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Division and Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 5, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, September 3, 2019


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

  1. Cornell Social Media Lab launches Social Media TestDrive

  2. New Book "The Digital Economy" by Tim Jordan

  3. Special Issue "Digital Native News Media: Trends and Challenges" edited by Ramón Salaverría in Media and Communication

  4. Special Issue "Science and Health Controversies on Digital Media: News, Mis/Disinformation and Public Engagement" edited by An Nguyen in Media and Communication

  5. Special Issue "Computational Approaches to Media Entertainment Research" edited by  Johannes Breuer, Tim Wulf, & M. Rohangis Mohseni in Media and Communication

1. Cornell Social Media Lab launches Social Media TestDrive

Social Media TestDrive is an interactive educational platform created by researchers in the Cornell University Social Media Lab in collaboration with Common Sense Education. The project is generously supported by the Morgan Family Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

TestDrive is an educational program that lets young people learn and practice digital citizenship skills through a social media simulation. Like a driving simulator for young people learning to drive a car for the first time, TestDrive provides a simulated experience of realistic digital dilemmas and scenarios that young people may encounter as they enter the social media world. Each TestDrive module is designed to teach a specific social media skill, such as managing privacy settings, smart self-presentation, upstanding to cyberbullying, and news literacy.

TestDrive is for middle school-aged youth (ages 9–13) who are new to or not yet engaged with social media, but may enter into the social media world in the near future. Children at these ages are aware of and likely becoming interested in social media, but are unlikely to have their own social media accounts, since most social media platforms require members to be at least 13 years old. This is a great time to learn the prosocial skills and behaviors in TestDrive.

TestDrive looks and feels like a real social media site, but all the content on the site has been created for instructional purposes. Young people interact with the content through instructions that lead them to build new knowledge and skills, allowing them to practice important social media skills without worrying about negative consequences.

This August, TestDrive will undergo a nationwide launch alongside Common Sense Education’s new Digital Citizenship curriculum. 6 TestDrive modules will be linked as extension activities to the corresponding Common Sense lessons and will be promoted to schools all around the United States. For more information and access to TestDrive modules, please visit https://socialmediatestdrive.org/.

2. New Book: The Digital Economy by Tim Jordan 

Boasting trillion-dollar companies, the digital economy profits from our emotions, our relationships with each other, and the ways we interact with the world.

In this timely book, Tim Jordan deftly explores the workings of the digital economy. He discusses the hype and significance surrounding its activities and practices in order to outline important concepts, theory, and policy questions. Through a variety of in-depth case studies, he examines the areas of search, social media, service providers, free economic activity, and digital gaming. Companies discussed include Google, Baidu, Uber, Bitcoin, Wikipedia, Fortnight, and World of Warcraft. Jordan argues that the digital economy is not concerned primarily with selling products, but relies instead on creating communities that can be read by software and algorithms. Profit is then extracted through targeted advertising, subscriptions, misleading 'purchases', and service relations. 

The Digital Economy is an important reference for students and scholars getting to grips with this enormous contemporary phenomenon.

More information: http://politybooks.com/bookdetail/?isbn=9781509517558

3. Special Issue "Digital Native News Media: Trends and Challenges" edited by Ramón Salaverría in Media and Communication

Title: Digital Native News Media: Trends and Challenges 

Editor: Ramón Salaverría (U of Navarra, Spain)

Submission of Abstracts: 15 September 2019

Submission of Full Papers: 15 December 2019

Publication of the Issue: April/June

Information: Since the beginnings of digital journalism, in the 1990s, the first purely online news media were launched in many countries. In that initial stage, the digital native (or digital-born) news media—defined as “media companies that were born and grown entirely online” (Wu, 2016, p. 131)—remained overshadowed by online media derived from press, radio and television brands, which represented the most important part of the news media market.

Throughout the first two decades of the 21st century, the digital native media have multiplied and consolidated. This development has been accelerated as a result of the global economic crisis that began in 2008, which has especially affected the traditional media companies during the last decade. The financial and reputational problems suffered by many legacy media companies have favored the appearance of a myriad of new digital media brands, of very different types, but with a common denominator: they have been founded purely in and for the internet (Nicholls et al., 2016).

Today, digital native news media constitute a substantial part of the emerging media market left by the economic crisis and, in front of the decline and public questioning of a large part of the news industry, they bring a breath of fresh air to journalism (Harlow & Salaverría, 2016; Majó-Vázquez et al., 2017). Their natural adaptation to the internet allows digital-born news media to explore technological, editorial, and business models that are many times distinct from those used by legacy media. However, at the same time, their smaller infrastructure and usually limited human and material resources raise questions about their capacity to carry out a long-range quality journalism. Despite these limitations, in several countries, digital native news media are becoming a powerful vector of journalistic innovation (Küng, 2015), as well as a benchmark for alternative and independent journalism (Salaverría et al., 2019).

This special issue of Media and Communication invites scholars to examine the models and professional protocols of the digital native news media. Both empirical and theoretical manuscripts; quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches; single-country and comparative research; and historical and contemporary inquiries are welcome. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Profile and typology of digital native news media.

Relations between digital native news media and legacy media.

Origins and historical evolution of digital native news media.

Production models and professional routines of journalists in digital native news media.

Editorial, technological and business models of digital native news media.

Professional standards and ethical codes of digital native news media.

Digital native news media and social media.

Alternative journalism in digital native news media.

Algorithmic journalism and data journalism in digital native news media.

Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal’s instructions for authors and send their abstracts (about 250 words, with a tentative title and reference to the thematic issue) by email to the Editorial Office (mac@cogitatiopress.com).

More information: https://www.cogitatiopress.com/mediaandcommunication/pages/view/nextissues#DigitalNativeNewsMedia

4. Special Issue "Science and Health Controversies on Digital Media: News, Mis/Disinformation and Public Engagement" edited by An Nguyen in Media and Communication

Title: Science and Health Controversies on Digital Media: News, Mis/Disinformation and Public Engagement 

Editor: An Nguyen (Bournemouth U)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 August 2019

Submission of Full Papers: 15-31 January 2020

Publication of the Issue: June 2020

Information: Digital media open a vast array of avenues for lay people to engage with news, information and debates about the science and health issues that shape their private and public life. Many of these are innovative and effective in providing users with the voices to go with their eyes and ears about science issues. At the same time, however, recent climate-change-denial, anti-vaccination, pro-creationism and other campaigns show that digital media could become a fertile land for vested interests to spread mis-and dis-information, stimulate uncivil discussions and engender ill-informed, dangerous public decisions. On social networking sites, for example, people’s values, beliefs and emotions are often brought to the forefront—with the substantial aid of algorithms—and/or skillfully deployed for political, commercial and/or religious gains, at the expense of scientific evidence.

This thematic issue invites scholarly investigations—critical, interpretive or empirical—into the above and their implications for public engagement with scientific evidence. We welcome contributions on the pros and cons of digital media in science debates and how they might impact public understanding, attitudes and actions regarding science and health issues. Topics might include, but are not limited to, issues around the following broad questions:

How is mis/disinformation around science controversies produced, distributed and redistributed in digital environments?

In what ways do laypeople use social media to obtain news, gain knowledge and/or engage with science controversies—and with what effects?

How do factual knowledge and scientific evidence interact with emotions and values/beliefs in the fast-moving digital world to shape public engagement with science controversies?

Is the authority of the scientific expert declining faster in social platforms than other media environments? Why or why not?

What techniques and strategies can the news media employ to tackle the dark sides of digital technologies in public communication of controversial science issues?

What are the potential mechanisms for the news media, the science establishment and the civil society to cooperate in the fight against science mis/disinformation online?

Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal’s instructions for authors and send their abstracts (about 250 words, with a tentative title and reference to the thematic issue) by email to the Editorial Office (mac@cogitatiopress.com).

More information: https://www.cogitatiopress.com/mediaandcommunication/pages/view/nextissues#ScienceHealth

5. Special Issue "Computational Approaches to Media Entertainment Research" edited by  Johannes Breuer, Tim Wulf, & M. Rohangis Mohseni in Media and Communication

Title: Computational Approaches to Media Entertainment Research 

Editor(s): Johannes Breuer (GESIS—Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany), Tim Wulf (LMU Munich, Germany) and M. Rohangis Mohseni (TU Ilmenau, Germany)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 November 2019

Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 March 2020

Publication of the Issue: July/September 2020

Information: Since its subject of study is changing constantly and rapidly, research on media entertainment has to be quick to adapt. This need to quickly react and adapt not only relates to the questions researchers need to ask but also to the methods they need to employ to answer those questions. For several decades now, the large majority of quantitative research on the content, uses, and effects of media entertainment has been based on data from surveys, manual content analyses, or lab experiments. While there is no doubt that these studies have produced numerous important insights into media entertainment, they have certain limitations, some of which may entail significant biases. For example, several recent studies have shown that self-reports of media use tend to be unreliable. This is especially problematic if researchers are interested in very specific, rare, or socially undesirable forms of media entertainment. Experimental lab studies, on the other hand, tend to have relatively small samples and often occur in somewhat unnatural settings. And manual content analyses are not suitable for the large amounts of data that new forms of media entertainment generate (e.g., comments on YouTube videos). Over the last few years, the nascent field of computational social science has been developing and using methods for the collection and analysis of data that can help to address some of the limitations of traditional methods. For example, the use of digital trace data, such as data collected via APIs or tracking apps/plugins, can alleviate some problems associated with self-report data, and methods from the area of machine learning can be used to (semi-)automatically analyze large amounts of media content (or reactions to it). For this thematic issue, we invite substantive as well as methodological contributions that employ computational methods—either standalone or in combination with traditional methods—to study the content, uses, and effects of media entertainment. Submissions should either apply computational methods to investigate the content, uses or effects of media entertainment (studies that combine different types/sources of data, such as surveys and digital trace data, are especially welcome) or present and discuss novel computational methodologies for collecting and/or analyzing data on the content, uses or effects of entertainment media.

We invite two types of submissions: (1) late-breaking brief reports (of no longer than 3000 words, inclusive of all manuscript elements) and (2) longer-format manuscripts (of no longer than 6,000 words, inclusive of all manuscript elements). Submissions engaging in open science practices will be given particular consideration in the review process (for some practical primers on the adoption of open science practices see https://how-to-open.science or http://psych-transparency-guide.uni-koeln.de). We also especially welcome preregistered studies (for an introduction to preregistration see https://how-to-open.science/plan/preregistration/why or http://psych-transparency-guide.uni-koeln.de/preregistration.html).

Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal’s instructions for authors and send their abstracts (about 250 words, with a tentative title and reference to the thematic issue) by email to the Editorial Office (mac@cogitatiopress.com).

More information: https://www.cogitatiopress.com/mediaandcommunication/pages/view/nextissues#MediaEntertainment



New website: We now have a website with all of the information you need about the Interest Group. We would like to thank Austin Lee, associate professor at Chapman U, for serving as our webmaster. The site includes information about the interest group including instructions for becoming a member and the interest group’s CFP for ICA 2020. Website: https://humanmachinecommunication.com

Student representative: Henry Goble, a PhD student in the Department of Communication at Michigan State U has agreed to serve as the interest group’s inaugural student representative. Henry can be reached at Goblehen@msu.edu.

Make it official. Become a member: When renewing your ICA membership, please make sure that you join the Human-Machine Communication Interest Group. Select “Human-Machine Communication” from the menu of divisions and interest groups. 

CFP for the 70th ICA Annual Conference. We are seeking papers, posters, and extended abstracts for the main ICA 2020 conference. The paper call is available via our website. We also will need people to serve as reviewers, so please sign up to review when you submit your paper. 

Help us grow: Please share information regarding the Human-Machine Communication Interest Group with other scholars. It would be helpful for members to use social media to share the CFP for the 2020 ICA Annual Conference and to encourage people to join the group. Thank you.

Questions? Contact Andrea L. Guzman at alguzman@niu.edu.  



Dear Members of the Journalism Studies Division,


More than two months have already passed since the memorable Washington conference, and I hope you are all doing well. Before we shift our focus to the beautiful Gold Coast, I want to thank all of the presenters, chairs, discussants, and participants at the multiple divisional sessions and events in Washington. Our members’ high level of engagement is one of our major strengths as a division. For those of you who could not attend the business meeting in Washington, the minutes are now available on our website: https://www.icahdq.org/members/group_content_view.asp?group=186103&id=631059

Many thanks to our incoming secretary, Edson Tandoc, for his great job in putting the minutes together.


And now, the time has come for the next round of conference submissions!  

The CFP for the 70th Annual ICA Conference is out on https://www.icahdq.org/page/2020CFP.  The conference submission website will go online around 4 September and will remain open until 1 November.


In addition to looking at the general ICA guidelines in the CFP, make sure to carefully read the divisional call (https://www.icahdq.org/mpage/JS_CFP). Based on the Washington pilot and your useful feedback in the survey we administered last month, we decided to keep the works-in-progress sessions for the 2020 conference, but the format requirements have been refined and clarified. Please check them out if you consider submitting an extended abstract. At the same time, keep in mind that full papers are still the core of the program.  Accordingly, acceptance rate for extended abstracts is likely to be lower than for full papers.


As in previous conferences, we also have a special theme for panel submissions. For the 2020 conference, in addition to the regular panel track, the division encourages submissions adhering to the theme of Innovations in Methods in Journalism Studies.” For further detail, please consult the divisional CFP.   


We are looking forward to receiving your submissions! If you have any questions concerning the different formats or your individual submissions, please contact Vice Chair and Program Planner Seth Lewis (sclewis@uoregon.edu). And if you have concerns about the conference destination, check out this column by ICA President-Elect and Conference Program Chair Claes De Vreese: https://www.icahdq.org/blogpost/1523657/329077/Going-to-Australia


In 2020, we are also marking the twentieth anniversary of two foundational journals of our field – Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism and Journalism Studies. A celebratory conference will take place at the U of Vienna in September 2020. The title of the conference is “Journalism 2020: The (ir)relevance of journalism and the future of journalism studies,” and you can find the CFP below.



If you have input for the newsletter, please send it to keren.tw@mail.huji.ac.il. I also invite you to post any information that is relevant for members of the Journalism Studies division on the division’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/905079112968319/


Best wishes,

Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt

Chair, ICA Journalism Studies Division





Journalism 2020: The (ir)relevance of journalism and the future of journalism studies


A conference jointly organized by Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism and Journalism Studies in celebration of their 20th anniversaries


Vienna, Austria, 11-13 September, 2020. Hosted by the Journalism Studies Center, Department of Communication, U of Vienna


The year 2000 is often considered a watershed moment in the development of the field of journalism studies, as it marks the year that two key academic journals – Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism and Journalism Studies – were first published. To celebrate their twentieth anniversaries, the journals are organizing a three-day conference in 2020 to look back on the evolution of the field, and to critically consider key questions for the field going forward. The conference will include a number of keynote presentations, round-tables, as well as regular paper presentations. 


There is no doubt that journalism is impacted by a whole range of threats, many of which go to the core of what journalism is about, whether it is occupational issues that are failing to provide the cues to make journalism viable, politicians who are pulling into question and attempting to curtail journalism’s role, societal actors who are competing with traditional journalists and questioning journalism’s authority, economic developments that are making it harder and harder to find sustainable business models, or technological advances that threaten traditional news selection processes. The conference will engage with all these developments in the journalistic environment, and we call on submissions that deal with the (ir)relevance of journalism and fields including, but not limited to politics, technology, economics, audience, culture, and academia.


We therefore invite papers that address how journalism studies can help to answer crucial questions about journalism’s relevance, but also the relevance of the field of journalism studies itself. We call particularly for thought-provoking papers that develop new theories or methods and push the boundaries of the field. We welcome submissions from all theoretical, epistemological and methodological perspectives.


The conference will feature six keynote presentations on the topics noted above, some round-table discussions, traditional paper presentations, and coherent panels. 


*Traditional paper presentations: Traditional paper presentations will take place in panels consisting of four to five papers.


*Coherent panels: A limited number of slots will be available for coherent panels where one topic is addressed in four to five presentations, followed by a respondent. Preference will be given to panels with presenters from diverse backgrounds and affiliations.


Following the conference, we envisage to publish special issues in both journals, as well as a book featuring the best submissions.


How to submit:


Submissions can be sent to journalism2020@univie.ac.at by no later than 29 February, 2020. Please include in the email (1) the title of your paper, (2) an abstract of no more than 400 words, (3) names and affiliations of the authors.


To submit a panel proposal, a 300-word rationale should be sent alongside a 150-word explanation per presentation, as well as the names and affiliations of presenters and respondent.


All submissions will undergo scholarly peer-review.


Notifications of acceptance will be issued in early April.


More information can be found on our website: https://journalism2020.univie.ac.at/


Please contact the conference organizing committee with questions at journalism2020@univie.ac.at.



Dear Colleagues, 

Just a reminder that the deadline is coming up!

Deadline for submissions 16 September 2019

Media Industries 2020: Global Currents and Contradictions

16-18 April 2020   King’s College London


Second international Media Industries conference, hosted by the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London

Following the success of Media Industries: Current Debates and Future Directions (2018) we are pleased to announce the next Media Industries conference will take place in April 2020.

Media Industries 2020 (MI2020) maintains an open intellectual agenda, inviting papers, panels or workshops exploring the full breadth of media industries, in contemporary and historical contexts, and from all traditions of media industries scholarship. MI2020 will therefore provide a meeting ground for all forms of media industries research.

As a specialized focus, the 2020 conference takes Global Currents and Contradictions as its coordinating theme. In media industries scholarship, repeated attention to a few key territories, frequently but not exclusively located in the Global North, has concentrated but also limited the scope of the field. In choosing the theme Global Currents and Contradictions, we are therefore particularly interested in receiving submissions engaging with industries, contexts and bodies of research that represent, extend or challenge the geographic reach of the field. To headline this theme, a programme of keynote speakers will be announced in due course.


A core aim of the Media Industries conference is to bring together scholars researching media industries from across multiple professional associations and their relevant sub-groups or sections.

The Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London is therefore very pleased to be organizing MI2020 in partnership with:

·      British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) - Screen Industries Special Interest Group

·      European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) - Media Industries and Cultural Production Section

·      European Media Management Association (EMMA)

·      European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) - Screen Industries Work Group

·      Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft (GFM) - AG Medienindustrien

·      Global Media and China journal

·      International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM)

·      International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) - Media Production Analysis Working Group

·      International Communication Association (ICA) - Media Industry Studies Interest Group

·      Media Industries journal

·      Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) - Media Industries Scholarly Interest Group

·      South Asia Communication Association (SACA)


For King’s College London: Sarah Atkinson, Bridget Conor, Virginia Crisp, Sonal Kantaria (conference administrator), Wing-Fai Leung, Paul McDonald (conference chair), Jeanette Steemers and Jaap Verheul


Deb Aikat (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Courtney Brannon Donoghue (University of North Texas), Hanne Bruun (Aarhus Universitet), Evan Elkins (Colorado State University), Elizabeth Evans (University of Nottingham), Tom Evens (Universiteit Gent), Franco Fabbri, Anthony Fung (Chinese University of Hong Kong), David Hesmondhalgh (University of Leeds), Catherine Johnson (University of Huddersfield), Derek Johnson (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Ramon Lobato (RMIT University), Skadi Loist (Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf), Amanda Lotz (Queensland University of Technology), Alfred Martin (University of Iowa), Jack Newsinger (University of Nottingham), Sora Park (University of Canberra), Alisa Perren (University of Texas-Austin), Steve Presence (University of the West of England), Roel Puijk (Høgskolen i Innlandet), Willemien Sanders (Universiteit Utrecht), Kevin Sanson (Queensland University of Technology), Andrew Spicer (University of the West of England), Petr Szczepanik (Univerzita Karlova), Harsh Taneja (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Patrick Vonderau (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)


Registration for the conference will go live in mid-November 2019. Fees will be published then and will be tiered according to the delegate’s country of residence using the World Bank’s country classifications by Gross National Income per capita.


To submit, see the ‘Submission Instructions’ and accompanying link at https://media-industries.org.


Submissions will be accepted until 16 September 2019 at 23.00hrs British Summer Time (BST) (please note: BST is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) + 1 hour)

Submission Categories

Submissions are welcomed in three categories.

      i.     Open Call Papers

Format: solo or co-presented research paper lasting no more than 20mins.

    ii.     Pre-constituted Panels

Format: 90mins panel of 3 x 20mins OR 4 x 15mins thematically linked solo or co-presented research papers followed by questions.

   iii.     Pre-constituted Workshops

Format: 90mins interactive forum led by 4 to 6 x 6mins thematically linked informal presentations. Led by a chair or co-chairs, workshops adopt a roundtable format bringing together 4 to 6 speakers to offer short (up to 6 minute) position statements or interventions designed to trigger discussions around a central theme, issue, or problem. As such, the workshop does not involve the presentation of formal research papers, but rather is designed to create a forum for the speakers and the audience to engage in a shared discussion. The workshop format is flexible and can be adapted to allow the chair or co-chairs to introduce exercises or other activities where appropriate.

Delegates can make TWO contributions to the conference but only ONE in any category, i.e. presenting an open call paper and participating in a workshop will be permitted but presenting two open call papers will not be. Chairing a panel or organizing a workshop will NOT count as a contribution.

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