Panel on Journalism Practice


Organised in partnership with Intellect

11 January 2020

Leeds, United Kingdom

Venue: Queens Hotel Leeds

Scholars have discussed journalism practice for decades. The research documented the lack of investigative reporting and bias in reporting on various issues of the day. Sourcing stories have become a point of contestation as scholars report class and gender bias when sourcing stories, as well as lack of objectivity in reporting. The media professionals often justify this change as a result of pressures on journalists to do more than ever before with media organisations now having online editions as well as traditional ones and with stories breaking on social media journalists nowadays have to follow events and trends on all social media platforms to scoop stories. The decrease in advertising revenue also put additional pressures on journalists as many faced redundancies due to a decline in revenue. In addition, the introduction of SEO rules into journalism brought criticism of journalism standards and changed news values.

This panel, therefore, explores journalism practice. Papers are invited (but not limited to) for the following panels:

Sourcing stories

Journalism and public relations

SEO and journalism practice

Audiences, SEO and media organisations

Marketing in media industries

Advertising and media industries

Citizen journalism

Social media and journalism practice

Journalists, values and bias in reporting

Editorial policies

Submissions of abstracts (up to 500 words) with an email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić ( by 15 September 2019. Decisions will be sent by 15 October 2019 and registrations are due by 15 December 2019.

The conference fee is GBP 180, and it includes the registration fee, conference materials, free Internet access, the use of conference equipment, and meals for a whole day of the conference.

Centre for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences is an organisation originally founded in December 2013 in Croatia. Since July 2016 the Centre is registered in Leeds, UK.

Participants are responsible for finding funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs during the whole period of the conference. This applies to both presenting and non-presenting participants. The Centre will not discriminate based on the origin and/or methodological/paradigmatic approach of prospective conference participants.