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About JERAA 2019

Journalism has always been a pluralist and precarious pursuit. Its many forms emerged from songs and royal reports, pamphlets and gazettes, consolidated with the emergence of the mass media, and have now diverged again in the age of social and participatory media, augmentation and algorithmic production. It has always been risky for journalists to monitor and question the actions of the powerful, but now diverse economic and political factors threaten journalism’s future and a discourse of crisis often overshadows its evident potential to evolve.

 

In 2019, the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia conference, to be held at the University of Sydney, invites papers and panel proposals that address the theme of ‘Journalisms: plurality, precarity and possibilities’. Contributions could address any of the following topics within those themes, or related research:

Plurality

Indigenous, Asian and Pasifika journalisms; media diversity and pluralism initiatives; slow and indie magazine journalisms; literary journalism and memoir; student publications…

Precarity

Industry consolidation, job loss, forced career change and employment insecurity; future of public interest journalism after Fairfax; legal constraints; journalism safety and health initiatives…

Possibilities

Jobs and skillsets for next-gen digital journalism; automated journalism; managing journalism partnerships; work integrated learning, education and training for the future…

 

 

JERAA 2019 is hosted by the University’s Dept. of Media and Communications (MECO) and the School of Literature Arts and Media. Contact Dr Fiona Martin (convenor) and Dr Margaret Van Heekeren (organiser) for more information at jeraaconference2019@gmail.com.