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Monday, 16 April 2012

CALL – for papers for Social Media, Journalism and Communication Practitioners - International Symposium

Social Media, Journalism and Communication Practitioners - International Symposium
North Holmes Campus, Canterbury Christ Church University
7 September 2012

Deadline for abstracts: 15 May 2012

This event is organised by the Department of Media, Art and Design in collaboration with the Business School, Canterbury Christ Church University.

Social media, and the Internet in general, are having dramatic impacts on journalism (Deuze, 2007; Sarrica, 2010). Traditional practices of newsgathering, verifying stories and reporting are transforming and with that the profession itself is perceived to be changing fundamentally. Web 2.0 Internet technologies are viewed to have changed "newsroom culture and the professionals involved" and they "challenge perceptions of the roles and functions of journalism as a whole" (Deuze and Paulussen, 2002, p. 216). But scholars continue to debate exactly how journalism as a profession is changing and about the impacts of new technologies such as social media (Lasorsa et al., 2012). Discussion on the impacts of these technologies have centred on three main issues: changes in relationship with the audience, changing journalistic practices and changes in professional values and the profession as a whole. This international symposium explores these and related issues.

The conference is open to academics as well as industry practitioners. Papers / presentations are invited in the general subject area of social media. Suggestions include, but are not limited to:
  • Comparative study of social media use
  • Impact of social media on audience relationship
  • Changing journalistic practices
  • Purposes of social media use
  • Attitudes towards social media
  • PR professionals and social media
  • Patterns of social media usages
  • Impacts of social media on journalistic values
  • Influence of social media on communication practices
Best papers from the symposium will be published in a special edition of a refereed journal.

Please send 250 word abstracts to Agnes Gulyas agnes.gulyas@canterbury.ac.uk

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