The double function of Thessaloniki Concert Hall as host of both musical events and conventions covers the need for an art, science and business activities’ center, worthy of the city’s rich cultural past and its great perspective. Buildings M1 & M2, two buildings of unique architecture situated on the waterfront at the New Paralia area, comprise 13 function rooms that can accommodate meetings of 50 - 1400 pax and are fully equipped with an excellent technological infrastructure and up-to-date equipment. The conference will be hosted at the M2 building designed by the architect Arata Isozaki. The venue is located next to the sea, 3,5 km from the city centre and has a superb view to the sea and city.
The conference will address the transformation of journalism – its manifestations, causes, and consequences. The papers that will be presented will provide a venue for the theoretical, critical and empirical engagement with these issues in both national and international contexts.
Speakers from over 30 nationalities will be hosted at the JSS-ECREA conference delivering over 120 papers.
Journalism and the news are in transition – not only in Europe but around the world. This transformation has important ramifications for society and public discourse. News organizations face increased economic pressure, cutbacks in news gathering resources, and shrinking editorial autonomy. As a consequence, the quality of many news outlets is deteriorating, and audiences feel less confident in the news media. Furthermore, changes in media technologies have substantially shaken up long-held beliefs about the nature of news and well-pampered practices of journalism, while the industry still in search of viable business models for institutionalized journalism in the Internet era.
These and other developments have given rise to crisis narratives in journalism research and the public arena, with a few scholars and practitioners proclaiming the “death” or “end” of journalism. At the same time, the manifold challenges faced by journalism today – perhaps unprecedented in its history – can also be considered an historical opportunity. Hence, journalism as we know it is in transition, and journalism research should be able to play a constructive role in this process.
It is for this reason that the Journalism Studies Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) devotes its 2014 conference on the transformation of journalism – its manifestations, causes, and consequences. The conference intends to provide a venue for the theoretical, critical and empirical engagement with these issues in both national and international contexts. Submissions from all theoretical, epistemological, and methodological perspectives are welcome. Proposals may be based on empirical evidence, as well as on critical and/or theoretical interventions. The following four problem areas will be emphasized during the conference, but submissions may well go beyond these areas:
- Manifestations of transformation: Proposals may examine ways in which processes of digitalization and marketization shape the production, content and consumption of news. Attention may be paid to tabloidization, participation, acceleration and fragmentation in the news, a loss of editorial autonomy, the erosion of a professional identity, as well as the increased precariousness of journalistic work.
- Causes of transformation: Submitters may focus on the changes in the technological and economic contexts of journalism, most notably on processes of digitalization and economization. Proposals may assess the extent to which these factors play out in distinct organizational, economic, and regulatory contexts.
- Consequences of transformation: Proposals may focus on the consequences of journalism’s transformation on individuals, organizations, and society. Attention may be devoted, for instance, to individualization and increased mobility of news consumption, as well as to the implications of this change for social cohesion and the fabric of the public sphere.
- Theories, concepts and methodologies: Submissions may revisit journalism’s conceptual boundaries in light of current developments that may call for a redefinition of news and journalism, with key implications for comparative research.
| ||ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association) – Journalism Studies Section|
The purpose of the Journalism Studies Section of ECREA is to support academic research that deepens understanding of the cultural, political, economic, social and professional aspects of journalism.
TIts main objective is to promote research on occupational, regulatory, ethical, technological, political, commercial, cultural and educational factors in journalism.
The Journalism Studies Section aims to create a forum for dialogue between academics and practitioners from different disciplines and theoretical perspectives, who employ a variety of research methodologies to investigate aspects of journalism across different types of media, media content and geographical regions.
More Information: www.ecrea.eu
The School of Journalism & Mass Communication of the Faculty of Economic and Political Sciences of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki was established in 1991. The School offers a balanced blend of courses, compulsory as well as elective. Currently, it offers the following study programmes: undergraduate (directions: “journalism” and “mass communication”), postgraduate (directions: “journalism & new media” and “communication and culture”), taught in Greek, and the Erasmus programme for both directions, taught in English. It also offers PhD programmes.
More Information: www.jour.auth.gr
Next to the rich Scientific Programme, JSS - ECREA 2014 Conference includes an attractive social programme for the participants to discover and enjoy Thessaloniki.
Welcome Reception - Thursday, March 27, 2014 | 19:00
The Conference Welcome Reception will be held in Thessaloniki Concert Hall – Building M2 – Bar Foyer. All participants are invited to join and get to know each other!
Conference Dinner - Friday, March 28, 2014 | 19:00
Next to the coast with traditional cuisine inspired by local and Mediterranean concepts. Enjoying the city at its best the Conference Dinner will bring participants together in one of the most likeable city restaurants.
Optional Dinner - Saturday, March 29, 2014 | 20:30
Last conference night and the Optional Dinner invites participants to discover the city taking a closer look at some of the most visited spots. Greek flavors and local taste are to make the night a memorable one.
Thessaloniki City Tour - Saturday, March 29, 2014 | 19:30 – 20:30 (optional)
The best introduction to Thessaloniki, this panorama drive through the city will introduce you to all the main sites and monuments of exceptional historical importance. You will visit the tiny streets with traditional houses that lead to the Byzantine walls and towers and will stop at the Citadel to enjoy a panoramic view of Thessaloniki. Later, you will stop at the early Byzantine basilica of Saint Demetrious, the patron saint of the city. You will have the opportunity to see the International Fair of Thessaloniki grounds and the University area. The triumphal Arch of Emperor Galerius and the excellently preserved circular “Rotonda”, the Galerius Mausoleum are close by and there will be time to take a look. The tour will end in front of the symbol of Thessaloniki, the White Tower, which stands on the waterfront and can be the best background for a photo shoot!
Excursion to Vergina – Veria - Saturday, March 29, 2014 | 09:00 – 17:00 (optional)
The archaeological site at Vergina testifies to the culture of the Macedonian kingdom. The site contains the ruins of the royal family’s summer palace, where, in later years, Philip II was assassinated and buried. Visit to Veria, a picturesque town with a unique landscape and architecture full of old Byzantine churches and unique historical monuments. The tour ends near Naoussa in one of the most well known wineries in Greece. Guided tour, wine tasting session and lunch are included.
Prof. Robert G. Picard
Director of research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, UK
Robert G. Picard is Director of Research at the Reuters Institute in the Department of Politics and International Relations at University of Oxford, a research fellow at Green Templeton College (Oxford), and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
A specialist in media economics and policy, he is the author and editor of 27 books, including Value Creation and the Future of News Organizations, The Economics and Financing of Media Companies, Media Clusters: Spatial Agglomeration and Content Capabilities, The Internet and the Mass Media, and Media Firms: Structure, Operations, and Performance.
He has been editor of the Journal of Media Business Studies and The Journal of Media Economics.
Picard received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and has been a fellow at the Shorenstein Center at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has consulted and carried out assignments for governments in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia and for international organisations including the European Commission, UNESCO, and the World Intellectual Property Organisation. He has been a consultant for leading media companies in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, International Authors and Writers Who’s Who, and Contemporary Authors.
Journalism and all mediated communication are in the midst of a fundamental transformation that is profoundly altering the economic contexts in which news, information, and entertainment are created and disseminated. This process is altering modes of production, cost structures, markets, and consumption of content, breaking down established media institutions and re-institutionalizing them in new forms, and weakening many of the functions media have traditionally played in society. The process is creating a new ecosystem and political economy of communication that requires a reconceptualization of the roles legacy media in communication theory, the development and incorporation of new theories and perspectives about the roles of communication in society and democratic participation, and new public policies toward media.
Prof. Henrik Örnebring
Department of Geography, Media and Communication, Karlstad University, Sweden
Henrik Ornebring (PhD Goteborg University, 2001) is Professor of Media and Communication at the Department of Geography, Media and Communication at Karlstad University since February 2013. Previously he worked at St Antony's College, University of Oxford as Senior Research Fellow at the ERC Project on Media and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe (2010-13) and as Research Fellow on Comparative European Journalism at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (2007-10). He has also held posts at Roehampton University, the University of Leicester, and the London School of Economics and Political Science.
His recent research has focused on the comparative analysis of journalistic work in a European context, and on the relationship between journalism and democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. He has also published widely on journalism history, journalistic professionalism and professionalization, and journalism and new media.
The concept of journalistic professionalism has been very important both for the professional formation of journalism itself, and for scholarly understanding of this process. And at least since the 1980s, the concept has also been critiqued by scholars, for many different reasons, but a particular strand of critique has been that the concept conflates the normative and descriptive aspects of journalistic work. Separating these two aspects (difficult though it is) makes it easier to assess what it is that is actually at stake when journalistic professionalism is challenged. Challenges (many of them laid out in professor Picard’s keynote) come both from “above”, i.e. from the leaders of media organizations and media institutions themselves, who see an urgent economic need to redefine the Unique Selling Proposition of journalism; and from “below”, i.e. from actors outside legacy media organizations who also produce journalistic content but in different ways and for different purposes (e.g. activists, NGOs, new media initiatives) than legacy media organizations. The proposed analytical separation may make it easier to assess what journalistic professionalism stands to lose – and gain – by these ongoing challenges.
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A city of diverse beauty and hospitable people. Thessaloniki has always been a crossroad of civilizations, a place where the East and West meets, where great cultures and religions have been mixed. Gastronomy, events, world-class heritage sites, shopping are some of the things that visitors can indulge in.
Thessaloniki Concert Hall was created in order to satisfy the need of the city for a venue that could house not only artistic, but also various other activities. The Thessaloniki Concert Hall was built along the coast of the city, near the Posidonio Athletic Center of Thessaloniki, in an area of 18.000 sq. m., which was donated from the Greek State,
Designed by the renowned architect Arata Isozaki, M2 (building 2) adorns the city with a unique construction that epitomizes the virtues of modern architecture.
It is equipped with cutting-edge technology and has an exceptional infrastructure.
Special room rates have been arranged for the participants of the JSS-ECREA Conference.
A brief presentation of selected hotels is available below.
Electra Palace Hotel, having undergone a complete renovation recently, is fully equipped according to the latest trends, needs and international specifications. It is located near the most significant sights and monuments of the city, only 10 min by city bus from the Conference Venue (Thessaloniki Concert Hall) and 15 km from "Makedonia" international airport. The hotel offers 138 rooms, all decorated in the neoclassical style. All Superior and Executive sea view rooms, as well as the suites offer a beautiful view to the sea.
Address: Aristotelous Square | GR-54624 Thessaloniki - Telephone: +30 2310294000
Right in the heart of downtown Thessaloniki, an oasis of luxury and finest hotel rooms and suites are awaiting guests of The Excelsior. It is located near the most significant sights and monuments of the city, and only 10 min by city bus from the Conference Venue (Thessaloniki Concert Hall). With its 34 beautifully appointed rooms and suites most of them with balconies offering a panoramic view of the town it is an excellent choice when considering luxury accommodation. All hotel rooms and hotel suites are individually designed by a team of distinguished architects.
Address: 10, Komninon st. & 23 Mitropoleos st. | GR-54624 Thessaloniki - Telephone: +30 2310021020
One of the most genuine parts of Thessaloniki and a city landmark. Fresh and warm in its welcoming, it offers a complete series of 5-star accommodation services at its 283 rooms and suites. In a unique location, only 15min walking distance from Conference Venue (Thessaloniki Concert Hall) and 3 min by city bus, it gives its visitor the chance to stay right next to the city's center while enjoying the unique view of Thermaikos' gulf blue. Accommodation in Makedonia Palace has its personal, special signature, and every space offers comfort, functionality, and a series of uniquely arranged details.
Address: 2, M. Alexandrou Avenue | GR-54640 Thessaloniki - Telephone: +30 2310897197
Situated in the heart of Thessaloniki, near the most significant sights and monuments and only 10 min by city bus from the Conference Venue (Thessaloniki Concert Hall). City hotel embraces the eco-friendly lifestyle and green philosophy of urban nature while providing luxury accommodation. Awarded with the green key this urban style design hotel brings nature into the bustling downtown district. The refreshingly refurbished hotel breathes an atmosphere of calm and tranquil relaxation in the heart of the city while breaking ground for the new seeds of green hospitality and the blossoming fruits of urban nature.
Address: 11, Komninon st. | GR-54624 Thessaloniki - Telephone: +30 2310269421
Situated in one of the main roads of Thessaloniki, at only 10 minutes walking distance from the Conference Venue (Thessaloniki Concert Hall). The location area is quiet and friendly, only a short distance from the main attractions, the shopping centre and the nightlife of the city, providing guests with immediate access to public transportation, just outside the hotel. Experienced and helpful staff, working at the hotel for over 25 years, can respond to your needs for a pleasant and comfortable stay. The hotel HAS 118 classicaly furbished rooms.
Address: 65, Vas. Olgas Avenue & Fleming str. | GR-54642 - Thessaloniki Tel. +30 2310824221-8
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