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[ecrea] CFP AJMS Special Issue Cross-border Journalism
Fri Feb 03 01:33:58 GMT 2017
*Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies*
Call for papers for a special issue on cross-border journalism
Editors: Brigitte Alfter and Ștefan Cândea
*Cross-border collaborative journalism*
The past few years have seen growing interest in /cross-border
collaborative journalism./ The recent Panama Papers and Football Leaks
investigations as well as the formation of new international networks of
journalists are good examples. However, there is yet no agreement on an
acceptable definition(s) to describe this journalistic genre and the
processes it involves, as well the promises and perils it entails.
This special issue by /the Journal of Applied Journalism and Media
Studies/ is to shed light on this hitherto under-investigated emerging
practice, define it, theorize it and hopefully operationalize it.
Presently, and for the purposes of this call, we broadly explain
cross-border collaborative journalism as a process where “the producers,
users and subjects need not, and often do not, share a common national
orientation” Reese 2007: 40).We expand Reese’s definition to include the
sharing of even less common grounds like language, culture, discipline,
socio-political background and even the vocabulary of production and
Interdisciplinary contributions are welcome with “interdisciplinary”
having a broad definition that embraces scholars as well as
practitioners in related fields from diverse frameworks of thought. We
want to examine how new developments are shaping the journalistic
practice in different contexts and in the end how that will influence
the future control over the shaping of global knowledge.
The editors of this special issue are practicing journalists with some
academic research output investigating and analyzing non-profit
organisations as well as for-profit journalism (Alfter 2016/1; Candea
2016). They see themselves as /participant observers/ with a foot in
both worlds, the world of practice and the world of academia.
*What is happening in journalism?*
Our globalized world is characterized as a world of globalized business,
financial flows, politics, and crime integrating swiftly across borders.
But some observe that global knowledge and understanding is not keeping
up with the pace of globalization, so journalists have a big role to
play to bridge the gap (Rosenau 2008: 113). Trying to address issues
emanating from the lack of global knowledge and understanding,
journalists started building initiatives and organizations dealing with
crossing borders and boundaries. Most prominent organizations positioned
such actions outside traditional media because of news industry’s
limitations. Many cross-border initiatives gained traction in
investigative journalism and recently in data journalism as part of the
cross-border effort with one foot in the non-profit realm and the other
in journalism schools.
*What are journalists doing and in which context?*
The context of journalism is changing with growing
internationalization/globalisation, networking, and digitalisation.
Having to cover internationalised power structures in all fields of
life, journalists started organizing themselves internationally. They
have established new structures and developed new working methods and
legal considerations. Latest mega-cooperations straddling borders show
the central role of technology (OffshoreLeaks, Panama Papers, Football
Leaks), with cross-border journalists, relying heavily on ICT solutions,
especially in processing large data sets and exchanging information.
Such developments expose two new types of issues of concern:
-the investigative work-flow and the relationship between journalists
and sources are more than ever subject to surveillance by government and
private communication agencies. Mega cross-border cooperations open many
possible points of failure (as opposed to the lone investigator model)
-cross-border investigations are becoming a tool, first in the hands of
private news industry groups and second in the hands of a new global
investigative elite. Private groups make cross-border networks
vulnerable to centralization, monopoly and control. The elite in the
non-profit realm replicate the shortcomings of the traditional media.
*The aim *
The aim of this special issue is to facilitate reflection on cross
border cooperation/collaboration in journalism. “Borders” for this type
of journalism are defined as barriers to be crossed. An overall wish is
to gain an understanding of the role of journalism in developments of
knowledge control in our societies including an understanding of
commercial and funding flows and their effect on editorial agendas and
ultimately freedom of expression.
The editors expect contributors to tackle aspects of cross-border
journalism, with special attention paid to:
1. Definitions of borders. Cross border collaboration implies
geographical and language borders, which logically leads to
boundaries in journalism style, type of media, discipline, etc.
2. A wider definition of borders as /barriers to be crossed/ in terms
of language, culture, discipline, socio-political background and
even the vocabulary of production and consumption.
3. Intranational cultural and societal boundaries, professional and
inter-disciplinary boundaries, economic boundaries or boundaries of
4. Understanding and practice of cross border journalism, particularly
of the variety of mindsets in journalism such as a “global outlook”
as a necessary mindset.
5. The question of an emerging homogenisation of journalism, which
could lead to severe communication problems between journalists and
their respective audiences due to the variety of audience contexts
6. The impact of cross-border journalism projects, such as the effect
on the national versus the global outlook or the effect on
7. Power structures, power brokers, creation of elites around
cross-border cooperation, emerging of large professional gatherings,
celebrity culture and “stage celebrities” in investigative journalism.
*Abstracts due*: May 31, 2017
Abstracts should be 250 words
*Acknowledgment of acceptance*: July 1, 2017
*Full papers due*: February 1, 2018
Academic articles should be 6000-8000 words; short articles - journalism
pieces - should be up to 3000 words (or 3500).
*Correspondence*: Please address all correspondence to Brigitte Alfter
at (brigitte /at/ alfter.dk) <mailto:(brigitte /at/ alfter.dk)> or Stefan Candea at
(stefan_candea /at/ post.harvard.edu) <mailto:(stefan_candea /at/ post.harvard.edu)>
*References & literature *
Alfter, Brigitte, Cross-border collaborative journalism: Why journalists
and scholars should talk about an emerging method, 2016/2, /Journal of
Applied Journalism & Media Studies/ /5/(2), pp. 301–315
Candea, Stefan, et. al., European Investigate Collaborations, /Making a
Network/. Retrieved from
Candea, Stefan, et. al., European Investigate Collaborations, /Football
Leaks/. Retrieved from
Reese, Stephen D., Journalism Research and the Hierarchy of Influences
Model - a Global Perspective, 2007, /Brazilian Journalism Research/
Rosenau, James N., /People Count - Networked Individuals in Global
Politics/, Paradigm Publishers, 2008, Boulder – London, p113
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