PJIG Call for Papers for 2015 AEJMC Conference

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PJIG Program at 2014 AEJMC Conference

If you’re attending the 2014 conference in Montreal, check out our great co-sponsored panels and research sessions. We have a diverse lineup of interesting sessions covering topics from teaching participatory journalism, including using Google Glass in the classroom, to negative consequences of participatory journalism. If you’re interested in learning more about PJIG, come to our members’ meeting Thursday, Aug. 7, at 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 6

11:45 am to 1:15 pm: Best Practices in Participatory Journalism

Moderating/Presiding: Anne Hoag, Penn State – University Park

Panelists:      

  • Peggy Dillon, Salem State
  • Tim McSorley, Media Co-op, Montreal
  • Mary Lou Nemanic, Penn State – Altoona
  • Jane Singer, City University – London/ Iowa

5 pm to 6:30 pm: Defining Emergent Journalistic Behaviors

Moderating/Presiding: Magda Konieczna, Wisconsin

Panelists:         

  • Serena Carpenter, Michigan State
  • Al Cross, Kentucky
  • Paula Ellis, Paula Ellis and Associates

Thursday, Aug. 7

11:45 am to 1:15 pm: Teaching, Engaging and Protecting Acts of Journalism

Moderating/Presiding: Josh Stearns, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

Panelists:        

  • Morgan Weiland, Stanford
  • Lisa Lynch, Concordia
  • Madeleine Bair, Human Rights Channel, Witness

 1:30 pm to 3 pm: Scholar-to-Scholar Refereed Research Paper Session

  • Gender, Social Cue and Interactivity in Social Media: Investigation of Journalists’ Social Media Use and Credibility, Rosie Jahng, Hope College & Jeremy Littau, Lehigh
  • Clarifying Journalism’s Quantitative Turn: A Typology for Evaluating Data Journalism, Computational Journalism, and Computer-Assisted Reporting, Mark Coddington, Texas
  • Exploring the Role of Political Discussion in Political Participation: Online vs. Offline, Soo Yun Kim, Wisconsin
  • Hyperlocal with a Mission; Motivation, Strategy, and Civic Function, Marco Van Kerkhoven, Utrecht, Klaus Schoenbach, Northwestern, & Piet Bakker, Utrecht

8:30 pm to 10 pm: Members’ Meeting

Moderating/Presiding: Melissa Tully, Iowa

Friday, Aug. 8

3:30 pm to 5 pm: A Year Through Glass: How We Used Google’s Newest Gadget in the Classroom

 Moderating/Presiding: Mark Poepsel, Southern Illinois, Edwardsville

 Panelists:        

  • Jeremy Littau, Lehigh
  • Jennifer Ware, Michigan State
  • Daxton (Chip) Stewart, Texas Christian
  • Dan Pacheco, Syracuse

5:15 pm to 6:45 pm: Reciprocity, Community and Collaboration in News

Moderating/Presiding: Kirsten Johnson, Elizabethtown

  • Reciprocity and the News: The role of personal and social media reciprocity in news creation and consumption, Avery Holton, Utah, Mark Coddington, Texas, Seth Lewis, Minnesota, & Homero Gil de Zuniga, Vienna [Top faculty paper]
  • The Social News System: Examining the Relationship between Psychological Sense of Community, Social Network Site Use, and News Sharing Behaviors, Natalie Olsen, Minnesota [Second place, student paper]
  • Working together: Sharing as an emergent newsroom norm, Magda Konieczna, Wisconsin [Top student paper]
  • What’s in a Name? Making a Case for Collaborative Journalism, Shawn McIntosh, Columbia

Discussant: Lona Cobb, Winston-Salem State

Saturday, Aug. 9

9:15 am to 10:45 am: Participation in the News: Positive and Negative Outcomes

Moderating/Presiding: Buck Ryan, Kentucky

  • Democratic Mobilization through #Gosnell: Twitter as Public Sphere and Realm of the Fifth Estate, Michael Jezewak, Loyola Marymount, & Gwyneth Mellinger, Xavier
  • Framing Citizen Activism: A Comparative Study of the CGNET Swara and Mobile Voices Projects, Paromita Pain, Texas
  • Reddit and the Boston Bombings: The Entextualization of a Witch-Hunt, Noah Springer, Colorado
  • Self-Governance on Trial: A Public Sphere Analysis of News Website Forum Comments, David Wolfgang, Missouri

Discussant: Brian Ekdale, Iowa

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Participatory Journalism abstracts for 2014 AEJMC Conference

From AEJMC’s list of abstracts

Clarifying Journalism’s Quantitative Turn: A Typology for Evaluating Data Journalism, Computational Journalism, and Computer-Assisted Reporting • Mark Coddington, University of Texas at Austin • As quantitative forms have become more prevalent in professional journalism, it has become increasingly important to classify and distinguish between them. This paper defines and compares three quantitative forms of journalism — computer-assisted reporting, data journalism, and computational journalism — and introduces a four-part typology to evaluate their epistemological and professional dimensions. The three practices are characterized as related but distinct approaches to integrating the values of open-source culture and social science with those of professional journalism.

Gender, social cue and interactivity in social media: Investigation of journalists’ social media use and credibility • Rosie Jahng, Hope College; Jeremy Littau, Lehigh University • This study examined the effect of social cues and interactivity in social media on journalists’ credibility based on literature of journalists’ credibility, social information processing theory (SIPT) and social presence theory. Results from a mixed-design experiment showed participants rated highly interactive journalists to be more credible than those who are less interactive in social media. Also, participants showed higher intention to engage and more positive attitude toward highly interactive journalists than less interactive journalists. Results are discussed in terms of theoretical implications for journalists’ credibility in social media, and practical applications for journalists seeking to utilize social media to engage with their audiences.

Exploring the Role of Political Discussion in Political Participation: Online versus Offline • Soo Yun Kim, University of Wisconsin-Madison • Widespread use of the Internet have lead to new forms of interpersonal communication, with a vast potential to reach young and geographically dispersed citizens; expanding earlier citizen communication habits that may not be reflected in the traditional media; and create new opportunities for citizens to form networks and take action to address many issues directly. Citizens now indeed have the advantage of technical proficiency in the online environments to facilitate their engagements with online political discussion and civic activities. Given that the dynamic nature of interpersonal political discussion as mobilizing force in politics is explicitly demonstrated in previous studies, this study takes a step further by exploring each of political participation activities one by one instead of using political participation as a single index. In addition, this study explores which of political discussion setting (i.e., offline vs. online) strongly predict political participation (i.e., offline and SNS). This study found that both online and offline political discussion was significant predictor for offline political participation and SNS political participation respectively.

Working together: Sharing as an emergent newsroom norm • Magda Konieczna • The economic crisis in news media has deepened and the internet has enabled greater interaction between producers of information. At the same time, the United States in particular has experienced dramatic growth of nonprofit news organizations, many of which base their newsroom processes on collaboration. This article uses participant observation to examine collaborative behaviors at three nonprofit news organizations. I use the data to illustrate three observations: 1) Collaboration actually breaks into four different types of behavior. 2) Collaborative behaviors, while differentiating nonprofits from commercial journalism from which they arose, also tie them into that same commercial structure. 3) Finally, I show how the type of collaboration imprints the collaborating organization. These results suggest that collaborative behaviors between nonprofits and the commercial media are an extension of past but frequently unacknowledged collaborative behaviors between traditional news organizations. And, finally, they suggest that editors have become increasingly comfortable with news coming from a broad range of sources.

Reciprocity and the News: The role of personal and social media reciprocity in news creation and consumption • Avery Holton, University of Utah; Mark Coddington, University of Texas at Austin; Seth Lewis, University of Minnesota; Homero Gil de Zuniga, University of Vienna • This study asks: As journalists and audiences increasingly interact via social spaces online, what role might reciprocity, as a key driver within online communities, play in stimulating audiences’ consumption and creation of content, including news content? A national survey finds that, while personal beliefs in reciprocity predict news consumption, it is reciprocity on social media that is associated not only with news consumption, but also with content creation, both for news and in general.

What’s in a Name? Making a Case for Collaborative Journalism • Shawn McIntosh, Columbia University • Definitions of terms such as participatory journalism and other variants reflect a need to clarify conceptually what some of the underlying transformational dynamics are in journalism today. I argue that the term collaborative journalism is best equipped to reframe the debate, avoiding the conceptual blind spots shared by these other terms, and will help us better understand changing journalistic norms and practices that can lead to a more active citizenry in the networked public sphere.

Democratic Mobilization through #Gosnell: Twitter as Public Sphere and Realm of the FIfth Estate • Michael Jezewak, Loyola Marymount University; Gwyneth Mellinger, Xavier University • The national news media’s initial failure to cover the criminal case of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell triggered an activist response on Twitter. Using the hashtag #Gosnell, pro-life and pro-choice advocates debated the newsworthiness of the case and drew the national media’s attention to the trial. In addition to resetting the media agenda, #Gosnell constructed a Habermasian public sphere and, per Hallin’s theory, redefined an issue of deviance as a matter of legitimate controversy.

The Social News System: Examining the Relationship between Psychological Sense of Community, Social Network Site Use, and News Sharing Behaviors • Natalie Olsen, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities • News has long been understood as central to community functioning and a healthy democratic society. As community and news engagement transition to online venues, research must examine this relationship within social media. This study proposes and tests a new theoretical model that enables us to identify the roles that overall news consumption, SNS perceptions and behaviors, and PSOC play (both directly and indirectly) in encouraging audience members to share news stories on social network sites.

Framing citizen activism: A comparative study of the CGNET Swara and Mobile Voices projects • Paromita Pain, The University of Texas at Austin • The CGNET Swara (India) and Mobile Voices (United States) demonstrate that dedicated citizen journalism outlets can effectively combine journalism and activism to mobilize communities for positive social impact. Few studies have compared citizen journalism effects in the area of mobilization across countries, in multi-cultural settings, especially in the developed and developing world. This paper compares and contrasts conceptual frames employed and approaches pursued in fundamentally different settings to examine how citizen media works for progressive change.

reddit and the Boston Bombings: The Entextualization of a Witch-Hunt • Noah Springer, University of Colorado, Boulder • The social news website www.reddit.com played an instrumental role in the release of the suspects of the bombings during the Boston Marathon in April, 2012. This paper provides a linguistic analysis of how reddit identified the wrong suspects in the case, and examines how redditors “entextualized” this content in order to determine the meaning of how reddit users identified and prosecuted an innocent man. Specifically, this paper first examines various understandings of digital media, including Marshall McLuhan’s “global village,” Donna Haraway’s “cyborg,” and Jürgen Habermas’s “public sphere.” I then explore the various “entextualizations” of the Boston bombing case within reddit, specifically looking at how the decontextualization and recontextualization of the tragedy created room for a performative self-critique within the site. I conclude with a brief discussion of how the discourse surrounding the events in Boston show how reddit functions and fails to function as a global village, cyborg and public sphere.

Hyperlocal with a mission; Motivation, strategy, and civic function • Marco Van Kerkhoven, Utrecht, School of Journalism; Klaus Schoenbach; Piet Bakker, Utrecht School of Journalism • Independent online news start-ups seem to gain ground in local news ecosystems. To what extend they demonstrate to be a sustainable asset remains to be seen. Based on content analyses of 123 local news websites and 74 interviews with owners of these so-called hyperlocals in the Netherlands, we explored their motivation, their editorial and organisational strategy, and how hyperlocals effectuate their civic function in the community. Results indicate that the motivation to start a local online news website is for the better part grounded in the perception of a local news gap. But we also found sites predominantly motivated by commercial objectives. In all cases a common business strategy, however, is owners operating the service on a “no-staff, no-budget” basis. Most sites rely on banner advertising. Crowd funding has been tried on a small scale. In terms of strategy and claimed civic role there are only few differences between ideologically non-profit hyperlocals and commercial chains. But many sites underperform in terms of efficient use of resources, attracting readers and advertisers and the way they connect with sources and audiences. The sustainability of local news websites, therefore, is far from secured.

Self-Governance on Trial: A Public Sphere Analysis of News Website Forum Comments • David Wolfgang, University of Missouri • The online public sphere offers an opportunity to pursue self-governance through rational-critical discourse. This article studies two online news forums and the types of content produced based on the structure of the forum. Ultimately, forums allowing pseudonyms led to comments with more reasoned positions and use of supporting facts. However, neither the pseudonymous nor identified forums included constructive dialogue. News forums might need to restructure in order to promote consensus building and constructive dialogue.

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From the head of PJIG

By Melissa Tully

The Participatory Journalism Interest Group (PJIG) name change officially went into effect in October 2013 so the upcoming conference in Montreal will be our first year operating as PJIG. Thank you to all those who contributed input during the naming process. We hope that the new name reflects the work you do and that our group will serve as a gathering place for innovative approaches to research, teaching, and practice that fall under the broadened scope reflected in our new name.

The decision to change our name from Civic and Citizen Journalism, a name that served us well over the years, was not an easy one. Just as CCJIG emerged during the formative years of civic and citizen journalism movements, PJIG reflects the changing interests of our group as members’ research, teaching, and practice now grapples with newer forms of engagement, audience participation, and user-created content in our hyper-connected media landscape.

We are excited to see and learn about the innovative approaches to the wide range of “participatory journalism” phenomena that our members engage with at the upcoming AEJMC Conference in Montreal. We have lined up excellent panels that grapple with issues ranging from using Google Glass in the classroom to the legal and policy implications of participatory journalism. I hope to see you there and to continue the conversation about development of participatory journalism studies.

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Teaching and Participatory Journalism

By Mary Lou Nemanic

Participatory Journalism, simply defined, involves news work by both professionals and non-professionals. Today we see this in both traditional and online news operations as audience members contribute comments on news stories, participate in online forums, do original reporting, and serve as sources when professionals engage in crowd-sourcing.

In 2013, we changed the name of our AEJMC Interest Group from the Civic and Citizen Journalism Interest Group to the Participatory Journalism Interest Group to reflect the changing landscape of journalism. Journalism is no longer strictly controlled by professionals acting as gatekeepers but has become a field in which non-professionals can become involved in a variety of ways.  Because professionals have more cooperative or collaborative relationships with non-professionals, their roles are moving more toward what Axel Bruns has termed as “gatewatching” as they moderate citizens’ online posts, and more toward educators and mentors as they work with non-professionals who do original reporting.

For those who work in participatory journalism settings or for those who teach about participatory journalism in journalism and mass communication courses, there are a number of web resources available to facilitate or teach about these new roles for professional journalists.  Here are few key resources:

Mary Lou Nemanic has been researching participatory journalism since 2005.   She is an Associate Professor of Communication, and is designer of the multimedia Bachelor of Arts communication program for Pennsylvania State University-Altoona. She has been co-chair for teaching for the Participatory Journalism Interest Group since 2012.

 

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Paper call for 2014 AEJMC conference (April 1 deadline)

The Participatory Journalism Interest Group – PJIG (formerly Civic and Citizen Journalism Interest Group) invites research paper submissions for the 2014 AEJMC Conference, August 6-9 in Montreal, Canada.

The deadline for paper submissions is April 1, 2014, at 11: 59 p.m. (PST).

Papers must be submitted in accordance with all requirements of AEJMC and its uniform paper call and electronic submission process.

Paper length is limited to 25-pages, not including references, tables, figures or appendices. Font size should be 12 pt., margins at least 1-inch on all sides, and the researchers should use a style appropriate to their research goals. Papers are accepted on the understanding they have not been published.

All submissions undergo a blind review process. Authors should ensure that their papers do not contain identifying references. For a detailed explanation, please see “submitting a clean paper” under the uniform paper call on the AEJMC website. Submitters: Carefully check manuscripts for self-identifying information of any kind, including following a particular style guide’s directions on self-citation. We urge you to submit at least two days before the deadline so you can check your uploaded document for self-identifying information and resubmit prior to the deadline. For more information see www.aejmc.org/home/papers

Papers submitted will be eligible for separate faculty and student top paper awards of $151. Because of the separate competition for students, graduate students should be careful to identify their papers as “student papers” in the submission process. Papers co-authored with faculty members do not qualify for the student competition. This year we have two new awards: a second-place student paper award of $75 and a top poster award of $100. The poster award will be given after the conference and is based on the quality of the research and poster presentation.

PJIG is interested in research that examines the emergence, practice, sustenance and/or teaching modes of participatory journalism. Authors are urged to submit papers that generally conform to this group’s interests. Papers should make sure to include discussions of news within the context of participatory/civic/citizen journalism. For example, papers that examine the use of blogs without touching upon news do not automatically meet the group’s interests.

Suggested paper topics include: Participatory/citizen/civic journalism in political campaigns, citizen media (including news consumers as news producers), civic mapping, community conversations, newsroom projects, legal and ethical issues in participatory/civic/citizen journalism, crowdsourcing versus traditional “gatekeeper” journalism, participatory/civic/citizen journalism in a multicultural environment, participatory/civic/citizen journalism and new technologies, history/philosophy of participatory journalism and its civic or citizen components, the changing newspaper industry economy and its effect on the development of participatory/civic/citizen journalism movements, media convergence and participatory journalism, the missions and meanings of “participatory,” “civic” or “citizen” journalism, teaching journalism in those categories, and use of polls, focus groups and other methods in civic reporting.

Please direct questions to PJIG Research Chair Liz Viall.

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Seeking entries for 2014 Midwinter Conference in Oklahoma

The AEJMC Participatory Journalism Interest Group (PJIG), formerly the Civic and Citizen Interest Group, is participating in the AEJ Midwinter Conference at the University of Oklahoma from Feb. 28 through March 1, 2014.

Abstract submissions: Authors are invited to submit research paper abstracts of between 600 and 800 words (word count excludes author information and references). Abstracts should give a clear sense of relevant literature, research objectives, methodological approach, stage of research project (conceptual, data gathering, data interpreting), findings and conclusions.

Deadline for abstract submissions is Dec. 1, 2013.

Authors of accepted papers will be notified by mid-January 2014. Papers presented at the midwinter conference are also eligible for presentation at the AEJMC Montreal Conference in August. Authors are encouraged to use the midwinter conference as an opportunity to get feedback on their research to improve and finalize it for submission to the national conference.

Authors of accepted abstracts must submit complete papers (not exceeding 30 pages) to the discussant of their conference session at least two weeks before the midwinter conference. The midwinter chair for the relevant group will send authors the names and contact details of the discussant for their session.

At least one author of each accepted paper must register and attend the conference to present the paper.

For more information about submissions, visit the AEJMC Midwinter Conference site for details. You also can get information and register for the conference at this link.

For questions about specific submissions to PJIG, contact Liz Viall, PJIG research chair.

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Call for Panels for AEJMC 2014 – Sept. 30 deadline

The Participatory Journalism Interest Group (PJIG) invites your panel proposals for the 2014 AEJMC convention to be held in Montreal from Aug. 6 – 9, 2014.

Please email your panel proposal to Co-Vice Chair Glenn Scott as a Word doc by Monday, Sept. 30. Our deadlines have moved up this fall because we’re using a new electronic process for selecting and scheduling the panel presentations.

AEJMC’s goal for panels is to create interchange among groups. Most panels will be interdisciplinary, involving speakers from co-sponsoring divisions and interest groups. As you conceive of an idea for a panel, keep in mind that its success will depend on cooperation and co-sponsorship with another group.

SEEK COLLABORATION

The mantra this fall is to be creative and adaptable. You are invited to pitch an idea for a panel presentation with a paragraph or two explaining your aim and the type of panel (teaching, research, or professional freedom & responsibility). PJIG program officers will do our best to sort through the proposals and seek ties with other groups. If you have tentatively lined up one or two professionals from the field, be sure to provide names, titles, and contributions. Please don’t submit a full roster of panelists at this stage. Participants should be added later in concert with the co-sponsoring group.

We are seeking panels that explore dimensions of participatory journalism. Proposals may address, but are not limited to, the following broad themes: roles and practices of citizen journalists, mobile journalism, best practices for teaching and research, global trends, or emerging models.

The new AEJMC process has prompted program chairs to confer with other divisions/groups about co-sponsored panel themes. We have begun conversations about concepts such as these:

  • Sports Communication IG on studies of enthusiast fan sites.
  • Small Programs IG on any aspect of hyperlocal reporting sites in the Montreal area.
  • Broadcast News Division on technologies linking TV journalists with audiences.
  • Scholastic Journalism Division on community building on collegiate or high school news sites.

See a concept you’d like to pursue? Submit your proposal. Or pitch a new idea.

PROPOSAL FORMAT

Your panel proposal should mention the following components in order:

  1. Type (i.e., Teaching, Research, PF&R)
  2. Tentative title
  3. A possible moderator
  4. One or two possible panelists with relevant background
  5. Brief description of the panel
  6. Possible co-sponsors
  7. Your contact information
  8. Speaker demographic information and any funding estimates.

Once we receive proposals by the end of September – feel free to submit sooner — we will select several to advance to other divisions and interest groups with the aim of negotiating co-designed proposals and filling out our conference schedule. The system is more fluid this year as AEJMC officials attempt for the first time to handle program scheduling remotely.

PAST TOPICS

Our conference panels have focused on blogging discourse, credibility of citizen journalism practices, citizen contributions and politics, user collaborative activities, mobile and multimedia citizen/participatory journalism, community conversations and participatory media, newsroom projects, practicing civic and citizen journalism in a multicultural environment, and teaching civic and citizen journalism.

In general, address topics that are relevant to current discussions in journalism, politics, technology, democracy, or philosophy. Panels addressing issues of cultural and racial diversity are encouraged.

REMINDER 

Conference participants other than Canadians are reminded to obtain passports for themselves and family members well in advance of the events in Montreal.

We look forward to your proposals!

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CCJIG Call for Convention Papers

The Civic and Citizen Journalism Interest Group (CCJIG) invites research paper submissions for the 2013 AEJMC Conference, August 8-11, in Washington D.C.
Papers must be submitted in accordance with all requirements of AEJMC and its uniform paper call and electronic submission process. Authors should ensure that their papers do not contain identifying references. For a detailed explanation, please see “submitting a clean paper” under the uniform paper call on the AEJMC website.
Papers submitted will be eligible for separate faculty and student top paper awards of $151. Because of the separate competition for students, graduate students should be careful to identify themselves as such in the submission process. Papers co-authored with faculty members do not qualify for the student competition.
CCJIG is interested in research that examines the emergence, practice, sustenance and/or teaching modes of participatory journalism such as in civic or citizen journalism. Authors are urged to submit papers that generally conform to this group’s interests. Papers should make sure to include discussions of news within the context of participatory/civic/citizen journalism. For example, papers that examine the use of blogs without touching upon news do not automatically meet the group’s interests.
Suggested paper topics include: Participatory/citizen/civic journalism in political campaigns, citizen media (including news consumers as news producers), civic mapping, community conversations, newsroom projects, legal and ethical issues in participatory/civic/citizen journalism, crowdsourcing versus traditional “gatekeeper” journalism, participatory/civic/citizen journalism in a multicultural environment, participatory/civic/citizen journalism and new technologies, history/philosophy of participatory journalism and its civic or citizen components, the changing newspaper industry economy and its effect on the development of participatory/civic/citizen journalism movements, media convergence and participatory journalism, the missions and meanings of “participatory,” “civic” or “citizen” journalism, teaching journalism in those categories, and use of polls, focus groups and other methods in civic reporting.
Please direct questions to CCJIG Research Chair Liz Viall (ekviall@eiu.edu).

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Burt’s op-ed: ‘Time for news with a view’

The Virginian-Pilot today published the following op-ed by longtime CCJIG leader Burt St. John of Old Dominion.

Jon Stewart, in an offhand moment during a recent interview with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, remarked sarcastically, “I follow the polls, nothing else; I’m not an issues guy. I like numbers.”

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