The Department of Communication Research of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication, together with the Philippines Communication Society (PCS), the Philippine Association of Communication Educators (PACE), and the Philippine Association for Communication and Media Research, Inc. (PACMRI),opened Day 1 of the two-day 7th National Communication Research Conference (NCRC) online today, 12 November 2021.

This year’s theme, “Breaking Through Outbreaks and Breakdowns: Re-searching Communication and Media in the Pandemic,” probes into the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak on people, groups, communities, institutions, practices, and behaviors. It will tackle the various breakdowns that the pandemic is causing in the norms, patterns, models, standards, and routines of communication and media research and practice. It will also highlight the breakthroughs, realizations, discoveries, the steps forward, and the looking beyond which are helping open new possibilities for communication and media research.

With more than 500 participants, the NCRC also held today the first of three paper competitions, the Undergraduate Paper competition, which is participated by students from four universities: University of the Philippines Diliman, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Philippine Normal University, and De La Salle – College of St. Benilde Antipolo Campus.

The plenary speakers for Day 1 wereProf. Jace Cabañes of the De La Salle University and Assoc. Prof. Lia Uy-Tioco of the California State University San Marcos Mason University; and Assoc.Prof.Edson Tandoc of the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

PACE also hosted one parallel session on Communication Education.

NCRC 2021 provides a venue for students, faculty, and media professionals across the country to share and disseminate their studies in the field of communication and media. First organized by the Department of Communication Research in 2012, the NCRC is the geographic expansion of the Communication Research Student Conference which the Department began in 2008.