This special issue of the International Journal of Press/Politics is dedicated to international comparative research on the changing character of commercial news media in democracies around the world at the beginning of the 21st century, and what these changes in turn mean for democratic politics. We therefore invite contributors to focus, on the basis of empirical work in two or more democracies, on both substantive and more theoretical issues including:
• Developments in news media industries including newspapers, free‐to‐air broadcasting, cable television, and pure player news provision with an emphasis on what these developments mean for their role in democracies
• Similarities and dissimilarities between trends in the functioning of news media in different democracies, in established versus new democracies, and in mature markets versus emerging markets with attention to their political consequences
• The role of public policy in responding to recent changes in the media industries across different democracies, and the wider democratic implications
Authors should submit papers using the online system (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijpp).
The deadline for submission is October 1st 2012.
Submissions should not exceed 8,000 words including tables and bibliography. All submissions will be peer reviewed, and the editors will select 5 or 6 articles for publication.
Questions should be directed to Dr Nielsen (email@example.com) or Professor Esser (firstname.lastname@example.org).
More information is found here: http://hij.sagepub.com/