CFP Journalistic Practices in the Representation of the Migrant Crisis

CFP Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies

SPECIAL ISSUE
Should I post that picture or issue that story? Journalistic practices in the representation of the migrant crisis

Guest editors: Vittoria Sacco (Université de Neuchâtel) and Valérie Gorin (University of Geneva and Graduate Institute)

Human migration is not a new phenomenon. However, recently it has gained substantial space in media coverage. In particular, the images of the little Aylan, a child escaping Syria with his family, lying dead on Bodrum’s beach, have raised old ethical questions of journalistic practices. Aylan’s pictures were extremely powerful and not without symbolism, becoming icons of Syria’s tragedy. They went viral on social media, but they were also criticized. Several media opted not to show the images. The criticism centered on whether it was justifiable or ethical to direct readers’ attention to the conflict in Syria with stark images of an innocent victim. There were parallels to the images of Kim Phuc, the little girl running naked and screaming in Vietnam in 1972.

This very issue of audience engagement with crisis is a topic of heated debate in academia. In her book “Compassion fatigue: how the media sell disease, famine, war and death” (1999), Susan Moeller discusses audience engagement with the news coverage of war, conflict or other types of violence. The media has thus the potential to stress particular forms of engagement to mobilize the public and create a collective memory amongst audiences. Exposed daily to distant suffering, the audience can develop apathy and disengage with events, resulting in compassion fatigue.

Kerry Moore, Bernhard Gross and Terry Threadgold drive same message home in their book on “Migration and the Media” (2012). They try to trace the reporting practices that produce migration coverage. A large part of academic studies has otherwise explored visual representations of migrants and refugees in humanitarian appeals (Mannik 2012), emphasizing the role of aid agencies in framing visual stereotypes of helpless people (Rajaram 2002) or racializing, victimizing and feminizing the refugees (Johnson 2011). However, the questions around how the problem of compassion fatigue challenges journalistic practices, and what the news boundaries and standards when reporting crises should be in a digital online age, has had less attention in academic research.
This special issue of the “Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies” (AJMS) aims to shed some light on the complex ecosystem journalists covering the crisis face. It invites contributions on the relationship between journalistic practices and audience compassion fatigue, as well as the role of social media and new technologies on how to have it alleviated.

The guest editor welcomes contributions from both scholars and practitioners in the field of media and journalism studies and practice. Scholarly submissions can have a theoretical, analytic, critical, empirical or comparative angle.

Important deadlines and milestones
Prospective authors should submit an abstract not exceeding 250 words directly by email to the guest editors Vittoria Sacco (vittoria.sacco AT unine.ch) and Valérie Gorin (valerie.gorin AT unige.ch) by end of March 2016. Please mark your submission as “Special Issue on the migration crisis”.

Following peer-review, a selection of authors will be invited to submit a full paper (from 5000 to 8000 words) by end of September 2016. See full details about the journal and the prescribed format for manuscript submissions. Please note that acceptance of the abstract does not guarantee publication, given that all papers will be put through the journal’s peer-review process. Tentative publication date: Third issue of 2017

CFP: Multilingualism and Journalism in the Era of Convergence

CFP: Multilingualism and Journalism in the Era of Convergence
Edited by Lucile Davier (University of Geneva) and Kyle Conway (University of Ottawa)

Technological convergence, or the blurring of lines between formerly distinct media, has had a tremendous impact on the work journalists do. For one thing, it has contributed to the processes of globalization that have brought people into greater contact with cultural others. For another, it has made it possible for an ever smaller group of corporations to control an ever larger share of the media. As a result, journalists must become proficient with more aspects of production (combining video, text, and images) while reporting on a wider range of people and cultures and responding to the economic pressures that come with the concentration of media ownership.

This book will look at the ways journalists are making sense of and adapting to this changing environment. It will focus on those moments when they gather information in languages that their audiences do not speak. It will ask, what technologies do they use as they collect information, transform it into a story, and disseminate it to their readers, viewers, and listeners? It will examine questions of translation in the broadest possible sense-from the re-expression of bits of speech or text in a different language, to the rewriting of partial or complete news stories, to the explanation of how members of a foreign cultural community interpret an object or event.

The editors would like to invite submissions from a range of disciplines such as communication, translation studies, and sociology. Potential questions authors might address include (but are not limited to):

Platforms:
– In what contexts do journalists indicate that a source spoke or wrote in a different language?
– What modes of translation (e.g., subtitling, voice-over, etc.) do journalists use?
– Do journalists favour different modes of re-expression on different platforms?
– What strategies do they adopt for cross-platform or multimodal distribution?
– How do they adapt the same news story for multiple formats?
– Do ideas of newsworthiness vary depending on the platform?

Social implications:
– How visible are multilingual contexts for audiences?
– Do convergence phenomena contribute to the globalization or the localization of news?
– What are the implications of journalists’ practices for how audiences perceive cultural others?

To propose a chapter, please send an abstract to multilingualism.convergence@gmail.com. Abstracts should be 500 words long and submitted as .odt, .doc, .docx, or .rtf files. Proposal deadline: January 15, 2017. Initial acceptances sent: February 15, 2017. Deadline for full articles (6,000-8,000 words): May 31, 2017.

Toussaint Nothias Researcher Profile

Toussaint NothiasToussaint Nothias is a lecturer in the Center for African Studies, Stanford University. He is also an associate researcher at the University of Oxford on the Mecodem (Media, Conflict, Democratisation) project. He is a media scholar working at the intersection of critical media studies, postcolonial theory and journalism production.  In his PhD, conducted at the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds, Dr Nothias investigated media representations of Africa in British and French media by combining discourse analysis of media content with interviews with foreign correspondents based in South Africa and Kenya. As part of the Mecodem project, he has worked on the role of journalists and the civil society in Kenya in relation to the 2007 and 2013 elections, the ICC trial of President Kenyatta and the reporting of terrorism. He is a member of the IAMCR and ICA and his work has notably appeared in leading communication journals including Communication, Culture, Critique, African Journalism Studies and Visual Communication. You can follow him on twitter at @NothiasT and on academia at https://stanford.academia.edu/ToussaintNothias.

Selected publications:

-2016: Paterson, C. and Nothias, T. “Representation of China and the US in Africa in Online Global News”, Communication, Culture, Critique, 9(1): 107-125.

2016 : Nothias, T. “Mediating the Distant Other for the Distant Audience: How do Western Correspon- dents in East and Southern Africa Perceive Their Audience”, in Africa’s Media Image in the 21st century: From the Hopeless Continent to Africa Rising, Bunce, M., Franks, S. and Paterson, C. (eds). Routledge: London.

-2014 : Nothias, T. “Hopeful, Rising, New: Visualizing Africa in the Age of Globalisation”, Visual Communication, 13(3): 323-339.

2014 : Nothias, T. “Afro-pessimism in the French and British Press Coverage of the 2010 South African World Cup”, in African Football, Identity Politics and Global Media Narratives: The Legacy of the FIFA 2010 World Cup, Chari, T. and Mhiripiri, N. (eds). Palgrave MacMillan: Basingstoke, 285-304.

2013 : Nothias, T. “ ‘It’s Struck a Chord We Have Never Managed to Strike’: Frames, Perspectives and Remediation Strategies in the International News Coverage of Kony2012”, Ecquid-Novi African Journalism Studies, 34(2): 123-129.

Chinese University of Hong Kong job ad

THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
School of Journalism and Communication
Assistant/Associate Professor

Tenure-track, beginning August 2016
Applicants should have (i) a PhD degree in communication or a related field (by the time reporting for duty); (ii) strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research; and (iii) a track record of research and publication.

The appointee will teach courses in journalism and communication, particularly data journalism, big data studies and social network analysis.

Appointment will normally be made on contract basis for up to three years initially commencing August 2016, which, subject to mutual agreement, may lead to longer-term appointment or substantiation later.

Applications will be accepted until the post is filled.
To apply, click here

American University of Armenia job ad: English & Communications

Full-time Faculty for BA in English and Communications Program
The American University of Armenia
Deadline: Open until filled

Position: American University of Armenia, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, BA in English and Communications Program, Full-time Faculty.

To meet its growing needs, the BA in English and Communications Program of the American University of Armenia (AUA) is seeking applicants for a full-time faculty position in English & Communications starting in August 2016, at the assistant or associate professor level.

The BA in English & Communications is one of three Bachelors degree programs launched at AUA in fall 2013.  Faculty positions at AUA typically involve teaching three courses per semester, engaging in program development and university service, and pursuing a research agenda in line with a definition of scholarship which allows AUA to tailor recognition of faculty activities and efforts to the unique qualities and strengths of the university.

Qualifications: The successful candidate likely will hold a PhD in Public Relations, Communications, Journalism, or related field and have relevant experience teaching such courses as Introduction to Communications, Intercultural Communication, Introduction to Journalism, Public Relations, Public Speaking, and Advertising.

Documented excellence in teaching is required; preference will be given to candidates with experience in conducting academic duties in an international setting or teaching non-native English speakers.   MFA or ABD with significant teaching experience may be considered.

Compensation: Compensation is commensurate with university-wide pay scale, qualifications and experience.

To apply: A letter of application, Curriculum Vitae with the names and contact information for three referees should be sent to jobs@aua.am, with the subject heading BA in English and Communications. Applications must be received by December 15 to be considered.  Shortlisted applicants will be notified by e-mail.

The American University of Armenia (AUA) is located in Yerevan, the capital of the Republic of Armenia, a city that enjoys one of the highest safety rankings around the world and a low cost of living.

AUA is accredited by the U.S.-based Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission and is affiliated with the University of California. It provides teaching and research programs that prepare students to address the needs of Armenia and its surrounding region for sustainable development.

CFP Transnational Journalism History

Call for Papers
Transnational Journalism History

Traditionally, journalism history has been studied from a national perspective. This tendency has been spurred on by the work of Benedict Anderson, who argued that newspapers were one of the chief instruments for creating national identity. However, journalism has never truly been bounded by geography. Practices, technologies, and journalists have moved around the globe, bringing new ideas with them and taking more new ideas along when they move on. Practices have emerged in one place and spread around the globe since before Gutenberg invented movable type.

Journalism historians have rarely looked at their field from this broader perspective. More commonly, historical studies of international journalism have focused on foreign news provided by correspondents from the home country, written from the perspective of the home country. As Ohio University professor Kevin Grieves explains it, this sort of approach treats foreign news as news of the “other” that the correspondent interprets for the home audience. Transnational journalism, according to Grieves, treats more than one nation as the home audience. A good example of this would be America’s first newspaper, Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestic. This paper consisted primarily of English news for an audience who thought of themselves as English men and women but who just happened to be living on another continent.

The value of transnational journalism history is that it rises above nationalist approaches and historiographies. It does not privilege one people over another; it examines local applications of global developments and phenomena in journalism as being relevant across borders. Consequently, this conference is seeking presentations that transcend Anderson and considers people, practices and technologies that transcended national boarders.

This inaugural conference on Transnational Journalism History is seeking papers that deal with any aspect of the subject; however, we are particularly interested in work that examines the flow of those journalistic developments, people, and phenomena between Ireland and the United States. The work from this conference, and a second one anticipated for 2017, will form the basis of at least two volumes, one of which will deal with the flow of news, news personnel, and news developments between Ireland and the United States. The second conference and volume will be more global in scope.

The conference will be held on February 25–27, 2016 at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Ga.  Saturday will include an optional tour of historic sites in and around Augusta. Conference sponsors include Georgia Regents University and Dublin City University, Conference organizers are Debbie van Tuyll and Mark O’Brien.

The conference is accepting proposals for research sessions (submit a completed paper); work-in-progress sessions (250-word abstract); and panels. All proposals should be submitted to van Tuyll by Oct. 1, 2015. Each submission will be evaluated in a blind review process.

University of Jyväskylä job ad (Finland)

Professor of Journalism at University of Jyväskylä

The University of Jyväskylä is a nationally and internationally significant research university and an expert on education that focuses on human and natural sciences. The University is Finland’s leading expert in teacher education and adult education, as well as the major exporter of education. The Faculty of Sport Sciences is the only one in the country.

Department of Communication in the Faculty of Humanities is currently seeking to recruit staff to the position of Professorship in Journalism, based on a contract of employment to be filled as of January 1, 2016, in effect until further notice.

The Faculty of Humanities in the University of Jyväskylä studies culture, arts and traditions as well as languages and communication in organizations and societies. One of the Faculty’s special characteristics is comparative, researcher oriented and multi-method research and education. The originality, multidisciplinarity and innovativeness in the field of Humanities are apparent in e.g. the many research projects connected with technology.

The definition of the Faculty’s core areas has taken account of the high quality of both research and education, the scope of the activities as well as the National educational responsibilities. Regarding the five core areas in the University of  Jyväskylä, the Faculty of Humanities is strongly associated with three (Education, Learning and Teaching in the Future; Languages, Culture and Processes of Change in the Society; Human Technology).

The professorship in Journalism is located on the University’s strategic core areas of Language, Culture and Social Change Processes and Human Technology. Within the research conducted at the Department of Communication, the professorship is located on the core areas of Communication, media and journalism in globalizing and multicultural societies and Working Life Communication and Communication Professions in Networked Society.

The duties of the professor include developing interdisciplinary research and education in accordance with the strategic objectives of the discipline, the Department and the University of Jyväskylä. This includes active participation in applying for supplementary research funding, launching and implementing research projects. The professor is expected to participate in teaching and supervision activities both on basic and postgraduate level and also to take part in the Department’s administration. In addition, the professor is expected to engage in high quality national and international publishing activity and to participate actively in international research and education work.

The professor is specifically expected to have expertise in the areas related to the future of journalism, such as media and journalism in a networked and multicultural society, effects of social media on journalism and its relationship with the audience, journalistic innovations, as well as journalism and globalization.

The duties and qualification requirements for the position of the professor are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations. The selected person is required to have a full command of Finnish language. When considered appropriate, the university may grant exemption from the language proficiency requirements. The teaching languages in the professorshipin Journalism are Finnish and English. A good command of English is required and a proficiency to teach in English will be considered beneficial.

The professor’s job-specific salary component is based on the job demands levels 8 – 11 (4617,75 €/month – 6803,52 €/month) according to the salary system concerning teaching and research staff at universities. In addition, a personal performance-based salary component amounting to the maximum of 46,3% of the job-specific salary component is also paid.

The appointment procedure for filling the vacant professorship provides more information on the duties involved and on the ways of meeting the qualification requirements, as well as on the application and appointment procedure itself. The appointment procedure is available on the Faculty webpage.

For additional information, please contact Dean Minna-Riitta Luukka, and Head of the Department, Professor Epp Lauk.

The application documents should be drawn up in English and include the following documents:

1. a motivation letter;

2.  a Curriculum Vitae (CV), complying with the guidelines for responsible conduct of research and following, where possible, the template CV for researchers by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity;

3.  a brief (2-3 pages) written account of the applicant’s scientific research, merits in scientific activities and in supervision of research work including an account of acquired complementary research funding and the responsibilities related to the research conducted through such funding and in international activities;

4.  a brief (2-3 pages) written account of the applicant’s pedagogical training and teaching merits (teaching portfolio);

5.  a brief (2-3 pages) written account of the applicant’s international cooperation  and activities in the field of societal interaction;

6.  a numbered list of all scientific and other publications with which  the candidate wishes to prove his or her eligibility and merits for the post.

A list of publications drawn up according to the regulations of Academy of Finland;

7.  a maximum of 10 publications, numbered in accordance with the above list (if the publications cannot be sent electronically, they are asked to be arranged in four packages for the external evaluators and mailed to the University Registry Office, P.O. Box 35, FI-40014 University of Jyväskylä, Finland);

8.  a brief (2-3 pages) written account of how the applicant plans to develop the research, teaching and societal interaction related to the domain of the post in the Faculty of Humanities.

Please submit your application at the latest on February 1, 2015 using the online application form.

Summer International/Intercultural and Backpack Journalism Program

Summer International/Intercultural and Backpack Journalism Program

For the eleventh summer Gonzaga University Master’s in Communication and Leadership Program is offering its Summer International/Intercultural and Backpack Journalism Program. Open to all graduate students or graduating seniors, the program begins in Florence and then moves into the Apennine Mountain medieval city of Cagli, where students in the Cagli Project are assigned to develop multi-media storytelling projects. Time is spent in class, in the field researching and producing stories, and in the lab completing assignments and coordinating the elements of each story. This year there are five specific course modules: Intercultural Communication, Italian language and culture (these modules include Journaling), Profile Writing, Photography, and Digital Design. The program also includes a day-trip to Urbino and free weekend-travel.   Because of the setting of this program, students will have a unique opportunity to learn how to access a foreign culture and to acquire practical language skills rapidly by using an immersion technique. The ability to assimilate quickly and to hone in on another culture¹s values are indispensable tools for anyone preparing for a career in a field where globalization and intercultural communication are becoming increasingly important. At the micro level, students will learn how “to read” another culture on its own terms — thereby eliminating cultural bias.  At the macro level, students will be ready to become facilitators in the intercultural dialogue that the modern world requires.This program is open to graduating seniors and graduate students.  The Program costs include 6 graduate credits, hotels and apartments, in county transportation, some meals, technology, and closing exhibition.   The summer session is June 8June 24, 2015, with online content pre and post Italy. For more information contact Dr. John Caputo. To see the work of former students and years go to:
http://www.gonzagaincagli.com  For details of the MA and descriptions of the program along with an application go to the main webpage.

LSE Fellow: Media Governance & Policy (London)

LSE Fellow (Media Governance & Policy)

Department of Media and Communications
The London School of Economics and Political Science

Location: London
Salary: £32,794 to £39,669
Fixed term 12 months
Application deadline: July 5, 2014

Applications are invited from outstanding candidates in the field of media and communications. The successful candidate will join an established and successful department, on grade point average ranked third in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

Applicants should demonstrate research excellence and a commitment to critically assessing claims about ways to theorise and empirically research mediated relationships between media and communications technologies and the social world.

We particularly welcome applications from those with expertise that contributes to understanding the social, political, economic and/or cultural dimensions of social and technological change in today’s complex mediated environment.

We would seek someone who works at the intersection of media policy and ethics, especially with regard to issues around public media and media policy such as regulation, journalism, governance, and law. They would be expected to connect with the Department’s journalism think-tank Polis and the Media Policy Project.

You will have (or will have submitted) a PhD in a relevant discipline by the post start date. You will also have a proven record of research published in key journals; or evidence that such a record is being developed.

You will also demonstrate the ability to teach on a range of courses currently on offer within the Department of Media and Communications and to contribute to areas not currently covered.

The other criteria that will be used when shortlisting for this post can be found in the person specification which is attached to this vacancy on the LSE’s online recruitment system. To apply for this post, or see those details, please go to www.lse.ac.uk/jobsatlse and select “Vacancies”.

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Massey U job ad

The College of Business at Massey University is searching for a Head of School for the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, to be located at either the Palmerston North or Wellington campus. Location at the Albany campus could be considered, although is not preferred.

Massey University

The Head of School provides academic leadership and strategic management of the School within the strategic framework of the College and wider University. He or she contributes to the mission and strategic objectives of the College as a member of the College Board and College Executive Team.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic, innovative and effective academic leader who will work with the Pro Vice-Chancellor to lead a large and diverse School across three campuses. The College’s strategic priorities are academic excellence, engaged staff and stakeholders, impactful research, an enterprising culture and outstanding reputation.

Employment will be on an ongoing (tenured) basis with the appointment as Head of School being an initial term of three years after which time a further term may be available or the appointee would take up an academic position within the School. The Head of School should be appointable at Professor Level.

In 2013 Massey University was ranked New Zealand’s fifth most attractive employer in in the annual Randstad Awards, an international survey conducted across 14 countries. It was also the education sector winner. The College of Business has a proud history, with New Zealand’s longest running MBA, journalism and entrepreneurship/small business programmes. The College comprises five schools: Accountancy; Aviation; Communication, Journalism & Marketing; Economics & Finance; and Management. We have programmes on three campuses (Albany, Palmerston North, and Wellington) plus New Zealand’s oldest and most substantial distance education offering. We are accredited by AACSB and AMBA, alongside several discipline-specific endorsements.

The Palmerston North campus is located in the Manawatu region, set between the Tararua and Ruahine ranges in the east and the vast Tasman Sea in the west. Manawatu combines the charm of rural New Zealand with the sophisticated city appeal of Palmerston North. It has a thriving arts and sport scene and is reputed to have the highest number of restaurants, eateries and cafe bars per capita in New Zealand.

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital, with a population of approx. 400,000. The 2010 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Wellington 12th in the world. In 2011 Lonely Planet named Wellington as fourth in its Top 10 Cities to Visit, referring to the New Zealand capital as the “coolest little capital in the world”.

Closing date: 08 January 2013
Reference number: A359-13SF