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International Journalism Conference at the IfMK successfully concluded

An international expert conference at the Institute for Media and Communication Science at the Technische Universität Ilmenau ended on 29 September with an appeal for a stronger de-Westernization of research on cross-border journalism.

Professor Ang Peng Hwa, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (foto: Mario Rommel)

Professor Löffelholz, Professor Weaver and Dr. Rothenberger (from left to right) chaired the conference (foto: Mario Rommel)

Professor Averbeck-Lietz (University of Bremen), Professor Kevin Grieves (USA), Brigitte Alfter (Denmark) and Professor Kperogi (USA, Nigeria) (foto: Mario Rommel)

More than 90 scientists participated in the international conference in Ilmenau (foto: Mario Rommel)

More than 90 scientists from 16 countries took part in the conference, including researchers from Denmark, Mexico, the Philippines, Sweden, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and the USA. The conference was organized by the Media Studies Research Group in cooperation with Indiana University in Bloomington, USA, and the Journalism Research and International and Intercultural Communication Divisions of the German Communication Association.

In presentations, discussions and keynotes, the scientists analyzed, among other things, how cross-border journalism in the digital age is to be defined, which influences it is subject to and which challenges arise for research. The past-president of the International Communication Association, Prof. Ang Peng Hwa of the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, explained the ethical limits of transnational journalism and pointed out the lack of legal regulations.

The conference was sponsored by the German Research Association, the Thuringian State Chancellery and other supporters. The meeting was chaired by Prof. Martin Löffelholz and Dr. Liane Rothenberger from IfMK and Prof. David Weaver from Indiana University. A group of AMW students very successfully accompanied the planning and implementation of the conference in a practical workshop for event communication.