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[ecrea] CFP - Eyewitness Textures: User Generated Content & News Coverage in the 21st Century

Sun Sep 23 13:04:34 GMT 2018

*Eyewitness Textures: User Generated Content
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<>*& News Coverage in the 21st Century <>

May 23-24, 2019, MacEwan University (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

Among the many changes introduced by new media technologies to news practices, the growing utilization of User Generated Content (UGC) is one of the most challenging. Members of the public are capturing dramatic events around the world and then sharing them, not only on social media platforms, but with professional news media organizations which are eagerly incorporating posts, tweets and images into professionally produced news stories. The presence of amateur content in news discourses is a growing phenomenon that is reshaping the profession of journalism, news coverage and public expectations.

The issues raised by these practices often involve tensions between labour precarity and professionalism, entertainment and evidence, centralized and decentralized management of news rooms, traditional and emerging forms of social media news narratives, truth and immediacy.

The symposium will bring together scholars and practitioners to share ideas and experiences in connection with the utilization of UGC in professional news coverage.

Among the Keynote talks we will have representatives from BBC, France24 and Storyful who will present on the different approaches taken by each institution to integrate UGC into their news practices.

We invite scholars and practitioners to submit abstracts exploring one or more of the following themes:

  1.   How is the use of UGC reorganizing professional practices?

  * User generated content and professionalism in news rooms
  * Role and significance of verification in news production
  * The problems of fake news when working with UGC
  * The growing shift of UGC onto private networks: threats and
  * The challenge and opportunities of new technologies for professional
    conditions of contemporary news rooms

2.   How is UGC transforming labour practices among journalists and the structural organization of news media?

  * Changing labour practices in the newsroom
  * Changing structures, staffing and organization of news desks
  * Organizational changes and emerging business models
  * Emerging forms of produsers and precarious labour
  * Professional labour /vis-à-vis/ labour of love

3.   How is UGC influencing the construction of meaning in news coverage?

  * The impact of user produced content on the form and aesthetic of
    visual news
  * Role of contextualization in UGC verification services
  * The influence of non-professional producers on news narratives,
    framing and agendas

4.   What are emerging themes and tensions in non-professional practices of production?

  * Emerging motivations for creating UGC news content
  * Emerging practices and conventions for UGC production
  * Precarity and risk in UGC production

5.   What are the theoretical, methodological and historical considerations helping to understand and explain the growing use of UGC in professional news coverage?

**Other topics related to the above themes are welcome.

The proceedings of the symposium will be livestreamed.

*Deadline*: Abstracts (300-500 words, including references) should be emailed to the convenors by *Oct 31, 2018* clearly identified by “UGC 2019” in the subject line. Email: *(UGC2019Conf /at/ <mailto:(UGC2019Conf /at/>*

For more information, got to the <>symposium website <>or contact Michael Lithgow at: (UGC2019Conf /at/ <mailto:(UGC2019Conf /at/>

Symposium Committee:

Dr. Michael Lithgow, Assistant Professor, Athabasca University (Edmonton, Canada)

Dr. Michèle Martin, Professor Emerita, Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada)

Dr. Arnaud Mercier, Professeur, Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris, France)

Dr. Lucille Mazo, Professor, McKewan University (Edmonton, Canada)

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