Journalism Research and Education Section - CFP 2018

The IAMCR’s Journalism Research & Education Section (JRE) invites submissions for its open sessions at the IAMCR 2018 Conference to be held from 20-24 June, 2018 in Eugene, Oregon, USA. The deadline to submit abstracts is 23:59 GMT on 31 January 2018. Proposals for consideration by IAMCR’s JRE section must be submitted via the Open Conference System at

The central theme of IAMCR 2018 annual conference is Reimagining Sustainability: Communication and Media Research in a Changing World, emphasizing the necessity to encourage responsible and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems that include local and global reflection and action. This certainly seeks to address and explore the pressing issues of entrenched power, social justice,  democracy, and the need to eradicate poverty, raise basic living standards, and address the present climate crisis.

The JRE Section invites papers that reflect on these issues and address theories, practices, and institutions that move beyond merely sustaining —towards thriving societies and cultures.

How can the issues of sustainability, resilience, and climate crises be effectively communicated?  How can the journalistic and humanities perspectives be incorporated in research to communicate issues arising from unsustainable management of natural resources and climate crisis? How does environmental science engage with the wider world to communicate scientific issues such as climate change and management of ecosystems and natural resources? And what theoretical approaches and practical perspectives help to advance the understanding of environmental concerns and associated issues?

The JRE Section is open to panel proposals, workshop sessions and individual research paper proposals that address the issues related to the main theme of IAMCR’s 2018 annual conference as well as for proposals that amplify the comprehension of journalism research and education relating to the IAMCR’s 2018 annual conference key theme. For instance we look forward to proposals that addresses the following (but not limited to):

  • International collaborative and comparative journalism research: new challenges and emergent perspectives
  • Innovations in journalism research
  • Journalism professional identity
  • Journalism research: theoretical approaches and methodology
  • Journalism education
  • Journalism, new formats and narratives
  • Journalism and gender
  • Journalism and democracy
  • Journalism, peace and conflict


This Section accepts abstract submissions in English, Spanish or French, and presentations in English and Spanish.

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts should be submitted only via the IAMCR’s Open Conference System (OCS) at from 9 November 2017 through 31 January 2018, in English, Spanish or French. Both individual and panel submissions as well as workshop sessions are welcome. Early submission is strongly encouraged.


The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 January 2018 and will not be extended.

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to applicants by our Section Heads no later than 15 March 2018.

Guidelines for Abstracts

Abstracts should range between 300 and 500 words in length including the research objectives, theoretical framework and methodology.

All abstract submissions must be made via IAMCR’s Open Conference System (OCS) at Please note that no e-mail submissions of abstracts addressed to JRE Section heads will be accepted!

It is expected that for the most part, only one (1) abstract will be submitted per person. However, under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the name of the same author either individually or as part of any group of authors. Please note also that the same abstract or another version with minor variations in title or content must not be submitted to more than one Section or Working Group within IAMCR. Such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be rejected by the OCS system, by the relevant heads or by the conference program reviewer. Authors submitting them risk being removed entirely from the conference program.

For further information, please consult the conference website, the heads of JRE Section by e-mail at [email]

Criteria for Evaluation

Submitted abstracts will generally be evaluated on the basis of:

  1. theoretical contribution
  2. methods
  3. quality of writing
  4. literature review
  5. relevance of the submission to the work of the Section or Working Group
  6. originality and/or significance

Important dates and deadlines to keep in mind:

  • 9 November 2017 – Abstract submission system (OCS) opens

  • 31 January 2018 – Deadline for submissions

  • 8 March 2018 – Registration opens

  • 15 March 2018 – Notification of decisions of abstracts

  • 20 March 2018 – Deadline to apply for travel grants and awards

  • 3 April 2018 – Deadline to confirm your participation

  • 7 May 2018 – Last day to register at discounted early-bird fee

  • 28 May 2018 – Deadline for full paper submission

  • 1 June 2018 – Final conference programme published on the website

  • 20–24 June 2018 – IAMCR 2018 Conference

Journalism Research and Education Section

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Cláudia Lago

Co Vice-chairs:

Oliver Hahn

Sadia Jamil

Abiodun  Salawu