JMAD conferences

Update: JMAD 2020 conference postponed

AUT's research centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) is postponing its Political Economy of Communication and Journalism conference in September 2020, because of the global COVID-19 pandemic. We are hoping to hold the conference in 2021. Please keep in touch and we will keep you informed about future developments.

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Call for papers

Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) conference call for papers: September 10-11, 2020

Keynote speakers

  • Professor Victor Pickard
  • Dr Fiona Martin
  • Professor Yuezhi Zhao
  • Professor Steen Steensen

Conference theme

There is a deepening symbiosis between capitalism and communication. During the 1990s and early 2000s, convergences across mass media, telecommunications and computer technologies opened new sectors of production and profit realisation. Subsequently, new corporations centred around the internet, social media and digital platforms have taken shape (eg Facebook, Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Alibaba and Apple).

For scholars, policy makers, journalists and activists, such developments have generated concerns about regulation, cultural expression, ideological obfuscation, monitoring/privacy and communication rights. Under these circumstances the principles and practices of journalism need to be re-analysed across different settings.

Conference topics

  • Capitalism, communication and ideology
  • Convergence and cross media ownership
  • Political economy of journalism
  • Political economy of alternative media
  • Capitalism and culture industries
  • Communications policy and regulation


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