The call for papers for the journal Media & Jornalismo on “Hybridism in the media: new journalistic genres and formats” was opened, with António Granado (ICNOVA-NOVA FCSH, Portugal) and Dora Santos Silva (ICNOVA-NOVA FCSH, Portugal) as publishers. August 15th is the submission deadline.
The concept of “genre” and “format” is rooted in academic research on journalistic routines. Without “genre” and “format”, we would lose two intrinsic categories of the communication and journalistic ethos. However, the study of this field, beyond its traditional approaches, is not yet fully explored, given the conceptual framework guided by new approaches such as hybridism, transmediality and innovation in media and journalism or in the context of multimodal and multimedia methodological research (Liestol & Morrison, 2016).
Understanding the journalistic genre as “the class of units of mass communication that groups different forms and respective types of transmission” (Marques de Melo & Assis, 2016, p.49) and the journalistic format as the shape of the information transmitted by the media (idem, p. 50), these units need, nevertheless, a new reflection and mapping when we face reader reviews, locative media, mini-documentaries in virtual reality, live-tweetings or a simple infographic that is assumed as “the” journalistic format and not the medium. At the same time, the growing transformation of journalistic pieces into what Steen Steensen calls a family of genres that shares a “literary, intimate and adventurous discourse” (2011, p.50), obeying the new news value of sharing on social networks, puts the frontier between opinion and information genres at stake. This blurred frontier is clear, for example, in cultural journalism (Santos Silva & Silva, 2017).
In this issue of Revista Media & Jornalismo we suggest a discussion about the most recent advances in journalistic genres and formats framed in two fundamental approaches. First, that of innovation, using the classic definition of Joseph Schumpeter who sees innovation as “new combinations” of what already exists or the implementation of an invention in a specific socio-economic context. Second, that of hybridity, which we can see in the frontiers between what is journalism and what is not journalism, between what is an opinion and what is information, between what is specialist and non-specialist. Hybridism in journalism today involves “people, practices and platforms” (Carlson, 2015, p.2).
We encourage contributions that focus on:
- classification proposals and models for genres and journalistic formats;
- theoretical approaches of genres and journalistic formats in a digital environment;
- impact of new sources of information and new “specialists” in redefining genres and formats;
- innovation in journalistic genres and formats;
- reconfiguration of traditional journalistic formats;
- empirical studies on the use of new genres and journalistic formats in the media;
- empirical studies on the presence of hybridism in journalistic genres and formats;
- empirical studies on journalistic genres and formats in specialized journalism;
- hybridity of formats and blurring of boundaries between journalism and advertising, journalism and entertainment, among other cases.
Full article submission deadline: August 15, 2020
Editor’s decision on full articles:: November 15, 2020
Publication date: April, 2021
EDITION AND SUBMISSION
Media & Jornalismo is a peer-reviewed journal that uses a double blind review process. After submission, each paper will be distributed to two reviewers, previously invited to evaluate it, in terms of its academic quality, originality and relevance to the objectives and scope of the theme chosen for the journal’s current issue.
Originals manuscripts must be submitted via the journal’s website (https://impactum-journals.uc.pt/mj/).
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The guidelines for authors can be consulted here.
The guidelines for authors can be consulted https://impactum-journals.uc.pt/mj/about/submissions