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Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 2, 2019


Dear CAM members,

My favorite email of the year - I have the distinct privilege to announce the 2019 CAM award winners. For the past few weeks, I have been working with awards committee to review the submitted dossiers for numerous CAM awards as well as review the top papers in our division. As you might imagine, with a division as productive, passionate, and rigorous as ours, this is not an easy task. Award committee members felt that all nominees were highly deserving, noting scholarly rigor and a clear passion for the field. And, as you can see from the award list below, this year’s list of award-winning scholars is richly deserving of these acknowledgements.  

For those of you attending ICA in May, I do hope that you can attend the CAM Business Meeting where we will set aside time to personally acknowledge each of these award recipients.


Brigitte Naderer


Ines Spielvogel, Jörg Matthes, & Brigitte Naderer

Again and Again: Exploring the Influence of Disclosure Repetition on Children’s Cognitive Processing of Brand Placements


James Alex Bonus

The impact of pictorial realism in educational science television on children’s learning and transfer of biological facts


Nilam Ram, Xiao Yang, Mu-Jung Cho, Miriam Brinberg, Fiona Muirhead, Byron Reeves, & Thomas Robinson

Teen Screenomes: Describing and Interpreting Adolescents’ Day-to-Day Digital Lives


Lisa Hurwitz

Were They Ready To Learn?


Edmund W J Lee, Shirley S Ho, and May O Lwin

Explicating problematic social network sites use: A review of concepts, theoretical frameworks, and future directions for communication theorizing


Monique Ward

For now, let me be the first to thank our award recipients for their contribution to our field and congratulate them on their well-deserved recognition. I look forward to seeing each of you at the business meeting in Washington, DC to formally acknowledge your awards. I also want to take a moment and recognize the numerous CAM members that participated in the awards committees. As with so much of our CAM work, efforts such as this would not be possible without you.

Best wishes, also on behalf of your CAM officers,

Jessica Piotrowski




The roundup will include call for papers and information about conferences/symposia that are relevant for the CAT community.

1. CfP: Call for papers: Fifth Conference of the International Journal of Press/Politics

2. Call for Participation: Interdisciplinary Conference on Privacy Online: What Have We Learned So Far? May 16 - 17, 2019, University of Hohenheim, Germany  (Organisation by Sabine Trepte & Tobias Dienlin)

1. Call for papers: Fifth Conference of the International Journal of Press/Politics

September 16-17, 2019, the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture at Loughborough U (United Kingdom) will host the fifth conference of the International Journal of Press/Politics, focused on academic research on the relation between media and political processes around the world. Professor Stuart Soroka from the U of Michigan will deliver a keynote lecture.

A selection of the best full papers presented at the conference will be published in the journal after peer review. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 10 May, 2019. Attendees will be notified of acceptance by 7 June, 2019. Full papers based on accepted abstracts will be due 2 September, 2019.

The conference brings together scholars conducting internationally-oriented or comparative research on the intersection between news media and politics around the world. It aims to provide a forum for academics from a wide range of disciplines, countries, and methodological approaches to advance research in this area.

Examples of relevant topics include the political implications of current changes in media systems, including the increasing role of digital platforms; the importance of digital media for engaging with news and politics; analysis of the factors affecting the quality of political information and public discourse; studies of the role of entertainment and popular culture in how people engage with current affairs; studies of relations between political actors and journalists; analyses of the role of visuals and emotion in the production and processing of public information; and research on political communication during and beyond elections by government, political parties, interest groups, and social movements. The journal and the conference have a particular interest in studies that adopt comparative approaches, represent substantial theoretical or methodological advances, or focus on parts of the world that are under-researched in the international English language academic literature.

Titles and abstracts for papers (maximum 300 words) are invited by 10 May, 2019. The abstract should clearly describe the key question, the theoretical and methodological approach, the evidence the argument is based on, as well as its wider implications and the extent to which they are of international relevance.

Please send submissions via the online form available at http://bit.ly/IJPP2019.

The conference is organized by Cristian Vaccari (Loughborough U, Editor-in-Chief of IJPP). Please contact Dr Vaccari with questions at c.vaccari@lboro.ac.uk.

More about the journal, the keynote speaker, the University, and the Centre:

The International Journal of Press/Politics (https://journals.sagepub.com/home/hijb)
IJPP is an interdisciplinary journal for the analysis and discussion of the role of the media and politics in a globalized world. The journal publishes theoretical and empirical research which analyzes the linkages between the news media and political processes and actors around the world, emphasizes international and comparative work, and links research in the fields of political communication and journalism studies, and the disciplines of political science and media and communication. The journal is ranked 4th by Scopus (SJR) and 12th by Journal Citation Reports in Communication.

Professor Stuart Soroka, U of Michigan (http://www.snsoroka.com/)
Stuart Soroka is the Michael W. Traugott Collegiate Professor of Communication Studies and Political Science, and Faculty Associate in the Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research, U of Michigan. His research focuses on political communication, the sources and/or structure of public preferences for policy, and the relationships between public policy, public opinion, and mass media.  His most recent book is Negativity in Democratic Politics: Causes and Consequences (2014, Cambridge University Press). Soroka is currently collaborating on a project focused on cross-national psychophysiological reactions to news content, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; and a large-scale content-analytic project on media coverage of US public policy, funded by the National Science Foundation.

Loughborough U (https://www.lboro.ac.uk/internal/)
Based on a 440-acre, single-site campus at the heart of the UK, Loughborough University is ranked top 10 in every British university league table. Voted University of the Year (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019) and awarded Gold in the National Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), Loughborough provides a unique student experience that is ranked first in the UK by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018. Loughborough University has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK. It is a short distance away from Loughborough Train station, a 15-minute drive from East Midlands Airport (near Nottingham), an hour drive from Birmingham Airport, and an hour and 15 minutes from London via train.

The Centre for Research in Communication and Culture (https://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/crcc/)
Since our establishment in 1991, we have developed into the largest research centre of our kind in the UK. We are an interdisciplinary centre, crossing over social science and humanities disciplines to draw on theories and methods in social psychology, sociology, politics, history and geography. Renowned for the breadth of our research, we range across interpersonal and small-group communication, social media, political communication, media education, mainstream communications—including digital and online and the analysis of communicative work, such as political campaigning, popular music and memory. Our core research themes are all regarded as world-leading by our peers. We use a diversity of methods for data gathering and analysis and work with a variety of partners, including the BBC, the police, NSPCC and the Electoral Commission as well as our international collaborators, to deliver fundamental and applied research of exceptional quality.

2. Call for Participation: Interdisciplinary Conference on Privacy Online: What Have We Learned So Far? May 16 - 17, 2019, U of Hohenheim, Germany
(Organisation by Sabine Trepte & Tobias Dienlin)

The Internet, social media, and smartphones have first created and then changed privacy online. Since approximately 20 years now, users all around the world have to decide whether to buy technological devices, to use particular services, or to disclose personal information.

During the same time, research on privacy online spawned, addressing several important research questions, such as: How can we understand human behavior online? Do we need new legal frameworks to better support people? Is it possible to develop devices that offer both compelling features and effective privacy protection?

For this conference, we invite scholars from all disciplines to present an overview over the most relevant insights of both their own research and their respective fields. During the two days, there will be an explicit focus on discussion. In sum, with this conference we aim to answer the following question: Privacy online, what have we learned so far?

Keynote Speakers:
Sonia Livingstone
Colin Bennett
Woodrow Hartzog
Christoph Sorge

More information: https://strukturwandeldesprivaten.wordpress.com/veranstaltungen-konferenzen/privacy-online-2/



Interest Group Members:

Greetings! This newsletter from the ICA Computational Methods Interest Group is designed to provide you with a brief preview of the upcoming 69th Annual ICA Conference being held in Washington DC from 24 May -28 May. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

ICA Overview. We received 115 individual submissions and one panel proposal this year. Many thanks to all submitters and especially the reviewers for all of their hard work! In order to make the most of our scheduling, we focused on scheduling 6 presentations per session. As a result, we were able to create a great lineup of 72 papers (including 6 posters). See our website for an overview of panels: http://ica-cm.org/ica-2019/

Top Paper Awards. Many thanks to our best paper committee: Winson Peng (chair), Deen Freelon, Robert Bond, and Sandra González-Bailón. The committee had the pleasure of reviewing an excellent slate of papers, and chose four papers for the top paper award (in no particular order):

The Network Dynamics of Conventions

Joshua Aaron Becker

The Dynamic Relationship between News Frames and Real-World Events: A Hidden Markov Model Approach

Frederic Rene Hopp, Jacob T Fisher, Rene Weber

The Temporal Turn in Communication Research: Time-Series Analyses Using Computational Approaches

Chris Wells, Dhavan V. Shah, Jon C. Pevehouse, Jordan M. Foley, Ayellet Pelled, JungHwan Yang

The Electoral Dimension of Disinformation: Political Astroturfing on Twitter

JungHwan Yang, Franziska Keller, David Schoch, Sebastian Stier

Congratulations to all winners! Note that there isn’t a top paper session; the above papers will be presented in their respective thematic sessions instead.

Preconference. There are two preconferences organized by our members this year: Expanding Computational Communication: Towards a Pipeline for Graduate Students and Early Career Scholars (organized by Josephine Lukito, Nate TeBlunthuis, and Frederic Hopp), and Deep Learning for Automated Image Content Analysis (organized by Yair Fogel-Dror and Andreu Casas). More information: https://www.icahdq.org/page/2019PrePostconf

Travel grant and fee waivers. This year CM has offered limited travel support to our members. We have notified the awardees individually. Checks will be distributed during the CM business meeting at Washington DC.  

Business meeting and reception. Our business meeting will be held on Saturday May 25th, 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM; DuPont (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level). On Sunday May 26th, there will be a joint reception in the Mad Hatter (www.madhatterdc.com) from 6pm to 8pm. Note that due to scheduling issues the reception will happen the next day (instead of immediately following the business meeting, as in the past). Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Upcoming election for vice-chair. Per ICA’s rotation rules, Wouter van Atteveldt will step down as chair after ICA 2020, and Cindy Shen will take over the position of chair. We will be holding an election for vice-chair in September and are currently seeking nominations (due in July). Details of the nomination procedure will be forthcoming.

If you haven’t already, please take a moment and follow @ica_cm on Twitter. You can also find us on Facebook by searching “Computational Methods Interest Group.” Job postings and other relevant announcements are often shared via the above social media channels, and it is a great way to stay in touch with the group.

See you in DC.


Wouter van Atteveldt


Cindy Shen

Vice Chair

Matthew Weber






Dear members,

Two updates:

First, during the ICA conference in DC, we will organize mentoring meet-ups, which are coordinated by our Student and Early Career Representative, Sam Chan. Please, see below the message from Sam for details. You can also find there some information about the events during the conference directed specifically at students and early career researchers.

Second, we would like to share with you a Call for Papers for 'Queer TV in Post-2010 China' panel at MLA 2020 conference in Seattle. Again, see below for details.

Best wishes,

Lukasz Szulc & Eve Ng

Co-chairs of ICA LGBTQ Interest Group



Dear ICA LGBTQ IG members,

Since 2017, the LGBTQ Interest Group has been organizing informal mentoring meet-ups between junior scholars and senior scholars at the ICA annual conference. Our mentoring meet-ups are coming again this May in Washington, DC!  

Mentoring meet-ups are informal meetings between a senior scholar (mentor) and a junior scholar (mentee). Matched mentor and mentee, based on their scholarly interests, will arrange a meeting during the conference. We will provide the pair the contact information of each other.

This year, mentees will email their mentors issues/concerns/questions they have before their meet-ups. Some mentors may prefer their mentees to provide specific questions. We understand time during the conference is very precious, so we hope both the mentees and mentors are prepared to make the best use of the meet-ups!

A successful mentoring meet-ups scheme requires a large pool of mentors and mentees, so please consider this opportunity to share, network, and get to know other members of our LGBTQ interest group!

Sign up by Apr 19 using this link (https://goo.gl/forms/Gt7AWnyjMdzMaA5k2) for our human brain-driven matching algorithm to work.

For any questions about the meet-ups, please contact Sam Chan, our group Student and Early Career Representative at sam.chan@asc.upenn.edu.

Also, there are three events at the ICA conference specifically for Student and Early Career Members. They are all on May 25:

9:30am – 10:45am: ICA Annual Member Meeting and New Member/Student and Early Career Orientation; Columbia 6 (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level)

11:00am – 12:15pm: Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC) Business Meeting; Columbia 6 (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level)

8:00pm – 10:00pm: Student and Early Career Reception; OFFSITE: Exiles Bar



Lik Sam CHAN, Ph.D.

George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

International Communication Association LGBTQ Studies Student and Early Career Representative

Pronouns: he/him/his

liksamchan.com | @liksamchan | upenn.academia.edu/LikSamChan



Theme: Queer TV in Post-2010 China

Chair: Jamie J. Zhao

email: jingjamiezhao@gmail.com

Please email me to express interest and/or submit a 250 word abstract and 150-word bio by 20 March, 2019

Brief description:

The years since 2010 have seen a burgeoning of ‘queer TV’, that is, a proliferation of non-normatively gendered and/or sexualised images, desires, narratives and media discourses in China. This recent queer TV culture has been facilitated by and actively mediating China’s media and cultural globalization, hybridization and digitisation. This panel recognizes and problematizes queerness on and about contemporary China’s TV entertainment. It refuses to simplify China’s queer TV culture as a capitalist exploitation and stereotyping of LGBTQ identities, lives and politics. Rather, connecting global TV studies and global queering theories, it explores the inherently entwined queer and global features of Chinese TV as a mass medium. It challenges the dichotomy of ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ televisual representations of gender and sexual minorities by studying the queer promise and peril of televisual-cultural production, distribution and consumption in China in a globalist age. By so doing, it highlights the co-implicative nature of queer and TV cultures in post-2010 China.

Potential topics include but not limited to:

1. The queer aspect of digital/online TV

2. TV censorship and LGBTQ representations/realities

3. Queer TV images that navigates the intertwined concepts of heteronormativity, patriarchy, and (ethnic-Han) Chineseness (e.g., queer TV images of non-Chinese/non-Han women)

4. Female masculinity and/or male femininity proliferating on Chinese TV

5. The queer potential of certain Chinese TV genres and formats (e.g., time-traveling drama, gender-reversal/cross-dressing shows)

6. China's adaptation/airing of foreign queer TV shows



Dear members and colleagues,

ECREA Crisis Communication conference will be held at Lees Business School. Here's the conference and CFPs information: https://leedstalkspr.com/crisis6-2019/

If you have any question, please contact Professor Ralph Tench (r.tench@leedsbeckett.ac.uk)

Kind regards,

Flora Hung-Baesecke

Vice Chair

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