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Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 2, 2017



2017 will be the inaugural year for the JS Division Book Award. This award honors a book published in the previous five calendar years (between January 1 and December 31). The selection committee judges each nominated book on several criteria: 1) the importance of the problem it addresses to the journalism studies division; 2) the relevance of the topic to the field of communication as a whole; 3) the quality of writing and argument; 4) the strength of evidence it presents.

The committee, consisting of Thomas Hanitzsch, Chris Peters, David Ryfe, and Barbie Zelizer (Chair), will consider all nominated books, available book reviews, reputation of the publisher, and any other submitted evidence regarding the book's quality from independent sources, along with nominating letters and its own assessment of the nominated books. Authors must be current members of ICA and the Journalism Studies Division. Most award-winning books address a scholarly audience, but books aimed at a general readership while satisfying the criteria for the prize are also eligible. Textbooks, handbooks and edited collections are not eligible, and books may be nominated only once. Self-nominations are not accepted.

To nominate, see also the General Nomination Guidelines of the ICA ( The following requirements also apply to this award: 1) Nominating letters must specify why the book should receive the award, assess the importance of the book to both the Journalism Studies Division and to ICA, and demonstrate the quality of its writing, argument and evidence; 2) The packet should include copies of all available evidence of the book's quality from independent sources, such as reviews.

Arrangements should be made with the publishers of nominated books for five copies to be shipped to ICA Headquarters (see address on web page, please ensure the packet is marked “ICA Journalism Studies Division Book Award Nomination”). The deadline for nomination is 15 March 2017.


The Journalism Studies Division of the International Communication Association (ICA) announces its 2017 Wolfgang Donsbach Outstanding Journal Article of the Year Award. The award competition is open to authors whose articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals in the year 2016. The winner will be announced during the division’s business meeting at the ICA conference in San Diego in May 2017.

To qualify for the award, articles must have been published in English language peer-reviewed journals and have made a substantial contribution to our under-standing of the ever-changing role of journalism in societies. Articles must be nominated by a third person. The Award Committee does not accept self-nominations. The Committee particularly encourages journal editors to nominate articles that they deem outstanding. At least one author must be an ICA member (but needs not be a member of the Journalism Studies Division). Nominated articles must have been published in English language in peer-reviewed journals. If the journal is not listed in ISI, evidence of the peer-review system must be supplied by the nominator.

The nominated article must have been published in a 2016 issue of the peer-reviewed journal. Final electronic versions of accepted articles that are produced by the publisher will be accepted only in cases where the last issue of the year has not yet been printed or delivered. Articles published ahead of print are not eligible. The nominator must supply a pdf version of the published article and an explanation, no more than 250 words, of why the article deserves the Award. The deadline for nomination is 1 February 2017. Submissions should be sent to the Award Committee Chair, Karin Wahl-Jorgensen,



This annual prize recognizes and rewards doctoral dissertation research that explains, enlightens, inspires, and improves the practice and study of journalism and communication. The winning dissertation should seek and reveal new insights, and reinforce the Journalism Studies Division’s stated aims for “scholarly effort that advances our understanding of how journalism works; and helps clarify, define and question core ideas in our field, such as news, media and journalism.” The award is named after Gene Burd, Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas, who endowed it to help reinforce the Journalism Studies Division’s purpose in supporting scholarly work that advances our understanding of journalism. The award is open to a diversity of methods and topics within journalism studies.

Amount of prize: $1,000, made possible through the generous support of Gene Burd and the Urban Communication Foundation.

The nominated work must have been completed and defended within the two years prior to the award year (e.g., 2015/2016 for the award in 2017). All application materials must be in English. Each nomination should include: 1) an 8-10 page summary of the dissertation with no author-identifying information, addressing a) the problem addressed by the work; (b) its theoretical framework; (c) the method used; (d) key findings; (e) and a statement explaining its contribution to journalism studies; 2) a copy of the full doctoral dissertation (author-identifying information should be included); and 3) two supporting letters from faculty mentors. One of these letters must be a nomination from the graduate student’s degree advisor that includes a statement articulating the impact of the nominated dissertation and its contribution to the field of journalism studies. All materials must be submitted as PDF files.

The nomination period closes 15 February 2017. Please send PDF nomination materials via email to the chair of the selection committee, Adrienne Russell (


The International Journal of Press/Politics Best Book Award honors internationally-oriented books that advance our theoretical and empirical understanding of the linkages between news media and politics in a globalized world in a significant way. It is given annually by the International Journal of Press/Politics and sponsored by SAGE Publications.

The award committee will judge each nominated book on several criteria, including the extent to which the book goes beyond analyzing a single case country to present a broader and internationally-oriented argument, the significance of the problems addressed, the strength of the evidence the book relies on, conceptual innovation, the clarity of writing, and the book’s ability to link journalism studies, political communication research, and other relevant intellectual fields.

Books published within the last ten years will be considered. Monographs as well as edited volumes of exceptional quality and coherence will be considered for the award. (Books by current members of the award committee are ineligible and committee members will recuse themselves from discussion of books by members of their own department, works published in series that they edit, etc.). The nomination must specify why the book should receive the award by outlining the importance of the book to the study of news media and politics and by identifying its international contribution and relevance. Please include links to or copies of relevant reviews in scholarly journals. Arrangements should be made with the publishers of nominated books for three hard copies to be sent by February 15 to the Rasmus Kleis Nielsen at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, 13 Norham Gardens, OX2 6PS, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Nominations including a rationale of no more than 350 words should be emailed by February 15 to Rasmus Kleis Nielsen at



Dear Members of the Mobile Communication Interest Group,

We are thrilled to publish the call for applications for our new Emerging Scholars Research Grant!

You find all the details below or in a pdf version through this link:
Please share this with emerging scholars who might be interested!




Emerging Scholars Research Grant

Applications are welcomed for the inaugural ICA Mobile Communication Interest Group Emerging Scholar Research Grant. The MCIG Research Grant Committee will review applications and select a winner of a $500 grant to support a specific research project. The winner will be announced at the MCIG business meeting at the ICA annual conference in San Diego in May 2017.

Eligibility Criteria

·         The project should be relevant to the field of Mobile Communication and to the MCIG of ICA.

·         Only one proposal per person will be considered. If you submit as part of a team, that is the only proposal you may submit.

·         The competition is limited to submitters whose ICA and MCIG memberships are current.

·         The committee seeks proposals from a diverse set of emerging scholars, which we define to include advanced graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and other early-career scholars and professors.

Submission Contents

A Project Summary should total no more than 3 pages, single-spaced. It should provide 1) author’s contact information; 2) an overview of the study, stressing the importance of the topic and the fit within MCIG. This section should include the research questions and hypotheses, and description of where the project is situated with mobile communication literature; 3) description of proposed methods; 4) summary of anticipated contribution of the project to the field; and 5) explanation of how the $500 grant will be used to accomplish the goals of the project (The committee recommends that applicants link the use of the grant funds toward data collection and related needs).

Also include a 2-page summary of current Curriculum Vita (emphasizing research accomplishments, academic rank/experience, and progress in your education or career as applicable) and a 1-page Recommendation Letter from a supervisor or colleague that supports the submitter’s project.

Submission Deadline

Submit the Project Summary, CV, and Recommendation Letter together as attachments in a single email by 29 April, 2017, 23:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC, GMT).

PDF files should be submitted electronically to the Research Grant Committee Chair, Jason Martin ( Please place "MCIG Emerging Scholar Research Grant" in the email subject field.

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