Call for papers: The UK Society of Co-operative Studies Journal

24 Feb 2021

The UK Society for Co-operative Studies has launched a call for a special issue of its journal, which will focus on Journalism and Co-operation.

Guest editors are Andrew Bibby, Alex Bird, Mitch Diamantopoulos, Rebecca Harvey, and Siôn Whellans.

The special issue aims to mark the 150th anniversary of Co-operative News, the venerable UK – and now international – journalistic voice of the co-operative movement. To mark the occasion, the Journal of Co-operative Studies will be producing a special issue, focusing on the relationship between journalism and co-operation. The Journal’s editorial board is now actively appealing for contributions for this issue. Shorter contributions are welcome, for example from co-operators and practitioners. The Journal also welcomes papers for peer-review from academics engaged in the field. 

The special issue of the Journal of Co-operative Studies comes at a time when the business model for traditional journalism is in crisis, and when social media and overtly partisan media channels are calling into question core concepts of journalistic practice. Is there a co-operative way forward for journalism, perhaps by involving readers as well as journalists in media ownership and governance? What can we learn from existing co-operatively structured media businesses around the world? Can co-ops pose an alternative to Big Tech controlled new media? 

All contributions should be emailed to: and include ‘Submission for Special Issue’ in the subject line. Contributions can be submitted immediately. Deadlines for submissions: 5 July 2021.

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