Communication proposals to the SEP 2020 International Congress

The Congress welcomes communications in the following thematic areas linked to the subject under study of this edition, Journalism for social transformation.

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.

The first warning signs of a possible COVID19 pandemic in Europe began to be confirmed in Italy at the end of January when the first two cases were detected in Italy. A month later Spain adds to the global concern of an unprecedented health crisis. Royal Decree 463/2020 of 14 March published the state of alert for COVID 19 throughout the country. Days later the impact on the main economies of the European continent was already inevitable. France, the United Kingdom and Belgium were also affected by the pandemic. In other continents, the panaroma was replicating similar situations.

From the media point of view, the coronavirus crisis has caused changes in consumer habits, a proliferation of information in all communication media, the appearance of new formats in information content and even changes in the way governments and health specialists approach their appearances and press conferences. But, especially, the fake news, the “coronarumors” and the disinformation have been part of the media diet of the citizens: a fact that, sometimes, has been echoed by some media.

We invite you to submit communications related to the following topics:

  • Information coverage of the pandemic by COVID 19 in the mass media, social media and other communication platforms.
  • Transformations in information consumption habits in the stage of citizen confinement.
  • Information formats and practices during the health crisis caused by Coronavirus.
  • Disinformation, fake news, “coronarumors” and the media.
  • Information sources in times of pandemics.
  • Considerations on journalistic ethics in a state of alarm.

Communication proposals or abstracts for any of the thematic areas must be submitted between December 9th, 2019 and February 15th, 2020. Proposals may be submitted in Spanish or English.

As a general rule, the abstracts (350-500 words) proposed must include the basic information with the necessary data that show the interest of the work (introduction, main objective, state of the matter, applied methodology, main results and conclusions). To submit the proposal and request a form of publication (book summaries, article, chapter book) fill in the following FORM.

Access the form for the presentation of communications to the congress.

Each author can sign a maximum of two communications with the payment of a single registration. Likewise, all signers of communications must formalize their participation registration within the established deadlines.

Communication proposals will be evaluated in blind pairs by members of the Academic Committee. Authors will receive an email with the acceptance, suggestion of modification or rejection of their proposal until March 9, 2020.

All abstracts of accepted papers will be published in a digital Abstract Book with ISBN, edited by Editorial Egregius.

Sending full texts. Publishing options

In the submission form of the communication proposal, the authors may indicate their preference for one of the following publication options:

  1. Book of abstracts
  2. Book of abstracts and submission of final text for the Textual & Visual Media magazine
  3. Book of abstracts and final text submission for the Mediterranean Magazine of Communication / Mediterranean Journal of Communication
  4. Book of abstracts and chapter (paper book edition) edited by the SEP (year 2021)

a) Digital abstract book edited by Egregius (all abstracts in one book will be edited by default)

b) and c) Once the proposal has been accepted, those who wish to take advantage of these modalities (Textual & Visual Media or Revista Mediterranea de Comunicación/Mediterranean Journal of Communication) must send the adapted text to the selected journal before July 1st 2020. All originals will be subject to the publication standards established by each publication (style rules, peer review, etc.). The submission process must be carried out, obligatorily, through the OJS platform of each journal. In comments, the editor may be informed that the text is linked to the 26th SEP International Congress.

d) Those who wish to propose their paper for evaluation by the Academic Committee for modality “d”, should send their full text to the following address: The maximum length of the full text, including bibliographic references, will be 6,500 words. Please use the following template SEP 2020 communications. For other editing and style standards, please see the rules and style guide for sending originals.

In order to defend a communication at any of the pannels, it will be necessary to be the author of the communication and to be expressly stated in the signature of the paper sent to the Academic Committee.

To be certified as a speaker at the Congress, at least one of the signatories of the communication must defend it online. Once the presentation has been made, the certificates will be sent to the authors electronically.

The established presentation time will be between 7 and 10 minutes for each video- communication. Participants are requested to respect this time.

Presentation of communications

In order to defend in person a communication in any of the panels, it will be necessary to be the author of the same and to be expressly stated in the signature of the work sent to the Academic Committee.

To obtain certification as a speaker at the Congress, at least one of the signers of the communication must defend it in person. The coordinators of each table will deliver the certificates to the authors, once the presentation is made.

COMMUNICATION PANELS will be held in parallel, in different spaces (in the Paraninfo Building and in the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Zaragoza).

The established presentation time will be 10 minutes for each communication. Participants are kindly requested to respect this time, in order to balance the schedule.

Summary key dates

  • December 9th: call for papers and inscripction opening
  •  June 1st: end of abstract submission
  • June 15th.: acceptance of communications will be communicated
  • June 15th.: end of reduced registration period
  • September 1st: deadline for sending full texts and videos for the online presentation
  • September 5th: deadline for inscription
  • November 30th: notification and acceptance of chapters for the book.