Trends on Youth Identity Construction in Digital Media

Deadline to submit to Journalism and Media Special Issue on “Trends on Youth Identity Construction in Digital Media” EXTENDED – 30 JANUARY 2023

Due to your expertise on the topic, we are inviting you to submit a paper to the special issue Trends on Youth Identity Construction in Digital Media of the Journalism and Media The Article Process Charges will be fully subsided by MDPI for all invited authors. Thus, the accepted papers are going to be published free of charge.

Special Issue Information

There is a wide consensus in the academic debate that youth individual and social identities have been shaped by the use of digital media. As smartphone ownership has become nearly omnipresent in young people’s lives, they engage with the online sphere mainly to be entertained, to self-express, to socialize, to find information and learn new things, and to build online communities around common interests. All those activities could be seen as performative elements of identity in which the self is constructed by mediatized interactions with others. In the last decade, the complex interplay between media use and identity became increasingly marked by the marketplace logic of huge platforms such as Google, Instagram, YouTube, or TikTok. These very large corporations do not produce or own most of the content they circulate, but they co-opt regular users to become producers that nurture a datafied, privacy invasive, and commodified environment with their contents and data. The predominance of this digital influencer model and its business practices profoundly affected the youth online culture, including the youngsters’ self-presentation on social media. In this sense, young people’s digital performances frequently emulate the aesthetic and values of celebrity culture to gain popularity and consequently achieve a higher social status. These practices often entail a “dark side”, as young people experience frustration, anxiety, or addiction, in their constant search for acknowledgment, recognition, and value from their peers on these platforms. It is in this context of hyperconnection, platformization, commodification, and celebritization that young people learn, interact, and perceive themselves and one another.

The Journalism and Media journal invites submissions to a Special Issue addressing emergent problems of youth identity construction taking into consideration their consumption of digital media contents and also their online self-presentation and interaction in an environment profoundly affected by the political economy of digital technologies. The articles provided to the issue may cover the following themes:

Youth narrative identity development on social media;

Consumption, brands, and the youths’ construction of identity on digital media;

  • Fan identities and media;
  • Gaming, avatars, and identity;
  • Gender and sexual identity performance online;
  • Youth migrant digital identity;
  • Young people digital activism;
  • Celebrity culture and youth identity;
  • Sharenting and the construction of youth’s digital identity by parents and relatives;
  • Digital performances, socialization, and peer culture;
  • Images and identity construction: memes, emojis, gifs, digital manipulation of photos;
  • Digital disconnection and resistant identities;
  • Young people’s representation on news, advertisement, and fiction.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Lídia Marôpo
Guest Editor

Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Setúbal, Portugal
Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences (CICS.NOVA), NOVA University, Lisbon, Portugal

Prof. Dr. Patrícia Dias

Guest Editor

CECC/Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisboa, Portugal

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Journalism and Media is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

For more information write to:

(lidia.maropo /at/

(pdias /at/