IAMCR Ambassador Initiative

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International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) began establishing a worldwide network of IAMCR Ambassadors in 2015 to promote and represent the Association in various countries and regions.

IAMCR now has two types of ambassadors which are (1) IAMCR faculty ambassadors and (2) IAMCR PhD ambassadors. IAMCR faculty ambassadors are senior/experienced scholars, and IAMCR PhD ambassadors are PhD students or early-stage scholars without a university appointment. 

IAMCR Ambassadors are a passionate community of volunteers who creatively promote the mandate and distinctiveness of IAMCR as an international association of communication and media scholars, and  activate and support IAMCR members in the countries or regions where they are located. 

Ambassadors explore opportunities to expand IAMCR's footprint in their country or region through publicity, events, and other strategies that will build and retain the Association's membership and reputation. These can include working with university departments, local and regional communication and media research bodies and think tanks, and NGOs involved in media advocacy and research.

IAMCR Ambassadors are chosen for their creativity, initiative and independence, as well as their connection with the academic community, their knowledge of IAMCR and the objectives that they stated in their proposed strategic plans. Ambassadors serve for 3-year periods. Ambassadors have a direct communication line to the presidential assistant but can also directly communicate with IAMCR entities (the EB, IC, C/TF/C, S/WG,…). 

The first ambassadors were named in 2015 in Bangladesh, India, Portugal and Southern Africa (covering Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe). In 2019, four new ambassadors were named in Kenya, United States East Coast and West Coast, and Russia. 

An IAMCR Ambassador's Group on Facebook has been set up as a space where the Ambassadors can post information on their activities for the wider IAMCR membership. 

For more information, contact Mazlum Kemal Dağdelen, who is the coordinator of the ambassador initiative and the assistant of Nico Carpentier, IAMCR president. If you are interested in joining the Network, see the article Become an IAMCR ambassador.

Meet the ambassadors

IAMCR currently has ten faculty ambassadors from Bangladesh, Canada, Cyprus, India, Pakistan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Zambia, and seven PhD ambassadors from China, Czech Republic, Kenya, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Thailand. Each ambassador has a page where you can see their profile and read about their plans.

Open Call for Ambassadors

The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites its members to become IAMCR Ambassadors for their country or region for a period of three years. IAMCR members can apply to become an IAMCR faculty ambassador or to become an IAMCR PhD ambassador.

IAMCR session at Dhaka Media Summit

The "Dhaka Media Summit 2022" held from 10 - 13 March included an IAMCR Ambassadors'session on The Future of Journalism and its Implications to Journalism Education with Faculty Ambassadors Leah Jerop Komen (Kenya), Luís António Santos (Portugal), Uma Shankar Pandey (India) and Brian Pindayi (Zambia). The session was moderated by Jude William Genilo, Faculty Ambassador in Bangladesh.

Welcome new PhD Ambassadors

The IAMCR Executive Board (EB) extends a warm welcome to our five newly appointed PhD ambassadors: Jeremiah M. Nganda (Kenya), Priyanka Sachdeva (India), Gizem Canalp (Cyprus), Xudong Weng (China), and Victor C. Eze (Nigeria). The IAMCR EB also congratulates Uma Shankar Pandey for continuing as a faculty ambassador in India.

Welcome new Ambassadors 2021

The IAMCR Executive Board extends a warm welcome to our two newly appointed faculty ambassadors: Surbhi Dahiya from the Department of English Journalism at Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) and Padmakumar K, from Manipal Institute of Communication, Manipal Academy of Higher Education.

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