Call for Submissions: Digital Journalism Special Issue

Valerie Belair-Gagnon is accepting proposals.

Fighting Fakes: News publishers, fact-checkers, platform companies, and policymaking

Recent years have seen mounting concern about the political and social consequences of misinformation, including online rumors, political propaganda, and media manipulation. Misinformation refers to false, inaccurate, or misleading information, whether unintentional or produced and distributed for political and financial gain. The latter category is often described as disinformation or “fake news” (Kalsnes, 2018; Tandoc, Lim & Ling, 2018), a label also used by political actors to delegitimize the news media intentionally or unintentionally (Egelhofer and Lecheler, 2019). While misinformation is hardly a new problem, it spreads in new ways and with potentially different effects in a digital media environment where professional news organizations have ceded much of their gatekeeping authority to search engines, social media networks, and other algorithmic mediators (Entman and Usher, 2018).

With a focus on institutions, this special issue seeks to gain a deeper understanding into how journalists, news publishers, platform companies, fact-checking organizations, and governments approach and deal with misinformation across all corners of the globe.

Proposals should include the following: an abstract of 500-750 words (not including references) as well as background information on the author(s), including an abbreviated bio that describes previous and current research that relates to the special issue theme.

Please submit your proposal as one file (PDF) with your names clearly stated in the file name and the first page. Use the special issue title as a header in the email. Send your proposal to Valerie Belair-Gagnon to by September 1, 2020, as stated in the timeline below. Authors of accepted proposals are expected to develop and submit their original article, for full blind ­review, in accordance with the journal’s peer-review procedure, by the deadline stated. Articles should be between 7000 and 9000 words in length and follow standard journal guidelines.

Abstract submission deadline:
September 1, 2020

Notification on submitted abstracts: September 18, 2020
Article submission deadline: January11, 2021

Special Issue Editors
Valerie Belair-Gagnon, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Lucas Graves, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bente Kalsnes, Kristiania University College

Steen Steensen, OsloMet

Oscar Westlund, OsloMet

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