Call for Papers: Journalism Practice: Special Issue
Mapping Citizen Journalism: in Newsrooms, Classrooms and Beyond
Melissa Wall, California State University Ã¢ÂÂ Northridge, USA
Citizen and participatory journalism occupy key positions in todayÃ¢ÂÂs
news media ecology, having become expected, regularized components of
breaking and other forms of news as well as the topics of university
curriculum and other, less formal types of training.
The mainstream news response to citizen content has been the subject of
scholarly analysis for some time, revealing increasingly reciprocal,
networked relationships. What we now need is an evaluation of what has
been learned from existing examinations of the concept along with
greater emphasis on citizen journalism iterations beyond the structures
of formal journalism.
For example, there is a research gap in our understanding of the
creation, development and motivations of citizen journalists themselves,
particularly the perspectives of citizens operating from within
communities informed by their own news values and practices (e.g.,
#BlackLivesMatter in the US, @140journos in Turkey, etc.) Ã Also in need
of additional scholarly attention are the various training programs for
ordinary people to become citizen reporters and the teaching of citizen
journalism as part of the curriculum at universities.
Thus, this special issue particularly aims to take stock of existing
citizen journalism research and expand it to include the citizen
perspective. It further identifies a need to understand citizen
journalism in terms of training and educational settings. Research based
on a range of methodologies, theories and national contexts is
encouraged. While well-researched case studies are welcome, such studies
should seek to break new ground. Potential topics might include but are
not limited to the following:
*Citizen Journalism: Assessing practices, forms, spaces*
* What have we learned from more than a decade of studies of citizen
* How are citizens producing news in collaborative, reciprocal
processes with each other? With non-news organizations? With
traditional news media?
* What are citizen experiences of new practices such as reciprocal
journalism and networked gatekeeping?
* In what ways are citizens creating journalism practices and forms
that migrate into broader journalism spheres? Where do they come
from and how do they evolve?
* How have different journalism niche media (ethnic, community
journalism, etc.) responded to citizen and participatory journalism?
* How are physical spaces, public spaces as well as traditional and
non-traditional newsrooms being used in connection with citizen
*Citizen Journalism education and training*
* What are the challenges and benefits of teaching student journalists
how to collaborate with or participate in citizen journalism? In
training ordinary citizens to produce citizen journalism?
* How might teaching citizen journalism help educators rethink
journalism education overall?
* In what ways can training ordinary people to participate in
journalism help reimagine journalism?
* How does the rise of citizen and participatory journalism affect
student identities as aspiring professionals?
* In what ways do students and/or ordinary citizensÃ¢ÂÂ attitudes
toward citizen journalism mirror or differ from those of
professional journalists? What are citizen journalists attitudes
* How might training students and/or members of the public to be
citizen reporters enable them to better participate in society, gain
social capital, etc.?*
*Submission Instructions and Deadlines*
Prospective submissions should consist of no more than a 300-word
abstract and be emailed no later than September 28, 2015 to Professor
Melissa Wall. Selected authors will then be invited to contribute a full
8,000 word paper including references, etc. that will be considered for
publication subject to double blind peer-review.
* Abstracts (no more than 350 words): 28 September 2015
* Full papers for peer review: 1 May 2016
* Revised full papers due: 1 October 2016
* Publication: Early 2017
* Guest editor: Melissa Wall, /California State University
Northridge, USA /(firstname.lastname@example.org