[CITAMS] DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Papers -- ICA 2019 Preconference: ³Digital Journalism in Latin America²

Pablo J Boczkowski pjb9 at northwestern.edu
Wed Oct 31 23:38:40 EDT 2018


With apologies for cross-posting

The deadline for submission to the ICA 2019 Preconference on “Digital Journalism in Latin America” has been extended to December 15th, 2018. Please see the revised CFP attached and also here: https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.icahdq.org/resource/resmgr/conference/2019/prepostconference/pc-digitaljournalism.pdf

Please feel free to circulate among your networks. Many thanks!

-- Pablo J. Boczkowski
Professor, School of Communication<https://www.communication.northwestern.edu/> — Northwestern University<http://www.northwestern.edu/>
Co-Director, Centro de Estudios sobre Medios y Sociedad en Argentina<http://meso.com.ar/>


From: Pablo Boczkowski <pjb9 at northwestern.edu<mailto:pjb9 at northwestern.edu>>
Date: Friday, October 5, 2018 at 7:03 AM
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Subject: Call for Papers -- ICA 2019 Preconference: "Digital Journalism in Latin America"

With apologies for cross-posting
Call for Papers
ICA 2019 Preconference: “Digital Journalism in Latin America”
Organizers: Pablo J. Boczkowski (Northwestern University, USA) & Eugenia Mitchelstein (Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina)
Preconference Date and Time: May 23th, 2019, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: School of Media & Public Affairs, George Washington University
Submission Deadline: November 1st, 2018
Research on digital journalism has by now a solid tradition that spans more than two decades (Barnhurst, 2012; Boczkowski, 2002; Reich, 2018; Steensen, 2011). For the most part, this scholarship has focused on industrialized nations in North America and Europe (Mitchelstein and Boczkowski, 2009) and has paid comparatively less attention to other regions such as Latin America (for some notable exceptions, see Bachmann & Harlow, 2011; Boczkowski, 2010; González de Bustamante and Relly, 2014; Harlow and Salaverría, 2016; Vimiero, 2017). This relative scarcity contrasts with the prominent role of digital journalism in the news diets of Latin Americans: around 9 out of 10 in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico access news online (Newman, et al, 2017). The growth in online audiences has been paralleled by the expansion of digital news operations, either as the internet operations of print media (Bachmann & Harlow, 2011) or as new online enterprises (Harlow and Salaverria, 2016; Requejo Alemán and Lugo Ocando, 2014).
As both digital news production and consumption have featured increasingly more prominently in the information landscape of Latin America, it is worth inquiring into whether the specificity of Latin America and its culture and institutions might entail differences with digital journalism as it is practiced and appropriated in other parts of the world. For instance, Latin American journalism has been described as less professionalized and less independent than in more stable democracies (de Albuquerque, 2005; Hallin and Papathanassopoulos, 2002; Hughes, 2006). How have these two long-standing features affected the practices of online news production and the self-perception of reporters? Has the development of online journalism allowed for the emergence digital start-ups and fact-checking organizations that compete with traditional news organizations with long-standing links with politicians and corporations? Have online news operations conducted mostly partisan journalism, due to their dependence on government advertising? Moreover, Latin American audiences tend to show high levels of skepticism towards news (Newman, et al, 2017). Has this lower level of credibility been tied to differences in willingness to pay for digital news, information acquisition online, and uptake of alternative media sources, among other activities?
The ICA pre-conference on Digital Journalism in Latin America invites scholars to examine the production, distribution, and consumption of digital journalism in Latin America. Both empirical and theoretical conference presentations; quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches; single-country and comparative research (with a major focus on Latin America); and historical and contemporary inquiries are welcome.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

·       Historical developments.

·       Innovation and technological change in newsrooms.

·       Business models.

·       Modifications in work practices.

·       Relationships with governmental, business, and nonprofit actors in the production and distribution of news.

·       Differences and similarities in the emergence and development of digital journalism across and within Latin American countries.

·       Occupational matters, including appearance of new roles such as engagement coordinator.

·        The role of users in the creation of journalistic content.

·       The influence of content intermediaries such as social media platforms, and the engagement with and by users on those platforms.

·       The dynamics of digital news consumption on websites and apps.

·       The role of gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status in the uptake, reception, and re-circulation of digital news.

·       The relationship between digital journalism and civil society, including indigenous populations, social movements, and human rights organizations.

·       Issues of news credibility, including interpretations and practices related to fake news and misinformation, including partisan news organization and fact-checking operations.
Information about submission:
Authors should submit an extended abstract of no more than 750 words (excluding references). Abstracts should be submitted no later than 16:00 UTC, November 1st, 2018. Please make your submission on the ICA paper submission site and indicate that it is for the Preconference: “Digital Journalism in Latin America.” Authors will be notified about whether their abstract has been selected on January 15th, 2019. Presenters will be encouraged to submit a full manuscript for the pre-conference. Full manuscripts should be sent to both of the pre-conference organizers via email by May 15th, 2019, for presentation and discussion during the pre-conference. Papers should be between 6,500 and 7,000 words in length. Attendance to the preconference has a USD 25.00 fee. Please contact the organizers (pjb9 at northwestern.edu<mailto:pjb9 at northwestern.edu> and emitchelstein at udesa.edu.ar<mailto:emitchelstein at udesa.edu.ar>) if you have any questions and/or need any additional information.
Sponsorship:
This pre-conference is possible in part due to the generous support of the Department of Communication Studies<https://communication.northwestern.edu/departments/communicationstudies> at Northwestern University, and the Center for the Study of Media and Society in Argentina<http://meso.com.ar/en/homepage/> (MESO).

-- Pablo J. Boczkowski
Professor, School of Communication<https://www.communication.northwestern.edu/> — Northwestern University<http://www.northwestern.edu/>
Co-Director, Centro de Estudios sobre Medios y Sociedad en Argentina<http://meso.com.ar/>

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