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[Commlist] Call for Chapters: Journalism Under the Siege of Economic Uncertainty and Algorithms

Mon Oct 07 12:52:12 GMT 2019

*Call for Chapters: J*ournalism Under the Siege of Economic Uncertainty and Algorithms


*Proposals Submission Deadline: **October 30, 2019*

*Full Chapters Due: **February 15, 2020*


Our book project focuses on both the transformation of journalism profession with algorithms and new business models in journalism. Thus, we want to question the technologies and new economic opportunities that influence contemporary journalistic practices.

There is no one who doesn't watch science-fiction movies or read some books about how robots will take on a great deal of people's work one day. Previously, we thought that robots would only undertake the jobs what was called “blue-collar” that based on body strength. We believed that the more sophisticated and “White-collar” jobs that would require intellectual effort would not be affected by automation. Today, however, many professions that require skills and expertise are automated as well. One of the automated business branches is journalism. The use of algorithms to gather, write, distribute, and publish the content of news is increasing day by day. Therefore, the first focus of this book is the transformation created by automation in journalistic practices.

Our second focus is on new business models emerging in the journalism industry. Although platforms such as Google and Facebook have had a global impact on the economy of journalism, the response of media industries in different countries and even each media to these changes can be changed. This differentiation is seen both in the business models of the mainstream media organizations and in the business models of many newsrooms, from small start-ups to the types of media that we can define as alternative or radical media. Therefore, we will be welcoming papers addressing these emerging models internalized by different types of media outlets and possible risks and opportunities of these economic models for newsrooms of the future.


*Welcomed Topics Include (but also a combination of) the following:*


  * How do algorithms transform the working conditions of journalists in
    the social, economic, and industrial fields?
  * What kind of changes do the automation and algorithms create in the
    working conditions of journalists?
  * What kinds of new approaches and methods are needed in academic
    studies in the use of algorithms and automatization in journalism?
  * What are the implicit and explicit intentions of those who control
    news algorithms and automate journalism?
  * How can the myths and facts related to automation and algorithms in
    journalism be categorized?
  * Do traditional business models in the journalism industry meet
    today's needs?
  * Can hybrid income models be liberating in terms of journalism?
  * How do newspapers develop their digital advertising policies and
    what do they pay attention to?
  * Can mass and institutional funds develop sustainable economic models?
  * Do Google-type digital ad provider networks threaten the future of
  * What impact does Duopol (Google and Facebook) have on newspaper
  * What do the news-oriented projects of Google and Facebook mean
    economically and practically for newspapers?


*Sarphan Uzunoğlu: *Sarphan Uzunoğlu is an Assistant Professor of Multimedia Journalism at the Department of Communication Arts and Online Security Director for Institute of Media Research and Training in Lebanese American University. Uzunoğlu received his Ph.D. degree in media and communication studies from Galatasaray University in Turkey. Before Lebanese American University, Uzunoğlu worked as an Associate Professor in UiT Arctic University of Norway Language and Culture Department and as a senior lecturer at Kadir Has University (Istanbul) in New Media, and Public Relations and Information Departments. Dr. Uzunoğlu is also a founder and editor-in-chief of NewsLabTurkey, as well as a regular contributor to Punto 24 and other independent media organizations. Before his academic career, Uzunoğlu worked in Turkish Grand National Assembly as a political communication advisor; and in Agora Publishing as an editor.

*Bilge Narin:*Bilge Narin is an academic in the field of journalism. She has received both her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in journalism from Ankara University in Turkey. She also finished her second master’s program at Middle East Technical University / Science and Technology Policy Studies. She has been working as a doctor at Ankara Haci Bayram Veli University/Faculty of Communication/Department of Journalism in Turkey since 2018. She worked as a research assistant at Gazi University from 2012 to 2018. Before that, she was a "press analysis specialist" for the Turkish General Staff. Most recently, she worked in the USA as a postdoctoral researcher (from March 2017 to March 2018). Her current research interests include new media studies, algorithmic (robot) journalism, online journalism, coding for journalists, data visualization, media ethics, and gender. You can find her work in these areas columns and journals, both popular and academic. She also has an interest in coding and mind-mapping, and it’s her passion to spread these skills – She organizes workshops for journalists; she also collaborates with numerous NGO’s to teach coding skills to girls.

*Bilge Narin, PhD *
*AHBV University
*Faculty of Communication*
*Department of Journalism*

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