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[Commlist] CFP special issue: What’s (the) News? Revisiting ‘NewsValues’ as a Concept and Methodology in the Age of Digital Networked Journalism

Tue Jan 07 12:09:43 GMT 2020

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Journalism Studies

What’s (the) News? Revisiting ‘News Values’ as a Concept and Methodology in the Age of Digital Networked Journalism

Guest Editors: Jelle Mast & Martina Temmerman (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Deadline (full papers): 31 January 2020

This special issue aims to bring together contemporary conceptual, methodological and/or empirical scholarly work that applies, elaborates, interrogates and, in doing so, reflects on the actual and potential merits and limitations of the ‘news values’ framework in a digital, networked age where paradigmatic notions of ‘news(worthiness)’ are shifting. We particularly welcome proposals that contribute, either individually or collectively, to our objective of revisiting ‘news values’ as an analytical approach in its own right:

 1. across disciplinary boundaries within the heterogenous domain of
    journalism studies, expanding or rethinking conceptual frameworks
    and methodologies by integrating theoretical perspectives and
exploring multimethod or otherwise innovative methodological approaches;

 2. across conceptual dimensions, contemplating the ontological status
    of news values and articulating (interactions between) material,
    cognitive, social, and discursive perspectives;

 3. across the diversity of topical areas, journalistic (sub)cultures,
    news outlets, or (hybrid) genres and actors that make up the
    fragmented field of contemporary journalism, examining how ‘news
    values’ are variously conceived and questioning normative assumptions;
 4. across the range of digital media(technologies), their affordances
    and limitations, adapting ‘news value’ analysis to a
    multimodal/media, interactive and hyperlinked news environment where
    established forms of news production, presentation and reception are
    transformed, and news commodification is co-determined by search
    engines, social media and web metrics.
Full papers (6000-9000 words, all inclusive) should be submitted online by 31 January 2020, in order to be considered for peer review: Please tick the relevant box on the submission site indicating the manuscript relates to the special issue and follow the general submission guidelines carefully in preparing your manuscript. We strive towards notifying authors within two months upon receipt of submission. Publication of the special issue is planned for mid-2020.

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