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2024 Conference Details

Theme: Forward: facing the next wave of journalism disruption
Host: Centre for Advancing Journalism, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne
Conference organiser: A/Prof Andrew Dodd, University of Melbourne
Dates: Wednesday 27 November – Friday 29 November 2024 (including a joint session with the 2024 ANZCA Conference at RMIT University on Wednesday 27 November). Early Career Researchers’ Day: 26 November 2024.

Call For Papers

Forward: facing the next wave of journalism disruption 

‘Forward’ is about imagining and preparing for the future and then proceeding to face the challenges and possibilities ahead. For contemporary journalism, it implies critically anticipating and dealing with the consequences of seemingly endless waves of technological disruption. This year, the news industry – practitioners, educators, researchers and consumers – are experiencing the impacts of Artificial Intelligence, the defunding of news on digital platforms, copyright battles, further downsizing of media businesses and the belligerence of big tech, and all in the context of looming elections and global conflict. The 2024 JERAA conference will offer space to consider these pressing social and technological issues, as well as our role as educators and researchers in working to future-proof the industry, craft and discipline of journalism.

We invite abstracts and panel proposals that include (but are not exclusive to) industry and education discussions and theoretical and empirical research on the following themes:  

  • Digital platforms: The line in the sand or the “post social media” moment?  
    • Sovereign states versus Big Tech
    • The News Media Bargaining Code and its international adaptations
    • Trends and challenges for sovereign states in regulating digital platforms
    • The news media industry after the decline of news on social media  
  • Identity and news 
    • Australian journalism after The Voice referendum
    • First Nations media in Australia and across the globe
    • Race, feminism, LGBTQ+ inclusion in newsrooms and journalism
    • Safety and online abuse
  • Activism, advocacy and journalism  
    • Freedom and journalism in war zones
    • New forms of journalism in conflict zones
    • Freedom fighters, civil rights and journalists in prison
    • Reportage in Gaza and Ukraine
    • Covering protests
  • Misinformation, fact-checking and ethical behaviour 
    • Hyper-partisan and far-right media and the polarisation of news
    • Covering elections and political campaigns
    • Science journalism after COVID-19: climate change, health crises
    • Journalism ethics on trial, both legally and in the court of public opinion.
  • Trauma, stigma and framing (for good or evil)
    • Lessons from Bondi
    • Who is a terrorist?
    • Covering gendered violence
    • Guidelines for reporting suicide in Indigenous communities
  • Educating and training journalists 
    • Learning and teaching journalism for international students in Australia
    • What to do about AI and journalism?
    • Podcasting and excellence in audio storytelling
    • New trends in authentic and experiential learning in journalism
    • Collaboration to tell big stories

Abstracts and panel proposals due Friday 12 July 2024. To be emailed to jeraa-2024@unimelb.edu.au

The Centre for Advancing Journalism warmly invites you to the JERAA conference on the campus of the University of Melbourne on the lands of Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung People during the last week of November 2024. The JERAA Early Career Researchers Day will be held on Tuesday 26 November, followed by the main conference between Wednesday and Friday 27-29 November.

On Wednesday 27 November we will hold a joint session with the annual AANZCA (Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Communication Association) conference. This rare occasion will be an opportunity to network with colleagues and discuss issues that are critical to both associations. We will also host AANZCA for a joint celebration to mark the end of their conference and the beginning of ours.  

We encourage AANZCA members to stay on and participate at JERAA. For those intending to do so, we offer a 15% discount on the conference price.    

We are delighted to announce details of our three guest speakers:

Gerard Ryle

Ryle is an investigative journalist who will discuss Collaborative Journalism as a way to fight disruption in a Q&A-style conference discussion. Ryle is the Pulitzer Prize and Emmy-award winning director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in Washington, DC. He led the worldwide teams of journalists who worked on the Offshore Leaks, Panama Papers, Paradise Papers, Implant Files, FinCEN Files, and Pandora Papers investigations – the six biggest collaborations in journalism history. The Pandora Papers project involved more than 600 journalists at more than 150 news outlets in 117 countries working together. Ryle has won and shared in more than 90 major journalism awards from eight countries, including five Walkley Awards. In 2021, ICIJ was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Bridget Brennan

Brennan is an award-winningABC journalist who will deliver a keynote address on critical topics including reporting on Indigenous affairs and violence against women. Brennan has been a journalist with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for more than a decade. A Dja Dja Wurrung, Yorta Yorta woman, she is a newsreader and presenter at News Breakfast, and recently the Indigenous Affairs Editor at ABC. In 2017, Brennan was appointed the ABC’s first National Indigenous Affairs Correspondent, reporting on the murders of Aboriginal women in Central Australian communities, and investigated racism in Australia’s health system and the escalating number of Aboriginal children being removed from their families. Last year, Brennan was a fellow with the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford Universities where she researched the global pressures facing First Nations reporters in mainstream newsrooms. Brennan, together with Brooke Fryer, Suzanne Dredge and Stephanie Zillman won the 2023 Melbourne Press Club Gold Quill for their Four Corners investigation “How Many More?” which shone a light on the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Casey Mock

Mock, a US researcher and Chief Policy and Public Affairs Officer at the Center for Humane Technology, will examine AI and deception at the 2024 JERAA Conference. His address will consider how AI disturbs coverage of this year’s US Presidential Election. He will discuss latest CHT research that explores how misinformation/disinformation harms people’s right to freedom of speech, and freedom to think, and what journalists can do to constructively respond.

 

 

 

Further details, including information about keynote speakers, panel sessions and the Early Career Researchers Day will be provided in coming weeks.   

Further information: 

JERAA 2024 is supported by the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Advancing Journalism, Mindframe, Our Watch, Dart Asia Pacific, and Media Super.


Future conferences:

Seeking expressions of interest for conferences from 2026 and beyond. Please email the JERAA president to discuss further.

A/Prof Andrew Dodd
adodd@unimelb.edu.au

REGISTRATIONS WILL OPEN IN LATE 2024