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Emerging Directions in News Use Research - Leverhulme Project Launch Event & Open Conference

10.10.2023 21:19 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

March 20, 2024


Deadline: December 2, 2023

We are delighted to announce this Call for Papers, for the fully virtual and free 1 day conference on Emerging Directions in News Use Research on 20th March 2024. 

The event marks the launch of the Leverhulme Trust funded parents’ news use project - which runs from the fall of 2023 to the fall of 2025. The Leverhulme News Use project aims to examine how parents engage with and respond to news at critical moments of crisis. The project team includes Professor Ranjana DasDr Thomas RobertsDr Emily Setty and Dr Maria-Nerina Boursinou from the Department of Sociology (University of Surrey)  

Emerging Directions in News Use Research - a day-long, international, virtual conference - aims to bring together a global group of scholars involved with researching news use, news audiences and consumption, and news engagement and disengagement. We are keen to hear from a range of empirical contexts, from projects using tried and tested as well as more creative and innovative methodologies, and to showcase the work of scholars across career stages in the fields of Sociology, Journalism, Media and Communication, and more. 

Keynote speakers at the event include

Professor Brita Ytre-Arne, University of Bergen, Norway; Dr Jonathan Corpus Ong, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Professor Kim Schroeder, Roskilde University, Denmark; Professor Sahana Udupa, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany and Professor Lynn Schofield Clark, University of Denver, Colorado. 

Submission Portal:

We welcome submissions for a 10-12 minute paper presentation on this submission portal in the following areas, which are included below, but not limited to- 

Submission Topics:              

  • News use, environmental change and the climate crisis ·               
  • News use in relation to young people and sex and relationships          
  • Datafication, algorithms and the news        
  • Theoretical perspectives on news use       
  • Methodological aspects of news consumption research         
  • News use, risk and anxiety     
  • Families, parenting, children and the news       
  • News audiences and users          
  • News literacy      
  • News use research and global disparities and inequalities           
  • Disinformation 
  • News use and disconnection research 

Abstract Submission Details: 

Final submission deadline: 5pm BST on Monday 2nd December 2023 

Notification of outcome: Friday 15th December  2023 

Deadline for Registrations (registration is free): Monday 18th March 2024 

Event date (fully online): Wednesday 20 March 2024 , 0900 to 1700* GMT 

Submission portal:

[please submit your abstract here

Please email any question you may have about submissions to Dr Nerina Boursinou (



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