• [01.11.2021] Histories of Digital Journalism 2022 / Call for Papers

    Although the shared past of digitization and journalism stretches back at least to a half-century, digital journalism history is a field still in formation. Building on the momentum of the recent "historical turn" in digital media and internet studies, the aim of the conference is to bring together an interdisciplinary network of scholars to interrogate digital journalism histories and to start a global critical exchange on various approaches to and aspects of historicising digital journalism.

    As digital journalism has been re-configured by socio-historical contradictions of communication and complexities of its technological innovations, journalism scholarship should continuously strive for enhancing critical exchange to advance studies that intersect with numerous disciplines, theoretical approaches and methodological traditions. Emphasis of the conference is on the plurality of histories instead of one single digital journalism history, acknowledging diachronic as well as synchronic complexities of social relations, political contingencies, cultural traditions and power configurations between journalism and digitisation. Instead of enforcing one great master narrative, the conference aims to offer a space to embrace the co-existence of parallel, sometimes complementing, often conflicting historical investigations and narratives.

    By aiming to explore the intersections of history, culture, digital technology and journalism, the conference welcomes papers and panels that are grounded on diachronic or synchronic explorations of digital journalism "pasts", while elaborating the relevance of its historical findings for digital journalism "futures". The conference invites theoretical and methodological reflections on historicising digital journalism as well as original single case studies or comparative inquiries into the phenomena from the decades of the long digital revolution of journalism. The conference welcomes papers that examine the digital journalism histories of the global "centers" and we especially encourage inquiries from the "peripheries" of digital journalism development and scholarship.

    Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

    1. Mythologies of technology: reconsidering "dead" and "new" technologies in journalism
    2. Transforming social control in the digitized newsroom: investigating separation and integration tendencies
    3. Re-configuring the labour process in digital journalism: between standardisation and creativity of digital news production
    4. Digital platforms, tools and practices in journalism: from Teletext, CD-ROMS and Minitel to www, smartphones and social media
    5. Changing skillsets in digital journalism: deskilling, reskilling, upskilling newsworkers
    6. (Dis)continuities of forms and genres in journalism
    7. Labour relations of digital journalism: standardisation, precarisation, entrepreneurialism
    8. Liquefied identities of digital journalism: boundary work between “online" and "offline" journalists, "professional" and "citizen” journalists, journalists and "technologists", "journalists" vs "bloggers"
    9. Re-inventing journalistic profiles: from "mouse monkeys", "meta journalists" to "robot journalists"
    10. Digitized audiences between participation and commodification
    11. Business models of digital journalism: from legacy media ecosystem to platform capitalism
    12. Ethical, legal and regulatory issues of digital journalism: from www to automation
    13. Particular online journalistic genres moving online: digital music, sport, food journalism

    Technical details and important dates

    Deadline for submitting abstracts and panel proposals is November 20, 2021 (CET).

    Please submit all submissions via this online form.

    Panel proposals should consist of 3 or 4 papers, and all the paper abstracts belonging to a proposed panel should be submitted individually through the form. The maximum length for panel and paper abstracts is 400 words.

    Conference talks will be 15 minutes long followed by 5 minute long discussions.

    Further information will be found on the constantly updated website:

    Organizers and contact information

    The conference will be held at Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), and is jointly organised by the Department of Sociology and Communications, Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, BME and the Social Communication Research Centre, University of Ljubljana (UL).

    Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the organizers:

    Dr. Tamas Tofalvy, Associate Professor (BME)

    Dr. Igor Vobic, Associate Professor (UL)


    Utrecht, Netherlands

    Submission deadline for abstracts: November 7, 2021

    The YECREA Journalism Studies Section invites doctoral students to submit their proposals for the 3rd PhD-Workshop hosted at the ECREA Journalism Studies Section Conference 2022 at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. This workshop aims to connect up-and-coming journalism researchers with experienced colleagues in the field.

    The colloquium will take place on March 2, 2022, at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. The aim is to provide mentorship to doctoral student members of the Journalism Studies Section. Participants will get the opportunity to present their PhD projects and receive detailed feedback from scholars working on related topics.

    We welcome all theoretical and empirical PhD projects focusing on journalism research. We also strongly support submissions from PhD candidates at the beginning or in the middle of their project as they benefit from feedback the most.

    Interested PhD students should submit the following:

    1. an abstract of 500 words outlining the 1) topic, 2) rationale, 3) theoretical approach, and 4), if applicable, empirical application,
    2. a separate document with the name, affiliation, expected graduation date and supervisor,
    3. a ranked list of five potential respondents (please try to choose scholars likely to attend a section conference in the European context).

    Please send your submissions e-mail to Phoebe Maares ( no later than November 7, 2021. Submissions will be reviewed in a double-blind review process, and we will send a notice of acceptance until December 2021. There will be no fee for the attendance of the workshop as Research Centre Quality Journalism in Digital Transition at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht kindly supports the workshop. To join the ECREA JSS Conference, participants will need to register and pay the conference fee separately.

    Participants whose abstracts are successful in the blind review process will be asked to submit a full paper of up to 6000 words by February 2, 2022 (mandatory for participation). It will be sent to the selected respondents to provide them with a comprehensive picture of the project.

    More information are available on the this website.

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    The second series of admissions for the project POCU 123793 Researcher, future entrepreneur - New Generation, targets second year PhD students and Post-doctoral students.

    Information on the registration for doctoral and post-doctoral students in the POCU 123793 project and the documents to be completed can be found here.

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