From the organization of the XXVI SEP International Congress and from the Board of Directors of the Spanish Journalistic Society, in the face of the pandemic situation caused by COVID-19, we have decided to postpone the holding of the Congress and to reevaluate the situation in May.

As soon as normality is restored, new dates will be announced, that we will send by mail to those registered and will be made public on this website.

In these circumstances, the registration period with reduced rate is extended until April 20. Those who require proof of acceptance of the communication or of the delay of the celebration on the scheduled dates, they can request it to: sep2020@posta.unizar.es

We apologize for the inconvenience and appeal to your understanding. Much encouragement and patience to all.

We hope to see you soon at the University of Zaragoza and to be able to celebrate the Congress that we have prepared with so much desire and effort.

The Spanish Society of Journalism (SEP) and the Digital Communication and Information Research Group of the University of Zaragoza are organizing the 26th International Congress of the SEP. The event will take place in the Paraninfo building (May 28th and 29th 2020).

Under the title «Journalism for Social Transformation», this new edition of the congress proposes to get deep into research in journalism as a transfer of knowledge to society. With a prospective approach, relevance is given to new stakes and challenges of journalism in the post-digital era.

Technology is already established in the production processes and integral strategies especially involve responsiveness. The social service of the profession must attend the most substantial news-values and journalistic foundations, in favour of quality, responsibility, sensitivity and, therefore, deontology.

The new generations have changed consumption information traditional for others, such as immediacy, immersion or interaction, which have made the profession have to adapt to other productive routines. The new forms of information consumption generate the need to rethink the profession, trying to bet on new formats that awaken interest in the audience.

In this context, the SEP 26th International Congress proposes to generate a debate to reach solid conclusions on the evolution of the profession, the transfer to society and regain the torch of quality information.

This scientific forum will count with conferences given by International and Spanish experts, and with the contribution of communications from researchers and professionals in the field of journalism.

Sede del XXVI Congreso Internacional SEP2020

The Spanish Society of Journalism (SEP) and the Digital Communication and Information Research Group of the University of Zaragoza are organizing the 26th International Congress of the SEP. The event will take place in the Paraninfo building (May 28th and 29th 2020).

Under the title «Journalism for Social Transformation», this new edition of the congress proposes to get deep into research in journalism as a transfer of knowledge to society. With a prospective approach, relevance is given to new stakes and challenges of journalism in the post-digital era.

Technology is already established in the production processes and integral strategies especially involve responsiveness. The social service of the profession must attend the most substantial news-values and journalistic foundations, in favour of quality, responsibility, sensitivity and, therefore, deontology.

The new generations have changed consumption information traditional for others, such as immediacy, immersion or interaction, which have made the profession have to adapt to other productive routines. The new forms of information consumption generate the need to rethink the profession, trying to bet on new formats that awaken interest in the audience.

In this context, the SEP 26th International Congress proposes to generate a debate to reach solid conclusions on the evolution of the profession, the transfer to society and regain the torch of quality information.

This scientific forum will count with conferences given by International and Spanish experts, and with the contribution of communications from researchers and professionals in the field of journalism.

Sede del XXVI Congreso Internacional SEP2020

Carmen Marta-Lazo (In charge of the organisation)

Grupo de Investigación en Comunicación e Información Digital GICID

Reasearch in Communication and Digital Information Group (GICID) (S29-17R):

Carmen Marta-Lazo (PI), María Gómez Patiño, Miguel Ángel Esteban Navarro, Begoña Pérez Calle, Isabel Iniesta Alemán, Ana Mancho de la Iglesia and Patricia Gascón Vera.

Carmen Marta-Lazo (Pta.), Juan Pablo Artero, Elena Bandrés Goldaraz, Sagrario Bernad Conde, Mónica Bonilla del Río, Eva Bunbury, Mariola Conde Casado, Javier de Sola Pueyo, Miguel Ángel García Madurga, Patricia González Aldea, Javier Gil Quintana, Macu Hervás Moreno, Antonia Nogales Bocio, Miguel Ángel Ortiz Sobrino, Sara Osuna Acedo, Sheila Peñalva Tobías, María José Pérez Serrano, Belén Puebla Martínez, Jorge Rodríguez, Ana Segura Anaya, María Antonia Solans García, Nerea Vadillo Bengoa, Javier Vidal Bordes, Ricardo Zugasti, Tamara Morte Nadal y Pedro Zapater Delgado.

Salomé Berrocal (Universidad de Valladolid), Fernando López Pan (Universidad de Navarra), Josep María Casasús (Universidad Pompeu Fabra), Ignacio Blanco Alfonso (Universidad CEU-San Pablo), María José Cantalapiedra González (Universidad del País Vasco), Andreu Casero Ripollés (Universidad Jaume I), Javier Davara Torrego (Universidad Francisco de Vitoria), Concha Edo Bolós (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Ana González Neira (Universidad de A Coruña), José María Legorburu (Universidad CEU San Pablo), Xosé López García (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela), José Manuel Noguera Vivo (Universidad Católica de Murcia), Julio Montero Díaz (UNIR), María Antonia Paz Rebollo (UCM), Luis Miguel Pedrero Esteban (Universidad de Nebrija), Marta Redondo García (Universidad de Valladolid), Ramón Reig García Universidad de Sevilla), Jorge Miguel Rodríguez Rodríguez (Universidad San Jorge), Ramón Salaverría (Universidad de Navarra), Miguel Túñez López (Universidad Santiago de Compostela), Jean Jacques Cheval (Université Bourdeaux Montaigne, Francia), Lucía D’ Ambrosi (Università di Macerata, Italia), Miguel Ezequiel Badillo Mendoza (Universidad Nacional a Distancia, Colombia), Jorge Cortés Montalvo (Universidad de Chihuhua, México), Veronica Neri (Università di Pisa, Italia), Ismar de Oliveira Soares (Universidad de Sao Paolo, Brasil), Sara Gomes Pereira (Universidad do Minho, Portugal), Jordi Torrent (Plural+, USA).

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Paraninfo, sede del congreso Internacional SEP 2020

The venue of the SEP 2020 congress: Paraninfo building

With 115 years of life, the Building, designed and directed by the architect Ricardo Magdalena, Site of Cultural Interest.

It has become the institutional image of the University of Zaragoza. And it is the main venue for the SEP 2020 International Congress.

Thematic Areas for the SEP 26TH. International Congress in Zaragoza

The journalistic profession has undergone numerous transformations over the last decade in order to respond to new demands, challenges and possibilities posed by technological advances and cognitive, social changes and ethics produced in the 21st century.

In post-digital society we are witnessing the birth of increasingly specialized digital native media, whose sustainability can be considered in an environment characterized by indebtedness and the closure of print media and changes in the ways of use and consumption of information by citizens.

In a moment of fast-moving journalism consumption, communication professionals have been forced to adapt under pressure to new informative
formulas and take hold to exercise slow journalism and of quality. How are conventional newsrooms adapting to the new times? Are the professional routines that wemanage to inform in post-society digital adequate?

The arrival of particular initiatives, cooperatives, platforms and foundations that launch, both small media and new ways of practicing journalism, invites us to reflect on the transformations and the future of the information activity.

You are invited to present communications on these thematic axes:

  • Transformations of newsrooms and professional routines.
  • New professional profiles and specializations of journalists and communicators.
  • Slow journalism: platforms, initiatives, associations, challenges and obstacles.
  • Journalistic ethics facing disinformation and fake news.

The communication industry has undergone major transformations since the technological revolution and the economic crisis.

New regulatory frameworks and changes in competition and business strategy have also influenced the structure of the media. As a consequence, the newspaper, magazine, radio, television, digital media and journalism industries face new challenges.

The difficulties for the economic sustainability of the media are forcing to open the door to new business models beyond advertising, subscriptions and subsidies. Likewise, the ability to boost internal and external entrepreneurship emerges as a pressing need for communication companies.

In this context, the key issues of the structure of communication, in general, and of journalism, in particular, remain relevant: freedom of expression, business and ‘printing’; the rights to information and truthful and plural communication; the relationship between pluralism, competition and diversity; the impact of the structure on contents; or the effects of the media industry on the democratic, economic and cultural environments of societies.

Taking into account the historical development of the media industry, balances of its performance can also be made in terms of audience, efficiency and profitability of companies and sectors as a whole; in relation to the quality and diversity of its services; and in its contribution to consumer welfare.

You are invited to present papers on the following thematic axes:

  •  Strategies and business models of media companies.
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives in the media sector.
  • Communication structure and changes in the media industry.
  • Quality, audience and effects of media management.

This thematic area encompasses in a broad sense all those research focused on the innovative use of content transmedia and the use of social networks in the journalistic field.

The research approaches to the phenomenon are varied and complementary: beyond multimedia or journalism crossmedia, the universe transmedia offers journalistic narratives that are developed through different platforms and media through complementary and interrelated contents.

Aspects such as content production, creativity management, relationships between content and audiences, professional roles, the creation of new journalistic genres, the new frontiers between information and fiction, the relationships between information and entertainment or the reformulation of classics have a place.

Papers are also welcomed on the relationships between journalism and social media that go beyond the use of social networks in the design of journalistic narratives transmedia. In this sense, it would include studies that focus on the use of networks by journalists or media, on the analysis of journalistic content and uses on the social web, as well as on the reception of journalistic content disseminated through the networks.

You are invited to present papers on the following thematic axes:

  • Genres, content and creativity in journalism transmedia.
  • Analysis of contents and uses of social networks by media and journalists.
  • Audiences and their relationship with transmedia content in journalism.
  • Reception of journalistic content in social networks.

Under the notion of new digital narratives, various journalistic experiences are developed. It is a large working territory where information, experimentation, creativity, spectacle or entertainment come together; and where new formats are configured with their corresponding codes, depending on the acceptance and interaction of the users.

Around this type of practices, issues related to the different levels of narrative density that can be put in place and the forms of attention and consumption by audiences are raised. It is also necessary to know and evaluate its technical, ethical, economic, content quality and ease or difficulty aspects in terms of integration into digital media.

In the same way that post-digital qualification is allowed for the current working environment, the very idea of narrativity has begun to be debated. The recent proposals of postnarrativism arise from the need to contain as much as possible both ideological biases and falsehoods when it comes to telling the facts.

The recognition of subjectivity, as something inevitable in the construction of any statement, contrasts with the convenience of a rigorous analysis of
contexts, the strengthening of rational argumentation when explaining facts, the recognition of the author’s manifest and implicit intention and the study of his relationship with sources.

The question is whether these possible new forms of work are acceptable in the current business climate.

You are invited to present papers on the following thematic axes:

  • Identity, formats and codes of digital narratives.
  • Work processes, technical needs, subjectivity and ethical implications.
  • Forms of participation and involvement of users.
  • Audiences and economic viability of the new narratives.

Digital culture has profoundly transformed the study of audiences in their quantitative dimension and in the qualitative aspect, such as the perception of media content.

Social networks and the digital transformation of the media ensured a more active and participative citizenship, involved in each and every one of the phases of the communicational process, reversing the unidirectional trend and making possible horizontal authorship dynamics.

At the same time, the traditional facet of press, radio or television consumption continues to be a reality that has a determining influence on periodic studies, the commercialisation of advertising spaces, etc.; although it does not remain alien to the digital factor, with phenomena such as content on demand or second and third screens in the field of audiovisual perception.

The transformation process that involves active perception is proposed to discuss, either from a quantitative perspective or from studies focused on some specific aspect of the immersion of citizens in the media, considering the Internet and social networks as means of massive character.

There is also room for theoretical essays, as long as they are well documented and presented in a clear and structured manner, focusing on subjects that can range from blogging or influencing to film experiences without an author or local information, to audience analysis and the perception of journalistic content in the 21st century.

You are invited to present papers on the following thematic axes:
● Audience studies in the post- digital and comparative era with the traditional ones.
● Transformations in information and entertainment consumers.
● Social prosumers, interactivity and citizen journalism.
● The communicative process and the Relational Factor in the postdigital era.

The technological and media context makes its way through a network of information, misinformation, truths and lies that build the social reality in which we live and that seek to influence behaviors.

Journalists and citizens face the challenge of understanding and organizing everything that comes from informational chaos, far from true communication.

The influencers generate biases in our thinking and behaviour by promoting the consumption of ideas, products and brands through digital marketing techniques that exceed those traditionally used by advertising. States, political parties, large companies and, by relationship, media companies, use fake news as a tool to discredit, delegitimize and defeat the opponent.

Pressure groups try to mobilize social groups in favour of their interests through new ways of influencing through the media and social networks. From the technological, media and educational fields, attempts are being made to respond to these and other phenomena of influence and even manipulation.

Training journalists and communicators to address these risks and develop critical thinking is key. New computer tools and journalistic initiatives that help contrast and verify facts and news are inescapable. The education of citizens in digital skills that improve their interaction with information and with
the media from the cognitive, attitudinal and axiological levels is a necessity.

You are invited to present papers on the following thematic axes:
● Influencers and construction of social thought and behaviour.
● Fake news, social networks, pressure groups and manipulation.
● Experiences of teaching innovation in the field of communication.
● Media education of citizens.

Key dates for the SEP2020 26th International Congress

  • December 9th.: call for papers and opening for registration
  • February 15th.: abstract submission deadline
  • March 9th.: acceptance of communications information
  • March 15th.: reduced registration period deadline
  • May 15th.: social agenda registration deadline
  • May 22nd.: registration deadlines
  • July 1st.: complete papers submission deadline

Registration fees

Reduced (until 10/03/2019) Ordinary (from 11/03/2019)
SEP Member 80 110
SEP Junior Member 40 65
General public 100 125
Members of AHC, ALICE, ACOP, APARAGON 90 120
Unemployed 50 75
Bachelor student 35 60
Master and PHd students 45 70