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[Commlist] CFP: Reappraising UK local and community news media practice and policy

Wed Aug 12 17:21:58 GMT 2020

*CFP: Reappraising UK local and community news media practice and policy.*

Edited by: Rachel Matthews and David Harte

Abstract submission, 300 words: September 25th 2020

Full chapter submission, 5000 words: February 15th 2021

The landscape for local and community news media in the UK has been undergoing a period of rapid change in recent years in the wake of the disruption of traditional business models and the advent of diverse, entrepreneurial reactions to the spaces created. The impact of Covid-19 on the local news landscape sees the prospect of an acceleration of changes already underway, with both commentators and governments concerned about the consequences of news ‘deserts’ opening up as large commercial news providers look to protect their business models by closing local titles and making journalists redundant. Do such changes offer routes for alternative models of sustaining local news? How might community media operations make the most of this moment or have audiences already migrated to networked spaces where rumour and conspiracy fill information gaps?

This volume, intended to be published as part of the Routledge */Disruptions: Studies in Digital Journalism /*book series, seeks contributions that offer insights into the emergent local and community news media landscape and considers how policy responses that have begun to situate local news as an essential, subsidised public service might play out in different contexts. The editors wish to invite contributions that consider the role of local and regional television along with local and community radio, as well as print and local online news outlets.

An overview of areas which might be addressed include, but are not limited to, the implications of local and community media practices and policies for:

·Local democratic processes

·Social justice

·Information provision

·Local media ecosystems

·Community development

·Government policy – present and future

·Local minority ethnic media

·The regulatory environment

·Public subsidy

·Media entrepreneurs and emerging business models

·The local media workforce and platforms

·Alternative local and community media

·State policy interventions

·Interventions by technology platforms or companies

We are particularly interested in contributions that deal with government and industry policy and some of the contradictions and potential tensions therein (eg: the use of BBC and Facebook funding for local news reporters for local papers).

This volume is designed as a rapid response to changes in this area. We therefore invite abstracts of no more than 300 words by 25^th September 2020. We will inform successful authors by 8^th October who will be invited to submit full chapters of 5,000 words by 15^th February 2021, pending contract.

Responses to (dave.harte /at/ <mailto:(dave.harte /at/>

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