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Vol 4, No 14 (2018): COMING SPECIAL ISSUE 4

We are glad and proud to present you the 3rd special issue that was co-created by the collaboration of the Journal of Media Critiques (JMC) and the Communication Institute of Greece (COMinG). We have already co-produced Vol.2 No.8 2016[1] and Vol.3 No.11 2017[2].

This volume includes selected papers presented at the 3rd Annual International Conference of Communication and Management (ICCM2018), 23-26 April 2018, organized by the Communication Institute of Greece. In total 40 papers were presented by 75 presenters, coming from 21 different countries around the world (Pakistan, USA, UAE, Germany, Finland, Beijing, Malaysia, Turkey, Russia, France, UK, Belgium, Spain, Albania, Kenya, Thailand, Lithuania, Croatia, Morocco, China, Greece). This audience comprised professors, researchers, students and key people, interested by education, politics, cultural affairs, etc.

The themes of this issue are separated into sections/chapters, similar with the ones of ICCM2018 conference, in order to facilitate the readers. From the twenty-six (26) papers of this volume, we have four (4) papers on International and Intercultural Education Leadership, five (5) papers on International business and Management, four (4) papers on International and Intercultural, three (3) papers on Political sciences Communication and International affairs, and ten (10) papers on Social Media, Media and Mediated Communication Technologies. More particularly:

Chapter 1: International and Intercultural Education Leadership

The first paper of this section, by Dr.Michael A. Altamirano, entitled Communication of Leadership Principles: a Critical Need for Leadership Education for Underrepresented Grade School Students in New York City, presents leadership as a way to understand and improve a short of transformation to people within their constituency. More particularly, this article seeks to explore why grade school students of urban areas like the Bronx, New York struggle to surpass their social status through education and professional achievement.

The Subject Mentor in Modern Foreign Languages, is the second study of this session. Dr.Fotini Diamantidaki explains that this paper comes at a time of curriculum and Initial Teacher Education (ITE) change in England [secondary ITE- Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)]. The study aims to restate the definition of the subject mentor, focusing on the qualities, the complexity and evolution of the role. It also explores the type of collaboration that subject mentors would appreciate having with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and observes whether the subject mentoring role in MFL is changing as a result of government policy changes.

Dr.Bradley Freeman with On textbooks and key terms: Teaching Comm101 in Dubai, explores the appropriateness of Western textbooks given a Global South context, as well as identifies and attempts to address several key terms of increasing importance in both the higher education and media landscapes.

Education as Public Diplomacy: How to build an international image in education, is the last article of this journals first session, authored by Dr.Maria Vaxevanidou. The paper aims to present effective and enduring models of public diplomacy applied in education all over the world, in order to: a) identify the main factors that can make a country obtain a strong reputation in education, b) find out common factors between different international education systems which are aligned to a certain public policy applied by different countries and c) examine the public diplomacy methodology that could make you a reputational leader in education.

Chapter 2: International business and Management

Competence management a smart strategy-oriented approach, by Alexander Karapidis, is the first research paper of the second part. Fraunhofer Kompetenz-Kompass is illustrated in this paper as management approach developed to give orientation on how to implement competence management into an organization in a systematic and standardized way. The approach is conceptualized as a modular kit, including necessary steps and approaches.

The second paper of this journals second session, by Dr.Ahmed Maghni and Hamza Aanaou, is entitled The Profile of the Subcontractor and Performance of the Exchange Relationship in the Automotive Industry in Morocco. This study aims to better understand the performance of car subcontracting relations in Morocco, focusing on the performance of the exchange relationship between subcontractors. A qualitative study (sixteen interviews), with competent stakeholders, including buyers and suppliers of subcontracting companies, has highlighted performance perceptions ranging from cost reduction for Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEMs), to the search of institutional support for 3rd tier subcontractors.

Dr.Elena Kochkurova and Dr.Tatiana Zykova, from Russia, follows with Research and Assessment of Recreational Capacity of the Nizhny Novgorod Region. Domestic tourism program is characterized by the authors as the most important part of the import substitution program, the implementation of which is claimed necessary to ensure the stability and sustainability of economic development of Russian Federation. The article evaluates the recreational potential of the Nizhny Novgorod region using the method of expert, proposing identified risks of tourism development, taking into consideration the value of each component and calculating the quantitative value of recreational capacity of the region.

The forth paper of this session and eighth of this special issue, is entitled Development on Community Enterprise Management for Small Community Tourism, by Dr.Jittapon Chumkate and Dr.Thirawat Chantuk. This research examines Community Enterprise Management System for Tourism and the guideline of Community Enterprise Management System for sustainable tourism. More particularly, it focuses on the career building in the small community of Cha-am district, Phetchaburi Province, located in the west region of Thailand.

The last paper of this session is entitled Connecting personality traits with deviant workplace behavior, by Dr.Ana Aleksi? and Dr.Matea Vukovic. This research paper deals with deviant workplace behavior as an element that can affect individual work outcomes and can also have different social and psychological effects on them and consequently on the overall organization. Personality traits are presented as a strong predictor of various forms of deviant workplace behavior. An empirical research on a sample of 189 individuals, is proposed to test the proposed connection. The work is based on the big five personality model, as a popular method of assessing personality traits, and deviant workplace behaviour is analysed from individual and organizational point of view.

Chapter 3: International and Intercultural Communication

Kejin Liu with the research The international communication of Chinese cultural confidence, is the first paper of this chapter. This paper aims at clarifying the necessity of developing Internet culture industry in China and illustrating the new trend and characteristics of Internet culture consumption. It adopts cases from different industries and analyses them in order to predict industrys direction and put forward some proposals.

The Spirit of Defiance in Mentorship amongst Black Men and Boys, presented by Dr.Kelly N. Ferguson, explores how defiance becomes an integral force in the lives of Black males from boyhood to manhood and how schools can contribute to the development of this unique expression of resilience. Understanding the spirit of defiance will aid teachers, schools and communities in minimizing cultural misunderstandings that lead to punitive and exclusionary disciplinary referrals.

The third paper of this chapter and twelfth of this special issue, is entitled Communication as organisation: An exploration of the constitution of social collectives (Chamas) in Kenya, by Dr.Njeru Wairimu B. This study presents Chamas, a common phenomenon of social collectives in Africa. This qualitative study, through a case study design, and using observation of Chama meetings, focus group discussions with select members, in depth interviews with Chama leaders, documentation from Chamas, and notes from a reflective journal, draws from McPhee and Zaugs Four Flows, a CCO model, in order to better understand how Chamas are communicatively constituted.

The following study, presented by Dr.Khaled Gaweesh and Anfal Al Haid, is entitled The Image of United Arab Emirates Culture among the Non-Arab Expatriates in the UAE. The main goal of the research is to explore the image of UAE culture among the non-Arab expatriates who live and work in UAE. A structured survey with a sample of 121 non-Arab expatriates, was developed.

Chapter 4: Political Sciences Communication and International Affairs

Dr. Romeo Teneqexhi and Dr. Loreta Kuneshka, presents the First paper of this chapter and Fourteenth of this issue entitled, Conversion of the existing monitoring infrastructure for manually ballot counting in Albania to the electronic counting system. This paper proposes to turn existing infrastructure into an electronic counting system of votes. This monitoring system (computers - cameras - big screens) can be converted into an electronic counting system. Each counting table will need only one person and the ballot counting time will be drastically reduced. Every ballot will be photographed, archived in digital format, will go to the Data Base and the results will be reported in real time to the Central Election Commission. There wont be any ballot papers left uncounted and sheets wont be counted more than once.

The second paper of the forth chapter, Political Populism: Towards a Strategic Communication Framework, presented by Dr. Argyro Kefala, argues for the need to work towards an integrated model of interpretation that takes into consideration the social, ideological, and political conditions that make populism possible or thriving together with the communicative elements of populist phenomena. As the author explains, evidence from existing empirical and analytical work is applied in the framework of a Strategic Communication model in an effort to enhance our understanding through a multidisciplinary perspective. She adds that since political parties have become professional election fighting machines, a strategic communication approach of populism, as goal-oriented communication on behalf of political organizations, is necessary in our effort to provide a better account of the current successes of populist actors.

Chapter 5: Social Media, Media and Mediated Communication Technologies

Digital Forensic Comparison of Fingerprints, by Lyn Haber, is the first paper of this special issue last chapter. The author explains that fingerprints today in the U.S. are routinely compared digitally by Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS). Nevertheless, this novel procedure has much potential for error. The technology has been put into widespread use before its accuracy has been demonstrated, and it is open to many sources of error that could result in putting innocent people in prison. The error rate for latent to exemplar searches alone appears to have a range of 20% to 30%, apart from further potential for error introduced by human bias and imprecise science. Yet more than 50% of criminal fingerprint cases in the U.S. rely on these searches.

The seventeenth paper of this issue and second of this chapter, is entitled Digital Technology as a Source of Creative Organizational Resource and Service Delivery: Building a Climate for Organizational Creativity with Deliberative Democracy, by Tomi Niemi. This article identifies deliberative democracy as potential option for creative development processes. It claims that deliberative democracy processes deliver a solution for organizations to benefit digital transformation in creative ways. The article concludes by recognizing the interconnectedness between considered concepts.

Then, Daria Selina presents The role of regional television in the life of a megacity. The author aims to reveal the technologies of the district broadcasting in a megacity. Taking the example of the TV channel "TKT-TV" for the period from 2013 to 2016, the author presents the channel that called itself the closest TV to you, at a time she also used to work there. Spectators did not find reportages about what happened in the country; instead, the channel talked about the events in their districts and even in their homes, as the author claims.

The next paper of this issue, Analyzing New Media: the Layout Strategies of Greek Online Press and the Audiences Reading Practices, by Elpida Sklika, examines the layout and infographics of a digital article and the possible reading practices of the audience of online press. Data consist of 114 texts from Greek online newspapers, magazines and pure players from three journalistic genres: news articles, opinion articles and interviews, and five semantic fields: art/fashion, environment/ecology, health/sports, science/technology and politics/finance, with the purpose to examine the structure of these texts and discuss the strategies of reading online articles often containing hyperlinks that reflect other texts in an explicit or tacit way (Fairclough, 2006).

Semantic Tools for Participatory Journalism, is presented by Theodora Saridou & Kosmas Panagiotidis & Nikolaos Tsipas & Dr. Andreas Veglis. The paper seeks to identify the existing use of semantic technology for the purpose of UGC exploitation and to propose a model for semantic annotation of UGC.

The twenty-first paper of this issue and sixth of this fifth chapter, entitled A Multimodal Semantic Model for Event Identification on Sports Media Content, by Panagiotis-Marios Filippidis, Dr.Charalampos Dimoulas, Dr. Charalampos Bratsas and Dr. Andreas Veglis, presents a multimodal semantic event identification model of occurring events in sports games. Given the current state of research, the current paper proposes multilevel event classification taxonomies that could be used in multimodal semantic processing and conceptualization approaches.

Augmented and Virtual Reality Technologies in Cultural Sector: Exploring their usefulness and the perceived ease of use, by Georgios Loumos, Antonios Kargas and Dr. Dimitrios Varoutas, is the seventh paper of this fifth chapter. This work focus on cultural sector and aim to discuss and present sector challenges and opportunities for Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) Technologies implementation. Specific results regarding AR/VR perspectives for cultural industries (with a special discussion for Greek cultural industry), technology appraisal criteria as well as the perceived ease of use from both content providers and end users will also be presented.

Tourist go home: Communication and Propaganda on Youtube, by Minos-Athanasios Karyotakis, Dr. Nikos Antonopoulos, Dr. Andreas Veglis and Dr. Matina Kiourexidou, is the eighth paper of this chapter. This research focuses on the incidents that occurred in Barcelona, because of the tourists go home movement. The analysis of YouTube video characteristics such as comments, views, likes, dislikes, channel subscribers etc. revealed that they might be used for influencing the public opinion. Moreover, it was proved that the tourists go home movement has challenged the current image of Barcelona as world-class tourism destination.

A Case Study on Viral Journalism in Greece: the Figures, the Trends and the Factors of Success, by Dr. Eleni-Revekka Staiou & Andreas Giannakoulopoulos, is the twenty-forth paper of this issue. The aim of this article is to study the phenomenon of viral journalism in Greece, centered on the Mikropragmata ( ), a column of the free press Lifo that has become so large that it has acquired its own micro-site and corresponding channels in social media. By studying the content of the website, the authors try to understand what kinds of articles are posted and which appear to be more successful to the public. How do readers react? Are there any similar examples in Greece? In order to answer these questions, an online survey will be carried out. Quantitative and qualitative data will be gathered on the website under study and other relevant examples from Greece and abroad, as well.

The last paper of this special issue, by Nikolaos Vryzas, Efstathios Sidiropoulos, Lazaros Vrysis, Dr. Evangelia Avraam and Dr. Charalampos Dimoulas, is entitled A Mobile Cloud Computing Collaborative Model for the Support of On-Site Content Capturing and Publishing. It investigates the design of a collaborative Mobile Cloud Computing model to support the workflow of collecting, editing and publishing news reporting material, aiming at better managing technology and human resources. With the proposed framework, the authors claim that the journalists, reporters, technical experts and editors can cooperate remotely and simultaneously on the cloud, collaboratively producing and publish timely, authentic and high-quality content, with proper documentation.

We wish you an excellent reading!

Dr.Margarita KEFALAKI




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Table of Contents


Michael Anibal Altamirano
Fotini Diamantidaki
Bradley Freeman
Maria Vaxevanidou
Alexander Karapidis
Ahmed Maghni, Hamza Aanaou
Elena Kochkurova, Tatiana Zykova
Jittapon Chumkate, Thirawat Chantuk
Ana Aleksic, Matea Vukovic
Kejin Liu
Kelly N. Ferguson
Beatrice Wairimu Njeru
Khaled Gaweesh, Anfal Al Haid
Romeo Kico Teneqexhi, Loreta Kuneshka
Argyo Kefala
Lyn Haber
Tomi Niemi
Daria Selina
Elpida Sklika
Theodora Saridou, Kosmas Panagiotidis, Nikolaos Tsipas, Andreas Veglis
Panagiotis-Marios Filippidis, Charalampos Dimoulas, Charalampos Bratsas, Andreas Veglis
George Loumos, Antonios Kargas, Dimitrios Varoutas
Minos-Athanasios Karyotakis, Nikos Antonopoulos, Andreas Veglis, Matina Kiourexidou
Eleni-Revekka Staiou, Andreas Giannakoulopoulos
Nikolaos Vryzas, Efstathios Sidiropoulos, Lazaros Vrysis, Evangelia Avraam, Charalampos A Dimoulas