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Future of Journalism 2019: Call for papers opens

5 December 2018

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Abstracts should be submitted before 31 January 2019.

The Call for Papers for the seventh Future of Journalism conference in September 2019 has opened.

Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) will again host the biennial conference which will this year focus upon the theme “Innovations, Transitions and Transformations”.

The conference will take place in the School’s new home, situated in Cardiff city centre, and will be sponsored by Routledge / Taylor & Francis.

Professor Andrew Chadwick (Loughborough University), Professor Adrienne Russell (University of Washington), and Professor Nikki Usher (University of Illinois) will be the keynote speakers.

Contributions on all aspects of journalism are welcomed along with those addressing the conference theme being particularly encouraged. Issues to be addressed may include:

  • How are definitions of journalism changing in an evolving news ecosystem?
  • What is the future for today’s journalist in an environment increasingly shaped by artificial intelligence, big data, algorithmic processing and "liminal" journalism practices?
  • How are standards of quality, balance and fairness changing, including with regard to the perceived decline of ‘mainstream media’ and the rise of hyper-partisan outlets?
  • To what extent are social media democratising citizens’ engagement with news across mobile platforms?
  • How best to encourage new cultures of experimentation and innovation for rethinking journalistic form and practice?
  • How should journalism studies respond to these shifts, conceptually and methodologically?

Senior Lecturer and conference co-organiser Dr Mike Berry said, “As usual a selection of papers presented at the conference will be published in special issues of the international peer-reviewed journals Digital Journalism, Journalism Practice and Journalism Studies.

“Authors should submit their abstract via the conference email address: and we ask authors not to submit more than one abstract as first author, with no more than two abstracts in total.”

The conference will take place on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 September 2019 and abstracts should be submitted before 31 January 2019. The registration fee will be £250 (£200 for postgraduate students).

For further information please contact Bina Ogbebor.

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