Former AMIC SG Sundeep Muppidi Gets American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship

Former AMIC SG Sundeep Muppidi Gets American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship

Former AMIC Secretary General Sundeep Muppidi, PhD, was named one of 46 American Council on Education (ACE) fellows for the 2017–18 academic year. Muppidi, who has been a faculty member at the University of Hartford since 1998 and associate dean for the past two years, was nominated for the fellowship by University President Walter Harrison. 
Dr. Muppidi is professor of communication and associate dean for academic planning and curriculum in the University of Hartford’s College of Arts and Sciences. 

AMIC invites bids to host 2018, 2019, and 2020 Annual Conferences

AMIC is now inviting partners to submit expression of interest and proposal to host AMIC Conferences in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

The AMIC’s Annual Conference is a premier event on Asian communication media, attracting some 300 eminent international speakers and participants from the communication media sector and academe. 

The conference also serves as an occasion to grant the prestigious AMIC Asia Communication Award to outstanding media and communication professionals. 

The annual event is hosted in rotation by countries across the Asia Pacific region.  In recent past, AMIC annual conferences were held in Dubai (2015), Indonesia (2013), Malaysia (2012), India (2011), and Singapore (2010).

This year, the 2017 AMIC 25th Annual Conference is going to be held at Miriam College in Quezon City, Philippines from 27-29 September 2017.

Institutions interested to host the succeeding annual conferences should fill up and submit the expression of interest and proposal form to AMIC Secretary General Ramon R. Tuazon at email addresses or

Deadline for submission of expression of interest and proposal form is 15 July 2017.

The host institutions (countries) for the next three years will be announced during the AMIC Manila 2017 Conference. 

..Miriam College to host 25th AMIC Annual Conference

..Miriam College to host 25th AMIC Annual Conference

Miriam College (MC), a premier learning institution in the Philippines, is hosting the 25th Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) Annual Conference. It will be held on 27-29 September 2017 with the theme, “Rethinking Communication in a Resurgent Asia.”

The lead unit host is Miriam College’s Department of Communication, recognized as one of the country’s Centers of Development in Communication by the Philippine Commission on Higher Education in 2016.

Miriam College is a long-standing partner of AMIC. Large delegations of its faculty members and students represented the school as participants and paper presenters at previous AMIC conferences.

Dr. Ma. Margarita A. Acosta, MC Department of Communication chairperson, is both a member of the AMIC Board of Management (BoM) and one of the Centre’s country representatives in the Philippines. Immediate past MC Department of Communication chairperson, Prof. Lynda C. Garcia, also served as country representative.

“Time and again, our partnership with AMIC has provided our students and faculty the opportunity to connect and exchange ideas with communication research experts and peers in Asia and beyond,” said Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus. “It is an honor for Miriam College to host this year’s international conference and provide the venue for more innovative learning and collaboration.”

Miriam (formerly Maryknoll) College is a non-profit, non-stock Catholic educational institution that offers basic, tertiary, postgraduate, and adult education programs for girls and young women. It supports specialized centers in the fields of social development, peace education, environment studies, and women’s empowerment. These centers are engaged in curriculum development, research, community outreach, and advocacy.  

The school has just recently celebrated its 90th anniversary. Rooted in the Maryknoll tradition of trailblazing, Miriam College continues to produce women leaders in service of the nation and the world. 

UNESCO seeks researchers for women journalists’ safety research

UNESCO is looking for people interested to present research on “Safety for women journalists”.

UNESCO’s previous research studies have shown that while the number of women journalists killed is much lower than those of their male counterparts, women journalists are particularly susceptible to other kinds of gender-related attacks.

According to Guy Berger, UNESCO Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, women covering conflict and socio-political turmoil have particular concerns for their safety. Even in non-conflict situations, there is the risk of gender-linked sexual harassment, online abuse, direct and indirect threats, as well as actual physical violations, including rape.

UNESCO is setting up an academic panel for the conference in Cartagena, Colombia on 16-20 July 2017 of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) to look at gender-related media safety issues.

UNESCO hopes that the panel can elevate gender-related media safety issues on the academic agenda by examining the extent, nature, causes and responses related to gender issues in media.

The panel will also seek to uncover the impact of these attacks on the women journalists themselves, their families, colleagues and audiences; and on their societies more broadly.

Presentations with a gender angle could cover any of the areas of research identified in the UNESCO document “Towards a Research agenda on the safety of journalists.”

While there is no budget to support attendance of presenters, the chosen researchers can present on this UNESCO panel and use this status to secure alternative funding, such as from their respective university or organization.

Interested parties can express their interest and a draft abstract (approx. 150 words) by 7 February 2017 to Saorla McCabe,

UNESCO’s research document on media safety can be accessed at