Special Issue 13.2 on digital health is out!

Our Special Issue 13.2 “The breakthrough of digital health: Communication as the catalyst of the transformation of care” is now out. This brand new issue gathers together outstanding contributions to the field of health communication and discusses the different roles it plays in the context of the transition towards digital health or (ill)health. Hence, it offers a rich combination of articles on health communication ranging in subject matter from social media and the internet to interpersonal communication practices in the realm of digital health.

I would like to thank Dr. Anna Sendra and Dr. Sinikka Torkkola from Tampere University and Dr. Eliza Govender from University of KwaZulu-Natal for their hard work on this issue, which is the first of its kind in this journal.

The issue will be launched on December 14th in the framework of a seminar on digital health during the pandemic. The event is bilingual and can be followed on site at Universitat Rovira i Virgili or online. More information can be found here:

Read the introduction to the special issue:

The breakthrough of digital health: Communication as the catalyst of the transformation of care

Authors: Sendra, Anna; Torkkola, Sinikka; Govender, Eliza


Older (65+) patients’ use of e-mail consultations: A Danish qualitative study using a Foucauldian framework
pp. 179-194(16)
Authors: Bavngaard, Martin V.; Grønning, Anette

Oralizations in e-mail consultations: A study of general practitioners’ use of non-verbal cues in written doctor‐patient communication
pp. 195-211(17)
Authors: Nordtug, Maja; Møller, Jane Ege; Matthiesen, Signe Schlichting; Brøgger, Matilde Nisbeth

Appreciating ‘schizophrenics’ online: Identification in mHealth
pp. 213-231(19)
Author: Sánchez Valle, Francisco

Ageing, health misinformation and mobile messaging apps
pp. 233-247(15)
Author: Choudhury, Naziat

Platformization of healthcare communication: Insights from the early stage of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy
pp. 249-266(18)
Authors: Locatelli, Elisabetta; Lovari, Alessandro

Influence of African Indigenous language media in COVID-19 digital health messaging
pp. 267-284(18)
Authors: Fadipe, Israel A.; Salawu, Abiodun

Health disparities and the digital divide within South African disadvantaged communities during the COVID-19 pandemic
pp. 285-302(18)
Authors: Lubinga, Elizabeth; Sitto, Karabo; Molebatsi, Keke


Digitization of healthcare post COVID-19: Reimagining the role of health education and promotion
pp. 303-310(8)
Author: Obuaku-Igwe, Chinwe

Culture-centred approach to digital health communication: Sustaining health, addressing inequalities, transforming structures
pp. 311-319(9)
Author: Dutta, Mohan J.

Congratulations to all for a great issue!

CfA SPECIAL ISSUE 2022 (now open!)

Call for Articles Issue 14.2 (Fall 2022)

Deadline for full proposals: 15 January 2022

Guest Editors

Adolfo Carratalá (University of València)
Guillermo López García (University of València)
María Iranzo-Cabrera (University of València)

Communication and dissent:
competing voices in a post-truth world


Traditional media were for a long time seen as institutions that had to avoid challenges to the system in order to guarantee the maintenance of the social structure, which was dependant on broad consensus around certain issues. Making news was key to the social construction of reality in a complex world (Tuchman, 1983). The impact of the media on public opinion, approached at first as a desirable influence for the functioning of society (Lippmann, 2011), was later identified as an instrument of control and propaganda (Herman & Chomsky, 2013). However, the media have also proven to be essential in questioning discourses of power. Alternative journalism has offered a discordant as well as rigorous proposal of framing reality (Couldry & Curran, 2003; Barranquero Carretero & Sánchez Mocanda, 2018). And, occasionally, media outlets have also been responsible for the generation of dissent in the public sphere, promoting social protests (Milne, 2005). The expression of dissent has been strengthened thanks to the digital media (Loader, 2018), which have given rise to connective actions (Bennett & Segerberg, 2012); this is, online mobilizations that coexist with collective action in offline world, as the anti-racial protests in the US or the new impetus of the feminist movement have recently shown.

But dissent expressed on the Internet often establishes problematic relationships with factual truths, as COVID-19 denialism has demonstrated in the first pandemic of the post-truth era (Parmet & Paul, 2020). Digital sphere has emerged as a perfect ally for the dissemination of hoaxes and misinformation (Magallón, 2020; Salaverría et al., 2020), conspiracies that tune in with messages delivered by celebrities and politicians such as Bolsonaro (Ricard & Medeiros, 2020) and Trump, who first talked about “alternative facts” to deny data provided by journalists, discredited as fake news. The context of populist leadership and growing polarization (Bennett & Pfetsch, 2018; Stroud, 2010), together with the expansion of far-right political forces (Wodak, 2019), has encouraged the articulation of discourses unconnected to facts that seek to redefine reality in the public sphere. The media, aware of the impossibility of returning to be builders of broad consensus, do seek to regain credibility in this scenario of multiple voices and discourses and to counteract hoaxes with the revitalization of fact-checking as a tool to reclaim their authority.

The main goal of this special issue is to collect different approaches to the study of how communication and dissent interact in the context of social media, populism and misinformation. We aim to confront different perspectives about one of the main challenges faced by social and media systems in the current world and so we invite scholars, researchers and practitioners to submit full articles and viewpoints on topics that may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Impact of populism and polarization on political communication
• Media coverage of crisis in the post-truth era
• New voices claiming authority in the digital sphere
• Interaction between online and offline activism
• Fact-checking as a tool to fight against misinformation
• Spread of hoaxes in social media
• Logics and reception of conspiracy theories
• Alternative media contesting power
• Audience studies regarding to reactions to fake news and media credibility
• New roles and strategies of traditional media in the current environment

The journal plans to include research articles of 6,000-7,000 words (including references), as well as brief research notes, experiences or progress reports of 2,000-3,000 words for the Viewpoint section. Full proposals should be submitted by 15 January 2022 in accordance with the Notes for Contributors through the following link: https://callisto.newgen.co/intellect/index.php/CJCS/about/submissions

All contributions will be subjected to double blind peer review, except for the Viewpoint articles, which will be evaluated by the Editors.

New issue published

Our latest miscellaneous issue 13.1 is now online and available to download!

Congratulations and thanks to all the contributors for an excellent job! It is a pleasure to work with some of the finest scholars in Europe and the world who have chosen the Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies as an outlet for their work.

Long live the CJCS!

Now that our latest special issue on documentary film is out safe, it is with some pain in my heart I have to announce this was also my last issue as the chief Editor of the Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies. Due to new responsibilities I have decided to take a step back from the daily editorial tasks and pass on my position of Editor. When I started this endeavor back in 2014, I was honoured and excited to take over an already successful journal: Dr. Enric Castelló and his team at URV had founded a journal from scratch, and quickly managed to put it on the academics metric charts. Six years and twelve issues later, the CJCS has a CiteScore impact factor of 0.8 SJR (projected for 2020) in Scopus, and is indexed by Clarivate’s Emerging Sources Index.

But, above all, the CJCS has grown mature. It has consolidated an editorial line that prioritizes novel research in the field of cultural studies and communication, including authorships from underrepresented groups or geographical areas. The journal has grown as to the amount and the quality of submissions, and receives numerous manuscripts from all over the world. The articles withheld for publication are very diverse and of excellent quality, which was one of our aims when we started out. I would like to thank all the scholars and authors that have chosen our journal as an outlet for their work, and hope they will continue doing so!

There are also some other people I want to thank.

It has been a true pleasure to lead a team that not only supported me in the daily management of the journal, but also put passion and devotion into their work: Dr. Carlota Moragas, Dr. Antonio Caballero and Dr. Natàlia Lozano as Managing Editors, and Dr. Iolanda Tortajada as our Book Reviewer. Thanks to them, and to our excellent Production Managers Tim Mitchell and Mareike Wehner at Intellect Books, I can say this was a wonderful and exciting journey!

Now I am passing on the task to Dr. Carlota Moragas, whose qualities, experience and skills make her the best possible successor as an Editor. Wishing you all the best in taking on this challenge!

Visca CJCS!

Issue on i-Docs published

Our Special Issue 12.2 ‘Documentary Film Mutations: New Opportunities for Social Change’ is now online. This brand new issue is an exquisit selection of the latest trends in the field of i-docs and its different degrees of interaction and immersion, breaking the boundaries of the conventional screen. Topics as diverse as immigrant communities in the US, 360º immersive experiences for youth, health and empowerment for women, makes this a highly committed issue that goes way beyond the technical aspects of interactive documentary film.

I would like to thank Dr. Fernando Canet from the Universitat Politècnica de València, and his co-editors Stefano Odorico and Xosé Soengas for their hard work on this issue, which is the first of its kind in this journal.

Read the introduction to the special issue:

Documentary film mutations for social justice: Introductory reflections
Authors: Canet, Fernando; Odorico, Stefano; Soengas, Xosé


Content loaded within last 14 days Digital transformation of doing documentary: Committed documentary and the knitting of networks of co-creation
Author: Wiehl, Anna

Content loaded within last 14 days Documentary subversions and migrant agency: Towards an alternative audio-visual portrait of immigrant communities in the United States
Authors: Limón Serrano, Nieves; Moya Jorge, Tamara

Content loaded within last 14 days Youth empowerment through the creation of i-docs: Educational and social impacts
Authors: Jiménez-Morales, Manel; Lopera-Mármol, Marta; Salvadó Romero, Alan

Content loaded within last 14 days Immersive experiences in 360° video for social youth engagement
Authors: Ivars-Nicolás, Begoña; Martínez-Cano, Francisco-Julián; Cuadra-Martínez, Joan

Content loaded within last 14 days Use of virtual reality and 360° video as narrative resources in the documentary genre: Towards a new immersive social documentary?
Authors: Rodríguez-Fidalgo, María Isabel; Paíno-Ambrosio, Adriana

Content loaded within last 14 days Strengthening women empowerment through i-docs: Alternative forms of participation and civic engagement in the feminist movement
Authors: Pérez-Escolar, Marta; Cortés-Selva, Laura

Content loaded within last 14 days Interactive documentaries and health: Combating HIV-related stigma and cultural trauma
Author: Villanueva Baselga, Sergio

Content loaded within last 14 days Documentary games for social change: Recasting violence in the latest generation of i-docs
Author: Dowling, David O.

Content loaded within last 14 days Do as I say, not as I do: Documentary, data storytelling and digital privacy
Author: Scott-Stevenson, Julia

Content loaded within last 14 days Data and documentaries: Methodological hybridizations in activism
Author: Gutiérrez, Miren

Congratulations to all for a great issue!

New issue published

Our latest miscellaneous issue 12.1 is now online and available to download!

Congratulations and thanks to all the contributors for an excellent job! It is a pleasure to work with some of the finest scholars in Europe and the world who have chosen the Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies as an outlet for their work.


Presentation of Special Issue at Palau Robert

If you missed the event, watch the livestream.

On Monday 16 December we officially launched our latest Special Issue, edited by Alain-G. Gagnon (Université du Québec à Montréal) , Carlota Moragas and Marta Montagut (Universitat Rovira i Virgili). This issue includes a dozen articles on various communicative aspects about the Catalan political situation in recent years.

Academics from different universities in Catalonia and the rest of the State, as well as from universities in Canada or the United Kingdom, have made their contributions: Joan Balcells, Paul Anderson, Carles Pont-Sorribes, Gemma San Cornelio, Daniel Innerarity or Andrew Dowling, among others.


16 December 2019

18.00h            Welcome | by Cilia Willem (Editor of CJCS)
18.15h            Presentation of the Special Issue |Guest Editors

18.45 h            Round table session with professional journalists and authors:

Arantxa Capdevila, co-editor of ‘Usos Políticos de la Metáfora’ (Icaria Editorial)
Albert Mercadé, author of I ara què? (Pagès Editors)
Marc Martínez Amat, author of ‘Tota la veritat’ (Ara Llibres)
Guillem Martínez, author of ‘Caja de brujas’ (Ediciones Lengua de Trapo)


Moderators: Marta Montagut and Carlota Moragas-Fernández


19.30 h            Discussion and debate with the audience

20.00 h            End


Palau Robert
Sala d’Actes
Passeig de Gràcia 107

Attendance is free, but we appreciate confirmation: catalan.journal@urv.cat

The Catalan conflict and the media

Our latest special issue is out! Edited by Alain-G. Gagnon (Université du Québec à Montréal) , Carlota Moragas and Marta Montagut (Universitat Rovira i Virgili), this issue is about the discourses, actors and citizens in the communicative construction of the Catalan conflict.

It taps into the rich (and at the moment hot) debate on the role that media have played in the construction of the Catalan crisis, and how it can potentially contribute to its solution.


Editorial (free download)
Discourses, actors and citizens in the communicative construction of conflicts: The Catalan case

Gagnon, Alain-G.; Montagut, Marta; Moragas-Fernández, Carlota M.

Research Articles
We need to talk: Willingness to speak out about Catalonia’s secession

Balcells, Joan; Padró-Solanet, Albert


The coverage of the international press in framing the Catalan sovereignty process: Analysis of ten leading EU and US newspapers 2010–17
Pont-Sorribes, Carles; Perales-García, Cristina; Mauri-Rios, Marcel; Tulloch, Christopher D.


Framing Catalonia: Evidence from Québec media
Dubois, Philippe; Villeneuve-Siconnelly, Katryne

– Image-sharing and iconicity on social media during the Catalan conflict (2017)
San Cornelio, Gemma; Gómez Cruz, Edgar

An algorithm for Catalonia
Innerarity, Daniel


Special Issue Call Open

Documentary film mutations: new opportunities for social justice – Special issue CJCS 12.2 (Fall 2020)

Call for Articles now OPEN

Deadline for abstract submission: 1 October 2019
Deadline for full proposals (selected abstracts): 15 January 2020

Guest Editors:
Fernando Canet, Polytechnic University of Valencia
Stefano Odorico, Leeds Trinity University
Xoxé Soengas, University of Santiago de Compostela

See Full Call

Latest issue out. A lot of exciting new research on media and communication!

Our latest issue 11.1 is out now and available here. It is a very heterogeneous issue, with one common denominator: original research, quality, international relevance.

These are the articles you will find in this issue:

From Action Art to Artivism on Instagram: Relocation and instantaneity for a new geography of protest

This article addresses how the concept of ‘Action Art’, which came mainly from the anti-cultural movements of May 1968 in Europe, has been transformed into the term Artivism. The main hypothesis is that it is a succession of committed and protest art, transformed by two fundamental elements: the emergence of social networks and the exposure of a very young audience to artistic creation through this network. This type of creative action has acquired an urban character that is strongly linked to civil protest movements. In the second part, this article discusses how both terms circulate as Instagram hashtags in this delocalized world of networks. The terms are used to show that, beyond transcending national territories, new, significant geographies are continually being reconstructed.


How tourism deals with terrorism from a public relations perspective: A content analysis of communication by destination management organizations in the aftermath of the 2017 terrorist attacks in Catalonia

The aim of this article is to verify how the Destination Management Organizations of Barcelona and Cambrils managed their crisis communication following the attacks of August 2017 via their Twitter platforms. To do so, an analysis template was created from the field of public relations and a content analysis was performed on the tweets published on the official accounts of these organizations during one month after the terrorist attacks. The results show that, despite the great communication potential of Twitter during crises following terrorist attacks, only Barcelona Turisme published a high volume of tweets in the first days after the attack. However, the content of the tweets by Barcelona Turisme and Cambrils Turisme focuses mainly on how the attack was dealt with, the actions they took to protect the stakeholders, and the promotion of their tourist attractions. The tweets reported to a lesser extent on what had happened during the attacks and the security measures adopted after the attacks. The study has shown the need for public relations and crisis communication by Destination Management Organizations when terrorist attacks take place. This article involves the creation of a highly useful methodology to analyse crisis communication management after terrorist attacks at tourist destinations.

Mapping media accountability in a stateless nation: The case of the Basque Country

This article analyses the media accountability instruments available in the area where the Basque language is spoken. After mapping out media accountability in the Basque Country focusing on instruments both internal and external to the media, it is discussed how the situation differs from other cases in Europe, such as Sweden or Catalonia. Despite the absence of strong institutional media accountability organizations, several media accountability instruments (MAI) have been launched in recent years. It is too early yet to affirm whether this is a passing trend or an indicator of deeper changes leading to a consensus on ethical standards with respect to the media.

Measuring the small in the digital landscape

In Catalonia, the smaller media publishing in the Catalan language – usually calling themselves proximity media instead of local media – is a significant and particularly dynamic sector of the media industry’s environment. In a constant struggle to be visible against the backdrop of the state-focused Spanish media measurement systems, different approaches have been tested to portray a more accurate picture of the importance of these media, to increase their advertising revenue and also to assess the impact of Catalonian media and culture. This article analyses the effect produced in the audiences of the local media integrated in the Associació de Mitjans d’Informació i Comunicació (Association of Information and Communication Media) by the changes observed in the Communication and Culture Barometer published by the Communication and Culture Audiences Foundation (FUNDACC). The objective of this article is to delineate the challenges that these media have to face to be market-significant from an audience measurement standpoint and how the media measurement institutions are a key player in this process.


The question of linguistic minorities and the debates on cultural sovereignty

When observing certain global debates in recent decades on the defence of national cultural and linguistic spaces, one finds what seems to be a paradox: states that were historically constructed by homogenizing cultures and stifling languages in their territory (even states that were until recently accused of promoting cultural imperialism), now seem to be resorting to defensive arguments traditionally used by threatened minorities. This reaction is based on the perception that flows linked to globalization, migratory movements and the development of telecommunications are threatening the linguistic and cultural space of the nation, and therefore the nation itself, and could thus suggest a confluence of arguments between states and minorities. As in any paradox, we are not only faced with statements that apparently depart from common sense, but instead with a complex reality, whose understanding poses a challenge. In this article, we will try to analyse, from the point of view of the linguistic minorities, the limits of the arguments wielded by the states in defence of their national space, as well as the possibilities those minorities have of resorting to the discourses constructed at a global level in defence of diversity.



The dark sides of sharenting

Present day parents have become accustomed to regularly posting information and disclosing details about their children on social media, i.e. engaging in sharenting. Although many parents value the practice as it not only enables to involve distant family members and friends in the growing up of the children, but has also become a practice for collecting precious memories receiving social support and sharing one’s parenting dilemmas; sharenting has still gained quite a negative public image. The current article aims to highlight some of the most dominant concerns that scholars have voiced when talking about the dark sides of sharenting – the emergence of a datafied child, loss of privacy and a potential distress the practices of sharenting might cause to the parent-child relationship.

Mobile creation in communication studies and the challenge of its adoption in higher education

In the audio-visual industry it is increasingly common to find professional productions created with mobile devices, mobile journalism continues to grow, the smartphone market places increasing emphasis on camera quality and mobile cinema (created with smartphones) is more relevant every day. Yet despite this change at the industry level, the study ‘Apps4CAV’ reveals that future audio-visual creators receive no training in the use of mobile devices as part of their university courses. Communication and media students are aware of very few mobile applications for the production and distribution of audio-visual content and almost none for scriptwriting, pre-production and post-production. Moreover, they make scarce use of the wellknown apps and perceive mobile devices to be valid tools for audio-visual creation only in the personal sphere, but not for academic or professional work. Should our universities provide training to those future audio-visual professionals in the development of mobile creation skills?


‘Neither male or female, just Falete’: Resistance and queerness on Spanish TV screens

Spanish copla singer Falete is best known for his frequent presence on TV shows, which receive record ratings, and also for the jokes made regarding his appearance. Confronted with normative questions regarding gender and sexuality, Falete’s successful TV career challenges not only binary conceptions of gender but also how we think about TV spectatorship. We argue that liminal spaces, such as the one that Falete inhabits on TV, are useful for unveiling how audiences develop plural and complex forms of identifying with TV stars. Watching Falete on TV, therefore, challenges theories of gender that reify processes of identity formation and identification. In this article, we highlight Falete’s engagement with queer strategies of resistance, such as humour, reappropriation and hypervisibility to resist society’s impulse to name and fix normative identities, but also to gain the audience’s attention and sympathy.


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