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    Call for Submissions - Gender and Media Diversity Journal: Tabloidisation of the media; proposals by 10 June The GMDJ seeks proposals for contributions to the
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      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
      journalism.

      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
      • What’s 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
      Southern Africa
      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,
      etc.
      • Tabloids, localisation and regionalization; export of tabloids from South
      Africa to other countries in the region.
      • Case studies
      • International perspectives

      Overview and in-depth articles are between 3000-3500 words including
      references.

      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@...

      Deadlines:
      Submission of abstract: 10 June 2007
      Deadline for submission of commissioned articles: 10 July 2007
      Deadline for revisions: 24 July 2007

      Deborah Walter
      Editor
      Gender Links Opinion and Commentary Service
      9 Derrick Avenue
      Cyrildene 2198
      Johannesburg, South Africa
      www.genderlinks.org.za
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