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ICA Book Award Nominations

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 1, 2018
Updated: Friday, September 28, 2018

ICA is now accepting book nominations towards the Outstanding Book Award and Fellows Book Award! Please make note that the nomination period for the book awards is from 1 September, 2018 - 15 December, 2018. ICA made this change in 2017 to allow more time for the Award Committees to read the nominated books. If you would like to nominate a book for either the Outstanding Book Award or Fellows Book Award for 2019, please visit our award page for the nomination links: http://www.icahdq.org/page/Awards.

Please provide publisher contact information as requested on the nomination form, so that the ICA Conference team can reach out and coordinate book deliveries to the nominating committee members. We will no longer accept book nominations sent to headquarters in Washington D.C.

All other ICA Awards have kept the traditional nomination period from 1 November, 2018 - 31 January, 2019. For more information on all ICA Awards, please visit: http://www.icahdq.org/page/Awards.

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Student Column

Posted By Clare Grall, Monday, October 1, 2018
Updated: Friday, September 28, 2018

As a new member of the SECAC and acting Student and Early Career Representative for the Communication Science and Biology Interest Group, I’d like to say hello to the young scholars of ICA. I’m happy to be a part of this vibrant community.

The development of my academic identity has grown concurrently with the development of the Communication Science and Biology Interest group at ICA. Through early explorations of the Mass Communication and Information Systems divisions, I discovered this group of scholars who approached the study of communication in a way that I found compelling and spoke to my research interests. My research falls at the intersection of media psychology and communication neuroscience, with specific focus on creative approaches to building effective narratives and the power of positive emotion in stories. My training in biological methods to the study of communication began in earnest in the Department of Communication at Michigan State U with the arrival of Ralf Schmaelzle. His background in cognitive psychology and neuroimaging, combined with mine in media effects traditions, continuously presents me with opportunities for growth.

Although my research is a large part of my identity, my involvement in the ICA community is driven by the young scholars I connect with each year. I’d like my short introduction here to also be an introduction of some of the future leaders in communication. These people include Katie Fitzgerald (SUNY Buffalo), Amelia Couture (U of Michigan), Shelby Wilcox (Ohio State U), Prateekshit Pandey (U of Pennsylvania), Robyn Adams (Michigan State U), and Lindsay Hahn (U of Georgia). The scholars here represent the development of innovative methods that I see growing within the field (e.g., computational analyses and new techniques for measuring the moral values of children), and the study of issues that matter to society (e.g., objectification and empowerment for women in media and public advocacy for populations in crisis). Every conversation I have with them and other early career scholars brings me excitement for the field, and this is only one small sample. I encourage everyone to engage in the work of early career scholars and the community that SECAC represents.

If you are interested in connecting with me, contact me at cgrall@msu.edu. If you’d like to meet me at the ICA conference, you can find me putting my head together with a colleague, using my iPad or a spare scrap of paper to illustrate the new concepts and ideas we discover every year.

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Member News

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 1, 2018
Updated: Friday, September 28, 2018



Title: As Democracy Goes, So Does Journalism: Evolution of Journalism in Liberal, Deliberative, and Participatory Democracy

Author: Seong Jae Min

Publisher: Lexington Books, July, 2018





As Democracy Goes, So Does Journalism: Evolution of Journalism in Liberal, Deliberative, and Participatory Democracy explores the symbiotic relationship between democracy and journalism in an engaging historical narrative. From a liberal to a deliberative and to a participatory model, theories and practices of democracy are constantly looking for better governance. How is journalism evolving to match the vibrant changes in its democratic counterpart? This book suggests that the dominant trustee model of journalism that flourished in liberal democracy has waned; the civic-minded public journalism in deliberative democracy has had ups and downs; and the free-wheeling citizen journalism in participatory democracy is now under the spotlight, whether for its brilliance or ill repute. This book attempts to answer the vital questions facing journalism today, namely its identities, functions, and relationship to democracy and the good life. Scholars and students of journalism as well as the public interested in the past, present, and future of journalism will find this book valuable.




New Book Announcement: The Qualified Self: Social Media and the Accounting of Everyday Life  (MIT Press, 2018) by Lee Humphreys, Cornell University

The book has actually been out a couple of months now, but MIT Press just made the introduction chapter publicly available (https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/qualified-self).

Teaching materials (e.g. slides and discussion prompts) to accompany the book are also available (http://blogs.cornell.edu/humphreys/the-qualified-self/).

The back cover summary:

"Social critiques argue that social media have made us narcissistic, that Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube are all vehicles for me-promotion. In The Qualified Self, Lee Humphreys offers a different view. She shows that sharing the mundane details of our lives—what we ate for lunch, where we went on vacation, who dropped in for a visit—didn’t begin with mobile devices and social media. People have used media to catalog and share their lives for several centuries. Pocket diaries, photo albums, and baby books are the predigital precursors of today’s digital and mobile platforms for posting text and images. The ability to take selfies has not turned us into needy narcissists; it’s part of a longer story about how people account for everyday life.

Humphreys refers to diaries in which eighteenth-century daily life is documented with the brevity and precision of a tweet, and cites a nineteenth-century travel diary in which a young woman complains that her breakfast didn’t agree with her. Diaries, Humphreys explains, were often written to be shared with family and friends. Pocket diaries were as mobile as smartphones, allowing the diarist to record life in real time. Humphreys calls this chronicling, in both digital and nondigital forms, media accounting. The sense of self that emerges from media accounting is not the purely statistics-driven “quantified self,” but the more well-rounded qualified self. We come to understand ourselves in a new way through the representations of ourselves that we create to be consumed.”




Title:The Gay Marriage Generation: How the LGBTQ Movement Transformed American Culture

Author:Peter Hart-Brinson

Publisher: NYU Press


How and why did gay marriage—an idea that was non-sense to most Americans three decades ago—become common sense for a new generation, and ultimately, the law of the land? Peter Hart-Brinson answers this question in The Gay Marriage Generation: How the LGBTQ Movement Transformed American Culture (NYU Press). Drawing on over 95 interviews with two cohorts of Americans, as well as historical analysis and public opinion data, Hart-Brinson argues that a fundamental shift in society’s imagination of homosexuality sparked the generational change that fueled gay marriage’s unprecedented rise. The mass media, social movements, and the discourses of everyday Americans all contribute to the generational change in interactive ways. Theoretically and methodologically, the book lays out a blueprint for the social scientific analysis of generational change that avoids the common pitfalls of generational mythology that dominate contemporary thinking about generations.



Scott Caplan, caplan@udel.edu

New Book Announcement: The Changing Face of Problematic Internet Use: An Interpersonal Approach



Since the advent of the Internet and increasingly mobile devices, we have witnessed dramatic changes in computer-mediated technologies and their roles in our lives. In the late 1990s, researchers began to identify problematic forms of Internet use, such as difficulty controlling the amount of time spent online. Today, people live in a perpetually digital and permanently connected world that presents many serious types of problematic Internet use besides deficient self-regulation. Thousands of studies have been published on interpersonal problems such as cyberbullying, cyberstalking, relationship conflicts about online behavior, and the increasingly problematic use of mobile devices during in-person interactions. The Changing Face of Problematic Internet Use: An Interpersonal Approach also examines future trends, including the recent development of being constantly connected to mobile devices and social networks. Research in these areas is fraught with controversy, inconsiste!

ncies, and findings that are difficult to compare and summarize. This book offers students and researchers an organized, theory-based, synthesis of research on these problems and explains how interpersonal theory and research help us better understand the problems that online behavior plays in our personal lives and social interactions

Chapters Include:

Foreward by Brian J. Spitzberg

1. The Changing Face of Problematic Internet Use

2. Online Habits, Compulsion, and Addiction

3. Online Relational Transgressions

4. Cyberbullying and Online Interpersonal Aggression

5. Cyberstalking, Unwanted Pursuit, and Relational Intrusion

6. Copresent Device Use: Using Mobile Devices During In-Person Interactions

7. Moving Forward: An Agenda for Future Research

“In a first-of-its-kind book, Caplan seeks to explain where researchers went wrong in trying to understand problematic Internet use, then cogently pulls together competing theories to explain their strengths and weaknesses and offers a path forward that puts the problem into a thoughtful, theoretical framework. Combining an in-depth look at previous research and theory, the narrative Caplan puts forth is an easy one to follow. It is also well annotated, with hundreds of supporting references at the end of every chapter.” – Psych Central book review

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3726/b12612

Available via Amazon https://amzn.to/2x66ncx


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Division and Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 1, 2018
Updated: Friday, September 28, 2018


Dear ACSJ members,

I'm thrilled to share below the link to the inaugural issue of the ACSJ newsletter, edited by Dr. Rosemary Clark-Parsons:


With best wishes,




Dear all,

I hope you are all having a lovely September, and for those settling themselves into the rhythm of teaching, I hope your classes are engaging and that your students are reading the course syllabus! :)

We have had quite a few things happening in the ICA-CAM world, and now WE NEED YOU.  


1.      Vote in the ICA Election for our new VC

2.      Complete the (quick) ICA-CAM Survey

3.      Read the new CAMmer in the Spotlight.

Details for each our below.


Who will follow Nancy as our next CAM-VC?  We have several INCREDIBLE candidates running for CAM-VC this year.  Be sure to VOTE NOTE before it’s too late. Visit https://www.icahdq.org/page/Election2018 to vote – make sure to select our division after you login to your ICA account. (And don’t forget to vote in the general election as well!)


As we discussed at the board meeting in Prague (remember that?!), we are finishing our “Find a CAMmer” database and need your input. Even more, we need people to sign up to review, join committees, and volunteer to help us making DC another great event. It will only take a few minutes to complete. You can find the survey here:



This month’s CAMmer in the Spotlight interview brings us to Cynthia Carter. She discusses her past and current work on news for young people and her upcoming co-edited book on journalism, gender and power. Another great Spotlight edition thanks our fabulous secretary, Ine! You can read the interview here:


So, pour yourself a cup of coffee and take 10 minutes out of your busy day to vote, fill out the survey, and then read about Cynthia’s awesome work!

As always, I welcome your comments or questions. You can reach me at j.piotrowski@uva.nl.

Best wishes on behalf of your ICA-CAM officers,

Jessica Piotrowski





As the production, distribution, and consumption of journalism increasingly moves online, new journalism-related policy issues are arising, and many established journalism-related policy issues are developing new layers of complexity and relevance (Napoli & Stonbely, 2018).  The relationship between governments and the press varies greatly around the world, which has meant that, in this time of rapid technological, institutional, and behavioral change, we have seen a wide array of policy actions and debates that directly affect digital journalism.  Thus, the opportunities – and need – for international and comparative research are particularly strong.

There is of course an inherent tension between government interventions in journalism and the notion of a free and independent press; and public attitudes toward government intervention in the structure and activities of the news media vary greatly across national contexts (Newman, et al., 2018).  Yet it is also the case in many countries that policy interventions are being proposed or implemented in an effort to assure the survival of a free and independent press (Cagé, 2016). In addition, growing concerns about the relationship between news consumption and a well-informed citizenry (Cacciatore, et al., 2018), and about declining trust in journalistic institutions (Barthel & Mitchell, 2017; Newman, et al., 2018), have created a scenario in which the stakes surrounding journalism-related policymaking have, perhaps, never been higher.  Therefore, the need for rigorous research to inform and evaluate media policymaking has perhaps never been stronger.

The increasing influence of social media platforms and content aggregators in local, national, and international journalism ecosystems has had disruptive effects that have raised a wide array of policy issues and concerns (see, e.g., Bell, 2017; Napoli, in press; Vaidhyanathan, 2018).  Policymakers have initiated efforts to address digital journalism issues such as the dissemination of fake news and disinformation, and the economic relationship between aggregators and news organizations (Napoli & Stonbely, 2018). In addition, more traditional concerns such as ownership concentration, subsidy mechanisms, and diversity in the production and consumption of news, continue to challenge policymakers, though the canvas on which they seek to address these problems has changed dramatically (Napoli & Stonbely, 2018).

Rigorous research is essential to well-informed media policymaking.  Given the rate of technological, behavioral, and institutional change in the digital sphere, the uncertainty that such change creates for policymakers, and the rising stakes associated with policymaking around digital journalism, there is a compelling need for research that can inform and assess contemporary digital journalism policy.  And, given the complex intersection of technological, political, economic, and media-related issues that characterizes policymaking and policy analysis related to digital journalism, it is particularly important that researchers from a wide array of disciplinary backgrounds contribute research in this area.

This special issue of Digital Journalism invites scholars to examine contemporary media policymaking that has direct implications for, or applications to, digital journalism.  This special issue seeks to showcase a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches, across a diversity of national contexts. Cross-national comparative analyses are particularly welcome, as are empirical studies that can contribute to evidence-driven policymaking.

Possible topics to be addressed in this special issue include, but are not limited to:

Evaluating implemented and proposed regulations and policies directed at fake news and disinformation

Cross-national comparative analyses of policy issues or interventions

Subsidy mechanisms for digital journalism

Government censorship and digital journalism

Policy interventions directed at the economic relationship between news organizations and content aggregators

Ownership concentration and regulation in digital media and its relationship to journalism

Evolving perspectives on freedom of the press

The structural and behavioral dynamics of digital journalism ecosystems that can inform policymaking

Policies related to public service media and their digital presence

Policy implications of changing patterns of news consumption

Copyright issues related to the aggregation and dissemination of digital news

Theoretical and methodological issues in digital journalism-related policy research

Information about Submissions

Proposals should include the following: an abstract of 500-750 words (not including references) as well as background information on the author(s), including an abbreviated bio that describes previous and cur- rent research that relates to the special issue theme. Please submit your proposal as one file (PDF) with your names clearly stated in the file name and the first page. Send your proposal to the e-mail address philip.napoli@duke.edu by the date stated in timeline below. Authors of accepted proposals are expected to develop and submit their original article, for full blind review, in accordance with the journal's peer-review procedure, by the deadline stated. Articles should be between 6500 and 7000 words in length. Guidelines for manuscripts can be found here.


Abstract submission deadline: January 4, 2019

Notification on submitted abstracts: February 4, 2019

Article submission deadline: June  7, 2019




September is a month of gaining momentum in our activities and conference preparations. Accordingly, this newsletter is relatively dense with information. There are three main items on our agenda:

1) Guidelines for the new submission system (https://ica2019.abstractcentral.com/)

2) Call for reviewers (volunteer here: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3a6wFC0vPSzQbHf)

3) ICA ELECTIONS (vote here: https://www.icahdq.org/page/Election2018)

Below you will find important information on each of these issues, as well as a few exciting job ads and announcements.

Best wishes,

Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt

Chair, ICA Journalism Studies Division


SUBMISSION PROCESS. The ScholarOne site is now open to submissions (https://ica2019.abstractcentral.com/). The new site is a step forward for ICA, but take into account that it takes a bit of time to get used to the new system, so please don’t wait for the last minute to submit and carefully read the instructions on the site. The deadline for submission is November 1 2018, 16:00 UTC.  

A number of emphases:

- You will need to create a new profile in order to submit.  When you create this profile, you will be able to choose up to two main areas of expertise (corresponding to ICA’s divisions and interest groups) and volunteer to review for the selected divisions/interest groups. We hope you will choose “Journalism Studies” as one of these areas and mark your willingness to serve as a reviewer for the division.

- In individual submissions, you select the presentation type (paper, extended abstract, etc.) before you select the division to which you submit. Therefore, the presentation types include options that don’t necessarily apply to all divisions. In submitting to Journalism Studies, please choose either “paper” or “extended abstract”. DON’T choose “Works in Progress”. Please also note that full paper submissions that are accepted to the conference can be programmed for presentation as posters (as part of the divisional poster session).

- Please provide 6-8 KEYWORDS on the first page of your paper submissions (including both methodological and theoretical/conceptual/topical keywords). The system only allows three keywords for each submission, so including a longer list of keywords in the paper itself will facilitate the reviewing and program-planning process. We also amended the divisional CFP to reflect this new request (see https://www.icahdq.org/BlankCustom.asp?page=JS_CFP).


REVIEWER SURVEY. The quality of our conference program depends on our review process, and we rely on our members for this process. In previous years, many of you volunteered (thank you once again!) and we managed to maintain a triple blind review of all paper submissions. This year, in order to decrease the number of papers assigned to each individual reviewer and create a more egalitarian reviewing system, we ask all submitters to volunteer (and we will of course be grateful if you volunteer to review also if you are not submitting this year).

In addition to marking your willingness to serve as a reviewer when creating your profile in the new submission system, please take a few minutes to complete the short reviewer survey in the following link: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3a6wFC0vPSzQbHf

This will allow us to better match reviewers to papers. Thanks!


ICA ELECTIONS. Members of the Journalism Studies division vote in both the association-wide and divisional elections. The vote takes place using an online ballot (https://www.icahdq.org/page/Election2018) and polls will remain open until Monday, October 15th. At the association level, we have two candidates for the ICA presidency: Karin Wilkins (University of Texas at Austin) and Claes de Vreese (University of Amsterdam), who is a member of the Journalism Studies division. At the division level, we elect a new secretary and a new student representative. We have two candidates for the position of Secretary and three candidates for Student and Early Career Representative. These are the candidates and their statements (presented in alphabetical order within each position):

Secretary - GWEN BOUVIER (Maynooth University)

I am keen on supporting the ICA Journalism Division in the role of Secretary.  ICA represents a worldwide network and it has been a pleasure, both professionally and socially, to meet colleagues this way.  This is an exciting time for journalism scholarship as the industry becomes transformed and challenged by social media and the Internet.  This calls for urgent new kinds of scholarly work. I want to assist the Journalism Division to be part of helping this community of scholars, and support the Chair and Vice-Chair in their responsibilities, ensuring the continued growth of our thriving division. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at Maynooth University, Ireland.  My main areas of interest are social media, journalism, and civic debate, with my publications focusing mainly on critical discourse analysis, multimodal issues of social media, and representation in news. In addition, I am the review editor for the Journal of Multicultural Discourses, the editorial assistant for Social Semiotics, and am a member of various editorial boards.  I am thrilled to be considered for this position, and look forward to serving the division.


Secretary - EDSON C. TANDOC JR. (Nanyang Technological University)

Thank you for considering me for the position of Secretary for ICA’s Journalism Studies Division. It was through our division’s student travel grant that I was able to attend my first ICA conference in 2010, back when I was still a journalist in the Philippines. I have been a division member ever since. Our division has helped me a lot in my academic journey, from providing me with opportunities to get guidance for my work through conference reviews and during presentations, to allowing me to meet, interact, and learn from our fellow division members. If given the chance to serve our division, I would do my best to contribute to the wonderful work our division leadership has done so far, as well as help strengthen our networks around the world by taking care of our division’s communication activities and reaching out to journalism researchers in underrepresented regions, whose experiences will help enrich our understanding of the diverse ways journalism is changing. I am an assistant professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. My research generally focuses on the intersection between digital news and new technology. I have done some research on the influence of audience analytics and social media on both news work and news consumption. I am also currently one of Digital Journalism’s Associate Editors and the Vice Chair of AEJMC’s Newspaper and Online News Division.


Student and Early Career Representative - JOY KIBARABARA (Stockholm University)

My name is Joy Kibarabara, a doctoral student at Stockholm University’s department of media studies. My research area is constructive journalism with a specific focus on its implications in the Global South. Since my undergraduate days at the University of Alabama, I knew that I wanted to become a college professor, travel the world and meet new people and no other forum has set me on a path to fulfill these aspirations like ICA. Since my first experience in Fukuoka Japan to the recently concluded conference in Prague, I have become more enlightened, empowered and confident about my future prospects in the academic career path. Indeed, ICA has been a melting pot of sorts from my interactions with a diverse group of scholars during conference presentations or social events. One of my memorable experiences was presenting at the journalism studies graduate student colloquium in San Diego last year. It was here that I came to appreciate the importance of such a session especially for graduate students such as myself. Not only did I receive valuable feedback from my mentor, I used the suggestions from other participants to refine my proposal that later helped me get accepted in my current position. I have also served in ICAfrica as an LOC member, graduate student coordinator where I have organized student workshops, as well as served as the social media administrator. It is while serving in these capacities that I have come to understand the unique needs that graduate students have and the importance of having a voice at the division and executive level. If given the opportunity to serve as your student representative, I intend to continue advocating for our needs, ensure more diversity and strengthen the graduate student colloquium.


Student and Early Career Representative - RADWA MABROOK (City, University of London)

My name is Radwa. I am a 2nd year PhD student interested in digital journalism, and a Teaching assistant (TA) at City, University of London. My passion for journalism work and research developed since I was an undergraduate student of media and communications at Cairo University. I worked as a news desk editor at an Egyptian news website shortly after the outbreak of the Arab Spring. It was an exciting newsroom experience that took place at a time of Twitter, Facebook, and citizen journalism boom in Egypt. I became greatly interested in studying the impact technological innovations on journalism. I joined Cairo University again to do my MA degree, my dissertation was focused on online video journalism. I also got a job as a Teaching Assistant (TA), which was my first step towards an academic career. I helped in organising networking events for students and academic conferences there. Currently, I am working on my PhD, in which I am studying Virtual Reality (VR) and journalistic culture under the supervision of Professor Jane B. Singer. I co-authored and presented a research paper based on my thesis in the last ICA conference in Prague. As a potential graduate student representative, my main goal is to increase the international presence in the PhD colloquium. There are numerous qualified researchers out there whose work does not get the sufficient exposure within the international academic community. The colloquium can build an international network of young researchers, who may help balance the west-centred published research literature in journalism. They may help to fill in the blind spots – such as: the newsroom conditions, journalism education and/or journalistic culture outside the West.     


Student and Early Career Representative - SILVIA X. MONTAÑA-NIÑO (Queensland University of Technology)

My name is Silvia X. Montaña-Niño, I am from Colombia and I am currently doing my PhD at the School of Communication and the Digital Media Research Centre at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. I came this far from South America to start an interesting research journey to understand this evolving field. I am a journalist, I have worked in printing journalism and I've experienced its transition to the digital world in one newspaper in Colombia and a couple of magazines.  

The best part of being a journalist was the possibility of being a witness of key events in the history of my country. Then, I started combining reporting and editing with a job as an adjunct lecturer in a very important school of journalism in Colombia. This was the perfect bridge to a new life in academia, a journey that has given me the opportunity of studying in The University of Liverpool (Masters in Politics & Mass Media). My PhD is about the impact of metrics in news production and news values. Being a researcher in my own field has proved to be even more exciting than being a journalist. It is a chance to reflect upon what we have been, what we are and how we adapt to the new economic, political and technological challenges. I hope to expand this experience supporting the Colloquium in the following years. I will certainly meet a new generation of scholars and researchers bringing more knowledge and raising challenging questions to our field.


Congratulations to Lynn Schofield Clark and Regina Marchi for receiving the 2018 Nancy Baym Outstanding Book Award from the Association of Internet Researchers for their book "Young People and the Future of News: Social Media and the Rise of Connective Journalism"!  

Young People and the Future of News (Cambridge U Press 2017) traces the practices that are evolving as young people come to see news increasingly as something shared via social networks and social media rather than produced and circulated solely by professional news organizations. The book introduces the concept of connective journalism, clarifying the role of creating and sharing stories online as a key precursor to collective and connective political action. At the center of the story are high school students from low-income minority and immigrant communities who often feel underserved or misrepresented by mainstream media but express a strong interest in politics and their communities. Drawing on in-depth field work in three major urban areas over the course of ten years, Young People and the Future of News sheds light on how young people share news that they think others should know about, express solidarity, and bring into being new publics and counter-publics.




Dear MIS members

1. Conference submission site is now open!

The conference submission site for the 69th Annual International Communication Association Conference in Washington DC is now open. You may access it here:  https://ica2019.abstractcentral.com/.  

This year we have introduced ScholarOne, which is a more user-friendly submission system.

When submitting papers and/or panel proposals, please remember to sign-up as a reviewer. MIS welcomes students’ and early career researchers’ submissions.

Our group’s CFP can be found here: https://www.icahdq.org/mpage/MIS_CFP.

Check the general guidelines (https://www.icahdq.org/page/2019CFP) before submitting your paper or proposal. Submissions close Thursday, 1 November 2018, at 16:00 UTC.

You do not have to be an ICA member to access and submit, but you do need to create a new ScholarOne profile for submissions.

2. Please vote for our new secretary and bylaw changes.

We have made some changes to our bylaws so that our group officer term coincides with the ICA election and general bylaws. Please cast a vote on these changes when you vote for our next secretary.

2018 MIS Secretary Election (https://www.icahdq.org/page/election2018) is open until Monday, 15 October at 16:00 UTC. We have three candidates and you can read their statements after logging in.


1.      Sign in to your ICA Profile.

2.      Please select the links below to vote in the ICA-wide general elections, as well as your corresponding Division/Interest Group election(s).

o       You must select the individual links for each division or interest group election in which you wish to vote.

o       If you wish to verify the list of divisions/interest groups to which you belong, you may view a list on the left column of "My Profile" - Please note: while all division/interest groups are listed below, your access is limited to those in which you have an active membership.  

o       Not all divisions/interest groups have roles or issues up for election in the 2018 election; those without ballots are noted accordingly.

3.      Select "Begin Survey."

4.      Enter your contact information (optional).

5.      Review candidate statements, all candidates are listed in alphabetical order by surname. If relevant to your division/interest group, review any ballot attachments for potential dues increases and/or bylaws adoption/revisions.

6.      Make your selections.

7.      Select "Complete Survey."

To vote you must be our group member and login to ICA website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sora (Chair) sora.park@canberra.edu.au or Ramon (Vice Chair) ramon.lobato@rmit.edu.au



Dr. Sora Park


News & Media Research Centre

University of Canberra





Hello members of the ICA Mobile Communication Interest Group,

 These are exciting times for us:


1. Elections are open until Oct 15.


I encourage all members to vote for ICA-wide positions and for Vice Chair of Mobile Communication. The Vice Chair serves for two years and then automatically becomes Chair (just as I did and as Rich Ling will do this coming May). We have two outstanding candidates for Vice Chair: Sunny Lee (U. Oklahoma) and Keri Stephens (U Texas). Check out the ICA election page for more details:




2. The paper submission system is now open for the 2019 annual meeting in Washington DC. This year's theme is Communication Beyond Boundaries. See the CfP:




In response to last year's continued growth in submissions (more than 100 papers!), Mobile Communication is offering more ways to participate. We will have three types of sessions at the main conference in Washington, DC:

-- Traditional sessions (four full-length research papers)

-- High-density sessions (seven extended abstracts)

-- Panels (collaborative effort involving four presenters plus a chair/discussant, with the entire panel submitted as a single proposal)

This will be the first time that Mobile Communication has accepted panels. I hope that we receive a large number of coherent, diverse, provocative, and timely submissions. This is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with people you might have met at previous conferences, to follow-up on conversations about shared interests.

For more information about how to submit to Mobile Communication, see the CfP:




And one more item (below). A job posting that could be of interest to scholars of mobile communication.


If you have any questions about elections or how to submit papers/abstracts/panels for the 2019 conference, I will be happy to help.

Yours in mobility,

Colin Agur, PhD

Assistant Professor

Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Chair, ICA Mobile Communication Interest Group






The division had a very successful conference in Prague with 42 paper/panel sessions and our interactive poster session (the most sessions the division has ever had).  The minutes from the 2018 business meeting will be posted to our website. We also want to congratulate again the following award winners:

Claes de Vreese winner of the David Swanson Award for distinguished and sustained service and contributions to the field of political communication.  

Philipp Müller, Christian Schemer, Martin Wettstein, Anne Schulz, Dominique S. Wirz, Sven Engesser, & Werner Wirth winners of the Kaid-Sanders Award for Best Political Communication Article of the Year for their article The Polarizing Impact of News Coverage on Populist Attitudes in the Public: Evidence from a Panel Study in Four European Democracies published in 2017 in the Journal of Communication.

Erik Albaek, Arjen van Dalen, Nael Jebril, & Claes de Vreese winners of the International Journal of Press/Politics distinguished book award for their book Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective published in 2014 by the Cambridge University Press.

For those who did not see them, photos from the Prague meeting were posted on Flickr:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/policom/albums/72157694529948422  and videos from the Big Questions for Political Communication Research were posted to Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLe9DFEcTXai2OMUViCJlyqcBgXTqP-XkP






Dear Members of the ICA PRD,

Happy end of summer!

Please copy/paste the link below, or visit the ICA PRD website, for the Summer PRD Newsletter! In this issue of the newsletter, you can  find a recap of the Prague conference; a notice about officer elections; information on next year's meeting in Washington, including the call for papers; as well as job announcements.



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Available Positions and Job Opportunities

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 1, 2018
Updated: Friday, September 28, 2018

School of Communication
Communication: Advocacy & Social Change—Tenure Track Assistant Professor

Loyola University Chicago School of Communication invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor specializing in advocacy and social change, with an emphasis on digital communication, pending final approval of funding, to begin August 12, 2019. Applicants should have significant training and demonstrated expertise in one or more of these; rhetorical theory, public advocacy and argumentation, or critical/qualitative approaches to the study of culture, society, and political discourse, situated within a world where digital technology has become of primary importance.

The prospective candidate who can build upon these foundational qualities with expertise in one or more of the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply: political communication, social movements and new media, digital literacy, issues of privacy, security policy, digital rights, diplomacy, social justice, environmental advocacy, civil society discourse, cybercultural studies, ICTs for development/global advocacy, conflict management & mediation. Successful candidates will have a demonstrable research program relevant to these areas and will be prepared both to teach existing courses in the Advocacy & Social Change track as well as fundamental courses in our Communication Studies area.

Candidates must apply online at http://www.careers.luc.edu/postings/8532 with a letter of application describing their experience and interests, and a current curriculum vitae. Applicants should provide a short list of references, including contact information. Applications will be accepted until October 30, 2018 and will be reviewed until the position is filled.

For further information about Loyola University Chicago and the School of Communication, consult the University Web site: www.luc.edu. LUC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty. As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seek candidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver a Transformative Education in the Jesuit tradition. In order to gain a clearer understanding of LUC’s mission, candidates should consult our website at http://www.luc.edu/mission/. For information about the university’s focus on transformative education, consult our website at http://www.luc.edu/transformativeed.



Medill School
Tenure-Track Position


The Medill School at Northwestern University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) beginning in the 2018–2019 academic year. The position may have the rank of Assistant, Associate or full Professor.


Candidates should have a completed, or nearly completed, Ph.D. in communications, marketing, economics, advertising, business, engineering or the social sciences. The preferred emphasis is on the economics of media and technology, platform economics, media strategy and related fields. It is important that the applicant’s research have important implications for integrated marketing communications. Candidates are expected to conduct and publish high caliber, innovative research, teach both undergraduate and graduate students, and perform professional service commensurate with rank.

Faculty will teach in a demanding but rewarding environment at a premier global university. Medill is a professional school, and thus it is critical that the successful candidate integrate theory and professional practice, and that research be actionable by the professions. The Integrated Marketing Communications department offers a full-time 15-month master’s program, a part-time two-year master’s program, an online version of the part-time program and an undergraduate certificate program.

Northwestern University is a federal contractor that actively participates in affirmative action planning in the areas of recruitment and retention. For each employment and promotional opportunity, Northwestern University actively seeks women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities to maintain a University community that is based on equal opportunity and reflects the diversity of American society. Hiring is contingent on eligibility to work in the United States.


The position will begin September 2019. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received no later than October 15, 2018 but it is expected the position will remain open until filled. Required documents include: CV, copies of research papers, and at least two letters of recommendation to the search committee. Questions should be directed to Robin Young at robin-young@northwestern.edu. The link to application is posted below.

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Assistant Professor

Communication QUANTITATIVE METHODS-TT (Position PS# 00003828).

Ph.D. required; expertise in content analysis and quantitative methods; demonstrated research record; emphasis on social media discourse and its socio-cultural implications. Position description: https://apply.interfolio.com/51689



Department of Communication
Film Theory and/or Media Production (Assistant or Associate Professor)

The Department of Communication at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is seeking to hire a faculty member (assistant professor or associate professor) with a research and teaching emphasis in film theory and/or digital media production, effective September 1st, 2019. Applicants should be able to teach undergraduate & graduate courses in one or more of the following areas: film theory, film criticism, film studies, Chicanx and/or Latinx film, film directors, African American film, women and film, digital media production, and screenwriting.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have a record of scholarly publication. The potential to attract external funding is also desired. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Communication, Film, Media Studies or a related field (with a research concentration in film or media production). Professional experience in film and/or production is desirable, but not required.

ABOUT UTEP & EL PASO: Located in one of the largest binational communities in the world, The University of Texas at El Paso is unique among research institutions. UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students, a majority of whom are Hispanic and many who are the first in their families to attend college. The Brookings Institution in 2017 ranked UTEP as the No. 1 leader in equal access to higher education, based on a combination of research productivity and student social mobility. The University also was recognized recently by the Carnegie Corporation of New York for its institutional vision and abiding commitment to diversity, high quality, curricular innovation, and investment in our community. The institution is proud to be the first national research university to serve a 21st-century student demographic. The Department of Communication, one of the larger departments on campus, awards baccalaureate and master’s degrees, and includes undergraduate majors in communication studies, digital media production, media advertising, multimedia journalism, and organizational and corporate communication.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Applicants must submit a letter of interest, dissertation/prospectus title and abstract, curriculum vita, and a writing sample (journal article, book chapter, conference paper). Applicants who are invited for phone interviews will be asked to submit three letters of reference, which must be received before the phone interview takes place. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions can be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Stacey Sowards, at ssowards@utep.edu or 915-747-8854.

To apply, please visit http://utep.edu/employment.

Hiring decisions are subject to final budget approval.

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, the University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity in employment or the provision of services.



Department of Advertising
Assistant Professor in Advertising and Technology

The Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a full-time, 9-month tenure-track assistant professor in advertising and technology to further strengthen our scholarship in digital media and help shape our newly launched computer science + advertising major. The position is expected to begin in August 2019.

Qualified applicants should have a Ph.D. (or ABD status) in a relevant field (advertising, communication, marketing, psychology, and information or computer sciences, etc.). We expect successful candidates to be fluent in interdisciplinary discourse and methods relevant to the intersection of technology and advertising. They should be comfortable in working with researchers across disciplines on research and on grants relevant to this intersection. We expect successful candidates to shape the dialogue around technology and advertising with their scholarship.

Candidates should create a candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement (2 pg. max), research statement (3 pg. max), and three letters of reference. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by October 15, 2018. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.

The U of I is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu



Edward Murrow College of Communication

The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Washington State University (http://murrow.wsu.edu)

Description of Position: The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., invites applications for a permanent full-time tenure-track position, either at the Assistant or Associate level to begin August 16, 2019.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience.

Requirements for Assistant Professors: Earned Ph.D. in communication or related field before the date of hire or nearing completion of dissertation in communication or related field but with all Ph.D. degree requirements completed before start of employment, evidence of potential for a productive research agenda in one of the preferred areas and evidence of potential for successful teaching.

Requirements for Associate Professor: Earned Ph.D. in communication or a related area before the date of hire, have served at least 6 years as an assistant professor or equivalent, and a record that indicates a nationally recognized research program in communication that meets Murrow College standards for tenure and evidence of successful teaching.

Preferences: We seek candidates who can combine their primary interests in health or science communication with an emphasis in one or more of the following research and teaching areas: underserved populations; social issues; intercultural communication; gender and communication; media, youth and adolescents; digital and media literacy; communication technology; communication, emotion and cognition (psychophysiological research); strategic communication. The Murrow College prefers candidates with a strong background in quantitative methods who can demonstrate success or potential for securing extramural funds.

Duties: Contribute to one or more of the College’s research areas through graduate and undergraduate teaching, scholarship, and grants in health or science communication. Teach courses in one or more of our three Departments of Communication and Society, Journalism and Media Production, or Strategic Communication. In addition, candidates are expected to collaborate with interdisciplinary research groups and centers.

Application Procedure: Applicants must send a cover letter summarizing qualifications, curriculum vitae, a brief research statement, and contact information for three references and apply online at www.wsujobs.comIn their materials, candidates should address which of the research areas mentioned above best fit their interests and how they can contribute to the teaching needs identified above.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018. The position will remain open until filled and is subject to available funding. For more information contact Stacey Hust, Chair of Strategic Communication Department, sjhust@wsu.edu.

Washington State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator. Members of ethnic minorities, women, Vietnam-era or disabled veterans, persons of disability, and/or persons the age of 40 and over are encouraged to apply. WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and has faculty friendly policies.



Assistant Professor of Communications (Tenure-Track)

The Social Science Program at the University of Maine at Augusta is seeking applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Communications beginning in the fall semester of 2019. Applicants with a passion for teaching and experience with in-person and online modes of instruction are preferred.

For more information and to apply, please see: https://uma.hiretouch.com/ (keywords: Professor of Communications).



College of Literature Science and the Arts
Collegiate Fellow

Deadline: October 1, 2018

The College of Literature Science and the Arts (LSA) seeks outstanding scholars in all liberal arts fields whose research/scholarship, teaching/mentoring, and/or service/engagement will contribute to the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals of our institution. The two-year fellowship (2019-2021) provides early career natural scientists, humanists, and social scientists with dedicated research time, mentorship, teaching experience, travel funding, and professional development opportunities to prepare them for possible tenure-track appointments in LSA.

Applications are welcome for all LSA academic departments. See website for list of departments, other eligibility descriptions, and application. https://lsa.umich.edu/ncid/fellowships-awards/lsa-collegiate-postdoctoral-fellowship.html.




Department of Communication

Full Professor, Communications

The University of Delaware’s academic leadership has identified the Department of Communication (https://www.communication.udel.edu/) as a priority for academic growth and prominence. The Department invites applications for a position in Communication at the rank of professor (tenured) beginning September 1, 2019. We seek a scholar with exemplary methodological and quantitative analytic skills, a strong record of success with sponsored research and external funding, and a desire to serve as part of the foundation of a new Ph.D. program that will begin in the fall 2019. All candidates must have a scholarly record appropriate for the rank of tenured full professor that includes an international reputation, substantial publications, an active research agenda, and successful teaching experience. The ideal candidate will be a quantitative social scientist with demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following areas: survey methods, content analysis, experiments, longitudinal studies, meta-analysis, statistical programming, social media/web analytics, and/or other social scientific techniques. The position is open with respect to substantive area of communication.

The Department, which is organized in the Social Sciences portfolio of the College of Arts and Sciences, has 16 full-time and jointly-appointed faculty, about 600 undergraduate majors and minors, and 12-15 students in the master’s degree program. It offers two concentrations within the undergraduate major, media communication and interpersonal communication, and is centrally involved in several interdisciplinary minors, including Journalism, Advertising, Interactive Media, and Political Communication. The department faculty, a collegial and highly accomplished group of researchers, teachers, mentors, advisers, and public servants, offer courses on media communication, interpersonal communication, political communication, public relations, and broadcast journalism, including television production. The new Ph.D. program includes concentrations in media communication, interpersonal communication, and political communication.

Using the Interfolio® online system http://apply.interfolio.com/54914 applicants should submit a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, and the names of five professional references. Additional application materials may be requested by the committee. Inquiries, but not application materials, should be directed to Chair of the search committee, Professor Paul Brewer (prbrewer@udel.edu). Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018, and the position will remain open until filled.

The University of Delaware, a RU/VH: Research University, is a Sea, Space, and Land Grant institution, strategically located on a beautiful campus in Newark, Delaware in the middle of the Northeast corridor.  Nearby Wilmington is approximately halfway—or an hour and a half by train--between New York and Washington, D.C. Philadelphia and Baltimore are each about an hour away. The University of Delaware is a well-endowed public institution with selective admissions, resulting in a student body of about 17,000 undergraduate and 3,500 graduate students. The University has an excellent compensation and benefits package that, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, makes it a "Great College to Work For."

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Delaware is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and Title IX institution. UD recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds, and this is a primary goal for our department. We provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  For the University’s complete non-discrimination statement, please visit www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html. The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be seen at: www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html


The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Description of Position:  The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman, WA, seeks an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. This will be a full-time permanent tenured 9-month position as a Professor or Associate Professor.

Responsibilities include: Working with the Dean and Department Chairs to oversee the graduate and/or undergraduate programs; representing the Murrow College at key meetings and events when necessary; participating in budgetary and personnel actions; attending meetings with university leadership, college leadership and staff as appropriate; advancing the college’s commitment to diversity and multiculturalism in all activities; conducting and publishing scholarly research; teaching one undergraduate/graduate course per semester on topics of communication in one of the programs of the  college; and performing other duties as assigned by the dean.

Appointment begins: Fall 2019

Qualifications include:  A Ph.D. in Communication or a related field; an active research program and a publication record that is commensurate with Murrow College and WSU standards for appointment to the rank of Associate or Full Professor; evidence of successful teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and successful administrative record in an academic unit containing relevant undergraduate and graduate programs.

Salary: Will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

About The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication:

Named for its most illustrious alumnus, the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication offers degrees at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels.  In addition to its Pullman location, the College offers programs at the University’s campuses in Vancouver and Everett, as well as online programs through WSU’s Global Campus. The College offers a Bachelor of Arts program in communication and society, journalism and media production, and strategic communication. Master’s and doctoral programs focus on media and health promotion, media, society and politics, and science and environmental communication, along with an online MA in strategic communication and an online MA in Health Communication and Promotion. The College enjoys custom-designed teaching, research and production facilities that have allowed the College to rank among the most productive communication colleges in the country. Additional information about the Murrow College of Communication can be found at murrow.wsu.edu

Application Procedure:  To be considered for this position, applicants must submit a letter of application summarizing qualifications, a curriculum resume or vita, recent teaching evaluations, and contact information for five references, and apply on-line at https://www.wsujobs.com/postings/40608

For questions, email inquiries to Dr. Alex Tan,  alextan@wsu.edu, or Dr. Stacey Hust, sjhust@wsu.edu, who are chairing the searching committee.  Review of complete applications will begin November 19, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (http://www.advance.wsu.edu/).

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-

6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.


College of Communication and Information

Assistant Professor of Digital Journalism/Media

The School of Journalism and Electronic Media in the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s (UTK) College of Communication and Information (CCI) is now accepting applications for a nine-month, tenure-track, assistant professor position in digital journalism/media. The position will begin in August 2019. A Ph.D. in mass communication, journalism, communications, or a related field is required at the time of appointment. The salary is competitive and based on experience and academic credentials.

The ideal candidate should have a proven publication record with a focused research agenda in the areas of digital media and/or journalism. Also required: ability to teach courses in multi-media storytelling, social journalism, advanced reporting practices and issues and/or other courses related to emerging media. Desired: professional experience in fields related to digital journalism/media. Duties associated with the position include a 2-2 teaching load, mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students, service to the school, college, and university, and a personal/collaborative research agenda.

Individuals interested in applying for the position should send, via email, the following as a single PDF attachment (1) a letter of application, (2) a current curriculum vitae, and (3) a list of at least three references to: jemjobs@utk.edu, with the subject line: JEM Asst. Professor Search. You may direct any questions you might have regarding the search to the search chair, Dr. Julie Andsager (jandsage@utk.edu), or to the director of the School of Journalism & Electronic Media, Dr. Catherine Luther (cluther@utk.edu). Review of applicants will begin October 15, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.


Department of Journalism and Creative Media

Assistant Professor in Sports Media

The University of Alabama Department of Journalism and Creative Media seeks a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in the area of sports media. The position begins August 16, 2019. The successful candidate will conduct creative or research scholarship and teach courses that explore and increase our understanding of sports media within the communication field. Relevant research and teaching expertise includes: broadcast/electronic sports journalism; data in sports media; live and recorded sports production; sports announcing/performance; multimedia sports reporting (social media, podcast). Candidates should have earned a doctorate in mass communication or a closely related area before the start date. Candidates should demonstrate strong potential for successful undergraduate and graduate teaching and for developing a program of scholarship that is suitable for tenure consideration. Salary is competitive.

Questions may be directed to search committee chair Dr. Michael Bruce at mdbruce@ua.edu.

To apply, visit https://facultyjobs.ua.edu. Attach an application letter, vita/resume and names, addresses and phone numbers of three references.

Screening of applications begins October 1; however, applications will be accepted until the search is completed. UA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.


Department of Film and Theatre

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

Announcement of position availability at SJSU in the Department of Film and Theatre for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Sound/Audio Design. Job Opening ID (JOID): 24702.

For full consideration, submit an electronic packet via https://apply.interfolio.com/53604 by October 15, 2018.


School of Communication

Assistant Professor of Advertising and Public Relations (Tenure-Track)

The School of Communications at Grand Valley State University seeks candidates for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor in Advertising and Public Relations (www.gvsu.edu/soc/apr). Job description and application online:  https://bit.ly/2N1hWqy).


School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Assistant Professor in Mass Communication

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication seeks a full-time assistant professor beginning August 19, 2019. Successful candidate must engage in high-quality research and teaching in mass communication commensurate with experience and an emphasis on data science and computational social science methods. A Ph.D. in communication or related field is required or expected by the start of the appointment. The selected candidate will teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, develop and maintain a robust research portfolio and engage in professional service. Full details on the position can be found at the link below. To apply, candidates should visit jobs.wisc.edu, search for position 96032 and click on “Apply Now.”

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ICA Paper Management System is Now Open!

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Updated: Friday, August 31, 2018

ICA invites you to submit your paper or proposal for the 69th ICA Annual Conference to be held in Washington, D.C. 2019. The conference will take place in the Washington Hilton hotel from 24-28 May 2019. Preconference events will be held on Friday, 24 May. The conference theme is "Communication Beyond Boundaries."


Click here (https://www.icahdq.org/page/2019CFP) for the conference Call for Papers.


To access ICA's new ScholarOne paper management system, please click here (https://ica2019.abstractcentral.com/). You do not have to be an ICA member to access and submit, but you do need a profile. This is a new paper management system, so no profiles will be preloaded. Everyone will create a new profile for submissions. Our membership database is no longer linked to the paper submission website. If you have any questions or concerns about your profile, please contact ScholarOne’s Help Desk.


Tips for Online Submission



Have your document ready to upload! You MUST upload a paper or extended abstract in order to complete the submission process. Before submitting your document, remember to remove all author identification from the text, cover page, and the file properties. (In the "File" menu select "Properties," delete any identifying information, click "OK," and save the document.)



Plan ahead! The Session Organizer submits the panel proposal, and enters all of the panel information including the abstract rationale, and listing of all panel participants. When entering a panel participant, please SEARCH THE DATABASE for the participants. ENTER ONLY 2 OR 3 LETTERS OF THE FIRST AND LAST NAMES WHEN SEARCHING. This strategy will minimize the possibility of missing a record because of a 'special' character in the first or last names. Because this is a new database, there will be very few names already in the system. So organizers will most likely have to create a new profile for participants. In the Panel Description field enter the text of your panel proposal including rationale, presentation authors and titles, and abstracts or any other information mentioned in the Call for Papers. You can do this by copying and pasting the text of the panel proposal from your Word document.



If your topic crosses the interests of several divisions or interest groups, and relates to this year’s theme, “Communication Beyond Boundaries”, consider submitting your work or paper as a theme session for the conference, rather to a single specialty division. The ICA 2019 conference theme of “Communication Beyond Boundaries” aims for an understanding of the role of communication and media in the crossing of social, political and cultural boundaries that characterize contemporary society, and encourages research that crosses the boundaries of research domains, of particular fields of research interest, and of academia and the outside world.

If you have any questions about submitting your work for the theme sessions, please get in touch with this year’s theme chair, Hilde van den Bulck (U of Antwerp) hilde.vandenbulck@uantwerpen.be. We welcome your contributions!



ICA Member Associations are guaranteed one panel on the program. The highest ranking elected officer or designated program planner of each Member Association is invited to submit a panel proposal through the online submission system by the 1 November submission deadline. Follow the instructions for submitting a panel session and submit under Sponsored Sessions.


Help is available:

If you need help with online submission, contact the appropriate ICA division or Interest Group program planner. Contact information is listed in the Call for Papers. All divisions and interest groups are accepting only electronic submissions.


When you submit your paper, also consider signing up to be a reviewer! Signing up to review is available after you log into the submission site. You do not have to submit a paper to become a reviewer. Volunteering to serve as a reviewer does not guarantee that you will be selected to review. Be sure to mark your areas of expertise, so that you are appropriate matched to a paper to review.


Important Note:
Messages or emails are regularly sent from ICA or Unit Planners concerning paper submissions or reviewing. Sometimes our emails will filter into spam folders, usually of those who have a university address. So be sure to frequently check your message center in the paper submission system after signing in. The message center stores all sent messages and eliminate the problem of universities blocking emails.


Submission Deadline: Thursday, 1 November 2018; 16:00 UTC

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ICA President-Elect Conference Report

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology) , Saturday, September 1, 2018

There are two matters of note concerning the 2019 Annual ICA Conference in Washington, DC. The first is that the crunch on spaces to host preconference events may be in the process of being sorted out. We will advise on this after the deadline for pre and postconferences has passed on 31 August, and we are aware of how many are being proposed.

The second thing is designated paper length for Divisions and Interest Groups. The ScholarOne software allows Division/Interest Group chars to set a “hard” and “soft’ word limit, similar to that used for academic journals (i.e. the paper cannot be lodged if over a particular word length). It also allows for tables, figures, charts and images to be submitted as separate files. For about half of the Divisions and Interest Groups, a word limit was set, most commonly at 8,000 words. But half still used the page limit model, which is confusing for submitters, and redundant with the new paper lodgment system. We would urge that Division and interest Group chairs look closely at this for the future. 

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ICA Online Elections Begin 1 September

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 31, 2018

On 1 September, ICA members will begin 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 Monday, 15 October at 16:00 UTC.

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 1-year term for President-Elect-Select. Candidates for the position are Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam) and Karin Wilkins (U of Texas, Austin). This year we will be voting for a new Board Member at Large for a 2-year term: John Erni (Hong Kong Baptist U), and Daniel Raichvarg (U de Bourgogne). Members will also have the chance to elect a Student & Early Career Representative for a 2-year term: Juan Liang (U of Canterbury), and Myrene Agustin Magabo (U of the Philippines - Open U).

The statements for the presidential candidates will appear later in the issue of the Newsletter. Divisional candidates and all other statements will appear on the ICA election page.



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Candidate Statement for ICA Presidential Election: Claes de Vreese

Posted By Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam), Friday, August 31, 2018

It is an honor to have been nominated as candidate for the presidency of the International Communication Association (ICA). Our communication field is undergoing tremendous developments: a growing number of students internationally, a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers entering the field, an internationalization of scholarship. The communication ecosystem is changing, and against a backdrop of longstanding qualitative and quantitative approaches, new challenges and opportunities emerge as results of datafication, media hybridity, algorithms, computational methods, and artificial intelligence. And all of this take place in the context of significant societal, economic, cultural, and (geo)political changes. These are truly exciting, and daunting, times to be a communication scholar.

Why did I accept the nomination to run for the ICA leadership? First of all, the ICA has long served as my primary intellectual ‘home’. I presented at an ICA conference in my first year in graduate school and have enthusiastically attended each of the more than 20 conferences since then. It is a great conference, a great community, a great association. Throughout the years, my involvement with ICA has included service to various committees (related to the ICA journals, as chair of the ICA Awards), leadership as a division program planner and chair, and current work as the Editor-in-Chief of Political Communication, a joint journal between the Political Communication divisions of the ICA and the American Political Science Association (APSA). I would be keen to continue working for the ICA community. If elected President of the ICA, I want to contribute to sustaining an organization that will make communication scholars from all corners of the discipline feel welcome and at home.

Second, in an age of information abundance and ongoing discussions about the quality of scholarship, I would like to enable and contribute to a conversation in the ICA about Open Science. This is a broad conversation that I believe we need to have. This in not just about Open Access publishing, but also about sharing instruments, being up front about research ideas, transparent and thoughtful about analyzing our material, and ensuring that, when possible, data and instruments are available for future scholars to learn from and to challenge. We need an open conversation about what the Open Science movement implies for the diverse field of communication research. This conversation should be there to further increase the quality of our research and the transparency of the research process. Quality and transparency will help us to build better communication research with a broader appeal. It is important to stress that I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all answer to this challenge. But how can we develop best practices and share experiences in creating an ‘Open Communication Science’ space for all scholars? These are conversations that we should have as communication scholars, at our home universities, with our funders, and also in the ICA.

Third, I hope to contribute to a stronger institutional voice in ongoing discussions about the role of communication in society. We have an incredibly rich community with expertise on a great variety of topics. ICA’s 32 divisions and interest groups are a testimony to this richness. This expertise should be shared, not just with fellow scholars, but widely. Communication is well poised to play a central role, for example, in current discussions about digitalization, datafication, platforms, and artificial intelligence. Many communication scholars are involved in newly launched initiatives trying to bring for example platforms (like Facebook) and the academic community closer together. Is this an easy task? No. Are the initiatives without problems? No. Should we also pursue other research venues and remain critical about collaboration while being cognizant of our academic role? Absolutely. But do we need to have these conversations and provide a stronger, institutional voice? Yes. And the ICA should be a prominent one.

At this year’s ICA conference, I was honored to receive the David Swanson career achievement award. This award recognizes support and work for our discipline and acknowledges institution-building. In my research I am particularly thrilled with having had the opportunity to develop an international and comparative research program (with grants from science foundations and the European Research Council) while mentoring many young, international scholars. As a former Director of The Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR 2005-2013), journal editor (International Journal of Public Opinion Research 2011-2014, Political Communication 2014-now), active in university leadership, and in science policy-making as Chair of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences’ Social Science Council, it meant a lot to me to receive the Swanson Award. At the conference in Prague, I encouraged young researchers to get involved in such activities and help build, create, and improve the environments in which we work. I will do my best to help, advise, and coach anyone who is willing to become involved and take on an office, a committee membership or spearhead a new initiative. Serving is fun and rewarding.

Keeping the ICA open and welcoming, starting a broader conversation about Open Science, and strengthening the voice of communication scholarship in societal discussions are key reasons for me to have accepted the nomination. ICA is thriving, the community is strong, and its membership increasingly international. We have a great foundation and team to build on, to launch into some of the new and pertinent challenges outlined above. It would be an honor and privilege to work with and for the ICA community. 

Claes de Vreese l Amsterdam l https://claesdevreese.wordpress.com l  T: @claesdevreese 

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Candidate Statement for ICA Presidential Election: Karin Wilkins

Posted By Karin Wilkins (U of Texas at Austin), Friday, August 31, 2018
Updated: Saturday, September 1, 2018

We have an important opportunity to participate in our International Communication Association (ICA) elections this fall. I appreciate being considered a candidate for ICA President. I share with ICA a sincere commitment to academic excellence, social significance, and global impact. 

ICA, which I have attended regularly since a graduate student, has been the center of my professional community. I have served as chair of the Intercultural and Development Division (2003-05; vice-chair 2001-03), and was instrumental in its reshaping as Global Communication and Social Change. I am aligned with the Ethnicity and Race in Communication, Feminist Scholarship, Public Diplomacy, and Activism, Communication and Social Justice groups. I have worked with the Internationalization Committee (2011-14) and was recently elected ICA Fellow (2017). My approach as Editor of Communication Theory (2016-19) is emblematic of my dedication to excellence in communication scholarship, and to the values of global inclusion. For example, we devote space to book reviews of volumes not published in English, and developed a recent special issue on Latin America, with another planned on the Global South. My engagement with ICA promotes the contemporary relevance of communication scholarship, supports ethical practices, and builds global diversity.

Promoting Contemporary Relevance of Communication Scholarship
Communication continues to establish its distinct identity as an academic field, incorporating diversity in theories, methods, and perspectives. Our field has shifted over the course of my own professional trajectory, evidenced by the change in scholarly foci between the 1983 Journal of Communication’s Ferment in the Field and the recent 2018 special issue on contemporary expertise. We need to leverage our strength as a growing field with an inclusive academic approach that stays relevant to changing social and political practices.

Change in our field is evident in the increasing number of divisions and interest groups within ICA (10 new groups in the last 10 years). Balancing our interest in diversity with our recognition of core foundational approaches can be a difficult tension to navigate, but is nonetheless worth supporting as we continue to build our intellectual depth and public significance. I envision strengthening our conference planning by increasing opportunities for divisions, interest groups, and scholars to propose collaborative events.

We need to work to make our communication scholarship matter beyond the academy, recognizing excellence as well as promoting relevance. Partnerships with groups able to serve as resources for training (such as Op-ed writing) and translation could strengthen our ability as scholars to contribute to multiple venues, magnifying our voices in public discourse.
Supporting Ethical Approaches to Collaboration in our Association

Our association works best when we create supportive professional climates within our community, and in our collaborations with other organizational partners. As scholars, we understand the importance of ethical approaches to our research, teaching, and graduate training, particularly given critical feminist concerns. As members of the ICA community, we need to recognize the important practices proposed through our Ethics Task Force, working to support respectful and compassionate collaborations that benefit scholars and students, as well as connect faculty across topics and territories. 

By considering how best to situate our conference events within the communities that host us, we can further establish practices of sustainability and respect. I support creating more opportunities to engage the people and places, and not just the digital spaces, of our conference experience. Many of us center ourselves in air-conditioned rooms for the conference duration, but we could do more to promote local connections and sustainable practices. As an illustration, I initiated a ritual with our Global Communication and Social Change division, inviting local NGOs to have dinner and discuss their work. Partnering more explicitly with organizations in host communities to learn from their experiences could help us engage beyond the structured walls and digital screens that often characterize our meetings. Conference planning with our local host committee for our 2020 conference in the Gold Coast, Australia, for instance, may enable us to connect with indigenous communities.

Building Global Diversity in our Practice
ICA has been building its international character for many years, and while much has been accomplished, there is more work to be done. Recognizing “global” as more than a passive landscape, we need to articulate clear and respectful ways to pursue strategic global practices. 

Building diversity reinforces the perspective and value of our scholarship, and positioning global as a key dimension strengthens our association. The challenges of particular citizenships and presented identities need to be considered explicitly in site selection as well as planning for ICA events. Respecting the diversity of our membership means anticipating visa challenges as well as discriminatory practices. Planning the schedules of conferences also should take into account competing calendars of scholars in different regions, as well as those in other professional communities.

Our best global connections can be strengthened through fostering alliances with existing regional organizations. Toward this goal, I strongly support ICA contributions toward regional conferences, as well as strategic collaborations with other professional associations, such as IAMCR, AUSACE, CCA, ALAIC, Nordicom, ECREA, AOIR, INTERCOM, LUSOCOM, among others. 

About me
At the U of Texas at Austin, I serve as Associate Dean of Faculty Advancement and Strategic Initiatives for the Moody College of Communication, with a home base in Media Studies. Previously I have been Director of our Communication and Leadership degree, Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Chair of the Global Studies Bridging Disciplines Program. Between my doctorate (1991, ASC, University of Pennsylvania) and U of Texas at Austin, I worked at the Chinese U of Hong Kong and the Pew Charitable Trusts. I also have professional and research experience in East Asia and Northern Europe.
My scholarship focuses on global and development communication, with attention to media studies and the Middle East. Critical inquiry, through political economy and feminist perspectives, informs my research. I see my research trajectory as engaging a critical and collaborative project that contributes to global social justice. 

I look forward to applying my expertise toward promoting ICA’s contemporary relevance, continued ethical practices, and enhanced global diversity as your next President. I hope I am given the chance to do so.
For more information, please refer to: http://rtf.utexas.edu/faculty/karin-wilkins

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