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International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)

Cees J. Hamelink


The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) is an international professional organization in the field of media and communication research. Its aims are to promote global inclusiveness and excellence in research, to stimulate interest in media and communication research, to disseminate information about research results, and to provide a forum where researchers can meet to exchange information about their work. The history of the IAMCR is closely linked to the development of a proposal first initiated by the →  UNESCO Committee on Technical Needs in the Mass Media in 1946. This committee drafted a constitution for an “International Institute of the Press and Information, designed to promote the training of journalists and the study of press problems throughout the world.” The United Nations Conference on Freedom of Information (held in 1948 at Geneva), in its resolution no. 34, took note of the proposal submitted by UNESCO to establish under the auspices of that agency an International Institute of Press and Information, and, considering that such an institute could be conducive to the improvement of the quality of information, requested “the Economic and Social Council to invite Governments and professional organizations, national and international, to examine together the possibility of implementing this proposal and, if it is found practicable, ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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