Call for papers : « Journalism and Democracy » – Brazilian Journalism Research


Brazilian journalism research invites you to send for its issue on Journalism and democracy. Accelerated transformations in the political environment have taken place in countries in Latin America, with the emergence of new conservative political forces in the public scene in Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela and Peru, which has made election disputes tenser. Furthermore, in Europe, democracy has been tested and pushed to its limits after the crisis of the Syrian refugees, the attacks in Paris and the Greek economic crisis.

Guest editors : Liziane Soares Guazina (UnB) e Danilo Rothberg (Unesp).

In Brazil, the protests of June 2013, the 2014 presidential elections, the feminist protests in the social media and on the streets in 2015, the conservative offensive at the National Congress and the current discursive scenario of social-political crisis are some of the factors that have contributed to the reconfiguration of the political dynamics, the relations between opposition and government and the Brazilian social agenda itself. Successive denouncements of corruption and the increase of public opinion polarization have also contributed to the intensification and rousing in the national public debate.

Amidst these multiple interfaces, the democratic system, regardless of each country’s singular characteristics, is going through a critical moment, by being put to check as a model that ensures the rights to all citizens. Facing this scenario, how does Journalism respond (or should respond) to the challenges imposed by new social agendas and actors, representativeness crisis, political mediatization, elites rearticulation each time more globalized and fragmentation of political forces related to the social movements ?

How deep has Journalism contributed to the maintenance and/or renewal of democracy in these different countries ? Have the principles of plurality of points of view and the diversity of voices been observed in the political coverages ? Do the social actors have room in the political news or are the traditional agenda negative themes and approaches about politics repeated ? Have new focuses – problematizing, contextualizing, less founded on preconceptions, ideological opinions or alignments more or less explicit – been searched in the coverage ? Or, are the supposed elite backstage maneuvers, the negotiations among party groups, the political folklore and denouncements of all kinds emphasized ?  Has democracy been valued in the journalistic discourse and praxis ?

In view of this context, Brazilian Journalism Research – BJR invites the researchers to participate in the Dossier « Journalism and Democracy », which will receive articles that contemplate the diversity of theoretical, epistemological, methodological and empirical approaches of the investigation about the relations between Journalism and Democracy.

With this Dossier, we hope to publish texts that focus on the multiple dimensions of the relations between Journalism and Democracy, especially the interactions between sources and journalists in democratic and authoritative environments, the limits of freedom of expression, journalism, social media and political mobilization, journalistic coverages about political scandals and denouncements, election coverages, political journalism and new social actors, plurality and diversity in journalism, new themes in the political journalism.

The articles must be submitted until March 5, 2016 in order to be selected for the issue 2.2016, to be published in August 2016. The length of the texts must be between 30 thousand and 40 thousand characters with spaces. As the Brazilian Journalism Research publishes two versions of each issue (Portuguese/Spanish and English), the authors of the articles accepted submitted in Portuguese or Spanish must provide their translation to English. Likewise, the articles submitted and accepted in English must be provided with the translation to Portuguese or Spanish. The articles must be exclusively sent through the electronic system SEER/OJS, available on the paper website : In case of any doubts or questions, send an email to

Guidelines for the authors can be found at :



Submission of articles : March 5, 2016

Results of the selected texts : May 25, 2016

Submission of the final versions in English and Portuguese or Spanish and in case of revision and additional information suggested by the editors : June 15, 2016

Publication : August 2016