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Congratulations ICA Award Winners!

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Updated: Monday, May 25, 2020

The 70th Annual ICA Conference, though held virtually, nonetheless provided the Association and its members with an opportunity to celebrate excellence in the field by granting various awards. Congratulations to all the winners and our sincere gratitude to all the members of the various ICA awards committees, who do tremendous work each year to select each of these recipients. A special thank you to our Research Awards Committee Chair, Thomas Hanitzsch (LMU Munich), for his hard work pulling all of these awards together during a challenging time.



Fellows Book Award

Awarded to: Byron Reeves and Clifford Nass (posthumous) (Stanford U, USA)

Reeves, Byron & Nass, Clifford (1996). The Media Equation: How People Treat Computers, Television, and New Media Like Real People and Places. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


"The Media Equation: How People Treat Computers, Television, and New Media Like Real People and Places," by Byron Reeves and Clifford Nass is a groundbreaking book that is still extremely relevant today, 24 years after its publication. If this volume had an immediate impact on thinking about human computer interaction, this impact has grown over the years as younger scholars have been influenced by the arguments and engaged with them for purposes of modification and critique. It has been cited recently by researchers working on subjects as diverse as the ethical issues surrounding social robots, digital games for health, virtual assistants such as Alexa and Siri, smartphone health interventions, gender and social computing, children and smartphones, autonomous driving, augmented reality, technology-assisted collaborations, susceptibility to fake news and social impact of artificial intelligence. What the book is doing, most essentially, is to challenge the idea that humans respond to the mediations produced by computers differently from the way they respond to physical human presence. The authors’ emphasis on emotion and the centrality of social roles to human interaction is particularly interesting. A quarter of a century later, it is time to recognize this very influential book, which keeps having a tremendous influence on our field.

(Committee: Chair: Francois Cooren, Members: Jan Radway, Sharon Dunwoody, Maria "Betsi" Grabe,Gianpietro Mazzoleni)


Outstanding Book Award

Awarded to: Lilly Irani (U of California San Diego, USA)

Irani, Lilly (2019). Chasing Innovation: Making Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India. Princeton: Princeton University Press.


This book is a richly detailed, multi-year ethnography of the ways in which social entrepreneurship, design, and innovation work underscore national and global chains of value and power. The book marshals history and political economy around stories of everyday people who invested in impossible dreams that if they are more creative, they will achieve upward social mobility. Instead, innovation and human-centered design projects most benefited those already with social and economic capital. Precarious Indian citizens remained so despite their passionate aspirations. Deconstructing these rationalities and identities of entrepreneurialism in the context of development and governance in India, the book charts a new theoretical frame for understanding the entrepreneur as a figure of exploitation and a tool of nation-building. Dr. Irani asks critically “Who modernizes whom, and towards what horizon?” As such, the book de-Westernizes the figure of entrepreneur as a hero of teleological progress

(Committee: Chair:Vicki Mayer, Members:Lilie Chouliaraki, Hendrik Bodker, Akira Miyahara, Ralina Joseph)




Applied/Public Policy Research Award:

Awarded to: Moya Bailey (Northeastern U), Brooke Foucault Welles (Northeastern U) and Sarah Jackson (U of Pennsylvania)


These highly engaged scholars have produced outstanding and impactful research on the ways in which marginalized groups have reappropriated social media as a tool for shaping mainstream media and public discourse about issues of race and gender. Their work has been published in leading journals and presented in several ICA divisions and interest groups. Their recent book #Hashtag Activism, published by MIT Press, is an exemplary manifestation of rigorous mix-method scholarship that incorporates the lived experiences of practitioners in an innovative and fascinating way. Bailey, Welles, and Jackson exemplify a new generation of scholars who are redefining what public impact scholarship looks like and how communication researchers can engage diverse audiences. Their research has demonstrated measurable impact outside academia in reports to leading organizations, such as the Knight Foundation; through wide coverage in leading media, including the New York Times, BBC, NPR, the Boston Globe; and in many public lectures in community and professional venues, including keynote talks given in prominent international conferences. To quote from their recommendation letters: “They epitomize the values that the ICA Applied Research Award seeks to recognize and amplify, “their timely and fascinating line of work promises to continue to generate impact in the near future.”

(Committee: Chair: Idit Manosevitch, Members: Jung-Hyun Kim, Trisha Lin, Aaron Shaw, Michelle Violanti)


Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award

Awarded to: Steven R. Wilson (U of South Florida, USA)


Dr. Wilson’s current and former students overflow with praise for and appreciation of his careful feedback, his integrity, and his guidance. They describe him as encouraging, humble, attentive, and inspiring. His students understand and appreciate that he has rigorous standards for quality scholarship, but that he accompanies these standards by being patient, helpful, and “genuinely kind.” One former student described Dr. Wilson’s response when she tried to express her gratitude for his mentorship: “Just pay it forward,” he said. This advice, in turn, resonates with his own students’ mentorship of the many young scholars in our discipline. “Steve has spent his entire career supporting the success of students, and he never asks for anything in return. Empowering students with the abilities, experiences, and skills to reach their goals is the reward. I know that I will spend the rest of my career trying to ‘pay it forward’ by mentoring and advising students.”

(Committee: Chair: Mary Beth Oliver, Members: Maram Khazen, Oliver Quiring, Dietram Scheufele, Jessica Taylor Piotrowski)


Early Career Scholar Award

Awarded to: Laura Vandenbosch (U Leuven, Belgium)


The contributions of Dr. Laura Vandenbosch to our discipline are of such scale and depth it is hard to believe she is still early in her career—having grown into an outstanding researcher, an influential author, a caring mentor and a true leader in just a few short years. A prolific scholar, yet one concerned with real challenges in our technologically-driven world, Laura Vandenbosch has published an impressive oeuvre in the major outlets of our field—driven by a passion to understand thoroughly the role of mediated narratives in the lives of the young. As one of her recommendation letters noted, “Her work on media and youth is sharp, revealing, and theoretically ambitious. She is a careful and insightful scholar, testing models with longitudinal survey designs and pressing for theoretical advancement with discerning vision.” The large number of awards and grants she has earned are further evidence of the quality of her work. As another letter writer concluded, “Since her first publications nearly a decade ago, Laura Vandenbosch has established herself as one of the leading experts in research on adolescents and the media. Without her contributions, we would know considerably less about what the ever-changing media landscape means to those [adolescents] who use it most frequently and enthusiastically.”


(Committee: Chair: Craig Scott, Members: Kathleen Beullens,  Isabel Molina-Guzman, Amy Nathanson, Chaim Noy)

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President Elect Column-#ica20 Virtual Conference Experience

Posted By Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam), Monday, May 4, 2020

Dear ICA members and #ica20 participants. Soon we embark on our first virtual ICA conference. It will be an experiment. Some things will work, some will not. Some will be able to participate full blown in the online space, others will not. Some will find it rewarding, some will find it disappointing.  Some will see more things from different divisions than normally, others might only see a few highlights from their ‘home division’.

No matter how ‘your’ virtual #ica20 experience goes, here is what I hope for (as conference planner):

  • Be open-minded, take the conference as a learning experience, as a presenter, discussant, participant, question asker. It is new for all of us.

  • Be constructive, we want #ica20 to be a safe and supportive environment for sharing ideas and moving our research forward. Yes, we should be critical (we are scholars!) but also constructive and mindful of how comments online can come across harder than face to face.

  • Be kind, we are in this together. Our participants will not only be in different physical locations but also in different places, mentally.  

  • Be patient, we are working asynchronously and sometimes an answer might be delayed.

  • Be curious, the online version of our conference will actually allow us to ‘check out’ research and presentations in divisions and sub-fields that we normally cannot go to or where sessions are double-booked. Yes, you can actually #BingeICA.

Judging from the past months, I believe there is a lot of support and community feeling in the ICA membership. Let’s galvanize this to make #ica20 the best possible experience under hard and unique circumstances. In doing so, let me make a plea for a special group: our grad students and early career researchers. Many of them are still developing ideas, dissertations, grant proposals, and application packages. Let’s be particularly generous with feedback for this group as they miss out the possibility to meet, greet, and have their ideas discussed.

I look forward to seeing many of you online soon.

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President’s Message

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Monday, May 4, 2020

The 70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association is almost upon us. Writing from here in South-east Queensland, I can tell you that the weather on the Gold Coast would have been great. Warm days, clear nights, the opportunity to go to the beach or the pool … but for COVID-19.

The year 2020 has been one of the most tumultuous most of us have experienced, and ICA has borne the impact just as our health workers, our educational institutions, our artists, our students, our restaurants and nightclubs, our shops, our airlines, and much, much more. Social distancing and working from home have become the norm, and this may remain the case for some time to come. Thoughts of travel and staying in hotels are seemingly distant memories, as we gear up for days of Zoom meetings, for writing at home, or for long-delayed domestic projects (mine was clearing out the garage!). 

In the face of all of this tumult, there is a need to acknowledge the extraordinary work of our ICA team. Laura Sawyer as Executive Director, Jennifer Le, Kristine Rosa, Julie Arnold, Katie Wolfe and our new Director of Publications, Tom Mankowski. They have done an amazing job in keeping the show on the road, and enabling the ICA to be pioneers in what is likely to be a wave of virtual conferences that we will be seeing for some time to come. 

You will by now have received an email from the ICA Global Headquarters about how you will be participating in the ICA Virtual Conference. In some cases, you will be recording the presentation to upload personally, while in others there will be a panel conducted via Zoom or an equivalent platform. But all presentations will be uploaded to a secure site, and viewed and engaged with asynchronously.

We have worked with the Canadian company vFairs on developing the conference platform for #ICA20. We have found them to be very amenable to our requirements, particularly around honouring the programming and scheduling arrangements that the Divisions and Interest Groups worked hard to develop before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. While one can never be sure what will happen in practice, the signs so far have been good, and there has been considerable flexibility in tailoring the product to our requirements. 

We wish you all the very best with your experience of the 70th Annual ICA Conference. We acknowledge all of those who have been involved with ICA for many years, as well as those for whom it is your first ICA conference. We look forward to seeing you, and to meeting you wherever you are. 

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Introducing the Open Communication Theme Program at ICA20

Posted By Eike Mark Rinke (U of Leeds), Monday, May 4, 2020

Without any doubt, the year 2020 will go down in history as “extraordinary” for most any country, institution and individual person living through it. ICA is no exception, and the move from the familiar physical to the new virtual conference format is only the most obvious aspect of the extraordinary 2020 ICA experience. This year, our annual conference will also be extraordinary in another way: This will be the year in which Open Science or, more broadly, Open Scholarship comes to ICA!

The conference theme this year is Open Communication. In our Theme Call for Papers, Conference Program Chair Claes de Vreese and I invited the communication community to join us this year in facilitating and deepening the conversation about Open Science and Open Scholarship in the field of communication. 

In our call, we wrote that this conversation should push us to reflect on how we could and should advance our field through greater openness in at least three senses. Through

  • openness as transparency,

  • openness as collaboration, and

  • openness as focus on the creation of public goods.

With the conference only a few weeks away, I am glad to share with you that the response from the ICA community to our call was overwhelming. We had some hard decisions to make in the review process, as we were working with an acceptance rate similar to that of some divisions and interest groups. In the end, the theme program we have arrived is expressive of this response and exceeds my most optimistic expectations.

Here are the basic Open Communication theme program facts: It includes

  • 10 full-length sessions,

  • 22 papers, and

  • 103 ICA scholars who are involved as paper (co-)author, presenter, session chair, and/or discussant.

More important than these bare numbers, the theme program will be very much aligned with the key premise of our Call for Papers: That Open Scholarship in communication is not a one-size-fits-all

The theme sessions will cover many different aspects of open scholarship, from its philosophical and epistemological assumptions to its social and practical implications for us as the communication community.

In addition to the Opening Plenary, which will also be dedicated to the theme and feature a stellar lineup, we will kick-off the theme program with the #OpenComm Roundtable”. This roundtable will discuss the Agenda for Open Science in Communication and feature several of its authors as well as R. Lance Holbert, Editor of ICA’s Journal of Communication, which recently published it. The Agenda is a bold proposal to move our entire field towards greater openness (around which a fully JoC special issue on “Open Communication Research” will follow, see the CfP here) and should be of interest to anyone working in it.

But this will only be the first of three roundtables in the theme program. In another, a panel of “publication veterans” from our field will discuss the issues facing the struggle for open access in communication (“Open Access and the Field of Communication”) and yet another one will discuss what open scholarship and transparency could mean for work with marginalized groups or entities that wish to harm researchers (“Open Science and Additional Concerns when Working with Marginalized Populations”).

If the theme roundtables will further the conversation on three very different dimensions of Open Communication, the five paper sessions will include an even more diverse set of original research and discussion papers. These sessions will

  1. critically interrogate the assumptions, limitations and undiscovered potentials of open science from different epistemological points of view,

  2. showcase method innovations that open communication research in very different ways, and

  3. explore how we can become more open towards the societies we study and are part of as communication scholars.

Together, the 22 papers that will be presented in these sessions will move forward our collective conversation about what “being open” could and should mean for us from an epistemological, methodological, and societal point of view.

The paper session on Critical Perspectives on Open Science will critically explore open science from critical and interpretive perspectives, drawing on qualitative, feminist, design, historical, and community-based work.

A session on Innovations in Open Research Methods will show how innovative methods can open up communication research in very different ways: by opening up the process through which we form our most foundational concepts; by reconciling open sharing of data from modern data collection methods with privacy concerns; and by offering easy-to-use tools for making the entire process of computational research projects transparent and fully reproducible.

The Open Science meets Digital Methods session will deepen the discussion about the particular trade-offs, and even dilemmas, in balancing openness and privacy concerns in “big data” research projects: What are the unique challenges in making computational communication research more open?

The societal dimension of Open Communication will be the subject of two sessions. The papers in Open Data Meets Open Scholarship will reflect on how “open data” in communication may help us collaborate more and more deeply with various communities to contribute towards positive social change. The paper session on Open Scholarship as Collaborative Scholarship will engage with the social aspects of open scholarship: how socially open is communication to different disciplines and ethnicities and how could we become more open by engaging in more collaborative forms of research?

Last but not least, it was important to me that the Open Communication theme program would have a pedagogical component. Clearly, a productive change towards a more open academic field of communication will be possible only if we challenge how we do our research ourselves and – perhaps more importantly – how we educate the next generations of communication scholars. I am therefore particularly pleased that the theme program will include two Learning Labs, kindly supported by Oxford University Press, which will offer conference attendees workshop-style training in doing and teaching open scholarship.

The first Learning Lab, onRevolutionizing (Open) Methods Pedagogy in Communication”, will introduce the Framework for Open and Reproducible Research Training (FORRT), a  community-driven platform that supports methods instructors with integrating open and reproducible research practices into their research methods classes. In the second Learning Lab, How to Do Open Science, attendees will have a chance to learn how they themselves can begin to engage in one of the most important open research practices for anyone seeking to test a hypothesis: registering your study before actually conducting it! After the Lab session, you will know how to preregister your next study online, on the Open Science Framework (OSF).

This theme program is an open invitation. An invitation to all members of our ICA community and communication scholars, regardless of their ontological, epistemological, and methodological commitments, to come together this year to think about how we all can become “more open” as scholars and as an academic field, and what that could and should mean for each of us.

Please feel very invited to join us in the Open Communication conversation at ICA20. I look forward to meeting you there.

Conference Theme Chair
Eike Mark Rinke
U of Leeds

Theme program hashtag: #OpenComm

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Virtual Conference Positives

Posted By Jennifer Le, ICA Senior Manager of Conference Services, Monday, May 4, 2020

The first ever ICA virtual conference is only days away! Of course, it won’t be the same conference experience. But, besides the excitement of new unknown territory there are still many other things to look forward to. 


Sure, you’ll miss running into those friendly familiar faces at registration. But, what about those times where you did run into someone you vaguely recognized, but could not place their name? You’d think, “Let me take a quick glance at their name badge,” but oh no it was conveniently blocked by a folder, long luscious hair, or heaven forbid the badge for some reason was flipped even though the lanyard had two bulldog clips to prevent twisting! Well, you’d just be in a pickle trying to tiptoe through conversation while mentally going through your brain’s rolodex. Luckily, this situation should not be an issue in the virtual conference where everyone’s name is in their profile (hopefully they decided to add a profile photo!) Nightmare social situation averted! 


Did you ever feel there was just not enough time in between sessions for you to travel from one end of the conference venue to the next? Don’t even get us started when the conference is split between two venues! The steps are just not even worth it at that point. Well, do not worry! You do not need to walk anywhere for this year’s conference. Now you can explore the whole conference from the convenience of your own home. Forget about rushing in between sessions, you can now rush to your refrigerator for a quick snack whenever you want, for however long you want. Or honestly you could probably enjoy that snack during the session! Another bonus! No one is there to judge you for eating when your tummy calls. 


The conference is asynchronous, meaning nothing is tied to a time or schedule. Feel free to sleep in for that extra hour and watch the presentations at your leisure on your own time (maybe even in bed??). 


Before, maybe two sessions you wanted to attend were at the same time and you just had to pick. Not anymore! Get your comfy pants ready, because now you can binge all the sessions you could ever want! Same television binging rules apply: don’t forget to eat something, drink some water, use the restroom, open the blinds for some sunlight, and wait... where did your dog go? 


Don’t forget there are other ways to make #ica20 just as memorable as the in-person conferences from the days of yore. We have other opportunities to make things just as fun for not only ourselves but fellow attendees. If you haven’t already recorded and uploaded your video presentation then you still have a chance to get creative and participate in the #ica20flair contest. There will be three categories and each winner will receive a free conference registration for Denver #ica21.

Category 1: Best background

Category 2: Best Slide featuring a throwback photo of you

Category 3: Best pet/child/plant cameo

ICA Executive Director Laura Sawyer herself will choose the winner. Please remember to tweet with the hashtag so that your presentation can be considered!


We have also mobilized a DREAM TEAM of “local hosts” (The Internet is now our locale, so who better to host us than Nick Bowman (Texas Tech U), Robby Ratan (Michigan State U), Sun Joo Ahn (U of Georgia), and Allison Eden (Michigan State U), who are putting together a few amazing virtual happy hours and hangouts--and maybe even a virtual dance party!--for everyone to enjoy. 

Even in a different format, #ica20 will hopefully still be another time for you to catch up with old colleagues or network with others and expand your research. I hope it will be a nice break or change of pace from your quarantine woes. Just remember, #WeWillMeetYouWhereYouAre. 


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New ICA Career Center Website is Now Live!

Posted By Kristine Rosa, Manager of Member Services & Marketing, Monday, May 4, 2020

You spoke, we listened. ICA is proud to announce the launch of the new and improved career center. Click to explore the benefits: https://careers.icahdq.org/. 

In the 2018 membership survey, we asked our members what changes they would like to see, and many said an improved career center. ICA has invested in YM Careers to bring to our community a new online job search experience, which include:

  1. Ability to easily search and apply to jobs at institutions that value your credentials

  2. Upload your resume so employers can contact you. You remain anonymous until you choose to release your contact information.

  3. Create Job Alerts and receive an email each time a job matching your specified criteria becomes available

Click to search for a position today: https://careers.icahdq.org/jobs/.

This time of year, positions in academia tend to be low as the academic year comes to an end for many institutions. Please check back regularly for job postings and consider signing up for job alerts.

The International Communication Association is the premier academic association for scholars engaged in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication internationally. We have approximately 5,000 members across 82 different countries.

Some of the benefits of advertising with ICA are:

  1. Email your job directly to ICA job seekers via the exclusive Job Flash email

  2. Search the Resume Bank using robust filters to narrow your candidate search

Advertise with us today and reach many of the most qualified scholars from around the world: https://careers.icahdq.org/employer/pricing/.

The new ICA career center is now managed by YM Careers. If you need assistance with the website please contact them directly at: clientserv@yourmembership.com.

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New Affinity Program Postponed

Posted By Kristine Rosa, Manager of Member Services & Marketing, Monday, May 4, 2020

The new member benefit which was due to launch this year has been postponed. You might remember ICA advertising the new affinity program with Postersmith. PosterSmith has been printing easy to carry posters on foldable fabric since 2011. The company has provided services to over 7,000 institutes, organizations, and companies around the world.


To kick start this new member benefit, PosterSmith was offering to print posters for free between 30 March – 23 April for active ICA members. After 23 April, active members would’ve then received a 15% discount when purchasing a poster through our special links. However, due to the change from an in-person conference to a virtual conference this year, it was decided to postpone this member benefit.


We want to ensure that active ICA members could actually use this new member  benefit. The 15% discount is great and all, but we want members to take full advantage of the free promotion. Thus, it was decided that we will postpone this year’s offer and work with PosterSmith to provide this member benefit for the 71st Annual ICA Conference in Denver, USA. More information will be provided in early 2021.


In the meantime, please check out the available member discounts on the ICA website: https://www.icahdq.org/page/ICA-Member-Discounts.


The ICA membership department is working to improve member benefits and the member experience at ICA. The upcoming improvements are all based on the feedback provided in the 2018 membership survey. We greatly appreciate all those that participated by taking the survey.


If you ever wish to express your gratitude, or to provide suggestions and comments on your member experience, please do not hesitate to contact Kristine Rosa, ICA Manager of Member Services & Marketing, at membership@icahdq.org. We greatly appreciate any and all feedback as our goal at ICA is to continue to be your most valuable professional asset.


Thank you for choosing ICA as your professional society home.

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Posted By Myrene Magabo (UP Open University), Monday, May 4, 2020

Everyone is invited to join the virtual



Internationalizing Academic Standards

                          Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, And Accessibility For Early Career Scholars


(By Myrene A. Magabo, ICA Board Student and Early Career Representative and SECAC Co-Chair 2019-2021)

Students and early career scholars across the globe. Internationalization Liaisons. Representatives of Divisions/Interest Groups. Those interested in I.D.E.A. (inclusion, diversity, equity, and access). Don’t miss the  #ICA20 SECAC Blue Sky Workshop! This session is titled “Internationalizing Academic Standards: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, And Access For Early-Career Scholars.”


For the past two years (as per a personal experience and observation), the SECAC Blue Sky Workshops have been delivered as an open forum with invited speakers to talk on the topic of interest, and an open forum follows after the talk. The format in 2019 continues for this year’s #ICA20 SECAC Blue Sky Workshop. The only difference is that this year, this session is virtual. In her planning and proposal for the Blue Sky Workshop, Sarah Cho, ICA-SECAC Co-Chair (2018-2020) noted that:


This Blue Sky Workshop will provide an open forum for discussion about ICA’s core value, the inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessability (I.D.E.A.), especially among the young scholars in the Communication discipline. This session aims to invite student/early career members to better understanding of the ICA’s recent statement of the I.D.E.A., and encourage a discussion of this topic within ICA’s Student and Early Career Community.



Students and Early Career Scholars, LEARN, and ENGAGE!  Be sure to attend the #ICA20 Virtual Conference and the ICA-SECAC Blue Sky Workshop!


There shall be no exaggeration (only a possible understatement) to say that the three speakers are excellent, highly knowledgeable, with profound ideas on I.D.E.A.  Gain more understanding about ICA’s internationalization efforts from Dr. Shiv Ganesh, the Chair of Membership and Internationalization Committee, ICA.  Travel back in time from ICA’s past to present with Dr. Ganesh as he speaks from the socio-cultural and historical perspectives on how ICA strives its best to bring inclusion, diversity, equity, and access across the globe. Indulge yourself in the eloquence of Dr. Jasmine McNealy and Dr. Maria Len Rios, Co-chairs of ICA-I.D.E.A. Task Force.  Dr. Jasmine McNealy provided critical perspectives on what inclusion, diversity, equity, and access mean. Dr. Maria Len Rios shared the ongoing discussions and initiatives around I.D.E.A. in ICA and the role of the task force.


As you listen to the speakers, you are strongly encouraged to write down your questions, your suggestions, and initiative ideas. SECAC hopes to be able to gather more voices from more students and early career scholars across the globe, given the asynchronous format of this year’s session. As part of the outcomes of your participation,  SECAC could continue to design ways of providing affordances for conversations and dialogues that could further bolster your engagement with the association.



Kudos, commendations, and gratitude to:

·       Muhammad Ittefaq for his outstanding role in taking charge of social communications and media live streaming of the session;

·       Grazia Murtarelli for an excellent way of opening the session, introducing the speakers, and closing the session;

·       Cecilia Zhou for her superb execution of the Questions and Answer portion of the session; 

·       Sarah Cho for her brilliant planning and for delegating of the roles to SECAC members so that pre-recording session goes exceptionally well; and,

·       All students who stepped up and submitted their questions to SECAC. These questions helped in the formation of this session’s forum.

·       Last but not least, to our three Panel Speakers:  

o   Dr. Shiv Ganesh, Professor of the University of Texas –Austin 

o   Dr. Jasmine McNealy, Associate Professor of the University of Florida

o   Dr. Maria Len Rios, Professor of the University of Georgia




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Student Column: Welcome Newest Board Student and Early Career Representative, Lara Schreurs

Posted By Lara Schreurs (KU Leuven), Monday, May 4, 2020

Hello everyone!


As I anticipate to begin my journey on the ICA Board of Directors as a Board Student and Early Career Representative, and a concurrent term as Co-Chair of ICA’s Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC) for 2020-2022, I would like to introduce myself to all young scholars at ICA briefly.


In 2017, I joined the School for Mass Communication Research at the KU Leuven (Belgium), and I have been fully enjoying doing research ever since. Because I always had a profound interest in the effects of social media on well-being, my PhD-project, supervised by prof. Laura Vandenbosch and awarded by my local grant organization, explores the role of social media literacy in the relations between the positivity bias on social media and mental well-being. More precisely, existing research is highly ambiguous about whether positive and idealized content on social media harms or benefits young social media users’ well-being. I aim to develop and empirically validate a model that allows us to understand how social media literacy protects young social media users against unwanted social media effects of idealized self-presentations and how it helps them reap the benefits of their social media usage.


As my research is situated at the crossroads of communication theory, developmental psychology, information processing models, and media effects, I have been involved in multiple ICA divisions such as Children, Adolescents, & the Media, Communication & Technology, and Information Systems. Drawing on these experiences, I am convinced that taking part in different divisions is highly valuable for the scientific advancement of junior ICA-members’ research careers. Therefore, I strongly want to support interdisciplinary research among young scholars, which is in my opinion, not only about connecting communication studies with other domains such as psychology but also about crossing boundaries over different communication subfields.


Even though I am only part of ICA for a little longer than two years, it has become clear to me how important the organization is for discovering and learning from the most innovative and inspiring research in the field of communication. By participating in the annual conferences, I gained some valuable academic experiences, which will undoubtedly help advance my academic research career. I strongly believe in the importance of such experiences for all starting researchers, which is why I am motivated to help young scholars get the most out of their time with ICA.


Despite the conference being virtual this year, as a Board Student and Early Career Representative representative, I would like to encourage you to participate as much as you can in all SECAC events, like the Blue Sky Workshop. These sessions still form a great opportunity to meet interesting people, inspire new research ideas among each other, and set up international research collaborations. Plus, as Myrene Magabo (U of the Philippines Open U) has written in the April 2020 student column, there are at least “seven in a thousand reasons” why you have to do so.


If you have any questions in general or ideas on the future of our community, I would be very happy to discuss these at lara.schreurs@kuleuven.be.


But for now, stay safe. Hopefully, I will meet you (online) at the SECAC events.




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Member News

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 4, 2020

Award Notification 

On Sunday, April 26, Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson was awarded the National Academy of Sciences’ Public Welfare Medal, its most prestigious award. The award previously went to, among others, Carl Sagan, Paul Farmer, Bill and Melinda Gates, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Alan Alda, and C. Everett Koop.


The NAS link is here: http://www.nasonline.org/programs/awards/public-welfare-medal.html

APPC’s story about the award is here: https://www.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org/kathleen-hall-jamieson-accepts-national-academy-of-sciences-2020-public-welfare-medal/


On Monday, the National Academy of Sciences announced that Dr. Jamieson had been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.


The NAS announcement is here: http://www.nasonline.org/news-and-multimedia/news/2020-nas-election.html

The Uni

versity of Pennsylvania’s account is here: https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/kathleen-hall-jamieson-carl-june-elected-national-academy-sciences



In July 1998, she was elected a fellow of the ICA. And in 2011, her co-authored book The Obama Victory: How Media, Money, and Messages Shaped the 2008 Election (Oxford University Press, 2010)with Kate Kenski and Bruce W. Hardy, won the 2011 International Communication Association (ICA) Outstanding Book Award.

Congrats to Kathleen Hall Jamieson!


Member News

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) announced today that Professor Barbie Zelizer has been named an elected member of its class of 2020.

Founded in 1780, AAAS honors excellence and convenes leaders from every field of human endeavor to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and work together to advance society. AAAS studies have helped set the direction of research and analysis in science and technology policy, global security and international affairs, social policy, education, and the humanities.

"I am so thrilled that Barbie has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,” said Dean John L. Jackson, Jr. “She is a world-renowned scholar of cultural studies, journalism, and collective memory as well as a preeminent thinker and leader in the field of Communication. This honor is richly deserved, and we are so proud to have her as a colleague here at Annenberg!"

A former journalist, Zelizer is known for her work on journalism, culture, memory, and images, particularly in times of crisis. Her research explores the media’s role in shaping the collective memory of events such as John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the Holocaust, as well as analyzing the conceptual and disciplinary boundaries of the study of the media. Her recent work has sought to provide a vision of why journalism matters and how it must adapt to survive not only structural challenges ushered in by digital technologies, but the creeping rise of authoritarianism around the globe.

Zelizer’s work has played a key role in grounding the contemporary study of news and journalism practices in theory. And she facilitated the process of broadening this field’s scope to include methodologically innovative ways to understand how journalism’s portrayals enrich or constrict the public sphere.

She has authored or edited fourteen books and garnered a range of book awards — including the Best Book Award from the International Communication Association, Media Ecology Association’s Marshall McLuhan Outstanding Book Award, the National Communication Association’s Diamond Anniversary Book Award, the Bruno Brand Tolerance Book Award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance, and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s James Tankard Book Award — which speaks to the originality of her work and her significant contributions to the academic field of journalism.

Zelizer is a Past-President and Fellow of the International Communication Association, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the American Council of Learned Societies, among many others. She is the founder and co-editor for the past two decades of Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism, one of the leading academic journals devoted to the study of the news media.

“This election means the world to me personally, but I am also overjoyed for the honor it bestows on Annenberg, Penn, and the field of communication, media, and journalism studies,” Zelizer said. “Receiving such news in these difficult times is a reminder that better days are ahead, and they’ve just gotten a whole lot closer.”

Zelizer has played an important role in building a bridge between journalism theorists and practitioners. Facilitating that connection is a founding mission of The Center for Media at Risk, which she founded in 2018 to address the urgent rise of authoritarianism around the globe and its impact on silencing media practitioners.

Prior to founding the Center for Media at Risk, Zelizer was the founder and director of the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication, which began in 2005 to showcase the critical role culture and communication play in shaping public life.

Zelizer joins the company of notable AAAS members, including Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Mead, Martin Luther King, Jr., Georgia O’Keeffe, and Toni Morrison. And she is the fourth Annenberg faculty member to be elected, preceded by Elihu Katz, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, and Diana Mutz.

AAAS’s current members represent today’s innovative thinkers in every field and profession, including more than two hundred and fifty Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners. A complete list of the 276 newly elected members is available on the AAAS website





New Book Announcement 

Grounded Practical Theory: Investigating Communication Problems

By Robert T. Craig and Karen Tracy

San Diego: Cognella

From the publisher:

Grounded Practical Theory: Investigating Communication Problems provides readers with an introduction to grounded practical theory (GPT), a framework for doing research about the problems people encounter when they engage in particular communicative practices, techniques for managing those problems, and normative ideas for how to communicate wisely in situations that involve tensions and dilemmas.

Readers learn about the philosophy behind GPT and how its application can strengthen and improve existing communication practices. They review a detailed road map and practical examples for conducting GPT research, including how to analyze discourse. They also learn how past researchers have creatively adapted GPT to study and reconstruct a variety of communicative practices. The text compares GPT with other qualitative approaches and offers guidance for how to choose among different methods. The book concludes with considerations of how GPT may be used in the future.

Grounded Practical Theory is an ideal book for graduate-level courses in qualitative methods or communication theory and an excellent resource for practicing communication scholars and researchers.



New Book Announcement

Murder Inc., How Unregulated Industry Kills or Injures Thousands of Americans Every Year and What You Can Do About It!  features the seven most common behaviors in our lives, such as eating, working, playing, residing, traveling, healing, and communicating, and explains how, due to a lack of safety information, each of these seven can either injure or kill us unless the “safety triad” of government, companies, and consumers follow the steps of “principled disclosure. The author, Dr. Gerald Goldhaber, the Warnings Doctor, says, "Principled disclosure of hidden hazards is an industry - and a regulatory - necessity, when we know all the facts we can make informed choices and avoid needless injury and death." Simply put, principled disclosure means: Tell the truth to your consumers about the ways they may get hurt or even killed by using a company's products. Principled Safety Disclosure will save companies money by avoiding unnecessary and expensive lawsuits, build  a brand’s credibility with customers, employees and other important stakeholders, create a model for a new capitalism and social change, all from just doing the right thing! Some of the 10 steps for principled disclosure are: warn specifically for hidden hazards you may or should know about but not likely to be known by your consumers or employees, clearly communicate both the nature of the hazard and the consequences of exposure, and design warnings conspicuously using appropriate size, color(s), signal words, and location(s). Over the past 42 years, Dr. Gerald M. Goldhaber has emerged as the nation's leading warnings communication expert. For the past 11 years he has published the Goldhaber Warnings Report, Murder, Inc, is his 11th book. To view Dr. Goldhaber on YouTube go to http://www.GerryOnYouTube.com  to learn more about his book go to https://www.murderincbook.com/.

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