Radio Conference/Call for papers

WHAT IS RADIO? EXPLORING THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF RADIO
UNIVERSITY OF OREGON IN PORTLAND, OREGON, USA
April 25-27, 2013

What is radio these days? How are digital technologies changing radio? How are the Internet and other new media changing the radio industry’s model of production, distribution and consumption? What is the future of radio? Radio content is now produced and distributed using a wide range of digital technologies. Change is everywhere. But even with these alterations, radio remains as significant as ever.

The conference will feature a unique coalescing of radio professionals, media scholars and students, government and community officials, as well as interested community groups and the public. The event will feature keynote speakers, roundtables, paper presentations, and special events, in an attempt to answer questions about the changing nature of radio.

Presentations/papers may include the following topics (as well as others):
• How is radio defined today?
• What is radio in a digital world?
• What is the significance of radio in a global context?
• What are the changing practices of the radio business?

• What is the state of competition in the radio industry?
• How does the Internet function as a radio distribution outlet?
• What new economic models are emerging for the radio industry?
• What legacy radio programming and practices seem likely to survive?

• What is the future of public radio?
• What policies or regulations are appropriate for radio today?
• How is radio content changing as a result of convergence?
• How are radio audiences changing?
• What can radio history teach us about the future of radio?

• What is the difference between radio and audio?
• What is radio art?

Conference organizers: Michael Huntsberger (Linfield College), Peter Laufer (University of Oregon), Janet Wasko (University of Oregon)

Send 100-150 word abstracts of papers or presentations by November 1, 2012, to: Janet Wasko, School of Journalism & Communication, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97405, USA. jwasko


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