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ARTICLE: Research largely ignores “journalists doing journalism”

Research into journalism focuses too much on generalized “practices” and not enough on journalistic “performance” – in other words “journalists doing journalism”, David M. Ryfe, of University of Iowa, writes. Ryfe reviewed 80 academic essays and monographs written from the “practice perspective”, i.e. building on the works of, among others, Pierre Bourdieu and Anthony Giddens. … Continued


CFP | 30.3. | What about audiences needs researching – and how?

Conference entitled “Audiences2030: Imagining a future for audiences” is calling for paper proposals. The event will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, on the 28th and 29th of September 2017. The conference marks the end of the CEDAR project – the Consortium on Emerging Directions in Audience Research. In essence, the conference is interested in ways … Continued


CFP | 22.4. | Theories and methods of studying past media

A conference entitled “Excavating Media: Devices, Processes, Apparatuses” is calling for paper proposals. The conference is hosted by the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, UK, on the 30th of June and 1st of July 2017. The organisers invite “proposals that consider new approaches to media theory and history”. The (non-exhaustive) list of suggested topics consists … Continued

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Revisiting classic communication theories – a special issue of Communication and Media published

The Serbian open access scientific journal, Communication and Media has published a special issue called “Revisiting classic communication theories”. The issue contains 5 articles from scholars. They are accessible through the links below. Stijn Joye, Ansgard Heinrich, Romy Wöhlert: 50 years of Galtung and Ruge: Reflections on their model of news values and its relevance … Continued

ARTICLE: Information quality in Venezuelan media

Poor employment conditions and the polarized political discourse adversely affect the Venezuelan newspapers’ quality of information, write Luis M. Romero-Rodríguez, of Santiago de Cali University and University of Huelva, with Ignacio Aguaded of University of Huelva. The authors compiled a measurement indicator to gauge the quality of mediated information and applied it to Venezuelan media. … Continued

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New issue of MedieKultur: researching cross-media communication

The issue 60 of MedieKultur has been published. The new issue features six theme articles, four open sections articles and six reviews. The issue’s theme is “Researching Cross-Media Communication: Methodological Approaches”. Especially interesting from a journalism researcher’s point of view is the article “From everyday communicative figurations to rigorous audience news repertoires” by Christian Kobbernagel … Continued

CFP: How to research citizen media

Researching Citizen Media Workshop, hosted at the University of Manchester, is still accepting submissioms. The event is partially booked, but presentation slots are still available for PhD students and early career researchers. The event will take place on the 15th and 16th of September this year. Presentation abstracts should be sent by the 20th of … Continued

CFP: How to research journalism in a digital age?

The conference Digital Opportunities and Challenges: Researching Journalism and Media in a Digital Age is now accepting paper proposals. The event will take place on the 26th and 27th of January 2017 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. The underlying theme to the conference is the constantly reshaping world of journalism. Modern technologies are changing the relationship … Continued

ARTICLE: “Slow journalism” should be a plural

“Slow journalism” as a concept should be allowed certain fuzziness, writes Erik Neveu, of Rennes Institute of Political Studies. The author departs his argument from Megan Le Masurier‘s article on the concept, and progresses it with examples of different, and sometimes mutually exclusive, forms of slow journalism. According to Neveu, the concept of slow journalism … Continued

ARTICLE: More journalist-researcher collaboration

Increased action research would benefit both the scholars and practitioners of digital journalism, writes Stephanie Grubenmann of University of St.Gallen. The author uses an interventive action study, performed at a Swiss newsroom, as an example of how action studies can benefit both parties. Grubenmann, with colleagues, interviewed journalists working for a Swiss newspaper about developing … Continued