Research at Northwestern University in Qatar on new global media players has been showcased in a Special Section of a leading academic journal. The International Journal of Communication has published a Special Section to its most recent edition on “Global Communication Power: Shift or Stasis?,” which is drawn from an NU-Q conference on “Fresh Global Media Players” held in February 2015.
The monograph-length publication explores changing patterns and redistribution of “communication power” and features some of the world’s top media scholars and professionals who came to Doha for the conference sessions and subsequently produced the journal articles.
Once the purview of leading industrial nations only, media industries now span the globe and have cropped up in developing nations as well. Nations like Qatar and Brazil have two of the world’s most potent satellite television networks, for example.
Leading both the conference and the Special Section were two NU-Q faculty members who are global media experts-- Joe Khalil, associate professor of communication in residence, and John Downing, a visiting professor of communication.Both initiatives were also supported by a grant from the Conference and Workshop Sponsorship Program of the Qatar National Research Fund.
The Special Section in the International Journal of Communication includes original articles, a feature, and an editorial introduction – all from scholars around the world who have expertise in the respective fields.
The International Journal of Communication is a peer-reviewed online, multi-media, academic journal that adheres to the highest standards of peer review and engages established and emerging scholars from anywhere in the world. According to the latest statistics from Google Scholar, it ranks 15th among all humanities, literature and art journals and 7th among communication journals.
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