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Proximity as a Key Factor on Journalism Practice: News Production and Consumption from a Cultural, Geographical, and Economic Nearness

15.09.2023 08:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Journalism & Media (Special issue)

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2024 

Proximity has always been a key factor in journalism practice, where the offer of nearby content is linked to the very exercise of journalism as a social activity and a creator of public opinion (Huxford, 2007). As noted by previous research, proximity journalism not only favours citizen participation in the public sphere by addressing critical information (Al-Rawi, 2017; Napoli et al., 2017) but also gives visibility to local and regional communities (Morlandstø & Mathisen, 2022). In today's media environment, where global companies operate in platform capitalism and territorial boundaries have been diluted, reconceptualizing this value becomes an essential matter.

In this Special Issue, we aim to delve into the way proximity is conceived as an essential value of contemporary journalistic practice. Therefore, we welcome submissions on both theoretical essays and empirical research. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Studies on communication and territory from a proximity perspective;
  • Media theories applied to proximity journalism;
  • Functions and characteristics of proximity journalism;
  • Methodological proposals for the study of proximity media systems;
  • Proximity media policy, governance, or economy;
  • Case studies on proximity media systems or companies;
  • Journalistic routines in proximity media systems;
  • Audience studies in proximity media systems;
  • Proximity media platformization processes;
  • Social media and proximity media systems;
  • Proximity journalism and political engagement.

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