A ‘GMaC-lunch’ lecture was organized on 15 May 2012 between noon and 2pm in cooperation with the Hans-Bredow-Institute where the lecture took a place. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz chaired the discussion and Dr. Manuel Puppis was the keynote speaker of the lecture.
In this lecture, Dr. Puppis discussed the following topic “Comparing Media Policy and Regulation”. In a detailed discussion, he focused on:
- Communication Policy Research: State of the Art
- Basics of Comparing Media Policy and Regulation
- Comparative Media Policy Research: On Overview
As scholars are expected, among other things, to deliver fresh ideas to policy-makers, comparative research can play a crucial role in finding adequate ways to reform media regulation and governance mechanisms. Despite its undeniable merits for research and policy-makers, comparing media policy and regulation is subject to various pitfalls and limitations. Some of the benefits discussed in the lecture were: revealing patterns; advancing theories in general and identifying best-practice models and pointing at possible solutions in specific. However, the pitfalls and limitations discussed in the lecture were the lack of theory-driven research; mostly descriptive in general and in specific, documents unavailable or outdated; documents vs. regulatory reality; different institutional environments.
This lecture aimed at clarifying how exactly comparing media policy and regulation works in practice. It suggested four different steps of comparing media policy and regulation (selecting cases; identifying dimensions; collecting data; performing the actual comparison).
Dr. Puppis argued that future research should move beyond geographical boundaries (e.g., the nation-state) and media systems. Furthermore, he presented the most influential handbooks and key comparative studies. He also emphasized that past research has mainly been interested in instruments of broadcasting regulation in primarily Western countries, and that causal comparisons using macro-qualitative methods are virtually non-existent.
Dr. Manuel Puppis is a guest researcher at the Hans Bredow Institute and at the Graduate School Media and Communication.
– Wesam Amer –
The workshop focused on writing a paper for academic conferences. The keynote speaker of the workshop was Prof. Dr. Sabine Trepte, a professor at the Hamburg Media School and at the University of Hamburg. The workshop was held at the Graduate School Media and Communication (GMaC) in Hamburg and organized by Wesam Amer, a PhD candidate and DAAD stipendiat. GMaC PhD candidates, Amaranta Alfaro Muirhead and Marissa Munderloh also helped in the organizational issues.
As PhD candidates we think that most of our academic careers depend on our success in writing and publishing our works in conferences or in journals. In this regard, we think it is a crucial start for us as PhD candidates to understand the process of writing papers for conferences.
In this workshop, the main focus was on writing academic papers for conferences. The discussion was on several topics such as: preparation, overall strategies and writing.
Prof. Trepte exposed to criteria about to choose interesting and relevant conference. For example: to search for right scholarly discipline, the right orientation with regard to research methods, meeting people, weather to attend big conference or a small workshop and the right format of paper submission, poster or full paper. She also gave some advices for preparation of academic conferences, i.e. to know the conference call, the evaluation criteria, the hidden agenda, the reviewers, the selection process and the rejection rate.
Following the preparation section, Prof. Trepte explained several strategies for writing academic conference papers. Then, she elaborated on the writing strategy to the format of submission for the conference: full paper, extended abstract and short abstract. With more details, she discussed several steps for when the paper submission is rejected and/or accepted.
19 PhD candidates from 3 graduate schools at the University of Hamburg participated in this workshop. Their questions enriched the discussion of writing and submission academic papers for conferences.
– Wesam Amer –
Some of GMaC’s PhD students will travel to Salzburg, Austria, on the 27th of April to continue our collaboration with the PhD students from the University of Salzburg in the communication studies department. We will discuss about the qualitative research process and present our projects. We are looking forward to it!
– Juliane Finger –