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[Commlist] Cfp: Future of Journalism
Mon Jan 04 16:31:55 GMT 2021
*Future of Journalism, Cardiff University, UK, September 2021 *
*Future of Journalism: “**Overcoming obstacles in journalism” *
The School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) at Cardiff
University will host the eighth biennial Future of Journalism conference
on 23rd-24th September 2021.
At present the conference will be virtual, in light of COVID-19 and
social distancing. However, should conditions change, and time
permitting, we envisage a blended conference, which will partly take
place in JOMEC's state-of-the-art home in Cardiff's city centre. The
theme for 2021 will be “Overcoming obstacles in journalism.”
*Overcoming obstacles in journalism *
2020 has been a year of unprecedented challenges and obstacles for
journalism as an institution, and journalists as professionals. At the
same time, journalism has never been more important. With audiences
around the world urgently requiring reliable information on the
coronavirus pandemic and major breaking news events, journalists have
carried out their work under difficult and often dangerous circumstances.
In doing so, their storytelling has shed light on, and made tangible,
the realities on the ground which would otherwise be inaccessible.
Audiences, in turn, have altered their news-seeking behaviour and
engagement with traditional and alternative media. Against this
backdrop, news organisations around the world have had to operate with
unprecedented agility and flexibility, changing their routines and
practices to overcome the many obstacles thrown in their path. The
Future of Journalism conference 2021 invites contributions that engage
with the theme of “overcoming obstacles,” examining areas including, but
not limited to:
*Transformations in journalistic practices *
* How have news organisations around the world covered the pandemic?
What have been the major logistical and ethical challenges in doing so?
* How have news organisations managed the coverage of major events
beyond the pandemic (e.g. the Black Lives Matter movement and
critical race theory, and the US presidential elections)?
* How have news organizations responded to unprecedented attacks on
journalists as professionals and journalism as an institution?
* How have journalists changed their working routines and practices
given the challenges of covering the news in a pandemic?
* How has journalism fared in holding governments to account?
* How have the experiences of journalists varied across national
contexts and types of journalism?
* How has journalism responded to embrace greater diversity and
* How has journalism’s role changed?
*Enhancing storytelling *
* What new storytelling formats, techniques and platforms have
journalists developed to cover the pandemic?
* What has been the role of emerging practices (e.g. data journalism,
fact-checking artificial intelligence, constructive journalism) in
* Which theoretical approaches can help us understand changes in
*Engaging and supporting audiences *
* How has audience engagement with the news changed?
* How have news organisations responded to the “infodemic” of
misinformation, disinformation and conspiracy theories? What role
have social media played in this context?
* How have audience members changed their news-seeking behaviour?
* What have we learned about news avoidance?
*Building resilience for the future *
* What has been the emotional impact of covering news in crisis, and
how can news organisations ensure support for the mental health of
journalists in the future?
* How have news organisations maintained their commitment to
longer-standing projects (e.g. investigations and experimentation)
in the face of the pandemic?
* How have business models in journalism coped with the pandemic?
* What are the most promising avenues for financial sustainability in
* What research agendas and theoretical approaches are most helpful to
understand the future of journalism?
* How can practising journalists and academics strengthen their ties
and work to better inform audiences?
We are delighted that a selection of papers presented at the conference
will be published in special issues of international peer-reviewed
journals, such as:/Journalism Practice/ and /Journalism Studies/. More
news will follow.
The conference will take place on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th
September 2021. Further information on registration fees and keynote
speakers will be available in due course.
T*he deadline for submitting abstracts (500-750 words maximum) for
papers is**Thursday Feb 18^th 2021.*Please submit your abstract via the
conference email address: (FoJ2021 /at/ cardiff.ac.uk)
<mailto:(FoJ2021 /at/ cardiff.ac.uk)>
Please do not submit more than one abstract as first author, with no
more than two abstracts in total.Should you have any questions, please
contact us at (FoJ2021 /at/ cardiff.ac.uk) <mailto:(FoJ2021 /at/ cardiff.ac.uk)>
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