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Spotlight on #ICA17 Preconferences

Posted By Jennifer Le, ICA Manager of Conference Services, Monday, April 3, 2017
Each month, we’ll highlight different pre and postconferences that are open to all at conference this year. Click here to learn more about all the pre and postconferences offered at ICA San Diego 2017. If you wish to attend only a preconference, please send a PDF registration to Kristine Rosa ( Early registration closes Friday, 28 April 2017.

Online and Newsworthy: Have Digital Sources Changed Journalism? 
Division Affiliation:
Journalism Studies, Political Communication  

Time: Thursday, 25 May; 8:30 – 13:00 (half-day) 

Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront  

Cost: US$35 (lunch is not included)    

Registration is open to all. 

Organizer(s): Sophie Lecheler, Sanne Kruikemeier, Sarah Van Leuven  

Description: This preconference will serve scholars who are interested in how digitalization has changed journalistic news sourcing techniques. The use of reliable sources is one of the most important aspects of journalistic news production. However, when making news, journalists now increasingly use social media, websites, wikis, and online encyclopedias as sources. In today’s 24/7 news cycles, online sources offer a quick, convenient, cheap, and effective way for journalists to gather information on developing stories, and they increasingly also trigger news stories. But, what are the consequences of online sourcing for the quality of news and the journalistic profession? Can all online sources be reliably verified? Do online sources change the power relationship between political actors and journalists?
Contact:  Sophie Lecheler, 


Digital Media and Communication Research: A Venture in Forecasting and Intervention 

Division Affiliation:
Communication and Technology 
Time: Thurs, 25 May; 8:00 – 17:15 
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront 
Cost: US$100 regular, US$75 student (lunch is included) 
Registration is open to everyone. 
Organizer(s): Leah A. Lievrouw, Brian Loader 
Sponsor(s): Routledge / Taylor & Francis 
Description: Participants will engage in a series of structured activities before and during the preconference, in which they will identify and forecast frutful ways ahead for digital communication/new media studies. Registered attendees and Handbook authors, who will serve as session facilitators, will collaborate on a wide-ranging agenda for the next decade of theory, research and practice in communication, media studies and related fields, under conditions of pervasively networked digital mediation.  
Contact:  Leah Lievrouw, 

Communicating Environmental Issues Among Racial/Ethnic Minorities 

Division Affiliation:
Environmental Communication, Ethnicity and Race in Communication

Time:  Thurs, 25 May; 9:00 – 16:00

Location:  Hilton San Diego Bayfront   

Cost: US$20; US$10 for students (lunch is included)

Registration is open to everyone. 

Organizer(s):  Bruno Takahashi, Anamik Saha, Sonny Rosenthal 

Sponsor(s):  the UC San Diego Center for Global Justice, College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University, and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) 
Description: The aim of this preconference is twofold. First, it seeks to highlight current and future scholarship in the intersection of race and ethnic studies and environmental communication. We hope to expand the scholarly discussion in environmental communication to become more inclusive of the unique theoretical and conceptual lenses that scholars working in studies on environmental justice and racism use. Second, it seeks to foster collaborations between scholars across the Environmental Communication Division and the Ethnicity and Race in Communication Division. We seek submissions that address the spectrum of environmental communication and race/ethnicity from diverse international perspectives, methods and subfields within communication and related fields/disciplines. 

Contact:  Bruno Takahashi, 


Global Health, Social and Behavioral Change Communication Intervention Research 

Division Affiliation:
Health Communication, Global Communication and Social Change  

Time: Thurs, 25 May; 9:00 – 17:00   

Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront    

Cost: US$75 (lunch is included) 

Registration is open to all. 

Organizer(s): Evelyn Ho, Terry Flew, Rania Elessawi, Iccha Basnyat, Holley Wilkin, Shiv Ganesh 

Description: The main objective of this preconference is to leverage the professional and research connections of the organizers to bring together scholars as well as development practitioners working on global and applied health communication to meet and explore forging possible partnerships. One of the expected outcomes of this interaction will be for researchers and practitioners to form interdisciplinary teams to work on grant-writing, data analysis, formulating research priorities or other on-the-ground applied/intervention projects, particularly in the area of social and behavioral change communication. In doing this, the preconference will meet the mandate of the conference to highlight applied and translatable research.  

Throughout ICA there are new scholars looking to join or form research teams, established scholars who are seeking sites to test their research out into the field, and practitioners/NGOs/agencies who come to ICA looking to meet methodological or theoretical experts. In addition, there are researchers and practitioners with access to research funds but no other community partners to work with for their applied work and agencies with funding but not enough expertise to carry out the kinds of research that ICA members could easily do. In the international development practice, practitioners/NGOs/agencies are aiming to better articulate and develop partnerships and networking with and among academia.  

From this perspective, this preconference will provide an opportunity to develop partnerships that could: 

support capacity development interventions across /among academic institutions to develop research capacities for applied communication research in different contexts 

develop research partnerships that are funded or require funding 

develop research agenda that has potential for tripartite

partnership aligned with social development outcomes (from priority donors/sponsors/foundations) 

help scholars outside of the more dominant ICA countries to meet people and actually form working relationships, in other country contexts with challenging social development agendas.  

Contact:  Iccha Basnyat (; Evelyn Ho (; Chair, Health Communication Division) 

Building a Global Capability Framework for Public Relations 
Division Affiliation
: Public Relations 

Time:  Thurs, 25 May; 13:00 - 16:00 (half-day) 

Location:  Hilton San Diego Bayfront    

Cost: US$25 (lunch is not included) 

Registration is open to all. 

Organizer(s):  Johanna Fawkes 

Sponsor(s):  U of Huddersfield  

Description: Concepts of competence, competency, and capability are deployed in a range of fields, including human resources, management, professionalism and human development. This preconference will consider research findings from a global project and create space for exchange of ideas and experience in public relations and other communication disciplines. 

The event is hosted by University of Huddersfield researchers who are at the midpoint of a multinational research project supported by the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management and partner universities in six continents. 

The event consists of interim findings from the project’s partners, including Professors Jesper Falkheimer, from Sweden, Gregor Halff from Singapore and Ronel Rensburg from South Africa, in a panel chaired by Professor Anne Gregory. There will also be presentations from a range of scholars engaged in this topic, selected from the best abstracts. 

The project seeks to move discussion away from the skills and tasks of competence approaches to embrace wider concepts of agency and choice in capability building.  

This preconference is relevant to academics, practitioners and professional body members from other communication sectors, as many of the core capabilities concern the nature of professionalism in general. 

Contact: Johanna Fawkes, 

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