Vol 19, No 2, October 2013
Call for articles and commentaries:
Celebrity and scandal
Edition editors: Professor Barry King and Dr Rosser Johnson (AUT), and Dr Allison Oosterman (unthemed papers)
Associate editor: Dr Allison Oosterman (AUT)
Frontline editor: Professor Wendy Bacon (ACIJ)
Reviews editor: Dr Allison Oosterman (AUT)
[Editor Professor David Robie will be on sabbatical June-December 2013].
An increasingly salient feature of media coverage is concerned with what might in the broadest terms be termed a crisis of moral leadership. This crisis, certainly sharing some of the features of a media driven moral panic, also reflects empirical trends such as the disturbing increase in corporate malfeasance on the one hand, and on the other “lapses” in professional behaviour by celebrity media commentators.
We invite contributions that explore the organisational and textual dynamics of celebrity scandals in the New Zealand media, encompassing analyses of the local celebrity system, the construction and circulation of images of political and cultural leadership and the politics of biculturalism. Since the celebrity system is embedded in the global media, contributions that explore parallel developments in the Pacific Rim and in the UK are also welcomed.
Submissions that explore, from an historical and/or contemporary perspective the following themes are welcomed:
• Changing images of nationhood and leadership
• The cultural dynamics of celebrity in a small country
• The transformation of political discourse from inspiration to prevarication
• Individual responsibility and the community
• Journalism, professionalism and political economy of fame
• Agenda setting and norm setting in celebrity news
• The role of the internet in the development of do-it-yourself celebrity
• Talent contests and national pride
• The tensions between global and local forms of prestige
• Sport and the writing of the Book of Fame
• Adversarial versus aditorial politics
Articles on other unthemed topics related to media and journalism theory and practice may also be considered for the edition.
The double blind peer-reviewed journal has five main sections: Research articles, Commentaries, Frontline, Forum and Reviews.
Articles - up to 6000 words
Commentaries - 1500 to 3000 words
Frontline – NEW – up to 6000 wds
Reviews - up to 1500 words (Noted short reviews: 300 words)
Forum contributions - up to 800 words.
Next edition submission deadline:
June 20, 2013
Forthcoming issues of PJR:
19(1) May 2013: Media and democracy in the South Pacific (co-editors Professor David Robie and Shailendra Singh. Also Dr Allison Oosterman - reviews editor), deadline January 20, 2013
19(2) October 2013: Celebrity and scandals (co-editors Professor Barry King and Dr Rosser Johnson (also Dr Allison Oosterman - unthemed papers), deadline June 20, 2013)
20(1) May 2014: Investigative journalism ed3 (inquiries to Professor Chris Nash, themed around the conference planned for Monash University, November 2013)