Division 3: Journalism

About the division

The attempt to keep journalism a socially relevant and financially viable profession is more challenging than ever. In a time when news media are challenged by political actors, inadequate business models, and precarious labour conditions, people are consuming ever more news. 

In this situation of shifting grounds, the NordMedia Journalism Division invites papers that advance the empirical and theoretical knowledge, as well as methodological approaches to the study of journalism. 

The division welcomes papers that deal with all forms and formats of journalism; changes and developments in journalistic practices, norms, and (professional as well as amateur) roles; ethics and configurations of accountability and verification within the digital media environment; issues of trust and participation; social media and audience participation; online research methods of both journalists and journalism researchers; big data, data journalism, and visualizations; innovation in content, production, and business models; and journalism education and the socialization of new actors in the journalism culture. 

We are particularly interested in contributions that address how current technological, social, and structural developments influence journalism, its practices, and its roles in everyday life, society, culture, and politics. We also welcome contributions that relate journalism to other relevant media professions/practices and situates it in the broader media environment. Furthermore, we encourage revisiting the existing theories, concepts, and questions in light of these same developments, inviting the research community to critically and creatively engage in the discussion of journalism studies’ focuses and approaches now and in the future. 

This division accepts full papers, long abstracts, panel presentations, and workshops. You will find the instructions for submissions of abstracts for all these forms of presentation at the conference’s website. Discussants will be appointed to papers and long abstracts. Still, the division also assumes that all participants will read each other’s papers in order for the discussion to be more informed. 

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