Awards for use of new media or social media in PR, marketing…

The Society for New Communications Research is calling for entries for the Second Annual 2007 Excellence in New Communications Awards program. The deadline for submissions and nominations is September 28, 2007.

Submit your entries.

The awards recognize organizations and individuals who are pioneering the use of new media and communications and social media in the areas of marketing, public relations and internal communications, advertising, media, politics, entertainment, academics, community and cultural development.

Awards will be granted in six divisions:

Professional (Individual)

… and in seven categories:

Wiki and Collaborative Tools
Online Communities & Virtual Worlds
Mobile Media
Technology Innovation

All of the award-winning case studies will be published in the New Communications Review.


Four year jail sentence for Karam903 blogger


Amnesty International has issued a press release condemning the four-year sentence handed down today by an Egyptian court, against blogger Karim Amer.

On his blog, he had criticized Egypt’s al-Azhar religious authorities, the country’s President Husni Mubarak, and Islam. Charges against him included “spreading information disruptive of public order and damaging to the country‚Äôs reputation”, “incitement to hate Islam” and “defaming the President of the Republic”.

A year ago, he lost his job because of charges against him which had been dismissed. al-Azhar University’s disciplinary board found him guilty of blaspheming Islam.

He had been held for12 days in October 2005 after he wrote about sectarian riots that followed reports that the video of a play, believed to be anti-Islam, was being screened in a Coptic church and that DVDs of the play were on sale there.

He is the first Egyptian blogger to stand trial.

According to his blog profile, he is 22 years old, a law student wanting to open a practice in human rights haw. His blog profile includes lists of music, books and movies he likes.

Among his favourite movies is I Am Not Scared.