CFP: Language and Journalism. Special issue of Journalism Studies

J.E.Richardson J.E.Richardson at LBORO.AC.UK
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Call for papers: Journalism Studies

Language and Journalism


Since the publication of Roger Fowler's seminal text, the study of the language of journalism has increased dramatically. The form, function and politics of the language of journalism has attracted scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines, including linguistics, discourse studies, media studies, sociology and others. In too many of these treatments, however, the language of journalism has been reduced to a textual accounting exercise; another object of study for the 'linguistic turn' in the social sciences. 

Whilst issues relating to linguistic representation are undoubtedly important, this special issue of Journalism Studies is founded on the assumption that such observations need to be contextualised by an awareness of other moments on the circuit of mass communications: production, consumption, regulation and identities. A thorough understanding of the language of journalism is only possible through attending to the specificities of each of these moments and their relations to each other. How, for example, do the production practices of specific organisations affect the language of reporting? What are the relationships between linguistic content and the ways that journalism is variously consumed, interpreted and understood? How is the language of journalism affected by, and related to, statutory and industry enforced regulations? 

Journalism Studies invites submissions that critically examine journalistic language across the full circuit of mass communications. We are particularly interested in original empirical research, and especially in articles that examine theoretical/methodological issues whilst engaging with professional practice and experience.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the language of journalism and  

  a.. the historiography of newsgathering and production
  b.. material constraints on language use
  c.. markets, consumers and audiences
  d.. discursive practices of news producers
  e.. information subsidies, 'spin' and out-right manipulation
  f.. ethics, objectivity and industry codes of practice
  g.. genre, style guides and language policies
  h.. textual form, sequencing and narrativity
  i.. representation and ideation 
  j.. argumentation and rhetoric
  k.. mechanisms of reception and memory

Applicants may submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to John Richardson at j.e.richardson at The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31 March 2007, and accepted authors will be informed no later than one week from this date. For accepted articles the deadline for submission is 31 July 2007. Further details of Journalism Studies are available at 

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