FilmAsia & MediAsia 2014 Conference Report

Posted: January 6, 2015
Category: FilmAsia, FilmAsia2014, MediAsia, MediAsia2014, Past Events

FilmAsia & MediAsia 2014 Conference Report

Thursday, November 13, 2014 – Sunday, November 16, 2014
Osaka, Japan
Conference Theme: “Individual, Community & Society: Conflict, Resolution & Synergy”

The Fifth Asian Conference on Media & Mass Communication and The Third Asian Conference on Film & Documentary were again this year very successful events that created multiple avenues for discussion and new ideas. Approximately 150 delegates came to Osaka, Japan, to present on the conference theme of “Individual, Community & Society: Conflict, Resolution & Synergy.”

Featured panel at MediAsia FilmAsia 2014.
Featured panel at MediAsia FilmAsia 2014.

We were fortunate to have a very strong line-up for our plenary session. Professor Alec Klein, Professor at the Medill School of Journalism and the Director of The Medill Justice Project, USA, gave a powerful keynote presentation on “Investigating Wrongful Convictions around the World – Building an International Network to Examine Miscarriages of Justice.” Klein discussed how he founded the Journalism Justice Network to foster connections among those who examine law enforcement, the courts and correctional institutions.

The calligraphy workshop at FilmAsia MediAsia 2014.
The calligraphy workshop at FilmAsia MediAsia 2014.

Professor Gary E. Swanson, FilmAsia 2014 Conference Chair and Mildred S. Hansen Endowed Chair in Journalism
The University of Northern Colorado, USA, led a featured panel entitled “Mainstream Media vs the Citizen Journalist – What is the impact of new and emerging digital formats and the rise of social media on the role of the traditional journalist or broadcaster?” Participating in the panel was Alec Klein, Fatima AlSalem, from Kuwait University, and Richard J. Roth, Medill School of Journalism. This engaging panel debated the ongoing challenges, implications and responses by the mainstream media and media educators, to the rapid rise of new digital forms and their effect on the international media landscape.

filmasia mediasia delegates

We would also like to thank Professor Barry Natusch, Nihon University, Japan, and Professor Beryl Hawkins, Temple University, Japan, for their featured presentation on “A Corpus Stylistics News Story Analysis of a Japan-China Faceoff – The Senkaku-Diaoyu Territorial Dispute.” We were also fortunate to have a number of quality spotlight sessions from Professor Joel R. Campbell, Troy University, Japan, Professor Stephen Ryan, Yamagata University, Japan, Tim Pollock, Hagoromo University of International Studies, Japan, and Dr. Jamie Matthews, Bournemouth University, UK.

Most of all we would like to thank all the delegates and audience members who actively participated in these conferences and made them such a great success.

Conference Programme


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More information about FilmAsia/MediAsia 2015 coming soon.

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