CFP | 30.6. | What’s (the) news? Values, viruses and vectors of newsworthiness conference

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.

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