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Post-Truth and Affective Publics’ Challenges to Social Ties.
Disinformation, Populism, Data-Driven Propaganda

May 25th, 2022
Deadline for Extended Abstracts: January 31, 2022, 23:59 GMT


In the frame of the 72nd Annual ICA (International Communication Association) Conference, the Centre for Research on Mediations (CREM, Université de Lorraine, France) organises a preconference in Metz, France, on May 25th, 2022.

This preconference invites unpublished, innovative papers focusing on post-truth and affective publics’ challenges to social ties: disinformation flows, connectivity and network structures, affective publics and populism, journalism practices.

The preconference will bring together established researchers and PhD students. More specifically, it will include presentations from 12 participants along with 3 panel discussions, a keynote address and a research escalator session (12 PhD students/candidates).

Authors should submit an extended abstract of 1000-1500 words to: by January 31, 2022.

Registration Fee
•    100 USD / for registered participants: speakers and attendees that are faculty members
•    50 USD / for students, and speakers and attendees with no employment

This preconference has received endorsements from the ICA Journalism Studies Division, the ICA Political Communication Division, the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA), the French Society of Information and Communication Sciences (SFSIC), as well as the Association for the Study of Journalism (GIS Journalism, France).

The preconference is open to both ICA and non-ICA members. Attendees will need to create a profile to register.

More information can be found here.
 

 

Virtual Conference on ‘Safe Space for Journalists and Journalism Educators to talk about Trauma Informed Literacy’ fromThursday18th and Friday 19th November, 2021.
An Invitation to EJTA members with interest in trauma informed literacy to attend a conference organised by Journalism Education and Trauma Research Group (JETREG) hosted by the School of English and Journalism, University of Lincoln, UK and Journalism Subject group at the Media, Arts and Communications Department, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.
Synopsis
Trauma literacy is an unmet objective in the UNESCO’s Safety of Journalists’ policy agenda. Since 2007, the Safety of Journalists’ agenda covers a range of issues from violence, conflict, physical and online abuse, harassment and impunity but overlooks journalists’ emotional and psychological responses to exposure to traumatic events. This is a pertinent research enquiry because scholarly studies consistently conclude that journalists who regularly cover accidents, natural disasters, crime, cases of rape and child abuse are susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and persistent fear. It is noted that reporters are often ill-prepared to cope with the consequences of covering these assignments and there is still some stigma attached to the conversations about mental health in journalism and high burnout rates among media workers.
JETREG aims to bridge gaps in research conducting further research among journalism educators to enhance our understanding of work-related trauma and coping strategies in journalism practice. Trauma literacy is defined ‘as an awareness of the potential effects of trauma and adaptive coping mechanisms’ (Seely, 2020).
You can register HERE.

3 days of knowledge-sharing: October 19, 20 and 21 from 10.00-13.00

How do we track surveillance and deal with cybersecurity? How do we investigate abuse of personal data? How can we assess the lobbying power of big tech? These are questions of acute importance for all journalists – here is a chance to get closer to some answers!

In 3 half-day online seminars we zoom in on 3 crucial areas:

  • Cybersecurity for journalists – how and why did spyware end up in journalists’ phones? Does the EU cybersecurity strategy provide sufficient protection for journalists and other actors in civil society?
  • Data collection often happens without consent, for example when it comes to migrants at Europe’s borders or to predictions in relation to social welfare. How can journalists research this abuse of rights?
  • The power and lobbying of Big Tech in Europe – the tech sector is by far the biggest lobbying factor in the EU. What does that mean for decision-making in Brussels?

Each day will showcase journalistic examples on coverage of the problem  and a discussion of rules and legislation in the area. We also look ahead for initiatives to improve the situation.

The seminars are aimed at journalists, but open for all and free of charge. Register here.

The seminars are arranged by Arena for Journalism in Europe in cooperation with the Panelfit Consortium, OBC Transeuropa, and the European Data Journalism Network.

For more information see the Data Dilemmas website or write

Artificial Intelligence in News Media: the Case of Local Journalism

12th July, 2021, 4pm-5.15pm

Please join us to discuss latest trends and debates on AI in news media focusing on local journalism. Our speakers will be:

  • Carl-Gustav Linden: AI and local news
  • Neil Thurman, Bartosz Wilczek, Florian Stalph and Sina Thäsler-Kordonouri: Automation in local journalism: The views of news consumers, editors and executives in the UK and Germany
  • Agnes Gulyas and Gentian Gashi: Artificial Intelligence and Journalism: A Systematic Literature Review

The event is free but please register here.

By joining you give your consent to be recorded (this seminar will be posted online at a later date).
Please mute your microphone during the main presentation, before the Q and A.

 

For early stage Researchers and Journalists

The team of the Erasmus+ project Enhancing Research Understanding through Media (ERUM) has recently published guidelines, which should support students, young journalists and researchers in the development of their science communication skills and contribute to a better understanding of the role of media in communicating science to non-scientific audiences.

The Guidelines are based on prior research conducted in the project, a survey amongst journalists and media professionals, as well as a literature review. Especially the COVID-19 pandemic has proven that there is need for further guidance as far as the exchange between media and science is concerned. Journalists have to deal with scientific information, avoiding phenomena such as false balance, while at the same time, (young) scientists have to reflect upon the communication of their scientific findings to a broader audience. With the preparation of the guidelines, the ERUM team would like to offer a useful tool to both – (young) journalists and (future) researchers!

ERUM is a project carried out by university partners from Austria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Spain and focuses on the question how universities and media professionals can work together and learn from each other to improve the quality of information amidst changing and dynamic flows of information. Within the project, various events bring together journalists, researchers and students. In addition, the team produces freely accessible materials such as reports, guidelines and open educational resources for higher education.

The guidelines are available for download here.

OBC Transeuropa kindly invites EJTA members to Data protection in journalism: practical tools, a webinar to be held on 2 March at 4 pm CET. The initiative comes as a contribution of the European Data Journalism Network to PANELFIT, the Horizon 2020 project I told you about some time ago focused on the impact of technology in research and innovation, with a particular focus on data protection.
 
During the webinar, the Practical Handbook for Journalists on Data Protection will be presented. In a spirit of participatory development, the webinar will include an open space for questions, from which we will take inspiration to expand the Handbook.
 
The event will be led by Iñigo De Miguel Beriain, senior researcher at the University of the Basque Country.

Starting from March 2021, Lomonosov Moscow State University's Faculty of Journalism will organize once a month an academic seminar featuring world renowned researchers, both Russian and international. Media scholars from across the world will be invited to share relevant theoretical and practical insights in their area of research. Discussion between international and Russian scholars will be organized as an important part of these events.

Click here for more info.

Three EJTA member universities, The Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX), Hochschule der Medien (HdM) and Windesheim University have come together for an EU Erasmus+ funded project, because they share an understanding of the current difficult state of journalism and ideas on how to improve the situation. 

DIALOGUE is designated to develop curricula for teaching constructive and dialogue-based journalism as well as audience development and engagement to students and professionals. It was launched in October 2019 and is led by DMJX. The three-year project has just finished the first year and the first interim report of the project. Read the whole report here

 

 

Our student-colleagues from FEJS inevitably had to cancel their Annual Congress in Ljubljana but they creatively and inventively organised an interactive online event instead on Instagram. They discussed ‘Covering the Coronavirus’ and interviewed journalists, learned about ways to de-stress during a pandemic and even got together during a small digital concert.

The EJTA General Assembly 2020 will be held online from 5 to 10 of November in St. Petersburg, discussing the interesting topic: digital inequality. Participating students are asked to keep all afternoons and evenings free.

The Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) is implementing the project “Connecting the Dots: Improved Policies through Civic Participation” in North Macedonia, supported by the British Embassy in Skopje. As a part of it, the platform HOME aims to create short environmental and educational videos, short nature and environment documentaries as well as short in – depth journalistic stories that point on specific environmental issues such as pollution, protected areas, endangered species, climate change and environmental education in the N. Macedonia and Balkan Region. The idea is not just to present the problem, or the area of interest, but also to give human aspects of the story and to send a call for action and change.

ICS seeks to engage two UK experts, preferably one experienced in pre-production (scriptwriting, research and planning) and the other experienced in the practical part of the production (shooting and directing on set, editing and mastering the material) of environment documentaries:

Project outline and  call to action document

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