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Fair Use Q&A

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 2, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Dear ICA, 

I’ve been pursuing some research on the evolution of terms in communication theory, and want to do some big-data analysis on entire runs of some key journals. Unfortunately, my library won’t let me do that. They say it violates copyright. Can that be true? 


Dear Outraged, 

The journals of course are full of copyrighted material, and unless it’s from before 1923, odds are good that the full run is still in copyright. With the advent of digital research tools, more and more scholars are doing what is known as non-consumptive research--looking at entire collections of material, but not for the purpose for which they were created. While communication scholars did not consider this when they created the ICA’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication , librarians did in writing their Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. You can see there that Section Seven, “Creating databases to facilitate non-consumptive research uses (including search),” details how to employ fair use to allow researchers to do their work. This could be helpful for your library.


Unfortunately, however, many libraries have signed contracts with the vendors of these journals that prohibit them from allowing non-consumptive research. If your library signed such a contract, they cannot help you. Contractual terms, under U.S. law, override the right of fair use.  


This is why it is so important for your librarian to understand your research need, and for you to set aside your outrage long enough to help them understand it. When that contract is renewed, they should strike the clauses that keep you and people like you from doing important research. 


Patricia Aufderheide for ICA

Got a question? paufder@american.edu

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Call for ICA Journal Editor Nominations

Posted By John Paul Gutierrez, Thursday, August 8, 2019


Annals of the International Communication Association

Communication, Culture & Critique

Human Communication Research

The ICA Publications Committee is soliciting nominations, including self-nominations, for the editors of three ICA journals:

  • Annals of the International Communication Association
  • Communication, Culture & Critique
  • Human Communication Research

The appointments are for four years, and begin September/October 2020.

Annals of the International Communication Association (Annals)is a relatively new peer-reviewed quarterly journal publishing state-of-the-discipline literature reviews and essays dedicated to the exchange of interdisciplinary and internationally diverse scholarship relating to communication in its many forms. The Annals continues the traditions established in Communication Yearbook by providing an updated context for key research from across the Association. More details about the journal can be obtained at https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rica20/current

Communication, Culture, & Critique (CCC) publishes critical, interpretive, and qualitative research examining the role of communication and cultural criticism in today's world. The journal welcomes high-quality research and analyses from diverse theoretical and methodological approaches from all fields of communication, media and cultural studies. According to ISI Journal Citation Reports for 2018, CCC is ranked No. 81 out of 88 journals in the field of Communication with a 2-year impact factor of .653. More details about the journal can be obtained at https://academic.oup.com/ccc.

Human Communication Research (HCR) concentrates on presenting empirical work in any area of human communication to advance understanding of human symbolic processes. As such, HCR places strong emphasis on theory-driven research, the development of new theoretical models in communication, and the development of innovative methods for observing and measuring communication behavior. The journal has a broad social science focus to appeal to scholars not only in communication science, but also from psychology, sociology, linguistics, and anthropology. According to ISI Journal Citation Reports for 2018, HCR is ranked No. 6 out of 88 journals in the field of Communication with a 5-year impact factor of 3.669. More details about the journal can be obtained at https://academic.oup.com/hcr.

Editor responsibilities are detailed in the ICA Publication Manual: http://www.icahdq.org/page/PublishingPolicies.

Editors of ICA publications should reflect and seek to enhance the diversity of the Association in terms of their interest areas, gender, ethnicity, and national origin.

A complete nomination package should include:

  • A letter of application.
  • A vision statement for the editorship.
  • The candidate’s vitae.
  • 2 letters of support from published scholars familiar with the candidate’s work, speaking to the quality of the candidate’s research as well as their experience with and suitability for journal editing.
  • A letter of institutional support from the candidate’s home institution.

The Publications Committee weighs multiple factors when evaluating candidates, including, but not limited to:

  • Clear understanding of the journal.
  • Clear articulation of an intellectual and operational vision for the journal.
  • Demonstrated openness to a range of epistemologies appropriate for the scope of the journal.
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience in theoretical development.
  • Demonstrated interest and/or openness to interdisciplinary work.
  • Demonstrated communication skills and diplomacy.
  • Reputation and academic output.
  • Editorial, managerial or administrative experience.
  • Tenure or advanced rank.
  • Institutional support.

All materials should be submitted to JP Gutierrez (jpgutierrez@icahdq.org) by 15 January, 2020. Finalists will be notified in February 2020 and subsequently interviewed by members of the Publications Committee.

ICA’s Publications Committee is chaired by Robin Nabi (U of California, Santa Barbara) and includes: Stephen Croucher (Massey U), Patricia Moy (U of Washington), Katherine Sender (Cornell U), and Sabine Trepte (U of Hohenheim).

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Pre- and Postconference Proposals for ICA 2020 Application Now Available

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 5, 2019

Before and after each annual conference, ICA hosts pre- and postconferences. These sessions are either all-day or half-day miniconferences, intended as an extension of the main ICA conference, but separate in terms of budget, programming, and administration. Preconferences will be held on Thursday, 21 May with an end time of 17:00. All postconferences will be on Tuesday, 26 May. If you choose to have an off-site conference, you may either propose a location you have already obtained in advance or you may mark on your proposal form that you wish to speak with our local host for help in determining a location. In all cases, please think carefully about your own break-even budget (the form has a formula for determining this) and whether you will need more than one room (if you might need a breakout room, for instance). If you are interested in planning and submitting a preconference or postconference proposal please fill out the proposal form by Friday, 30 August. More detailed instructions are within the application form. If you have questions after reading the form, please contact the Conference team (conference@icahdq.org).


Submit here:   https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.icahdq.org/resource/resmgr/conference/2020/2020proposalform.pdf


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President’s Column

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Monday, August 5, 2019

In light of the ICA Executive Committee’s statement on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) in all aspects of the Association’s activities, and the debates about inequities in communications research and scholarship arising from #CommunicationSoWhite and other debates, it is worth identifying trends over time in who gets published in ICA journals. Fortunately, a great deal of analysis of this question has been undertaken by Silvio Waisbord (George Washington U), in his recent book Communication: A Post-Discipline (Polity, 2019). The trends are both encouraging yet troubling.

In the book, Waisbord considers the difficulties in achieving a shared definition of the communication discipline, the resulting tendencies towards fragmentation of the field, and the impact of digital technologies in reshaping all aspects of communication. It is the chapter on globalization, and whether there has been any substantive ‘de-Westernization’ of the field, where publications data has been gathered. 

What appears in the book is a summary of the data (pp. 96-98), but I had the good fortune to be able to view a draft that contained more detailed information. The trends in authorship from 2000-2017 are shown below:

US lead authors as % of total 2000-2009

US lead authors as % of total 2010-2017

Journal of Communication



Communication, Culture & Critique *


Human Communication Research



Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication



Communication Theory



* Indexed in 2012

The data shows that, over time, the number of published papers with a U.S.-based first author has been declining across all journals. At the same time, U.S.-based authors continue to constitute over half of all first authors for all journals other than Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

There is some evidence of the globalization of the communication field found in trends in papers published in ICA journals. But this comes with important qualifiers. All but one percent of papers without a U.S.-based first author came from one of 16 countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, and Switzerland. There are notable gaps with regards to Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Southern and Eastern Europe, and East Asia beyond China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan and South Korea. As Waisbord observes ‘institutional globalization has not levelled the playing field’, and ‘a globalized field of communication studies continues to speak with a strong western accent’ (p. 106).

There thus continues to be an ‘epistemic culture’ in communication that systematically favors Western scholarship. Measures that ICA has been taking to address these imbalances include moving from regionally-based representation on the ICA Executive Board towards seeking membership from under-represented regions (Kenya and The Philippines, for instance, rather than Germany or Australia), ensuring geographical diversity of representation on ICA Committees and Task Forces, and the role played by Regional Conferences in enabling participation in regions where attendance at the annual ICA conference has been historically low. There are ongoing challenges around implicit biases in the refereeing of academic papers and submissions to the ICA conference, issues arising from English being the primary language of the ICA, and costs associated with attending ICA conferences in the Global South. Tensions around the granting of visa entry into the United States following the election of Donald Trump have exacerbated such issues. 

The ICA recognizes that claims around merit or excellence in communication research ring hollow in the absence of measures to actively promote diversity, address global and regional inequities in access to resources, and support scholarship in the Global South. As an international association, we affirm our commitment to such principles, and welcome further ideas as to how this can be undertaken more effectively. 

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Going to Australia

Posted By Claes H. De Vreese (U of Amsterdam), Monday, August 5, 2019

Australia is Down Under. It is a wonderful destination. For many ICA members there are also downsides: travel distance, costs, and carbon footprint are considerations. These are important and legitimate considerations. Let me address some of these and thereby contribute to what hopefully will be a vibrant 70th Annual ICA Conference in Gold Coast, Australia in 2020.

First, ICA is an international organization. We have a four year rotation cycle to make sure that we can be in different communities. For someone in Germany, San Francisco is a fairly long journey. For someone in Jerusalem, Fukuoka is far. And for someone in Kuala Lumpur, Washington, DC is far. In some years a larger contingent of the membership travels farther, on average, than in other years. The Annual ICA Conference will be one of these. Many of our Asian members travel really far, almost every year. For them, Australia will be a, comparatively speaking, shorter trip. Let us collectively honor their commitment and travels to ICA in the many past years by simply accepting that this time other groups of the membership take on the heavier part of the travel.

Second, given the distance, travel costs will for many (not all) be comparatively higher. ICA is doing the following to help in this respect: first, there will be different kinds of housing available, some of these being shared units with relatively lower per-night costs. Second, ICA will put out information about how to maximize your travel budget (with options like flying into Sydney and taking a low-cost carrier etc). Watch the ICA website and news flashes, and start planning ahead.

Third, many of us are concerned about drastic climate change. ICA destinations are chosen several, often 5-7, years in advance. The 70th Annual ICA Conference location was not chosen with specific attention to invoking new technologies for the conference. However, ICA is committed to actions making the imprint of the organization smaller. In choosing locations going forward, sustainability and ‘green strategies’ are official parts of the hotel/conference bid. For the ICA Annual Conference in 2020 specifically, ICA sustainability committee has identified two projects that can be recipients for carbon neutral donations. These are voluntary and are available after registering for the Annual ICA Conference. None of these funds will go to ICA, only the chosen projects. In addition, when making individual travel plans, it is worth considering which planes are being used for the different legs of the journey to Australia, since CO₂ emissions vary greatly by plane type and age.

With this column I hope to have convinced those doubting, if they should join in Australia or not, to come. In addition to being a great conference, it is also a gateway to explore a beautiful and attractive island. Australia has a lot to offer, culturally and nature wise. And it is a great gateway for bucket list destinations in the vicinity. 

We look forward to seeing you at the #ica20 conference. 

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Human-Machine Communication (HMC) Interest Group

Posted By Andrea Guzman (Northern Illinois U), Monday, August 5, 2019

Why You Should Become an Official HMC Interest Group Member: The best way to become involved in HMC research at ICA and to show your support for this growing area is to become an official IG member. Your official membership is important because ICA uses membership numbers to determine continuation of the IG. The US$3 dues are the primary means of financial support for the IG. As a member you will have certain opportunities and rights, including the ability to vote in elections and run for office.

How to Become an Official HMC Interest Group Member:  ICA is now in its membership renewal period and has informed us that the best way to become an IG member is while renewing your general ICA membership. Here are the steps provided by ICA:

1. "Log in" (https://www.icahdq.org/login.aspx)

2. On the "my profile" page, select the link at the top to "Renew your membership now"

3. Review/make any necessary changes and save profile info

4. Select HMC from the list of divisions & IGs

5. Enter payment info 

6. Select the "submit securely" button at the bottom of the renewal page

If you are not a member of ICA or need to reinstate your membership, click on the “Join” tab at https://www.icahdq.org and when presented with the option, select HMC from the list of divisions & IGs. 

70th Annual ICA Conference CFP: We will have regular presentation slots during Annual Conference in 2020 and will be accepting papers and extended abstracts of works in progress. We also will have awards for the top student paper, top paper, and top poster. More details regarding the IG’s CFP and general ICA guidelines are available in the main conference CFP. 

HMC Research Pro-Tip: If you are new to HMC and are looking for examples of research, check out the programs of past HMC preconferences at http://humanmachinecommunication.com

HMC Preconference: We are developing a preconference proposal for the ICA Annual Conference in 2020. All preconferences are reviewed by ICA, and ICA will notify us in late September regarding acceptance. More details about the preconference will be posted at that time. Questions regarding the preconference should be directed to Autumn Edwards, autumn.edwards@wmich.edu

Who is Running the Interest Group? The inaugural officers are Andrea L. Guzman, Chair, alguzman@niu.edu; Chad Edwards, Vice-Chair, chad.edwards@wmich.edu; and Steve Jones, Secretary; sjones@uic.edu. General questions and comments should be directed to the chair. Questions regarding the main conference should be directed to the vice-chair.

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Executive Director’s Report - The State of the Association 2019

Posted By Laura Sawyer MA, CAE - ICA Executive Director, Monday, August 5, 2019

The International Communication Association officially emerged on 1 January 1950 as the National Society for the Study of Communication (NSSC), but didn’t become “ICA” until 1969. As we close out fiscal year 2019, we are stronger than ever and our 50th Anniversary as ICA (though our 69th year in existence) has been our best year yet!


ICA continues to thrive, finding new avenues of influence and new ways to expand our community. That said, there is always more that can be done to strengthen and diversify the organization going forward.


Accessibility & Inclusion

One of the most public-facing initiatives we have undertaken this past year involves ICA’s efforts towards more inclusion and accessibility for conference attendees with disabilities and other accommodation needs. Since San Diego, gender-neutral restrooms, ICA-subsidized childcare (an access issue for parent scholars), and yoga classes (to counteract the stress and physical strain of conference attendance) have become de rigeur for ICA. New in 2019, I am pleased that ICA was able to offer a private, comfortable, and lockable nursing room; complimentary minifridges in sleeping rooms for those who need to store breastmilk; AA meetings each morning and information on addiction and mental health resources near the conference venue and by phone; a Quiet Room for attendees seeking a respite from the days’ activities, and further assistance with accommodations accessed through a new check box on our registration form. I personally handle all accommodation requests, which have ranged from severe allergies to access to ADA-accessible sleeping rooms to specific technology needs for closed captioning equipment. The page detailing all of ICA’s efforts in this area can be found here. We hope to expand these offerings even further in the future.


Moving Forward with Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access

In last month’s newsletter, the Executive Committee released a statement on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) and announces the creation of a new Task Force on this very pressing issue. If you didn’t catch that statement last month, please take the time to read it here


Committees & Task Forces

The roster of new committees and task forces created in the last two years speaks to ICA’s commitment to moving ever forward. The three newly created 2018 task forces on Authorship, Ethical Considerations and Visual Identity have successfully completed their work. The Committee (formerly TF) on Division and Interest Group Mentoring and Coordination has created a structure around which our subgroups will find continuity and establish avenues for preserving institutional knowledge. We also released our new visual identity, which you will start to see reflected on our website, our auto signatures, our newsletter, and in our conference branding. If you’re at a sister association’s conference and you want to stop by to say hi at the ICA booth, it isn’t green anymore—look for us with the black tablecloth and banners, with vivid bars of color and our new logo! We love the new look!



In the past year, the headquarters office has continued to refine our internal procedures and policies, and to codify existing methods with SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) documents that strengthen the association’s institutional memory and make onboarding new employees more streamlined. We implemented a new employee handbook in early 2018, as well as a training deck for new hires. We also made a great hire in late 2018—concurrent with the promotion of Jennifer Le to Senior Manager of Conference Services—with the addition of Katie Wolfe, Exhibits and Conference Services Manager, to our team. In addition, we are almost finished with the creation of an onboarding handbook for new officers (both ICA-wide positions and Division/IG officers), to make deadlines and procedures more transparent for those who donate so much of their time to the success of the organization.


We undertook a lengthy and time-consuming process in 2018 to completely revamp and customize our conference submission system with the implementation of ScholarOne Abstracts. While this process was not without its (many) frustrations, the online feedback of the Board of Directors was that the improvements were enough to warrant staying the course and continuing to refine the system in future years. The conference team is currently working to refine the requested changes and get the system up and running to accept your submissions for #ica20 in Australia’s Gold Coast beginning in September.


In conjunction with a national effort from Starbucks corporate to pull back their oversaturation of several major US markets, Starbucks cut its footprint in DC by 35%, including closing the Starbucks location that served as the ICA headquarters’ sole tenant. They shuttered in early Fall and Cushman + Wakefield has helped me handle the search for a new tenant with aplomb. We have had 40+ potential tenants tour the space and are nearing a final lease agreement with one of the top candidates. We anticipate having a lease signed by August and a tenant open for business by January 2020. In the potential lease, ICA has three years of guaranteed rent in escrow from the tenant, and the tenant is not requiring any buildout funding from ICA to customize the space. Fortunately, our Starbucks lease allowed for a penalty payout for breaking the lease early, so we have income to replace the missing rent while we wait for the new tenant to open.


Divisions and Interest Groups

ICA has long made a name for itself by constantly making connections between issues often seen as disparate and using those differences to move the field forward in a unified way. Part of what makes ICA so valuable is its interdisciplinary nature, through which its leaders bring varied backgrounds and perspectives to a common table to advance the goals of the association. We have one new interest group which was approved by the Board of Directors in May 2019: Human and Machine Communication. Congratulations! The most recent addition to the ICA interest group family, the Activism, Communication & Social Justice Interest Group, continues to knock it out of the park with record-setting submissions for so new a group. The Division and Interest Group Mentoring Committee also has one or two groups on its radar to possibly promote to Division status in the coming year. With 33 divisions and interest groups in existence now, the Board of Directors also voted to create a Task Force to review the process for interest group creation and make recommendations moving forward.


Annual Conference

ICA’s fiscal health is strong. While ICA’s conference used to only break even and the association was carried financially by the publications revenue, that formula has now flipped with the impending move towards Open Access (not just for ICA but as a field), with the conference now representing a much larger piece of the revenue “pie.” Our annual conference is the “crown jewel” of our activities, and while response to last year’s conference in Prague was unprecedented with over 3,500 attendees, this year’s conference in DC’s #ica19 final attendance numbers totaled 3,847 attendees!


No growth, however, is accomplished without growing pains. Because ICA has historically signed contracts for conferences six to eight years in advance, there is a bit of a lag in the number of sleeping room blocks contracted that has not kept up with the demand. In San Diego, we had to book 500 more rooms on peak nights than ICA ever had before, at four different hotels all within walking distance, and still ended up with a small wait list (in the end, every single person that wanted a room was connected with one). In Prague, we again sold out on day one of the booking site being opened, and augmented that with numerous extra blocks at hotels close by.


A new partnership with Experient has allowed us to manage and forecast our housing needs from a much more data-driven perspective than ever before, and to strengthen our hotel block contracting to protect ICA much better in the case of catastrophic events, so while we still have to outgrow some of the housing contracts signed many, many years ago (after fixing weaknesses in contracts for 2018, 19, and 20), we are well equipped to meet the needs of our attendees moving forward. I am also working to break the stranglehold that Hilton has had on our meetings, as they have gotten a bit too comfortable with us (leading to subpar offers during negotiations). Brands for upcoming years marked below.


For the first time in ICA’s recent history, we did NOT sell out this year and did NOT have to maintain a wait list. Because it was based on detailed pickup history, our block was sized “just right.” The conference sessions were housed entirely in the Washington Hilton, with a small amount of event overflow at the Omni (with a room block of approx. 250 rooms there on peak nights). A shuttle bus paid for with subvention funding turned the 20 minute walk from Omni to Hilton into a 7 minute shuttle ride. Kimpton (8 minutes’ walk) and Kimpton (across the street from Hilton) rounded out the housing block. While blocking hotel sleeping rooms is a mixture of art, science, and Vegas-or-Macau-style gambling, I am delighted to say that this year we were able to predict—because we now use data from past years—pretty precisely what the need would be, and all four hotels realized bookings between 90% and 100% of our predictions (meaning we met all of our guarantees with the hotels without undershooting).


As for the future, we are currently contracted through 2025 with the exception of 2024 in Asia (TBD). Below is a decade of hotel contracting for ICA:  


YEAR        CITY                        COUNTRY                REGION                   HOTEL BRAND       

2015     San Juan, Puerto Rico   US Territory          North America            Hilton

2016     Fukuoka                         JAPAN                   Asia/Oceania             Hilton

2017     San Diego, California    USA                       North America            Hilton

2018     Prague                       CZECH REPUBLIC  Europe                        Hilton + Hilton

2019     Washington, DC         USA                         North America             Hilton

2020     Gold Coast                 AUSTRALIA            Asia/Oceania               Star + Sofitel +apts

2021     Denver, Colorado       USA                         North America             Hyatt + Hyatt

2022     Paris                           FRANCE                  Europe                        Le Meridien + Hyatt

2023     Toronto, Ontario         CANADA                  North America             Sheraton

2024     TBD                            TBD                           Asia/Oceania              TBD

2025     Honolulu, Hawaii        USA                          North America             Hilton

2026     TBD                           TBD                          Europe


The Australia #ica20 Conference

As we approach the #ica20 conference in the Gold Coast, I will do a series of articles highlighting why this might actually turn out to be my favorite ICA conference location yet. For now, suffice it to say: the entire locale is completely walkable and safe, the weather during the conference will be PERFECT, the two conference locations are connected by a pedestrian bridge (no dodging traffic a la Prague!), and we are lining up amazing cultural experiences for the conference. You can walk out the front door of the convention center and walk toward the beach and have your toes in the water within 12 minutes! We recommend you fly into Brisbane airport, and ICA will be contracting with a bus company to take attendees’ the hour or so drive from Brisbane to the Gold Coast (there is also a GC airport accessible domestically within Australia, but it is much smaller and still 45 minutes away). If money is tight, we recommend you check out one of the many apartment properties we will have this year in addition to our traditional hotel block format. We will have blocks at the Star (home to half the sessions) and the Sofitel at more typical ICA conference guaranteed rates, but if you’re looking to really save money and you don’t mind grabbing a colleague or two (or three), we’ve got great one, two, and three-bedroom apartments that you’ll be able to access. A two bedroom apartment with two twin beds in each bedroom sleeps four, has a kitchen (so you can save money on food by preparing your own breakfast etc) and a washer/dryer, amazing views of the mountains and the beach, and if sleeping four the price works out to only about US$45 per night per person! You can’t beat that. This way, #ica20 doesn’t have to be any more expensive, you’re just shifting the bulk of your expense from lodging to your flight. And as our incoming president Claes deVreese points out, it’s wonderful that our ICA members in Asia DON’T have to bear the burden of the long flight this time. I’ll be back each month with more pro tips on how to attend #ica20 on the cheap – stay tuned!


Regional Conferences

Our 2018 regionals took place in Africa and Malaysia, with great success (see regional conferences committee report). Africa has entered into a nice flow of one ICA Regional in African every two years.


Environmental Concerns

We continue to manage to do more and more with our resources while at the same time keeping sustainability and sound fiscal decisions at the fore. With the support of last year’s Board, we continue to move slowly toward the elimination of the “big” print program, replacing it with the augmented “thin” program and reliance on the conference app. We currently charge US$10 per attendee for the large program, and this surcharge will continue to rise bit by bit as we wean attendees off of this tool. Currently only slightly over 10% of conference attendees order the large program.


The board also approved a proposal from the Sustainability committee for an optional “carbon footprint offset option” for conference attendees. When you register for #ica20, you will be able to select to add the carbon offset if you wish. Please also note that those concerned about the carbon footprint of individual conference attendance should take care to book flights on newer planes (which are more fuel efficient), make fewer connections, and take note of the significant sustainability initiatives and environmental certifications at both of our venues this year, the GCCEC (sustainability at the GCCCEC) and the Star (Star environmental programs).


Fellows, Honors, and Awards

Through the hard work of Fellows Chairs Larry Gross (2017), Cynthia Stohl (2018), and Francois Cooren (2019), who have led initiatives to increase candidacies from diverse prospective Fellows, our Fellow demographics are becoming more and more diverse in terms of gender, geography, and ethnicity, and are beginning to reflect ICA’s truly global membership. We continue to have no shortage of talented and qualified candidates for elected offices within the association, and we have an abundance of deserving candidates for the ICA-wide awards each year. All of this points to an association that is thriving. Barbie Zelizer has been elected as the Fellows Chair for 2019-2020 and is undergoing a conversation as we speak with the ICA Fellows cohort to determine next steps as they relate to the diversity of new Fellows’ candidates.


Financial Aid

We continue to give over US$60,000 in travel grants to students (and limited faculty with financial hardships and extenuating circumstances), particularly those in Tier B & C countries. The more students we can assist, the better, for it is that personal contact with ICA as an organization, the conversations with colleagues and mentors, the “a-ha moments” they have listening to a talk, that keeps people coming back year after year as we nurture the “next generation” of ICA scholars.


Lastly, we continue to come together to move the association forward, even in the face of new challenges such as global nationalism, travel bans, censorship, and the struggle to adhere to the spirit of Open Access while remaining financially viable as an NPO. We live in an increasingly fragmented and combative world, but ICA is well positioned to meet every challenge. Through the evolution detailed above, we will make ICA an even stronger institution. With your input, participation, and support, we can be assured that the International Communication Association has a future as bright as its legacy. We have a talented and engaged team at the ICA headquarters in Washington, DC, and we are each focused on providing excellent service to our members. Feel free to reach out to any of us at any time; we are happy to hear from you!  


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Student Column

Posted By Myrene Magabo (UP Open University), Monday, August 5, 2019

Greetings of cheers and congratulatory hurrah to all our highly esteemed ICA Leaders, Officers, and members! The 69th Annual ICA Conference in Washington, D.C. was an immersive learning experience for me, as Co-Chair of ICA’s Student and Early Career Scholars Advisory Committee (SECAC). It was an honor having met our ICA Executive Director Laura Sawyer, the incoming, outgoing and past presidents of ICA. It was both an honor and a pleasure to have worked with ICA’s Administrative Leaders: Kristine Rosa, Katie Wolfe, Julie Arnold, Jennifer Le, and with all the conference volunteers. The experience did not only impress me, but also impressed upon me how excellent ICA is as an organization. It is because ICA is comprised of wonderful people who are excellent professionals from all walks of life, and from various fields of expertise: communication, research, business, education, and training, to name a few. The conference sessions were jam-packed with learning, filled with innovative ideas, teemed with lofty ideals, heaving with fruits of hard work, and inspirations; providing a blueprint for a highly humanized, progressive global community. That immersive learning experience sealed my ICA  membership for a lifetime.            

I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who gave me the vote of confidence to serve as the ICA Student Board Member that allowed me to serve as Co-Chair for SECAC starting 2019 to 2021. I am also grateful for having been selected as Junior Secretary of the Instructional Communication and Development Division in 2018. 

At this crucial stage of dissertation writing for my doctoral degree in Communication at the U of the Philippines – Open U, I strive to work harder as I take a giant leap toward theory and model building. Having specialized and dedicated my endeavors in the field of communication, education, research, strategic planning and development, I have intently taken interest in analyzing the process of instruction (teaching and learning). Through more than a decade of continuous process of reflective research, I have developed schemas or models to illustrate how instruction occurs within the highly purposeful communication process. I am gearing toward defending a theoretical proposition: Instruction = Communication, and I hope it will find its breath of life within the vibrant fields of Communication, particularly, in the area of Instructional Communication. 

As my work with SECAC has begun, I can clearly anticipate a very productive year working closely with my Co-Chair Sarah Cho ( U of Massachusetts, Amherst), whose visions and plans are visibly SMART! (Significantly, meaningful, attainable, radiantly transformative!). A partnership with the Power of Three. One + Two. As committee Co-Chairs, Sarah and work as one, and plus two, because above us are ICA leaders who oversee and support us, and an unseen master who lights our path. As starters, Sarah conceived of developing a SECAC Manual or Handbook Guide so, SECAC members and leaders can be well guided in performing their functions and roles. I, on the other hand, pushed for the documentation of Minutes of our Committee Meetings. Looking ahead, my vision for SECAC is visible in the vast horizon of opportunities that behold the gathering of more students and early career scholars during two eventful opportunities: 1) The Blue Sky Workshop where students and early career scholars explore their diverse talents and potentials that align with the mission, vision, and goals of ICA; and, 2) The SECAC Night -- ‘get together evening’ with vision sharing and/or cultural sharing activity to complement and make more meaningful the drinks, the food, and the music. These visions rest as dreamful aspirations, up and until they meet the approval for their realization. For now, I sincerely look forward to a wonderful and dynamic journey with all of ICA’s members, administrative leaders, and officers. With humility and gratitude, I shall serve! 


Myrene Agustin Magabo                                                                                          

ICA-SECAC Co-Chair (2019-2021) 

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Renew Your ICA Membership Early!

Posted By ICA Membership Department, Monday, August 5, 2019

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

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

  • Online access to ICA's 6 Journals

  • Networking opportunities

  • Discounted conference registration price & CIOS membership

  • ICA travel grant eligibility

  • Service opportunities in leadership roles

  • Voting privileges, and more!

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

New to ICA? Create a member profile and join ICA, click here: https://www.icahdq.org/general/register_member_type.asp , and select one of ICA’s individual membership types. If you're unsure which type is the best fit, email us at membership@icahdq.org, we're happy to guide you!

ICA Membership Types: 

  • Emeritus: When Active Members reach the age of 65 years, a transfer to Emeritus status may be requested if they have been Active Members for at least 20 years immediately prior to making the request.

  • Employment Exception (by application only): Includes PhDs who are no longer students and do not have a permanent position but may be putting together a living wage by teaching part time in several universities during the same academic year; those who are only on a visiting appointment for one year but have no future employment at that or any other university or organization; those who are on a fixed term contract for less than 3 years such as research associates or research fellows; as well as other part time arrangements both within and outside academe. To apply, contact membership.  Your application must include letter(s) from your supervisor, or a copy of your contract, describing the condition of your employment (salary information may be redacted);   include also a completed copy of this form in your email: www.icahdq.org/resource/resmgr/docs/individual_membership_applic.pdf

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

  • Institutional Membership: A university department can join ICA as an Institutional Member (please note that libraries are ineligible for membership). The membership consists of one primary "Point of Contact" (typically the department chair) and additional institutional members in groups of five, 10 or 15 Additional Institutional Members (a discount applies, the more you add, the greater the discount). Learn more about this membership type and view pricing h ere; Ready to join as an Institutional member? Click here for step by step instructions on joining this type and adding members. Note: if you are transitioning from an individual membership type to this group membership type, you must create a NEW unique member profile (you may use the same email address, but your username must be unique). 

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

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

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

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

ICA is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. ICA began more than 50 years ago as a small association of U.S. researchers and is now a truly international association with more than 4,800 members in 80 countries. Since 2003, ICA has been officially associated with the United Nations as a non-governmental association (NGO).

Questions?  Check out our membership FAQs page. We are also happy to help, please feel free to contact us via email at membership@icahdq.org

We are delighted to welcome new and returning members to the 2019-2020 membership term!


The ICA Membership Team



Julie Arnold
Senior Manager of Member Services and Governance


Kristine Rosa
Manager of Member Services
& Accounts Receivable



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Division and Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 5, 2019


Media Industries 2020: Global Currents and Contradictions

16-18 April 2020   King’s College London

For full details including submissions, visit https://media-industries.org/

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 of Mass 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, Courtney Brannon Donoghue, Hanne Bruun , Evan Elkins, Elizabeth Evans, Tom Evens, Franco Fabbri, Anthony Fung, David Hesmondhalgh, Catherine Johnson, Derek Johnson, Ramon Lobato, Skadi Loist, Amanda Lotz, Alfred Martin, Jack Newsinger, Sora Park, Alisa Perren, Steve Presence, Roel Puijk, Willemien Sanders, Kevin Sanson, Fawad Shah, Andrew Spicer, Petr Szczepanik, Harsh Taneja, Patrick Vonderau


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.


Deadline: Submissions will be accepted up to 23.00hrs British Summer Time (BST) 16 September 2019 (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.



Dear all,

We are pulling together the nominations for the Mobile Comm Interest Group. We are in need of nominations for nominations for the position of secretary.

Self-nominations are acceptable.

Here are the specifications of the position:  

The Secretary, along with the Chair, Vice Chair, and Past Chair, comprise the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will:

A. Assist in the conduct of business related to the Section.

B. Recommend members of the Section to serve on designated Association committees.

C. Recommend members of the Section for ICA awards.

As stated in the ByLaws,

(c) The Secretary shall maintain, distribute, and obtain Section approval of minutes for Section business meetings; manage the Section space on the ICA website and other external communication; distribute messages via the Section listserv as appropriate; assist the Chair in administering business meetings; and participate with the Chair in evaluating the quality of Section programs.

The secretary is a central position in the interest group, helping to contribute to building the membership and the general position of mobile communication within the ICA. The individual, along with other members of the Executive Committee, will be asked to attend sessions at the annual meeting to help work out logistical issues. Here is a description of the position. 

The desired candidate is an active member of the Mobile Communications Interest Group; the candidate is ideally an early career researcher in mobile communication and will be able to attend the Mobile Communication business meetings at the Annual ICA Conferences in Gold Coast, Australia (2020); Denver, USA (2021), and Paris, France (2022).

Your nomination should include a brief (no more than 300-word) statement in support of yourself along with your CV. Elections will begin with 1 September ICA newsletter. If you have further questions about the secretary position or the nomination process, please contact Lynne Kelly,  (kelly@hartford.edu)

Rich L. 

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