[FoME] Media and Journalism in Central and Eastern Europe - CALL FOR PAPERS

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Media and Journalism in Central and Eastern Europe: Reflections on
Journalism Culture
Edited by Aukse Balcytiene, Boguslawa Dobek-Ostrowska, Epp Lauk and
Michal Glowacki

Media systems of Central and Eastern Europe have gone through political
transformation and a lengthy development over the last years. The notion
of journalistic professionalization in post-communist Europe has been
mainly analyzed by emphasizing the role of media ownership, the high
level of media-political integration, the quality of journalistic
culture as well as its historical development. In addition to this, some
of the existing studies have made attempts to study changing
relationships, norms and practices of journalism in the period of the
last twenty years. Yet, media research traditions in CEE countries are
quite young, thus the scholars in these countries tend to follow
prescribed research approaches, i.e. they try to apply foreign media and
communications research models and methods which do not directly meet
the research needs of different contextual situations. In other words –
the arguments given in these books rely too strongly on models and
schemas developed by Western scholars rather than disclose contextual
particularities of CEE countries. Another obvious drawback of research
studies is their descriptive character, and more focused and
argumentative style of writing is missing. Finally, precious few
attempts have been made to dig seriously into the development of
journalistic professionalization in the era of convergence,
concentration, the growing importance of media-like services and global
changes in the profession. It is vital that further study is carried out
in this field since development of independent and professional media
organizations are among the essential tenets of democratic society.
Scope of the study
The chapters in this book do not focus on some selected CEE countries;
in contrast – the main aim of this book is to concentrate on critical
issues (all these issues here are indicated as “topics”) such as
political parallelism, journalism professionalization, the role of
public service broadcasting or development of new media and asses their
impact and effects on democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. Briefly,
this book takes a “topical” approach – it does not concentrate on
particular countries, rather it thoroughly explores different issues
which are treated as critical variables. Consequently, the chapters in
this book aim to answer a number of critical questions – for example,
why the media in Central and Eastern Europe is as it is, or why does it
not meet media professionalization requirements as understood in the
In addition, one of the main goals of this book is to analyze the
changes and challenges facing journalism in the era of technological
developments and transformation undergone by the audiences. The
publication will try to further connect models, concepts and theories
with the new approaches to journalism both in traditional media
organizations (radio, TV, newspapers), media-like services (blogs,
social networks, search engines, content aggregators) and online
performance of traditional media organizations (radio, TV, newspapers).
In line with this, it is of special interest to identify the most
relevant global changes in journalistic profession to further connect
them with current developments of media systems in Central and Eastern
Europe. Hence, it is expected that the book will first develop the
theoretical approaches of journalistic professionalization. Attempts
will be made to redefine concept of professionalization and journalistic
culture with respect to educational changes in the practice of
journalism and professional identity. A special particular section will
focus on the level of editorial independence and relations with the
audiences. To this end, special importance will be given to the changing
relations in the newsrooms and the growing importance of instruments and
practices maintaining accountability, transparency and responsiveness of
media organizations today. 
What does it mean to be a professional journalist today? How can the
development of new technologies improve the level of journalistic
professionalization and make journalist more accountable and transparent
to the public? What changes need to be introduced to further meet the
complex and challenging roles of journalistic profession today? Are the
current developments in Central and Eastern different from those
observed in mature democracies? And finally, what is the future of
journalism working for the media organizations in the fast-changing
information society?
Manuscript submission
We invite paper proposals that cover the main themes, as follows: 1.
Media system and political system in Central and Eastern Europe 2.
Political parallelism and media commercialization 3. News production,
governance and management of Central and Eastern European media
organizations today 4. The role of public service media 5. Professional
journalism, its training and education 6. Journalism ethics, the level
of responsiveness, media accountability and transparency 7.
Technological development: the role of new media 8. Internet users`
culture, social networks, and development of citizen journalism 9. The
future of local journalism. We invite scholars and researchers
interested in particular areas to submit full-length papers (max. 60000
characters, notes and reference list inclusive) by January 31, 2012 –
according to the Style and Manuscript Guidelines laid out on the
official website of “Central European Journal of Communication”:
www.cejc.ptks.pl. The publication of the book is planned for the Fall of
All correspondence and submission should be addressed to:
a.balcytiene at adm.vdu.lt, dobek at uni.wroc.pl, epp.lauk at gmail.com and
michal.glowacki at uni.wroc.pl
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