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[ecrea] ICA precon CFP: Making sense of Election reporting: new directions, new challenges?
Mon Jan 08 11:59:29 GMT 2018
A reminder that the deadline for this preconference and special issue is
in one week.
*_ICA PRECONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPERS: Making sense of Election
reporting: new directions, new challenges?_*
*Date: *24 May 2018. 9.00am - 5.00pm
*Location*: Velka zasedaci sin (room), Karolinum, Charles University,
Prague, Czech Republic
*Divisions*: Journalism Studies and Political Communication
*Organisers*: Dr Stephen Cushion (Cardiff University) and Dr Dan Jackson
*Keynote speaker*: Professor Frank Esser, University of Zurich
*_Description and Objective_*
Elections reporting is one of the most studied areas of journalism
studies and political communication. From longstanding debates about
agenda setting to more recent inquiries about the mediatization of
politics, elections have provided the backdrop to many of the key
theoretical breakthroughs in the field.
But in an increasingly fragmented news environment, where people rely on
an ever-expanding range of media to understand what is happening in the
world, election reporting is changing across new content platforms and
providers. As the Reuters 2017 Digital News Report established, the
citizens of many democracies now rely to a greater extent on online
rather than broadcast and print news, with social media platforms
playing a greater role in disseminating information than newspapers.
Meanwhile, the political communication environment in which political
journalists work continues to evolve in line with cultural and
technological trends, with new challenges emerging for reporters in
covering candidates who might eschew the channels of communication
traditionally overseen by journalists and appeal directly to voters. New
journalistic practices are also emerging in response to questions of
truth and ‘post-truth’ in political campaigns.
It is therefore crucial that we ask the important questions of election
reporting, and seek new empirical and theoretical insights that take
thinking forward in this field. This one day ICA preconference,
supported by the Political Communication and Journalism Studies
Divisions, aims to bring together leading scholars around the world to
consider the changing nature of news media during recent election
campaigns. We encourage submissions that explore election reporting
across both advanced and developing democracies.
We would welcome new theoretical and empirical inquiries that examine:
* The quality of information supplied during election campaign (e.g.
debates about policy Vs game, hard or soft news etc.)
* Representing voters during election campaigns (e.g. use of polls,
vox pops etc.)
* New insights on questions of balance, objectivity and impartiality
of election reporting
* Reporting elections in a post-truth environment
* The role of fake news during election campaigns
* Blurring boundaries between news genres and popular culture in
* Who sets the media agenda and intermedia agenda setting (e.g.
between new and legacy media)
* The interaction between journalists, politicians and campaign
professionals during election campaigns
* New insights into the relationship between news media, public
opinion and voter behaviour
* Changing news consumption habits and how this is shaping the role
and influence of mainstream news media
*_Outputs from the preconference *updated* _***
We have now secured a special issue on new developments in election news
with /Journalism: Theory, Practice, Criticism/
If successful, submissions for the conference will be considered and
full papers invited in September 2018.
Please send proposals for 15 minute paper presentations to Stephen
Cushion ((CushionSA /at/ cardiff.ac.uk)) <mailto:(CushionSA /at/ cardiff.ac.uk))> and
Dan Jackson ((jacksond /at/ bournemouth.ac.uk))
<mailto:(jacksond /at/ bournemouth.ac.uk))>. Proposals should include the
following: title and name, institutional affiliation, and email address,
together with a paper title and abstract of not more than 500 words.
Proposers should also indicate whether or not they are current
Contributors will be selected by peer review, and will be notified of
the outcome of their proposal by 26^th January 2018. Authors are
expected to attend the preconference and present in person.
All participants – whether speaking or not – must register and pay fees.
Registration costs (including a welcome breakfast, coffee breaks and
lunch buffet) are 50 USD for presenters and non-presenters. To register,
participants need to go to www.icahdq.org <http://www.icahdq.org/> and
register online as part of their main ICA conference registration, or as
a stand-alone registration. As spaces are limited to 40 participants,
priority will be given to those accepted for presentation.
* *15^th January 2018.* Deadline for paper submission.
* *26^th January 2018.* Paper proposers notified of decision by
* *1 April 2018.* Deadline for preconference registration.
* *24^th May 2018.* Preconference starts in Prague.
* *September 2018*. Expected deadline for submission of full papers
for journal special issue.
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