Role of Media in Democracy

The right of citizens to participate and monitor the government and governance is the pivotal principle of democracy and goes beyond the periodical and ritualistic exercise of franchise. To effectively engage in the participatory form of politics, citizens need to be informed in the right manner.  It is also an important role of the media to be a  mediator of dialogue between the agencies of governance and the stakeholders.

As the extraneous forces take control of the important function, there is the danger of media becoming a middle agent. Instead of harnessing the reins of power, it becomes a powerbroker. The erosion of the institution always starts with the inclusion of media within the networks of power. In countries where majority of people do not enjoy the fruits of either rights or liberty, this blatant shirking of a sacred duty can be very corrosive to the body polity.At a time when the role of an independent and critical press is under serious threat, it is important that we turn a spotlight on the role of media. This international conference aims to cover a wide spectrum of topics that fundamentally address the present role of media within the democratic process and the road ahead.

This international media conference is a premier forum for media practitioners, scholars and teachers to present their research findings and make practical application in the field of media. The conference will bring together leading researchers, academicians, research scholars, media professionals, policy makers, and NGOs in their domain of interest around the globe.

Research papers are invited on the following topic


I)    Media practices - threats and challenges

                          Media ownership-private/ public 

                          Media and human rights

                          Media and propaganda


II)   Issues and concerns in Media and Communication sector

                          Monitoring/assessment and regulations of media

                          Violations of media freedom

                               Media Laws
Ethical Issues -Earn News Vs. Paid news, Advertorial etc.

III)  Media business and strategies                 


IV)  New trends in Media and Communication sector

                         Alternate media

                         Media representation – Women/ children/ minority/Dalit’s

                         New innovations in media

                         Development Communication


V)   Philosophy and theories of Media

                         Philosophy/theories of communication and democracy


VII) Technology and Democratization of information

          New media technologies

                        Online Journalism /social media


Abstracts should be submitted via email to indicate your proposed conference stream in the area of interest and specialization. Word limit-300
Submit abstract and full paper at


Please make sure that you send the manuscript in MS Word format 2011. Manuscript must be 1.5 spaced with 1-inch margins ‘Times New Roman with a Font size 12, black’. Follow APA style for referencing.

  • In the first page of the paper please provide Paper title, full name of the author(s) and full address (Institute’s address along with your designation and address of correspondence) along with the email address of the authors(s).
  • The abstract has to be followed by relevant key words, should not be more than 300 words.
  • Short biography of author/authors (100words)
  • All Correspondence through only e-mail:

For any query contact to: phone +91-7077704688

Visit our website for the details of the university, School of communications and the conference.

No TA/DA will be offered for the delegates. Tea/ coffee/ Lunch will be provided for all participants of the conference.

 Important Dates
 Last date of submission of Abstract  30th August, 2016
 Acceptance of paper will be intimated by  5th September, 2016
 Last date of submission of final paper  20th October, 2016
 Review and acceptance intimation  30th October, 2016
 Last date of registration  10th November, 2016

Publication of the papers

Selected papers will be published as book with ISBN number by the Xavier University Press, Bhubaneswar.

No research paper will be accepted for presentation which is not peer reviewed.