CFP – Future of Journalism conference, September 2019

Reminder — Call for Papers closes at the end of January.

Future of Journalism, Cardiff University, UK, September 2019

Conference theme: “Innovations, Transitions and Transformations”

The School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) at Cardiff University will host the seventh biennial Future of Journalism conference on 12-13 September 2019.

The conference will take place in JOMEC’s new state-of-the-art home in Cardiff’s city centre. The theme will be “Innovations, Transitions and Transformations.”

Our distinguished keynote speakers are Professor Andrew Chadwick (Loughborough University), Professor Adrienne Russell (University of Washington), and Professor Nikki Usher (University of Illinois). Please see their bios below.

The call for abstracts is now open. We invite contributions on all aspects of journalism, with those addressing the conference theme particularly encouraged. Issues to be addressed may include:

  • How are definitions of journalism changing in an evolving news ecosystem?
  • What is the future for today’s journalist in an environment increasingly shaped by artificial intelligence, big data, algorithmic processing and “liminal” journalism practices?
  • How are standards of quality, balance and fairness changing, including with regard to the perceived decline of ‘mainstream media’ and the rise of hyper-partisan outlets?
  • To what extent are social media democratising citizens’ engagement with news across mobile platforms?
  • How best to encourage new cultures of experimentation and innovation for rethinking journalistic form and practice?
  • How should journalism studies respond to these shifts, conceptually and methodologically?

A selection of papers presented at the conference will be published in special issues of the international peer-reviewed journals Digital Journalism, Journalism Practice and Journalism Studies. Routledge / Taylor & Francis have kindly agreed to sponsor the conference.

The conference will take place on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th September 2019. The registration fee will be £250 (£200 for postgraduate students), which includes tea and coffee breaks as well as the conference dinner (to be held on the evening of 12th September).

The deadline for submitting abstracts (250 words maximum) for papers is January 31st, 2019. Please submit your abstract via the conference email

Please do not submit more than one abstract as first author, with no more than two abstracts in total.

Should you have any questions, please contact Bina Ogbebor at

We hope to see you there!

Bios for our Keynote speakers:

Andrew Chadwick is Professor of Political Communication, Director of the Online Civic Culture Centre (O3C), and a member of the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture at Loughborough University, where he is also the University’s Research Beacon leader for Political Communication and developed and launched Loughborough’s new MA Social Media and Political Communication.His books include The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power (Oxford University Press, 2013; Second Edition, 2017), which won the 2016 International Journal of Press/Politics Book Award for an outstanding book on media and politics published in the previous ten years and the American Political Science Association Information Technology and Politics Section Best Book Award, 2014; The Handbook of Internet Politics, co-edited with Philip N. Howard (Routledge 2009, 528pp), and Internet Politics: States, Citizens, and New Communication Technologies (Oxford University Press, 2006, 400pp), which won the American Sociological Association Best Book Award (Communication and Information Technologies Section) and is among the most widely-cited books in its field. Andrew is the series editor of Oxford University Press’ book series Oxford Studies in Digital Politics, which currently features 27 books. His website is and he is on Twitter at

Adrienne Russell is Mary Laird Wood Professor in the Department of Communication and Associate Director of the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on the digital-age evolution of activist communication and journalism and explores communication related to climate change and social justice. She is the author of Networked: A Contemporary History of News in Transition, which came out in 2011, and Journalism as Activism: Recoding Media Power, which was published in 2016. She is co-editor of the volumes Journalism and the NSA Revelations (2017) and International Blogging: Identity, Politics and Networked Publics (2009). Her work has been published in the top journals of the communication field. She recently co-launched “2K,” a special section of Social Media + Society that’s dedicated to public scholarship related to media and technology.

Nikki Usher, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at The School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University and an associate professor at The University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) in the College of Media. Her research focuses on news production in the changing digital environment, blending insights from media sociology and political communication. Her first book, Making News at The New York Times (University of Michigan Press, 2014) was the first book-length study of the US’s foremost newspaper in the Internet era and won the Tankard Award, a national book award from the Association for Education and Mass Communication in Journalism. Her second book, Interactive Journalism: Hackers, Data, and Code (University of Illinois Press, 2016), focused on the rise of programming and data journalism, and was a finalist for the Tankard Award, making Usher the first solo author to be a two-time finalist.  Usher co-edits the Oxford University Press book series “Journalism and Political Communication Unbound.” She has been a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a fellow at the Reynold’s Institute at the University of Missouri. She is the winner of the AEJMC Emerging Scholar Award and was named the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Outstanding Junior Scholar, in addition to joining the Kopenhaver Center as a leadership fellow.


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