call for papers

Call for papers is now closed 
The Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia is calling for submissions for its annual conference, which will be hosted by the News and Media Research Centre, University of Canberra:  December 1 – 3, with an ECR pre-conference on November 30.

Submission deadline for paper abstracts and panel proposals is Sunday 3rd September 5pm.


Theme: Journalism, Policy and Politics

As journalism continues to adjust to shrinking revenues, increased competition and technological change, the news media also finds itself in a continually shifting policy environment as governments attempt to keep up with the pace of change. In Australia some of those responses include: a News Media Bargaining Code to level the playing field between the major digital platforms and news organisations; relief for news media during COVID-19 including the Public Interest News gathering Program for regional journalism; reform of broadcast licensing. In this context, government changes to university fees have impacted directly on the future of journalism education. On the political stage there have been calls for a Royal Commission into the impact of News Corp on Australian democracy; a Senate Inquiry established into media diversity. All the while, investigative journalism has held the government to account on a range issues from allegations of war crimes to claims of sexual assault and harassment of women in parliament house. This has raised the temperature between journalists and politicians, including defamation action against the ABC. In light of these developments and a looming federal election, the state of political journalism will also be discussed.

Further, this conference will examine the impact of policy and politics on the journalism industry, practice, and education. Located in the National Capital, it will feature expert presentations by policy leaders, academic researchers, and journalists to discuss the success, failure, and future of policy on journalism in Australia.

We are now calling for abstracts for papers and panel proposals that address the following themes of the conference:

  • Political journalism
  • Politics and journalism
  • Reporting on Gender and politics
  • Gender and journalism
  • Journalism and news media policy
  • Journalism education policy
  • Whistleblower protections
  • Defamation law
  • National security policies and journalism
  • Media diversity
  • Digital platforms and news
  • The news media bargaining code
  • Social media and politics
  • Journalist/politician relations
  • The politics of political reporting
  • Press freedom and safety
  • Journalism history

Any other journalism related papers are also welcome.

Deadline Sunday 3rd September 5pm.


Abstracts for papers and panels must be sent directly to

Panel proposals should include a 200-word overview, with 200 words from each participant on their contribution, as well as panel title, author/s and affiliation and keywords.

Paper Abstracts should be no more than 300 words, including title, author/s and affiliation, abstract and keywords.


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For further details on the theme and paper submission please visit


Submission deadline for paper abstracts and panel proposals is Sunday 3rd September 5pm

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