Research conducted in several countries shows that journalists find themselves in increasingly time-pressured, demanding working environments as their industry adapts to rising competition from the internet (as a platform for advertising income and alternative news sources) while newsrooms bring digital technologies into all aspects of the news production process (Boczkowski, 2009; García Avilés and Léon, 2002; Saltzis and Dickinson, 2008). Despite disagreement over the consequences for the industry, there is a consensus that such changes are altering the nature of journalists’ work in fundamental ways. Recent discussions focusing on these changes, address such matters in terms of the political economy of the news industry (e.g. McChesney, 2003), the attitudes and opinions of journalists, or their professional values (e.g. Beam, et al, 2009; Singer and Ashman, 2009), but show relatively little interest in the way journalists actually respond to these changes in their working practices. This special issue will discuss contemporary professional practice in the European context, examining the important differences in industries that are producing differing consequences for journalists, whether there are common solutions to the problems they face as well as the various ways that different journalistic and organisational cultures negotiate such change.
Thus, empirically-grounded contributions might consider a range of issues including, but not confined to:
• New media technology and organisational planning and policy
• Newsroom reshaping: organisation and emerging socio-technical systems – editorial and technical integration of online and offline newsrooms; architecture designs for convergent newsrooms; digitisation; change and modernisation; managerial decisions and the drive for efficiencies
• New media technology and the evolution of news practices: changing/marking boundaries; impact of changes on the journalists’ imagined community; ‘situational adjustment’ among news workers; new news-gathering practices
• New media technology and multi-skilling: ‘enskilling’ or ‘deskilling’?; multimedia reporting; impact of multiskilling on news output; speed versus quality
• Managing user-generated content: moderation and legal considerations; the role of feedback on news production processes
• Practitioner reflections on these topics: first-hand accounts of the changes in newsroom practice and training issues.
Abstract (500 words and to include author’s professional status and institutional affiliation)
submission: 15th December, 2010
Notification of acceptance: 15th January, 2011
Full paper submission: 31st October, 2011
Submissions (abstracts and full papers) should be sent electronically as Word documents to Roger Dickinson (email: email@example.com). If this is not possible, then please send five copies (of full paper) to Roger Dickinson, Department of Media & Communication, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK.
Papers, in English, should include an abstract of 100-150 words, with a suggested target of 8000 words (including notes and references) and include 8-10 key words. For specific manuscript submission guidelines, please go to:
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