Call Opens for Submission of Papers for the 2020 Edition ISOJ Journal 

Rosental C. Alves, Director, Knight Center News
Rosental C. Alves, Director, Knight Center News

The Knight Center News has launched a call for submission of papers for the Special 2020 Edition of the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) Conference and Journal focused on power, privilege and patriarchy in journalism.

Announcing the call, Amy Schmitz Weiss, ISOJ research chair and ISOJ journal co-editor, said “We are excited to offer this new call for papers for the 2020 ISOJ conference and journal that focuses on exploring research that shows the ways in which digital journalism shapes power and privilege through specific routines and practices in the profession.” She added: “Journalism is at a crucial reflection point and this special theme allows us to reflect and contemplate on some of the nuances happening globally in journalism.”

Guest editor, Alfred Hermida who is also an associate professor and director at the University of British Columbia’s School of Journalism  said the call for papers “also invites studies that address the pervasiveness of whiteness in pedagogy to consider how journalism education could acknowledge and address racialized or gendered social structures.”

Alfred noted: “After more than two decades of news online, it is time to take stock and look ahead to how journalism could be renewed to be more imaginative, innovative and inclusive,” adding, “There is not only an opportunity, but also an imperative, to build on the lessons of over 20 years of research and reimagine digital journalism so that it resonates with increasingly diverse and global communities.”

Further information and details on how to submit are available online at Deadline for submission of extended abstracts is August 23, 2019.

All submitted papers will undergo a blind review process and authors of selected research will present their findings at the 21st ISOJ Conference in Austin, Texas from April 24 – 25, 2020.

The research component of ISOJ began in 2004 while the journal was launched seven years later at the 12th ISOJ. This is the third year that ISOJ will have a guest editor and a special theme.

Since 2004 when ISOJ research component began, 212 research papers have been featured at the conference and over 50 scholars have presented their work in Austin.

Digital versions of previous journal editions are available at