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Posted By Administration, Friday, August 31, 2018


Dear CAM members,

I’m happy to announce that CAM is starting the new semester with a new CAMmer in the Spotlight interview. This month’s interview features Meenakshi Gigi Durham, who discusses her scholarship and academic experiences, including her powerful book The Lolita Effect (Overlook, 2008).

You can read her interview here:

Best wishes for a productive new semester, and happy reading!

Ine Beyens

ICA-CAM Secretary



We* have decided to start Computational Communication Research (CCR), a new open-access peer-reviewed journal dedicated to development and applications of computational methods for communication science. We hope that CCR will serve as central home for communication scientists with an interest in and focus on computational methods — a place to read and publish the cutting edge work in our growing subfield.

The journal will be community-owned and in all likelihood be published by Amsterdam University Press. We strive to present the first issue at ICA next year, and from then work with rolling (online-only) publication.

Below this email, and at you can find the call for papers for the first issue. We ask that you submit an abstract before the end of september. Full paper submission is at the end of November, so you can submit your high-quality ICA paper to the journal directly.

The CCR website also contains more information on policy, author guidelines, and the editorial board. Of course, feel free to contact us with more information if desired.

Thanks, also on behalf of the associate editors Drew Margolin, Cindy Shen, Damian Trilling, and Rene Weber,


* see for the full editorial board


Call for Papers: Computational Communication Research Inaugural Issue


Deadline: 30 September (abstract), 30 November (manuscript)

Computational Communication Research is a new, peer-reviewed, open-access journal founded from the ICA Computational Methods Interest Group that will (presumably) be published by Amsterdam University Press.

For our inaugural issue, we welcome submissions that further the understanding, development and application of computational methods in communication research. Computational methods include (but are not limited to) methods such as text analysis, social/semantic network analysis, online experiments, machine learning, visual analysis and agent-based modeling and simulations. Computational methods can be applied to “big data” and social media or (online) behavior data, but can also be used to provide a more sophisticated understanding of “small data” or for theoretical explorations.

Submissions should discuss, introduce, or apply computational methods to build and/or test theory or to quantify, analyze, explore or visualize communication structures and processes.

In particular, we welcome submissions that :

- Apply computational methods to communication research questions;

- Present innovative computational methods for communication research;

- Evaluate or validate computational approaches to communication research;

- Address the role of computational methods in communication research;

- Present or validate tools, software packages, and datasets that are useful for communication research.

Given the many recent special issues on big data and computational methods in various social science journals, we do not specifically call for position, overview, or review papers, although such papers will also be considered.

Papers can be either full papers of up to 9,000 words, shorter research notes or descriptions of tools or data sets of 3,000 – 4,000 words, or tutorials. Research notes should be focused on reporting data sets, tools, or empirical analyses and should contain a short introduction, with references and theoretical discussion kept to a minimum. For this initial issue, we are requesting that contributors send a brief abstract of 500–1,000 words outlining the article to be submitted to Please see for more information on Aims & Scope, reviewing process. and editorial policy.

Important dates:

30 September: abstract deadline

30 November: full paper deadline

25 May 2019: issue published and presented at ICA



Please find the August edition of All Things Media at:

All previous issues are archived on the Division website under the Newsletter Archive tab.

Send any news to be included in the September issue to me at


Shawnika Hull

Mass Communication Division Secretary



The Philosophy, Theory and Critique and Communication Law and Policy Divisions of the International Communication Association seek nominees for the annual C. Edwin Baker Award for the Advancement of Scholarship on Media, Markets and Democracy.

The Baker Award recognizes work that has made significant contributions to the development, reach and influence of such scholarship. While the award committee favors research that consists of multiple projects and publications that have made a clear, coherent and sustained contribution to the advancement of such scholarship over time, single works and/or activities that have been highly influential in the field may also qualify someone for nomination.

More specifically, nominees for this award will have accomplished one or more of the following:

(1) opened up new theoretical and/or methodological territory in research on any aspect of the interrelations between media, markets and democracy;

(2) made other important contributions to the advancement of scholarship on these inter-relations;

(3) engaged in activism that advanced scholarship on these inter-relations.

The award is open to ICA members and to anyone else whose research can be shown to have a connection with the work of the ICA and its various divisions.

Members of the Award Committee may nominate, but no ICA member who makes a nomination or who is nominated for an award can serve on the committee judging the nomination. We encourage self-nominations, as well as the nomination of others. The award committee encourages nominations that reflect the diversity of media and communications scholarship in terms of gender, ethnicity, race and sexuality. We welcome nominations from any part of the world.

All nominators must:

(1) Submit letter(s) of nomination, not to exceed two pages each. These letter must: (a) specify the relevant body of work and/or other contributions made; (b) address the work’s and/or activity’s contributions to scholarship of media, markets and democracy (in the case of research, this will involve theoretical and methodological assessments of that work); and (c) make a case for its influence and impact on the advancement of such scholarship.

(2) Submit representative examples of the work cited, along with a CV, to the chair of the awards committee.

(3) Have all materials electronically submitted by September 30, 2018.

The Baker Award was established in 2010 through an endowed fund created from the estate of Professor C Edwin Baker (1947-2009), who was the Nicholas F. Gallichio Professor of Law and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is intended to honor the enormous contribution made by Professor Baker to communications scholarship. The Divisions gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Professor Baker’s sister Dr Nancy Baker.

Nominations should be sent to:

Mirca Madianou

Please indicate clearly on the subject like BAKER AWARD.

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