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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
*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
* 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 *
*Faculty of Communication*
*Department of Journalism*
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