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Chip Stewart Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 10:01


Submission deadline: September 2, 2014 (extended abstracts); December 15, 2014 (full manuscript); March 2015 (publication)

Guest editor: John Hatcher of the University of Minnesota Duluth

Overview: This special, joint issue, titled “International Perspectives on Community Journalism,” will attempt to unite top scholars in the field of community journalism in an exploration of this growing and exciting area of research. This issue also will solicit articles from leading community journalists from across the globe who will offer their own analyses of the state of community journalism.

·      Grassroots Editor, the journal of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors, was first published in January of 1960.

·      Community Journalism, first published in 2012, is the online, peer-reviewed journal based at Texas Christian University that is the official journal of the Community Journalism Interest Group (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication).

Peer-reviewed articles: This special issue will explore the nature of community journalism on a global scale. We seek mostly empirical work, though we welcome methodologies of all types (including well-reasoned theoretical pieces). We invite manuscripts that discuss community journalism at both the country level and in comparative, multi-country analyses.

Essays from the field: Community journalists who are members of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors are encouraged to submit pieces that offer a perspective on community journalism in their country. Ideally, these pieces will include some original reporting and look beyond the case of one newspaper or news organization.

For both peer-reviewed articles and essays from professionals, articles that broach the following kinds of topics are encouraged:

·      Does the concept of community journalism have the same meaning regardless of the cultural setting?

·      What role does community journalism play in providing a voice to communities historically overlooked by larger publications?

·      Does print journalism remain a vital medium in some countries and for some communities? Why/why not?

·      What is the historical context that defines community journalism in a given country?

Submission instructions/deadlines: Peer-reviewed articles should be no more than 8,000 words in length, excluding references etc. Please submit an extended abstract (750 words or less) and 2-3 suggested reviewers no later than September 2, 2014, to [email protected]. Abstracts should outline the proposed research and give a sense of the theoretical approach, method and timeline for completion. Full manuscripts are due December 15, 2014 (also to [email protected]), when they will be peer-reviewed and considered for acceptance by members of the editorial board of Community Journalism. The scheduled date of publication is March 2015. The journal will be available online and will be printed thanks to the support of ISWNE. Please contact John Hatcher at [email protected] with questions. Manuscripts should conform to the guidelines for Community Journalism.

Chip Stewart Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 15:22

Community Journalism, a peer-reviewed online journal focusing on the present and future of journalism in smaller newsrooms and communities, is now accepting manuscript submissions for our inaugural issue. 

Community Journalism focuses on journalism in a broad definition of community, including local (or hyperlocal), regional, interest-based, virtual, and others.  The journal is open to all research methodologies and theoretical approaches.  Ideal articles will attempt to bridge the gap between theory and practice as community journalists and publishers adapt to technological advances and economic concerns.  

The journal strives to become a source of information for journalists, editors, and publishers practicing community journalism; to uncover best practices in using technological advances to enhance community journalism; address economic, legal and ethical concerns in community journalism; and to build a theoretical base for academic research and pedagogy that focus on community journalism.

We plan for the journal to become an active voice in scholarship and practice of community journalism.  Because we are an online publication, we have the ability to publish manuscripts quickly, to hyperlink to other online sources from your article, to enable blog and/or comment features for discussion, and to provide authors with greater copyright flexibility.

Our target for publication will be spring 2012.  To be eligible for our first issue, manuscripts must be submitted no later than Oct. 1, 2011.  To prepare a manuscript for submission, please follow the guidelines below.

Submission Guidelines

Length:  Manuscripts should be no longer than 8,000 words in length, not counting tables, charts, references, and footnotes.  Submissions should include an abstract of 100 words or fewer.

Style:  Authors should use APA Style, following the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).

Author information:  Only original manuscripts not under active review by other journals will be considered.  Authors should include a cover page with their contact information on it.  For blind peer-review purposes, no other pages of the manuscript should include information about the author.

Process:  Manuscripts should be submitted via email to [email protected] in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.  The editors will review the manuscript to ensure that it meets the aforementioned guidelines and is appropriate for consideration by the journal’s editorial board.  Then, the manuscript will be assigned for blind review by at least two members of the editorial board.  The editors will make a decision about publication within eight weeks of receiving a manuscript.

Copyright:  Authors of manuscripts accepted for publication will grant Community Journalism an exclusive license to publish for one year from the date of first publication.  After that period, Community Journalism retains a non-exclusive right to publish the article online and in archives, while all other copyrights are retained by the author.