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Welcome to Media Trends 2015: Power and Media: Ownership, Sponsorship, Censorship
A conference hosted by Webster Vienna Private University 10-12 September, 2015

We have lined up a diverse group of academics, media professionals, IGO and NGO representatives and students to critically analyze:

  • All aspects of overt and covert control of communication
  • Concentration of ownership
  • Advertiser, commercial, financial and political influences
  • Agenda-setting, framing, technological and organizational constraints
  • Media empowerment

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The Media Trends 2015 Organizing Committee

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Friday, September 11 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Media, Oppression and Emancipation

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Kaya: Ankara University, Turkey
Looking for lost integrity: Governmental censorship and journalistic dissent in Turkey: As the media sector becomes further incorporated in the capitalist class, the practices of censorship have undergone a change in form, moving further away from practices of direct pressure and control and more towards reinforcing the practices of self-control, avoidance and restraint in journalists’ everyday activities of newsmaking. This process has led to a shift from open and visible mechanisms of censorship to covert forms of censorship, which are singularly exemplified by the practices of self-censorship in Turkish media.  This study is an attempt to peg down the mechanisms of self-censorship in the journalistic practice in Turkey through in-depth interviews with 28 reporters working in Turkish media; the conclusion is that latent forms of censorship have been more corrosive for journalistic practice in Turkey, as the mechanisms of self-censorship undermine the integrity of journalism as a whole rather than the possibility of performing journalistic work.

Löwstedt: Webster Vienna Private University
Postmodern racism and the media: The media treatment of police killings of Black Americans (and others) in the USA in recent months has raised questions about a possibly continued central role of race in power structures, not only in the USA. The blanket coverage of sometimes deteriorating relationships between Christians, Muslims and Jews in Europe, northern Africa, western Asia and elsewhere has highlighted related concerns in a more geo-strategic and slightly different ideological manner. What roles do the media play in race relations? According to postmodern theory, the media are increasingly crucial when it comes to the racial dimension of power. This paper is a theoretical research review and an attempt to point out both strengths and weaknesses of the postmodern analysis of the relationship between racism and the media.

Zeitel-Bank & Battisti: Management Center Innsbruck, Austria
Scrutiny of the Austrian media system in special consideration of asylum and refugees: This paper focuses on the media system in Austria with particular interest in the portrayal of asylum-seekers and refugees. The objective is to define conditions, processes and content issues in order to point out their influence on the mass media coverage of the mentioned topic. As a framework for analysis the concept of the three political dimensions – polity, politics and policy, is used

Moderator: Rick Rockwell


Ezgi Kaya

Research Assistant, Ankara University Faculty of Communication
Ezgy Kaya is a research assistant in Ankara University Faculty of Communication and currently continues his Ph.D. thesis work in Middle East Technical University Department of Political Science. He simultaneously pursues a second MA degree in journalism in Ankara University Communication Faculty. He received his BA degree from Boğaziçi University Department of Philosophy and Department of Political Science and International Relations; and... Read More →
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Anthony Löwstedt

Assistant Professor, Webster Vienna Private University
Dr. Anthony Löwstedt, a Swedish/British media communications researcher and lecturer, is Assistant Professor at Webster University in Vienna. He taught at Webster University Geneva and at Bir Zeit University in Palestine and also worked for the United Nations Development Program and for non-governmental human rights organizations.
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Natascha Zeitel-Bank

Professor - Senior Lecturer, Management Center Innsbruck
Prof. Dr. Natascha Zeitel-Bank is senior lecturer at the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) in Political Science, Media and Communication. Beside her academic career she worked as a journalist / PR Manager at several institutions at the national and international level (e.g. ZDF and European Commission). 

Friday September 11, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm

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