Provincial Newspapers: Lessons from History – deadline 1 June 2017

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Date / time
Date(s) - 8 September
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Journalism Department, Redmonds Building, John Moores University


Papers are invited for a one-day conference on the theme of provincial, regional and local newspapers.

The conference is being held 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. Could this be a template for the future?

We welcome paper proposals from all eras and nationalities, shedding new light on longstanding or recent media historical topics. Themes to explore might include (but are not limited to):

  • The future of the local press
  • Newspapers and regional identity
  • Political and judicial accountability
  • Economic models
  • Trans-regional collaboration
  • Media as political and social discourse
  • Advertising
  • Production and reception histories

Proposals for papers should be sent to

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).

Closing date for proposals: 1 June 2017

You will be notified of the acceptance of your paper by 15 June 2017.

We anticipate sessions of 90 minutes (20 minutes per paper plus 30 minutes of questions / discussion).