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Student Column: ICA program: Here’s what to look out for as a Student and Early-Career Scholar

Posted By Ido Ramati (U of Jerusalem) and David Cheruiyot (Karlstad U), Monday, April 2, 2018

If you have looked at the ICA program and wonder what events to include to your personal schedule, here is a plan for you.

Every year, the ICA Students and Early-Career Advisory Committee (ICA-SECAC) organizes a Business Meeting (i.e. a members’ forum), Blue Sky Workshops, and a sponsored evening reception. This year is no different.

To begin with, as a first-timer at ICA Conference you are highly encouraged to attend the New Member/Student and Early Career Orientation session. Your first time at the annual conference, attended by over 2,000 delegates, can be overwhelming. The new members’ meeting introduces you to ICA and provides you with tips for having a meaningful conference. Here you will have opportunity to interact with the Executive Committee members, including its current and previous ICA presidents as well as a host of ICA fellows who are distinguished media and communication scholars. As a student and early-career member you get that rare opportunity to shape the agenda of the association and its future direction. This session is of course open to all.

An important event, not just for new members but for all students and early-career scholars, is ICA-SECAC’s Annual Business Meeting. This meeting gives you an opportunity to understand better the place of the association in ICA. Here you will meet representatives of students and early-career scholars from ICA’s 32 divisions and interests groups. You will also meet the six executive members of SECAC, who include the current chair Tamar Lazar (U of Haifa) and deputy chair Julie Escurignan (U of Roehampton), the two student members in ICA’s Executive Board. Lazar and Escurignan will co-chair the meeting.

At this meeting you can ask questions about SECAC and its functions as well as raise your voice on how ICA can improve your experience as a student or early-career scholar.

Apart from Business Meetings, two more events will be both engaging and exciting: the Blue Sky Workshop and the SEC reception.

This year’s Blue Sky Workshop is entitled, “Social Media for Academics”.  If you are curious about ways social media can build your academic career, this BSW is for you. The BSW will address opportunities and challenges for academics in using social media for self-promotion and career development. This year is special as we are jointly organizing the BSW with the Young Scholars Network of the European Communication Research and Education Association (YECREA) (ECREA is the biennial conference for media and communication researchers in Europe).

Our panelists will be Veronika Karnowski, postdoctoral researcher at Ludwig Maximilian U of Munich, Valerie Belair-Gagnon, assistant professor of journalism studies at the U of Minnesota and Karin Fikkers, a postdoctoral researcher at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research.

Raul Ferrer (YECREA), Karlstad U, will co-chair the BSW together with our ICA-SECAC executive committee member Camella Rising,George Mason University.

The Annual Reception for Student and Early Career Scholars promises to be more exciting than ever for two reasons: first, it takes place at the Hangar Bar, a typical Czech bar with a flight theme, inspired by the boom of the passenger aviation led by the Pan Am Airlines in the 1940-60’s. The bar reconstructs the luxurious atmosphere of that era. In addition, thanks to ICA conference organizers and our very kind sponsors, we will have free food, drinks, music, and more surprises for you!

The reception will give you the opportunity to meet new colleagues from all over the world in an informal and fun setting, and to relax a bit from the busy conference schedule.

The bar is located at a walking distance from the Hilton Old Town, in the Old Town, at Dušní 9/9, 110 00 Staré Město. Come fly with us!

More information about students and early-careers events is available on ICA-SECAC’s Facebook page. To tweet about any events, or your experiences at the conference, use #ICA_SECAC.

Lastly, SECAC extends a warm welcome to all students and early-career members to the ICA conference, and to all our events. We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Ido Ramati (Hebrew U of Jerusalem) and David Cheruiyot (Karlstad U) are executive committee members of ICA-SECAC.


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