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Issue 35, Winter/Spring 2023 on "Media & Fake News"

Arab Media & Society, the biannual journal of the Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo, is seeking submissions for a special issue on "Media & Fake News."

In recent years, the volume of factually incorrect information being disseminated to and shared by the public has ballooned with serious social, cultural, and political implications. As communication technologies have evolved and diversified, questions around accountability have expanded beyond traditional newsmakers to include the vast and expanding array of social and digital platforms that are increasingly dominating the media landscape. With the influx of questionable sources and deliberately false information coupled with extreme levels of divisiveness across the globe, the concept of accuracy has, within some circles, devolved into a debate where emphasis is placed on the so-called subjectivity of truth. Within this environment, it has become more important than ever for journalists to ensure accuracy from the outset, and for platforms to address the risks of the current information age both in their policies and actions. With this in mind, papers may address (but are not limited to) the suggested subtopics below:

● Dissemination and impact of fake news
● Disinformation and misinformation
● Novel strategies for moderating/gatekeeping information in the digital age
● Citizen journalism and participatory media
● Questions of accuracy and narrative construction
● Algorithmic determination and information prioritization
● Professional identity and organizational culture
● Media trends and their role in perpetuating or correcting information risks
● Managing inaccuracies and rumors
● Adapting journalistic standards to the new media environment
● The role of the audience

While we welcome submissions from diverse disciplines and perspectives, articles should relate in some way to the Arab world and its diaspora, and media or communication technology. Submissions for peer-review consideration should be received by February 15th, 2023; and all other submissions, including book and conference reviews, shorter research papers, and columns, should be received by March 1st, 2023. Submissions should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style and may be up to 10,000 words, including footnotes, and citations (author-date). All submissions should be sent as .doc or .docx files, and should include the author’s name as it will be published, their affiliation, and a brief abstract of no more than 150 words. Send articles and ideas to editor@arabmediasociety.com.

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