Crowdfunding campaign gathers support for Open Access book on Crisis and Journalism

The project is carried out by a pair of PhD students from the UC and the University of Edinburgh

Lorena Caliman
20 october, 2022≈ 4 min read

The importance of journalism in contexts of crisis in contemporary societies is the central aspect of the book "Times of Crisis and Journalism", which is raising financial support for publication in Open Access through the crowdfunding channel of the OPERAS Research Infrastructure. The project was created by a pair of PhD students in Communication Sciences, Juliana Alcântara (University of Coimbra) and Ricardo Ribeiro (University of Edinburgh and UC alumni). The crowdfunding campaign is running until the 11th of November, through this page.

The publication will rely on the voluntary collaboration of scholars and professional journalists to discuss a wide range of perspectives on the relationship between crisis and journalism, in six thematic areas (politics, economics, public health, climate change, migration, and war and conflict), linking theory and practice. Each of the areas will form a chapter with two key papers, always addressed by a diverse range of academics and invited professional journalists. Then, each thematic area will be addressed once from the Journalism Studies perspective by academics and once from the perspective of those producing the news, who will have the opportunity to critically reflect on their experiences.

Journalism has faced a crisis of its own, grappling with radical changes in the media system amidst disinformation and infodemics. At the same time, different crises affect different countries in different ways. Therefore, the book sets out to assess the dynamics within the relationship between crisis and journalism, taking these aspects into account. Moreover, the book wants to reduce the divide between theory and practice, as well as to go beyond Western or Global North perspectives.

Addressing the relationship between theory and practice is an interest that also stems from the editors' own experience. Alongside their academic background, Juliana and Ricardo are professional Brazilian journalists with extensive experience in traditional media outlets. Learn more about the profile of the project's creators on the campaign page.

You can support the book campaign by contributing any amount. Donations starting from 15 euros receive nominal rewards and, from 40 euros, a printed version of the book.

About the OPERAS crowdfunding channel

The Crisis and Journalism campaign is a project made possible through the crowdfunding channel of the European research infrastructure OPERAS. The channel is geared towards funding projects in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities. The crowdfunding channel initiative is one of the innovative services of GoTriple, the discovery platform of OPERAS infrastructure. GoTriple's Beta version is already available here:

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