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[ecrea] CFP circulation on the commlist - Eyewitness Textures: UGC and News Coverage in the 21st Century
Fri Nov 09 19:54:49 GMT 2018
*Call for Papers: *
*User Generated Content & News Coverage in the 21^st Century
Extended Deadline: December 20, 2018
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 <https://symposiumamateurvideojournalism.wordpress.com/>
will bring together scholars and practitioners to share ideas and
experiences in connection with the utilization of UGC in professional
The *keynote speaker on May 23 *will be *Dr. Lilie Chouliaraki*, from
the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of
Economics and Political Science. Dr. Chouliaraki has studied UGC in news
production worldwide and is the author of many widely cited and award
winning studies including:
·Chouliaraki, Lilie, ed. (2012) /_Self-mediation: new media, citizenship
and civil selves_/. Routledge, London, UK.
·Chouliaraki, Lilie (2017) /Symbolic bordering: the self-representation
of migrants and refugees in digital news./ Popular Communication, 15
(2). pp. 78-94.
·Chouliaraki, Lilie (2015) /Digital witnessing in conflict zones: the
politics of remediation./ Information, Communication and Society, 18
(11). pp. 1362-1377.
·Chouliaraki, Lilie (2012) Re-mediation, inter-mediation,
trans-mediation. Journalism Studies, 14 (2). pp. 267-283. Which won
Outstanding Article of the Year Award, Journalism Studies Division,
International Communication Association, 2014.
Among the invited talks we will have Derek Thomson, Editor-in-Chief of
the Observer Program from France24, and representatives from BBC,
Storyful and CBC (details forthcoming) who will present on the different
approaches taken by each organization to integrate UGC into their news
A selection of papers from the Symposium will be invited to be included
in an edited collection published by a university press.
We invite scholars to submit abstracts exploring one or more of the
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
* 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
* 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.
*Deadline*: Abstracts (300-500 words, including references) should be
emailed to the convenors by *Dec. 20, 2018* clearly identified by “UGC
2019” in the subject line. Email: *(UGC2019Conf /at/ gmail.com)
<mailto:(UGC2019Conf /at/ gmail.com)>***
*Conference fees: $75 (CDN). *This includes lunch on May 24, a cocktail
/ dinatoire reception after the Keynote Talk, and coffee / pastries
_ACCOMMODATIONS_: Rooms have been reserved with campus housing ranging
from $79 (Summer Suite) to $129 (Boutique Hotel Room). For more
information contact Guest Accommodation Services
For more information, got to the symposium website
<https://symposiumamateurvideojournalism.wordpress.com/> or contact
Michael Lithgow at: (UGC2019Conf /at/ gmail.com) <mailto:(UGC2019Conf /at/ gmail.com)>
Dr. Michael Lithgow, Assistant Professor, Athabasca University
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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