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



The conference program and registration link for “Toward 2020: New Directions in Journalism Education,” a national conference to be held at Ryerson University in Toronto on May 31, 2014, are now available at

Anyone who has questions about the conference is most welcome to contact Gene Allen:




Date: Monday 17-Tuesday 18 November 2014

Venue: University of Salford, MediacityUK, Salford, Manchester.

The theme of the Challenging Media Landscapes conference is Exploring Media Choice and Freedom. It is hosted and organized by the University of Salford at MediacityUK and is part of the five day 2014 International Media Festival, Salford.

Conference Aim

The aim of the 2014 Challenging Media Landscapes conference is to undertake an exploration of a range of the main conceptual and practice based issues which have framed the academic analysis of ideas, practical expressions and critiques of freedom and choice in media environments over the course of at least the last decade.

Papers may have as their focus empirical cases, conceptual and theoretical contributions, or both. They may also report on practice based research across the range of media scholarship. Research which is of an exploratory and interdisciplinary orientation is welcome. Broadly speaking, papers are invited which address the range of actors, institutions, structures, instruments and processes in media environments that affect and challenge in some significant way our understanding of media freedom and choice.

Below is a set of five core themes, to be interpreted flexibly, around which contributions might be centred, though ideas for papers which do not sit in or across one or more of these areas, but which address the core aim of the conference, are also welcomed.

Theme One: Freedom, Choice and Privacy in Media Environments

Debates about privacy in media environments, particularly the online world, burn as strongly as they ever have. Some even contend that we are already in a post-privacy age, with the envelopment of professional and personal interactions and relations through social media and the melding of the two spheres, manifest, for example, in forms of immaterial labour. Concerns are expressed about surveillance, the treatment of protest by the State, and abandonment of respect for privacy by commercial organisations. Yet, high profile dissenting organisations and analysts, such as Wikileaks, IndyMedia and The Invisible Committee, for example – provide evidence of a more complex, contested environment. Wikileaks’s maxim “privacy for individuals and transparency for institutions” is suggestive of a new paradigm of what must be private, and what will be public. This theme calls for papers which explore the contemporary nature of privacy. What imperatives arise from its protection and what challenges arise in trying to secure it?

Theme Two: Policy Choices and Freedom in Changing Media Environments

The Internet is eroding the boundaries between the press, broadcasting and new, on-demand media services. The re-articulation of traditional Public Service Broadcasting as Public Service Media has now arguably been well-established. The rise of social media has created a set of new online communications environments where the associated commercial and governance protocols are still very much in their infancy and thus contested. What are the different ways of considering freedom and choice in this evolving era of media convergence? What are the key challenges that are developing in converging communications environments in terms of broadening and maintaining choice and what are the implications of this? How has this been manifest in the consideration of issues such as market regulation and the prescription of base line public service? This theme of the conference calls for papers which evoke new thinking in areas such as: new media market environments; possible subsidisation of media content, copyright regulation, ‘net neutrality’, and the possible regulation of social media.

Theme Three: The Growth of Big Data and Media Freedom

Debates about freedom, choice and control have been heightened by exponential growth in the range and amount of digitally collected and stored information. This has led to claims that the application of so called “Big Data” offers unparalleled opportunities to: understand social problems; track changes in public behaviour; and to develop more precise, incisive and nuanced policy responses to the needs of people as citizens, audience members, readers and consumers. More fundamentally, Big Data has been seen as challenging what we know and how we know it. However, superficial and deterministic assumptions that Big Data can automaticially produce solutions to a range of social problems ignore key questions around the interests which gather and have access to such data; exercise control over data flows; and undertake action to analyse and interpret such data. These concerns are already important sites of analysis and contestation in academic, governmental and media circles and this theme calls for contributions which will take forward the important debates this activity has generated.

Theme 4: Journalism, Media Freedom and Democracy

The principle of journalistic freedom centres on ideas about democracy, the Fourth Estate and the public sphere. However, the Leveson Inquiry (2012) in the UK was a potent reminder both of the limits of those freedoms and of their capacity to be abused. Globally, journalists are struggling to establish and maintain their freedom in fledgling democracies, such as the post-Arab Spring countries. The emergence of participatory (or ‘citizen’) journalism represents another important development, including a challenge to the professional status and values of journalists and to their ability to foster and regain public trust. Some argue that we are witnessing a democratisation of media through growing interactivity in journalism and apparently decentralised social media. This theme focuses on the range of possible responses to ideas about freedom in journalism in a variety of contexts in the twenty-first century. It welcomes both specific case studies of the notion of freedom in journalism and new attempts to theorise and explain critically the evolving and often elusive nature this idea.

Theme 5: Articulations of, and Barriers to, Creativity, Freedom and Choice in Media Practices

Media practice has long been a core manifestation of creativity, and the exercising of freedom and choice in the pursuit of excellence. However, media technologies and practices, individual and collective, commercial and non-commercial, are constantly changing. This theme calls for contributions which explore key changes in media practice from the perspective of creativity, freedom and choice. Papers and other contributions (such as audiovisual materials) may train their focus on the gamut of media practice from screenwriting to distribution and exhibition, from performance practices to cinematographic practices, from directing to sound design, from animation to games designs. Papers which explore multi-disciplinary and converged media practices, creative forms and business models are particular welcome.

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be submitted in Word document format by 9 June 2014 to:

Your abstract should address one of the above themes (please indicate which) and have a separate cover sheet providing your name(s), institutional affiliation(s) and e-mail address(es). You will be notified of acceptance by 15 July, 2014. Full papers are due no later than 1 November, 2014.

It is the intention of the organisers to put together an edited volume of the conference contributions.

Details on booking registration and accommodation options will follow on acceptance of your proposal.

For further enquiries, contact the conference director:

Seamus Simpson,
Professor of Media Policy,
Director of the Communication, Cultural and Media Studies Research Centre,
University of Salford,
Salford Quays,
Manchester M502HE


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

tel: +44(0)29 208 75420
fax: +44(0)29 202 38832


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.


Seminar on Journalist Interns
27-28 November 2014
U of Copenhagen
When educating new journalists, an important part of the training takes place when the journalist students do their internship. In this socialisation process, what the students learn, and what values are either enforced, reinforced or abandoned, is crucial to the future of educating journalists and the future of journalism. Yet, we do not know much about the process as a whole: From when the students enter the journalism education to the stage at which they practice journalism professionally.
The goal of the seminar is to bring together Nordic and European journalism researchers and journalism educators to share knowledge on the topic of interns as part of journalism education. We aim to establish a network of scholars and practitioners with a specific interest in studying and educating journalist students and interns, in gaining knowledge about their self-understanding, their perceptions of their jobs and education, the socialisation processes they find themselves in, their professional knowledge and professional practice – and other interesting topics concerning internships.
These areas have not received that much attention so far within journalism research. We hope to change this by offering a venue for networking and discussing research, theory and practice. Especially, we welcome cross-disciplinary research and projects using mixed methods. Hopefully, this can create possibilities for future seminars and collaborations across boarders – geographical borders as well as theoretical and methodological ones.
This event at the U of Copenhagen will be a mixture of presentations (20 minutes talk and 10 minutes for discussion), plenaries from researchers and practitioners, and workshops focusing on both the topic for the seminar and on future research and collaboration possibilities. Please see the full program below.
The number of participants for this seminar is limited to 30 people. Therefore, you have to send us an e-mail before 15 August, if you would like to participate. Please describe your affiliation and write 7-10 lines about why you would like to participate in the seminar. If you would also like to do a presentation about your research on journalist interns or on your experience educating them, please also send us an abstract of 250-300 words.
Deadline for e-mails (with or without abstracts) is 15 August 2014.
At the end of August, we will let you know who is taking part in the seminar, and who is doing presentations.
There is no participation fee, as the U of Copenhagen and the U of Southern Denmark are financing the seminar itself. Also, lunch, fruit, coffee, and cake during the two days are complimentary. You just need to pay for dinner at the restaurant Thursday night, and of course for your travel expenses and hotel.
Thursday 27 November 2014
10.30-11.00: Arrival and coffee
11.00-12.00: Welcome, program and introduction of participants
12.00-13.00: Lunch
13.00-14.00: Presentations (2)
14.00-14.20: Break
14.20-15.20: Invited presentation – from the researcher’s point of view: 
Hugo Bigi
15.20-15.40: Break
15.40-16.40: Presentations (2)
16.40-17.00: Break
17.00-18.00: Workshop: Why do we study interns? And does it matter?
19.00 : Dinner, restaurant in Copenhagen City
Friday 28 November 2014
08.30-09.00: Good morning and coffee
09.00-10.00: Presentations (2)
10.00-10.15: Break
10.15-11.15: Invited presentation – from the practitioner’s point of
view: Maria Becher Trier
11.15-11.30: Break
11.30-12.30: Presentations (2)
12.30-13.30: Lunch
13.30-14.30: Workshop: Future research possibilities
14:30 : Networking opportunities and departure
Invited presentations
Hugo Bigi: Journalism Education between Market Dependence and Social Responsibility
27 November, 14.20 – 15.20
Hugo Bigi, senior lecturer at the U of Applied Sciences HWZ Zurich, Switzerland, has recently published the book: “Journalism Education between Market Dependence and Social Responsibility. An Examination of Trainee Journalists”. This presentation will focus on the main points from this book and discuss the impact of journalism training on 
journalists’ experiences of their occupation and its implications for the news industry in the present volatile economic environment. It examines to what extent training empowers current journalists to adapt to the fast changing news world in order to guarantee the improvement of journalistic quality and to further serve a vital democratic function on our society.
Maria Becher Trier: Educating the supervisors of journalist interns
28 November, 10.15 – 11.15
Maria Becher Trier works as a journalist for Folkeskolen, The Public School, an independent magazine, published by the Danish Union of Teachers. She has engaged herself in improving the experience of internship for the students, supervisors and the work place. She was one of the initiators of a Danish education for the supervisors for journalist interns. The education is run within the Danish Union of Journalists. In 2012, Maria Becher Trier with her colleague won the prize as best intern supervisor of the year. This prize is given by the journalists interns, who each year nominate and elect a candidate, who has excelled as a supervisor.
U of Copenhagen, building 27, room 27.0.09


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)."


  • Matt Carlson, Chair
  • Henrik Ornebring, Vice-Chair
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