[Air-L] Fwd: [Critics-l] CfP: Rethinking Journalism II - The Societal Role & Relevance of Journalism in a Digital Age

jeremy hunsinger jhuns at vt.edu
Fri Sep 13 05:03:29 PDT 2013

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> From: Alon Lischinsky <alischinsky at gmail.com>
> Subject: [Critics-l] CfP: Rethinking Journalism II - The Societal Role & Relevance of Journalism in a Digital Age
> Date: September 13, 2013 4:36:55 AM EDT
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> Call for Papers – Expert Workshop
> Rethinking Journalism II: The Societal Role & Relevance of Journalism
> in a Digital Age
> Centre for Media and Journalism Studies, University of Groningen
> January 23/24, 2014.
> Keynote Speakers:
> Pablo Boczkowski (Northwestern University)
> Nick Couldry (LSE)
> Jane Singer (City)
> Confirmed Expert Invitees:
> Stuart Allan (Bournemouth),
> Karin Wahl-Jorgensen (Cardiff)
> It’s easy to make a rhetorical case for the value of journalism.
> Because, it is a necessary precondition for democracy; it speaks to
> the people and for the people; it informs them and enables them to
> take rational decisions; and it functions as their watchdog on
> government and other powers that be….
> All true! But does rehashing such familiar rationales bring Journalism
> Studies forward? Does it contribute to ongoing discussions on
> journalism’s viability?
> This expert workshop aims to discuss what journalism is beyond the
> established rhetoric among scholars and practitioners. For all their
> seeming self-evidence, what bearing do these platitudes have in terms
> of the actual social relevance of journalism in the digital age? How
> much affinity does this talk share with the concrete roles journalism
> performs? And what about journalism as a cultural form itself? Is
> there a singular journalism that has one well-defined role in society?
> This expert workshop will explore journalism(s)’ roles in terms of
> actual social value, relevance and use as opposed to established
> discourses. Specifically, we invite contributions that consider:
> - Innovations, successful or otherwise, that challenge traditional
> conceptions of journalism
> - Audience-related studies that look at actual everyday use and the
> function of journalism in people’s daily life
> - Studies of changing newsroom practices and, perhaps more
> importantly, shifting organizational strategies, anticipating shifts
> in societal function
> - The ongoing (re)definition of journalism
> - Comparative socio-cultural studies of the place of news in society
> - Theoretical explorations of the conceptions of news and journalism
> While the keynote addresses will be public, this event is a closed
> expert workshop, limited to 15-25 invited participants to encourage
> collaborative engagement and discussion on this theme. It is the
> second Rethinking Journalism conference hosted by the Centre for Media
> and Journalism Studies at the University of Groningen. It builds upon
> themes raised in Rethinking Journalism (Routledge, 2012), a collection
> generated out of a similar workshop organised in 2009. This new
> workshop is the next event hosted by the research network, Capturing
> Change in Journalism: Shifting Role Perceptions at the Turn of the
> 20th and 21st Centuries. This network is funded by the British AHRC
> and the Dutch NWO, and is run by the journalism departments of the
> universities of Groningen and Sheffield.
> - Abstracts (maximum 500 words) are invited for consideration as
> contributions to this workshop.
> - Deadline for submission: Oct. 15, 2013
> - For more information, please contact: Chris Peters
> (c.j.peters at rug.nl) or Marcel Broersma (m.j.broersma at rug.nl)
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Jeremy Hunsinger
Communication Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University
Center for Digital Discourse and Culture
Virginia Tech

Words are things; and a small drop of ink, falling like dew upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think. --Byron

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