Call for papers

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.