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Call for Papers

Annual conference of the
Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia

Redrawing the Boundaries: Journalism Research, Education
and Professional Culture in Times of Change

to be held by the
University of the Sunshine Coast

December 2-4, 2013

Traditional journalism is undoubtedly experiencing a significant shift in most Western democracies. This shift has enormous implications for the industry, and is therefore also of relevance for journalism education and research. In the industry, technological innovations have brought about new threats to the established business models of journalism. Audiences are changing their news consumption behaviour, and news organisations are struggling to find profitable models for journalism. Other types of organisations (in Australia, examples include the Australian Football League and Commonwealth Bank) are setting up their own journalism units. Thus, the boundaries of journalism are being stretched, making it more and more difficult to define what counts as journalism and what doesn’t. While traditional, hard news appears to be shrinking, consumer-focused journalism, such as lifestyle, entertainment and celebrity journalism, is growing, as are so-called alternative forms of journalism.

The implications are challenging journalism educators across the globe: How to train the next generation of journalists, when it is uncertain what that industry will look like? How can journalism schools provide the skills and knowledge needed for working in what is likely to be a multi-facetted profession? For journalism research, these questions are no less relevant. Historically, journalism studies have tended to focus on mainstream, hard news practices, yet to what extent is this preoccupation still valid when journalists are increasingly working in other, softer types of journalism? How is the definition of journalism changing because of what is happening in the industry?

The 2013 JERAA conference will address these and other major current issues by focussing on the themes of journalism research, journalism education and professional culture to take account of changes occurring in Australia, but also globally.

Suggested topics include (but are in no way limited to)

  • Rethinking Journalism Research: Taking account of the changing nature of journalism
  • Thinking Outside the Square: What constitutes journalism?
  • Journalism Education: How do we prepare journalism students for an uncertain future?
  • Redefining Themselves: How is the profession changing and how do journalists experience the need for change?
  • Comparative Journalism Studies: What we can learn from other countries about journalism
  • Rethinking Curricula for the Future
  • Opportunities and Challenges for Alternative Journalism

Abstract and paper submission

The organising committee for the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia conference (JERAA 2013) is calling for full papers and abstracts for this year's conference. While the organising committee has identified some key themes, submissions are welcome in all areas of interest to journalism educators, researchers and the news media more broadly. We are also strongly encouraging ideas for themed panels.

This year’s conference will have three submission streams: (1) Abstract-only submission of no more than 350 words; (2) full paper submission of no more than 7000 words; (3) panel proposals which should consist of a panel rationale of 300 words, and individual abstracts of 350 words. Panels should consist of 4-5 presenters. All abstracts and full papers will be double blind peer-reviewed. Full papers should follow APA style. Accepted full papers will be published as conference proceedings on the JERAA website. Please note that this year there will be a maximum of 2 submissions as first author (unlimited if not first author).

Please submit abstracts, papers and panel proposals to jeaa2013@usc.edu.au. Please provide full contact details and a 50-word biography.


Abstract and full papers submission deadline: 15 July 2013

Notifications of acceptance: 21 August 2013

Closing date for early bird registration: 15 September 2013

Closing date for standard registration: 31 October 2013

Closing date for late registration: 30 November 2013

Conference location

All conference activities will be held at the Mantra Mooloolaba Beach hotel. With its waterfront position and central location, Mantra Mooloolaba Beach offers luxurious, self-contained accommodation within easy reach of restaurants, cafes, bars and shopping. The hotel features newly refurbished conference facilities of the highest standard. For more information, visit: www.mantra.com.au/Mooloolaba. The Mantra will offer special rates for JERAA delegates, which will be published soon.

Mooloolaba Beach is located on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, a short 15-minute drive from Sunshine Coast Airport. Virgin Australia and Jetstar Airways have a number of daily direct flights from Melbourne and Sydney to the Sunshine Coast. Mooloolaba Beach is only an 80-minute drive from Brisbane International and Domestic Airport. The area also offers a variety of accommodation options for conference participants. For more information about Mooloolaba, go to http://www.mooloolabatourism.com.au/


Please direct any enquiries about the conference to the convenor
Dr Folker Hanusch
Senior Lecturer and Program Leader Journalism
School of Communication
University of the Sunshine Coast
Maroochydore, QLD 4558
Tel: +61 (0) 7 5430 2852
Fax: +61 (0) 7 5430 2883
Email: fhanusch@usc.edu.au