Call for papers

Engaged Journalism: Bridging Research and Practice

ICA 2019 Pre-conference, May 24, ASU Barrett & O’Connor Washington Center, Washington, D.C.

Organizers: Andrea Wenzel, Jacob Nelson

As journalists across the globe continue to face distrustful audiences and uncertain economics, many have begun experimenting with novel forms of news production and community engagement with the hope of solving the news industry’s ails. Although many scholars research these innovations, few have found ways to make that research impactful outside of the academic community. This half-day pre-conference bridges this divide, by bringing together journalism innovators, funders, and researchers to share new findings and discuss best practices for research collaborations.

During this pre-conference, scholars will have the opportunity to hear from practitioners about their experiences with organizations working in the U.S. and internationally, such as City Bureau, Free Press, Hearken, Outlier Media, and the News Integrity Initiative. The pre-conference will be structured to include opportunities for small group interaction between researchers and journalists, presentations of new papers, and a plenary panel discussion connecting leading journalism innovators with journalism and communication scholars.

In addition to creating a setting for researchers to hear from practitioners, we also want to expose practitioners to scholarly work. We therefore encourage scholars interested in presenting to submit extended abstracts that focus on engaged approaches to news production. These topics can include, but are not limited to:

● The relationship between journalists and communities/audiences (i.e., audience engagement, trust building initiatives, membership and crowd-sourced revenue models, etc.)

● Participatory journalism, public-powered journalism, citizen journalism

● Service journalism and movement journalism

● Innovations in news audience measurement

● Efforts to increase representation of diverse race, gender, class, and ideological perspectives in news production

We invite those interested in participating to submit extended abstracts with a maximum length of 1500 words, including references. Please delete any identifying information before submitting your proposal as it will be subject to a blinded peer review. Send your submission in an editable format (e.g., Microsoft Word) to by February 1, 2019. In keeping with the theme of the pre-conference, submissions will be blind reviewed by two scholars as well as one news industry stakeholder. We will send notifications of acceptance by February 22. All authors of accepted submissions will be expect to submit a full paper with a maximum length of 8,000 words by May 6, 2019.

Accepted authors will also have an opportunity to submit their papers for consideration for a special issue of Journalism Practice.


Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University

Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University

Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon

Center for Media Engagement at The University of Texas Austin

Minnesota Journalism Center

Divisional Sponsors

Journalism Studies

Media Industry Studies