ARTICLE: History and journalism in Joe Sacco’s graphic novels

Joshua Kavaloski of Drew University, studied Joe Sacco’s graphic novels as works of journalism and history. Joe Sacco’s visits to the West Bank and Gaza Strip eventually led to the publication of the work Palestine, which gained him critical attention. He has been established as a ‘comics journalist’. Kavaloski finds that Safe Area Gorazde, the … Continued


CFP | 30.5. | Journal of alternative and community media

Journal of Alternative and Community Media special issue “The “Other” Alternatives: Political Right-Wing Media On- and Offline” is calling for papers. This special issue of the Journal of Alternative and Community Media focusses on Alternative Right-Wing Media which is published online as well as offline to close the research gap in the right-wing media spectrum. … Continued

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ARTICLE: The effect of format and source type on how people select news

A growing competition for audiences and the proliferation of new sources, sometimes less credible, have changed how people read news. Are the concerns over news consumption specific to the medium on which people get their news? ask George D.H. Pearson and Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick of the Ohio State University. The researchers looked for differing patterns of … Continued


CFP | 30.4. | Rethinking theories and concepts of mediated communication

The conference “Rethinking Theories and Concepts of Mediated Communication” is calling for papers. The conference will be held in 13-14 September 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. It is cosponsored by the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Nanyang Technological University, and LMU-Munich, and hosted by Missouri’s Barcelona office. This conference will explore how theories and concepts … Continued

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ARTICLE: Journalism job postings demand an increasing repertoire of skills

The required skill sets for people working in journalism are continually expanding. At the same time, career prospects of journalism students exceed the usual meanings of “journalism” work. Deb Halpern Wenger and Jason Cain of the University of Mississippi, and Lynn C. Owens of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (authors not in … Continued

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ARTICLE: Human-written, automated and combined news articles were seen equally as credible

As many news organizations are already using computer algorithms to produce journalistic content, questions about how audiences view these stories arise. Anja Wölker and Thomas E. Powell of the University of Amsterdam, did an experiment on how readers perceive different forms of automated journalism in regard to credibility of the message and source. Their online … Continued


CFP | 1.3. | How to research collective memories of things not lived?

The one-day symposium, entitled “Remembering what we have not lived: Approaches to Postmemory Analysis”, is calling for paper proposals. The event is organised and hosted by the Cantebury Christ University, in the United Kingdom, on the 3rd of July 2018. The event is interested in the “remembering” of things that have not been personally experienced, … Continued

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ARTICLE: What drives crowdfunding campaigns for feminist journalism?

Many crowdfunding campaigns seek to secure funding for feminist journalism. The organisers of these campaigns envision themselves as parts of a larger societal movement, rather than producers of niche journalism, Andrea Hunter and Jacqueline Di Bartolomeo, both of Concordia University, write. The authors reviewed the crowdfunding applications of 40 self-identified, feminist journalism initiatives and interviewed … Continued


CFP | 30.4. | Death and celebrity

The “Death and Celebrity” symposium is now accepting paper and panel abstracts. The symposium will be hosted by the University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom, on the 6th of June 2018. The symposium seeks to address the role of death in the making of a celebrity and how media contributes to it. The organisers have provided … Continued

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ARTICLE: US newspapers focus on mass shooters, not their victims

American newspapers’ front pages show more pictures of mass shooters than their victims, Nicole Smith Dahmen, of University of Oregon, writes. Dahmen studied the photographs on 3 821 front pages, published after three separate mass shootings. The mass shootings selected for the sample were the Virginia Tech shooting (2007), Sandy Hook elementary school shooting (2012) … Continued