Germany), Aukse Balčytiene (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania), Wolfgang Donsbach (Technical University in Dresden, Germany) as well as Jane Curry (University of Santa Clara, USA) who was awarded the Honorary Membership of the Polish Communication Association. Apart of the main conference activities, the participants had a chance to join the benefis of Polish media scholar Walery Pisarek (Jagiellonian University, Poland), discussion on media freedom in Central and Eastern Europe with Andrei Richter (Director, Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media) as well as the session dedicated to dr. Karol Jakubowicz. In addition to this, round table on media freedom in Poland was organized in collaboration with policy-makers and media practitioners: Jan Dworak (The National Broadcasting Council), Stanisław Jędrzejewski (Supervisory Board of the Polish Radio), Kamil Dąbrowa (Director, Polish Radio 1) and Hanna Wieczorek (“Gazeta Wrocławska”).

CEECOM 2014 conference was organized by the University of Wrocław, Polish Communication Association, ECREA?s CEE-Network and The International Communication Association.

CEE Journals Database (ECREA CEE Network)

Central and East European Network (CEE Network) at the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), which aims at integrating scholars, sharing experiences and supporting the exchange of information in the region, defined publishing activities among the goal priorities (2012-2014). Following the round table with journals editors during in Prague (CEECOM 2012) as well as session on media and communication journals in Kaunas (CEECOM 2013), CEE Journals Database was officially launched during the first day of CEECOM 2014 conference in Wrocław. A special session aimed at strengthening cooperation and exchanging links between publishers of CEE Journals in Central Europe and beyond. Editors and/or members of Editorial boards from journals published in Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine further presented aims, objectives and other essential information about their journals.    

The list of publications mapped in CEE Database (June 2014):

Albania: Studimeve Albanologjike, Bosnia and Herzegovina: Sarajevo Social Science Review, Bulgaria: Media and Social Communications, Newmedia21.eu, Croatia: Informatologia, Media Culture and Public Relations, Medijska istrazivanja (Media Research), Medijske studije (Media Studies), Medianali, Czech Republic: Medialni studia (Media Studies), Estonia: Kaja (Echo), FYR Macedonia: Culture, Hungary: Médiakutató (The Media Researcher), Lithuania: Informcijos Mokslai, Journalism Research, Media Transformations, Moldova: Revista Mass Media, Montenegro: Medijski Dijalozi (Media Dialogues), Poland: Central European Journal of Communication, Kultura-Media-Teologia, Media-Culture-Social Communication, Nowe Media, Studia Medioznawcze (Media Studies), Zeszyty Prasoznawcze, Romania: Romanian Journal of Communication and Public Relations, Romanian Journal of Journalism and Communication, The Journal of Media Research – Revista de Studii Media, Russia: Mediascope, Russian Journal of Communication, World of Media. Yearbook of Russian Media and Journalism Studies, Serbia: Belgrade Journal of Media and Communications, Communication Management Quarterly, Slovakia: Communication Today, Global Media Journal. The Slovak Edition, Otazky Zurnalistiky, Slovenia: Javnost/The Public.

The 64th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (Seattle, May 22-26, 2014)

The Polish Communication Association (PCA) organized a special session entitled “25 Years of Media Freedom and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe” during the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association. Bearing in mind the 25th anniversary of the collapse of communism in many Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries and the 10th anniversary of the first CEE countries accession to the European Union, this panel aimed at summarizing the most significant debates on media freedom and public sphere conditions in Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. By posing questions related to early stages of social and political transformations the goal was to identify models for CEE media and democracy going forward in the era of convergence, internationalization of communications and the growing importance of network practices and interactive publics.

Conference papers were delivered by Alina Dobreva (European University Institute, Italy), Zrinjka Peruško (University of Zagreb, Croatia) and Michał Głowacki (University of Warsaw, Poland). During the panel of PCA the Spring 2014 issue of Central European Journal of Communication was launched; Guest Editor of the issue – Gianpietro Mazzoleni (University of Milan, Italy) made a presentation about the scope and diversity of contributions. The panel was chaired by the President of PCA Iwona Hofman (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland).

2013

The 63rd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (London, June 17-21, 2013)

The Polish Communication Association (PCA), in cooperation with consortium members of international project “Media Accountability and Transparency in Europe (MediaAcT)” organized a special session, entitled “Media Accountability in the Digital Age: International Perspectives” during the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association. The 63rd ICA conference took place in London June 17-21, 2013 and gathered 2,500 participants with over 4,000 academic papers presented. The conference in London has been the largest ICA event so far.

The session of PCA aimed at presenting main results of project MediaAcT, with special emphasis on changes in media accountability processes due to the influence of new media and technologies. Academic papers were delivered by Susanne Fengler (TU Dortmund, Germany), Tobias Eberwein (TU Dortmund, Germany), Olivier Baisnée (University of Toulouse, France), Raluca Radu (University of Bucharest, Romania) and Judith Pies (TU Dortmund, Germany). All participants of the session received comments and feedback from respondents: Scott Maier (University of Oregon) and David H. Weaver (Indiana University). During the panel Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska presented aims and objectives of Central European Journal of Communication. She further referred to the Spring 2013 issue which was co-edited with Peter Gross (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA).

6th International Conference on Media in Central and Eastern Europe – CEECOM 2013 (Kaunas, April 26-27, 2013)

Media scholars and researchers gathered in the city of Kaunas (Lithuania) for the 6th International Conference on Media in Central and Eastern Europe – CEECOM 2013. The main theme of the conference was “Liquidity, fragmentation, and individualization in the mediascape”, which put a strong emphasis on changing roles, missions and functions of contemporary media. It applied a very broad (historical, comparative, case-based analysis, media use analysis, and others) perspective to the theme and also raised questions about effects and severe social and cultural consequences of media change.

Keynote speeches were delivered by Paolo Mancini (University of Perugia, Italy), Owen Johnson (School of Journalism, Indiana University, USA), and Thomas Hanitzsch (University of Munich, Germany). In the session devoted to journalism studies, several representatives of the Polish Communication Association, including Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska (University of Wrocław) and Paweł Baranowski (University of Wrocław) presented their papers. During the closing session, dedicated to cooperation and future research in Central and Eastern Europe, Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska presented Central European Journal of Communication.

CEECOM 2013 was organized by the Department Baltic Association at Vytautas Magnus University and the Baltic Association for Media Research.

Photo: CEECOM2013 http://www.ceecom2013kaunas.lt/
 

2012

4th European Communication Conference – ECREA 2012 (Istanbul, October 24-27, 2012)

Media and communication researchers and practitioners gathered in the city of Istanbul (Turkey) for the 4th European Communication Conference, entitled “Social Media and Global Voices” organized in Istanbul (October 24-27, 2012).

Representatives of the Polish Communication Association took part in the session on International Federation of Communication Associations (IFCA) as well as the meeting of Central and East European Network, where the new management board in 2012-2014 was elected: Aukse Balčytiene (Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania) – Chair of the CEE Network, Irena Carpentier Reifova (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic) – Vice-Chair of the CEE Network, Michał Głowacki (University of Warsaw, Poland) – Vice-Chair of the CEE Network. The new management of the CEE Network agreed on the priorities for upcoming period, including the support of media and communication journals in Central and Eastern Europe and the development of CEE Journals database.

Central European Journal of Communication was distributed in the main Hall of conference. The display of the existing European journals was the continuation of a journal roundtable that was organized at the ECREA conference in Hamburg in 2010.

Matters of Journalism: Understanding Professional Challenges and Dilemmas (Gdańsk, September 14-15, 2012)

On September 14 – 15, 2012 the Polish Communication Association and the Faculty of Philosophy, Sociology and Journalism at the University of Gdańsk organized an international conference entitled “Matters of Journalism: Understanding Professional Challenges and Dilemmas”.

The aim of the conference was to contribute to the understanding of factors that influence modern journalism, above all its standards and routines. More than 120 scholars from around 30 countries responded to the call and participated in the conference. The opening lecture on “The Limits of Transformation: Eastern European Media’s ‘Integration’ Into What” was given by Peter Gross from the University of Tennessee. Keynote speeches were also delivered by Aukse Balčytiene from Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas (Lithuania), Oven V. Johnson from the Indiana University (US), Walery Pisarek from the Pontifical University of John Paul II (Poland), Wayne Wanta from University of Florida (USA), Ramon Salaverria from University of Navarrra (Spain), Jaromir Volek from Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic) and Thomas Hanitzsch from University of Munich (Germany). Furthermore, participants of several international projects, including “Journalism in Change. Professional Journalistic Culture in Russia, Poland and Sweden”, “Media Accountability and Transparency in Europe (MediaAcT)” and “The European Journalism Observatory” presented results of their studies. Above all, the meeting in Gdańsk created the opportunity to launch the issue of Central European Journal of Communication, entitled ‘Media Accountability – Between Tradition and Innovation’.

Generally, 78 papers were presented by scholars from 26 countries. During the second day of the conference 15 parallel sessions were organized. Parallel sessions were dedicated to journalistic professional standards and values, professional roles and identities, models of journalism, practice of journalism around the world, changing business of journalism, journalism and politics, citizens and journalists, online media, local journalism, and journalistic ethics.

The conference was sponsored by the ECREA, the Journalism Studies Section of the ECREA and the Journalism Studies Division of the ICA (Text: Agnieszka Stępińska, photo: Karol Jakubcewicz).

The 62nd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (Phoenix, May 24-28, 2012)

The Polish Communication Association organized a special session, entitled “Journalistic Professionalization on the Baltic” during the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association organized in Phoenix (Arizona) in May 24-28, 2012.

The session of PCA was dedicated to professional values, roles as well as changes in journalistic profession in Sweden, Poland, Russia and the Baltic States. In line with, academic papers presenting results from different empirical studies were presented by Gunnar Nygren (Södertörn University), Agnieszka Stępińska (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań), Michał Głowacki (University of Warsaw), AukseBalčytiene (Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas), Maria Anikina (Moscow State University) and Elena Degtereva (Södertörn University). All participants of the session received comments and feedback from respondents: Peter Gross (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) and Owen Johnson (Indiana University). During the panel the Spring 2012 issue of Central European Journal of Communication was launched and participants have further took part in the session of International Federation of Communication Associations, dedicated to cooperation of media and communication associations in different parts of the world.

Central and East European Communication and Media Conference (CEECOM) (Prague, April 27-28, 2012)

The city of Prague gathered media and communication researchers for the 5th Annual Central and East European Communication and Media Conference CEECOM (April 27-28, 2012). The conference, entitled “Media, Power and Empowerment” was a continuation of tradition started in 2008 in Książ Castle (Poland) with the regional conference organized by Polish Communication Association.

The 5th edition of CEECOM has gathered more than 150 participants come from 27 countries, including Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.  Conference created an opportunity to organize panel with Editors and Members of Editorial Boards of communication and media journals in Central and Eastern Europe. The panel moderated by Michał Głowacki (University of Warsaw) was dedicated to challenges and opportunities related to funding, scientific database, the role of technology as well as cooperation and future developments of scientific journals on media and communication in this part of the world.

Scientific Journals and Conference Participants:

  • Central European Journal of Communication – Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska (Poland)
  • Communication Management Quarterly – Miroljub Radojković (Serbia)
  • Communication Today – Martin Solik (Slovakia)
  • Global Media Journal The Slovak Edition – Branislav Ondrášik (Slovakia)
  • Informatologia – Daria Mustić (Croatia)
  • Javnost: The Public – Slavko Spichal (Slovenia)
  • Media Studies Journal -Lenka Waschková Císařova (Czech Republic)
  •  Media Transformations – Aukse Balčytiene (Lithuania)
  • Romanian Journal of Journalism and Communication – Raluca Radu (Romania)

During the closing ceremony participants of the conference agreed to create an international consortium of CEECOM responsible for the development and coordination of activities on media and communication research in Central and Eastern Europe. The consortium consists of members from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia. Among the main tasks of the authority is to organize annual conferences of CEECOM and to support studies, education and collaboration between media researchers, media personnel and students in this part of the world. The unit has decided to cooperate with other countries interested in developing cooperation and organizing CEECOM conferences in the future (Photo uploaded from www.ceecom2012prague.cz).

2011

The 3rd International Media Readings (Moscow, November 10-12, 2011)

Media and communication scholars from several different countries gathered in the city of Moscow for the International Media Readings, entitled “Journalistic Cultures: Facing Social and Technological Changes”, organized on November 10-12, 2011 by the Faculty of Journalism at Lomonosov Moscow State University.

The conference was devoted to the impact of technological and social change upon the basic principles of journalism, journalistic values, goals, skills and methods of work. The goal of the conference was to clarify the cause-and-effect relations between the external factors and the specificity of journalistic cultures, to determine the possible dimensions of the changes, to describe different aspects of this process and to discuss dilemma facing professional journalists today. During the three days of event keynote speeches were delivered by Russian and international researchers, such as Yassen N. Zassoursky (Lomonosov Moscow State University), David H. Weaver (Indiana University), Thomas Hanitzsch (University of Munich), Andrey Korotkov (State Institute of International Affairs), Kaarle Nordenstreng (University of Tampere), Greg Simons (Uppsala University) and Clifford G. Christians (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). The group of Polish media and communication researchers included Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska (University of Wrocław), Michał Głowacki (University of Warsaw) as well as Józef Kloch and Monika Przybysz (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw).

During one the plenary sessions research projects dedicated to the development of media and and journalism studies were discussed. Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska (University of Wrocław) and Michał Głowacki (University of Warsaw) presented the idea of Central European Journal of Communication, while Thomas Hanitzch (University of Munich) presented main outcomes of the “The Worlds of Journalism Study” – an academically driven project that was founded to regularly assess the state of journalism around the world. Finally, Gunnar Nygren (Södertörn University) emphasized main goals of a comparative study, entitled “Journalism in Change – Professional Journalistic Cultures in Russia, Poland and Sweden”.

The 61st Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (Boston, May 26-30, 2011)

The world PR expert professor James Grunig in the panel of Polish Communication Assocation during the 61st Annual Conference of the International Communication Association in Boston (May 26-30, 2011).

More than 2,500 participants from different countries in the world attended the 61st Annual Conference of the International Communication Association organized in Boston (26-30 May, 2011). During the conference, the Polish Communication Association organized a special panel entitled “Back to Planet Earth (or Society): Public Relations and Social Media”, chaired by prof. Jerzy Olędzki (University of Warsaw).

During the panel professor James Grunig addressed the issue of strategic role of PR and further called for “reinstitutionalization of public relations” in the era of social media. Astrid Spatzier and Benno Signitzer pointed out a need to reduce the gap between PR and society, while Maria Jose Canel made attempts to analyse the practice of government public relations. Moreover, a Polish public relations practitioner Jacek Barlik discussed the situations where PR is often “unglued” from social and economic problems. Attempts have been made to discuss the problems underlined in Spring 2011 issue of “Central European Journal of Communication” dedicated to the role and function of public relations in contemporary society.

IV Central European Communication Forum (Cracow, May 5-7, 2011)

Media and communication researchers gathered in the city of Cracow for the IV Central European Forum entitled “Convergence: Media in Future, Future in Media” organized by the Polish Communication Association and and the Institute of Journalism and Social Communication at the Pontifical University of John Paul II. The Forum was composed as a creative platform to exchange ideas, experience as well as scholarly work results emphasizing the development in contemporary media studies. Hence, speeches and presentations were delivered by international researchers from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Austria, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. In addition to this, special sessions were dedicated to cooperation of media and communication researchers in Central and Eastern Europe as well as the launch of the Spring 2011 issue of Central European Journal of Communication.

2010

II Congress of the Polish Communication Association (Lublin, September 15-17, 2010)

Media and communication researchers gathered in the city of Lublin for the II Congress of the Polish Communication Association, entitled “Autonomy of Communication” (September 15-17, 2010). During the conference panel discussions were held on different aspects of contemporary communication and media studies.  Keynote speeches were delivered by international researchers such as Stuart Allan (USA), Aukse Balčytiene (Lithuania), Boyko Boev (United Kingdom), Andy Channelle (United Kingdom), Inta Brikše (Latvia), Daniela Kraus (Austria), Epp Lauk (Estonia), Olaf Steenfadt (Germany), Stephan Russ-Mohl (Switzerland), Wayne Wanta (USA) and David Weaver (USA). 

Guest Editors of Central European Journal of Communication (Fall 2010) on the Development of Agenda-Setting Theory and Research – Wayne Wanta (Oklahoma State University) and Bartłomiej Łódzki (University of Lower Silesia) as well as the reviewers of the issue – David Weaver (Indiana University Bloomington) and Jerzy Olędzki (University of Warsaw) were among the participants at the congress. The promotion of the Fall 2010 issue (Volume 3, No 2) was followed by a discussion on the current direction of Agenda-Setting studies in different parts of the world, as well as the future of this type of research in the field of media and communication.

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