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Posted By Administration, Monday, October 1, 2018
Updated: Friday, September 28, 2018


Dear ACSJ members,

I'm thrilled to share below the link to the inaugural issue of the ACSJ newsletter, edited by Dr. Rosemary Clark-Parsons:


With best wishes,




Dear all,

I hope you are all having a lovely September, and for those settling themselves into the rhythm of teaching, I hope your classes are engaging and that your students are reading the course syllabus! :)

We have had quite a few things happening in the ICA-CAM world, and now WE NEED YOU.  


1.      Vote in the ICA Election for our new VC

2.      Complete the (quick) ICA-CAM Survey

3.      Read the new CAMmer in the Spotlight.

Details for each our below.


Who will follow Nancy as our next CAM-VC?  We have several INCREDIBLE candidates running for CAM-VC this year.  Be sure to VOTE NOTE before it’s too late. Visit https://www.icahdq.org/page/Election2018 to vote – make sure to select our division after you login to your ICA account. (And don’t forget to vote in the general election as well!)


As we discussed at the board meeting in Prague (remember that?!), we are finishing our “Find a CAMmer” database and need your input. Even more, we need people to sign up to review, join committees, and volunteer to help us making DC another great event. It will only take a few minutes to complete. You can find the survey here:



This month’s CAMmer in the Spotlight interview brings us to Cynthia Carter. She discusses her past and current work on news for young people and her upcoming co-edited book on journalism, gender and power. Another great Spotlight edition thanks our fabulous secretary, Ine! You can read the interview here:


So, pour yourself a cup of coffee and take 10 minutes out of your busy day to vote, fill out the survey, and then read about Cynthia’s awesome work!

As always, I welcome your comments or questions. You can reach me at j.piotrowski@uva.nl.

Best wishes on behalf of your ICA-CAM officers,

Jessica Piotrowski





As the production, distribution, and consumption of journalism increasingly moves online, new journalism-related policy issues are arising, and many established journalism-related policy issues are developing new layers of complexity and relevance (Napoli & Stonbely, 2018).  The relationship between governments and the press varies greatly around the world, which has meant that, in this time of rapid technological, institutional, and behavioral change, we have seen a wide array of policy actions and debates that directly affect digital journalism.  Thus, the opportunities – and need – for international and comparative research are particularly strong.

There is of course an inherent tension between government interventions in journalism and the notion of a free and independent press; and public attitudes toward government intervention in the structure and activities of the news media vary greatly across national contexts (Newman, et al., 2018).  Yet it is also the case in many countries that policy interventions are being proposed or implemented in an effort to assure the survival of a free and independent press (Cagé, 2016). In addition, growing concerns about the relationship between news consumption and a well-informed citizenry (Cacciatore, et al., 2018), and about declining trust in journalistic institutions (Barthel & Mitchell, 2017; Newman, et al., 2018), have created a scenario in which the stakes surrounding journalism-related policymaking have, perhaps, never been higher.  Therefore, the need for rigorous research to inform and evaluate media policymaking has perhaps never been stronger.

The increasing influence of social media platforms and content aggregators in local, national, and international journalism ecosystems has had disruptive effects that have raised a wide array of policy issues and concerns (see, e.g., Bell, 2017; Napoli, in press; Vaidhyanathan, 2018).  Policymakers have initiated efforts to address digital journalism issues such as the dissemination of fake news and disinformation, and the economic relationship between aggregators and news organizations (Napoli & Stonbely, 2018). In addition, more traditional concerns such as ownership concentration, subsidy mechanisms, and diversity in the production and consumption of news, continue to challenge policymakers, though the canvas on which they seek to address these problems has changed dramatically (Napoli & Stonbely, 2018).

Rigorous research is essential to well-informed media policymaking.  Given the rate of technological, behavioral, and institutional change in the digital sphere, the uncertainty that such change creates for policymakers, and the rising stakes associated with policymaking around digital journalism, there is a compelling need for research that can inform and assess contemporary digital journalism policy.  And, given the complex intersection of technological, political, economic, and media-related issues that characterizes policymaking and policy analysis related to digital journalism, it is particularly important that researchers from a wide array of disciplinary backgrounds contribute research in this area.

This special issue of Digital Journalism invites scholars to examine contemporary media policymaking that has direct implications for, or applications to, digital journalism.  This special issue seeks to showcase a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches, across a diversity of national contexts. Cross-national comparative analyses are particularly welcome, as are empirical studies that can contribute to evidence-driven policymaking.

Possible topics to be addressed in this special issue include, but are not limited to:

Evaluating implemented and proposed regulations and policies directed at fake news and disinformation

Cross-national comparative analyses of policy issues or interventions

Subsidy mechanisms for digital journalism

Government censorship and digital journalism

Policy interventions directed at the economic relationship between news organizations and content aggregators

Ownership concentration and regulation in digital media and its relationship to journalism

Evolving perspectives on freedom of the press

The structural and behavioral dynamics of digital journalism ecosystems that can inform policymaking

Policies related to public service media and their digital presence

Policy implications of changing patterns of news consumption

Copyright issues related to the aggregation and dissemination of digital news

Theoretical and methodological issues in digital journalism-related policy research

Information about Submissions

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 cur- rent 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 the e-mail address philip.napoli@duke.edu by the date stated in timeline below. Authors of accepted proposals are expected to develop and submit their original article, for full blind review, in accordance with the journal's peer-review procedure, by the deadline stated. Articles should be between 6500 and 7000 words in length. Guidelines for manuscripts can be found here.


Abstract submission deadline: January 4, 2019

Notification on submitted abstracts: February 4, 2019

Article submission deadline: June  7, 2019




September is a month of gaining momentum in our activities and conference preparations. Accordingly, this newsletter is relatively dense with information. There are three main items on our agenda:

1) Guidelines for the new submission system (https://ica2019.abstractcentral.com/)

2) Call for reviewers (volunteer here: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3a6wFC0vPSzQbHf)

3) ICA ELECTIONS (vote here: https://www.icahdq.org/page/Election2018)

Below you will find important information on each of these issues, as well as a few exciting job ads and announcements.

Best wishes,

Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt

Chair, ICA Journalism Studies Division


SUBMISSION PROCESS. The ScholarOne site is now open to submissions (https://ica2019.abstractcentral.com/). The new site is a step forward for ICA, but take into account that it takes a bit of time to get used to the new system, so please don’t wait for the last minute to submit and carefully read the instructions on the site. The deadline for submission is November 1 2018, 16:00 UTC.  

A number of emphases:

- You will need to create a new profile in order to submit.  When you create this profile, you will be able to choose up to two main areas of expertise (corresponding to ICA’s divisions and interest groups) and volunteer to review for the selected divisions/interest groups. We hope you will choose “Journalism Studies” as one of these areas and mark your willingness to serve as a reviewer for the division.

- In individual submissions, you select the presentation type (paper, extended abstract, etc.) before you select the division to which you submit. Therefore, the presentation types include options that don’t necessarily apply to all divisions. In submitting to Journalism Studies, please choose either “paper” or “extended abstract”. DON’T choose “Works in Progress”. Please also note that full paper submissions that are accepted to the conference can be programmed for presentation as posters (as part of the divisional poster session).

- Please provide 6-8 KEYWORDS on the first page of your paper submissions (including both methodological and theoretical/conceptual/topical keywords). The system only allows three keywords for each submission, so including a longer list of keywords in the paper itself will facilitate the reviewing and program-planning process. We also amended the divisional CFP to reflect this new request (see https://www.icahdq.org/BlankCustom.asp?page=JS_CFP).


REVIEWER SURVEY. The quality of our conference program depends on our review process, and we rely on our members for this process. In previous years, many of you volunteered (thank you once again!) and we managed to maintain a triple blind review of all paper submissions. This year, in order to decrease the number of papers assigned to each individual reviewer and create a more egalitarian reviewing system, we ask all submitters to volunteer (and we will of course be grateful if you volunteer to review also if you are not submitting this year).

In addition to marking your willingness to serve as a reviewer when creating your profile in the new submission system, please take a few minutes to complete the short reviewer survey in the following link: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3a6wFC0vPSzQbHf

This will allow us to better match reviewers to papers. Thanks!


ICA ELECTIONS. Members of the Journalism Studies division vote in both the association-wide and divisional elections. The vote takes place using an online ballot (https://www.icahdq.org/page/Election2018) and polls will remain open until Monday, October 15th. At the association level, we have two candidates for the ICA presidency: Karin Wilkins (University of Texas at Austin) and Claes de Vreese (University of Amsterdam), who is a member of the Journalism Studies division. At the division level, we elect a new secretary and a new student representative. We have two candidates for the position of Secretary and three candidates for Student and Early Career Representative. These are the candidates and their statements (presented in alphabetical order within each position):

Secretary - GWEN BOUVIER (Maynooth University)

I am keen on supporting the ICA Journalism Division in the role of Secretary.  ICA represents a worldwide network and it has been a pleasure, both professionally and socially, to meet colleagues this way.  This is an exciting time for journalism scholarship as the industry becomes transformed and challenged by social media and the Internet.  This calls for urgent new kinds of scholarly work. I want to assist the Journalism Division to be part of helping this community of scholars, and support the Chair and Vice-Chair in their responsibilities, ensuring the continued growth of our thriving division. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at Maynooth University, Ireland.  My main areas of interest are social media, journalism, and civic debate, with my publications focusing mainly on critical discourse analysis, multimodal issues of social media, and representation in news. In addition, I am the review editor for the Journal of Multicultural Discourses, the editorial assistant for Social Semiotics, and am a member of various editorial boards.  I am thrilled to be considered for this position, and look forward to serving the division.


Secretary - EDSON C. TANDOC JR. (Nanyang Technological University)

Thank you for considering me for the position of Secretary for ICA’s Journalism Studies Division. It was through our division’s student travel grant that I was able to attend my first ICA conference in 2010, back when I was still a journalist in the Philippines. I have been a division member ever since. Our division has helped me a lot in my academic journey, from providing me with opportunities to get guidance for my work through conference reviews and during presentations, to allowing me to meet, interact, and learn from our fellow division members. If given the chance to serve our division, I would do my best to contribute to the wonderful work our division leadership has done so far, as well as help strengthen our networks around the world by taking care of our division’s communication activities and reaching out to journalism researchers in underrepresented regions, whose experiences will help enrich our understanding of the diverse ways journalism is changing. I am an assistant professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. My research generally focuses on the intersection between digital news and new technology. I have done some research on the influence of audience analytics and social media on both news work and news consumption. I am also currently one of Digital Journalism’s Associate Editors and the Vice Chair of AEJMC’s Newspaper and Online News Division.


Student and Early Career Representative - JOY KIBARABARA (Stockholm University)

My name is Joy Kibarabara, a doctoral student at Stockholm University’s department of media studies. My research area is constructive journalism with a specific focus on its implications in the Global South. Since my undergraduate days at the University of Alabama, I knew that I wanted to become a college professor, travel the world and meet new people and no other forum has set me on a path to fulfill these aspirations like ICA. Since my first experience in Fukuoka Japan to the recently concluded conference in Prague, I have become more enlightened, empowered and confident about my future prospects in the academic career path. Indeed, ICA has been a melting pot of sorts from my interactions with a diverse group of scholars during conference presentations or social events. One of my memorable experiences was presenting at the journalism studies graduate student colloquium in San Diego last year. It was here that I came to appreciate the importance of such a session especially for graduate students such as myself. Not only did I receive valuable feedback from my mentor, I used the suggestions from other participants to refine my proposal that later helped me get accepted in my current position. I have also served in ICAfrica as an LOC member, graduate student coordinator where I have organized student workshops, as well as served as the social media administrator. It is while serving in these capacities that I have come to understand the unique needs that graduate students have and the importance of having a voice at the division and executive level. If given the opportunity to serve as your student representative, I intend to continue advocating for our needs, ensure more diversity and strengthen the graduate student colloquium.


Student and Early Career Representative - RADWA MABROOK (City, University of London)

My name is Radwa. I am a 2nd year PhD student interested in digital journalism, and a Teaching assistant (TA) at City, University of London. My passion for journalism work and research developed since I was an undergraduate student of media and communications at Cairo University. I worked as a news desk editor at an Egyptian news website shortly after the outbreak of the Arab Spring. It was an exciting newsroom experience that took place at a time of Twitter, Facebook, and citizen journalism boom in Egypt. I became greatly interested in studying the impact technological innovations on journalism. I joined Cairo University again to do my MA degree, my dissertation was focused on online video journalism. I also got a job as a Teaching Assistant (TA), which was my first step towards an academic career. I helped in organising networking events for students and academic conferences there. Currently, I am working on my PhD, in which I am studying Virtual Reality (VR) and journalistic culture under the supervision of Professor Jane B. Singer. I co-authored and presented a research paper based on my thesis in the last ICA conference in Prague. As a potential graduate student representative, my main goal is to increase the international presence in the PhD colloquium. There are numerous qualified researchers out there whose work does not get the sufficient exposure within the international academic community. The colloquium can build an international network of young researchers, who may help balance the west-centred published research literature in journalism. They may help to fill in the blind spots – such as: the newsroom conditions, journalism education and/or journalistic culture outside the West.     


Student and Early Career Representative - SILVIA X. MONTAÑA-NIÑO (Queensland University of Technology)

My name is Silvia X. Montaña-Niño, I am from Colombia and I am currently doing my PhD at the School of Communication and the Digital Media Research Centre at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. I came this far from South America to start an interesting research journey to understand this evolving field. I am a journalist, I have worked in printing journalism and I've experienced its transition to the digital world in one newspaper in Colombia and a couple of magazines.  

The best part of being a journalist was the possibility of being a witness of key events in the history of my country. Then, I started combining reporting and editing with a job as an adjunct lecturer in a very important school of journalism in Colombia. This was the perfect bridge to a new life in academia, a journey that has given me the opportunity of studying in The University of Liverpool (Masters in Politics & Mass Media). My PhD is about the impact of metrics in news production and news values. Being a researcher in my own field has proved to be even more exciting than being a journalist. It is a chance to reflect upon what we have been, what we are and how we adapt to the new economic, political and technological challenges. I hope to expand this experience supporting the Colloquium in the following years. I will certainly meet a new generation of scholars and researchers bringing more knowledge and raising challenging questions to our field.


Congratulations to Lynn Schofield Clark and Regina Marchi for receiving the 2018 Nancy Baym Outstanding Book Award from the Association of Internet Researchers for their book "Young People and the Future of News: Social Media and the Rise of Connective Journalism"!  

Young People and the Future of News (Cambridge U Press 2017) traces the practices that are evolving as young people come to see news increasingly as something shared via social networks and social media rather than produced and circulated solely by professional news organizations. The book introduces the concept of connective journalism, clarifying the role of creating and sharing stories online as a key precursor to collective and connective political action. At the center of the story are high school students from low-income minority and immigrant communities who often feel underserved or misrepresented by mainstream media but express a strong interest in politics and their communities. Drawing on in-depth field work in three major urban areas over the course of ten years, Young People and the Future of News sheds light on how young people share news that they think others should know about, express solidarity, and bring into being new publics and counter-publics.




Dear MIS members

1. Conference submission site is now open!

The conference submission site for the 69th Annual International Communication Association Conference in Washington DC is now open. You may access it here:  https://ica2019.abstractcentral.com/.  

This year we have introduced ScholarOne, which is a more user-friendly submission system.

When submitting papers and/or panel proposals, please remember to sign-up as a reviewer. MIS welcomes students’ and early career researchers’ submissions.

Our group’s CFP can be found here: https://www.icahdq.org/mpage/MIS_CFP.

Check the general guidelines (https://www.icahdq.org/page/2019CFP) before submitting your paper or proposal. Submissions close Thursday, 1 November 2018, at 16:00 UTC.

You do not have to be an ICA member to access and submit, but you do need to create a new ScholarOne profile for submissions.

2. Please vote for our new secretary and bylaw changes.

We have made some changes to our bylaws so that our group officer term coincides with the ICA election and general bylaws. Please cast a vote on these changes when you vote for our next secretary.

2018 MIS Secretary Election (https://www.icahdq.org/page/election2018) is open until Monday, 15 October at 16:00 UTC. We have three candidates and you can read their statements after logging in.


1.      Sign in to your ICA Profile.

2.      Please select the links below to vote in the ICA-wide general elections, as well as your corresponding Division/Interest Group election(s).

o       You must select the individual links for each division or interest group election in which you wish to vote.

o       If you wish to verify the list of divisions/interest groups to which you belong, you may view a list on the left column of "My Profile" - Please note: while all division/interest groups are listed below, your access is limited to those in which you have an active membership.  

o       Not all divisions/interest groups have roles or issues up for election in the 2018 election; those without ballots are noted accordingly.

3.      Select "Begin Survey."

4.      Enter your contact information (optional).

5.      Review candidate statements, all candidates are listed in alphabetical order by surname. If relevant to your division/interest group, review any ballot attachments for potential dues increases and/or bylaws adoption/revisions.

6.      Make your selections.

7.      Select "Complete Survey."

To vote you must be our group member and login to ICA website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sora (Chair) sora.park@canberra.edu.au or Ramon (Vice Chair) ramon.lobato@rmit.edu.au



Dr. Sora Park


News & Media Research Centre

University of Canberra





Hello members of the ICA Mobile Communication Interest Group,

 These are exciting times for us:


1. Elections are open until Oct 15.


I encourage all members to vote for ICA-wide positions and for Vice Chair of Mobile Communication. The Vice Chair serves for two years and then automatically becomes Chair (just as I did and as Rich Ling will do this coming May). We have two outstanding candidates for Vice Chair: Sunny Lee (U. Oklahoma) and Keri Stephens (U Texas). Check out the ICA election page for more details:




2. The paper submission system is now open for the 2019 annual meeting in Washington DC. This year's theme is Communication Beyond Boundaries. See the CfP:




In response to last year's continued growth in submissions (more than 100 papers!), Mobile Communication is offering more ways to participate. We will have three types of sessions at the main conference in Washington, DC:

-- Traditional sessions (four full-length research papers)

-- High-density sessions (seven extended abstracts)

-- Panels (collaborative effort involving four presenters plus a chair/discussant, with the entire panel submitted as a single proposal)

This will be the first time that Mobile Communication has accepted panels. I hope that we receive a large number of coherent, diverse, provocative, and timely submissions. This is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with people you might have met at previous conferences, to follow-up on conversations about shared interests.

For more information about how to submit to Mobile Communication, see the CfP:




And one more item (below). A job posting that could be of interest to scholars of mobile communication.


If you have any questions about elections or how to submit papers/abstracts/panels for the 2019 conference, I will be happy to help.

Yours in mobility,

Colin Agur, PhD

Assistant Professor

Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Chair, ICA Mobile Communication Interest Group






The division had a very successful conference in Prague with 42 paper/panel sessions and our interactive poster session (the most sessions the division has ever had).  The minutes from the 2018 business meeting will be posted to our website. We also want to congratulate again the following award winners:

Claes de Vreese winner of the David Swanson Award for distinguished and sustained service and contributions to the field of political communication.  

Philipp Müller, Christian Schemer, Martin Wettstein, Anne Schulz, Dominique S. Wirz, Sven Engesser, & Werner Wirth winners of the Kaid-Sanders Award for Best Political Communication Article of the Year for their article The Polarizing Impact of News Coverage on Populist Attitudes in the Public: Evidence from a Panel Study in Four European Democracies published in 2017 in the Journal of Communication.

Erik Albaek, Arjen van Dalen, Nael Jebril, & Claes de Vreese winners of the International Journal of Press/Politics distinguished book award for their book Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective published in 2014 by the Cambridge University Press.

For those who did not see them, photos from the Prague meeting were posted on Flickr:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/policom/albums/72157694529948422  and videos from the Big Questions for Political Communication Research were posted to Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLe9DFEcTXai2OMUViCJlyqcBgXTqP-XkP






Dear Members of the ICA PRD,

Happy end of summer!

Please copy/paste the link below, or visit the ICA PRD website, for the Summer PRD Newsletter! In this issue of the newsletter, you can  find a recap of the Prague conference; a notice about officer elections; information on next year's meeting in Washington, including the call for papers; as well as job announcements.



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