CFP: «The Impact of Crisis and Opportunity Discourses on Digital Journalism Practice and Research» · 31 October 2021

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This Special Issue aims to encourage an in-depth empirical and reflexive analysis of the reinvigorated directions digital journalism studies are taking in the context of the hybrid media system.

In particular, it intends to draw attention to the impact that the discourse of crisis and opportunities has had on this field, in which technology recovers its potential as one of the main variables of influence on the practice and research of the profession and the discipline.

At the same time, this call aims to encourage reflection on some of the main premises of the discipline, such as the growing disconnection between journalism and news production, increasing interdisciplinary and global diversity, pro-innovation and newness bias, etc.

This Special Issue thus seeks to contribute to the advancement of digital journalism from a multidimensional and systemic perspective on its value in the field of communication, understanding that digital journalism has demonstrated its potential as a social system, a socio-technical practice, a discourse, a cultural industry and business, and a democratic force.

Therefore, contributions focusing on the following specific issues are welcome:

  • Big data and computational-activity-related production and distribution;
  • Immersive storytelling and advanced interactive formats: production and reception studies;
  • Emotional journalism;
  • Strategies for journalism innovation in local and regional digital news organizations;
  • Disinformation and fake news;
  • Hybrid journalist’s functions and roles;
  • News organizations and technology platforms cooperation;
  • Legacy and alternative media business strategies;
  • Renovated frames and agenda issues;
  • Hybrid infotainment formulas.

  • Prof. Dr. Simón Peña-Fernández
  • Prof. Dr. Ainara Larrondo-Ureta
  • Prof. Dr. Koldobika Meso-Ayerdi
  • Guest Editors

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  • online journalism
  • news
  • big data
  • disinformation
  • transmedia storytelling
  • media innovation
  • social media
  • interactive formats
  • multimedia
  • business strategies