Academy Colloquium The Audience Turn in Journalism

Academy Colloquium The Audience Turn in Journalism, Amsterdam January 22-25, 2019

From the 22nd until the 25th of January, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University of Groningen organize the colloquim “The Audience Turn in Journalism”, a focused conference hosted by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. The colloquium is the final part of The New News Consumer project (www.news-use.com), a collaborative research project funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and conducted by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University of Groningen with twelve news industry partners.

Aim

The aim of this focused conference is to further knowledge of how the digitalization of journalism has changed and continues to shape news user practices, experiences and public engagement. As evident from the title, the colloquium takes a user-perspective to gain a better understanding of changing news habits in a digital era. Thus far, the audience perspective has received limited attention within journalism studies. If we want to capture and understand how digitalisation, globalisation and the increasing participatory nature of journalism have shaped people’s engagement with news, new theories, concepts and research methods are needed that put the news user center-stage.

This colloquium will theoretically and methodologically guide future studies on digital news uses and practices by bringing together 50 internationally renowned audience and journalism researchers from the fields of political communication, anthropology, social psychology, media and journalism studies to share, discuss and connect insights from their work. The outcome of this effort will be a research agenda that incorporates the different approaches and research findings brought forward by this conference.

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Program

You can find the program of the colloquium here.

Practical information

The venue for the colloquium will be the Trippenhuis (Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011, JV Amsterdam), seat of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

For practical questions, please contact the organizers: audienceturn@news-use.com

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