The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford is seeking abstracts of papers for possible presentation at its conference, “Local journalism around the world: professional practices, economic foundations, and political implications,” February 27-28, 2014.
Most journalism is practiced—and most news media organizations are based—at the local level. Yet journalism studies overwhelmingly focus on national and international journalism and most debates over the future of journalism remains oriented towards a limited number of exceptional and often nationally or internationally-oriented news media organizations. This focus threatens to undermine our ability to understand journalism and its role in society. The conference will focus on local journalism around the world, exploring professional practices, economic foundations, and the social and political implications of local journalism as it is actually practiced today.
Abstracts of papers are sought on topics such as—
• Relations between local journalists and local business and political elites
• The role of local media as part of communities
• The journalistic, economic, and democratic track-record of locally-oriented online-only media
• The work conditions and everyday practices of local journalists
• The (in)ability of national media to cover local affairs
• The role of social networking sites and new mobile media in local news production and use
• How existing local and regional news organizations are dealing with current changes in the media business (whether growth as in many emerging economies or retrenchment as in many high-income countries)
• Local journalism as a business
• Local journalism as a part of social or political conflicts
• New alternatives to established forms of local journalism (hyperlocal websites, etc)
300-500 word abstracts outlining the topic, methodological and theoretical approach and empirical basis should be submitted by October 13, 2013. Notification of selected abstracts will be made by October 31, 2013.
The aim of the conference is to collect the best papers for a special issue or edited book on local journalism around the world. Submissions should be sent electronically or by post to:
Prof. Robert G. Picard
Director of Research
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
University of Oxford
Oxford OX2 6PS United Kingdom