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[Commlist] ECREA Journalism studies Section Conference “Journalism studies meets practice”
Tue Jun 30 07:43:26 GMT 2020
ECREA Journalism studies Section Conference “Journalism studies meets
practice” will be hosted by Research Group Quality Journalism in Digital
Transition at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
Utrecht, the Netherlands – February 25-26, 2021
Deadline for abstracts and submissions: *September 4, 2020.*
The 2021 Section Conference of the Journalism Studies Section of the
European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) will
take place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on *February 25-26, 2021.*
* We welcome submissions focusing on *journalism in digital transition.*
* We especially welcome proposals for co-creative sessions –
co-creation understood as collaboration between researchers and
* We also want to make the regular sessions more collaborative by
introducing active respondents. They will contact the participants
before the session.
The process of digitalization has challenged professional journalism in
every way, not only in its organization but also in the way its products
are made, sold, and consumed.
For instance, while the newsroom is still often the core space of
journalism, the place where the news-beat is felt, the transition to
freelance practices and the collaboration with other professions in the
creative industry have challenged both organizations and the identity of
the journalistic profession. Also, moving away from traditional forms of
consuming journalistic production, the public is offered information and
entertainment via a multitude of, mostly online, channels. Technological
innovation gives journalists and media organizations a range of
opportunities. Algorithmic tools are increasingly used to uncover data
and gather information. At the same time, artificial intelligence can
provide a more personalized and tailor-made news experience.
Technologies provide opportunities for storytelling in which the role of
the user is more prominent – for example in interactive stories,
immersive productions and podcasts.
At the same time concerns have been voiced about the negative aspects of
these changes. It might promote fragmentation, polarization of
deliberative spaces and the spread of disinformation, to name just a few
of these concerns.
What is particularly fascinating in the process of digitalization is the
question of how to study it. While the field of journalism studies is
booming, the debate on methodological thinking is still surprisingly
limited. Therefore, we also encourage submissions focusing on methods.
The scholarly field of journalism studies has developed into a
sophisticated field of research. The question often remains how much of
this scholarly knowledge is translated into journalism practice. This
conference therefore especially invites journalism scholars who work
together with practitioners or can show how their research impacts the
field. Therefore co-creative sessions will be organized in which we will
invite prominent journalists to join the scholarly discussion.
The journalism industry has always been dependent on technology.
However, as scholars, we need to heighten our focus on the
socio-cultural consequences of this dependence, more so because digital
technology exponentially increases new theoretical, methodological, and
In sum, we encourage submissions in three main areas:
* Research on how the digital transition challenges the field of
journalism in the way it is produced, sold and consumed.
* Methodological discussions, challenging current scholarly methods or
proposing innovative methods in journalism studies.
* Best practices, especially on how scholarly research is embedded
into journalistic practice.
The conference will feature traditional paper presentations and
co-creative sessions between academics and media professionals.
Traditional paper presentations: Traditional paper presentations will
take place in panels consisting of four to five papers. Each panel will
be moderated by an active respondent.
Co-creative sessions: A limited number of slots will be available for
co-creative sessions in which one topic is addressed in four short
presentations, followed by an organized debate between academics and
invited media-professionals. We stimulate submissions for these
sessions. We will also search for coherent papers to organize such
sessions. Presenters will be informed beforehand.
Submissions can be sent to (ecreajournalism2021 /at/ hu.nl)
<mailto:(ecreajournalism2021 /at/ hu.nl)> no later than*4 September 2020*.
Please include in the email (1) the title of your paper, (2) an abstract
of no more than 750 words, (3) names and affiliations of the authors.
Submission will undergo scholarly peer-review. Only one proposal per
first author can be accepted. Notifications of acceptance will be issued
early October 2020.
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