COMMUNICATIONS ADVOCACY AND ACTIVISM (CAA)
SACOMM POSITION ON THE CRISIS IN SOUTH AFRICAN HIGHER EDUCATION
A special meeting of SACOMM members at the annual 2016 conference resolved to adopt a collective position paper on the current crisis in higher education, student protests, and related freedom of expression issues. This position paper, which forms the democratically constituted position of SACOMM members, academics and scholars working with the fields of the communication sciences, including media studies, journalism, film, corporate communication and communication in general, is available for download here: SACOMM Position Paper – Higher Education Crisis Oct 2016
ABOUT CAA: At the SACOMM 2015 conference, the strategic planning session resulted in the establishment of a brand new SACOMM Focus Group/Stream, now called Communications Advocacy and Activism (CAA).
This is a long overdue and extremely necessary initiative, given the multitude of national media and communications policy making processes currently underway in South Africa, as well as subsequent advocacy and campaigning efforts, many of which are sadly under-informed by research. The SACOMM strategic planning session emphasised the need to establish a platform within SACOMM, in which the relevant academic research can be made available, promoted and inserted into such media policy making processes, as well as inform advocacy and activism.
SACOMM aims to generate opportunities for academics and scholars working within the areas of media and communications policy and regulation, and related fields, to collaborate and engage one another, as well as showcase their findings to the relevant stakeholders, including media/communications policy makers and advocacy/campaigning groups and organisations. Central to this CAA focus area is the notion of encouraging, promoting and showcasing research which is relevant to, and can have a material impact on, media policy making processes. We would like to bridge the divide between academically produced research, and the spheres of policy making and advocacy/activism.
Communications Advocacy and Activism Interest Group Convenor: Prof Pier Paolo Frassinelli, University of Johannesburg, firstname.lastname@example.org