What’s (the) News? Values, Viruses and Vectors of Newsworthiness.

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Third biennial conference of the Brussels Institute for Journalism Studies (BIJU) Department of Applied Linguistics / Faculty of Arts & Philosophy Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium Plenary speakers Monika Bednarek (University of Sydney, Australia) Tony Harcup (University of Sheffield, UK) We invite participants to engage in a critical discussion of newsworthiness. Possible questions which can be addressed are: are there topics which are newsworthy by nature, which elements arouse most interest in human psyche, which stories and/or sources do journalists and their audience find worth sharing, how do news values vary between media types and news beats, how can journalists or news workers construct issues or events as interesting, what is the relation between newsworthiness and publishing platforms.

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