PROGRAM – 24th Annual International Conference on Information Technology and Journalism



InMed Institute, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb,


IPSA RC10 and RC22 supported workshop:

„Bubble Society and the Death of the Public Sphere“


Interuniversity Centre Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 27 – 28 May 2019


May 2019, Monday

8:30 -9:30 Registration, Inter – University Center

9:30 – 9:45 Address speech by Organizing committee


Session 1: Alternative facts, deepfake and Big Data

9:45 – 11:00

Chair: Domagoj Bebić, University of Zagreb


  1. Attention-Based Politics of Alternative Facts: One-Minute of Fear

Péter Bence Stumpf, University of Szeged

Norbert Merkovity, University of Szeged


  1. Little room for echo chambers: Egocentric publics and political opinion formation amongst Facebook users

Bela Janky, Budapest University

Kmetty Zoltan, Eotvos Lorand University

Gabriela Szabó, Centre for Social Sciences


  1. Deepfake, the next phase of misinformation and the new virus for today’s journalism

Dren Gerguri, University of Prishtina


11:00 – 12:15

Session 2: Polarization and populism

Chair: Marijana Grbeša-Zenzerović, University of Zagreb


  1. Polarizing the public? Twitter usage of populist parties in Spain

            Óscar G. Luengo, University of Granada

            Belén Fernández-García, University of Granada


  1. Right-Wing Information Networks, Populist Parties, and the Spill-over of Deviant Issues in Hybrid Media Environments

            Curd B. Knüpfer, Freie Universität Berlin

  1. The Utilization of Social Media and Filter Bubbles to support the Populists Candidates in the 2016 US Election

            Ahmad Kilani, RUDN University, Russia


12:15 – 13:45 Lunch break


13:45 – 15:00

Session 3: World in Bubbles

Chair: Mato Brautović, University of Dubrovnik  


  1. State-Sponsored Bubbles? The Framing of Conflicts by Russia Today, HispanTV and Traditional Media in Spain.

           Javier García-Marín, University of Granada

           José Manuel Moreno Mercado, University of Granada


  1. Climate change and dialogue in Youtube: can we talk about a bubble?

            Óscar G. Luengo, University of Granada

            Ignacio J. Serrano-Contreras, University of Granada


  1. Locked in the filter bubble?  Perceptions of exposure to political content on facebook during election campaigns

            Azi Lev-On, Nili Steinfeld, Ariel University


15:00 – 15:30 coffee break


15:30 – 17:00 Keynote lecture by Lance W. Bennett, University of Washington, USA

“Beyond Filter Bubbles: The Rise of Anti-Democratic Public Spheres”


28 May 2019, Tuesday

9:15 – 10:30

Session 4: Hegemonic media, social media and party communication  

Chair: Professor Nenad Prelog, Croatian Ambassador to South Africa


  1. Comparative Analyses of US Media Hegemony The variables of hegemonic media in Hollywood

Nabhan Durgham, RUDN University, Russia


  1. Is YouTube going to be a “new Facebook”?

Jelena Surčulija Milojević, University of Belgrade


  1. Millennials and online political participation: EU elections in Croatia

           Marija Volarević, University of Ljubljana



Session 5: News media, political myths and elections

10:30 –11:45 Chair: Mato Brautović, University of Dubrovnik


  1. Political myths in contemporary mass media

Maria Ivanova, RUDN University, Russia


  1. The selective perception of news diversity: An explorative study from a cognitive perspective

Pascal Verhoest, University of Brussels

Arno Slaets, University of Brussels

Leen d’Haenens, University of Leuven


  1. The models of competition of national & soft power strategies: toward universalization or polarization?

Vladimir Ivanov, RUDN University, Russia


11:45 – 13:15 Lunch break


13:15 – 14:30

Session 6: Public sphere and online platforms

Chair: Óscar G. Luengo, University of Granada


  1. You Don’t Need to Shout. The Public Sphere is Deaf

Domagoj Bebić, University of Zagreb


  1. Bursting Bubbles in the Public Square: Culture, Politics, and Public Knowledge in a Digital Age

Jill L. Tao, Incheon National University

Antonio Tavares, University of Minho

Patricia Silva, University of Aveiro

Maria Lameiras, University of Vigo


  1. Fairytale about the online public sphere: Analysis of Facebook users’ comments on Barack Obama’s Facebook fan page

Milica Vučković, University of Zagreb


14: 30 – 15: 00 Coffee break


15:00 – 16:30

Keynote lecture by Marijana Grbeša – Zenzerović, University of Zagreb

“Send in the Clowns’: Who are ‘Celebrity Populists’ and How They Transform Contemporary Politics?”



Media: Authenticity and Identity


29 May 2019, Wednesday

9:00 – 9:45 – Registration

9:45 – 10:00 – Speech by the conference directors


Panel – 10:00 – 11:45


  1. Fake News: Emerging New Discipline in Communication Science

Nenad Prelog, Croatian Ambassador to South Africa


  1. Fakenews, selective exposure and traditional news media: following news

about the best whiskey

Mato Brautović, Romana John, Sandra Buratović, University of Dubrovnik


  1. New Information Platforms in Economic and Public Diplomacy: a Comparative

Analysis of the Digital Diplomacy of Kosovo, Croatia and Israel

Ana Radovic Kapor, Libertas International University, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Iva Adzic Kust, Libertas International University, Dubrovnik, Croatia


  1. The role of new technologies in the fight against fake news – the experiences and

challenges of Croatian media organizations

Tanja Grmuša, Poslovno veleučilište Zagreb

Lordan Prelog, Veleučilište “Baltazar” Zaprešić


  1. Identity and mentality in online communication

Inoslav Bešker, University of Dubrovnik


11:45 – 12:15 coffee break


12:15 – 13:30 Round table: From Fake News to New Credibility


Free afternoon


30 May 2019, Thursday


9:30 – 12:00 Annual meeting of the conference directors and organizing committee of

the Workshop (Summing up, Next conference topics, Cooperation with other

universities etc.)