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[liberationtech] CfP Digital Journalism (Routledge, Taylor & Francis) - ‘Digital Technologies and the Evolving African Newsroom’

Hayes Mabweazara mabweazara at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 25 18:01:35 PDT 2012


> Apologies for cross posting, but CfP below might be of interest to some colleagues on this list serv.
Best regards,
Hayes
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> Call for papers, Special Issue of Digital Journalism: ‘Digital  Technologies  and  the  Evolving  African  Newsroom’
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> Guest Editor: Hayes Mawindi Mabweazara, University College Falmouth, UK
> (Digital Journalism Editor: Bob Franklin)
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> African newsrooms are (as elsewhere) experiencing the disruptive impact of new digital technologies on the way they generate and disseminate news. Indeed the influences of digitization, Internet, mobile communications and social media are changing the informational needs of citizens, and newsrooms (along with their journalists) are being forced to adapt in various ways. There are clear dimensions (however small) of internal newsroom creativity and adaptations to the digital revolution. African journalists are  “far   from  being  mired  in  ‘backwardness’  or
> passively awaiting external salvation in regard to attempts to use [new digital technologies]. Nor are they lacking when it comes to critical perspectives  with  [the  technologies]  and  global  information  networks” (Berger 2005, 1). However, there are very few studies that have sought to capture the impact of digital technologies on the daily routines of African journalists, especially in  their  ‘natural  habitat’  – the newsroom (Paterson and Domingo 2008).
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> This special issue of Digital Journalism seeks to provide a forum for scholarship that attempts  to  ‘de-westernise’  scholarly  accounts  of  how traditional journalism is adapting to the impact of new digital technologies. It seeks submissions that interrogate and closely examine how African journalists are forging new ways of practising journalism in the context of technological changes in their newsrooms (and the wider context of news production), including the challenges and normative dilemmas emerging with these developments. The issue welcomes research papers that detail trends, practices and emerging cultures of the adoption and appropriation of new digital technologies by newsrooms (and journalists) across the continent.
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> It will especially accommodate theoretically driven studies that draw on empirical evidence to provide insights into how traditional journalism in various corners of Africa is adapting to the increasingly digitized context of practice. It will consider methodologically innovative papers, (particularly those that deploy qualitative approaches and insights) to offer rich
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> observation and careful analysis that challenges popular assumptions about the impact of new digital technologies on African journalism.
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> Areas of interest for this issue include, but are by no means limited to, the following themes:
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>   Comparative studies of the diffusion, innovations and appropriations of digital technologies
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>   ‘Insider’  perspectives  of  changing  values,  routines,  policies and gatekeeping practices in news production
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>   The appropriation of digital technologies, including social media to generate, engage with sources, as well as deliver content to audiences
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>   The adoption and use of User Generated Content
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>   How newsrooms are rethinking and redesigning their business models in response to the impact of new digital technologies
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>   Innovative convergent newsrooms cultures and practices
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>   Emerging challenges, normative dilemmas and the consequences for the character and quality of news
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>   Influences of political contexts in the appropriation of digital technologies in news production
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> Prospective authors should submit an abstract of approximately 300 words by email to Dr Hayes Mabweazara (mabweazara at yahoo.com or mabweazara at gmail.com). All submissions will be reviewed by the special issue editor. Successful authors will be invited to  submit  a  full  manuscript  according  to  the  journal’s  Notes  for  Contributors.  All selected papers will be subject to peer review.
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> Timeline:
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>   Deadline for abstracts: 7 December 2012
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>   Completed papers: 30 March 2013
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>   Reviewed essays returned to authors: 28 June 2013
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>   Final revised papers due: 26 July 2013 
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Dr Hayes Mabweazara
Lecturer in Journalism
School of Media and Performance
University College Falmouth 
Tremough Campus, Penryn 
England, TR11 9EZ 

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