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All ECREA Sections, Temporary Working Groups and Networks also organise at least one smaller-scale and thematically focused event, such as seminar, workshop or conference on biennial basis. These events are typically organised in the year when ECC conference is not held.

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Upcoming events

    • 03.03.2022
    • 04.03.2022
    • Utrecht, Netherlands

    ECREA Journalism studies Section Conference “Journalism studies meets practice”

    Utrecht, the Netherlands – March 3-4, 2022

    Hosted by Research Centre Quality Journalism in Digital Transition at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht

    Deadline for abstract submissions: September 24, 2021

    https://ecreajournalism2022.journalismlab.nl/

    The 2022 Section Conference of the Journalism Studies Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) will take place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on March 3-4, 2022.

    If the Covid-19 situation worsens by October, we will host an alternative online program

    In that case we will create an online environment for online submissions and presentations. In addition, we will select several overarching themes on journalism in digital transition and organize seminars to create an active and fruitful debate among journalism scholars and journalistic practitioners.

    We welcome submissions focusing on journalism in digital transition. Over the past century, journalism as a profession has professionalized and is widely recognized by its principles, norms and routines. However, the process of digitalization has challenged the journalism profession in how it is organized as well as in how stories are produced, sold, and consumed.

    For instance, while the newsroom is still often the core space of journalism where the news beat is felt, a transition to freelance practices and the collaboration with other professions in the creative industry has challenged the organizations and identity of journalism. Also, moving away from traditional forms of using journalistic production, the public is now offered information and entertainment via a multitude of channels online. Concerns have been voiced that these changes may, for example, aid a fragmentation and polarization of deliberative spaces, and the spread of disinformation. However, technological innovation has also been connected to a range of opportunities for journalists and media organizations. Algorithmic tools are increasingly used to uncover data and gather information.  At the same time, Artificial Intelligence can provide a more personalized and tailor-made news experience for the public. New technologies have also provided opportunities for new storytelling techniques where the role of the user is more prominent, including interactive stories, immersive productions and podcasts.

    What is particularly fascinating here is the question of how to study technological innovation in journalism. While the field of journalism studies is booming, the debate on the advancement of methodological thinking is still surprisingly limited. Therefore, we also encourage submissions focusing on adapted or new methods used within journalism studies.   

    Lastly, the scholarly field of journalism studies has developed into a sophisticated field of research. The question often remains how much of this scholarly knowledge is translated into changes in journalism practice. This conference therefore also invites journalism scholars that work together with practitioners or can show us how their research has had impact in the field. Co-creative sessions will be organized where we will invite prominent journalists to join the discussion with scholars on a specific issue.

    The journalism industry has always been dependent on the available technology. However, as scholars, we need to heighten our focus on the socio-cultural consequences of digital technological dependence, simply because this dependence is increasing exponentially, bringing with it new theoretical, methodological, and ethical questions.

    In sum, we thus encourage submissions in three main areas:

    Research on how the field of journalism is challenged in the way it is produced, sold and consumed.

    Methodological submission, discussing and challenging current scholarly methods n journalisms studies or proposing innovative methods into the field to be able to research this field in transition.

    Best practices on how scholarly research is embedded into journalistic practice.

    The conference will feature traditional paper presentations and co-creative sessions between academics and media professionals.

    Traditional paper presentations: Traditional paper presentations will take place in panels consisting of four to five papers. Each panel will be moderated by a respondent

    ‘Scholars meet practitioners’ sessions: A limited number of slots will be available for co-creative sessions where one topic is addressed in four short presentations, followed by an organized debate between academics and invited media professionals with an expertise on the topic.

    For more information on the conference, venue and key-note speakers we will update the conference website coming months:  https://ecreajournalism2022.journalismlab.nl

    More information on the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and the research group can be found here.

    Submissions can be sent to  ecreajournalism2022@hu.nl no later than 17 September 2021.

    Please include in the email (1) the title of your paper, (2) an abstract of approximately 500 words, (3) names and affiliations of the authors.

    To submit a proposal for a ‘Scholars meet practitioners’ session, a 300 words rationale should be sent alongside a 150 words explanation per presentation, as well as the names and affiliations of presenters and respondent. We will then look for a suitable expertise in the field.

    Submission will undergo scholarly peer-review.

    Only one proposal per first author can be accepted.

    Notifications of acceptance will be issued end of October 2021.

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Past events

04.11.2021 European Conference on Health Communication
20.09.2021 ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2021 (online)
10.09.2021 Old media persistence
10.09.2021 Disinformation studies: perspectives to an emerging research field
06.09.2021 Advancing Digital Disconnection Research
06.09.2021 Children, Youth and Media Section Pre-conference: Ethics and Children’s Digital Rights
06.09.2021 Improving publics participation through strategic communication
06.09.2021 8th European Communication Conference 2021 (online)
05.09.2021 Doing gender, making change
03.09.2021 TransArts, expanded art and new languages
03.09.2021 YECREA Pre-Conference
09.07.2021 ECREA Executive Board - General Elections
13.05.2021 Journalism & Communication Education 6th annual conference on "Rethinking digital native communicators training”
21.04.2021 ECC 2021 online - Young scholars grants
21.04.2021 Migrant Belongings: Digital Practices and the Everyday (virtual conference)
10.01.2021 ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2020 - Winter edition (postponed to 2021)
02.10.2020 European Conference on Health Communication 2020
14.05.2020 Cancelled - 6th Annual Conference of the ECREA Journalism & Communication Education TWG
08.01.2020 Constructed facts, contested truths: Science and environment controversies in media and public spaces
05.12.2019 Communication and Democracy Section Workshop: The politics of privacy
22.11.2019 Public Service Media’s Online Strategies: Industry Concepts And Critical Investigations
16.11.2019 Gender and knowledge production in contemporary academia
15.11.2019 Media, gender and sexuality in contemporary Europe
13.11.2019 YECREA Round Table “The responsible conduct of research: The ethical challenges and considerations in health communication studies"
13.11.2019 European Conference on Health Communication
07.11.2019 Games, Media and Communication: Quo Vadis?
01.11.2019 Datafication, Mediatization, and the Machine Age
30.10.2019 Digital Fortress Europe: Exploring Boundaries between Media, Migration and Technology
24.10.2019 The Youthification of Television in the age of Screen Culture
24.10.2019 ECREA CLP Section annual event: Communication Rights in the Digital Age
21.10.2019 Infrastructures and Inequalities: Media industries, digital cultures and politics
18.10.2019 Research Methods in Film Studies: Challenges and Opportunities
14.10.2019 Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction Section Regional Conference
03.10.2019 6th International Crisis Communication Conference
19.09.2019 Children and Adolescents in the era of Smartscreens, risks, threats and opportunities reloaded
19.09.2019 ECREA Radio Research Conference 2019: Radio as a Social Media: community, participation, public values in the platform society
12.09.2019 Political communication section interim conference
11.09.2019 Jeopardizing Democracy throughout History
04.09.2019 Visual Cultures & Communication: Images and Practices on the Move
21.08.2019 Innovative methods in Audience Research
08.07.2019 ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2019
19.06.2019 CEECOM - 12th CEE Network's Conference
24.05.2019 Children's online worlds, digital media and digital literacy
17.05.2019 Journalism & Communication Education TWG Conference
14.02.2019 Journalism Studies Section Conference 2019
13.02.2019 2nd ECREA Journalism Studies Section PhD-Workshop
31.10.2018 ECREA 2018 Pre-conference: Audiences, datafication and the everyday: Challenges, ambitions and priorities for audience studies in datafied societies
31.10.2018 ECREA 2018 Pre-conference: Three Young Scholar Workshops - Methods, Writing and Activism
31.10.2018 ECREA 2018 Pre-conference: Mobile (in)visibilities
31.10.2018 ECREA 2018 Pre-conference “Children and Adolescents in a Mobile Media World”
31.10.2018 ECREA 2018 Lugano
19.07.2018 ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2018
01.06.2018 Remaking European Cinema
23.05.2018 ICA 2018 Pre-Conference “Trust, control, and privacy: Mediatisation of childhood and adolescence in the digital age”
15.03.2018 Science and Environment Communication Section webinar
22.11.2017 Political Communication in Times of Crisis: New Challenges, Trends & Possibilities
15.11.2017 The Future of European Television: Between Transnationalism and Euroscepticism
13.11.2017 PR and society: The generative power of history in the present and future
10.11.2017 Multivoicedness and European Cinema: Representation, Industry, Politics
10.11.2017 Digital Democracy: Critical Perspectives in the Age of Big Data
10.11.2017 Media, Religion, Popular Culture
09.11.2017 The Digital Turn in Science and Environment Communication
07.11.2017 Branded Content Research Network conference
06.11.2017 Digital Culture meets data: Critical approaches
02.11.2017 Migration and communication flows: rethinking borders, conflict and identity through the digital
23.10.2017 (Mediated) Social Interaction in Groups, Networks and Organizations
23.10.2017 ICSI PhD Workshop/Seminar
19.10.2017 5th International Crisis Communication Conference
13.10.2017 Communication and Arts: Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives
06.10.2017 Mediatization in a global perspective: Comparing theoretical approaches in a digitised world
04.10.2017 Why Europe? Narratives and Counter-narratives of European Integration
28.09.2017 Audiences2030: Imagining a Future for Audiences
28.09.2017 Career in the making: identity, voice, and place in academia
15.09.2017 The Future of Media Content: Interventions and Industries in the Internet Era
12.09.2017 Radio Research Conference 2017
07.09.2017 Our Group First! – Historical perspectives on Minorities/Majorities, Inclusion/Exclusion, Centre/Periphery in Media and Communication History
07.09.2017 The development potential of the European Public Sphere
16.08.2017 IVMC get-together ECREA TWG Visual Cultures
19.06.2017 IVSA get-together ECREA TWG Visual Cultures
15.06.2017 Seminar on Comparative and Collaborative Research into Branded Content
15.06.2017 CEECOM 2017: Critique of/at/on periphery?
26.05.2017 Sexualities and Digital Culture in Europe: a joint ECREA Symposium
25.05.2017 ICA get-together ECREA TWG Visual Cultures

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