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[ecrea] Call for Papers -- ICA 2019 Preconference: ³Digital Journalism in Latin America²
Sun Oct 07 13:22:54 GMT 2018
*Call for Papers*
*ICA 2019 Preconference: “Digital Journalism in Latin America”*
*Organizers: Pablo J. Boczkowski (Northwestern University, USA) &
Eugenia Mitchelstein (Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina)*
*Preconference Date and Time: May 23th, 2019, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm*
*Location: School of Media & Public Affairs, George Washington University*
*Submission Deadline: November 1st, 2018*
Research on digital journalism has by now a solid tradition that spans
more than two decades (Barnhurst, 2012; Boczkowski, 2002; Reich, 2018;
Steensen, 2011). For the most part, this scholarship has focused on
industrialized nations in North America and Europe (Mitchelstein and
Boczkowski, 2009) and has paid comparatively less attention to other
regions such as Latin America (for some notable exceptions, see Bachmann
& Harlow, 2011; Boczkowski, 2010; González de Bustamante and Relly,
2014; Harlow and Salaverría, 2016; Vimiero, 2017). This relative
scarcity contrasts with the prominent role of digital journalism in the
news diets of Latin Americans: around 9 out of 10 in Argentina, Brazil,
Chile and Mexico access news online (Newman, et al, 2017). The growth in
online audiences has been paralleled by the expansion of digital news
operations, either as the internet operations of print media (Bachmann &
Harlow, 2011) or as new online enterprises (Harlow and Salaverria, 2016;
Requejo Alemán and Lugo Ocando, 2014).
As both digital news production and consumption have featured
increasingly more prominently in the information landscape of Latin
America, it is worth inquiring into whether the specificity of Latin
America and its culture and institutions might entail differences with
digital journalism as it is practiced and appropriated in other parts of
the world. For instance, Latin American journalism has been described as
less professionalized and less independent than in more stable
democracies (de Albuquerque, 2005; Hallin and Papathanassopoulos, 2002;
Hughes, 2006). How have these two long-standing features affected the
practices of online news production and the self-perception of
reporters? Has the development of online journalism allowed for the
emergence digital start-ups and fact-checking organizations that compete
with traditional news organizations with long-standing links with
politicians and corporations? Have online news operations conducted
mostly partisan journalism, due to their dependence on government
advertising? Moreover, Latin American audiences tend to show high levels
of skepticism towards news (Newman, et al, 2017). Has this lower level
of credibility been tied to differences in willingness to pay for
digital news, information acquisition online, and uptake of alternative
media sources, among other activities?
The ICA pre-conference on Digital Journalism in Latin America invites
scholars to examine the production, distribution, and consumption of
digital journalism in Latin America. Both empirical and theoretical
conference presentations; quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods
approaches; single-country and comparative research (with a major focus
on Latin America); and historical and contemporary inquiries are welcome.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
·Innovation and technological change in newsrooms.
·Modifications in work practices.
·Relationships with governmental, business, and nonprofit actors in the
production and distribution of news.
·Differences and similarities in the emergence and development of
digital journalism across and within Latin American countries.
·Occupational matters, including appearance of new roles such as
· The role of users in the creation of journalistic content.
·The influence of content intermediaries such as social media platforms,
and the engagement with and by users on those platforms.
·The dynamics of digital news consumption on websites and apps.
·The role of gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status in the
uptake, reception, and re-circulation of digital news.
·The relationship between digital journalism and civil society,
including indigenous populations, social movements, and human rights
·Issues of news credibility, including interpretations and practices
related to fake news and misinformation, including partisan news
organization and fact-checking operations.
*Information about submission: *
Authors should submit an extended abstract of no more than 750 words
(excluding references). Abstracts should be submitted no later than
16:00 UTC, November 1^st , 2018. Please make your submission on the ICA
paper submission site and indicate that it is for the Preconference:
“Digital Journalism in Latin America.” Authors will be notified about
whether their abstract has been selected on January 15^th , 2019.
Presenters will be encouraged to submit a full manuscript for the
pre-conference. Full manuscripts should be sent to both of the
pre-conference organizers via email by May 15^th , 2019, for
presentation and discussion during the pre-conference. Papers should be
between 6,500 and 7,000 words in length. Attendance to the preconference
has a USD 25.00 fee. Please contact the organizers
((pjb9 /at/ northwestern.edu) <mailto:(pjb9 /at/ northwestern.edu)> and
(emitchelstein /at/ udesa.edu.ar) <mailto:(emitchelstein /at/ udesa.edu.ar)>) if you
have any questions and/or need any additional information.
This pre-conference is possible in part due to the generous support of
the Department of Communication Studies
Northwestern University, and the Center for the Study of Media and
Society in Argentina <http://meso.com.ar/en/homepage/> (MESO).
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