The third biennial conference of the Brussels Institute for Journalism Studies (BIJU), held in 13-14 December 2018 at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), is calling for papers.
The conference invites participants to engage in a critical discussion of newsworthiness. Possible questions which can be addressed are:
- are there topics which are newsworthy by nature,
- which elements arouse most interest in human psyche,
- which stories and/or sources do journalists and their audience find worth sharing,
- how do news values vary between media types and news beats,
- how can journalists or news workers construct issues or events as interesting,
- what is the relation between newsworthiness and publishing platforms.
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· News values in the selection of news
· News values in the production of news
· The linguistic or multimodal construction of an event as newsworthy
· The relation between publishing platforms and newsworthiness
· What makes news ‘go viral’
· Algorithms and automation in the presentation of news
· Methodological approaches to the study of newsworthiness
Deadline for 300-word proposals is 30 June 2018.
See the full call on the conference’s website.