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Graham Meikle on Fri, 21 Oct 2005 12:19:25 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> [call] New Technologies & News: Journal Issue CFP

Call for Contributions
New technologies and News: Convergences and Divergences
A special issue of 'Scan', edited by Chris Atton & Graham Meikle

N.B.  This is a slightly revised CFP from that appearing earlier this year.
Potential contributors who have already submitted work for consideration
need not resubmit.   Due to a revised publication schedule at Scan, we are
able to extend the deadline for submissions to 30 April 2006.

The study of news has always been central to the study of the media. But
while the rise of new technologies such as the Net, mobile phones and
digital TV has attracted enormous scholarly interest and has reinvigorated
the field, there has not as yet been as much research on news and these new
technologies as there might be. Some recent research has
emphasised online journalism as a set of professional practices developed
from existing journalistic philosophies and routines, though often
privileging the dialogical nature of the medium to generate news agendas
with media audiences (Deuze and Dimoudi, 2002). Other work emphasises
journalism as a set of deprofessionalised practices that privilege
grassroots 'native reporting' as a distinctive feature of an 'alternative
journalism' (Atton, 2003). Such research highlights the potential of new
technology use to enable new configurations of news production,
distribution and reception; new modes of authorship and audiencehood; new
kinds of producer and consumer. This special issue of 'Scan' invites
contributions that are able to push forward our thinking about the
modalities of news production and reception. We are particularly interested
in papers that combine theory and practice to critically explore the claims
made for the various manifestations of
these practices.

Who uses online news?  What do they use it for?  How is credibility judged?
To what extent are relationships changing between reporters and readers,
between news outlets and consumers, in a media environment that can be
customised? How significant are participatory news and discussion
projects such as Indymedia (http://www.indymedia.org/en/index.shtml),
Wikinews (http://en.wikinews.org), OhmyNews (http://english.ohmynews.com/)
or Slashdot (http://slashdot.org/)?

What of news values and news content? What contributions are made to the
discussion of news by online art and satire projects such as Tenbyten
(http://www.tenbyten.org), News Reader
(http://turbulence.org/works/twotxt/nr-index.htm) or The Onion
(http://www.theonion.com)? And what of blogging?  The blog may be just as
much the province of the professional journalist as the amateur and, indeed,
the much-vaunted 'independence' of blogs is often curtailed by a reliance on
dominant news agendas and framing mechanisms (Haas, 2005).

Answers on a postcard to...

Chris Atton
Napier University, Edinburgh
<c.atton {AT} napier.ac.uk>

Graham Meikle
Macquarie University, Sydney
<graham.meikle {AT} mq.edu.au>

Submission dates and guidelines
Completed papers should be sent to the issue editors by 30 April 2006.
Refereeing and revisions to be completed by 31 May 2006, for a June 2006

Submission details and style guidelines are at
Maximum length is 6,000 words.

'Scan' (http://www.scan.net.au) is a refereed quarterly online journal
of media arts and culture, hosted by the Media Department at Macquarie
University, Sydney.

Atton, Chris (2003) 'What is "Alternative" Journalism?', Journalism:
Theory, Practice and Criticism 4(3): 267-272.

Deuze, Mark and Dimoudi, Christina (2002) 'Online journalists in the
Netherlands: Towards a profile of a new profession', Journalism: Theory,
Practice and Criticism 3(1): 85-100.

Haas, Tanni (2005) 'From "Public Journalism" to the "Public's
Journalism"? Rhetoric and reality in the discourse on weblogs',
Journalism Studies 6(3): 387-396.

Dr Graham Meikle

Lecturer, Department of Media,
Division of Society, Culture, Media and Philosophy,
Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, 2109, Australia.

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