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[ecrea] deadline cfp "New media, audience and emotional connectivity" extended to January 11th 2013
Mon Dec 17 11:31:56 GMT 2012
-Second Call For Papers-
New media, audience and emotional connectivity
Special Issue of "Sociedad de la Información"
(ISSN: 1578-326X - D.L. AB 293-2001)
Deadline for abstracts extended until January 11th 2013.
Hada M. Sánchez Gonzales (Universidad de Sevilla, España; COST Action
ISO906 - WG2)
The technological development of the Internet has revolutionized our
understanding of the world of communication and information. This
special issue aims to reflect on one specific aspect, namely the
emotional / affective dimensions of the reconfigured relationship
between audiences and journalists.
One of the consequences of the new media configuration is that audience
members have become "media watchdogs" and are intensifying their impact
on traditional media. Also journalism has not remained immune for the
innovations brought about by Web 2.0, and more specifically social
media. The explosion of a real time web has allowed media enterprises to
be known differently in the Network and has led to a more direct
relationship with the user.
This call for papers focuses on the affective dimension of this altered
relationship, investigating how audience members and journalists
experience, produce and maintain emotional connections, and how this
affective dimension structures their relationships. Also the (affective
dimension of the) entrepreneurial experiences by journalists and
audience members will be analyzed, as will be the ways these emotional
connections are anchored in specific values and practices, such as
empathy, orientation towards service, establishment of links with
others, organizational awareness, collaboration, etc.
II. Sub topics:
1. Connection between the audience and the journalist
The audience has developed from an "ignorant mass" to a "smart crowd"
and has developed into the "fifth power". It started to play a more
proactive role in the construction of information (this is for instance
the case of "Periodismohumano", "Etiqueta Negra", "Demotix" etc.), the
public agenda and even in the search for political solutions (for
instance at the local level). Audience members are now looking for
information, deciding what kind of information they need to be provided
with and what it wants to see reported. This implies that journalists
must be aware that the audience has become a media watchdog (that is the
case of "Propublica"), for instance, affecting the quality of the
Audience participation has become hard to avoid for journalism, which
has generated the need to study the emotional connection between
audiences and journalists (and more broader: communication
professionals). Dealing with audience members requires specific skills,
which are also (at least partially) located within the emotional domain.
For instance, adaptation, readiness to dialogue, patience and
credibility are qualities that communication professionals might need,
facing an audience which has become more involved and is still sensitive
to facts. But also audience members experience specific emotions in
dealing with, not only other audience members, but also communication
professionals. More research is needed on the affects that enable them
to work together, to be committed to a joint project, to enjoy mutual
identifications and to be anchored in an orientation towards service and
dialogue, keeping in mind that the Social Web has just begun to develop
and that traditional media are adjusting quickly. Also more negative
affects, such as feelings of powerless, disrespect and manipulation
could/should also be included in the analyses.
2. New media, entrepreneurial experiences and audience
Habits and, consequently, audience reactions keeps on evolving when we
are looking at consumption and production within the domain of 2.0
platforms. This does not only apply to participatory processes and the
direct use (or exploitation) of the content but also to the emotional
connection that is established in, for instance, social media, because
social media content and practices respond to audience members'
interests and facilitate interaction with others. Again, affect matters,
because our actions are structurally linked with our emotions.
The contemporary media landscape is encouraging journalists to assume
new roles, provoked by the incursion of new formats and the labor
crisis. To do this, journalists have to deal with experiences on two
levels: technological/thematic experiences and entrepreneurial
experiences. This subtopic focuses on the affective dimension of the
latter, namely the journalists' experiences with and within the
(changing) media enterprise itself (in dealing more intensively with
audience members). Secondly, this subtopic also deals with the affective
dimension of the entrepreneurial experiences of audience members
themselves, and how they relate to media enterprises.
First January 11 th- 2013
(maximum) 600 word abstract.
Second January 31th- 2013
Notifications of acceptance.
Third March 26th- 2013
Full manuscript submission.
Fourth June 25th - 27th- 2013
Notifications of acceptance/suggestions.
Fifth Octuber- 2013
Publication in "Sociedad de la Información".
Submission (abstracts and full manuscript), in English, should be sent
electronically as Word documents to Hada Sánchez (email: (misago /at/ us.es))
If you have any queries regarding the suitability of your potential
contribution or any other inquiries, please contact the guest editor:
Hada Sánchez (email: (misago /at/ us.es))
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