Call for Submissions - Gender and Media Diversity Journal: Tabloidisation of the media; proposals by 10 June
- Call for Submissions - Gender and Media Diversity Journal: Tabloidisation of
the media; proposals by 10 June
The GMDJ seeks proposals for contributions to the journal that will add to
developing and sharing knowledge, best practices and debate around media
diversity, as well as promoting probing, analytical and contextual
The Gender and Media Diversity Journal is the biennial journal of the Gender
and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC). The GMDC is a physical and virtual
resource centre based in Southern Africa, managed by Gender Links and the
Gender and Media Southern Africa (GEMSA) Network, with linkages in Africa
and across the globe. The journal is an intellectual but not academic
journal. It provides up-to-date and cutting edge information on media
diversity in Southern Africa and the space for the dissemination of research
findings and projects; case studies; campaigns, policy developments; and
opinion and debate on media practice in the region. Each journal focuses on
a different thematic area identified in consultation with the GMDC advisory
group. The next edition will tackle the issue of tabloids and tabloidisation
of the media in Southern Africa, to be launched at Highway Africa, Rhodes
University in September 2007.
Contributions are sought in the following categories
Whats New - briefs on new research, initiatives in training and
education, policy initiatives, and IT developments relevant to gender, media
and diversity (500 words each)
Media watch - review of media programmes from a gender and diversity
perspective, reports on recent monitoring projects by gender and media
networks (750 words each)
Talk back - opinion (750 words) and letters (250 words).
In Focus Topic: September 2007 - Tabloids and Tabloidisation of the Media in
This edition of the GMDJ will explore what role tabloids play in the media
landscape of the region, as well as the concept of tabloidisation of
mainstream media. It aims to offer perspectives from media analysts, editors
of mainstream media and tabloids, readers, journalists, etc. Topics may
include, but are not limited to:
What are tabloids & tabloidisation, what do they provide, and what role do
they play in society?
Why are tabloids taking root in Southern Africa and what are the
implications for media practice?
Tabloidisation and hybrids when tabloids and mainstream media merge.
Tabloids and gender, xenophobia, freedom of expression vs. censorship,
Tabloids, localisation and regionalization; export of tabloids from South
Africa to other countries in the region.
Overview and in-depth articles are between 3000-3500 words including
The editor will advise contributors of length and payment to be made for
articles used when commissioning content. Only commissioned articles will be
paid an honorarium. All submission proposals must contain the following:
Specify the key area you would like to write on
Provide a 200-300 word overview/abstract
Provide full contact details: your name,
institution/organisation, telephone, email and the country in which you
reside/country of origin
If you would like to propose a submission to the journal, please send
contacts Deborah Walter for editorial guidelines editor@...
Submission of abstract: 10 June 2007
Deadline for submission of commissioned articles: 10 July 2007
Deadline for revisions: 24 July 2007
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