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Board of Directors Takes Important Steps at Annual Meeting

Posted By Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Annual Board of Directors Meeting was held during the two days prior to the 2018 annual conference in Prague (Czech Republic), taking action on several important issues. Several of the decisions have been or will be covered in depth in their own newsletter articles; however, a synopsis of most decisions is below.

On the recommendation of the Nominating Committee, the board approved the candidates for the 2018 Election. The Presidential candidates—Karin Wilkins (U of Texas – Austin) and Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam)—will be featured, along with their candidate statements, in the September issue of this newsletter. Candidates for Treasurer, student and early career representative, and board member at large were also ratified (their statements will be imbedded in the ballot). The election will take place in October 2018.

The board also approved several measures designed to provide additional financial resources to several groups. Conference fee waivers were designated for both SECAC representatives on the board in recognition of the massive amount of work they do to enhance the student experience at ICA and make up for the lack of funding from their universities. At the recommendation of the chairs of the LGBTQ Interest Group, the board also awarded two additional conference registration fee waivers to each of the 32 division/IGs to use in attracting new attendees specifically from the student population and from Tier C countries (for each division/IG, one of the new waivers is to be used for a student exclusively, and the other is for a Tier C or B attendee exclusively). This brings the total number of fee waivers funded by ICA to five per division/IG.

In addition, the board approved an annual allowance of US$2,000 in reimbursable expenses for each of the three Board Members at Large (BMAL) to do tangible work in their regions—attending smaller conferences to make connections for ICA and create synergies. Coupled with the new job description developed by the BMAL last year, this is a strong step towards tangible results from this important contingent of our board, and for our continuing internationalization efforts.

The Board also approved the creation of a Mission Statement Task Force, the continuation of the Ethics Committee to develop several white papers and positions related to conflict of interest and professional behavior, and a task force to tackle the issue of sponsorships.

The board also heard an in-depth presentation on the hotel contracts for the coming years from Anthony Stewart from Experient and from ICA Executive Director, Laura Sawyer. ICA has a reputation in the hotel industry for selling out on day one and then cancelling over 50% of the rooms booked that day later in the process (once the conference schedule is released in March). Eventually ICA find rooms for everyone when the original bookers pare down their reservations, but this phenomenon causes unnecessary stress to our attendees. After being presented with data from a decade of ICA hotel reservation reports, the board agreed that the process needs a change.

The board agreed unanimously that ICA should not release the room block booking link until the actual schedule is released, so attendees know exactly when they need rooms and will only book the nights they actually need.Therefore, the acceptance letters will go out in January 2019 as usual, and at that time you may register for the conference to get your early bird rate, and if you wish, you can book your airfare (since many of you do really come for the whole conference and your schedule is less important to know before making plans).

On 1 March, which is a Friday, we will release the schedule so that you know what days you will present. You will be given information on the hotel locations, prices, and amenities—you just won’t be able to book it yet (as usual, you may not book directly with the hotel). You will have the weekend to talk to colleagues and your family to determine what you really want to do without the stress of having to click the button instantly before things sell out. The next business day—Monday, 4 March—we will release the link for booking within the hotel block and everyone may then book the rooms they actually need. The board is hopeful that this change in the process will lead to less stress and to more accurate bookings, requiring little adjustment as conference draws nearer.

In addition, the Board reviewed and approved many standard agenda items, including

the 2018-19 committee rosters; publishers' reports and reports from each of ICA’s

journals; reports from each of ICA's standing committees and task forces; reports on

communications and membership efforts; the 2018 Fellows slate (congratulations, New Fellows!); the investments report; and the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year (FY19).

This was a highly productive meeting covering a wide range of issues of importance to

all ICA members, attendees, and partners. Many thanks to the 2018 board for taking the time out of their extremely tight schedules at conference (particularly surrounding preconferences) to engage in a day and half of in-depth discussions for the good of the association!

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Supporting Professional-Development Opportunities

Posted By Patricia Moy, President (U of Washington), Wednesday, August 1, 2018

With an intellectually vibrant annual conference, an increasing number of regional conferences around the globe, access to top-tiered academic journals, and growing intellectual networks, ICA has much to offer its members. However, supporting members is not one-size-fits-all, particularly as younger scholars attempt to navigate potential professional paths.

The diversity of needs and interests was quite evident earlier this month during the Political Communication Division’s weeklong summer-school program. Held every two years at the U of Milan and organized by Gianpietro Mazzoleni, Mauro Barisione, Luigi Curini, and Marco Maraffi, as well as immediate-past Division Chair Peter Van Aelst (U of Antwerp), the program is competitive and open to doctoral students from all over the world. This year, the two dozen students hailed from as near as Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and Turkey, to as far away as Australia, China, India, and Argentina. While doctoral students in a given subdiscipline naturally differ in their topics of study and methodological expertise, it became very apparent early on that many other differences exist and that students are shaped by a host of individual and institutional considerations. Consider a few of the key issues raised throughout the week:

How important is publishing during one’s doctoral program?

Many doctoral students view publications during graduate school as the figurative icing on the cake: Publications allow them to be more competitive as they enter an academic job market. Of course, for those who choose to work in primarily teaching institutions, research publications are less of a priority. And those who choose to work outside the academy may eschew publishing altogether. Across these scenarios, the student earns a doctorate with or without publications. In some institutions, however, the granting of the doctoral degree hinges on having published a certain number of articles. Whenever students unveil this nontrivial requirement, many gasp in surprise and others breathe a sigh of relief that they’re studying at another institution. And, everyone is relieved that there is no single magic number of publications to have on one’s CV when entering the job market.

How important is research when one is considering a nonacademic career?

The summer-school program has been fortunate to attract applicants with a wide range of intellectual interests, and inherent in this diversity is the motivation for graduate studies. Some students enter graduate school after having spent time in commercial, nonprofit, or government sector and having identified a problem or concern they would like to address with advanced training. Others know they want to do research but not teach, and therefore aspire to leave the academy after their doctoral work. I’ve seen extremely inclusive discussions involving different camps, and it is quite heartening to have individuals with different career goals converge upon the same ideas. In the end, students agree research and publishing are critical elements of their doctoral training, even if they leave the academy. Expertise fuels research, and vice versa, and publishing certainly signals that expertise.

How does one find a “hot” research topic? And does one’s dissertation topic determine the rest of one’s academic life?

In one sense, perhaps the starkest differences emerge when students talk about how they landed upon their dissertation topic. For some, the topic is part of a larger collaborative effort at their institution or a funded project that allows for multiple studies to be crafted. For others, the topic stems from an issue about which they feel quite passionate, but finding a communication question that is “good enough” remains a challenge. Still others decide upon topics only to rework them due to funding or time constraints. Regardless of the scenario that best describes a student, sharing their experiences with others was cathartic for many. And some realized that a “hot” topic might matter less than the communication question that undergirds it or the resources at one’s disposal.

How does one define success?

For many researchers, success is deeply intertwined with publications in certain journals. For others, it is making a difference outside the ivory tower – eradicating a disease, effecting institutional change, or making inroads to undo a social injustice. For yet another group, it’s about mentoring the next generation of colleagues in a given area. Students may or may not know early on the metrics of success against which they’ll be judged later in their careers, but they need to know about different metrics and the various options available to them.

In many respects, the summer school was a microcosm of ICA. Although the program was held under the auspices of the Political Communication Division, the students shared work that dealt with a broad swath of topics, theories, and methodological approaches. Presentations on digital politics, populism, and polarization were interspersed with presentations related to counter-hegemonic new-media platforms, journalistic innovations, political marketing, and culture. Questions about the latest theories and writing style were juxtaposed against questions related to gender issues, international collaborations, and how to deal with editorial rejections.

Most notably, the summer school exemplified ICA’s efforts to bolster professional development opportunities for those who might need it. Whether it’s the research/publication workshop in Africa last year or the recent growth of student-oriented preconferences, ICA’s efforts to mentor the next generation of communication researchers continue. If you have ideas you’d like to see implemented, please contact me or Past President Amy Jordan (Rutgers U), who is chairing a task force on professional development.

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President-Elect’s Welcome:

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Call for Papers from the ICA Divisions and Interest Groups for Communication Beyond Boundaries, the 69th Annual Conference to be held in Washington, DC from 24-28 May 2018, is about to go out. Those who have submitted to ICA conferences previously will notice one important change, which is that we are now setting word limits rather than page limits for individual papers.

The ScholarOne system for paper submission has now been adopted by the ICA, replacing the older AllAcademic system. Many of you will be familiar with ScholarOne, particularly if you have submitted papers to journals published by Oxford University Press or Taylor & Francis. ScholarOne has additional layers of functionality that make the page limit system redundant:

  • You can set a maximum word limit, and the system will not accept papers that exceed that limit. We have recommended a maximum length of 8,000 words to Divisions and Interest Groups;

  • Tables, charts, figures, images and graphs can be submitted as separate files;

  • Settings for reviewers are more intuitive;

  • Keyword searches enable better cross-checking of papers submitted across Divisions and Interest Groups.

The experience of using ScholarOne is more akin to that which researchers today are familiar with. As journals work with word limits rather than page limits, and as the maximum page limit system was always fraught with ambiguities, we believe that there will be a better experience for participants, reviewers and those managing the submission, reviewing and decision-making processes from the use of this new system.

You should also be aware that the 2019 conference will commence on Friday 24 May. This differs from previous practice, when the conference has commenced on a Thursday evening. The conference will conclude on Tuesday 28 May, which is also a change from the previous final day being Monday (the Memorial Day Holiday in the US). All other events within the conference will also shift back by one day.

Please note that the room blocks at the Washington Hilton, the nearby Omni Hotel, and any overflow hotels, will not be released until the next BUSINESS day AFTER the conference schedule is released. This is a change from previous years, when it was released on the announcement of paper acceptance. This change has been undertaken in order to address what was a large problem of room wastage i.e. up to 50% of bookings not going ahead once the conference schedule was announced. Attendees will now be able to book rooms with a clear understanding of the days they are required to attend as presenters.

Key dates for the ICA 2019 conference

Friday, 15 January: acceptance/rejection letters go out (you may wish to book flights at this point);

Friday, 1 March: actual schedule released so attendees know when their papers/panels are;

Monday, 4 March: room block opens.

We are also encouraging pre and postconferences at the university campuses in the vicinity of Washington, DC. These include Georgetown U, George Washington U, American U, Howard U, as well as other universities with campuses in DC (e.g. Johns Hopkins, Brown, Arizona State), and those nearby, such as Marymount U and George Mason U. Please advise if you need any assistance with making contact with these institutions.

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Pre and Postconference Proposals for D.C. Application Now Available

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Before and after each annual conference, ICA hosts pre- and postconferences. These sessions are either all-day or half-day miniconferences, intended as an extension of the main ICA conference, but separate in terms of budget, programming, and administration. Preconferences will be held on Friday, 24 May with an end time of 5pm. All postconferences will be on Wednesday, 29 May. If you choose to have an off-site conference, you may either propose a location you have already obtained in advance or you may mark on your proposal form that you wish to speak with our local host for help in determining a location. In all cases, please think carefully about your own break-even budget (the form has a formula for determining this) and whether you will need more than one room (if you might need a breakout room, for instance). If you are interested in planning and submitting a preconference or postconference proposal please fill out the proposal form by Friday, 31 August 2018. More detailed instructions are within the application form. If you have questions after reading the form, please contact Jennifer Le (

Submit here:

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Fair Use Awareness Raised among ICA Members

Posted By Dave Park (Lakeforest College), Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The right to use copyrighted material without licensing it is essential to many communication research practices, but many communication scholars are puzzled about how to use it. ICA has help.


When communication scholars quote from other scholars’ work in their own; when they conduct experiments using, say, commercials or clips from movies; when they assemble a private collection of articles while working on a research project; when they or their students select illustrations for their work, they need to know when they can use copyrighted material without licensing. ICA has guidance for US-based scholars, and hope for others as well.


Fair Use.

Fair use is, as ICA’s own Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Communication Scholarship describes it, is “the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment under some circumstances—especially when the cultural or social benefits of the use are predominant.” It is easy to take fair use provisions for granted when we teach or when we publish our scholarship.

The copyright doctrine of fair use has become a bedrock principle for academic freedom in the 21st century. The Code of Best Practices was created by an ICA Task Force in 2009-2010.


Fair Dealing and Beyond.

In the Commonwealth countries exceptions under the rubric of “fair dealing” typically include exceptions for scholarly publishing. Other countries often have exceptions under the rubric of “right of quotation,” which usually apply to scholarly publishing.

The ICA’s best practices code does not apply to those different copyright regimes, but international scholars should be aware that they too have rights under their copyright law to unlicensed use of copyrighted material.


Task Force’s Mission and Accomplishments.

And yet, ICA members for years forgot that the Code existed.

In pursuit of more widespread awareness and use of ICA’s fair use code, ICA created the Fair Use task force in 2017. The Fair Use task force consisted of: David Park (Chair), with members Patricia Aufderheide (American U), Larry Gross (U of Southern California), JP Gutierrez (ICA),  Jefferson Pooley (Muhlenberg College), and Katherine Sender (U of Michigan).

Our task force was charged to extend ICA’s efforts to publicize our own fair use code and to make links to other scholarly associations for the purpose of seeking endorsement of ICA’s fair use code.


The Fair Use Task Force pursued this agenda vigorously in 2017 and 2018. We have arranged for—and this newsletter has included—the regular Fair Use Q&A column, penned by task force member Patricia Aufderheide. These columns will continue for the foreseeable future. We made ICA’s fair use code easier to find on Simply go to, click on the publications tab, and then select ‘Fair Use Policy.’ It’ll be here.


We developed a session for the 2018 ICA Annual Conference in Prague, dedicated to fair use and fair dealing concerns. It drew international attendance, despite an early hour, with vigorous discussion. As well, preparing for the Annual Conference in 2018, task force members coordinated with all ICA chairs and interest groups so that they could either use our turnkey slideshow (Still useful! For your fellow faculty and students! Enjoy!) concerning fair use or have one of our task force members address their business meetings.


We have advocated on behalf of ICA’s fair use policy in conversations with the publishers of the ICA journals. Taylor & Francis has adopted the language from our own fair use code for their own communication publications. Oxford University Press is in the process of revising its own guidance to be more current with existing law, and we trust this will be more congruent with our Code.


Next Steps.

The Fair Use Task Force has now been disbanded, as we have accomplished our mandate and we believe ad-hoc committees should be ad-hoc. We leave to the ICA Publications Committee the hard work of continuing to recruit publishers’ adoption of ICA’s Fair Use policy. This is a big job, but the Publications Committee is well-positioned to complete it. We leave to the ICA Executive Committee the work of continuing to make links to other scholarly associations in pursuit of a broader scholarly awareness and adoption of this same policy. We hope that our work has generated a wider recognition of what Fair Use can do for ICA members.


Addendum: The Fair Use Task Force members wish to celebrate David Park for his exemplary leadership. PA, LG, JPG, JP, KS.

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Membership Column: Renew Your Membership Early!

Posted By Julie Randolph (ICA) & Kristine Rosa (ICA), Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Membership Team at the International Communication Association (ICA) would like to welcome you to the new membership term. At ICA, we strive to be your most valuable professional asset. We are now accepting early membership applications and renewals!

Membership at ICA runs from 1 October – 30 September annually, and is not prorated. To take full advantage of your annual benefits, we recommend renewing by 30 September. Renewing early ensures you continue to uninterruptedly receive ICA member benefits, some of which include: 

  • Online access to ICA's 6 Journals

  • Networking opportunities

  • Discounted conference registration price & CIOS membership

  • ICA travel grant eligibility

  • Service opportunities in leadership roles

  • Voting privileges, and more!

Returning Member? To renew, simply login to your ICA profile, and click on the link to securely renew which will appear right above your profile picture. If you need to change your membership type, please contact us at

New to ICA? To create a member profile and join ICA, click here: , and select one of ICA’s individual membership types. If you're unsure which type is the best fit, email us at, we're happy to guide you!

ICA Membership Types: 

  • Life: Includes all future conference fees and membership dues. Additionally, Life members may join as many Divisions and Interest Groups as they wish, at no extra cost. Life memberships can be paid in a single installment or in four consecutive annual installments.

  • Regular: ICA’s most popular membership type. It is ideal for scholars and practitioners of all fields of communication research who have earned their PhD or for individuals who now work within their field.

  • Student: Individuals who qualify for Student Membership in ICA are currently enrolled in school. This includes ABD candidates.

  • Sustaining: The membership includes a regular membership, one conference registration, and a US$40 donation to the Student Travel Fund. This donation helps to sustain and support ICA’s grant program.

  • Family: Designed for spouses or families who are all scholars or practitioners in the field of communication research. 

  • If you are interested and qualify for the Employment Exception membership type please contact Kristine Rosa, Email a copy of your contract or a letter from your supervisor stating the terms and conditions of your employment, and include a completed copy of this form in your email:

  • Group membership types are currently being updated and not yet available for renewal. We will share more as soon as they become available.

ICA is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. ICA began more than 50 years ago as a small association of U.S. researchers and is now a truly international association with more than 4,500 members in 80 countries. Since 2003, ICA has been officially associated with the United Nations as a non-governmental association (NGO).

Questions: Our membership FAQs might answer your question:   We are also happy to help, please feel free to contact us via email at

We are delighted to welcome new and returning members to the 2018-2019 membership term!



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Student Column: Student Networking for Survival

Posted By Sarah Cho (U of Massachusetts Amherst), Wednesday, August 1, 2018

“No, no, no, no, no! Not now!” I was 33 weeks pregnant and my water had just broken.

“I haven’t submitted the final draft yet!” At the time, I wasn’t wise enough to realize that my dissertation proposal was the least of my concerns when facing such an emergency. During labor, I wrote an email to the chair of the committee to change the schedule. Although I knew he’d understand my situation, I was frustrated by the fact that my life was not under my control at that moment. I didn’t know that having and raising a newborn would be filled with so many unexpected (and also sometimes wonderful) twists. Within a few hours, before I even had the chance to hold him, my baby boy was brought to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with several tubes and lines hanging from him. I soon realized that I had become the parent of a preemie without even having a crib ready at home. I am and always have been a planner. However, when creating my “prenatal timeline,” I had scheduled most of the baby to-do items for well after my proposal submission.

My husband and I are both PhD students studying abroad, so we don’t have any family members here to help us with postpartum care. However, while we don’t have any blood relatives nearby, our fellow graduate students have proven to be our family. While our baby was being expertly nurtured in the NICU, our colleagues and their partners voluntarily came by to help us rearrange our apartment and set up a baby room. They brought tools, assembled the crib and a dresser like professionals, moved heavy furniture, and cleaned everything fast and flawlessly—right in the middle of the semester! They cooked healthy meals for me during my recovery (creating a daily schedule that lasted three weeks), sent heartwarming messages, and prayed for our baby. To top it all off, some of my colleagues, who have children, filled our nursery with tons of gently used baby supplies, from buckets of clothes and toys to a stroller, car seat, and endless cute baby items.

Am I alone in this country? I may be a stranger sometimes, but I’m certainly not a stranger within my grad student body. The support I’ve seen goes beyond compassionate friendship and partnership for academic success. These are my people, people who gave me something to eat and drink before I even asked. They knew what I needed because they could relate. Most graduate students live with limited resources and socialize with a limited group of people. But I believe in the power of sticking together. Having a strong support system where graduate students can share their limited resources and network together strengthens the possibility for them to prevail and succeed both in their daily lives and in their research. However, it doesn’t mean merely the graduates’ personal success, since the ability of early career scholars to endure means the survival of the future of academia. This is why I am interested in building student communities and helping them to expand from the graduate student association within my department to the larger society, such as with ICA. I’ve found that linking local/personal networks to a larger body of academia is critical for the sustainability of the student community. It has the potential to improve the quality of the local student networks by enhancing their access to human, financial, and informational resources while simultaneously offering the larger community more diverse perspectives and wider influence.

After a great year of experience as a student representative for the Language and Social Interaction division, I am honored to serve ICA as a student board member and as a leadership member for the Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC) for the next two years. During my tenure at SECAC, working in tandem with other members, I expect to help reinforce the alliances between early career scholars from all divisions and interest groups by creating strong relationships between them and SECAC. One of my desired priorities is to support underrepresented early career scholar groups so that they can strengthen their memberships while constantly communicating with the larger ICA community.

Oh, before I finish, let me update you about my little one. These days, my five-month-old studies everything around him—the analysis typically concluding with a watering mouth. His mommy successfully completed her prospectus and journal submissions over the summer. So, does it take a village to raise a child? Yes. And it takes an entire student body for a graduate student to survive in her program.

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Member News

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Book Announcement: Doing News Framing Analysis II: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives


Edited by Paul D'Angelo, The College of New Jersey

Doing News Framing Analysis II: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives extends the work of the first volume, providing a venue for scholars to discuss how they theorize and do research on news framing. Featuring original, big picture perspectives on news framing, each chapter is prepared by an individual or team of framing analysts who take a reflective look at their own empirical work. The volume covers framing analysis on the content and effects of news coverage of policy and issue domains (e.g., social protest, race, and health-related issues), visual attributes of journalism, technological platforms of news, and news coverage in international and cross-cultural settings. Contributors discuss the use of varying theoretical and methodological approaches, providing interpretive guides as to what news frames are, how they can be observed in news texts, and how framing effects are uncovered and substantiated in cultural, group, and individual sites.


New Book Announcement – Political Conversion: Personal Transformation as Strategic Public Communication

Stories of religious conversion have been told for millennia. Yet many prominent figures such as Ronald Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and Rick Perry have also used stories of their change from one political worldview to another as a communication strategy aimed at winning the hearts and minds of the public. This book is about political conversion stories in public discourse, in their evolution from and interactions with religion. From a historical perspective, it charts the development of conversion narratives from religious contexts to their contemporary applications as specifically political messages. Since these narratives continue to be used in the culture wars, this book examines several related autobiographies that contributed to the use of this strategy in U.S. politics. Each case shows how shifts during the postwar period called for conversion texts under varying guises, and illustrates how and why the majority of these stories have been of conversions from the ideologica!

l left to the right. Examining political conversion as a form of public persuasion, Political Conversion ultimately provides insight into what these types of civic-religious stories mean for democratic communication and communities.

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New Book Announcement

"Petroglyphs, Pictographs and Projections: Native American Rock Art in the Contemporary Cultural Landscape,” a new book by Richard Rogers (Northern Arizona U), has been released by the University of Utah Press.  Using the tools of critical cultural studies, this book examines the interpretation and use of indigenous rock art (petroglyphs and pictographs) by non-Natives and what this tells us about contemporary cultural dynamics in the U.S.  Exploring both academic and popular discourses about rock art as well as appropriations and commodifications of indigenous imagery, Rogers explores the implications of the largely non-Native meanings, identities, and ideologies that are projected onto ancient rock art, with particular focus on contemporary gender dynamics and the neocolonial relationship between Euro-Americans and Native Americans.  In addition to rock art scholars, the book will be of interest to those working in critical/cultural studies, Native American stud!

ies, ethnic studies, postcolonial studies, gender studies, and tourism studies.

More information about the book can be found at


Louisa Ha,

New book

“The Audience and Business of YouTube and Online Videos.”  Use LEX30AUTH18 as the 30% discount code when ordered online at

This book is a thorough analysis of digital natives as YouTube audiences as well as creators of online videos.  Using a mixed method approach, the authors examine the underexplored business side of YouTube: its audience in the form of product review videos, comments on videos, YouTube and other social media and online video services such as Netflix and Hulu, brand videos, sponsored videos and online video advertising.  It is the first book that examines YouTube Red (now called YouTube Premium) and other YouTube services such as subscription, pay TV, and movie services.


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Division and Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 1, 2018



Dear Colleagues,


First, thank you all for making ICA Prague a success. Not only did the Division sponsor its 10th impressive pre-conference in 11 years (thank you Lars Lundgren and Christine Evans for programming the pre-conference), it held 12 well-attended sessions, and its first Blue Sky session (thank you Samantha Oliver for coordinating the Blue Sky session). A special thank you to past chair Dave Park for being a tireless leader. The Division is better because of your efforts.


With an incredibly successful ICA Prague now behind us, the Communication History Division exec team has begun looking ahead to ICA 2019 in Washington, DC. We have three items for your attention, described below, as well as a survey to enable you to sign up, comment, and/or provide feedback. The survey can be found here:


1)      Call for nominations: CHD Secretary. Following ICA 2019 in Washington DC, Lars Lundgren’s term as secretary will end, at which point Lars’ successor will take over. The election for secretary will open at the end of this summer. It would be wonderful to have a slate of candidates. We hope you’re interested in running. If you have any questions about the position, do not hesitate to be in touch.

2)      Call for proposals: Pre-Conference. The ICA pre-conference has been a staple of the Communication History Division’s programming. Not only have these pre-conferences showcased important and innovative work orbiting around a particular theme, they have also been instrumental in building a sense of community among division members. If you have a pre-conference idea, we would like to hear it. As has become custom, the coordination of the pre-conference is a collaborative effort. If interested in (co-)planning, you will receive logistical assistance from the CHD team.

3)      Call for reviewers. As always, we are looking for volunteers to review papers and panels for the Division once submissions are due. As most of you know, submissions roll in during the first week of November and are usually due about one month later. We are a distinctive division in that most other divisions rely on only two reviews per submission. We rely on three reviews. While this requires us to find more volunteers, the outcome is worth it. Please volunteer!! Note: graduate students are eligible to review.


Finally, again, please complete this survey ( It is quick and will be immensely helpful to us in readying ourselves for the planning ahead.


Thank you,

For Derek Vaillant (vice-chair) and Lars Lundgren (secretary),

Nicole Maurantonio

Chair, ICA Communication History Division






ICA Org Comm Division members,

Hope everybody is having a good summer! If you want to relive the highlights of the Prague Conference, our web and social media officer Michelle Fetherston made a great blog post about this which you can find here:

In this post you can also find the link to the brilliant Anniversary Video made by Craig and Mikyla Scott. And for your convenience, here it is as well – check it out at!

Thanks to all of you who contributed to making this conference a success, and see you next year in DC!

Best, Bart

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Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 1, 2018


Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies

Call for issue CJCS 11.2 (Fall 2019) | Deadline for full proposals: 15 January 2019

Guest Editors Alain-G. Gagnon (U du Québec à Montréal) Marta Montagut (Rovira i Virgili U) Carlota Moragas-Fernández (Rovira i Virgili U)

All political conflicts are constructed through communication (Castelló, 2012). Therefore, the field in which this communication takes place becomes a central issue in media studies, and indeed can be considered the conflict itself. From this perspective, there are related topics that catch the attention of scholars: political mediatization (Mazzoleni and Schulz, 1999), relationship between media and politicians (Jamieson and Capella, 1997; 2007; Norris, 2000), critical approaches to political and media discourses (Van Dijk. 2005; Fairclough, 2001; Wodak, 2009; Charteris-Black, 2011), media systems and its political consequences (Hallin and Mancini, 2004; 2016), agenda and frame effects (Slotus and De Vreese, 2010; Esser and Strömback, 2014), social media and political activism (Cammaerts, 2008; Loader and Mercea, 2011; Gerbaudo, 2016), populist trends in political communication (Mény and Surel, 2002; Reinemann et al. 2017), etc.

The recent Catalan political conflict provides an opportunity to study how a particular case reflects the dynamics established between political actors, media and citizens in the public sphere (Castelló and Capdevila, 2015; Ordeix and Ginesta 2014; Perales and Pont, 2017; Pont et al., 2017; Xicoy et al., 2017; Micó and Carbonell, 2017; Moragas-Fernández et al., 2018; Dekavalla and Montagut, 2018; Valera, 2018). In this context, the three-year period that goes from 9 November 2014 to 1 October 2017 has witnessed a dialectical escalation between those political actors supporting independence and those who do not, entailing in a scenario of polarization and a deep crisis of political legitimation (Gagnon and Sanjaume-Calvet, 2017; Cetrà, 2018).

This scenario has been supported by media actors and so sets out several debates on journalism ethics and standards, political communication practices, fake-news as a propaganda tool, the influence of Catalan and Spanish media system features in inciting the before-mentioned polarized discussion, the role of international press media in framing the conflict or the discourses and narratives constructed around the issue by political, media and citizens. Beyond the public discussion about the political conflict, the Catalan “process” has also acted as a catalyst of organizational communication of popular demonstrations and protests, bringing special attention to the role of social networks and apps as mobilization tools. Moreover, the Catalan conflict has also generated comparative views with other European regions and international contexts, such as the Quebecois, with which it shares similar claims.

The main goal of this special issue is to collect different approaches to the communicative construction of the Catalan conflict from a broad point of view. We aim to confront different perspectives about one of the most controversial political issues in the recent history of Spain and so we invite scholars, researchers and practitioners from around the world to submit full articles and viewpoints on topics that may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Big Data and Social Network Analysis Agenda setting

Discourse analysis of political actors, media and citizenship Political communication and journalistic principles and practices Mediatisation of the conflict Cultural products and national identities Audience studies related to media products about Catalan politics Internationalization of the conflict Comparative studies with other stateless nations within a communication scope Political pluralism in the media

The journal plans to include research articles of 6,000-7,000 words (including references), as well as brief research notes, experiences or progress reports of 2,000-3,000 words for the Viewpoint section. Full pro- posals should be submitted by 15 January 2019 in accordance with the Notes for Contributors through the following link: All contributions will be subjected to double blind peer review, except for the Viewpoint articles, which will be evaluated by the Editors.

Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies

Department of Communication Studies U Rovira i Virgili Campus Catalunya, Edifici Departaments Av. Catalunya 35. Desp. 3.22 43002- Tarragona (Spain)


Call for Papers: Special Issue of Social Media + Society: Marginality and Social Media

Social media and the internet have opened up new forms of empowerment and oppression that may particularly affect the lives of the marginalized. Marginality, as we are defining it, following Gatzweiler and Baumüller (2013), can be understood as the experience of disadvantaged (typically involuntarily) people or groups who are excluded from the resources and opportunities they need to participate as full and equal members of society. Marginality influences what people can achieve and limits their abilities to take advantage of the resources and opportunities afforded to non-marginalized peers.

Further, marginalized individuals and groups are often politically, economically, and/or socially vulnerable, as their susceptibility to harm is greater, often due to to their exclusion from critical resources.

Sometimes social media are a means for marginalized individuals or groups to address insufficient resources and barriers to participation. For example, social media have been implicated in new opportunities for building social capital (Gonzales, 2017), finding like-minded others (Blackwell et al., 2016; Clark-Parsons, 2017; Dhoest & Szulc, 2016; Gray, 2009; Jackson, Bailey, & Foucault-Welles, 2017; Pearce & Vitak, 2016; Pearce, Vitak, & Barta, 2018), providing social support (Gonzales, Kwon, Lynch, & Fritz, 2016; Hanasono & Yang, 2016; Rho, Haimson, Andalibi, Mazmanian, & Hayes, 2017), and engagement in advocacy (Blackwell et al., 2016; Fritz & Gonzales, 2018; Jackson et al., 2017).

At the same time, other research highlights the shortcomings of social media use for the marginalized as well, including harassment and discrimination (Duguay, 2016; Eckert, 2018; Fritz & Gonzales, 2018; Lawson, 2018; Marwick & Caplan, 2018; Nakamura, 2015), doxxing (Wood, Rose, & Thompson, 2018), surveillance (Manning & Stern, 2018; Marwick, Fontaine, & boyd, 2017; Megarry, 2017; Pitcan, Marwick, & boyd, 2018; Vickery, 2014), and the use of social media by people in power to further isolate the marginalized (Flores-Yeffal, Vidales, & Martinez, 2017; Linabary & Corple, 2018; Pearce, 2015; Woods, 2014).

These opportunities and risks affect marginalized people’s use of social media at all stages: access, skills, optimization, privacy, backlash, and development of features, applications, platforms, and tools to deal with unanticipated outcomes, etc. This call seeks manuscripts that consider either or both the strengths and the weaknesses of internet and social media communication for individuals from marginalized groups with the hope of building theory in this area that can ground and foster continued research and understanding.

We seek manuscripts that include a novel analysis of data and meaningfully engage with theory on marginalization. We follow Linabary and Corple's (2018) call to "study up" - start research from the lived experience of such groups for understanding. “Meaningful engagement” includes (but is not limited to): emphasizing the links between marginalization theory and communication research; testing the validity of communication theory not typically applied to marginalized populations; proposing new theoretical constructs that are relevant to marginalization in digital communication; and/or recognizing the need for theoretically interdisciplinary approaches to marginalization in communication. We also welcome manuscripts that engage with methodological approaches to marginality and social media (e.g., Brock, 2016; Linabary and Corple, 2018), as these are important building blocks for successful and ethical research. Finally, we also seek manuscripts that engage stakeholders outside of the academic sphere as collaborators, including policy makers, activists, non-profit representatives, as well as, of course, representatives from marginalized communities being investigated. Projects with a public outreach component that benefits marginalized communities or groups as a function of their investigation (e.g. community workshops, media engagement, etc.) are especially encouraged. All authors must follow basic precepts of ethical research at all research stages, and take into consideration community norms related to privacy. Basic precepts include: respect for privacy, secure storage of sensitive data, voluntary and informed consent when appropriate, avoiding deceptive practices when not essential, beneficence (maximizing the benefits to an individual or to society while minimizing harm to the individual), and risk mitigation. Members of marginalized groups may require additional safeguards to ensure ethical and responsible treatment during research.

Authors are encouraged to discuss these issues, and include a section on ethical considerations in their final manuscripts.

We seek submissions relating to social media and marginalization, broadly construed. Possible topics include:

  • Social media as a non-traditional way of accessing power

  • Barriers to social media use (tied to marginality)

  • Effects of social media use (tied to marginality)

  • Marginalized identities/groups’ use of social media for social support

  • Use of social media for advocacy or awareness-building

  • Use of social media to work around traditional gatekeepers

  • Privacy calculus or risk-benefits for marginalized online

  • Harassment of marginalized people or groups online

  • Self-presentation of marginalized online

  • Ethics/methods of studying marginalized people online or engaging with technology

Guest editors

Katy Pearce, U of Washington

Brooke Foucault Welles, Northeastern U

Amy Gonzales, U of California, Santa Barbara

Authors should initially submit an extended abstract of 800-1,000 words (not including references). The extended abstract should contain the key elements of the manuscript, research questions, methodology and the primary contribution of the manuscript.

The form will also ask for author contact information and abbreviated biography statements for each author describing their main research interests and background.

Tentative timeline:

Extended abstracts 800-1,000 words (not including references) due 28 November, 2018, 12:00 PM Eastern Time - upload here

Extended abstract authors notified of acceptance ~15 February, 2019

Full manuscript (~8,000 words) due 20 May, 2019, 12:00 PM Eastern Time

-- Reviews given to authors --

Revised manuscript due 15 November 2019, 12:00 PM Eastern Time



Call for Manuscripts: Special issue - The Journal of Public Relations Research

Special Issue: Public Relations in the Middle East

Guest Co-editors: Ganga Dhanesh and Gaelle Duthler

Editor-in-Chief: Bey-Ling Sha * Senior Associate Editor: Sung-Un Yang * Associate Editor: Maria Len-Rios

The Journal of Public Relations Research invites submissions for a special issue on public relations in the Middle East. Although origins of public relations can be traced to ancient times in regions across the world, its academic study has been associated with twentieth century USA. Ethnocentricity characterizes much of public relations theorizing, which does not capture the broader gamut of the global enactment of public relations. This call for papers situates research in a non-Euro-American context and aims to offer richly textured, contextual understandings of public relations in the Middle East. A region steeped in history; one that gave the world its first system of writing; the cradle of three world religions; producer of a substantial share of world oil, the Middle East in recent times has gripped the world’s attention not only with issues of grave importance in conflict-ridden countries but also with transformative economic growth, especially in countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Significant differences among countries in the region in terms of political, social, economic, legal, cultural and media milieus imply the need to examine specific contextual factors that could impact the practice of public relations in the region, a need this special issue aims to address. Under the broad umbrella of the topic could be included theoretical essays and theory-driven empirical manuscripts that challenge, elaborate, redefine, or re-examine any concept related to the practice of public relations in the Middle East. We welcome approaches from varied theoretical traditions and methodologies. However, descriptive papers are discouraged, and priority will be given to manuscripts that create, test, refine or expand theory in public relations.

Manuscript and Technical Requirements

-Content shall further the Journal’s primary purpose, which is to create, test, refine or expand theory in public relations. Authors should explicitly articulate how their scholarship serves the purpose of the journal.

-Content shall reflect the highest standards of scholarship, regardless of the research methods used.

-Manuscripts shall be submitted in APA style and edited to the highest standards of English-language grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, word usage, etc.

-Manuscripts shall conform to the Journal’s standard limit of 20 pages of text (not including references, figures, tables). Manuscripts that exceed the standard page limit may be considered if the authors (a) justify the manuscript length in their cover letter; (b) report qualitative and/or historical data; and (c) keep to a reasonable length appropriate for the nature of the research method and the subject studied.

-Authors shall take care to indicate in the online manuscript submission system that their submission is, in fact, intended for the special issue on Public Relations in the Middle East. Failure to make this indication (in the cover letter AND in the appropriate selection box) will lead to the manuscript being entered into the Journal’s regular review process, rather than the special issue process.

Important Dates

-Initial manuscript submissions due from authors: 1 December, 2018:

- Decisions announced to authors: 15 March, 2019:

-Final manuscripts due from authors for publication: 15 May,, 2019:

-Publication of special issue: October 2019:

Questions? Email or



15 November, 2018. Paris, France

Extended abstract submission deadline: 15 August, 2018

Full papers due: 19 October 2018

GigaNet – the Global Internet Governance Academic Network – is now accepting extended abstracts for papers to be presented at its annual symposium in Paris. The theme of this year's Symposium is:


By creating global compatibility and interoperability for nearly all forms of digital data, the Internet has created a new economy centered on the value and use of data. Metaphors of “data as the new oil,” however, can encourage policies of hoarding, bordering and nationalizing information. We encourage submissions of papers that take a fresher look at the global political economy and governance of data and its relationship to Internet governance. We encourage papers that address the international economics and policy of “big data,” the global impact of the European GDPR; industrial data sharing and the Internet of things; the economic and political impact of data uses by AI tools; the regulation of data sharing across borders, including data localization laws; platforms, data, manipulation and verification.

While papers related to the symposium theme are encouraged, GigaNet is a home for all scholars of Internet governance; its annual symposium is intended to build and showcase the entire field. Authors from any Internet governance-related topic and methodological or theoretical approach are invited to submit their work. Topics that are welcome include, but are not limited to:

* The role of sovereignty in cyberspace

* Trade agreements and Internet governance

* Cybersecurity and cyber conflict among great powers

* Multistakeholder governance and the distribution of power in IG institutions

* The transparency and inclusiveness of post-transition ICANN

* Policy issues related to domain names and IP addresses

* The role of Internet intermediaries in Internet governance


The Symposium will take place on 15 November 2018 in Paris, France. It will be hosted by the LIP6 Laboratory, Tower 26, Room 25-26/105 Sorbonne Université, Jussieu Campus, 4 Place Jussieu - 75005 Paris  


GigaNet is oriented around the presentation of research papers. We ask you to submit extended abstracts for review by the program committee. Extended abstract should consist of 800-1500 words. Each abstract must describe

1) The research question(s),

2) The data used,

3) The methodology and

4) The main findings of the paper.

Theoretical papers need not specify the data used but must have a clear research question and statement of the specific theories used and literature in which the analysis is situated.

Proposals should be submitted in English. Reviews of individual papers will be double blind. Therefore, do not include names or any other personally identifiable information on the uploaded file; be aware however that applicants will submit through the Easychair platform which will record their names and contact data and the PC chair will be able to see them.

All documents must be uploaded by 15 August 2018 to:

We expect to complete reviews and notifying authors of acceptances on September 3. Accepted papers will be required to submit their final paper submission by October 19 to be included in the program.

GigaNet is an international association of academic researchers founded in 2006 to support multidisciplinary research on Internet governance. Its membership includes researchers from all over the world who are contributing to local, regional and international debates on Internet Governance. GigaNet encourages emerging scholars to submit their work to the conference. More information on GigaNet’s organizational structures and activities can be found on the website at


Pre-Registered Reports Panel at the Media Psychology 2019 Conference  

MediaPsych2019, the 11th Conference of the Media Psychology Division of the German Psychological Society, will take place on 4-6  September, 2019 at U of Technology Chemnitz, Germany. The conference will be organized by Peter Ohler, Günter Daniel Rey, Daniel Pietschmann and Sascha Schneider of the Institute for Media Research. It will be part of a whole thematic week on digitization of everyday life with several ancillary academic and public events. The division and the local organizers cordially invite you to come to Chemnitz. A full Call for Papers will be released at the 51st Congress of the DGPs on 15 September, 2018.

Together with the Journal of Media Psychology (Editor-in-Chief: Christoph Klimmt) there is a special support program by the division for Registered Reports. All pre-registered proposals submitted to JMP until 31 May, 2019 are considered. Any such proposal sent out for peer review at JMP is automatically accepted for the conference to be presented at a special Registered Reports panel. Each panelist enters a competition for financial support by the Media Psychology Division to fund their study. For further details, see the Call for Proposals ( and JMP's author guidelines (


  • 31 May, 2019: Submit your Pre-Registered Proposal to the Journal of Media Psychology

  • 15 June,, 2019: Get an invitation by the Conference Organizers to present your proposal in Chemnitz(note: if your Pre-Registered Proposal has been sent out for review, it is automatically accepted for presentation at the conference)

  • September, 2019: Present your work at the conference and compete for financial support by the Media Psychology Division

OCMC 2018 at Rutgers – Submission Deadlines Approaching

We encourage graduate students and faculty interested in organizational communication to attend the Organizational Communication Mini-Conference at Rutgers 12-14 October. There are two abstract submission deadlines for those graduate students wishing to share their work formally at the conference:

Tuesday, 3 July : Featured speaking presentations by advanced doctoral students (acceptance decisions on or around 15 July)
Wednesday, 15 August: Poster presentations by beginning doctoral students & master’s students and second-chance for any remaining featured speaking presentation slots for advanced doctoral students (acceptance decisions on or around 1 September)

Master's students welcome, too! We are planning a workshop on Friday afternoon for master’s students considering Ph.D. studies and other careers in organizational communication. There will also be a preconference that afternoon for doctoral students and faculty with interests broadly related to organizing and health/wellness.

More details and submission information can be found online at Hope to see many of you at Rutgers this fall for OCMC 2018!

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