Rich Ling has been selected to become the new editor of Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.
Ling is Shaw Foundation Professor of Media Technology at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological U in Singapore. He is also a longtime research scientist and consultant for Telenor Research. He received his BA and Ph.D. in sociology from the U of Colorado (in 1976 and 1984, respectively). A member of the International Communication Association since 2005, Ling has been an active member of ICA’s Communication and Technology Division, and was a founding member and organizer of the Mobile Communication Interest Group. He was elected an ICA fellow last year.
In addition to being the founding co-Editor in Chief of the journal Mobile Media and Communication, Ling has also served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Communication and Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, as well as three other prominent communication journals. As well, he authored or edited 12 books, and published over 100 articles, reviews, and book chapters, and has given 31 conference presentations in 11 countries.
His own research has examined the social consequences of mobile communication, text messaging, and mobile telephony; the use of mobile communication for microcoordination, use by teens and in generational situations as a form of social cohesion. Ling succeeds S. Shyam Sundar, who at the close of 2017 completes a four-year term as editor of JCMC. ICA thanks Shyam for his service.
Ling will begin accepting paper submissions for Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication in late 2017. His official editorship will begin 1 January 2018 and will continue until 31 December 2021.