***minor program changes are possible


IPSA RC10 and RC22 supported workshop: 

“Information disorder in times of crises”

Interuniversity Centre Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Sept 19th– Sept 21st 2022


27thAnnual International Conference on Information Technology and Journalism: “Free Internet but the content comes at a price” 

Interuniversity Centre Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Sept 21st 2022







Monday, September 19


9:00 – 9:30


Welcome coffee


9:30 – 10:30

Welcome speech by the Rector of the University of Zagreb, Damir Boras


Address speech by Organizing committee

 (Domagoj Bebić, IPSA RC10 chair, University of Zagreb)Smart city initiative

(Nenad Prelog, University of Zagreb)



10:30 – 11:40

Chair: Domagoj Bebić, University of Zagreb


  1. Alternative Facts, Bullshit or Outright Lies? Comparing the use of misinformation as strategic communication among British and Spanish politicians


Darren Lilleker, Bournemouth University

Marta Pérez Escolar, Universidad Loyola Andalucía – online


  1. Foreign norm entrepreneurs’ mis- and disinformation narratives on LGBT+ rights in Europe


Jakob Svensson, Malmö University

Cecilia Strand, Uppsala University


  1. Platforms’ affordances and the spread of disinformation


Karolina Koc Michalska, Audencia Business School, France


  1. The Disinformants have landed: Discussing and Debating Disinformation Discourses in African regions of conflict

Kristin Skare Orgeret, Mirjam de Bruijn, Bruce Mutsvairo, Daniel Tilo Schroeder, Modibo Galy Cisse, Mulatu Alemayehu, Johannes Langguth, Luca Bruls





11:40- 12:00







Chair: Milica Vučković, University of Zagreb

  1. How Only Some Citizens Are Socialised into Filter bubbles, Echo Chambers, and Epistemic Bubbles, and the Implications for Democracy


Scott Downham, University of London


  1. Beyond Fake News: The Political Economy of the Communication Revolution and the Crisis of Democracy”


Fernando Lattman-Weltman, Rio de Janeiro State University 


  1. Psychology of Conspiracy Theories: The role of Cognitive Biases


      Lorenzo Gagliardi, University of Insubria





13:00 – 14:00




14:00 – 15:30

Chair: Marijana Grbeša Zenzerović, University of Zagreb


  1. Re-envisioning Gates: Examining the Strategic Communication Implications of Leadership Changes in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Beth Michalec, Penn State University



  1. Candidates become journalists: The evolution of Hungarian parliamentary elections’ online campaigns between 1998 and 2022


Norbert Merkovity, University of Szeged, National University of Public Service


  1. Media habits and the use of smartphones: the individualization of media diet

Domagoj Bebić, University of Zagreb

Antea Boko, University of Zagreb


  1. Assessing the impact of the pandemic crisis in presidential campaign modes: The case of Portugal, 2021


Susana Rogeiro Nina, Lusofona University

José Santana Pereira, ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute


Hugo Ferrinho Lopes, University of Lisbon


Tuesday, September 20



10:00 – 11:30

Chair: Anamarija Musa, University of Zagreb


  1. The right measure of media reporting on sensitive issues related to national security

(Measuring media reporting)

Extract from the research – Average quality of data and the verifiability

Damir Boras, University of Zagreb

Dora Gelo Čolić, University of Zagreb


  1. The Virtual Fake News Museum Celebrates 3rd Birthday: Lessons Learned and Plans for Future


Lordan Prelog, University of Zagreb


  1. Profitability of Fake News

             Inoslav Bešker, Mediterranitas, Rome; University of Split


  1. Narrative Wars: Comparison of Eastern and Western Online Propaganda Efforts

Ivan Fischer,  Jutarnji list, Zagreb


  1. Revolution Betrayed 2.0

            Inoslav Bešker, Mediterranitas, Rome; University of Split








Pro-fact: Research, education, fact-checking and debunking of disinformation narratives related to COVID-19 in Croatia

(Faculty of political science, University of Zagreb; Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb; University of Dubrovnik, GONG)

Mato Brautović:

Mapping the Ecosystem of Disinformation in Southeastern Europe: The Case Study of the Covid-19 Pandemic

Marijana Grbeša Zenzerović: 

Content analysis of COVID-19 related disinformation on Facebook: Topics, sources and discourses

Nebojša Blanuša:

Who believes in conspiracy theories about Covid-19 in Croatia

Andrea Vranić:

Behavioral correlates of COVID-19 conspiracy theories

Ana Barić i Sara Borzić:

Preliminary case-study results of using structural topic models for discovering COVID-19 narratives

Dražen Hoffmann:

Media Literacy and Political Agency: Why we need audiences to become publics




Wednesday, September 21



10:00 – 11:00


The Most Dangerous Fake News?  A Devaluation of Half the World

Nichola D. Gutgold

(Penn State University) 

Nichola D. Gutgold is a professor, author, and internationally recognized scholar on the rhetoric of women in non-traditional fields.




11:00 – 11:30





11:30 -13:00



Panel discussion: Free Internet but the content comes at a price”.

Recently, New York Times exceeded the number of 10 million subscribers to the digital edition, and revenues from this form of publishing have become more important than revenues from subscriptions and sales of individual copies of the “old” Times. Other digital editions in the world have far fewer subscribers, only ten or so have over a million subscribers, and their revenues are far lower. The number of unique visitors, views, viewed pages, time spent reading/viewing pages, etc. is difficult to determine, and what “spoils the picture” are different channels or services that select news from original sources (which is still the subject of court proceedings, fines determined by some countries, settlements with publishers in some areas, etc.).

The aim of the proposed panel discussion is to collect and analyze data on the status of billing (subscriptions, etc.) of all or part of the content published in digital versions of (primarily) daily and weekly editions in Croatia. This is an increasingly common practice in recent years, and the impact of these trends on circulation “classic” editions, and to a possible decrease in income from advertising (as one of the “collateral victims” of those processes) is not well known. Perhaps it is a question of “dubious business”, the loss of a part of those who read digital editions; because they cannot access the most attractive texts, and this has not only financial consequences, but also reduces information, too few arguments for the development of public opinion, and so on.

Debating the issue of charging for content/part of content in our leading daily and weekly newspapers/magazines is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21, 2022. Representatives of all daily and weekly newspapers in Croatia were invited.