Date: May 16th 2017

REMINDER: Provincial Newspapers: Lessons from History to be held at the
Department, Liverpool John Moores University on September 8, 2017.*

*Closing date for proposals: *1 June 2017***

The deadline is drawing near for submissions for a one-day conference
on the theme of provincial,
regional and local newspapers. The conference is being jointly organised
by media historians from Coventry University and Liverpool John Moores
University at a time when newsprint journalism has moved from the
intensive care ward and obituaries are being pondered and some written.
Yet local and regional journalism has been challenged before and emerged
altered if not unscathed. This event will bring industry representatives
and academics together to take a retrospective look at the current
conundrum faced by the regional local newspaper industry in an effort to
extrapolate lessons for the future.

We welcome paper proposals from all eras and nationalities, shedding new
light on longstanding or recent media historical topics. We anticipate
sessions of 90 minutes (20 minutes per paper plus 30 minutes of
questions / discussion). It is expected that suitable papers will be
developed into chapters for an edited volume on this subject for Routledge.

Themes to explore might include (but are not limited to):

·The future of the local press and local newspaper businesses

·Newspapers and regional identity

·The role of local newspapers in their communities

·Political and judicial accountability

·Economic models

·Trans-regional collaboration

·Media as political and social discourse


·Production and reception histories

The event is organised by Dr Guy Hodgson, Senior Lecturer in Journalism
at LJMU, and Dr Rachel Matthews, Principal Lecturer in Journalism,
Coventry University. In order to encourage a wide-range of papers, there
will be no conference fee and lunch will be provided.

Please include an abstract of no more than 300 words and a cover sheet
with a brief biographical note, your institutional affiliation (where
relevant) and your contact details (including your email address).
Abstracts should be sent to

Closing date for proposals: * 1 June 2017*. You will be notified of the
acceptance of your paper by *15 June 2017.*


*More details can be found at the following weblink.*

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