IAMCR Ambassador Initiative
The Executive Board (EB) of the International Association for Media and Communication Research is establishing a worldwide network of IAMCR Ambassadors to promote and represent the Association in various countries and regions.
IAMCR Ambassadors are tasked with creatively promoting the mandate and distinctiveness of IAMCR as an international association of media and communication scholars in the country and/or region where she/he is located. Ambassadors explore opportunities to expand IAMCR's footprint in their country or region through publicity, events, and other strategies that will build the association's membership and reputation. This can include working with university departments, local and regional media and communication research bodies and think tanks, and NGOs involved in media advocacy and research.
IAMCR Ambassadors are chosen for their creativity, initiative and independence as well as their connection with their academic community, their experience and their knowledge of IAMCR. Ambassadors serve for 3-year periods and will be answerable to the Executive Board. Ambassadors submit a bi-annual report to the EB and maintain regular communication with the Secretariat.
The first ambassadors were named in 2015 in Bangladesh, India, Portugal and Southern Africa (covering Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe). Early in 2019, three new ambassadors were named in Kenya, United States East Coast and West Coast. By the end of that year, the eighth ambassador was named in Russia.
An IAMCR Ambassador's Group on Facebook has been setup as a space where ambassadors can post information on their activities for the wider IAMCR membership.
The Ambassador Network is coordinated by IAMCR vice-president Graham Murdock. If you are interested in joining the Network, see the article Become an IAMCR ambassador.