Journalism Studies


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The Journalism Studies Division of the International Communication Association is concerned with journalism theory, journalism research, and professional education in journalism. The division invites a wide array of theoretical, epistemological and methodological approaches, all of which are united around an interest in journalism and share the aim of enhancing existing understandings of how journalism works, across temporal and geographic contexts. The division is intended to facilitate empirical research and to bring more coherence to research paradigms, and in so doing, to further support the professionalization of journalism studies and journalism education. With journalism as its focus, the division will create a setting in which scholars employing different kinds of academic approaches can engage in dialogue. It would be a clearinghouse for the wide range of scholarship on journalism.


Conference on disaster journalism and risk communication

(Un)Covering Disasters: A Conference on Disaster Journalism and Risk Communication

24–25 July 2014
Ateneo de Manila U
Quezon City, Philippines

Hosted by the Department of Communication and the SoSS Research Cluster on Environment, Society and Sustainability (School of Social Sciences, Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University)


Recent disasters in the Asia-Pacific Region, such as the Tohoku tsunami, Bohol earthquake, and Typhoon Haiyan, have brought to light issues and concerns related to the mainstream and alternative media coverage of disasters and post-disaster responses.

Analysts, scholars, government representatives, media practitioners, and even members of the general public have a stake in how the media covers disasters and post-disaster responses. This conference seeks to provide a venue for discussion and critical discourse of this subject. It will bring together journalists, academics, scientists, and other stakeholders to engage in dialogue, which hopefully will lay the groundwork for the crafting of efficient and ethical frameworks for disaster reporting.

The discourse on disasters is unique to the cultures and countries in which these events occur. This conference seeks to uncover the complexities of disaster reporting through a union of theoretical and practical approaches. As such, it invites paper contributions from students, scholars, and practitioners on any of the following topics or

- Theoretical perspectives on risk communication and environmental journalism
- The use of local and indigenous knowledge in disaster risk reduction
- Representation of tragedy and suffering in the mainstream and new media
- Visual representations of disaster through photographs, film or video
- Internal (intra- and interagency) and external (media relations) communication activities of government agencies and relief NGOs
- Reporting of post-disaster responses, rescue, retrieval, and relief operations, and delivery of humanitarian aid
- Safety protocols for journalists in disaster news coverage
- The role of journalism in facilitating efficient and effective disaster response
- Public participation and engagement through social media during disaster events
- Communication and public understanding of disaster preparedness programs and campaigns

The conference will accept papers that range from theoretically driven research to those that are anchored on an empiricist understanding of disaster situations as they occur on the ground.

Undergraduate and graduate student papers are also welcome.
Works-in-progress are also welcome, provided that data will be available for presentation on the day assigned to the presenter.

Submission guidelines

Interested paper presenters should submit a 350-word abstract, articulating the study’s significance, methods used, theoretical and conceptual frameworks, and discussion of findings. Panel proposals are also welcome, and should include a 100-word description/rationale of the proposed panel, as well as the abstracts of the individual papers included in the panel.

All submissions must be in Word (.doc) format, and should include the name/s of the proponent/s (surname underlined), a short biography, the institution/s represented, email address/es, and the phone/mobile numbers of corresponding author/s.

The deadline for submission abstracts and panel proposals is 25 April 2014, Friday. Notification of acceptance will be sent by the second week of May 2014.

Please send all the needed information, as well as other inquiries and concerns, to both addresses:

- Inez Ponce de Leon, Ph.D. (
- Jaime Manuel Flores, M.A. (

Travel and conference subsidy

Participants are encouraged to seek funds for travel and conference participation from their home institutions.

Important dates

25 April 2014 Deadline of abstracts and panel proposals
16 May 2014 Notification of acceptance
13 June 2014 Last day of early bird registration
20 June 2014 Release of final conference program
11 July 2014 Last day of regular registration
24-25 July 2014 Conference dates

Conference website:  For information and updates on registration and other matters, please visit


Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism: Co-operation, Collaboration and Connectivity
Special Issue of Journalism Practice
Guest editor: Stuart Allan, Cardiff University, UK

If everyone with a smartphone can be a citizen photojournalist, who needs professional photojournalism? This rather flippant question cuts to the heart of a set of pressing issues, where an array of impassioned voices may be heard in vigorous debate.

While some voices are confidently predicting photojournalism’s impending demise as the latest casualty of internet-driven convergence, others are heralding its dramatic rebirth, pointing to the democratisation of what was once the exclusive domain of the professional by citizen journalism.

Regardless of where one is situated in relation to these stark polarities, however, it is readily apparent that photojournalism is being decisively transformed across shifting, uneven conditions for civic participation in ways that raise important questions for journalism practice.

This special issue of Journalism Practice aims to identify and critique a range of factors currently recasting photojournalism’s professional ethos, devoting particular attention to the challenges posed by the rise of citizen journalism. Possible topics to be examined may include:

• Redefining photojournalism in a digital era

• Evolving forms and practices of citizen photojournalism

• Citizen photo-reportage in war, conflict or crisis events

• Influences of social media on photojournalism

• News organisations’ use of crowdsourced imagery

• Audience perceptions of ‘professional’ versus ‘amateur’ news photography

• Ethical issues engendered by citizen witnessing

• Impact of citizen photo news sites, agencies or networks

• Innovation and experimentation in photo-based visual reportage

Prospective authors should submit an abstract of approximately 250 words by email to Stuart Allan ( Following peer-review, a selection of authors will be invited to submit a full paper in accordance with the journal’s ‘Instructions for authors.’ Please note acceptance of the abstract does not guarantee publication, given that all papers will be put though the journal’s peer review process.



Deadline for abstracts: 1 May 2014
Deadline for submission of full papers: 1 September 2014.
Final revised papers due: 15 January 2015. Publication: Volume 9, Number 4 (August 2015).

Guest Editor

Stuart Allan is Professor of Journalism and Communication, and Deputy Head of School (Academic), in the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University, UK. His books include Citizen Witnessing: Revisioning Journalism in Times of Crisis (Polity Press, 2013) and Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives, Volume Two (co-edited with Einar Thorsen; Peter Lang, forthcoming).

Professor Stuart Allan
Deputy Head of School (Academic)
School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue
Cardiff University
Cardiff, CF10 3NB

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Call for papers for annual conference of the Institute of Communication Ethics

24t October 2014

Frontline Club, London


Public and academic debates about communication ethics tend to focus on the negative. For instance, in journalism the focus is often on the failures to cover adequately a vast range of issues – from race, military policy, women, climate change, law and order. Dumbing down, churnalism, the sound-bite culture, the obsession with sex, trivia and celebrities all feature prominently in the dominant critique.

In Public Relations, criticisms can often focus on its subservience to corporate priorities and its essential propaganda function for dominant business, military, political and cultural interests.

In the fields of computer studies, law, health, education and philosophy, the focus of study and research tends to be on the negative – and the failures of practice to achieve certain ethical standards.

This conference aims to challenge this approach and concentrate on the positive.

     * What essentially constitutes good communication?

     * What are the models of good practice in the various communication fields (mainstream, alternative, social etc) which we can celebrate with our students and colleagues?


Abstracts of 200 words should be sent to John Mair (, chair of ICE, or Fiona Thompson, director of ICE ( by 1 July 2014. Decisions will be completed by 1 September. A special issue of Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics ( will be based on contributions to the conference.





There is a new research lab on data journalism trends and techniques, called the Data J Lab, at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. See

From the site's About page:

"The Data J Lab is a virtual lab on data journalism trends and techniques. Created in 2013 as an initiative of the Data Journalism Master’s Programme at Tilburg U, it is based in the Department of Communication and Information Sciences and benefits from a long-standing tradition of interdisciplinary research at the intersection of communication sciences and applied informatics. The Data J Lab team is composed of five faculty members with expertise ranging from computer science, to journalism, to sociology and includes a number of students and external experts. The Data J Lab has working partnerships with a variety of international and Dutch media outlets, such as Inter Press Service and De Correspondent.

"The Data J Lab is open to media and research institutions who would like to collaborate on data journalism projects and related research, including on methods. For more info, please contact Hille van der Kaa (Dutch media) or Stefania Milan (research institutions, and media outside The Netherlands)."


  • Stephanie L. Craft, Chair
  • Matt Carlson, Vice-Chair
  • Seth C. Lewis, Secretary
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