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[Commlist] cfp Cardiff University biennial Future of Journalism Conference

Tue Feb 16 18:43:26 GMT 2021

Cardiff University's biennial Future of Journalism conference @cardiffjomec is pleased to announce its keynote speakers for "Overcoming obstacles in journalism" to be held on September 23 and 24th, @Foj2021, 2021.They are:

  * Danielle K. Kilgo, author, researcher and the John & Elizabeth Bates
    Cowles Professor of Journalism, Diversity and Equality, Hubbard
    School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of
    Minnesota, USA.
  * Gary Younge, author, journalist, broadcaster and Professor of
    Sociology at Manchester University, UK.
  * Cherian George, author, journalist and Professor at the Hong Kong
    Baptist University’s School of Communication, Hong Kong.

    *The call for Abstracts is extended*

    Recognising the extraordinary pressures many people are experiencing
    at the moment, we have extended the deadline for abstracts until the
    Friday 5th March, 2021. Abstracts (500-750 words maximum) for papers
    should be submitted via the conference email address:
    (foj2021 /at/ <mailto:(foj2021 /at/> 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/ <mailto:(foj2021 /at/> Ticket
    prices are £50 for the two days, £20 concessions.

    *Conference theme*
    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 organisations 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
    shaping storytelling?
  * Which theoretical approaches can help us understand changes in
    storytelling techniques?

    *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
    the future?
  * 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: Digital Journalism, Journalism Practice and Journalism Studies. Website link <>.

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