Journalism 2020

The (ir)relevance of journalism and the future of journalism studies


This website informs about the conference jointly organized by Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism and Journalism Studies in celebration of their 20th anniversaries.

COVID-19 Update

Conference postponed

It is with a very heavy heart that we today announce the postponement of the international conference “Journalism 2020: The (ir)relevance of journalism and the future of journalism studies”. Obviously, we all find ourselves in an unprecedent and, particularly, uncertain situation across the globe. The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted all our lives, and sadly our conference is no different.

We have explored our options carefully, but recognize that it is impossible to hold the conference in September. While the situation in Austria has been improving steadily, leading to many restrictions now being eased for the time being, there are still too many factors that work against us. Because we still very much want to celebrate, and because there was so much enthusiasm across the field for the conference, we have decided to postpone and hold the conference at an as-yet undetermined date in 2022.  

A massive thank you to everyone who completed their reviews, despite the strange and stressful situation we’re in. Reviews will be sent to authors over the coming fortnight. Please note that we did not make any decisions about acceptance or rejection. Given we do not yet know when the postponed conference will take place, we will need to go through a new submission and review process then, as some or many of you may have already completed what you were working on and might want to submit a new project.

We will be in touch with each of you once a new date has been found. For now, we hope that you and your families stay safe and healthy. We hope to see you again in person when it is safe to do so.

Best wishes,

Folker Hanusch
Barbie Zelizer
Howard Tumber