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The Future of Journalism: Risks, Threats and Opportunities

Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September 2015
Cardiff University, UK

Conference Details

We are delighted to announce the fifth biennial conference – The Future of Journalism – to be hosted by the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC) at Cardiff University, UK. The 2015 conference theme will be ‘Risks, Threats and Opportunities.’

After our Call for Papers earlier in the year, we received unprecedented levels of interest, which meant that we were only able to accept approximately one third of the abstracts submitted. Due to this high volume, we can only register delegates who have had their abstract accepted for the conference.

Sponsorship for the conference is kindly provided by Routledge, Taylor and Francis, and the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC).

All enquiries about the conference should be sent to Sarah Bruford at:

Conference Programme (Draft) Now available:

The programme for the conference is now available. Please note that this is a draft, and is subject to change.

Conference Journal Special Issues:

A selection of the research-based papers presented at the conference will be published in special issues of the international peer-reviewed journals Digital JournalismJournalism Practice and Journalism Studies, respectively. Further details about the peer-review process will be announced in due course.

Submission of Full Papers:

As in previous years, for fellow-presenters to be able to read your work (and vice-versa), and so special issue editors can begin planning their conference editions of the journals, we require all presenters to upload their full conference papers by the beginning of September.

Papers should be submitted as email attachments to by midnight (GMT) September 1st 2015 at the latest.

Papers must be no more than 5000 words long (this includes everything: title, author name, abstract, keywords, text, acknowledgments, notes, references, tables and figures). They should be saved in either Microsoft Word or PDF Format. Please indicate if you DO NOT wish for your paper to be considered for the special issues.

These papers will be available in a secure, password-protected area of the conference website for fellow presenters to read and download prior to, and during, the event. Your submitted paper will not be made available publicly.

Further guidance on style and formatting of submitted conference papers is available in the guidance document.

Registration & Payment:

We have tried to keep prices down, so the conference fee will be the same as last time, £228.00.

This includes lunch on both days, tea and coffee breaks, and dinner on Thursday 10th September (travel to Cardiff and accommodation are not included).

To register and pay for the conference please check your email from the organisers for your unique code, and then pay and register with the Eventbrite online service.

As conference places are only available to those accepted to present papers, when they register attendees will need to input the special password sent to them by the organisers in late April/early May. If you cannot find this email, please email and we will send it to you again.


We have arranged 30 discounted bed and breakfast single (£99) and double (£109) occupancy rooms for conference delegates at Cardiff’s Hilton Hotel, which is very close to our venue City Hall. To make use of this preferential rate, which is only valid until August 9th 2015, please quote the code “ACSJA” when booking your room. These rooms are being booked up quickly, so we advise early booking.

We have also been able to secure a further 30 hotel bedrooms at the nearby Cardiff Parc Thistle Hotel, at a rate of £89.00 per room per night for two nights (9th and 10th September). Please contact the hotel quoting the code "SCHO090915" – when making your reservation.

Aside from these options, Cardiff is very rich in hotels to suit a variety of tastes and budgets. Many hotels and B&Bs can be found close to the venue, which is in the centre of the city. You will find a good selection on TripAdvisor.

The Plenary Speakers:

We are very excited to announce that the plenary speakers at our conference will be Professor Jean Seaton, Professor Stephen D. Reese, and Professor Dan Gilmor:

The Conference Themes:

Our conference will include contributions from the international community of scholars of journalism studies, journalism practitioners, educators and trainers, media executives, trade unionists and media regulators. Papers will be focused on the broad theme of “risks, threats, and opportunities”, and organised into sub-themes relating to:

Pre-Conference Event:

The School of Journalism’s Centre for Community Journalism (C4CJ), in collaboration with the UK’s innovation foundation Nesta, will hold a one-day pre-conference event in Cardiff on Wednesday 9th September 2015 about community and hyperlocal media. The event will include contributions from practitioners, academics, and policy makers.

The plenary speaker at this pre-conference event will be the author, journalist, entrepreneur and academic Prof Dan Gillmor, the Director of the Knight Centre for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University, USA.

This event will be free for anyone who wishes to attend and, although details are yet to be confirmed, the day is guaranteed to be enlightening, inspiring, and underpinned by active participation. 

If you would like to register an interest in attending the conference please email Hannah Scarbrough at the C4CJ on who will keep you updated about when registration for this event opens.

The Conference Organisers:

This year’s conference is organised by a team within the School of journalism which consists of: Prof Stuart Allan, Dr Cynthia Carter, Dr Stephen Cushion, Dr Lina Dencik, Dr Iñaki Garcia-Blanco, Dr Janet Harris, Dr Arne Hintz, Tim Holmes, Glyn Mottershead, Prof Richard Sambrook, Prof Karin Wahl Jorgensen, and Dr Andy Williams.

All enquiries about the conference should be sent, in the first instance, to Sarah Bruford at: