Call for Papers – “The Future of Journalism: Journalism in a Post-Truth Age?”

Call for Papers – “The Future of Journalism: Journalism in a Post-Truth Age?”
Thursday 14th and Friday 15th September 2017
Cardiff University, UK

We are delighted to announce the sixth biennial conference – The Future of Journalism – to be hosted by the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC) at Cardiff University, UK. This call for papers invites contributions from those interested in the study, practice, regulation or reform of journalism.

Submissions on all aspects of journalism are welcomed, but we particularly encourage contributions addressing the theme of “Journalism in a post-truth age?” This includes, but is not limited to, papers addressing issues such as:

• Challenges to the authority of legacy news institutions and the ideals of objectivity
• The increasing role of social media in shaping news consumption, and the associated emergence of “filter bubbles” and “echo chambers”
• The emergence of “fake news”
• The role of political satire as a form of news critique
• The increased automation of journalism through algorithms, bots and robots
• The changing patterns of sourcing and roles of expertise in journalism
• Watching the watchdog: Ensuring scrutiny, transparency and accountability of journalism in a “post-factual” era
• The implications for improving journalism education associated with these developments

A selection of the research-based papers presented at the conference will be published in special issues of the international peer-reviewed journals Digital Journalism, Journalism Practice and Journalism Studies.

Titles and abstracts for papers (250 words max) are invited by January 31st, 2017 and should be submitted online via the email address:

Please submit no more than one abstract as first author, with no more than two abstracts in total (kindly include an email address for each co-author), please.

The conference fee will be £250, which includes tea and coffee breaks, lunch on both days, and the conference dinner on September 14th.

We are delighted to confirm our Keynote speakers: Silvio Waisbord (George Washington University, US) and Claire Wardle (First Draft).

Bios for Keynote Speakers

Silvio Waisbord is Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Communication and former Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics. His recent books include News of Baltimore: Race, Rage and the City (edited with Linda Steiner, Routledge, 2017), Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights (edited with Howard Tumber, Routledge, 2017), and Media Movements: Civil Society and Media Policy Reform in Latin America (with Soledad Segura, Zed, 2016). He has lectured and worked in more than 30 countries, published 13 books, and written more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and newspaper columns. He serves in the Advisory Board of the Latin American program of Open Society Foundations. He holds a Licenciatura in sociology from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, San Diego.

Claire Wardle is the Executive Director of First Draft, a non-profit dedicated to finding solutions to the challenges associated with trust and truth in the digital age. She was previously the Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, head of social media for the UN Refugee Agency and Director of News Services for Storyful. She is one of the world’s experts on user-generated content, and has led two substantial research projects investigating how it is handled by news organizations. She also sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Information and Entertainment.

Thank you, and with best wishes

Stuart Allan
on behalf of “The Future of Journalism” organising committee
Cardiff University, UK

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Stuart Allan is Professor of Journalism and Communication in the School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) at Cardiff University, UK.
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