Readers of the Information and Law Policy Centre blog may be interested in the following ECREA event.

The Future of Media Content:
Interventions and Industries in the Internet Era
15 – 16 September 2017

The “Communication Law and Policy” and “Media Industries and Cultural Production” Sections of the European Communications Research and Education Association (ECREA) invite you to their 2017 joint workshop on The Future of Content: Interventions and Industries in the Internet Era, hosted by the University of East Anglia’s School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies. This unique opportunity will bring together those investigating the processes of production and distribution with those studying the policy and regulation governing those processes.

Renowned Prof Eli Noam from Columbia University, NY will deliver the keynote address. A keynote panel of industry and policy actors will additionally set the tone for a day and a half of research-based discussions on trends and challenges.

Media and communications industries have changed dramatically over the past decade and both businesses and policy makers are struggling to adapt. Legacy media companies engaged in cultural and news production are trying to change their business models in a manner that will allow them to survive in the face of increased competition for advertising income and the constraints of having a new breed of intermediaries between them and their audiences.

Policy makers are looking beyond the traditional investment in public service broadcasting and content quotas for new interventions and policy mechanisms that might encourage content production and distribution. One of the biggest challenges is defining the landscape of actors, markets and relationships in which content is created and disseminated – from the YouTube star making and reaching millions from a bedroom to the public service broadcaster (PSB) that is now managing big data for its online audience and negotiating with service providers for zero-rating carriage in order to reach its audiences with sufficient speed and stability.

This joint workshop will include panels and cutting edge paper presentations from a broad range of disciplines, interested in the policy, production and business of content and its carriage.

Register to Attend

Location: Julian Study Centre, UEA


Friday 15 September

Registration from 10:00

11:00 – 12:30 YECREA session for professional development of young scholars

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch (own organization)

13:30 – 14:30 Keynote sponsored by UEA’s Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) Professor Eli Noam, Columbia University, NY

14:30 – 16:00 Keynote industry and policy stakeholder panel

16:00 – 16:15 Break

16:15 – 17:45 Panel: How media institutions are adapting to the increasingly non-linear, mobile environment

19:00 Conference Dinner at The Library, Norwich

Saturday 16 September

09:30 – 11:00 Panel: The processes and discourses of policy interventions in media

11:00 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 12:15 Panel: The changing systems for funding quality content

12:15 – 13:15 Panel: The potential of fans in content production industries

13:15 – 14:15 Lunch (provided)

14:15 – 15:15 Panel: Algorithms and Platforms in media markets: new roles between content and consumers

15:15 – 16:15 Panel: Redefining journalism and the public in the new news media environment

16:15 – 17:00 Break

17:00 – 18:30 Panel: From regulating to “chilling”: the application of law to communications and cultural expression

18:30  Closing remarks

Cost: £50 for waged participants and £40 for non-waged participants and those from ECREA recognized “soft-currency” countries.  Includes facilities, organisation, all coffee breaks and lunch on Saturday

Optional Conference Dinner: cost to be given upon registration

Please contact with any queries

*This programme is designed with the expectation that all accepted papers will be presented, so remains preliminary and subject to change until registration is complete. Panel length varies depending on the number of presenters included, and intending ample time for discussion.