Call for papers: Digital opportunities and challenges

White Rose Doctoral Training CentreThe White Rose Doctoral Training Centre has issued a call for papers for its upcoming conference ‘Digital opportunities and challenges: Researching journalism and media in a digital age’.

The event will be hosted by the Department of Journalism Studies, University of Sheffield, on Thursday, 26 and Friday, 27 January 2017.

It will explore new directions in journalism and media research in digital environments. The emergence of social media has ignited lively discussion about the opportunities they can offer to journalism, but also about the challenges they pose. These opportunities and challenges are not only technological: they touch on a variety of areas including social, political and financial realities. What is more, by trying to adapt to these changes, journalistic practices are constantly evolving and the relationships between producers and consumers of news are constantly redefined.

Drawing on these discussions, the conference aims to address a wide range of thematic areas, which are:

  • Theoretical approaches
  • Methodological approaches
  • Practical approaches
  • Contextual approaches

Keynote speakers

  • Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director of Research, at the Reuters Institute for the study of Journalism, Oxford University
  • Brian Loader, Director, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of York
  • Scott Eldridge, Lecturer in Journalism Studies, University of Sheffield
  • More to be confirmed

Call for papers

Abstracts related to the thematic areas above, or to the broader topic, are welcomed. Submissions by PhD students and early career researchers are strongly encouraged, though all scholars interested in these areas are welcome to apply.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words by Friday, 15 July to


Registration will open in autumn 2016. There will be a £35 registration fee (£25 early bird rate), which covers lunch and refreshments on both days.

For further information, or to register your interest in advance, please email the organising committee.