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Call for Special Issue on Community Journalism

The rapid changes in the newspaper industry have turned more focus in recent years to what appears to be one of the more stable branches of the newspaper business—small-circulation daily and weekly newspapers generally referred to as “community newspapers.” In light of these developments, the Newspaper Research Journal is accepting research articles and conceptual/theoretical essays that will shed light on “The Future of Community Newspapers” for a special issue of NRJ scheduled for the winter 2011 issue.

This call is for articles that provide insights into the modern role of community newspapers, as well as suggestions that would help community newspapers to adapt to the changing marketplace. Both social-scientific and cultural/critical approaches will be considered, as will mixed-methods approaches. Preference will be given to articles that draw upon and advance media theory, although insightful non-theoretical, descriptive studies will be considered.

Submissions will undergo NRJ’s usual peer-review process, and must be original research that is not under review with any other publication (although modified conference papers will be considered). NRJ’s published guidelines regarding length, citation style, and formatting of tabular material will apply.


The deadline for submissions is Dec. 1, 2009. Submissions should be sent as Microsoft Word files to guest editor Bill Reader of Ohio University. E-mail them to reader@ohio.edu.

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