[Air-L] Reminder: International Journal of Press/Politics Virtual Conference next week

Cristian Vaccari cristian.vaccari at gmail.com
Mon Sep 6 00:55:33 PDT 2021

Dear colleagues,

I am writing with a reminder that the 2021 conference of The International
Journal of Press/Politics will be held next week from 13-16 September. The
conference discusses academic research on the relationship between media
and political processes around the world. The program is also available at

The conference is free to attend, but registration is required. Those who
wish to do so can pay a voluntary contribution for GBP5. Instructions on
how to register are below.

Please feel free to share this information with anyone you think might be


Program of the 2021 International Journal of Press/Politics Virtual
Conference (13-16 September 2021)

The conference will be held via a secure Zoom link shared only with
participants and attendees. All times are British Summer Time (BST), or
UTC+1. For each paper, participants will have a total of 25 minutes, which
includes both the paper presentation and the live discussion. Presentation
of each paper will be immediately followed by discussion of the paper.

Registration fees can be paid via shorturl.at/gtF35. The fees are £30 for
presenters and attendees £5. Payment of the registration fees is entirely
voluntary for both presenters and attendees.
Those who would like to attend the conference need to sign up via
https://forms.gle/rqwRQziivVt6wCpn7. Those who sign up will receive the
conference Zoom link in the morning of 13 September. The link will be
shared only with conference presenters and those who signed up to attend.
It will not be published anywhere.


Monday 13 September, 12:30-5:45pm

12:30-12:35pm Welcome and Opening remarks
Cristian Vaccari (Loughborough University), Editor-in-Chief of IJPP

12:35-1:50pm News and the Pandemic
Chair: Alexandra Segerberg (Uppsala University)

The Psychological Empowerment of Solutions Journalism: Perspectives from
Pandemic News Users in the UK
Xin Zhao (Bournemouth University), Daniel Jackson (Bournemouth University),
An Nguyen (Bournemouth University), Antje Glück (Bournemouth University)

Framing migration during the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa: a 12-month
media monitoring project
Thea de Gruchy (University of the Witwatersrand), Thulie Zikhali
(University of the Witwatersrand), Jo Vearey (University of the
Witwatersrand), Johanna Hanefeld (London School of Hygiene and Tropical

YouTube as a source of information about unproven drugs for Covid-19: The
role of the mainstream media and recommendation algorithms in promoting
Felipe Bonow Soares (UFPEL/UFRGS), Igor Salgueiro (UFPEL), Carolina Bonoto
(UFRGS), Otávio Vinhas (University College Dublin)

1:50-3:05pm Media and Politics around the World
Chair: Edda Humprecht (University of Zurich)

The public performance of ANC political demagoguery: The case of Jacob
Zuma’s ‘Arms Deal’ court appearances
Lefa Afrika (University of Cape Town)

Populism Influence on Media Content: Polarization and Professionalization
in Ecuador before and during Correa’s era
Manel Palos Pons (University of California, San Diego)

Risks of COVID-19 reporting in (semi-)authoritarian states: Perceived
pressures on journalists in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and
Svetlana S. Bodrunova (St. Petersburg State University), Nikita Argylov,
(Far Eastern Federal University), Aliaksandr Hradziushka (Belarusian State
University), Galiya Ibrayeva, (Al-Farabi Kazakh National University)

3:05-4:45pm New Perspectives on Misinformation and Disinformation
Chair: C.W. Anderson (University of Leeds, Associate Editor of IJPP)

Misinformation and Trust in Institutions in Four Countries in 2019 and 2021
Shelley Boulianne (MacEwan University), Edda Humprecht (University of

Social media and political misinformation in the 2021 Mexico elections:
Maximal panic, minimal effects
Sebastián Valenzuela (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), Marcelo
Santos (Universidad Finis Terrae), Carlos Muñiz (Universidad Autónoma de
Nuevo León)

Marking the boundaries between visual and textual disinformation in a
digital world: A literature synthesis and research agenda
Teresa Elena Weikmann (University of Vienna), Sophie Lecheler (University
of Vienna)

Setting the agenda through misinformation: Analyzing the vote-by-mail
coverage during the 2020 US elections
Jonas Kaiser (Suffolk University), Carolyn Schmitt (University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill), Kathryn Stapleton (Suffolk University)

4:45-5:45pm Keynote Speech

Follow the Ad: Understanding Election Disinformation in the Digital Age
Young Mie Kim (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Young Mie Kim is a Professor of the School of Journalism and Mass
Communication and a Faculty Affiliate of the Department of Political
Science. Kim is a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Kim’s research concerns
data-driven, algorithm-based, digitally mediated political communication.
Kim’s recent research project, Project DATA (Digital Ad Tracking &
Analysis), empirically investigates the sponsors, content, and targets of
digital political campaigns across multiple platforms with a user-based,
real-time, ad tracking tool that reverse engineers the algorithms of
political campaigns. Kim and her team’s research, “The Stealth Media?
Groups and Targets behind Divisive Issue Campaigns on Facebook,” identified
“suspicious groups,” including Russian groups on Facebook. The work
received the Kaid-Sanders Best Article of the Year in Political
Communication (2018), awarded by the International Communication
Association. Kim testified at the Federal Election Commission‘s hearings on
the rulemaking of internet communication disclaimers and presented her
research at the Congressional briefings on foreign interference in
elections. Kim also spoke at the European Parliament on her research on
data-driven political advertising and inequality in political involvement.


Tuesday 14 September, 9:30am-2:30pm

9-30:10:45am Hearing or Ignoring the other side: Causes and Consequences
Chair: Jason Reifler (University of Exeter)

Why read news from the other side? How people’s selection and avoidance of
news articles on social media increases polarization
Jakob Boggild (European University Institute)

Selective Exposure and New Political Cleavages: Political Media Use and
Ideological Reinforcement Over Time
Adam Shehata (University of Gothenburg), Mats Ekström (University of
Gothenburg), Per Oleskog-Tryggvasson (University of Gothenburg)

Curating political animosity? The relation of algorithmic news curation to
ideological extremity and social and political intolerance
Linda Bos (University of Amsterdam), Jakob Ohme (University of Amsterdam),
Artemis Tsoulos-Malakoudi (University of Amsterdam)

10:45am-12:00pm Debating the Normative Foundations of the News
Chair: Thea de Gruchy (University of the Witwatersrand)

“Fair and balanced”: What news audiences in four countries mean when they
say they prefer impartial news
Camila Mont’Alverne (University of Oxford), Sumitra Badrinathan (University
of Oxford), Amy Ross Arguedas (University of Oxford), Benjamin Toff
(University of Oxford), Richard Fletcher (University of Oxford), Rasmus
Kleis Nielsen (University of Oxford)

Fake News and Value Pluralism: A Liberal Response to Post-Truth Politics
Nick Anstead (London School of Economics)

“Polite Watchdog”: Kompas and Watchdog Journalism in the Post Authoritarian
Wijayanto (Universitas Diponegoro)

12:00-1:15pm Social Media and Politics
Chair: Duncan McCargo (University of Copenhagen)

(In)Civility of Campaign Videos and User Comments in Facebook: Affective
Polarization and Mobilization
Taberez Ahmed Neyazi (National University of Singapore), Ozan Kuru
(National University of Singapore), Subhayan Mukerjee (National University
of Singapore)

The role of Facebook influencers in shaping the narratives of the Rodrigo
Duterte era
Renee Karunungan (Loughborough University)

Politicians and journalists – interactive communication in social media?
Kinga Adamczewska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań)

1:15-2:30pm Communicating Covid-19
Chair: David Smith (University of Leicester, Managing Editor of IJPP)

Pandemic Nationalism: How Exposure to Government Social Media Affects
People’s Belief in COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories in China
Anfan Chen (University of Science and Technology of China), Yingdan Lu
(Stanford University), Kaiping Chen (University of Wisconsin-Madison),
Aaron Ng (National University of Singapore)

Understanding the Agenda of Alternative and Online Political Media
Post-Corbyn and through the Covid-19 Pandemic
Declan McDowell-Naylor (Cardiff University), Stephen Cushion (Cardiff
University), Richard Thomas (Swansea University)

The role of political partisanship for the relationship between trust in
the news and trust in the government as sources for coronavirus
information: Findings from two cross-sectional online survey studies in six
Anne Schulz (University of Zurich), Richard Fletcher (University of
Oxford), Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (University of Oxford)


Wednesday 15 September, 12:30-5:30pm

12:30-1:45pm Media Policy between Old and New Challenges
Chair: Joyce Y.M. Nip (University of Sydney)

Content Moderation in the Digital Democracy: What’s the Problem?
Nahema Marchal (University of Zurich), Fabrizio Gilardi (University of
Zurich), Emma Hoes (University of Zurich), Jonathan Kluser (University of
Zurich), Meysam Alizadeh (University of Zurich), Mael Kubli (University of

Funding Democracy: Public Media and Democratic Health in 33 Countries
Timothy Neff (University of Pennsylvania), Victor Pickard (University of

Good Journalism or Good Business? The politics of press support and news
production in Taiwan
Hsiao-wen Lee (SOAS, University of London)

1:45-3:00pm International Perspectives on Social Media and Political
Chair: Danielle K. Brown (University of Minnesota, incoming Associate
Editor of IJPP)

Exploring Digital Campaign Competence: The Role of Voter Knowledge on
Data-Driven Election Campaigns
Sophie Minihold (University of Vienna and University of Amsterdam), Sophie
Lecheler (University of Vienna), Claes de Vreese (University of Amsterdam),
Sanne Kruikemeier (University of Amsterdam)

The gendered use of social media among political candidates in transition
contexts: evidence from Tunisia
Malin Holm (Uppsala University), Yasmine Naila Skhiri (Uppsala University),
Pär Zetterberg (Uppsala University)

Pandemic Politics: Microtargeting Strategies on Facebook India
Kiran Arabaghatta Basavaraj (University of Exeter), Holli A. Semetko (Emory
University), Anup Kumar (Cleveland State University)

3:00-4:15pm Digital Media and Politics: Dynamics and Influences
Chair: Shelley Boulianne (MacEwan University)

Incumbency, corruption, and the politics of online content regulation
Kyong Mazzaro (City University of New York)

Trolling with the Punches: How Journalists Navigate Online Harassment
Elizabeth Dubois (University of Ottawa), Chris Tenove (University of
British Columbia), Sabrina Wilkinson (University of Ottawa), Trevor Deley
(University of Ottawa)

News We Can Use: Local news and civic engagement in neighbourhood chat
groups online
Laszlo Horvath (Birkbeck, University of London), Joshua Blamire (University
of Exeter)

4-15-5:30pm Virtual reception


Thursday 16 September, 9:30am-2:30pm

9:30:10-45am Understanding Patterns of News Consumption, Avoidance, and
Chair: Sophie Lecheler (University of Vienna, Associate Editor of IJPP)

I Do Not (Want to) Know! An Empirical Investigation of the Relationship
Between Unintentional and Intentional News Avoidance and Their Predictors
Dominika Betakova (University of Vienna), Hajo Boomgaarden (University of
Vienna), Sophie Lecheler (University of Vienna), Svenja Schäfer (University
of Vienna), Loes Aaldering (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Neither absent nor ambient: A more holistic view of incidental exposure to
news in the digital age
Ruth Palmer (IE University), Benjamin Toff (University of Minnesota and
University of Oxford)

To convince, to provoke or to entertain? A study on individual motivations
behind online misinformation sharing in six Western democracies
Sophie Morosoli (University of Antwerp), Peter Van Aelst (University of
Antwerp), Patrick van Erkel (University of Antwerp)

10:45am-12:00pm Contentious Politics and Information Flows
Chair: Taberez Ahmed Neyazi (National University of Singapore)

Now is the time to protest: the eternal sunshine of a spotless polity
Ricardo Fabrino Mendonça (UFMG/INCT.DD), Nina Santos (INCT.DD)

Conventional vs. Contentious: Exploring the relationship between
participation in the social movement and voting intention in Hong Kong
Pei Zhi (City University of Hong Kong)

Tale of Two Internets: How Information Flows from the US to Chinese Social
Yingdan Lu (Stanford University), Jack Schaefer (University of California
Los Angeles), Jungseock Joo (University of California Los Angeles), Kunwoo
Park (Soongsil University), Jennifer Pan (Stanford University)

12:00-1:15pm Perspectives on Media Effects
Chair: Laszlo Horvath (Birkbeck, University of London)

The Other 98%: Exposure to and Effects of Political Content Beyond News:
Evidence from browsing data in three countries
Magdalena Wojcieszak (University of California Davis and University of
Amsterdam), Sjifra de Leeuw (University of Amsterdam), Bernhard Clemm
(University of Amsterdam), Ericka Menchen-Trevino (American University)

Does corruption corrupt? The behavioral effects of mediated exposure to
Israel Waismel-Manor (University of Haifa), Patricia Moy (University of
Washington), Rico Neumann (University of Washington), Moran Shechnick
(University of Haifa)

Does Identity Matter? Ethnicity, Religion and Effects of Negative
Campaigning on the Perception of Candidates
Kelechi Amakoh (University of Amsterdam)

1-15:2:30pm Digital Innovation in News: Challenges and Strategies
Chair: Declan McDowell-Naylor (Cardiff University)

The creation of algorithmic publics in authoritarian regimes: Explaining
digital innovation uptake in Russian news media
Olga Dovbysh (University of Helsinki), Mariëlle Wijermars (Maastricht
University and University of Helsinki)

Does political position matter? Affective engagement strategies of news
providers on Facebook in post-handover Hong Kong
Joyce Y.M. Nip (University of Sydney), Benoit Berthelier (University of

Uneasy Bedfellows: AI in the News, Platform Companies and the Issue of
Journalistic Autonomy
Felix M. Simon (University of Oxford and Columbia University)

2:30-2:45pm Conclusions and farewell
Cristian Vaccari Loughborough University, Editor-in-Chief of IJPP

Please feel free to share this information with anyone you think might be
interested. I hope to see you online next week.

All the best,

Cristian Vaccari
Professor of Political Communication, Loughborough University
Co-Director, Centre for Research in Communication and Culture
Editor-in-Chief, *The International Journal of Press/Politics
New book: Outside the Bubble:
Media and Political Participation in Western Democracies
(with Augusto Valeriani, OUP 2021)
Personal website: https://cristianvaccari.com/
Google Scholar profile
Twitter: @prof_vaccari <https://twitter.com/prof_vaccari>
Preferred pronouns: he/him/his

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