2017 Denver CFP: Where is the Journalist in Social Media?

Centre for Ecological, Social, and Informatics Cognitive Research
Inaugural International Conference

Moving Forward: Where is the Journalist in Social Media?

SpringHill Suites Downtown Denver
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Denver, Colorado USA
June 23-24, 2017

Call for Papers:

In the current political climate, the constructions of celebrity
leaders and popular forms of mediated truths, especially with the
recent “fake” internet news, have raised questions about
journalism. Tabloid and other forms of popular journalism use narrative
devices of gossip, rumor and scandals while many news media have
abandoned facts and intelligent analysis in favor of spectacular
outrage and incivility, both situations acting as testaments to the
lack of informed opinions. Although scholars and journalists work
together during news reporting, investigations/documentaries, and on
other issues that are covered by news media, scholars are often
confined to academic research and disconnected from the realities faced
by journalists. Can citizen journalists and journalism scholars help
move forward with progressive research and practice? What are the
qualifications and definitions of a `journalist?’  Is this someone who
is employed professionally – or someone who has received an academic
certification (degree) to be qualified?  Or can anyone today be a

Citizen participation has been seen as essential in the democratic
processes of production, distribution, and reception of news. Online
participatory media such as blogs, comments and videos offer a
democratic platform for the expression of alternative ideas that may
otherwise be filtered by traditional journalism. Yet, citizen
journalists need critical media literacy that is often lost in the lure
of visibility.  How can journalism scholars creatively and critically
engage citizen journalists in the dissemination of their research,
informed opinions and cultural productions?

The Centre for Ecological, Social, and Informatics Cognitive Research
(ESI.CORE), in association with sponsors Centre for Media and Celebrity
Studies (CMCS) and WaterHill Publishing, invites academics,
journalists, publicists, producers and guests to attend, speak and
collaborate at the inaugural international conference Moving Forward:
Where is the Journalist in Social Media? Join us in Denver, Colorado
where the conference will uniquely combine vibrant roundtable and media
workshop panels in a collaborative network.

The format of the conference aims at being open and inclusive ranging
from interdisciplinary academic scholars to practitioners involved in
all areas of print, broadcast and online journalism. Working papers and
media productions will be considered for the conference.

Extended versions of selected best papers will be published in an
edited book.

Registration includes: Your printed package for the complete
conference, professional development workshops, coffee / tea breaks,
access to evening receptions, complimentary evening drinks,
consideration for publication.

Submission guidelines:

* 250-word abstract or workshop / roundtable proposal
* Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if
* Submit to conference Chair Dr William Huddy at email address:
* Deadline for abstract submission: February 15, 2017
* Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2017
* Early bird registration deadline: April 30, 2017
* Full registration deadline: May 30, 2017
* Conference reception and presentations: June 23-24, 2017

Topics include but are not limited to:
* Communication
* Media
* Journalism
* Photojournalism
* Television and Radio
* Social Media
* Informed Opinions
* Infomercials
* Advertisement
* Publicity and Promotion
* News
* Interviews
* Audience
* Race
* Gender
* Environment and species
* Class
* Fiction
* Genre
* Biography
* Theory and Methods
* Ethics and Morality
* Cognition
* Media Literacy
* Education and Advocacy
* International Relations
* Business and Community Partnerships

Conference Web Page: [2]www.esicore.org/events/denver2017.html
Conference Twitter @esicore #MF2017
Committee Members: Josh Nathan and Ngoma Evelyn Moghalu
Conference Chair: Dr William Huddy

Dr. William Huddy earned his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the
University of Denver (2012). Prior to academia, Huddy worked as a
journalist and anchored television newscasts in Colorado Springs,
Colorado, El Paso, Texas, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Fort Myers,
Florida. He’s a Past-President (2007) of the Rocky Mountain
Communication Association, and an active member of the National
Communication Association since 2001. He teaches Political and Campaign
Communication, Communication Research and Theory Building,
Interpersonal Communication and Public Speaking at Metropolitan State
University of Denver (since 2013), with a research focus on student
engagement and communication activism. His most recent publication came
from the Sept. 2-3, 2015 Center for Media and Celebrity Studies
Conference presentation of his paper, “Corporate Colonization and the
Myth of Authentic Journalism.”

Ngoma Evelyn Moghalu

PhD Student, Texas A&M University (Sociology)

MA and BA, Howard University (Mass Media & Communication Studies /
Political Science)

Member, Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS)

Event Organizer, Centre for Ecological, Social Informatics and
Cognitive Research (ESI.CORE)

URL: [3]www.esicore.org | Twitter [4]@esicore


1. mailto:submit@esi.core.org
2. http://www.esicore.org/events/denver2017.html
3. http://www.esicore.org/
4. http://www.twitter.com/esicore

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