Country Representatives

Country Representatives

AMIC COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVES 2022-2024

AUSTRALIA

Dr. Earvin Cabalquinto
Lecturer in Communication
School of Communication and Creative Arts (SCCA), Faculty of Arts and Education
Deakin University

BANGLADESH

Dr. Md. Golam Rahman
Editor, Ajker Patrika
Professor and Advisor
Daffodil International University

BHUTAN

Ms. Pushpa Chhetri

CHINA

Dr. Peixin Cao
Professor
Deputy Dean, School of Journalism
Communication University of China

INDIA

Dr. Pradeep Krishnatray
Professor
Marketing and Strategy
ICFAI University

INDIA

Mira K. Desai
Head, Department of Extension and Communication
In Charge Head, Department of Food Science and Nutrition
SNDT Women’s University

INDONESIA

Prof. Dr. Hermin Indah Wahyuni
Senior Lecturer
Communication Department, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences
Universitas Gadjah Mada

JAPAN

Muneo Kaigo
Professor/Associate Dean, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Director, Institute for Comparative Research in Human and Social Sciences
University of Tsukuba

MYANMAR

Zin Mar Kyaw
Professor and Head of Journalism Department
National Management Degree College

NEPAL

Mr. Laxman Datt Pant
Chairperson, Media Action Nepal
Co-Chair, Media Freedom Coalition-Consultative Network

NEW ZEALAND

Prof. David Robie
Professor
Asia Pacific Report
(Formerly founding director and professor of the Pacific Media Centre, AUT University)

PHILIPPINES (LUZON)

Dr. Rowena Capulong Reyes
Dean
Institute of Arts and Sciences
Far Eastern University
Philippines

PHILIPPINES (MINDANAO)

Dr. Christine Faith M. Avila
Associate Professor
Communication Program
Ateneo de Davao University
Philippines

THAILAND

Dr. Kamolrat Intaratat
Director & Founder
The Research Center of Communication and  Development Knowledge Management Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University

 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Dr. Sadia Jamil
Assistant Professor
School of International Communications,
University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China

AMIC Newsletter

AMIC Newsletter

AMIC-UNESCO partnership promotes MIDL in Cambodia

The Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) has partnered with UNESCO Phnom Penh to promote media, information and digital literacy (MIDL) in Cambodia. The project coincides with Cambodia’s launching of its policy frameworks for a digital economy, society, and government spanning the years 2021 to 2035.

Nominations now open for 2022 AMIC Asia Communication Awards

AMIC is pleased to announce that the 2022 AMIC Asia Communication Award is now open for nominations. Started in 2006, the Award recognizes outstanding achievements in Asian communication media.

Media Asia’s journal ranking improves, publishes issues ahead of schedule

By Danilo Araña Arao, Editor, Media Asia

Media Asia continues to improve journal ranking as it publishes issues ahead of schedule.

Based on Scimago Journal & Country Rank data as of April 2022 (Scimago Journal & Country Rank), the quarterly journal’s highest quartile ranking is pegged at Q2 (Linguistics and Language). Scimago’s metrics are based on Scopus data which compute Media Asia’s CiteScore 2021 at 0.5 (Scopus data).

Asian Journal of Communication’s journal ranking improves, Vol. 32, 2022, Issue 3 uploaded

Asian Journal of Communication (AJC), Volume 32, 2022, Issue 3, is now up and accessible online, while the journal is earning steadily rising scores in citation performance or Impact Factor (IF), according to Dr. Peng Hwa Ang, Editor in Chief.

Peng Hwa Ang announced that the Impact Factor (IF) of AJC has been rising, indicating improved non-self citation performance of the journal over a period of three years—from 0.743 in 2019, to 1.893 in 2020, and 2.074 in 2021. (Source: Clarivate, Journal Citation Reports 2020-2022)

About the Asian Journal of Communication

By Dr. Peng Hwa Ang, Editor

The Asian Journal of Communication is the flagship publication of AMIC. It was visionary venture by pioneering member Eddie Kuo and former research director of AMIC the late Anura Goonasekara.

AMIC observes World Press Freedom Day

AMIC joined the global community in commemorating this year’s World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) on 03 May 2022.

World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) was conceived in 1993 to remind people all over the world of the need to protect and defend press freedom at all times, especially in challenging times.

AMIC Board Chair gets Alumni Award

AMIC Board of Directors Chair Dr. Crispin C. Maslog received the 2022 Thomasian Outstanding Alumni (TOTAL) Award for Media. The Award is the highest honor bestowed by the University of Santo Tomas (UST) upon Thomasian Alumni in recognition of their significant and exemplary contribution to the society and the Church.

AMIC History Book Launched

AMIC@50: A History of the Asian Media Information Centre was launched last December on the occasion of AMIC’s golden jubilee. It is a 200-page story of the organization founded and registered in Singapore in 1971 and now based in Manila since 2015.

2021 AMIC Conference Book of Abstracts now Online

The 28th AMIC Annual Conference Science Communication: Managing the Now and the Future Book of Abstracts (2021) is now online. Please visit the AMIC Website to view and download a copy of the Book of Abstracts, available at https://amic.asia/amic-book-of-abstracts-2021/.

Communication Theory: The Asian Perspective 2022 edition launched

The 2022 edition of COMMUNICATION THEORY THE ASIAN PERSPECTIVE was launched on 04 December 2021, the last day of the 28th AMIC Annual Conference.

AMIC partners with JRE-IAMCR and AIJC in book launch

Asian Media Information and Communication Center (AMIC) in partnership with the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) and the University of Pretoria sponsored the launching of the books produced by the Journalism Research and Education Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), on June 20, 2022. 

Moderated by Dr. Sadia Jamil (Chair, JRE Section), with Bruce Mutsvairo (Associate Professor, Utrecht University) as discussant, 10 books were presented at the online event.  

JRE Book Launch 2022

Message by Ramon R. Tuazon
Secretary General, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC)

In our continuing war against disinformation, journalism education is our best defense. Today, we launch nine journalism and communication books which will be part of our truth defense tools.

New Books published by AMIC UAE  Country Representative

Dr. Sadia Jamil, AMIC Country Representative for the United Arab Emirates and Chair of the Journalism Research and Education Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), has announced the publication of three books that she has edited or co-edited.

Fifth CJEN Bangladesh Networking Conference held at ULAB

The Department of Media Studies and Journalism at University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) organized the conference titled, “Communication and Journalism Educators Network (CJEN) Bangladesh Fifth Networking Conference 2022” on 13 and 14 May 2022, where 67 educators and 20 students from different universities in the country participated. 

Professor Imran Rahman, ULAB Vice-Chancellor, in his opening speech said the authorities of the university had a strong commitment to promoting media in the country. So, the Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ) always tries to prepare its graduates by updating its courses and curriculum in consultation with stakeholders from the media industry on regular basis.

Fifth CJEN Bangladesh Networking Conference held at ULAB

Fifth CJEN Bangladesh Networking Conference held at ULAB

Fifth CJEN Bangladesh Networking Conference held at ULAB

Attendees and organizers of CJEN Bangladesh Fifth Networking Conference 2022, Friday, May 13, 2022, at ULAB Auditorium, Dhaka.

The Department of Media Studies and Journalism at University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) organized the conference titled, “Communication and Journalism Educators Network (CJEN) Bangladesh Fifth Networking Conference 2022” on 13 and 14 May 2022, where 67 educators and 20 students from different universities in the country participated.

Professor Imran Rahman, ULAB Vice-Chancellor, in his opening speech  said the authorities of the university had a strong commitment to promoting media in the country. So, the Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ) always tries to prepare its graduates by updating its courses and curriculum in consultation with stakeholders from the media industry on regular basis.

Addressing the session, Professor Jude William Genilo, MSJ Department Head, said the media and journalism education institutions must think critically about their roles and know their strengths and weaknesses.

“We at the ULAB try to prepare our graduates who are equipped with knowledge and skills needed in their real-life professional work,” he added.

In the plenary session entitled, “What is wrong with journalism education in Bangladesh,” Professor Jude called for building a strong network among media and journalism educators in the country to share experiences and expertise, and to enhance research and scholarships in the field.

In the session, ULAB MSJ Assistant Professor Dr. Abdul Kabil Khan presented findings of research on “What I wish my faculty would do and not do for my career development.”

In another plenary session, a roundtable discussion titled, “The future of media industry- new approaches and business models” was held.

Journalists participated in the discussion, namely, Harun Ur Rashid, Executive Editor of Bangla daily Somoyer Alo; and Mohsin Ul Hakim, Jamuna TV Special Correspondent and Bangladesh Times online journalist. It was moderated by MSJ  senior lecturer Nandita Tabassum Khan.

Dr. Esther Dorn-Fellermann, Deutsche Welle (DW) Media Services GmbH Program Manager, and Priya Esselborn, DW Akademie Program Director in Bangladesh, also attended the event.

On the second day, Dr. James Gomez, Regional Director, Asia Centre, Thailand, presented a keynote on “Media and Journalism Schools: Best Practices, Lessons Learned.” Dr. Sarkar Barbaq Quarmal MSJ Assistant Professor and Convener of the conference, disclosed the research findings on “Media and Journalism Education: Challenges Ahead, Needed Response.” Both of them recognized the importance of networking and ways to prepare for a new industry environment. The session was moderated by Aminul Islam, MSJ Lecturer.

Later, a student workshop on Mobile-first Journalism: Creating Native Content for Social Media Platforms took place. The instructors were Dr. Abdul Kabil Khan, MSJ Assistant Professor,  and Rajib Nandy, MSJ  Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Chittagong.

At the closing speech, Dr. Esther Dorn-Fellermann, conference program manager, Deutsche Welle – Media Services GmbH, said, “We at DW Akademie are happy to support you in this. We create the platform for exchange, we see ourselves as a catalyst.”

The two-day conference ended with a vote of thanks to the organizers, volunteers, and the participants by Nandita Tabassum Khan, MSJ Senior Lecturer. Khulna University will host the next CJEN Bangladesh in 2024.

Earlier, on 11 March 2020, ULAB and DW Akademie held a pre-CJEN Conference with the theme: “Looking Back, Moving Forward.”  The keynote speaker of the event was Ramon Tuazon, Secretary General of the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC).

New Books published by AMIC UAE Country Representative

New Books published by AMIC UAE Country Representative

New Books published by AMIC UAE Country Representative

Dr. Sadia Jamil, AMIC Country Representative for the United Arab Emirates and Chair of the Journalism Research and Education Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), has announced the publication of three books that she has edited or co-edited.

These are: 1) Combating Threats to Media Freedom and Journalist Safety (IGI Global, 2019); 2) Discrimination, Gender Disparity, and Safety Risks in Journalism (IGI Global, 2020), co-edited with Professor Baris Coban, Professor Bora Ataman and Dr. Gifty Appiah-Adjei; and 3) Ethnic Journalism in the Global South (2021, Palgrave MacMillan), co-edited with Ana Gladkova.

In addition to these volumes, Jamil said that during the past two years, she has produced book chapters  as well as articles which she contributed to several peer-reviewed journals.

Jamil said,  “Research has never been just a career for me, rather it is a passion that drives me. I have ten years of academic research experience, and the passion to create knowledge keeps growing.”

She added that the past two years were challenging for all (academics) as they all continued to struggle with the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on their personal and professional lives.

“But I call the ‘pandemic period’ as the most productive time of my research career as I could focus on writing…”

JRE Book Launch 2022

JRE Book Launch 2022

JRE Book Launch 2022

Message by Ramon R. Tuazon
Secretary General, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC)

In our continuing war against disinformation, journalism education is our best defense.

Today, we launch nine journalism and communication books which will be part of our truth defense tools.

Journalism education is our best defense because it will develop an inter-generation of truth seekers and truth tellers. Journalism education is not only for today’s journalists but more important, for future journalists who must imbibe the culture of truth-telling.

If we lose the war against disinformation today, we will be staring at a generation which is unmindful of deceit and celebrates calumny and idiocy.

The books we are launching today present an array of subjects which will complete our defense mechanisms – media theories, research methods, journalism skills, political economy (media ownership), convergence and digitization, and alternative and indigenous media.

Another distinguishing quality of these books is that the authors and contributors come not only from the West but also from all the continents including Asia which I am proud to represent today.  In this regard, AMIC is committed to work with IAMCR in producing more publications written by Asian journalism and communication professionals but not from a myopic perspective.

While we recognize the diversity of the topics and origins of these books, we are reminded that the journalism community, including journalism educators, must be united in their adherence to the Paris Declaration on Freedom of Journalism Education and their commitment to the defense for truth.

I end by congratulating, in behalf of AMIC, the Journalism Research and Education Section of IAMCR led by Dr. Sadia Jamil for providing us today’s platform to celebrate the accomplishments of our colleagues.

I’m cheering the authors and contributors and encouraging them to publish more in the near future as this will make us better understand the endangered, lied upon, and challenged world we live in today, and hopefully enable us to survive tomorrow.

Let us work together in our defense for truth, as ONLY TRUTH MATTERS.