IAMCR is deeply saddened by the loss of Arun John on February 5, 2024. Arun was an active member and Vice-Chair of the Participatory Communication Research Section. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends. Read on for a tribute from his doctoral advisor and colleague, Vinod Pavarala, and his colleagues from the PCR Section Head.

7 March, 2024- The Religion and Communication WG will host the webinar "Ethics of Religious Practices in Emerging Digital Platforms". The webinar aims to analyze how far mediating through digital platforms is ethical to sustain the sanctity of the religion and religious practices of different religions across the world. Pre-register by 5 March.

The Participatory Communication Research Section regularly issues newsletters with information of interest to its members. The January 2024 issue includes information about IAMCR 2024, a call for reviewers, and the upcoming PCR head elections. Read it here.

From his home in wintry Prague, IAMCR President, Nico Carpentier, has recorded a final fireside chat. In it he reflects on some of the challenges and achievements of the past four years and, with the nomination period for candidates ending on 5 February, he also offers timely encouragement to members who might want to get involved in the upcoming Executive Board and International Council elections.

IAMCR will be offering several awards and grants for members participating in our 2024 conference. These include the Urban Communication Award, the Climate Change Communication Award and the award in memory of Annabelle Sreberny.

The Community Communication and Alternative Media Section issued its January newsletter with some relevant Calls for Papers, including for IAMCR 2024 in Christchurch, and for a pre-conference, a call for reviewers and other topics that might be of interest to its members.

IAMCR books

Edited by Minna Aslama Horowitz, Hannu Nieminen, Katja Lehtisaari and Alessandro D'Arma, Epistemic Rights in the Era of Digital Disruption is the 21st title in the Palgrave/IAMCR book series Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research.

Edited by Margaret Gallagher and Aimee Vega Montiel (2023)

This book engages contemporary debates on women’s rights, democracy, and neoliberalism through the lens of feminist communication scholarship.

Members' books

By Sílvio Henrique Vieira Barbosa and Luiz Henrique de Castro Pereira, "Press and Censorship in Brazil" explores the state of journalism in Brazil and the various forms of censorship it faces.

By Barry King, "Performing Identity: Actor Training, Self-Commodification and Celebrity
" delves into the impact of persistent casualization and precarity within the realm of acting work. By closely examining the training of actors in both the US and UK, it sheds light on how market pressures have significantly influenced their preparation.

By Eno Akpabio, "Indigenous Communication: A Global Perspective" explores indigenous communication globally, examining traditional and contemporary forms, including music, myths, visual arts, and axiomatic methods.

Edited By María-Cruz Negreira-Rey, Jorge Vázquez-Herrero, José Sixto-García, and Xosé López-García this book aims to explore how the definition of journalism's boundaries has evolved in the past decade, particularly in response to technological advancements.