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Posted By Administration, Monday, April 2, 2018


Our next CAMmer in the Spotlight is now published.  This month we are putting the spotlight on Mariska Kleemans. You can read the column on our website:

Special thanks to our incoming secretary – Ine Beyens - for assisting with this Spotlight while our current secretary is on maternity leave.



New Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research

The new Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research is the first scholarly journal dedicated to human and mediated communication issues associated with crises, risks, and emergencies around the world. The Journal is supported by an international editorial board comprised of top risk and crisis communication scholars. The journal publishes articles in a print version and open access online, which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or institution.

The Journal invites manuscripts of a philosophical, theoretical, methodological, critical, applied, pedagogical or empirical nature. Work may focus on organizationally based events and risks, such as:

·         product recalls

·         management misconduct

·         toxic spills and accidents

·         politically motivated acts of violence

·         work place violence or similar threats

Work may also focus on community or regionally based events and risks, such as:

·         hurricanes

·         floods

·         wild fires

·         infectious disease outbreaks or similar threats

The Journal is published biannually.

Submission Details:

All submission details and the journal's first issue can be found at:




Dear members, welcome to the March edition of the JS Division newsletter. The countdown to ICA Prague has really started – only 67 days left to go! If you have not registered for the conference yet, please keep in mind that the early bird rate ends on April 30.

       This will be my last ICA conference as Chair/Vice-Chair of the Division (as most of you know, Vice-Chairs/Chairs serve a four-year term, two as Vice-Chair and then two as Chair. At the JS Division Business Meeting in Prague (on Sunday, May 27 – don’t miss it!), I will step down and the highly capable Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt will take over as Chair and the likewise highly capable Seth Lewis will come in as Vice-Chair. Reflecting on the past four years, I seem to only be able to find clichés: it’s been hard but very rewarding work, the Division has seen amazing year-on-year growth, both in terms of quantity and quality, it’s truly been an honor to serve as the division, etc etc. Standard phrases, perhaps, but nevertheless deeply felt. If there is one thing in particular I am proud of during my tenure, it would be the start of and consolidation of our very successful PhD Student Colloquium, a preconference designed to support young scholars and to truly reflect ICAs international nature. I cannot take credit for this (the original idea came from Division founder Thomas Hanitzsch and former Chair Matt Carlson, as I recall) but I am very happy that I have been able to be involved in some capacity and that it has developed “on my watch”, so to speak. I have been very pleased to see senior scholars give generously of their time to provide insightful and constructive feedback to PhD students, and I have likewise been very pleased to see the PhD students take on responsibility for “their” event. Organizing the PhD Colloquium is now the job of the Division’s Graduate Student and Early Career Representative, a position that since its inception has been filled by extraordinarily talented and hard-working people! So as my tenure approaches its end, I would like to send a big THANK YOU to all of those who have been involved in the PhD Student Colloquium over these past years, both as organizers/commentators, and as PhD student participants – you have really helped create what I hope will continue to be a vibrant Divisional tradition!

All best, and see you all in Prague,

Henrik Örnebring


Just a quick note that we now have a restaurant booked for our Divisional Reception in Prague! The JS Division Reception will take place at Restaurant Kolkova Celnice (web site: at V Celnici 4. As usual, the Reception immediately follows the Business Meeting: the Business Meeting ends at 18.15 and the reception starts at 18.30 (and ends at 22.00), so again as usual, many of us will walk together from the Business Meeting to the Reception. The venue is a 13-minute walk from the main conference hotel, and just across the street from the Old Town Hilton (detailed map will follow). There will be a buffet dinner (and a few beers) so I hope no-one will leave hungry!


CFP: What’s (the) News? Values, Viruses and Vectors of Newsworthiness,

13-14 December 2018, Brussel, Belgium. Please send a proposal of no more than 300 words (excluding selected references) together with your affiliation and a short biography (c. 100 words) to by 30 June 2018. Decisions will be announced by 15 August. Questions about any aspect of the conference should be addressed to

Please find the full call here:


Call for Research Proposals from Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University (Deadline April 10)

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School provides journalists with the skills and knowledge to lead the future of digital journalism, and serves as a research and development center for the profession as a whole. The Tow Center, with generous funding from the Knight Foundation, is excited to announce our 2018 Call for Proposals for new research projects around journalism tech, innovation, systems and business models. We welcome proposals from both academics as well as practitioners to surface and tackle the most pressing research questions from the current news environment. The research fellowships are primarily off-site, though we regularly convene fellows at Columbia Journalism School in NYC.

Deadline for submission is April 10, and details/application form is available at Please direct any questions to


Special issue of Digital Journalism: News: Mobiles, Mobilities, and their Meeting Points.

Much research on digital journalism has focused on “online”, and thus has failed to distinguish between platforms and devices. This is surprising since digital journalism and news, once associated with fixed desktop computers, has become entrenched in mobility and closely connected to mobile devices. Trending research topics such as data journalism, social media, audience analytics cannot be treated as if separate from mobile devices and mobility, but should study their role, significance and peculiarities in all these topics. This special issue will address this, publishing a variety of articles on mobiles, mobilities and their meeting points in the salient case of news. The full CfP can be found here:

The guest editors are: Andrew Duffy, Nanyang Technological University (; please direct questions to this email); Nuri Kim, Nanyang Technological University; Rich Ling, Nanyang Technological University; and Oscar Westlund, Oslo Metropolitan University, Volda University College, and University of Gothenburg.

Proposals should include the following: an abstract of 500-750 words (not including references) as well as background information on the author(s), including an abbreviated bio that describes previous and current research that relates to the special issue theme. Please submit your proposal as one file (PDF) with your names clearly stated in the file name and the first page. Send your proposal to  by the deadline of May 1st. The submission timeline is outlined below. Then on May 18th authors will be notified whether their abstract has been selected, and consequently if they will be encouraged to develop and submit an article for peer review. Finally, full articles will be due November 9th for full blind review, in accordance with the journal's peer-review procedure. Submissions should be between 6,500 and 7,000 words in length.

Submission timeline:

• Abstract submission deadline: Tuesday 1st May 2018

• Notification on submitted abstracts: Friday 18th May 2018

• Article submission deadline: Friday 9th November 2018

• Accepted articles will be published immediately as Online First. The entire special issue will come out in 2019.


New book by Lars Willnat, David H Weaver & C Cleveland Wilhoit: The American Journalist in the Digital Age (Peter Lang, 2018)

More than a decade has passed since the last comprehensive survey of U.S. journalists was carried out in 2002 by scholars at Indiana University—and the news and the journalists who produce it have undergone dramatic changes and challenges. The American Journalist in the Digital Age is based on interviews with a national probability sample of nearly 1,100 U.S. journalists in the fall of 2013 to document the tremendous changes that have occurred in U.S. journalism in the past decade, many of them due to the rise of new communication technologies and social media. This survey of journalists updates the findings from previous studies and asks new questions about the impact of new technologies and social media in the newsroom, and it includes more nontraditional online journalists than the previous studies.

New book by Peter Bro: Models of Journalism – the functions and influencing factors  (Routledge, March 2018)

Models of Journalism investigates the most fundamental questions of how journalists can best serve the public and what factors enable or obstruct them in doing so. The book evaluates previous scholarly attempts at modeling the function and influencing factors of journalism, and proceeds to develop a range of important new models that take contemporary challenges faced by journalists and journalism into account. Among these new models is the “chronology-of-journalism,” which introduces a new set of influencing factors that can affect journalists in the 21st century. These include internal factors (journalistic principles, precedents and practices) and external factors (journalistic production, publication and perception). Another new model, the “journalistic compass,” delineates differences and similarities between some of the most important journalistic roles in the media landscape. For each new model, Peter Bro takes the actions and attitudes of individual journalists as its starting point. Models of Journalism combines practice and theory to outline and assess existing theoretical models alongside original ones. The book will be a useful tool for researchers, lecturers and practitioners who are engaged with the ever-evolving notions of what journalism is and who journalists are.

Peter Bro is Professor and Director of the Centre for Journalism at the University of Southern Denmark.



Dear colleagues,

The social activities for the PR Division in ICA Prague are confirmed. Our division’s dinner is scheduled on 27 May (US$58 per person, including VAT and service charge. Registration must be completed by 1 May). You will have an exciting cultural dining experience with a three-course meal and, most importantly, unlimited drinks (wine, beer, soft drinks, and water)! ?? There will be folklore music and dance entertaining you – you can either participate or just sit back, relax, and watch. This price also includes private coach transfers between Hilton Prague and the restaurant. It will be a fun and yummy dinner! Please don’t forget to register on line before 1 May (

Exciting information on the joint reception will be provided soon. I am grateful for working with our division's social committee (Katerina Tsetsura, Shannon Bowen, and Petra Theunissen) on planning these exciting events. Look forward to seeing you at the division's social events!

Kind Regards,

Flora Hung-Baesecke

Program Planner & Division Vice Chair

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