About Moscow Readings 2019

The process of media digitalization has significantly influenced communication practices and media systems in both national and global contexts. Today, there is a clear shift towards digital communication, with new channels, platforms, players, distribution and delivery opportunities constantly developing. As an effect of these processes, we can observe changes in media production and media consumption; growing popularity of digital media compared to the traditional media, and the gradual shift of the latter towards digital formats (digital broadcasting, appearance of online versions of print media, etc.); transformations in audience behavior and the growing need for media and digital literacy; changes of media policy and regulation instruments, logics and formats, and many other effects. There also remain some challenges that many countries across the world are facing today: the problem of digital exclusion and digital inequalities, unequal digital engagement of various social/cultural/ethnic groups, information security issues, deprofessionalization of the journalistic work, fake news/post-truth challenges, etc.

Questions for discussion:

  • Communication in the digital age: practices, tendencies, challenges;
  • Mobile media and communication;
  • News media as gatekeepers, critics and facilitators;
  • Mass media and audience: a shift from mass communication to more fragmented and individualized forms of media;
  • Fake news / post-truth challenges;
  • Media literacy in the digital age;
  • Digital natives: media consumption and media production practices;
  • New players and actors in digital communication;
  • Digital inclusion / social inclusion: correlations and interdependencies;
  • Digital inequalities in the societies across the globe;
  • Multicultural/multiethnic societies and digital engagement;
  • Policies against divides, distrust and discrimination;
  • Information security in the digital age;
  • Coverage of EU elections-2019 in the traditional and digital media.

Special sections:

  •  ‘Digital, social and cultural divides: interrelations and interdependencies’ organized by IAMCR Digital Divide Working Group;
  • ‘Media and communication in post- and neo-authoritarian societies: global trends, local formats’ organized by IAMCR Post-Socialist and Post-Authoritarian Communication Working Group;
  • ‘Fifteen years of ‘Comparing Media Systems’ book: theoretical legacy in the new digital world’ (in celebration of 15 years of ‘Comparing Media Systems: Three Models of Media and Politics’ book by Daniel C. Hallin and Paolo Mancini, first published in 2004).

Submissions to the special sections should be sent as regular submissions. Please add a note in your abstract saying that this submission should be considered by a particular special section (title).