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Media Development

Call for Papers: 5th Media Dialogue

Every year, DW Akademie invites media academics to participate in a media dialogue symposium. This year's focus is Kenya's media landscape. Proposals for papers are now being accepted.

DW Akademie and the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences cordially invite you to take part in the fifth Deutsche Welle Media Dialogue.

KENYA'S MEDIA LANDSCAPE: A SUCCESS STORY WITH SERIOUS STRUCTURAL CHALLENGES
Kenya's 2010 Constitution guarantees press freedom in a way the country has never seen. However, the concentration of media ownership and pending consensus on new media legislation are tarnishing the triumphs of Kenya's media liberalization and development. Regulation of news content, including hate speech and political bias, as well as journalistic standards are also issues stirring discussion and staining the image of Kenya as a role model for other East African countries. This symposium aims to evaluate the successes and challenges of Kenya's media landscape.

SUBMISSION OF PAPERS
Your proposal for a 15 minute presentation should:
• contain no more than 6,000 characters (including blank spaces) and indicate the suitable session.
• contain a title page including the presentation title and name(s) and address(es) of the presenter(s)
• contain a short abstract.
• be made in English.
• be saved as a .doc, .docx or pdf file.
Should your proposal be accepted, the abstract will be included in the program. Please provide us with the following information:
• Academic title
• First and last name
• Gender
• Email address
• Landline or mobile phone number
• Institute/University/Company
• Position
• Country
Please attach your proposal and send it together with the above information to mediendialog(at)dw.de.

POSTER SESSION
Authors are encouraged to submit their abstracts/proposals for consideration as posters. Posters can be presented during the conference breaks and are subject to the same conditions that apply to the selection of papers.

TIMELINE
Submissions are now being accepted.
Submission deadline: February 15, 2014.
Authors will be notified by March 1, 2014.

THE CONFERENCE

DATE
May 21, 2014

LOCATION
Deutsche Welle | Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 3 | 53113 Bonn | Germany

PROGRAM
Two sessions will explore the following areas:
Session 1: Media Legislation and Media Ownership in Kenya
The focus will be on structural, legal, political and economic aspects of Kenya's media landscape and will provide analyses of recent developments and future trends, including the pending media legislation and the challenges of media concentration and cross-media ownership.
Session 2: Journalistic Standards and Ethnic Politicization in Kenyan Media Coverage
This session will be committed to the specific aspects of journalistic work and their impact. It will include issues such as self-censorship and corruption, the training of journalists, conflict sensitive reporting - with a special focus on speech and election coverage - and how the issues relate to technological developments.

CHAIRED BY
Prof. Dr. Christoph Schmidt (Head, Academic Department, DW Akademie)
Prof. Dr. Michael Krzeminski (Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences)

CONFERENCE LANGUAGE
The conference will be held in English. We invite international media academics and political scientists, economists, academic lawyers and journalists to participate.

CONTACT
DW Akademie
International Media Studies
Prof. Dr. Christoph Schmidt
T +49.228.429-2031
F +49.228.429-3520
mediendialog(at)dw.de