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*The following journalism and writing conferences in New York City (August
31 - September 3, 2017) might be of interest to German-CFP members
exploring broadcast and print media in European contexts. Group
registration will be available to delegates presenting at both conferences.
Please feel free to share with faculty, students, and non-academic writers.
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*Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) 5th International Conference*

*Bridging Gaps: Where is the Critic in Television Journalism?*



*CUNY Graduate School of Journalism New York City, USAAugust 31-September
1, 2017*

*Conference Keynote Speaker*:

*Andrew Mendelson*
Associate Dean & Professor, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

*Conference Key Media Speaker*:

*Tim Harper*
Journalist & Visiting Professor, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

In broadcast journalism, the notion of the ‘TV academic’ is rare but
important with the origins related to the Fourth Estate’s veritable
position as critical government watchdogs. Similar in nature to questions
on conflating the journalist with celebrity in popular discourse are those
surrounding the academic and celebrity. In his case, Birmingham City
University professor and broadcaster David Wilson discovered, “The greatest
tension is the growing perception by some members of the public that I am a
celebrity, rather than an academic.” At the same time, he notes that the
benefits of being a public scholar greatly outweigh the downsides.

Mainstream TV uses social media to augment its reach, facilitating
dialogues between actors and viewers. These dominant tactics further engage
by mitigating the role of perceived mediators between celebrities and their
on-screen personas. In an analogous way, more conversations that include
academics are crucial in mainstream TV. Without them, redefining or
redesigning efforts that stimulate critical faculties in the collective
mind and make for good citizenry become lost amidst the noise of what
postmodern French philosopher Jean Baudrillard once characterized as an era
of “more and more information, and less and less meaning”.

So how can an academic produce a TV show or offer television appearances
while disregarding stereotypical trappings associated with the ‘celebrity
academic’? How can these efforts be accomplished in ways that preserve the
integrity of the academe yet also cater to mass audience within one’s area
of scholarship? What are some ethical tactics and key platforms in which
these voices are best and most widely heard?

The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) *Bridging Gaps*
conference, in association with sponsors Centre for Ecological, Social, and
Informatics Cognitive Research (ESI.CORE) and WaterHill Publishing, invites
academics, journalists, publicists, producers and guests to attend, speak
and collaborate at the international conference *Bridging Gaps: Where is
the Critic in Television Journalism*? Join us in NYC where the conference
will uniquely combine vibrant roundtable and workshop panels with a CMCS TV
proposal in a collaborative network.

The format of the conference aims at being open and inclusive ranging from
interdisciplinary academic scholars to practitioners involved in all areas
of television journalism, including tactics related to engagement
capitalizing on existing public and private television channels and
evolving forms of social media—from YouTube to Vimeo, Zoom to Jing,
Periscope to Google Hangout. Working papers and media productions will be
considered for the conference.

Extended versions of selected best papers will be published in an edited
book.

*Registration includes*: Your printed package for the complete conference,
professional development workshops, coffee / tea breaks, access to evening
receptions, complimentary evening drinks, consideration for publication,
and the CMCS $100 best paper and $100 best screen awards.

*Submission guidelines:*

   - 250-word abstract or workshop / roundtable proposal
      - Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if
      applicable
      - Submit to conference Chairs William Huddy, Josh Nathan, and Andrea
      Marshall at email address: *[log in to unmask]*
      <[log in to unmask]>
      - Deadline for abstract submission: *April 15, 2017*
      - Notification of acceptance:* May 15, 2017*
      - Early bird registration deadline: *June 30, 2017*
      - Full text due:* July 30, 2017*
      - Conference reception and presentations:* August 31 – September 1,
      2017*

*Celebrity Chat** Video Submissions:*

   - Video length should be 10-20 minutes
   - Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if
   applicable
   - Submit to *Celebrity Chat *producer Dr. Jackie Raphael at email
   address: *[log in to unmask]*
   <http:[log in to unmask]>
   - Deadline for abstract submission: *April 15, 2017*
   - Notification of acceptance:* May 15, 2017*
   - Early bird registration deadline: *June 30, 2017*
   - Full text due:* July 30, 2017*
   - Conference reception and presentations: *August 31 – September 1, 2017*

*Topics include but are not limited to:*

   -

         Television Studies
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         TV Celebrity
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         Celebrity Academic
         -

         Onscreen Persona
         -

         Fandom
         -

         Audience
         -

         Publicity
         -

         News
         -

         Interviews
         -

         Social Media
         -

         Online Video
         -

         Fiction
         -

         Genre
         -

         Biography
         -

         Literature
         -

         Fashion
         -

         Photography
         -

         Performance
         -

         Life Writings
         -

         Theory and Methods
         -

         Research Agenda
         -

         Business Models
         -

         Ethics and Morality
         -

         Media Literacy
         -

         Education and Advocacy
         -

         International Relations
         -

         Community Building
         -

         Business and Community Partnerships

         *Conference Keynote: *Andrew Mendelson

         *Conference Key Media Speaker: *Tim Harper

         *Conference Chairs*: Josh Nathan and Andrea Marshall

         *Committee Members*: Nicole Bojko, Jackie Raphael and Celia Lam

         *Conference URL*: www.cmc-centre.com/nyc2017 *Twitter *
         @celeb_studies <http://www.twitter.com/celeb_studies> #BGCS17

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*NYC2017 WaterHill Publishing Inaugural Writers Conference: Call for
         Writers Terrace Club New York City, USA September 2-3, 2017*

         Writers often have a unique story to tell and they give voice to a
         cause. When faced with fierce competition in the publishing
industry, the
         unique voice may get lost in demands to create a standardized
publication
         that may or may not turn out to be popular to many readers.

         The role of a literary agent is often vital to publish books and
         adapt the books for film and television productions. Yet,
pitching to a
         literary agent can remain a challenge for many writers.

         Whether you work with an agent or not, it is critically important
         to find your voice, tell your story, publish in the form of
books, essays,
         and op-eds, and reach out through the media.

         WaterHill Publishing, in association with Centre for Ecological,
         Social, and Informatics Cognitive Research (ESI.CORE) and
Centre for Media
         and Celebrity Studies (CMCS), invites established and
emerging writers to
         present writings at our inaugural writers’ conference series
in New York
         City. We particularly aim to establish safe spaces of writing
and will work
         with writers to address the following themes:


   -

   Find your voice and tell your story
   -

   Who gets to be a writer? How can we support each other and overcome
   obstacles to publication, especially for those under-represented in the
   publishing industry?
   -

   Bridge gaps between creative imagination and critical thinking
   -

   Review written drafts and receive feedback in groups
   -

   Establish your area of expertise and learn how to pitch to op-eds and
   essays
   -

   Build a media platform and use public relations to reach out to a wide
   range of readers

The best writings will be reviewed, selected, and offered publication in an
edited book.

*Registration includes*: Your printed package for the complete conference,
professional development workshops, coffee / tea breaks, access to evening
receptions, complimentary evening drinks, consideration for publication,
and the WaterHill Publishing $100 best writing award.

*Submission guidelines**:*

   - 250-word writing proposal
      - Include your name, bio, e-mail address, and affiliation if
      applicable
      - Send submission to email address:
      *[log in to unmask]*
      <[log in to unmask]>
      - Deadline for submission: *April 30, 2017*
      - Notification of acceptance: *May 30, 2017*
      - Early bird registration deadline: *June 31, 2017*
      - Regular registration deadline: *July 30, 2017*
      - Conference dates: September *2-3, 2017*

*Featured Writers’ Workshops*

Our unique workshops aim at developing the writer's sense of self and
learning how to use media effectively.




*Workshop #1 Pathways for the Writer’s Success*

*with Kofi Forson*



The creative process of writing starts when the writer recognizes his / her
personal and cultural history. Everything begins when the writer identifies
a literary voice through which the writing is expressed in detail. That is
when the writer is able to tell the story. We will achieve the power of
storytelling with review of written drafts and feedback from groups, and
evaluate the writing process whether writing an op-ed, press release or
creative story. In doing so, we bridge a gap between the creative process
and career

development of a writer. The objective then is to map out an audience for
marketing the writing and seek publishing with help of research and
dialogue.



*What will you learn from this workshop?*



   - Develop a unique creative process for writing any genre of writing
   - Identify writing skills and career opportunities in publishing
   - Resist bias and build a successful literary career with diverse
   writing practices
   - Use basic public relations and become critics and experts in media



*Bio*: Kofi Forson is a writer, poet and playwright living in New York
City. His blog, *Black Cocteau*,

presents a mixture of philosophy and art on modern culture. Kofi Forson
also writes for *Whitehot*

*Magazine*. In his writings, he aims at sharing his inspirations and advice
for artistic and literary

treatments of cultural figures and artifacts in popular culture.



*Workshop #2*

*Creativity as a Cognitive Tool: Writing as a Reflexive Process*

*with Andrea Marshall*



This workshop will demonstrate interventions designed to assist writers
throughout the process of prewriting, drafting, and editing various types
of projects. Creativity can be harnessed and refined into a cognitive and
critical tool that allow us to find our unique voices as writers, through
scientific methods that produce tangible and viable results as we proceed
with writing projects. Reflexivity is an approach to writing that promotes
the finding of our individual voices as writers, through the application of
innovative problem solving techniques including peer review. Creativity
promotes sensitivity to others’ perspectives, and collaboration supports
innovation during the writing process. This workshop will feature hands on
exercises created to bring the writing process out of isolation and into
contemporary multimodal approaches that construct new ways of understanding
writing as procedural knowledge that includes the transparency of process.



*This workshop will feature activities that will:*



   - Allow writers to become more comfortable unpacking large writing
   projects into manageable and
   - discrete tasks.
   - Assist writers to use tools such as the Pomodoro Technique and Peer
   Review to workshop existing
   - drafts.
   - Instruct writers on how to use prewriting exercises to apply strategic
   planning to writing projects.
   - Discuss open source and free resources for writers that exist on the
   Internet.
   - Support the approach of writing as connecting, through multimodal
   media tools that allow writers
   - to communicate, collaborate, and create new projects with a sense of
   community.


*Bio*: Andrea Marshall’s interdisciplinary work seeks to understand how
informal learning environments support the construction of gendered
expertise in sociotechnical contexts. She aims at creating value sensitive
educational practices that synthesize new approaches to skill building and
nonlinear learning processes, in order to better comprehend how we can
create innovative pedagogical approaches that support diversity in terms of
both varied gender expressions and multivalent learning styles.

WaterHill Publishing aims at publishing books and periodicals that:

   - raise provocative questions and propose innovative solutions
   - bridge gaps between theories and practice
   - lead to personal and social change

Our authors are both emergent and established inspirational thought leaders
who bring forth provocative and actionable ideas.

*Conference Chair*: Saul Courrier
*Conference Committee*: Ashley Barthes, Kofi Forson and Andrea Marshall
*Conference URL*: http://www.waterhillpublishing.com/events/nycconf2017.html
*Twitter:* @whpublishing <http://www.twitter.com/whpublishing> #WH2017

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