The 29TH Annual General Meeting of the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) Limited will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in accordance with Article 19 of AMIC’s Articles of Association.

All paid up members may attend either in person or by proxy.  Proxies must be members of AMIC.  No person can have more than three proxies.  Members are requested to ensure that proxy and nomination forms reach AMIC by June 28, 2013 at the latest.

All members/proxies attending the General Assembly are cordially invited to a cocktail thereafter at the same venue.

Members planning to attend the General Assembly are requested to advise the Secretariat (Attn: Ms. Ivy. D. Alcantara at ) by June 28, 2014 so that necessary arrangements can be made.

Media Asia Volume 41, No 1: Just Released

Media in India and Indonesia under scrutiny

The lead article focuses on the independence of commercial media in two largest democracies in Asia, namely India and Indonesia. But critics, such as David Hill, chair of Southeast Asian Studies at Australia’s Murdoch University warns  that the “skewed political nature of the media have consequences for elections news”. “Leaving aside leading independent and respectable news outlets like Kompas and Tempo, there remains a cluster of politically-inclined media in Indonesia,” says Hill. These media exist not to make profit for owners but to advance owners’ political advantage.

Commenting on the Indian media, Vibodh Parthasarathi, Centre for Culture Media and Governance at Jamia Millia Islamia University,  notes: “The media seem rather inclined to break scandals involving incumbent central or state governments, conduct sting operations on politicians suspected of ethical lapses, or provide disproportionate reportage of certain political events.”

With journalism increasingly accommodating views over news, the elections in India and Indonesia make for an opportunity for researchers to test some normative assumptions about the role of the media in democracies. The article concludes with the role of social media in setting the national agenda.

A.S. Panneerselvan, in the interview piece, explains why the press needs to empower its audience through credible accountability mechanisms. At the same time, he says, the media must stand up for inclusive democratic values and not give in to the growing pressure from intolerant groups that abuse commentators for not sharing their right-wing ideologies.

The research section covers  newspaper framing of nuclear power project in Tamil Nadu, digitization in Indonesian broadcasting and journalists’ attitude towards social protests in Hong Kong.


20th  International Association of Intercultural Communication Studies (IAICS) Conference
Enhancing Global Community, Resilience and Sustainability Through Intercultural Communication

WHEN: July 31- August 3, 2014, Providence, USA. 

GOAL: To provide scholars, educators and practitioners from different cultural communities with opportunities to interact, network and benefit from each other’s research and expertise related to intercultural communication issues. 

Founded in 1986, IAICS is an international academic organization, with its headquarter in the USA, consisting of scholars from over 32 countries (USA, Japan, China, South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Iran, India, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, etc.) from a range of the cultural sciences who are dedicated to doing research on communication across cultures (see:  The International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies (IAICS) originated from a series of Asian-American conferences run by the late Dr. John Koo at the University of Alaska and Arizona State University. The group meets annually at different locations around the world. Its membership is made up of participants from over 32 countries. These participants meet annually to discuss common research interests. The results of their investigations are published in the journal of the organization, Intercultural Communication Studies (ICS).

For more information about the conference please visit the conference website:

For ICS Content List please visit here:

China Media Research – Current Issue

Special Issue: Managing Language and Cultural Challenges in Cross-border Deal-making
Guest Editor: Xiaohui Yuan

China Media Research (ISSN 1556-889X) is an official publication of the American Chinese Media Research Association and Communication Studies Institute of Zhejiang University. The journal seeks to provide a platform for Chinese media research, as well as to serve as a bridge between media research done in China and in other parts of the global community. The journal welcomes articles, book reviews, news items, letters, interviews, or other types of submissions containing information or commentary on matters relevant to the journal’s mission.

For more information about the special issue please visit the website:

For abstract, please download:t

Call for Submissions: A Special Issue of China Media Research on
Sustainability, Resilience, and Global Communication

This special issue (CMR-2015-04) invites scholars from across disciplines to examine the relationships between Sustainability, Resilience, and Global Communication. Globalization and increased diversity heighten the risk of communication failures and misunderstandings due to ethnocentrism, prejudice, sexism and environmental, social, and technological issues. They include Climate Change; Adaptations to Climate Change; Pollution and Resource Depletion; Global Food and Water Supply; Impact of Information Technology and Social Media; Political Oppression, Conflict and War; Poverty; Societal Security and Personal Safety. Global communication plays a key role in facilitating behavior changes to address these problems. Increasingly we must learn to rely on each other, build resilience, resolve conflicts peacefully, and strive for social equity by enhancing intercultural communication.

Contributions from interpersonal, group/organizational, intercultural/international, media/mass communication, rhetorical, political, social justice, psychological, and other points of view are invited. Submissions must not have been previously published nor be under consideration by another publication. We will accept complete papers or extended abstracts (800-1000 words) at the first stage of the reviewing process. Please email Word attachment of the submission to the guest editor, Dr. Norbert Mundorf at . Please include CMR Submission in the subject line. All submissions must be received by October 15, 2014. The complete manuscript must be received by April 10, 2015 after the submission is accepted. Accepted manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with APA style and should not exceed 8,000 words (including references). Please visit for more information about the quarterly journal of China Media Research. For inquiry, please contact Dr.Norbert Mundorf at

Call for papers – Editorials and Public Debate

About Journalism – Sur le journalisme – Sobre jornalismo
International scholarly journal

This issue devoted to editorials seeks to examine a genre that is important to journalists, but that draws relatively little attention from scholars of journalism. Historians comb through editorials to reconstruct the “climate of opinion” of about various issues in different eras and socio-political contexts, and discourse analysts use editorials to identify and characterize discursive processes. But journalism scholars have not made editorials the subject of much study. We know relatively little about the characteristics of editorials, the conditions of their production, how they have evolved, and how they contribute to public debate.

For more information please visit website at or please download call for papers in pdf at

Starting date: May 15, 2014
Deadline for submission of article summaries: July 15, 2014
Deadline for submission of complete papers: November 15, 2014