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[Commlist] Call: Future of Journalism
Tue Apr 14 13:39:42 GMT 2020
Please see below a call for contributions to our project: Future of
Journalism: Technology-driven reconfigurations in the
The editors of an upcoming, interdisciplinary collection on the future
of journalism, Ville Manninen, Mari K. Niemi and Anthony Ridge-Newman,
seek abstracts for chapter contributions.
Since the advent of the internet, the rapid development of emerging
technologies has posed significant challenges and opportunities for
journalism. Many of the implications, driven by a digital revolution,
have been complex, latent and unforeseen. Rigorously researched and
well-argued predictions can contribute to the planning and development
of journalistic practice and output.
Arguably, the most crucial locus of change is the journalism-audience
relationship. Or as more contemporary parlance would have it: the
relationship between journalism and the “people formerly known as the
audience” (Rosen 2006). The past few decades have already brought about
seismic shifts of power in this relationship. Further technological
advancements are likely to continue impacting on an increasingly fluid
We invite scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to author
chapters forming empirical, theoretical, critical, practice-reflections
and policy-based contributions to an edited collection that aims to
predict future trends in journalism. The focus is to offer a range of
disciplinary perspectives that analyze technological interfaces that
connect the practice of journalism to publics (audiences/user
engagement/content producers). The underlying question the edited
collection seeks to answer is:
/How will journalism-audience-relationships be reconfigured in new
Potential topics might include (but are not limited to):
* Social and cultural impacts of new journalism technologies
* Role of VR, iDocs, immersive documentary and AI in changing journalism
* Future of big data, social media and journalism
* Market implications of journalism and new user-interfaces
* Immersive technologies and journalistic user experience
* Enhanced audience/prosumer agency
* New, technology-enabled monetization models
* Role of camera drones and satellite data in future journalism
* Audience trust in introducing novel journalistic technologies
* Future of journalism and the digital economy
* Role of new technology in reporting national and international crises
* Future of handheld devices and interactive and converging tech in
We especially encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration, including
scholars offering perspectives across journalism, media, policy,
business, information technology, computer science and future studies.
The editors are willing to help facilitate cross-fertilization for
authors seeking suitable co-authors.
Chapter proposals, in the form of short abstracts (maximum 400 words),
should be sent to*(ville.manninen /at/ uwasa.fi)
<mailto:(ville.manninen /at/ uwasa.fi)>* by May 8^th 2020. The abstracts should
clearly outline the content of the chapter, including methodology and
data where applicable. The submission should also include a brief
introduction to the author(s) (excluded from word limit).
Acceptance will be communicated to prospective authors by the end of
May. Full chapters, approximately 4000 words each, are due by January
2021. The anticipated publication date of the book is early 2022.
The book will be edited by Dr Ville Manninen, Dr Mari K. Niemi, both of
University of Vaasa, and Dr Anthony Ridge-Newman of Liverpool Hope
University. It is part of a Helsingin Sanomat Foundation
<https://www.hssaatio.fi/en/>funded project, Disrupting the media scene
jointly conducted by University of Vaasa and Åbo Akademi’s Experience
Twitter: @Media_Futures <https://twitter.com/Media_Futures>
*Dr Ville Manninen* <https://www.univaasa.fi/en/profile/?view=2235085>is
a researcher at University of Vaasa’s InnoLab. His previous work has
focused on the journalism-audience relationship in online journalism.
Currently he is working on two research projects, one on disruptive
technologies in journalism, and one on the use of drones and satellite
imagery in Finnish newspapers. Ville has also worked as a journalist in
seven Finnish newspapers.
*Dr (Docent) Mari K. Niemi*
<https://www.univaasa.fi/en/profile/?view=1887423>is the Director of
Innovation and Entrepreneurship InnoLab
<https://www.univaasa.fi/en/sites/innolab/>, which is an open,
multidisciplinary research platform part of the University of Vaasa.
Both the platform and Mari personally are engaged with numerous research
projects on novel technologies (e.g. blockchains and satellites) and
their business applications. Mari’s earlier work also encompasses
studies on political communication, media and populism.
*Dr Anthony Ridge-Newman*
<https://www.hope.ac.uk/si/dr-anthony-ridge-newman.html>is a Senior
Lecturer in Media and Communication at Liverpool Hope University. His
interdisciplinary interests include new media and emerging technologies,
and their impact on organizations, society and culture. He has published
three books, including 'Cameron's Conservatives and the Internet' (2014)
and ‘Reporting the Road to Brexit’ (2018). In 2019, he gave invited
talks at Oxford, Melbourne and Australian National universities. Anthony
has industry experience as a former journalist and news editor.
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