Special Issue on Journalism and Co-operation

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

Co-operative News, the venerable UK – and now international – journalistic voice of the co-operative movement, turns 150 years old this year.  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? 

We welcome your thoughts and contributions.

Click for detailed background information and submission guidelines

Deadline for submissions: 5  July 2021



Special Issue on New Co-operativism

Guest Co-editors: Rory Ridley-Duff and Mary O’Shaughnessy

Special issue editorial advisory board: Linda Lundgaard Andersen, Marcelo Vieta, Silvia Sacchetti & Nicole Göler von Ravesburg

  • Call opens - 1st Mar 2021
  • Extended abstracts / ‘think pieces’ by - 31st May 2021
  • Initial decisions - 1st Aug 2021 
  • Deadline for full papers - 31st Dec 2021
  • Revisions by - 30th Jun 2021
  • Publication by - 31st Dec 2022

All inquires and contributions should be emailed to: 

[email protected] and [email protected]. 

Include ‘Submission to New Cooperativism Special Issue’ in the subject line.

Why ‘New Cooperativism’? Why now?

A new (and open) cooperativism has been proposed as a viable conceptualisation for the rapid (re)development of cooperative values and principles in grassroots movements rather than the institutions of ‘old’ (consumer-based) co-operatives.

There are various points in history theorised as significant to the development of new cooperativism, including: the social co-operatives of Italy that developed in the 1970s and led to new co-operative laws in 1991; the subsequent rise of social and community co-operatives in Italy; the ‘multi-stakeholder turn’ in cooperative thinking in the 1970s that fuelled development of social enterprise in the UK in the late 1980s/early 1990s; the enactment of legislation in Quebec in 1995 that led to a rise in the number of multi-stakeholder and solidarity co-operatives in North America; the rise of grassroots movements in South America, particularly after the 2001 crisis in Argentina that led to the creation of a movement of ‘recovered companies’.

Adding to regional experiences, researchers at EURICSE have identified the features of organisations that aim at producing public value, developing an economic justification of inclusive governance and multi-stakeholding that builds on the negative external costs of exclusion.

Click for more details, including ten themes of the call for papers

UK Society for Co-operative Studies is registered in England and Wales as a charitable incorporated organisation Number 1175295. Our registered office is Holyoake House, Hanover Street, Manchester, M60 0AS.
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