Call For Papers: NeFCA Political Communication & Journalism Division Workshop

Wanted. Dead or Alive. Journalists, journalism and their audiences in a changing media landscape.

Transformations in media and news organizations caused by the arrival of new technologies and commercialization of news work have changed the production as well as the consumption of news considerably. At least that is what most media scholars tend to believe. But to what extent is that belief justified? In other words, to what extent and in what ways do new media technologies live up to their expectation as game changers, for better or for worse? Or is contemporary journalism simply more or less business as usual, continuing in the same routines? Do users or consumers of news experience a change or is it business as usual for them as well? In other words: how disruptive or constructive are these new technologies for news media?

Date: November 25, 14:00-17:30 followed by drinks 
Venue:  Erasmus University Rotterdam (Media & Communication Department)
Organizing committee: NeFCA Political Communication and Journalism Divisions
Contact: Please contact Luzia Helfer ( if you have any questions


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This afternoon workshop focuses on three domains: journalists and their practices and routines; news content and genres; and the consumption/use and effects of news reports. With this workshop the Political Communication and Journalism division of NeFCA aim to bring together scholars from the Dutch and Flemish research community.  We aim for a workshop that is broad in both the research questions addressed, the designs used and the subjects studied. We welcome theoretical and empirical, qualitative and quantitative, methodological and normative contributions. Examples of questions we would like to address are: To what extent are established theories on track? To what extent have new technologies really changed processes and patterns across these three domains and how do producers and users respond to this?

We invite you to submit an abstract/proposal (max. 500 words) by September 10th, 2016 in Dutch or English. Please send an e-mail to with your name, affiliation and the abstract included in the body of the message. Proposals should clearly state the research question, the subject studied, the design employed as well as the (planned) stage of the project. Authors will be notified by October 1st, papers (max. 8.000 words) are due by November 10th. We are looking forward to your submission.

On behalf of both divisions,

Dr. Bernadette Kester (chair Journalism Division)

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