MediaTrust.Lab International Conference

18th and 19th of November 2024 , Universidade da Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal

The MediaTrust.Lab International Conference is one of the latest events in a project that has been focusing on local disinformation and media literacy in Portugal since August 2021. “Building Trust: Platforms, Local Media and Audiences” is the motto for this conference, which will take place on the 18th and 19th of November 2024, at the Faculty of Arts and Letters of the University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal. It will only be in person.

We want this conference to be a center for strategic debate on three axes: platforms, media, and audiences. Always designed around the local dimension. In this sense, we do not want a mass event, but a smaller and more fruitful one for the debate. Therefore, we invite colleagues to send abstracts that address the following themes, as well as others that are aligned with the sub-themes:

Platforms: aggregation and distribution of local news; monetization of local content; financing of local resources; fact-checking partnerships with local media; emerging trends in platform-based approaches to support and strengthen local journalism; etc.

Local media: new journalistic projects; literacies and strategies to combat disinformation; initiatives to combat “news deserts”; digital tools and fact checking with audiences; sustainability and resilience in local media; etc.

Audiences: collaboration with local media and journalists in the production of news and/or fact-checking; collaboration in the dissemination of fact-checking; management, production and promotion of non-journalistic and/or community communication projects; initiatives to combat “news deserts”; engaging diverse audiences in news and information; etc.

Summaries must be structured to include the topic and its relevance, hypothesis or argument, conceptual and methodological framework and expected results. They must be written in English, contain 400-500 words (excluding references) and 3-5 keywords.

The proposals will then be evaluated by the conference’s Scientific Committee, and the result must be communicated to all authors by October 1, 2024. In cases of acceptance, guidelines will be sent for publishing the articles in an open access book edited by LabCom Books.


End of call for papers: September 15, 2024

Author notification regarding review: October 1, 2024

Presentation of communications: November 18-19, 2024


Register here.