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Feature: JOMEC Journal no. 12

We’re happy to announce that JOMEC Journal no. 12 is now available at: https://jomec.cardiffuniversitypress.org/ . JOMEC Journal is an online, Open Access and peer-reviewed journal interested in highest-quality innovative academic work in the fields of journalism, media and cultural studies.  

In contrast to previous issues, we decided to make an exception and do an open issue that wouldn’t be dedicated to a specific theme. The submissions we received were fascinating, along with the surprising connections we found between them. 

The issue begins with an editorial, and the seven articles that follow can be divided into two groups.

The first group takes us on a fascinating cultural studies journey through China: its ancient sexual practices, queering singlehood to queer filmmaking. Douglas Wile’s Debaters of the bedchamber: China reexamines ancient sexual practices addresses the ancient art of the bedchamber and traditional sex practices in China, a subject of controversy for more than two thousand years. Queering singlehood in mainland China by Benny Lim and Samson Tang discusses singlehood in relation to traditional Chinese culture, suggesting that state-backed media encourages marriage and stigmatizes those who don’t conform to this direction in life. From “celluloid comrades” to “digital video activism”: queer filmmaking in postsocialist China by Hongwei Bao gives a rich historical overview of Chinese ‘new queer cinema’ in the postsocialist era. It identifies a turn from an ambiguous portrayal of queer people by heterosexual filmmakers to an active participation of LGBTQ members in the production of film portrayals of their own lives.

After these China-focused articles, the next four papers belong to the field of media and journalism studies. Antje Glück’s Do emotions fit the frame? A critical appraisal of visual framing research approaches focuses on television news and asks whether the concept of visual framing can be enriched by the integration of emotive elements. It argues that emotions can best be conceptualised as a frame element. The conclusion discusses the extent to which they are suitable for analysing emotions in the visual. Garrisi and Johanssen’s Competing narratives in framing disability in the UK media uses discourse analysis to compare and contrast the journalistic coverage of the story of a beauty blogger with facial disfigurement with that of her own work on her blog. It examines the extent to which a self-representational account may align with the journalistic coverage, showing that journalism and blogging can play a complementary role in shaping society’s understanding of the issue. Press coverage of the debate that followed the News of the World phone hacking scandal: the use of sources in journalistic metadiscourse by Binakuromo Ogbebor uses content and discourse analyses of news articles on the press reform debate that followed this scandal. The author has found that press coverage of media policy debates is characterised by a doubly narrow spectrum of sources. The final article, “Spying for the people”: surveillance, democracy and the impasse of cynical reason by Michael Kaplan, examines the Snowden affair as a sort of Rorschach test that traces the contours of what the author calls ‘the impasse of cynical reason’.

Visit our webpages to learn more about the journal and to find our call for papers: https://jomec.cardiffuniversitypress.org/ 

Paul Bowman and Petra Kovacevic

 

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Diemwnt goes walkabout!

Some of you may be familiar with Diemwnt, CardiffUP’s official mascot, who is a knitted dragon.

The name Diemwnt is the Welsh word for “diamond”, which was chosen because of our Diamond Open Access policy for journal publication. You can read more about this policy on our website at https://www.cardiffuniversitypress.org/site/research-integrity/ .

Our bi-monthly Editorial Board meetings are an essential fixture in Diemwnt’s diary, as it’s vital that our most important Board member is present to oversee the proceedings. But apart from that, until recently our mascot has tended to stay in the CardiffUP office in Newport Road, and hasn’t got out much. Times are changing, however, and the profile of the Press is starting to be raised within Cardiff University and elsewhere. This means that Diemwnt has finally started to explore and go on exciting adventures.

On 24th May, CardiffUP had a presence at the biennial Cardiff Business School Research Fair, held in the Postgraduate Teaching Centre on the University’s Cathays campus. This Fair was a special one, marking the Business School’s 30th anniversary. As you can see from the photo, Diemwnt grabbed the prime spot on the library stand – conveniently close to the tin of free chocolates.

After another trip to the Arts & Social Studies Library for the latest Board meeting, Diemwnt’s next engagement was the University Library Service’s Awayday for library support staff on 5th June. This event included a presentation by CardiffUP’s Executive Officer, Alice Percival, on the Press and its external engagement activities. Diemwnt made a number of new friends at the Awayday and helped Alice to introduce CardiffUP to a new audience.

So what does the future have in store for our intrepid mascot? Well, over the next six months (and on into 2019), CardiffUP is likely to develop rapidly, broadening its activities and becoming better known as a high quality institutional publisher. As a result, we expect that Diemwnt’s travels will continue.

Follow us on Twitter @CardiffUniPress, as well as on this blog, to find out what happens next!
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