Special Issue "Journalism and Politics: New Influences and Dynamics in the Social Media Era"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2021.
Interests: journalism; political communication; social media; digital journalism; social influence; digital media
The relationship between journalism and politics has always played a central role in democratic societies. It is essential for setting the agenda, defining social frames of problems and issues related to the public interest, promoting public debates, as well as shaping public opinion. The emergence of the Internet and the advent of social media have led to many changes in the communication environment and the relationship dynamics, as well as power distribution between journalism and politics. Additionally, important changes have been detected in the demand–supply chain of political information.
This new environment has boosted the development of a new network logic and a hybrid system where old and new media constantly interrelate through platforms that play a central role in the current social dynamics. The processes of production, distribution, and consumption of political information were transformed by the rise of digital media. Several new phenomena changed the game rules between journalism and politics. This includes the growing number of sources of information that increased the competition and decreased journalists’ monopoly over news. It also includes the new forms of political news consumption and its consequences on the political culture of citizens, as well as the prevalence of fake news and sophisticated propaganda and disinformation strategies. Moreover, there has also been transformation in the distribution of power within the communicative system and the exercise of social influence by media, journalists, as well as political actors.
The objective of this Special Issue is to examine the processes that are transforming the relationship between journalism and politics in this new digital communicative environment. Likewise, we are also interested in critically exploring the consequences and effects of these phenomena on political communication, democracy, and society. Accordingly, we hope to receive high-quality research that employs a wide range of methodologies that utilize traditional (i.e., content analysis, semistructured interviews, etc.) and/or innovative computational methods. We call for the submission of papers that focus on:
- The new parameters of relationship and interaction between journalists and politicians in social media;
- The strategies and communicative behavior of political actors in digital media;
- The productive routines of political journalists in social media;
- The role of social media and political journalism in the dissemination of populism;
- The fake news and disinformation in social media and their effect on political communication as well as democracy;
- The fact-checking initiatives in the area of political information;
- The effects of digital media on selective exposure and polarization;
- The strategies of spectacularization and political infotainment in social media;
- The changes in the construction of the public agenda in the digital environment;
- The transformations in the exercise of social influence by media and political journalists in the digital context;
- The role of political influencers and digital opinion leaders in the digital environment;
- The use of algorithms in political journalism;
- The use of data-driven campaigns and online political microtargeting techniques as well as their democratic consequences;
- The use of new applications and digital tools such as mobile instant messaging apps in journalism and political communication;
- The new ways of consuming political news in the digital environment;
- The changes in the parameters of the mediatization of politics;
- The impact of digital communication strategies and techniques of journalists as well as politicians on the political culture of citizens;
- The changes and consequences of the digital communicative environment on the conditions of a healthy democracy.
We seek to receive papers that contribute to the advancement of knowledge in this important field.
Prof. Andreu Casero-Ripollés
Manuscript Submission Information
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- digital journalism
- political communication
- social media
- political journalism
- digital media