06/09/2016

Successful Presence of CMC at the 2016 ICA Annual Conference

Huge success for the CMC delegation at the 2016 Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), held from June 9-13 in Fukuoka, Japan.

Huge success for the CMC delegation at the 2016 Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), held from June 9-13 in Fukuoka, Japan.

 

Maren Beaufort was awarded with the Top Student Paper Award

Maren Beaufort was awarded with the Top Student Paper Award of the Children, Adolescents and Media Division (CAM) – the first ICA Top Student Paper Award ever won by a young Austrian researcher, ranked among the 10 best of all 87 papers accepted by the division (not only student papers).

Maren Beaufort receiving the Top Student Paper Award of ICA’s Children, Adolescents and Media Division (CAM) (Photo: Karin Fikkers)

 

Her paper on “How Candy Placements in Films Influence Children’s Selection Behavior in Real-Life Shopping Scenarios” was praised as strong research and an enormously important contribution to the field of children and the media.

 

Maren Beaufort in her session “Media, Marketing, and Children’s Health”

 

Tobias Eberwein’s paper “Measuring Media Accountability in Europe”, co-presented together with Susanne Fengler from the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism, disclosed exclusive findings from a comparative study of infrastructures of media self-regulation in 30 different countries – and stimulated a lively discussion among the panel participants.

Josef Seethaler and Gabriele Melischek’s presentation of the results of their long-term research on Austrian campaign communication, revealing a U.S.-like process of continuous shortening of candidates’ soundbites on soundbites in TV news, found its way into Twitter.

 

Preconference on “Media Performance and Democracy”

On the opening day of the conference, Josef Seethaler organized a preconference on “Media Performance and Democracy”, in cooperation with Linards Udris from the University of Zurich.

 

Linards Udris and Josef Seethaler, organizers of the preconference on “Media Performance and Democracy” (Photo: Linards Udris)

 

More than 30 colleagues from 10 countries discussed criteria for democratic media performance at various levels, including media structures, organizational standards, newsroom investment and content characteristics.

Rodney Tiffen from the University of Sydney gave a terrific keynote speech on “Measuring Trends in the News Media’s Democratic Performance”.

Josef Seethaler during his presentation (Photo: Linards Udris)

 

CMC staff members presented six papers at the 2016 ICA Annual Conference

Taking all together, CMC staff members presented six papers at the 2016 ICA Annual Conference, thus making a considerable contribution to Austria’s remarkable eleventh position among the strongest represented countries:

Beaufort, M.: How Candy Placements in Films Influence Children`s Selection Behavior in Real-Life Shopping Scenarios

Eberwein, T., Fengler, S., Kaufmann, K., Brinkmann, J., & Karmasin, M.: Measuring Media Accountability in Europe: A Comparative Study of Infrastructures of Media Self-Regulation in 30 European States

Eberwein, T., & Porlezza, C.: Both Sides of the Story: Communication Ethics and Media Accountability in Transition

Melischek, G., & Seethaler, J.: ‘Americanization of the Press’: The Success of American Journalism in the Habsburg Empire, 1850-1910

Seethaler, J., & Beaufort, M.: Putting the “Demos” Back in Democracy: Methodological Implications and Empirical Evidence for Measuring Media Performance

Seethaler, J., & Melischek, G.: Mediatization as an Indicator of Convergence of Media Systems: Campaign Coverage on Austrian Television, 1983–2013