Journalism and Mass Communications - JMComm Conference

Journalism and Mass Communications (JMComm) Conference


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?

The Journalism and Mass Communications (JMComm) Conference 2018 is a premiere Academic Research Conference for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of Journalism and Mass Communications. The conference will bring together leading researchers and scientists in this domain of interest from around the world.

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 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

Prof. the Hon. Dr. Stephen Martin

Prof. the Hon. Dr. Stephen Martin

Chairman, Board of Governors, Global Science & Technology Forum (GSTF)
Chairman, Bank of China (Australia)
Former Speaker Parliament of Australia
Former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Strategy and Planning) Curtin University of Technology
Former Pro Vice Chancellor International, Victoria University

Assoc. Prof. Weiyu Zhang

Assoc. Prof. Weiyu Zhang

Department of Communications and New Media
National University of Singapore
Designing Online Deliberative Processes and Technologies for Citizen Input to Policy Making

bullet JMComm 2018 Conference Proceedings: Print ISSN: 2301-3710, E-Periodical ISSN: 2301-3729 will be published and submitted to several indexing partners.
bullet 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).
bullet JMComm 2018 will also constitute a Special Panel Session.
bullet 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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Prof. Lin Alen
Prof. Lin Alen
University of Northern Colorado
Moneeba Iftikhar
Moneeba Iftikhar
Dept. Mass Communication Lahore College for Women
Moneeba Iftikhar
Dr. Nicholas Bamford
Bournemouth University