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Title: "Journalism Research in the Public Interest".
Target participants: ECREA section members (but open to all)
Affiliation: ECREA Journalism Studies Section in cooperation with the Swiss Association of Communication and Media Research (SGKM) and the German Communication Association (DGPuK), with the support of ICA and IAMCR
Venue: Z├╝rich/Winterthur, Switzerland
Date: Nov 19 - Nov 21, 2009
Contact: th.hanitzsch@ipmz.uzh.ch
Website: http://project.zhaw.ch/de/linguistik/jrc.html

The international conference Journalism Research in the Public Interest intends to provide a venue for the theoretical, critical and empirical engagement with the social relevance and applicability of journalism research in both national and international contexts.

A central goal of the conference is to address the question: what does the field of journalism research have to offer to issues of public interest and debate, and what are the key factors for a successful transfer of knowledge between journalism research and its social contexts?

Among others, the following questions will be addressed at the event:
- Journalism research and social intervention: e.g. the advocacy of civic journalism, peace journalism, development journalism;
- Journalism research and transfer of knowledge: e.g. journalism education and training; application for media organizations or public relations;
- Journalism research and global inequality: e.g. knowledge transfer from the north to the south; appli-cations of comparative research;
- Journalism research and democracy: e.g. strengthening journalism's role in deliberative democracy; the development of concepts for transitional democracies;
- Journalism research and its public image: e.g. the media coverage of journalism research as academic discipline.

The abstracts accepted for the conference should be submitted as a full draft paper by October 1, 2009.

Submissions and inquiries should be addressed to the joint organizing chairs, Vinzenz Wyss and Thomas Hanitzsch.

Co-hosted by ZHAW Zurich Universities of Applied Sciences and the University of Zurich, the conference is a joint effort of the ECREA Journalism Studies Section in cooperation with the Swiss Association of Communication and Media Research (SGKM) and the German Communication Association (DGPuK), with the support of the Journalism Studies Division, International Communication Association (ICA) and Journalism Research and Education Section, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).

Please note that the pre-registration will end on October 1, 2009.

> Register on-line

> Provisional programme

Special rates for hotel accommodation are guaranteed until October 9, 2009. Rooms can be booked through the conference web site.

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