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[ecrea] Cfp Brazilian Journalism Research: Special Issue Journalism in Brazil and Africa: Cross-influences, Developments, and Perspectives

Tue Jan 31 13:49:22 GMT 2017

Call for articles

Special Issue: Journalism in Brazil and Africa: Cross-influences, Developments, and Perspectives

Guest editors: Marie-Soleil Frère (ReSIC, FNRS and Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium), Antonio Hohlfeldt (Faculdade de Comunicação Social, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), Viola Milton (Department of Communication Science, University of South Africa,, South Africa), Susana Salgado (Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)

This Special Issue of BJR will look at the theory and practice of journalism in Africa and Brazil. It focuses on the professional practices and institutions in these contexts of the Global South. Journalism in non-Western contexts has emerged under circumstances that often compelled it to contribute to anti-colonial movements, fight against discrimination imposed by the colonial and later on post-colonial elites against local populations, distance itself from decades of single-party rule and government control on the media sector, while facing unprecedented economic challenges in poverty-stricken countries. This Special Issue is interested in exploring the conditions within which journalism is practiced and studied in these contexts and how it is different or similar from Western journalism. It also intends to address journalism’s relationship to and its role in shifting global relations and changing media environments. It wishes to explore the range of research, education and praxis issues for journalism in the diverse contexts of Brazil and Africa, with an eye on the individual tensions and interests that come to the fore when looking at each individually and comparatively.

This Special Issue of BJR wishes to contribute to meaning-making through a focus on possible cross-influences between these two geographical entities, similar developments and perspectives in their media systems, but also theoretical tools that can fertilize the reflexion about a “de-westernized” approach of journalism. At issue is the need to expand our knowledge through adopting a globalized approach to journalism research, education and practice. What are the varied contextual influences – social, cultural, political, and economic – that impacts upon journalism in these contexts? How do journalists and journalism scholars in African countries and Brazil perceive of journalism, its changing roles and foci and its relationships with various others? What new and developing approaches to journalism and journalism education and research are central to the intellectual pursuit of internationalizing journalism and media studies in these contexts? How were post-colonial studies integrated in these approaches? What are the constraints that journalists experience in these contexts? How do journalists contribute to political and social change in these contexts? How has journalism adapted to the Internet in access-wise peculiar environments? We are looking for original contributions from researchers working on any aspect of journalism within these contexts. While a comparative approach to journalism in the context of Africa and Brazil is not compulsory for inclusion, it is strongly encouraged. Papers should not focus on single country case studies, but include a larger reflexion about new concepts and approaches developed in the “Global South”, and especially in these two areas, and how they can connect to each other. Contributors may choose to look at different types of media, i.e. newspapers, TV, radio, online, etc., and use quantitative and qualitative data, or different methodologies (content analysis, discourse analysis, case study, interviews, etc.) in their analyses.

Contributors are invited to focus on the following issues:
Journalism and:
- politics, - representation
- elections,
- freedom of expression,
- citizenship,	
- international relations, - media freedom and plurality,
- corruption, - human rights, - emerging markets,
- digitalization, - health,
- education, - citizen media/citizen journalism,

To be considered, articles must be submitted by May 30, 2017.

The length of texts must be between 30 000 and 40 000 characters with spaces.

As the Brazilian Journalism Research publishes two versions of each number (Portuguese/Spanish and English), the authors of accepted papers submitted in Portuguese or Spanish must provide a translation into English. Likewise, the articles submitted and accepted in English must provide a translation into Portuguese or Spanish. A selected number of accepted papers from non-Portuguese or Spanish speaking contexts will be eligible for translation services provided by the journal.

Authors may also submit articles in French, but if approved for publication, they will be requested to provide translations as per the above.

Articles should be sent exclusively through the electronic system SEER / OJS, available from the journal website:
If you have any questions, send an e-mail to (bjr /at/

Guidelines for authors:


Submission of papers: until May 30, 2017

Notification of acceptance: August 30, 2017

Delivery of final versions in English and Portuguese or Spanish and with revision and additional information suggested by the editors: October 30, 2017

Publication: December 2017
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