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Posted By Administration, Monday, July 6, 2020

ACTIVISM, COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE INTEREST GROUP

 

Outstanding Dissertation 2020

Abdul Rohman (RMIT Vietnam)

The title: Framing, Fiction and the Continuity of Social Movements: The Case of the Ambonese Peace Movement in Indonesia

 

The committee really enjoyed this dissertation. We found the project to be rigorous, well-written and innovative as Dr. Rohman examined why and how social movements are sustained over time. We also found the topic of the Ambonese Peace Movement to be unique, and Dr. Rohman to be thoughtfully engaged.

 

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Dear ACSJ interest group members,

 

Before the summer, we would like to say thank you to you and everybody who has supported us during the last, in all respects very challenging year.

 

The past months not only have meant crucial changes in the ways we teach, research and conference, but also have brought to the fore (again) how important the research of our members is contributing to better understand the ways in which oppression, discrimination, structural violence and institutional racism unfortunately still imbue our academic and civic communities. BLM has also re-actualized the question of how academic research and teaching could and should contribute to social, political, economic and racial justice. We have all witnessed how activist-researchers in many countries have come forth to contribute with their scholarly knowledge and organization skills in order to mobilize communities and share relevant information. We hope that our interest group will continue to work as the vital platform that it is to further these kinds of questions. Do not hesitate in reaching out to our community to discuss, educate, organize and share knowledge, practices and resources.

 

In this newsletter, we would like to highlight some information that we shared during the virtual business meeting:

 

ICA submissions and panels

¥       63 submitted papers

¥       13 submitted panels

¥       32 accepted papers (acceptance rate 51%)

¥       5 accepted panels (acceptance rate 39%)

¥       93 reviewers doing a total of 161 reviews (THANK YOU SO MUCH!)

 

Big thank you to

Dr. Todd Wolfson

ACSJ Vice-Chair and program planner

for managing the review process, selecting submissions, organizing panels, roundtables, poster sessions, & selecting best paper awards

 

Building Communication Channels

Thanks to Dr. Rosemary Clark-Parsons, ACSJ’s Secretary, for starting an ACSJ e-newsletter and building an ACSJ mailing list.

She has been sending out information to ACSJ members using the e-newsletter and/or mailing list.

Dr. Clark-Parsons also runs ACSJ’s Twitter account.

Please join mailinglist, follow ACSJ on Facebook and Twitter https://twitter.com/AcsjIca

 

Internationalisation Officer

Dr Paola Sartoretto,

Jönköping University – School of Education and Communication

 

Outstanding Book Award

Jen Schradie, The Revolution That Wasn’t: How Digital Activism Favors Conservatives (Harvard University Press, 2019)

 

Outstanding Dissertation Award

Abdul Rohman (RMIT Vietnam), Framing, Fiction and the Continuity of Social Movements: The Case of the Ambonese Peace Movement in Indonesia

 

Best Paper Award

Elisabetta Ferrari, “Visual Focus Groups: Stimulating Reflexive Conversations With Collective Drawing”

 

Best Student Paper Award

Nomy Bitman, “Reconceptualizing 'Subaltern-Researcher': Interviews as a Conflictual Methodology for a Communication Research D/Deaf Researcher and Participants”

 

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CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS AND MEDIA DIVISION

 

Dear CAM Division Members,


It is hard to believe, but it is that time of year to start thinking about elections for ICA.  We will have 2 items on the ballot this year:  1) CAM Vice Chair, and 2) Proposal to add a new CAM award.


1) Vice Chair candidates.  In order to run for this position, I will need your submission by FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2020.  Your submission should contain your name, affiliation, and a statement describing your interests, qualifications, and what you hope to bring to the division.


Candidate statements are limited to one paragraph with 2000 characters (approximately 300 words) and should be submitted in plain text with no special formatting (i.e. no bold, underline, bulleted items) to me by FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2020, via email:  Nancy.Jennings@uc.edu


For more details about the role of the Vice Chair, please refer to the division’s by-laws:  https://icacamsite.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/bylaws_cam_updated_2017july.pdf


2)  Proposal for a new CAM award.  In addition, the leadership team has discussed some options regarding awards.  We would like to add an award for CAM.  As such, a proposal for a new award will appear on the ballot this fall to amend the bylaws in order to add a new award.  As a preview, please review the following proposal for a CAM ENGAGED RESEARCH AWARD:


Engaged Research Award Proposal


The Engaged Research Award honors a scholar who has made significant contributions in the area of children, adolescents and media through community engaged scholarship.  The successful nomination will have made clear, coherent, and sustained contributions in the areas of community engaged research, teaching and/or service.  Engaged research is associated with discovery of new knowledge and insights in collaboration with community and/or industry partners.  Engaged teaching involves the sharing and transmission of research-based knowledge with audiences through formal or informal activities.  Engaged service is associated with use of research-based expertise to address specific issues or concerns identified by individuals, organizations or communities.  The Award is open to scholars from different backgrounds and disciplinary orientations and who are informed by a variety of theoretical and empirical approaches. The Award is open to ICA members, with preference given to those who have been ICA members for a minimum of 3 years. Membership in the CAM division is encouraged but not required. Members of the Awards Committee may nominate, but nominees cannot serve on the Awards Committee.


A full nomination package should comprise:

1.      A letter of nomination, not to exceed two pages. The letter must: (a) specify the relevant body of engaged work and contributions made in the field of Children, Adolescents, and Media; (b) demonstrate and argue for the influence and impact of the engaged scholarship on the community and/or industry (to that end, a brief statement addressing citation impact is suggested);

2.      Up to three (3) representative examples of the engaged scholarship, but at least one (1) example;

3.      An up-to-date CV for the individual nominated



Please send me any feedback regarding this proposal and, of course, your nominations for the next CAM Vice Chair by Friday, July 24, 2020.


Take care,

Nancy Jennings

Chair, CAM


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COMMUNICATION LAW AND POLICY DIVISION


Hi all,

Hope this email finds you well, healthy, and safe.


This fall, the Communication Law and Policy Division will be electing a new Vice Chair to succeed Christopher Ali, who will move up to chair of our division following ICA in Denver 2021.


The Vice Chair will serve in the role for two years commencing after Denver 2021. After ICA 2023, the Vice Chair will assume the Chair position, and will serve as a representative on the ICA Board of Directors. In total, this position will involve four years of service, from June 2021 until May 2025.


Candidates for the VC position must be active members of ICA.


If you are interested in running for the position of Vice Chair (and getting to work with Chris on ICA 2022 and 2023!) please send a short bio and expression of interest for the office to Christopher Ali (cali@virginia.edu) by Saturday July 26 at 12:00 (NOON) EST. The bio and expression of interest should be no more than 300words or 2000 characters.


Of course, both myself and Jasmine are available should you have any questions about the position, the roles and responsibilities, or the statement of interest.


Sincerely yours,

Christopher Ali

Vice Chair, Communication Law and Policy Division, ICA

cali@virginia.edu


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COMMUNICATION AND TECHNOLOGY DIVISION


Dear CAT members,


We are excited to welcome you to a new ICA CAT term and to introduce ourselves as the new incoming division leadership team! We hope that—despite these difficult times—you are well and had a rewarding experience with this year’s virtual conference. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we will be able to meet in person at the next annual conference in Denver, CO: May 27-31, 2021. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have questions, suggestions, or requests related to the business of our division.


We are very much looking forward to working with you to keep our division as strong as it is! CAT is currently one of the largest and most active divisions at ICA, and we appreciate your trust in us to manage such a complex organization.


With that, we would like to take the opportunity to express our gratitude to the outgoing CAT leadership team:


Nicole Ellison (Outgoing Chair)

German Neubaum (Outgoing Secretary)

Hsin-yi Sandy Tsai (Outgoing International Liaison)

Chrissy Cook (Outgoing Student Representative)

Homero Gil de Zúñiga (Outgoing Awards Committee Chair)


On behalf of all CAT members, we thank you for your excellent work and continuous dedication to our division. Your tireless commitment and inclusive leadership have made all the activities around CAT rewarding and distinctive in the last years—thank you!


We look forward to connecting with you all over the next years.


Best wishes,

Ran Wei (Chair), Caleb T. Carr (Vice Chair), Anna Sophie Kümpel (Secretary), Natalie Bazarova (International Liaison), Bingjie Liu (Student Representative) & Katy Pearce (Doctoral Consortium Program Director)


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COMMUNICATION LAW AND POLICY DIVISION


Call for Applications: Max Gressly & Florian Fleck Scholarship 2021 at the University of Fribourg



The University of Fribourg’s Department of Communication and Media Research DCM is dedicated to research and teaching in the field of communication and media studies that adheres to the highest international standards. Researchers at the department cover research fields ranging from political communication, journalism, communication management, to communication history, business communication and new media, media systems and media effects. A fund raised by the department’s founding fathers Dr. Max Gressly and Dr. Florian Fleck allows the DCM to offer an International Visiting Scholarship or post-doctoral researchers and non-tenured professors. As a trilingual institution (French, German, English) the University of Fribourg provides a truly international research environment with plenty of opportunities to share ideas. Moreover, visiting scholars can benefit from enriching research opportunities in Switzerland. The remuneration consists of CHF 5.000, permitting a stay of two to three months. Visiting scholars will have the chance to collaborate with established scholars and to contribute to academic discussions at the department.


The scholarship addresses young internationally-orientated scholars who are on a research or a sabbatical leave. The quality of the applicants should be demonstrated by publications in international peer-reviewed journals or by promising ongoing research projects. Priority will be given to applicants from outside of Switzerland focusing on research projects which correspond to the research interests at the DCM.

Applicants are requested to submit a letter of application, a statement outlining their research plans and their motivation, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted), copies of degree certificate(s) and an academic letter of recommendation.


Deadline for applications: September 30, 2020

Please send applications by email to: nadege.rives@unifr.ch


For additional information, please contact the Head of the Department of Communication and Media Research, Prof. Dr. Regula Hänggli (regula.haenggli@unifr.ch) or Nadège Rives, administrative assistant (nadege.rives@unifr.ch).


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COMPUTATIONAL METHODS DIVISION


Dear CM Members,


First of all, let me introduce the incoming social media representative, Dr Weiai Wayne Xu, from UMass Amherst. Wayne will be managing CM’s Twitter and Facebook pages. He succeeds Dr Dani Madrid-Morales, who has done a terrific job managing CM social media accounts in the past two years. A heartfelt thank you to Dani and Wayne!


If you missed the social media rep gig, no worries - there are even more opportunities to serve the CM division! The Computational Methods Division is soliciting nominations for (1) Secretary and (2) Student and Early Career (SEC) Representative. Both positions are for a two-year term, beginning in May 2021 (after the Denver conference) and ending in May 2023.


SECRETARY:

The Secretary prepares and distributes minutes of business meetings to members, acts as editor of the Division’s newsletter, oversees the Division’s website, and communicates with members via the Division’s listserv as needed. The Secretary also assists the Chair and the Vice-Chair in administering business meetings and other division programs.


STUDENT AND EARLY CAREER REPRESENTATIVE (SEC Rep):

The SEC Rep represents the Student and Early Career scholars of the Division and must be a student at the time of appointment (May 2021). The SEC Rep participates in the planning and organization of events dedicated to Students and Early Career Scholars during the annual conference, as well as other related activities.


Fine Prints:

-Only active members of both ICA and the Computational Methods Division are eligible for nomination and election.

-Candidates may only run for just ONE elected position across all ICA Divisions and Interest Groups.

-Self-nominations are welcome!

-If you nominate other members, please confirm with the potential nominees they are willing to serve in this role.

-All nominations must include the candidate’s name, email address, and a candidate statement limited to one paragraph with no more than 2000 characters (approximately 300 words).


Please send nominations to Cindy Shen (cuishen@ucdavis.edu), by July 20th 2020.  If you have any questions about these roles and/or the nomination process, please feel free to contact Cindy Shen (chair), Josephine Lukito (jlukito@wisc.edu, current SEC rep), and Matthew Weber (msw@umn.edu, current secretary). 


Thank you for your service to the CM division! I hope everyone is staying safe and well.


Cindy


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ETHNICITY AND RACE IN COMMUNICATION DIVISION


ICA ERIC statement of support for our Black colleagues and siblings - June 2020


We write this statement to acknowledge the struggles, challenges and difficulties faced by our Black and Brown colleagues and siblings around the world on an everyday basis. We especially acknowledge with outrage and sorrow the discriminatory practices and instances of injustice they face resulting in humiliation, loss of respect, and ultimately, death, as has been witnessed in the most recent cases of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd in the US. Since its inception, ERIC has sustained its mission of providing a platform for scholarship on, about, and by scholars and activists of color and members of other marginalized and disenfranchised communities. In the face of the tough and tragic realities of social injustice against our Black colleagues, friends and marginalized voices beyond academia, ERIC is even more determined to unequivocally support practices and movements of resistance towards any form of such discrimination and injustice. We will help sustain the conversations about such injustices through promotion of resources that fight such injustice, robustly support anti-racist scholarship and literature, provide meaningful allyship to and diligently promote works of our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) colleagues. We will continue to work towards dismantling racism in all forms in the academy that affect BIPOC and other marginalized voices of students, faculty and staff, and expand the conversations to incorporate activism in different forms that support the #BlackLivesMatter movement.


In sincere and heartfelt solidarity, 

Sudeshna Roy - Chair

Jason Vincent Cabanes - Vice-Chair

Jordan Stalker - Secretary

Miriam Hernandez - International Liaison

Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed - Student & Early Career Representative


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FEMINIST SCHOLARSHIP DIVISION


Dear FSD members,


I hope this email finds you well and healthy amidst the unfolding global crisis.


FSD member Carolyn Byerly has shared with us a message from the Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG). They are trying to raise visibility for Maria Ressa's case and pressure the UNHCR to take action and collecting signatures for a petition.


See detailes below.



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Solidarity with journalist Maria Ressa


The Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG) joins other press freedom organizations around the world to condemn the convictions of Maria Ressa and Reynaldo Santos Jr and to affirm the rights of these and other journalists in the Philippines to report freely on the situation of violence, corruption and deteriorating civil liberties in their nation.


GAMAG stands in solidarity with calls for the Philippine courts to abandon these wrongful convictions and to restore these journalists to their professional status, enabling them to work as reporters.


GAMAG appeals to the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to exercise necessary pressure on the Government of the Philippines to follow the UN Human Rights Council’s recent recommendation enshrined in the  Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation of human rights in the Philippines, in various context of humans rights violations and in particular in the context of civic space to:


“i. Take confidence-building measures to foster trust with civil society organizations and facilitate their engagement with State institutions mandated to respond to human rights concerns, without reprisal; Halt – and condemn – incitement to hatred and violence and other harmful, threatening and misogynistic rhetoric against human rights defenders and other Government critics – offline and online;


ii. Ensure that the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly are respected and protected; Drop politically-motivated charges against human rights defenders, political opponents, journalists and media organizations, legal and judicial officials, trade unionists, church workers, and others; Take legal measures to ensure their protection, particularly following threats, including of gender-based violence; Ensure there are no reprisals against those persons and entities which have engaged with OHCHR for the present report” (p. 17).


GAMAG is a global alliance of individuals and organizations that advocate for gender equality in and through the media, and stands for the democratic freedom of expression for all. 


To sign the petition, go to https://gamag.net/2020/06/25/act-now-for-maria-ressa/


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INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION DIVISION


Call for nomination for vice-chair of the Intercultural Communication division of the International Communication Association.


This is a two-year term starting Monday, 31 May 2021 (the last day of the 71st annual conference in Denver, Colorado, U.S.) and ending with the conclusion of the 2023 conference in Toronto, Canada.  The Vice Chair will continue to serve two additional years as Chair (beginning with the end of the Toronto conference and ending with the 2025 conference). 


Vice-chair duties include-


•       Planning the Division program for the annual ICA conference

•       Preparing the Division’s call for the Call for Papers (in consultation with President-Elect Select and Executive Director)

•       Attending the planning meeting at the preceding annual ICA conference

•       Overseeing the process of paper reading and selection, according to the Program Planning Guide

•       Selecting Top Papers, Top Panels, Top Student Papers, Outstanding Reviewer, and prizes, as specified in the Division bylaws and procedures

•       Allocating student travel grants

•       Preparing the Division program according to the planning guide (in conjunction with President-Elect and Executive Director)

•       Awarding conference registration fee waiver/s

•       Overseeing the planning and submission of pre-conference and post-conference activities sponsored by the Division (in conjunction with President-Elect and Executive Director)

•       Planning and convening the social activities of the Division at the annual ICA conference (in concert with the Division chair and Executive Director)

•       Promoting the activities of the Division

•       Actively recruiting members to the Division


If interested in nominating yourself or someone, please send the following information to Soumia Bardhan, Chair, Intercultural Communication Division (soumia.bardhan@ucdenver.edu) by July 21, 2020.


Name, affiliation, email, and candidate statement limited to one paragraph with 2,000 characters (approximately 300 words) - characters in the ICA system means letters, spaces, and punctuation.


Eligibility: Please note that nominees must be a member the Intercultural Communication division; current officers cannot run for their current position; and a candidate can run for only 1 elected position.


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INTERGROUP COMMUNICATION INTEREST GROUP


Dear Intergroup Interest Group Members:


The Journal of Language and Social Psychology (JLSP) is organizing a special issue that may be of interest to you and your colleagues. The following message is from Howie Giles, the journal's Editor:


Announcing a Special Issue of JLSP


“THE LEGACY OF GEORGE FLOYD:

Language, Communication, and Social Psychological Perspectives toward CHANGE and SOCIAL JUSTICE” (preliminary title)


In just the last few weeks, almost the entire world has been rocked, shocked, and saddened by the nature of the passing of George Floyd. Arguably and subsequently, it has brought out both the best in some, and the worst in others. People talk of the death of Mr. Floyd and the aftermath as being the “tipping point” after hundreds of years of social injustice. While some are pessimistic that any significant changes will emerge in the wake of similar events in the past, there are, gratifyingly, some significant and immediate signs of the seeds of change in police reform as well as in addressing institutional racism. The JLSP, IALSP [International Association of Language and Social Psychology], and SAGE wish to foster academic contributions to, and a forum for, the latter.


Hence, I invite nominations (self- or from others) for one or two scholars who would be committed to working with me as Co-Guest Editors on developing the above, including the crafting of a Call for Papers for widespread distribution. In addition, I invite scholars who would be willing to work with us as Members of a Guest Editorial Board not only in reviewing submitted papers, but also assisting in creating our collaborative vision for this enterprise.


If interested, contact: Howie Giles, Editor, Journal of Language & Social Psychology

at: HowieGiles@cox.net



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INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION DIVISION


Hi Interpersonal Communication Division members,


We will elect our new vice chair during the annual end-of-summer ICA elections this year! We’re looking for nominations to run for this important office. You must hold a PhD and be a member of the division to run for this position. Interested parties should fill out this quick online form: https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d40XuKNW8YN1Wip


Please let me know if you have any questions.


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LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER & QUEER STUDIES INTEREST GROUP


Dear members,


It’s election time at ICA and our LGBTQ Interest Group is looking for new officers to join our team. This year we have openings for the following positions:

-       Co-chair, 4-year post between mid-2021 and mid-2025

-       Secretary, 3-year post between mid-2021 and mid-2024

-       Award Committee members, 2-year posts between mid-2021 and mid-2023 (two openings)


All officers are elected by our members in the popular vote. To candidate, you will have to send your candidate statement to our current co-chairs, Shinsuke Eguchi (seguchi@unm.edu) and Lukasz Szulc (l.szulc@sheffield.ac.uk) by 24 July 2020. The statement should be one paragraph with 2,000 characters, spaces and punctuation included (about 300 words).


Your statement for any of the positions should be not so much a bio but a first-person account of your own career, relationship with ICA, and any plan for what you hope to accomplish if elected. Additionally, we ask you to address how you will contribute to diversify the group in terms of representation, participation, and scholarship. In your statement you should talk about how you would contribute to the group's diversity in terms of:


- the various components of your identity (this does not refer only to gender and sexuality, but could also include things like race, ethnicity, national origin, and other relevant aspects)


- the kinds of research and teaching that you do, and any other relevant activities (e.g. if your scholarship is tied to participation in LGBTQ activism, that's worth mentioning, but it's not a requirement to have that on your resume!)


You can find more information about the positions and eligibility criteria below. You can learn more about our interest group here:  https://www.icahdq.org/group/glbtstudies and you are welcome to email Shinsuke and Lukasz with any questions you have. Current officers are not eligible for their current position.


All the best,

Shinsuke Eguchi and Lukasz Szulc

ICA LGBTQ IG Co-chairs



LGBTQ INTEREST GROUP CO-CHAIR

1 position for the term between mid-2021 and mid-2025


Co-chairing ICA LGBTQ Interest Group is a major leadership position, which involves a variety of tasks, shared between the two chairs, including:

-       oversighting of all ICA LGBTQ IG functions and officers

-       annual conference programming (sessions, business meetings, receptions, etc.)

-       seating on the ICA Board of Directors (BoD) and attending BoD meetings 

-       submitting ICA LGBTQ annual reports


Eligibility criteria:

-       you need to be an active member of ICA LGBTQ Interest Group (or join it before 24th July)

-       you need to have a PhD

-       you may not run for, or hold, an elected office across multiple ICA divisions and interest groups (candidates who submit themselves for more than one elected position will be disqualified)



LGBTQ INTEREST GROUP SECRETARY

1 position for the term between mid-2021 and mid-2024


The tasks of the ICA LGBTQ Secretary include:

-       assisting co-chairs in administering business meetings

-       preparing and distributing minutes of business meetings to members

-       acting as an editor of the ICA LGBTQ IG’s newsletter

-       overseeing the ICA LGBTQ IG’s website and social media


Eligibility criteria:

-       you need to be an active member of ICA LGBTQ Interest Group (or join it before 24th July)

-       you DO NOT need to have a PhD (students and early career researchers are welcome!)

-       you may not run for, or hold, an elected office across multiple ICA divisions and interest groups (candidates who submit themselves for more than one elected position will be disqualified)



LGBTQ INTEREST GROUP AWARD COMMITTEE MEMBERS

2 positions for the term between mid-2021 and mid-2023


ICA LGBTQ Award Committee members are responsible for:

-       deciding about ICA LGBTQ Top Faculty and Top Student Papers

-       deciding about ICA LGBTQ travel grants and conference registration waivers

-       nominating LGBTQ scholarship for ICA-wide awards


Eligibility criteria:

-       you need to be an active member of ICA LGBTQ Interest Group (or join it before 24th July)

-       you need to have a PhD and be at a more advanced stage of your career

-       you may not run for, or hold, an elected office across multiple ICA divisions and interest groups (candidates who submit themselves for more than one elected position will be disqualified)


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MASS COMMUNICATION DIVISION


Dear Mass Communication Division Members,


Please access this month's edition of All Things Media by visiting https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.icahdq.org/resource/group/7ebb7aea-5c3b-4838-bb35-a1927dc38be3/mass_comm_division_/newsletter_archive/2020/all_things_media_-_jun20.pdf


If you have any news to be included in the July 2020 issue, please email me at meghnaa.tallapragada@temple.edu.


All past editions of the newsletter are available in the archive on the Mass Communication Division site.


Sincerely,

Meghnaa Tallapragada


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MOBILE COMMUNICATION INTEREST GROUP


Dear members of the Mobile Communication Interest Group,


We are currently soliciting nominations and self-nominations for the position of Vice-Chair of the ICA Mobile Communication Interest Group. This is a key leadership position that provides the individual with the opportunity to help shape and advance the group, the sub-discipline, as well as enable our growing interest group to continue to thrive. The term of the Vice-Chair would begin on the last day of the ICA Annual Conference in Denver, USA, in 2021 and is a four-year commitment serving two years as Vice-Chair and then assuming the position of Chair for two years.


Description and Duties of the Vice-Chair


The Vice-Chair is a member of the interest group’s executive committee. As stated in the Mobile Communication Interest Group ByLaws:


The Vice-Chair shall assist the Chair in administering Section business meetings; participate with the Chair in evaluating the quality of Section convention programs; administer the selection of competitive and noncompetitive papers/programs for conventions and notify contributors and the Association of papers/programs that are selected. The Vice-Chair shall also assist the Chair when requested, and assume the duties of Chair in the event of the latter’s absence, disability, or request.


Perhaps the main task of the Vice-Chair is the planning of the Mobile Communication pre-conference in Paris (2022) and Toronto (2023). Subsequently, as Chair, the individual would have the primary responsibility to plan the Interest Group program for the 2024 (TBD) and 2025 (Honolulu) conferences. 


Desired candidates are active members of the Mobile Communication Interest Group. Candidates must be able to attend the Mobile Communication business meetings at the ICA annual meetings in Denver, USA (2021); Paris, France (2022); Toronto, Canada (2023); TBD (2024); and Honolulu (2025).


Submitting Nominations

Please send your nomination to Lynne Kelly, Chair of the Nominating Committee, by July 10, 2020. Your nomination needs to include the candidate’s CV and a brief statement (no more than 2,000 characters or about 300 words) in support of yourself/the candidate for the position. The  other members of the Nominating Committee are Rich Ling (riseling@gmail.com), Keri Stephens (keri.stephens@austin.utexas.edu), and Jakob Ohme (j.ohme@uva.nl). The committee will review the nominations and select those to put forward in the election process. Only the candidate’s statement is submitted to ICA to be included in the election process. ICA Elections begin on September 1, 2020. If you have further questions about the position or the nomination process, please contact Lynne Kelly (kelly@hartford.edu) or other Nominating Committee members before July 10th.


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VISUAL COMMUNICATION STUDIES DIVISION


Dear fellow VCS Division members,


I hope this message finds you all well and healthy. I'm writing you to draw your attention to the election for the new VCS Vice Chair coming up this Fall.


The Vice Chair position is a four year commitment, beginning?with the end of the ICA21 conference (Denver), and ending with the conclusion of the?ICA25 conference (Hawaii). After serving for two years as Vice Chair, the elected candidate will automatically become the Chair for an additional two-year term. The new Vice Chair will be responsible for the VCS Division’s Program Planning for the ICA23 and ICA24 (as Chair) conferences. In addition, the Vice Chair assists the Chair as needed, and assumes the duties of Chair in the event the Chair is unable to fill that role.


We are, then, seeking nominations or self-nominations, accompanied by a 2000-character (letters, spaces and punctuation) - or approximately 300-word - candidate statement including a short bio, and outlining past involvement in the ICA and/or VCS Division, and vision for the Division. Please send (self-)nominations to jelle.mast@vub.be by SUNDAY 26 JULY (hard deadline, no extensions can be granted!).


Statements should be submitted in plain text with no special formatting (i.e. no bold, underline, bulleted items) and should be carefully proofread before submitting.


Please note that only ACTIVE Division members are eligible for nomination/election, and that candidates may ONLY RUN FOR OR HOLD ONE elected position at a time.


The election polls open 1 September and close mid-October. The successful candidate does not officially take office until the last day of the Denver conference in May 2021.


If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.


And stay tuned for the next VCS Newsletter, which will be sent out later this month.


All best,

Jelle Mast


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