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



The Fixers: Local News Workers and the Underground Labor of International Reporting


Lindsay Palmer

Oxford University Press


Description: News "fixers" are locally-based media employees who serve as translators, coordinators, and guides to foreign journalists in unfamiliar terrain. Operating in the shadows, fixers' contributions to journalism are largely hidden from us, yet they underpin the entire international news industry: almost every international news story we read today could not be produced without a fixer. Indeed, without fixers' on-the-ground skill and intimate knowledge of a territory, journalists would struggle to document stories unfolding in countries outside their own. Despite this, however, fixers remain one of the most under-protected and undervalued groups contributing to the production of news. Targeted by militant groups and governments, even by their neighbors, they must often engage in a precarious balancing act, bridging the divides between foreign journalists and the people who live and work in fixers' own communities. In this book, Lindsay Palmer reveals the lives and struggle of those performing some of the most important work in international news. Drawing on interviews with 75 fixers around the world, Palmer is the first researcher to seriously consider fixers' own rich narratives, offering a glimpse of how difficult it is to play the role of cultural mediator, both in and out of conflict zones.





Van den Bulck, H.; Puppis, M.; Donders, K. and Van Audenhove, L. (Eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Methods for Media Policy Research


The Palgrave Handbook of Methods for Media Policy Research covers the craft that is and the methods used in media and communication policy research. It discusses the steps involved in conducting research, from deciding on a topic, to writing a report and everything in between and, furthermore, deals with a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis. The handbook invites researchers to rediscover trusted methods such as document analysis, elite interviews and comparisons, as well as to familiarize themselves with newer methods like experiments, big data and network analysis.


For each method, the handbook provides a practical step-by-step guide and case studies that help readers in using that method in their own research. The methods discussed are useful for all areas of media and communication policy research, for research concerning the governance of both mass media and online platforms, and for policy issues around the globe. As such, the handbook is an invaluable guide to every researcher in this field.




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Division and Interest Group News

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


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

  1. Cornell Social Media Lab launches Social Media TestDrive

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

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

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

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

1. Cornell Social Media Lab launches Social Media TestDrive

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

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

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

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

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

2. New Book: The Digital Economy by Tim Jordan 

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

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

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

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

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

Title: Digital Native News Media: Trends and Challenges 

Editor: Ramón Salaverría (U of Navarra, Spain)

Submission of Abstracts: 15 September 2019

Submission of Full Papers: 15 December 2019

Publication of the Issue: April/June

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

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

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

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

Profile and typology of digital native news media.

Relations between digital native news media and legacy media.

Origins and historical evolution of digital native news media.

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

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

Professional standards and ethical codes of digital native news media.

Digital native news media and social media.

Alternative journalism in digital native news media.

Algorithmic journalism and data journalism in digital native news media.

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

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

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

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

Editor: An Nguyen (Bournemouth U)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 August 2019

Submission of Full Papers: 15-31 January 2020

Publication of the Issue: June 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Title: Computational Approaches to Media Entertainment Research 

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

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 November 2019

Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 March 2020

Publication of the Issue: July/September 2020

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



Dear Members of the Journalism Studies Division,


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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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



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


Best wishes,

Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt

Chair, ICA Journalism Studies Division





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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


How to submit:


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


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


All submissions will undergo scholarly peer-review.


Notifications of acceptance will be issued in early April.


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


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



Dear Colleagues, 

Just a reminder that the deadline is coming up!

Deadline for submissions 16 September 2019

Media Industries 2020: Global Currents and Contradictions

16-18 April 2020   King’s College London


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

·      European Media Management Association (EMMA)

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

·      Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft (GFM) - AG Medienindustrien

·      Global Media and China journal

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

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

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

·      Media Industries journal

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

·      South Asia Communication Association (SACA)


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


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


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


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


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

Submission Categories

Submissions are welcomed in three categories.

      i.     Open Call Papers

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

    ii.     Pre-constituted Panels

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

   iii.     Pre-constituted Workshops

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

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

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Student Column

Posted By Student & Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC), Thursday, September 5, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2019

This is already September, and another wonderful academic year to teach, study, and survive. SECAC wishes all ICA Student Members’ successful career and healthy life! (And we work for this!) Especially we are so glad to inform you that ICA has officially appointed new members who will work with SECAC for next two or three years: Grazia Murtarelli (U IULM in Milan), Muhammad Ittefaq (U of Kansas), and Cecilia Zhou (U of Massachusetts Amherst). Grazia is a junior faculty, and both Muhammad and Cecilia are newly incoming PhD students in Communication. They are working with SECAC while serving their division/interest group as Student & Early Career Representative during the term. We hope you will meet our new members in person through variety of events organized by SECAC, but you may learn about them today a little bit from their greetings in this column. For more information about SECAC and the members, please visit our webpage (bit.ly/2U4dSuZ) and join our Facebook Group (ICA Student & Early Career Scholars Community).

Grazia Murtarelli



Hello there! I am an Assistant Professor of Corporate Communication at U IULM in Milan, where I teach Digital Communication Management and Web Analytics. My research focuses on the analysis of online scenario and, more specifically, on the following issues: social media-based relationship management, online dialogue strategies, digital visual engagement processes and social media measurement and evaluation. I am also a faculty affiliate of the Center of Research for Strategic Communication at U  IULM. I am serving Public Relations division of ICA as Student & Early Career Representative. Feel free to contact me for my division and SECAC!

Muhammad Ittefaq


Hello ICA! I am a 1st year PhD student in William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, U of Kansas (USA). My primary area of research is health communication and new media. My current work is focused on health campaigns, health messages, social media and health information, and health disparities among different social classes of society. I have done my Master’s in Media and Communication Science from Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany. I am also a former Diversity Fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists, USA, and a member of Mass Communication division of ICA.

ICA is a wonderful community for scholars. I am thrilled and honored to be part of this global community. Particularly, SECAC is out there to help you and provide resources for professional development. I am from Global South and graduate student, I feel welcomed and respected among my colleagues in SECAC. We have a group for young scholars from the Global South (Find ‘Global South Student Representative’ on Facebook). Please join us, and feel free to ask any questions you have. I am very much looking forward to welcoming you to our community.

Cecilia Zhou


Hello everyone, my name is Cecilia and I’m starting my PhD in U Massachusetts, Amherst this Fall semester. Previously I finished my Master’s in Syracuse U. Currently I’m serving as the Student and Early Career Representative at Children, Adolescents, and Media (CAM) division. My research interest is in children’s media, especially focusing on adolescence, media effects, media literacy, etc. I think my research interest will expand as I go into my PhD studies. 

I love ICA and my CAM family. The first time I attended ICA was at San Diego in 2017, and I immediately felt at home when I was surrounded by scholars who share similar research interests and goals-to improve the wellbeing of children and families in a world that’s increasingly media and technology saturated. I learned a lot from joining different events at ICA and I’d like to contribute back to the community by helping students to have just as a good experience as I had before, or even better. Thus, I’m very happy to be able to join SECAC. And I hope that our work and effort can bridge the gap of communication between students and ICA. 

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Posted By Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, Thursday, September 5, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2019

As many of you know, ICA has members in 87 countries, so our conference locales rotate around the globe. Typically we’re in North America every other year, and in the intervening years we alternate between Europe and Asia/Oceania. If you’re an ICA member in many parts of Asia you’re probably ecstatic about ICA coming to the Gold Coast in 2020 because the conference is a shorter flight for you for once, and you know that the Gold Coast is a popular tourist destination with beautiful beaches, great food, and a laid-back vibe.


But let’s face it: if you’re one of our North American or European attendees, you’re debating whether the longer trip is worth the time and expense. I’ll admit that, having been to Australia’s major destinations numerous times over the course of my career (Sydney, Melbourne, diving on the Great Barrier Reef), I was initially “underwhelmed” by the choice of Gold Coast…..until I got there. Here’s a list of the top 10 things that won me over, and they’ll make you regret not going if you sit this one out!


1. Great places to stay. We are contracting two traditional hotel options as well as numerous options for condo/apartment properties. Each type of property (both apartments and traditional hotels) is no more than a ten-minute walk from where sessions are. You won’t need a rail pass or any other type of transportation. For the apartment properties, there are one- and two-bedroom options, and most have balconies (the traditional hotels don’t), great views, a washer/dryer, and a kitchen. What they don’t have (and why they’re cheaper): maid service and room service. At each of these apartment properties, you will be able to get a two bedroom with two twin beds in each room, for instance, to sleep four people total, for a rate that ends up being US$40 per night per person. It doesn’t get more affordable than that! So, what you’re spending extra on a flight, perhaps, you can save on your sleeping arrangements. (a side note: On our planning trip we stayed at a few of the potential hotels, including the Hilton in Surfers Paradise, which is the next neighborhood over from Broadbeach. We do NOT recommend that you stay in the Surfers Paradise area unless you are a big fan of places like Macau and Las Vegas. It is a lot of noise, a lot of neon, and a lot of up-til-4am nightlife. Broadbeach is much more sedate, clean, and quiet. This means for those of you who have been trained to be Hilton-loyal by years of ICA conferences at Hiltons: we do not recommend staying at the Hilton this time, and we are not contracting a block there, as it is located in Surfers Paradise and we did not have a good experience there. You can take the light rail up to Surfers Paradise for nightlife if you wish, but there’s plenty to do in Broadbeach without the hassle).

2.     The weather. I can’t emphasize enough that “the beginning of winter” in the Gold Coast is absolutely SUBLIME. On our recent planning visit, it was a month later than the conference will be and the weather only got slightly cool at night. During the day it was nothing short of perfect. PERFECT: blue skies, clear turquoise water, white sand. We landed early morning and spent the day walking around in the sunlight to shake off the jet lag and had no issues at all getting onto local time. The daily high in May averages around 23˚ Celsius and the low average around 13˚Celsius (73˚ to 55˚ Fahrenheit). Open-toed shoes are the norm, but perhaps take a cardigan or light jacket at night. The only time we needed to be more bundled up was out on the water during a morning whale watching expedition, and they have blankets you can use. Speaking of which….

3.     The wildlife. The end of the ICA conference is the very beginning of whale watching season, and there are numerous charter companies that take groups out for guaranteed sightings. In all my world travels, I’d somehow never seen a humpback whale up close and we had two breech right next to our boat! It was amazing. Later in the week we went to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and got to cuddle with koalas, feed kangaroos and wallabies, and peek in on Tasmanian Devils and, at Dreamworld, we gawked at the largest crocodile (aptly named Goliath) that anyone has ever seen, about the size of a VW Bus not including the tail. Alive. (Important: we did not cuddle with the crocodile). Rest assured, however, that no creepy crawlies made unwanted appearances, so if your social media habit has led you to have concerns about giant spiders and snakes, no worries. Those things don’t show up in overly populated areas or in hotels/condos near the beach. If you want to have an up close and personal meeting with a giant spider you’ll have to go out into the Gold Coast Hinterland after the conference is over. Sorry to disappoint!

4.     Walkability. I am not exaggerating when I say that you can walk out of the front door of the convention center and, at a leisurely pace, have your toes IN THE OCEAN within 14 minutes. I timed it. It’s that compact. Our conference and all of our blocked properties are in the Broadbeach area of Gold Coast, which is maybe 9 blocks tall and four blocks wide, and chock full of great restaurants and coffee shops. All walkable. Once you arrive, you won’t have to set foot in a vehicle again until the conference is over. Think very similar to #ica17 in San Diego, USA, except better restaurants overall and an actual beach, not just a concrete boardwalk.

5.     The Coffee & Food. The coffee in the Gold Coast is phenomenal. There are trendy little espresso bars everywhere along the beach. You are offered cappuccino everywhere you go, and it’s delightful. As a result you’ll have So! Much! Energy! (Don’t let President Terry Flew coffee-shame you into going to the lone Starbucks just because you’re from out of town. Resist!). For the foodies, Gold Coast is full of amazing restaurants of every type of cuisine, and very few chains. We had ridiculously good and affordable Thai, Japanese, and Continental lunches, Italian and French dinners, amazing ramen, great gelato, and did I mention the coffee?  There are lots of beachfront cafes where you can grab a coffee and pastry in the morning or sit down for an açai bowl in the afternoon. All the food is very “instagrammable” – especially check out the fancier beachside dining at the Burleigh Heads (15 minutes by car) where you can’t move without bumping into a social media influencer, or opt for laid-back fish and chips at the Kurrawa Surf Club (walkable from convention center). Oh and definitely try out Harijuku Gyoza, where you can get savory gyoza for dinner and finish up with dessert gyoza for dessert (salted caramel gyoza with vanilla ice cream was my fave, but Nutella and matcha were obviously popular choices as well…they’re small, get all of them and do a taste test!).

6.     The Beach. The Gold Coast has perfectly clear turquoise water with some great wave action for surfing if that’s your thing (waves vary depending on the time of day of course….right as the conference lets out is a good time to go), and white sand beach that is super clean and not crowded (because Australians seem to think this is “winter weather” so the crowds on the actual beach aren’t large). Every day, after we finished our business events, we would go sit in the sand and listen to the waves and just relax for an hour or so before heading to dinner. A great way to cap off a conference day!

7.     Fitness/wellness/parks/playgrounds. There are instantly-joinable fitness classes in the beachfront park such as tai chi and yoga, and a ton of bikes for rental. The entire beachfront is bordered by a paved running path set back from the sand, separating the beach from miles of parkland including exercise stations for runners as well as some amazing playgrounds for the kids (one is even encircled by a pedal-powered train on a monorail track!). Gold Coast is a great destination for runners – make sure to follow incoming ICA president and #ica20 planner @claesdevreese and his hashtag #runningwithpresidents for updates on planned group runs! (Warning: he wakes up early and he’s very fast).

8.     The sessions! As always, the ICA conference has plenty of top-notch education and collaboration that you won’t want to miss. This year we’ll be split again like in Prague; HOWEVER, the two session venues are more evenly divided and are linked by a covered pedestrian bridge over a canal, so you won’t need to dodge traffic or trip over cobblestones as you rush between sessions. As in Prague, we will ensure that no division or interest group will be split between venues on the same day, to help eliminate the “mad dash” to get to related sessions. The walking time on the pedestrian footbridge is only seven minutes from the door of the Star (14 session rooms) to the door of the GCCEC (18 session rooms). Super easy, PLUS there’s a tree full of bats to look at on your way because #Australia. Both venues are primarily above-ground (no basement ballrooms this year!) with plenty of natural light.

9.     Indigenous culture. We hope that many of our divisions and interest groups will take advantage of the rich indigenous culture of Australia and neighboring New Zealand while in this part of the world. We are planning to incorporate indigenous culture and art into the conference wherever possible, including a Welcome to Country and an aboriginal dance performance, so stay tuned for more on that!

10.  Side trips! If you can take the time, it just makes sense to budget in a week or two extra to explore more of Australia (or hop over to New Zealand or connect to many destinations in Asia). Go further inland to wineries and camping in the Gold Coast Hinterland, go on a trek through the outback, jot over to Melbourne, fly to Sydney and climb the Harbour Bridge (terrifying and so fun), sunbathe on Bondi Beach…the opportunities are endless.

11.  Friendliness. I have to add an extra bullet point, because one of the things that stood out the most was how nice everyone is in Australia; I’ve been five times in the past two decades and I’ve noticed it every time. Qantas and Virgin Australia have the NICEST flight attendants, who actually seem like they want you to have a nice flight rather than acting like drill sergeants. Even the security agents at the Brisbane airport were pleasant, and apologized to Jennifer Le for not having reminded her to remove her laptop from her carry-on (“Not YOUR fault, love! No worries! Take your time”).


In short, Gold Coast makes a business trip feel like a holiday. We’ll be back to our regular schedule, with the opening plenary and reception on Thursday evening, ending on Monday afternoon. We look forward to seeing you there!  Trust me: you don’t want to miss this one.


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President-Elect September Column

Posted By Claes H. De Vreese (U of Amsterdam), Thursday, September 5, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Time is flying and in the global north, summer is coming to an end, semesters are starting, students are coming back. But no matter where you are, it is really time to get into that ‘ICA mood’. Our submission site for #ica20 is open and we are excited about your submissions. Both in the divisions and interest groups with a great variety of formats and foci (be sure to check the CfP before submitting), and for the conference’s general theme of Open Communication.


We will soon be reviewing the proposals for pre and post conferences. These initiatives have become a much valued add-on experience for many ICA attendees. We already know of a number of exciting initiatives which are planned for both the vicinity of the main conference and beyond. Keep eyes and ears open as communication about these come your way and let them weigh into your travel plans.


On a personal note, I spent a longer period of our break Down Under. This was my third visit to Australia and I truly love the place. If anyone wants advice on diving at the Reef, visits to the rain forest or secluded islands off the coast with a mind blowing marine and wildlife, I am happy to share. It is truly awesome and I hope that many attendees will have a chance to see some of this. 


Other parts of the summer were spent working on a strategy for the social sciences and humanities in the Netherlands to break the current government’s relentless cutbacks in one of its most vital and successful higher education sectors. Challenging …  The rest involved thinking about the future of social media platform research, finalizing grant proposals, reviewing, developing papers, writing a book chapter, finalizing our big European election project, and editing Political Communication (last year of my tenure). In addition, and on a very exciting note, we are also getting started with work in the Task Force for the ICA which will make recommendations about the future of our journals in the light of open access and open science developments. More about this at a later stage. For now, get the ICA energy flowing: we are open for submissions!




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ICA President’s Column: Multicultural Australia

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Thursday, September 5, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Maybe you are considering coming to the ICA 2020 annual conference at the Gold Coast, but are still thinking about whether it is worth the long trip to Australia. You may have a mental image of Australia as a land of exotic flora and fauna: kangaroos, koalas, emus, wombats. Or your image may be of the scary wildlife of Australia: crocodiles, sharks, venomous snakes and deadly spiders.

Perhaps you know Australia through its celebrities and personalities. Paul Hogan as Crocodile Dundee or Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter. Nicole Kidman, Chris Hemsworth or Margot Robbie. Like Kirsten Wiig’s character Lucy Wilde in Despicable Me 2, you have been brushing up on your Australian language. Wallaby, didgeridoo, Hugh Jackman. 

You may or may not know that Australia has possibly the world’s oldest continuous living culture. Indigenous people have inhabited Australia for at least 60,000 years, and have been a part of about 300 distinct language and kinship groups, or nations across Australia and the Torres Straits. Australia’s First Nations people (also referred to as Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islanders) today constitute about 3 percent of the Australian population. The local people of the Gold Coast region are the Yugumbeh people (pronounced yoog-um-bear), and they will welcome ICA delegates to their country at the opening ceremony. So say jingali (hello, or, if you prefer, g’day) when you arrive. There will be opportunities to undertake tours with local indigenous tour guides to understand the local country and its significance to the Yugumbeh people. 

Australia is also a highly successful multicultural society. Australians identify with up to 270 ancestries, and almost seven million people have migrated to Australia since 1945, out of an overall population of about 25 million. One in four of Australia’s 22 million people were born overseas; 46 percent have at least one parent who was born overseas; and nearly 20 percent of Australians speak a language other than English at home. 

The multicultural nature of Australia is particularly apparent in its urban centres. While migrants from the United Kingdom and Ireland continue to constitute the majority of overseas-born Australians, there was a strong history of migration from Europe – particularly Italy, Greece and southern Europe – after 1945. In more recent times, there has been very high migration from Asian countries, most notably China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia and The Philippines. But virtually every country in the world has a presence in Australia. People from up to 200 countries become Australian citizens each year.

As an ICA delegate, you will most likely become aware of Australia’s multiculturalism through the very wide range of food cuisines available on the Gold Coast and elsewhere. But it will also be apparent in street signage, the visibility of overseas tourists and, at the universities, the high number of students from all around the world on Australian campuses. Australia also has a dedicated multicultural television service – the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) – as well as a dedicated indigenous channel (NITV). 

Wherever you are from, the conference organisers will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable on Australia’s Gold Coast. The region is home to people from around the world, and hosts visitors from around the world. So whether it be g’day, ni hao, guten tag, or as-salam alaykom, multicultural Australia is keen to welcome you.

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Candidate Statement for ICA Presidential Election: Mary Beth Oliver

Posted By Mary Beth Oliver (Pennsylvania State U), Thursday, September 5, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Being a scholar of communication could not be more timely, central, and practically important. When we explain our research to those outside of our field, we are frequently met with enthused reactions and knowing nods. Likewise, we increasingly see other disciplines such as psychology, political science, and sociology (to name but a few) evidence increasing interest in the topics we routinely study. Our research represents a crucial hub in the wheel of society allowing people to voice their identities, raise the next generations, and empower political and social movements. The fundamental issues at the core of our discipline make our scholarship poised to stand at the forefront of constructing just, equitable, democratic, and inclusive communities and organizations. 

If elected, two of my primary goals are to increase the visibility of our scholarship into public discussions about social, political, scientific, and cultural issues, and to fully embrace an inclusive stance with regard to diversity that will recognize the contributions of all of our members and will also strengthen our scholarship. My goals reflect both my participation in the organization and my deep commitment, both personally and professionally, to how our discipline can help to foster well-being and social justice. I have been involved in ICA for many years, including as member and chair of the Publication Committee and the B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award Committee; secretary of the Mass Communication Division; and member of the Committee on Conferences, the Best Article Award Committee, and the Steven Chaffee Career Achievement Award Committee. I have also served as an associate editor for two of ICA’s journals: Journal of Communication and Communication Theory. Serving in these roles is a humbling task that highlights the incredible scholarship of our talented members. It also has sensitized me to how much better we are than we might realize, and how much we can become an even stronger and more visible presence within academic and public discussions and debate. 

One of my primary goals is to encourage, support, and work toward greater visibility of our scholarship to a variety of audiences, including within ICA, to other fields, and to the public. I would also like to highlight the wealth of our work that directly and indirectly helps us to rise to our higher, better selves in pursuit of a healthy world — one that strives to improve social justice, the well-being of others, and the nurturance of a thriving, healthy environment that is inclusive and compassionate. Many members of ICA study these issues directly, addressing pressing and interrelated issues such as poverty, health, racism, mediated ideology, and climate change, among many other topics. Other ICA members study these issues indirectly, including how emotions function in communication processes, how networked communities foster greater compassion, or how a sensitivity to our histories may offer context and facilitate strategies for change and growth. In short, all of us entered this field with an enthusiasm that our work can make a difference — this is something that we can be proud of and that needs to be shared widely both within academia and with the public. 

An additional primary goal centers on enhancing inclusion and access across our membership. Working toward the larger social good is a crucial aspect of our scholarship, but it is also imperative that we are self-reflective and that we strive for the same goals within our organization. One of our strengths is that as we mature as a discipline, our membership increasingly reflects a diversity of voices and experiences. Over the years, this diversity has often been expressed in terms of internationalization — an important and honorable part of our organizational identity. But diversity comes in many additional forms, including in geographical locales, cultures, races, sexual and gender identities, ages, economic resources, and abilities. This diversity is our strength — it broadens our understanding of communication, encourages growth in our theorizing, and allows us to flourish in the inclusivity of our scholarship and teaching. However, this diversity is one that needs to be respected, nurtured, applauded, appreciated, and fully involved in our organization. ICA recently released its statement on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access and has developed a task force on this central issue. If elected, I look forwarding to working with this task force and listening carefully to our members to implement ideas for how ICA can be a welcoming home to the diversity of scholars who are part of our field. 

Turning these broad goals into concrete strategies can take many forms. For me to suggest that I have all of the answers for how best to proceed would be presumptuous and ham-fisted. What I will do is seek input from our members, consider these important issues from a variety of perspectives, and move toward implementing concrete steps to help us realize our goals. Among these goals are: 

  • Raising awareness of our scholarship to gain greater visibility in public discussions of pressing issues. 

  • Continuing efforts to encourage greater internationalization, including in under-represented locales such as in the Global South. 

  • Enhancing involvement among marginalized groups and recognizing and valuing contributions of more inclusive scholarship. 

  • Devising specific strategies to ensure that the leadership in ICA and the honors and awards that it gives are inclusive, transparent, and appreciative of the diversity of our members. 

  • Examining ICA’s publications and conference participation with an eye toward ensuring that the breadth of our members’ scholarly contributions is represented. 

  • Being sensitive that many scholars do not have the resources to participate in our organization or to carry out research that is often published in our journals, and seeking ways for a greater diversity of voices to find a home for their scholarship. 

  • Being mindful of the communities and issues that are important in the locales of our conferences and looking for opportunities to highlight these communities at our conferences and in our research. 

About MBO (PhD, University of Wisconsin): I am the Bellisario Professor of Media Studies and co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory in the Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State University. My work is in the area of media psychology, and my focus is on media and social cognition (e.g., stereotyping), emotion, and social good. I am honored to have been named an ICA Fellow in 2014 and to be the recipient of ICA’s B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award in 2017. I consider ICA to be my “professional home,” and am deeply grateful for the scholarly opportunities that it has provided to me, as well as the friendships I have formed with many of its members. It would be my honor to serve as its president.

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Candidate Statement for ICA Presidential Election: Hilde Van den Bulck

Posted By Hilde Van den Bulck (Drexel U) , Thursday, September 5, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The members of the International Communication Association make up a diverse group, united in the conviction that media and communication play a pivotal role in society and the lives of individuals. Our work is more relevant than ever. Media and communication, and their relationship to culture, society, and the individual, are in a state of flux. Our adagio ‘everything is communication’ seems to need rephrasing to ‘everything is mediated communication’. This puts our topics of study, our discipline and our organization at the heart of economic, social, political, and cultural developments.

I am honored that I have been nominated as presidential candidate. ICA has had and still has a tremendous impact on my development as a media and communication scholar. In the course of my career, ICA has fulfilled many different functions. I am sure that this holds true for many of us. It would be a privilege to ‘look after’ such a precious - if sturdy – organization. An important professional drive for me is the satisfaction that comes from helping to create an environment where others can thrive. I want to continue ICA efforts in this regard. I believe that my academic experience in teaching, research, and managerial positions, and what some call my ‘high energy levels’, can be valuable assets in realizing my vision for ICA. 

My vision for ICA 

ICA is a vibrant community and a well-run organization. These two aspects are related. Past and current leadership – with the help of members and staff – guided ICA to become one of the largest representation and meeting of communication scholars from around the world. These are strengths I would want to cherish and build on. As in the academic management positions I held in the past, I would work in ICA within the principles of good governance, including transparency, accountability, rule of law and being consensus-oriented, participatory and inclusive. 

Compared to when I first joined in the 1990s, ICA is a more inclusive organization. It reaches communication scholars beyond the dominant groups, be it nationality, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. The result is a diverse community in terms of membership, divisions, and paradigmatic positions. However, inclusion is also about attention to issues that may appear ‘local’, ‘in the margin’, or a break from dominant paradigms, but that can contribute to dominant conversations. The attacks on media by Western leaders like Donald Trump and Boris Johnson that command much of our attention, sound all too familiar to scholars from regions with a history of autocratic regimes. Moreover, inclusion is about confronting ourselves with alternative perspectives and approaches. While specialization is crucial in incremental knowledge building, we should be weary of pigeonholing our discipline and our research fields. Mediated sexualization of preteens is a key topic for scholars active in CAM and in Popular Communication but, too often, they are not aware of each other’s work. I want to stimulate such cross-fertilization by building this into the conference program more explicitly, providing slots and plenaries that bring together different paradigmatic and methodological approaches to media and communication themes. 

The success of ICA results from the work of dedicated individuals that put in many hours as division chairs, award committee members, etc. Importantly, the ICA is all of us. What we get out of it is determined by what each member puts in: We can expect thorough feedback if everybody is willing to review; we get high level discussions if we produce quality papers and thought-provoking presentations; and we create new generations of top scholars if we contribute to an environment in which junior and senior scholars feel they can discuss their work on equal terms. I want to explore ways to strengthen an organizational culture where nobody takes ICA for granted, and everybody invests some time and energy, for instance by making more than two paper submissions contingent on a willingness to review, by pairing junior/senior scholars in chair/respondent positions, and by expanding mentorship initiatives. The beauty of such participatory community is that we all get much more in return: colleagues to collaborate with, friends to hang out with, networks to share, ideas to exchange, feedback to improve our work. 

As a participatory community, ICA is a place where we talk about our concerns regarding our field of study, discipline, or workplaces. In return, the size of the organization allows ICA to identify and speak up as a significant stakeholder. I would continue Terry Flew’s efforts to connect with civil society and Claes de Vreese’s work on Open Science, and would encourage ICA to become an even stronger voice in discussions regarding life-work balance and working conditions for communication scholars. 

About me 

I am a professor of Communication Studies and Head of the Department of Communication at Drexel University in Philadelphia. I obtained an MA in Communications from the University of Leuven (Belgium), an MA in Mass Communication from the University of Leicester (UK), and a Ph.D. from the University of Leuven. I was professor, head of Department of Communication, then Associate Dean of Research and, eventually, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Antwerp (Belgium), before moving to Drexel. I have been active in various Communication Associations, including the Netherlands-Flanders Communication Association NeFCA (as founding member and former vice-president), ECREA (as former chair of the Communication Law and Policy Section), and the RIPE initiative (as former board member and conference organizer). In the ICA, I have taken up various roles in award committees and theme chair of the 2019 conference. 

My research combines expertise in media policies and structures, focusing on the impact of digitization on legacy media, with expertise in media culture and identity, focusing on mediated communication in celebrity and fan culture. As such, I am familiar with and collaborate across various sections of our field. I teach and publish in these areas, and I am a proud and engaged supervisor/mentor for my Ph.D. students. I would bring these experiences to helping to run ICA. 

Presidential candidates only find out who else is running during the official announcement at the ICA conference. I’m honored to be on the ballot with Mary Beth Oliver, a distinguished communication scholar, a celebrated mentor and, most of all, a wonderful person. Regardless of the election outcome, I like to think that ICA will be in very good hands.

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ICA Online Elections Began 1 September

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 5, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2019

On 1 September, ICA members began voting for association-wide and Division/Interest Group officers. Like previous years, the vote will take place using an online-only ballot. Polls will remain open until 16:00 UTC on 15 October. 

Candidate statements for the ICA Presidential position are included in this newsletter; all other (association wide and division/interest group) candidate statements are included within the online ballots in the ICA election system. 

To access the ballot from the ICA website, members will need their ICA username and password. Members, please make sure that ICA has your correct email address so that the association can send you an announcement of the election and a link to the ballot. The ICA website allows you to personally verify, correct, and/or update the information.

The association-wide elections include the following positions:

  • PRESIDENT: The member selected as president makes a 5 1/2-year commitment to the Executive Committee (six months as president-elect select; one year as president-elect/conference program chair; one year as ICA President; three years as past president). The final year on the Executive Committee, the past president serves as General Secretary and chair of the Regional Conferences Committee. The President-Elect Select selected in the 2019 election will begin service on the Executive Committee immediately upon announcement of the results. Candidates for this position are Mary Beth Oliver (Pennsylvania State U) and Hilde Van den Bulck (Drexel U); their statements are included later in this newsletter.

  • BOARD MEMBER-AT-LARGE: Board members-at-large serve one three-year term; there are three BMAL at any given time. The purpose of member-at-large positions is to grow the Board of Directors representation from underrepresented regions.  The BMAL selected in the 2019 election will begin service at the end of the 2020 Annual ICA Conference in Australia. View the Board Member-at-Large job description. Candidates for this position are Maria Elizabeth Len-Rios (U of Georgia) and Daniel Raichvarg (U Burgundy).

  • BOARD STUDENT AND EARLY CAREER REPRESENTATIVE: Board Student and Early Career Representatives serve in pairs, with one nominated each year for overlapping two-year terms. The Board Student and Early Career Representative selected in the 2019 election will begin service at the end of the 2020 Annual ICA Conference in Australia. View the Board Student & Early Career Representative description. Candidates for this position are Meredith Pruden (Georgia State U) and Lara Schreurs (KU Leuven).

To vote in the election, click here. If you have any questions about the elections, please contact Julie Arnold, Senior Manager of Governance.

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Renew Your ICA Membership Early!

Posted By Kristine Rosa, Manager of Member Services, Thursday, September 5, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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