Call for papers for the meeting “Borders of journalism and business models: constraints and sustainability”

Until September 15 September 25, is open the call for papers for the meeting “Borders of journalism and business models: constraints and sustainability”, organized by the WG of Economy and Communication Policies and of Sopcom Journalism and Society.

Permanently challenged by technology and business, ethics and society, journalism has undergone profound changes over time. The current challenges are complex and destabilizing: the exercise of the profession is constrained by exhausted business models, stimulated by new ethical questions, unbalanced by new practices and metrics, disturbed even by new expectations of consumers and citizens. With the productive routine of journalists confronted for new horizons, which challenge criteria established in terms of newsworthiness, which defy deontology and stimulate debate, several problems emerge in the scientific field.

In a hybrid and precarious professional context, what do the ethical principles present in the codes of ethics mean today? Are there other values that come close, such as sharing or transparency, as essential in the field? What are the challenges to regulation and the legal framework for the exercise of the profession? What space is there for new self-regulatory initiatives within newspaper companies? Can new business models jeopardize the traditional ethics of the profession? What aspects of monetization do we find in the business world? What signs of sustainability can we expect? What answers exist in the relationship with consumers of journalistic products? The frontiers of the profession are thus diluted, summoning new reflections and empirical investigations.

To this end, proposals are received which deal with the following subjects:

– Hybridism and frontiers in journalism
– Old and new ethical and deontological issues of journalism
– Business models and economic sustainability of journalism
– New prospects for monetization
– New funding possibilities: crowdfunding, public subsidy and foundations
– The issue of sponsored content and brand journalism
– Professionalism and amateurism in journalism
– Historical perspective of the profession of journalist
– Transformations in the social composition of the profession
– Regulation and self-regulation in journalism
– Competencies of the journalist in the face of complexity
– The technological factor in the practice of journalism
– The “fake news” and the post-truth era
– Immediatism and “clickbait”

Submission of proposals must be done through the form available on the meeting website.