Reinventing Media Diversity: Change Management for Social Innovation

Central European Journal of Communication

Special Issue 2023: “Reinventing Media Diversity: Change Management
for Social Innovation”. The “Central European Journal of
Communication” adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy and
articles are published Open Access with no processing charges for

Editors: Greta Gober, Michał Głowacki, Anna Jupowicz-Ginalska,
University of Warsaw, Poland


The “Central European Journal of Communication” and the Norway-grants
funded „Diversity Management as Innovation in Journalism” research
project (2021-2023) invite scholars from a broad range of disciplines
to submit extended abstracts for a special issue under the theme of:
“Reinventing Media Diversity: Change Management for Social
Innovation”, focusing on the political, social, and cultural
implications of enhancing diversity in the media.

Accompanying the call, we welcome interested scholars and media
managers to a research conference with the same theme “Reinventing
Media Diversity: Change Management for Social Innovation”. Conference
is organized by the Faculty of Journalism, Information and Book
Studies, University of Warsaw (June 22-23, 2023).

For more information visit:

Our Timeline

Deadline for extended abstracts (max. 500 words): January 31, 2023
Invitation to submit a full paper: February 15, 2023
Full paper submission: May 31, 2023
Peer review and copyediting: Summer/Autumn 2023
Publication: October/November 2023

Our Topic and Goals

We are living at a historical moment of disruption and radical
transformation. The urgency of climate change, the globalization
crisis, the increasing sense of distributive injustice, the
impoverished political leadership, the rise of the “global Right[1]”,
the Covid-19 pandemic and Russia’s war on Ukraine are all points of
disruption where radical change starts. Unequal power relations in
participation processes that are increasingly mediated become
especially pertinent in times of crisis and war.

Disruption and radical transformation similarly affect contemporary
media systems, bringing attention to these transformations’
consequences for democracy and the quality of public debates. On the
one hand, many discussions and research on crises facing media and
journalism narrowly focus on technological disruptions and economic
declines. On the other hand, there is a growing realization that the
root causes of media and journalism in crises are more profound; with
the focus shifting to epistemological blind spots, gaps, and
exclusions. This shift is reflected in the recent renewal of media
organizations’ interest in diversity and inclusion management. Reports
from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (approximately
since 2019) regularly list ‘diversity’ amongst the industry’s biggest
challenges. ‘Diversity’ (amongst journalists, management, and
programming) is a solution to restoring the audience’s trust,
improving the quality of journalism, and even ‘saving liberal
democracies (e.g., Toff et al. 2022, English, 2021).

Meanwhile, if ‘diversity’ has become a buzzword or even a fashion,
the relationship between media and participation remains vaguely
defined and largely underdeveloped in mainstream media and journalism
research and education (see Tandoc Jr et al. 2020 addressing this
problem). We argue that critical contributions feminist, postcolonial,
queer, and anti-racist theories have made in advancing our
understanding of the relationship between media and participation can
help deepen and expend understanding of the challenges and
opportunities media and journalism face in such turbulent times (e.g.,
Callison & Young 2020, Douglas 2022, Thomas et al. 2019). Reinvention
of media diversity, both as a field of study and practice, is thus
needed urgently.

The Special Issue 2023 of the “Central European Journal of
Communication” aims to shed a critical and innovative light at the
complexity of political, social, and cultural implications of
enhancing diversity in the media and daily media practices. We suggest
looking at conditions, possibilities, and constraints for mediated
participation and the role diversity management and inclusion can play
in reshaping newsroom cultures, journalistic practices, and
organizational processes. We also aim for a reinvention in theorizing
diversity; for instance, concerning organizational and human-based
resistance to unequal power relations and organizational adaptation
and change (Gober and Głowacki, 2022). Bearing in mind the complexity
of reinventing media diversity theorizing we invite papers, media
scholarly and industry interventions on change management and social
innovation considering:

1) The Value of Media Diversity (theory vs potential impact on society),
2) Diversity and Inclusive Management (rituals, artifacts,
organizational culture, and so on),
3) Societal and cultural contexts (including motivation, standpoint,
positionality, and pride).

Our Processes

We invite extended abstract (max. 500 words), highlighting the novelty
of the research, data, goals, and methodologies by January 31, 2023
(the abstract shall be sent to: (g.gober /at/

Authors invited to submit full manuscripts (7,000–9,000 words) will be
notified by February 15, 2023. The full papers shall be submitted by
May 31, 2023, in accordance with the editorial standards and practices
of the “Central European Journal of Communication”:

About Us

The “Central European Journal of Communication” adheres to a rigorous
double-blind reviewing policy and articles are published Open Access
with no processing charges for authors. The journal offers
professional copyediting and instant access to Open Journal Systems.
We welcome theoretical and empirical research from various
disciplinary approaches, including methods and concepts, book reviews,
conference reports, and interviews with scholars and media
practitioners (policymakers, media managers, journalists). CEJC is
indexed in several scientific databases, including SCOPUS, Web of
Science Master Journal List, Emerging Citation Index and Central and
Eastern European Online Library.


Questions about the “Diversity management as innovation in journalism”
project, the special issue, and related June conference can be
addressed to Greta Gober ((g.gober /at/, Michał Głowacki
((michal.glowacki /at/ and Anna Jupowicz-Ginalska
((a.ginalska /at/


Callison, C., Young, M. L. (2020). Reckoning: Journalism’s Limits and
Possibilities. online edn: Oxford University
Douglas, O. (2022). “The media diversity and inclusion paradox:
Experiences of black and brown journalists in mainstream British news
institutions”. Journalism, 23(10), 2096–2113.
Gober, G., and Głowacki, M. (2022). “Polyphony and Voice Plurality in
Managing Newsroom Diversity”. Paper delivered at the conference of the
European Media Management Association, Munich, June.
Graff, A., Kapur, R., Walters, S.D. (2019). „Introduction. Gender and
the Rise of the Global Right”. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and
Society, 44(31): 541-560.
Tandoc Jr, E., Hess, K., Eldridge II., S., Westlund, O. (2020).
“Diversifying Diversity in Digital Journalism Studies: Reflexive
Research, Reviewing and Publishing”, Digital Journalism, 8:3, 301-309,
DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2020.1738949
Thomas, T., Kruse, M., Stehling, M. (eds.) (2019). Media and
participation in post-migrant societies. Lanhem, Maryland: Rowman &
Littlefield International.