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*Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) 5th International Conference*

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



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

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 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
         -

         Celebrity Academic
         -

         Onscreen Persona
         -

         Fandom
         -

         Audience
         -

         Publicity
         -

         News
         -

         Interviews
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         Social Media
         -

         Online Video
         -

         Fiction
         -

         Genre
         -

         Biography
         -

         Literature
         -

         Fashion
         -

         Photography
         -

         Performance
         -

         Life Writings
         -

         Theory and Methods
         -

         Research Agenda
         -

         Business Models
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         Ethics and Morality
         -

         Media Literacy
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         Education and Advocacy
         -

         International Relations
         -

         Community Building
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         Business and Community Partnerships


 *Conference Keynote: *Andrew Mendelson
*Conference Key Media Speaker: *Tim Harper

*Conference Chairs*: Josh Nathan and Andrea Marshall

*Committee Members*: Samita Nandy, 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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