Archive for June, 2008

New York State Communications Association, call for papers

June 8, 2008

NYSCA 66th Conference

October 17-19, 2008

Hudson Valley Resort and Spa

Disciplinary Detachment in a Fragmented World?

Seeking Coherence, Continuity and Connection.

Systems theory tells us to see all the parts of the whole as related and interdependent, but has that holistic approach been compromised within the discipline of communication? Conversations at NYSCA, ECA, and NCA have addressed concern over the increased specialization and fragmentation of the discipline of communication, raising questions that merit consideration and discussion. Is there too much separatism among areas of study? Does specialization affect our ability to make a contribution to broad social problems? How do we, or can we, integrate specialized areas? Does there remain a common core of the discipline located among these microcosms? How should we structure undergraduate and graduate education within our discipline in order to promote any common ground?

The 2008 conference will focus on these questions and any issues relating to the coherence of the communication discipline. Papers and panels addressing these concerns and our roots, traditions, and common links are invited and encouraged. Of particular interest are panels that include participants with a common research topic but different contexts, e.g., Communication Apprehension in interpersonal, group, digital, or critical theory contexts. The potential topics are limitless.

Proposals unrelated to the conference theme, from a variety of theoretical traditions, are also welcome. We seek papers in all formats-formal & informal presentations, roundtables, participatory panels, demonstrations, media screenings, or other innovative ideas. Undergraduate and graduate student submissions are also welcome and will be considered for student paper awards.

Conference will be held October 17-19, 2008 at the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa in Kerhonkson, NY (

Submission Guidelines listed in attachment, or go to

Internet Week New York, June 3-10

June 3, 2008

Lots of exciting industry/professional/scholarly stuff going on. And probably also a lot of half-famous people mouthing off. Check the program here. A few events singled out below:

Columbia Business School New Media panel discussion
June 03, 12:30 PM — June 03, 02:00 PM
Columbia University School of Business
301 Uris Hall
New York, NY 10025

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Top Columbia faculty and industry professionals explore the current and future role of new media in this rapidly changing environment
Topic: The Mass Media in Transition: How Digital Technology and the Search for Content are Transforming the Industry

Time Warner’s Conversations on the Circle: News & Politics
June 04, 08:00 AM — June 04, 10:00 AM
Time Warner Center
58th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues
New York, NY 10019

This breakfast panel will focus on the internet’s impact on news — specifically how everything from online donations to interactive models like the CNN/YouTube debates have influenced this year’s election. TIME Magazine calls the internet’s influence on politics, “the biggest technological shift…since the rise of the television.” Join key industry talent for a spirited discussion on how the web has transformed this year’s election into a completely electric, interactive process.

Moderated by: David Bohrman (SVP & Washington Bureau Chief, CNN)
Panelists include: Steve Grove (Head of News and Politics, YouTube), Nadira Hira (Writer, FORTUNE magazine), Michael Scherer (Washington Bureau Correspondent, TIME Magazine)

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The Future of Media
June 04, 01:00 PM — June 04, 02:00 PM
Television Studio, 7th floor
NYU Department of Journalism
20 Cooper Square @ 5th Street New York, NY 10003

Leading media journalists will discuss how the Internet is transforming traditional media in this discussion forum from the media site I Want Media.

Scheduled to appear:

+ David Carr, New York Times
+ Keith Kelly, New York Post
+ Kenneth Li, Reuters
+ Diane Mermigas, MediaPost
+ Johnnie Roberts, Newsweek
+ Erick Schonfeld, TechCrunch
+ Michael Wolff, Vanity Fair

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Forum on Participation and Politics Online
June 04, 06:00 PM — June 04, 07:30 PM
NYU Law School
Greenberg Lounge
40 Washington Square South, 1st floor NYC, NY 10012

Join us for a forum on democracy, politics, and participation online as we gear up for a politically-minded OneWebDay ( on September 22, 2008.

This forum brings together a variety of renowned scholars, thinkers, and activists to provide their perspectives on political engagement on the Net.


Baratunde Thurston
Comedian, Pundit
Web Editor, The Onion

Andrew Rasiej
Founder, Personal Democracy Forum

Jay Rosen
Professor, NYU Department of Journalism
Founder, New

Zephyr Teachout
Professor, Duke Law School


Allison Fine
Author, Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age

***Reception will follow at 7:30PM***

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