Journal of Alternative & Community Media (Journal)

ISSN 26344726 , ONLINE ISSN 22065857

The Journal of Alternative & Community Media (JOACM) publishes research that helps explain the shifting media environment, and the ways in which people use alternative forms of media and communication. Issues of concern to the journal include the nature and distribution of media power; access to and participation in media; media practices of communities and social movements; and the possibilities of emerging technologies and new media.

Volumes 1–4 of JOACM are available Open Access



Principal Editor

Susan Forde
Griffith University
s.forde@griffith.edu.au

Managing Editor

Ben Green
Griffith University, Australia
b.green@griffith.edu.au

Book Reviews Editor

Heather Anderson
Griffith University, Australia
H.Anderson@griffith.edu.au

Claudia Magallanes-Blanco
Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla
claudia.magallanes@iberopuebla.mx

Arne Hintz
Cardiff University
hintza@cardiff.ac.uk

The Journal of Alternative & Community Media is an international journal publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed research.

The journal aims to highlight and promote the study of alternative and community media and communication, which includes citizens′ media, participatory media, activist and radical media and the broader forms of communication that these groups might undertake. The journal locates this scholarship within the media and cultural research disciplines.

This field of study continues to grow and demonstrates increasing relevance in the digital age. The Journal of Alternative & Community Media recognizes the need for strong empirical and theoretical advances which help explain the shifting media environment, and the ways in which people use alternative forms of media and communication. Issues of concern to the journal include but are not limited to the nature and distribution of media power; access to and participation in media; media practices of communities and social movements; diverse objectives, practices and structures within alternative and community media; state support and media regulation; and the possibilities of emerging technologies and new media.

The Journal of Alternative & Community Media will define the field, present exciting, new research and advance the study of alternative and community media around the world.

The journal seeks submissions from international authors conducting quality, rigorous research. All articles are subject to the highest standards of peer review under the guidance of an international Editorial Advisory Board, comprised of leaders in the field.


Principal Editor

Susan Forde
Griffith University
s.forde@griffith.edu.au

Managing Editor

Ben Green
Griffith University, Australia
b.green@griffith.edu.au

Book Reviews Editor

Heather Anderson
Griffith University, Australia
H.Anderson@griffith.edu.au

Claudia Magallanes-Blanco
Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla
claudia.magallanes@iberopuebla.mx

Arne Hintz
Cardiff University
hintza@cardiff.ac.uk

Principal Editor

Susan Forde
Griffith University
s.forde@griffith.edu.au

Managing Editor

Ben Green
Griffith University, Australia
b.green@griffith.edu.au

Book Reviews Editor

Heather Anderson
Griffith University, Australia
H.Anderson@griffith.edu.au

Claudia Magallanes-Blanco
Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla
claudia.magallanes@iberopuebla.mx

Arne Hintz
Cardiff University
hintza@cardiff.ac.uk

Principal Editor

Susan Forde
Griffith University
s.forde@griffith.edu.au

Managing Editor

Ben Green
Griffith University, Australia
b.green@griffith.edu.au

Book Reviews Editor

Heather Anderson
Griffith University, Australia
H.Anderson@griffith.edu.au

Claudia Magallanes-Blanco
Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla
claudia.magallanes@iberopuebla.mx

Arne Hintz
Cardiff University
hintza@cardiff.ac.uk

CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘Community and Activist Media: Resistance and Resurgence’ Download


Call for Papers
Journal of Alternative & Community Media
Special Issue: ‘Community and Activist Media: Resistance and Resurgence’


Guest Editors
Tanja Dreher

University of New South Wales, Australia
t.dreher@unsw.edu.au


Pieter Maeseele

University of Antwerp, Belgium

pieter.maeseele@uantwerpen.be

Susan Forde

Griffith University, Australia

s.forde@griffith.edu.au

Journal of Alternative & Community Media (JOACM) publishes research that helps explain the shifting media environment and the ways in which people use alternative forms of media and communication. Issues of concern to the journal include the nature and distribution of media power; access to and participation in media; media practices of communities and social movements; and the possibilities of emerging technologies and new media.

This Special Issue of Journal of Alternative & Community Media is inspired by papers from the OURMedia gathering in Brussels, 2019; and the planned (but cancelled) post-conference to the ICA 2020, to submit papers on the theme, ‘Community and Activist Media: Resistance and Resurgence’.

Planned publication is September 2021.

We call for academic papers alongside contributions from alternative
media practitioners who will contribute to a Special Section, ‘Essays
from the Frontline’.

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From the resurgence of white supremacy and authoritarian rule to rapidly changing technologies and the rise of social media; and from the precarious state of journalism to state crackdowns on dissent and the ‘free press’, community and activist media face multiple ‘disruptions’ and challenges. While the twenty-first-century media environment offers increasing opportunities for ‘voice’, the challenges for community and activist media are practical, political and fundamental. At the same time that this is occurring in community and activist media, scholars in this field are often working at the intersection of research and activism, a theme explored in the 2019 OURMedia gathering.

This Special Issue will bring together engaged scholars to explore the challenges and opportunities for community and activist media at a time of unprecedented pressures – considering new resurgences and enhanced opportunities for resistance. Additionally, paper proposals at the intersection of research and activism are most welcome; and by extension, papers that draw connections between scholarly activism (scholactivism) and media activism, emanating from a key theme of the OURMedia conference, are also sought.

Key questions to be explored include:

   * What is the role of activist and community media in contemporary social justice struggles – including anti-racist work in the context of resurgent racisms and intersectional work in the context of anti-feminist backlash? What are the possibilities for resistance and transformation?
   * How can we best analyse and respond to white supremacist and far-right media?
   * How do community and alternative media enable voices that are   marginalized or excluded from the ‘mainstream’ to be heard – what can we learn (or not) from their practices?
   * What is the role and value of established ‘community’ media when social media platforms enable a proliferation of voice?
   * What have we learned from the legacy of platforms such as Indymedia,     and how can this inform our structures, agendas and goals for the future?
   * How does one integrate activism and scholarship? What are the tensions between the ‘scientific’ needs of research and commitments to social change and social justice?
   * What is the state of news and current affairs – including news journalisms and issues-based talks programming – at a time of both technological and professional ‘disruption’?
   * What does ‘community’ or ‘alternative’ media mean in the current digital media environment, which features a proliferation of non-mainstream voices?


The Special Issue welcomes participation from researchers and practitioners across community and activist media very broadly defined – including alternative media in all its guises, community media interventions, alternative journalism initiatives, citizens media, media activism and more. No APCs are charged.

Media activists and other practitioners who wish to contribute should contact Susan Forde directly (s.forde@griffith.edu.au) to discuss an alternative ‘Essays from the Frontline’ format to complement the suite of academic papers to be published in this Special Issue.

Abstracts should be submitted by 1 October 2020

Full articles are due 10 December 2020

Reviews will be sent to authors by 15 February 2021

Revised manuscripts are due 30 April 2021

Article acceptances notified 30 June 2021

Publication September 2021

Please send your abstracts to the guest editors.

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General Call for Papers

The Journal of Alternative and Community Media continues to seek submissions from authors conducting quality, rigorous research that advances knowledge about the history and contemporary theory and practice of alternative, community and activist media and communication forms.

JOACM adheres to a rigorous double-blind peer review policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. Manuscripts should be submitted free of identifying features including authors’ names and affiliations. The full name of each author with current affiliation and contact details plus a short biographical note should be supplied in the cover letter. 

Please follow the Intellect Style Guide when preparing your manuscript for submission. Manuscripts of 6,000–8,000 words including notes and references will be accepted for review.

Manuscripts should contain, in the following order:

(i) title page with full title and subtitle (if any);
(ii) abstract of 100-150 words;
(iii) 6–8 keywords;
(iv) main text with each new paragraph indented;
(v) numbered end notes;
(vi) alphabetical references section using the Harvard system.

Please send an electronic copy in an editable format (eg .doc) via the Submit link on the homepage.

Please include with every submission a covering letter confirming that all authors have agreed to the submission and the article is not being considered for publication by any other journal. Please zip all content together and upload as one file. 

Book Review submissions are also welcome.

For more information and details of how to submit, please email Managing Editor, Ben Green at editorial@joacm.org.

Peer review process

  • Double-blind peer review.
  • All articles received will be reviewed by the Editor for suitability; and if suitable will be distributed to TWO blind peer reviewers. 
  • Please allow six weeks for peer reviews to be completed, following which time authors will be notified of the outcome of their paper.
  • If revisions are required, an additional 6 weeks will be given to complete revisions or a longer period of revision time can be negotiated with the Editor.
  • All peer reviews are conducted strictly in confidence and anonymously. Peer reviewers will be recruited based on their expertise in the field covered by the submitted article, with members of the journal’s Editorial Advisory Board acting regularly as peer reviewers.  

About the Journal

The Journal of Alternative and Community Media is published by Intellect Books with support from the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Community Communication and Alternative Media section and the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research

The Journal of Alternative & Community Media publishes research that helps explain the shifting media environment, and the ways in which people use alternative forms of media and communication. Issues of concern to the journal include the nature and distribution of media power; access to and participation in media; media practices of communities and social movements; and the possibilities of emerging technologies and new media. 

The Journal is guided by an esteemed international Editorial Advisory Board. Principal Editor is Susan Forde (Griffith University); Founding Editors 2016-2019 were Susan Forde and Chris Atton (Edinburgh Napier University). Reviews Editors are Heather Anderson (Griffith University), Arne Hintz (Cardiff University) and Claudia Magallenes-Blanco (Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla). 

 

Principal Editor

Susan Forde
Griffith University
s.forde@griffith.edu.au

Managing Editor

Ben Green
Griffith University, Australia
b.green@griffith.edu.au

Book Reviews Editor

Heather Anderson
Griffith University, Australia
H.Anderson@griffith.edu.au

Claudia Magallanes-Blanco
Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla
claudia.magallanes@iberopuebla.mx

Arne Hintz
Cardiff University
hintza@cardiff.ac.uk

Editorial Advisory Board

Megan Boler
University of Toronto, Canada

Adilson Cabral
Fluminense Federal University, Brazil

Bart Cammaerts
London School of Economics and Political Science

Nico Carpentier
Charles University, Czech Republic

Nick Couldry
London School of Economics, UK

Kate Coyer
Central European University, Hungary

Alfonso Gumucio Dagron
Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia

John D.H. Downing
Southern Illinois University, USA

Natalie Fenton
Goldsmiths, University of London

Kerrie Foxwell-Norton
Griffith University

Bruce Girard
Executive Director, International Association for Media and Communication Research

Robert Hackett
Simon Fraser University, Canada

James F. Hamilton
University of Georgia, USA

Tony Harcup
University of Sheffield

Arne Hintz
Cardiff University

Kevin Howley
DePauw University, USA

Dorothy Kidd
University of San Francisco

Eun-Ju Lee
Seoul National University, South Korea

Hayes Mabweazara
University of Glasgow, Scotland

Pieter Maeseele
University of Antwerp

Winston Mano
University of Westminster

Michael Meadows
Griffith University

Stefania Milan
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Claudia Padovani
University of Padova, Italy

Mojca Pajnik
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Vinod Pavarala
University of Hyderabad, India

Ellie Rennie
Swinburne University of Technology

Clemencia Rodriguez
Temple University, United States

Salvatore Scifo
Bournemouth University

Jo Tacchi
Loughborough University, UK

Pradip Thomas
University of Queensland

Heather Anderson
Griffith University, Australia

Claudia Magallanes-Blanco
Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla

Principal Editor

Susan Forde
Griffith University
s.forde@griffith.edu.au

Managing Editor

Ben Green
Griffith University, Australia
b.green@griffith.edu.au

Book Reviews Editor

Heather Anderson
Griffith University, Australia
H.Anderson@griffith.edu.au

Claudia Magallanes-Blanco
Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla
claudia.magallanes@iberopuebla.mx

Arne Hintz
Cardiff University
hintza@cardiff.ac.uk

 
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Contents

  • Volume (5): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2020


Contents

  • Volume (4): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2019


Contents

  • Volume (4): Issue (2)
  • Cover date: 2019


Contents

  • Volume (4): Issue (3)
  • Cover date: 2019


Contents

  • Volume (4): Issue (4)
  • Cover date: 2019


Contents

  • Volume (3): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2018


Contents

  • Volume (2): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2017


Contents

  • Volume (1): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2016


Principal Editor

Susan Forde
Griffith University
s.forde@griffith.edu.au

Managing Editor

Ben Green
Griffith University, Australia
b.green@griffith.edu.au

Book Reviews Editor

Heather Anderson
Griffith University, Australia
H.Anderson@griffith.edu.au

Claudia Magallanes-Blanco
Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla
claudia.magallanes@iberopuebla.mx

Arne Hintz
Cardiff University
hintza@cardiff.ac.uk

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