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Dubrovnik Media Days


Digital intermediaries (search engines, social media, digital stores, news aggregators, and messaging apps) became one of the most important platforms for accessing and finding news in the 21st century (Napoli 2014; Rasmus and Schroder, 2014; Helberger, 2016). The recent example of the 2016 elections in the US showed the importance of Facebook as a (primary) source of news and the creation of a privately-controlled public sphere (Helberger, 2016) where social networks act as ‘social editor’ (Helberger, 2016) which controls the algorithm (news feed) that allows users to access and engage with content. That kind of power of digital intermediaries questions media freedom, media pluralism, and current media policies (Helberger, 2016).


Recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Brussels and Istanbul are indicators that more and more terrorist attacks are happening in the West. According to the Institute for Economics and Peace (2016), there has been record global increase of 45 per cent in terrorism-related deaths in 2014. Although there is a greater risk of terrorist attacks in the Middle East than on West, Boko Haram and Isis were responsible for 51 per cent of all killings in 2014 (The Telegraph, 2016).

According to Brigitte L. Nacos (2002), mass media have central role in the terrorist scheme. Media are exploiting terrorism as infotainment for increasing ratings and circulation while on other side terrorist organizations need drama, tragedy and shock to spread their political message. Thanks to social media - shocking and frightening images are now reaching public directly and media have to use user-generated content in their reports.

The goal of the conference is to explore topics such as but not limited to:

Framing of terrorism in new media

Reporting about terrorism attacks

Use of user-generated content in reporting about terrorism attacks

Use of technology for disseminating ideas of terrorism and extremism?

Terrorist’s propaganda especially via social media & technology

Media representations of terrorism especially Islamic forms (ISIS)

Media representations of terrorist supporters especially young people

Media representations of government policies on terrorism

Government’s propaganda strategies for counter-terrorism

New trends and future of the field

Different theoretical and empirical scientific approaches are welcome.


Programme of 12th Dubrovnik Media Days