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Posted By Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, Friday, February 1, 2019



This year’s conference hotel is situated within the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC, centrally located and within walking distance of a vast array of DC must-sees: the Georgetown waterfront and shopping along the Potomac River to the west; the National Zoo, Cleveland Park dining and the natural beauty of Rock Creek Park to the north; and the National Mall/White House/museums to the south. DC is an extremely walkable city, much more compact than most major metropolitan areas around the globe. Dupont is also home to ICA’s headquarters office, and our DC staff are excited to welcome you to our home!


A few highlights of local interest nearby:


DC Food Trucks: Washington is known for its vibrant food truck scene, featuring food from all over the world, from pupusas to samosas, to barbecue to creole to pho. The best places to check out food trucks are lunch time at Farragut Square, or at the corner of 19th and L Street (at lunchtime on a weekday, of course!). Most trucks take credit cards.

Embassy Row: Pay a visit to your home country’s embassy while you’re in town! DC’s embassies showcase a vast array of architectural styles, and a walk around the shady streets of embassy row is a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of conference. Massachusetts Ave NW, between Scott Circle and the north side of the US Naval Observatory.

Potomac River: Rent a canoe at the Thompson Boat Center, or sign up for a river cruise on a motorized ferry. Cruises show off DC landmarks with great views of the Washington monument, the Kennedy Center for the Arts, and the Lincoln Memorial.

Union Market: At 1309 5th Street NE, Union Market is a great place to pick up spices or local artisanal goods, or just sit down for a nice meal and a craft beer!  

Breweries: DC has a thriving craft brewery scene. If that’s your thing, be sure to check out our tours page and sign up for the brewery tour which will hit three of the best in our region, including snacks!

Tours: Check out our tours page from our official tour provider, Just Right, for guided and behind the scenes tours of some of DC’s top highlights.


Neighborhoods to visit:

Dupont Circle: Dupont Circle itself is a beautiful residential neighborhood buried behind the façade of a bustling dining and shops scene. Packed with embassies, mansions, small but incredible museums like the Phillips Collection, and tons of shopping and nightlife along Connecticut Avenue, you could fill an entire week even if you never left this one neighborhood.

Georgetown: Spreading out with genteel mansions around the Georgetown University campus, the Georgetown neighborhood boasts everything from A-list international fashion retailers to quirky hookah shops and everything in between. Georgetown is also home to “Georgetown Cupcake,” which often has lines around the block because of its television fame (but ICA staff pro-tip: the cupcakes at Sprinkles, a few blocks east, are better). Georgetown is also, for better or worse, home to the infamous “Exorcist Steps” from the famous horror movie.

Foggy Bottom: Home to George Washington University, the Kennedy Center, and the Corcoran Gallery, this affluent neighborhood is deceptively named for the fog that used to roll in off the Potomac.

Penn Quarter: Chock full of museums, theaters, shops, parks and plazas, a Thursday Farmer’s Market and the home of the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals hockey team, Penn Quarter is one of the city’s most revitalized and youthful neighborhoods, and home to a vibrant Chinatown.

U Street: This stretch of DC runs from Dupont Circle to Shaw, and is a showcase to many of the city’s best jazz clubs, interspersed with well-preserved Victorian homes, the Lincoln Theatre, and Duke Ellington’s childhood home. Local favorite Busboys & Poets (named for a quote from Langston Hughes) is also located in this thriving and diverse community, rich with African American history.  


Getting around

Between hotels: ICA has contracted with several hotels for the conference, and shuttles will run at regular intervals between the headquarters (Washington Hilton) and the other hotels in our block during conference hours. Shuttles will be accessible using your conference badge at no charge. A schedule will be published on the app and online prior to conference, along with signage in the lobbies of the hotels.

The DC metro is easy to use and access. From the headquarters hotel (Washington Hilton), the Dupont Circle Station is a 9 minute walk. In the other direction, a 20-minute walk takes you to the Woodley Park/Zoo Station, which incidentally is across the street from the Omni Hotel, also in our room block.

Bikes and scooters: Scooters and bikes are available for rental by the hour via app. Please see www.capitalbikeshare.com and https://www.li.me/electric-scooter. Those who enjoying biking can rent a bicycle from a street corner by the hotel and bike all the way down to the tidal basin/National Mall, it’s all very close.




“The majority of the capital city's sidewalks are well cared for, smooth and even. Due to the harsh winters, some sidewalks will show cracks or contain rough segments. In general, though, sidewalks in Washington, D.C. are very accessible to wheelchair users. Curb cuts are present at all intersections.

Wheelchair users will encounter hilly or steep terrain in certain parts of the city. The areas in the center of the district, near the National Mall, monuments and museums is largely flat and easy to navigate. Utilizing a city bus route to get past a hill or difficult area is always an option as buses are plentiful and fully accessible.” Added note from the ICA office: the business-district streets in the Georgetown neighborhood are particularly step, narrow, and cobblestoned, and can be quite congested with pedestrians, leading to a stressful experience if your mobility is impaired, so please exercise caution if planning an excursion to this area.


Super-personalized restaurant recommendations from ICA’s Executive Director

If you’re looking for…..

Groceries: The Hilton has a lobby café/market that is actually pretty well-stocked and has a lot of variety (and even some healthy options). In addition, I highly recommend Glen’s Garden Market, a few minutes’ walk away, a locally-owned organic market with a fresh deli counter, great kale salads, and all the fresh and pre-packaged hipster snacks your heart desires.

A super-casual hipster bar for board games and uncomplicated drinks: THE BOARD ROOM

Pizza: Comet PingPong or Pizzeria Paradiso (two locations: Georgetown or Dupont)

Indian upscale: RASIKA (a truly amazing culinary experience)


British pub food and pints: DUKE’S GROCERY

Spanish tapas: ESTADIO DC (6) and Jose Andres’ Jaleo

European bakery/café: BREAD & CHOCOLATE on M Street or Paul in Georgetown

Wine bar: ENO

The fast food DC is known for: get a chili dog from BEN’S CHILI BOWL

A sports bar (near Omni and the Zoo): CLEVELAND PARK BAR AND GRILL

A relaxed brunch place (near Omni): OPEN CITY

A hidden speakeasy-type bar down a back alley with the most amazing cocktails ever: COLUMBIA ROOM

The Executive Director’s favorite restaurant, serving farm to table continental fare and the best burger on earth: The Partisan DC

The Executive Director’s second-favorite restaurant: The Blue Duck Tavern, in the Park Hyatt Hotel.

Great Balkan food for brunch, lunch, or dinner (and vegan options!): Ambar

Vegan: Busboys & Poets, Bad Saint, and for fast-casual vegan takeout near the Hilton, Beefsteak (don’t be fooled by the name, it refers to the beefsteak tomato)

Sushi: Sushi Taro/Omakase Counter

French brasserie (steak frites!): Le Diplomate


Great museums that aren’t the usual Air & Space/Natural History offerings:

(of the list below, the African American History museum and the Renwick Gallery are the only ones affected by the shutdown, along with all other Smithsonian museums. Of course we anticipate the shutdown ending long before conference, but it does affect your ability to secure tickets for those venues at the moment)

International Spy Museum (great fun for kids approx. age 8 to 15)

Newseum – an interactive museum that promotes free expression and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, while tracing the evolution of communication.

The Renwick Gallery

National Museum of Women in the Arts

The Phillips Collection – ten minutes’ walk from the Hilton, tucked away on a residential street near ICA headquarters

National Museum of African American History & Culture – this museum is relatively new and IN DEMAND, one of DC’s hottest tickets, so do not forget to plan ahead and buy your tickets well in advance. Timed entry passes are released for purchase on the first Wednesday of each month. Our tour company is attempting to secure group passes to do an official tour offering, but because of demand the museum has, for now, stopped offering large-group bookings. If this changes, a tour option will appear on the ICA tour website.

The ICA staff can’t wait to welcome 3,000 or so of our closest friends and colleagues to our beautiful home town. We look forward to seeing you in May!

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How to Write a Peer Review Report (without Being a Jerk)

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2019

By  Adrienne Shaw, Temple U

Peer review is at the core of what defines scholarship and thus academia itself. Yet for the most part, no one ever teaches scholars how to write a helpful peer review report for journals, publishers, or conference programming committees. Often our only insight into what a review should be are the reviews we ourselves get. And if we never get positive or helpful reviews, we tend to think of the review process as combative, idiosyncratic, and a practice in gatekeeping. But not all critical reviews are the product of the nefarious Reviewer 2, out to sabotage our careers and make us feel bad.

We can use reviewing to push our anonymous colleagues to present the best versions of their work. Doing so requires we approach reviewing with respect and care, recognizing there is a human behind the work.

So how can you produce critical but non-jerky reviews? Read on.

Check the Existing Review Criteria

If the journal, publisher, or conference committee didn’t send any criteria, ask if they have a standard list of what they want you to focus on. If they don’t, make a list of things you will assess. Like a grading rubric, this criteria will keep you focused, make your feedback easier to comprehend, and allow you to go back at the end and honestly weigh the merits and weaknesses of the submission.

Get a Sense of the Paper on Its Own Terms

Next, skim the paper to get a general sense of what it is about. Read the abstract and review the section subheads. Get a sense of the shape of the paper. Then read through and make notes under each of the review criteria on your list.

What to Actually Evaluate in Your Peer Review Report

Below is my go-to criteria for conference papers and journal articles, but the specific categories you use may differ based on your field and the specific manuscript.

Introduction (topic/significance)

What is this project about? Is it an original contribution to the field? A new take on a problem? What will be the big takeaway from this paper? All of these are questions the author should be answering clearly in the introduction. The introduction should make the case that this text offers something new, and you are judging how well the author supports that claim in the manuscript.

If you know based on other reading you’ve done that the text you’re reviewing is not very original or significant, then you should say that as it is something the author should look into. If you are not aware of existing work that has dealt with the text’s problem in this specific way though, don’t assume that research exists somewhere and the author missed it. That is a jerky Reviewer 2 move and best avoided.


What big, overarching point is this text trying to make? Both the abstract and the introduction should state this clearly. If you can’t discern an argument from either, that’s a bad sign. If after reading the whole manuscript you still don’t know their argument, that’s an even worse sign. Texts without arguments should not be published—they’re not ready yet. If you can identify the argument, does the evidence provided support it? Depending on the paper’s field(s), such evidence might be provided via data, analysis, or theory.

Each section of the paper should have internally supported claims: Does the literature review support the research questions and hypotheses? Does the discussion of methods support the choices made, the archive/data source selected, and the approach to analysis? Does the analysis seem logical and supported with data, and do the conclusions follow from that analysis?

Literature review and theoretical soundness

Depending on the manuscript’s field(s), theory and the literature review may play different roles and appear in different sections. Does the literature cited support the author’s topic, argument, stakes, methodology, analysis, and conclusions? Has the author done their due diligence in citing and engaging relevant literature for the topic? Is there work they should have cited or that you think would benefit their analysis? Does the lit review situate the paper in a specific field or subfield, or make interdisciplinary connections? Does the author adequately explain the literature cited? Do you think they misinterpreted anything from the work they are citing? (If they cited you, did they misinterpret you? It’s more common than you might think.)

Your level of knowledge of a topic of a manuscript assigned to you will vary, so focus first on what the author thinks is significant and if that seems convincing to you. Then, generously, suggest other texts and fields they might bring into conversation with their project. It is not a failed project if they have not read everything you have, but it might need major revision if they are not engaging with specific scholarly conversations that you know are relevant. And sometimes, yes, they should have cited you. But if you don’t want to be “that reviewer,” also suggest other people who do work like yours if they failed to cite them as well.

Methods and methodological soundness

Did what the author do seem like a good way to address their topic or research questions? Note that this question does not mean Is this the best or only way to study that topic? Nor does it mean How would you—the reviewer—have done the study differently? Instead, consider if the author proceeded with their project in a way that could actually answer what they were trying to answer. Each method can only answer certain questions. Are their methods and research questions aligned?

Also, does the author explain and support their chosen method—within the norm of their discipline(s) or interdisciplines?

There is little an author can do if their project design is fundamentally flawed, except go do a different project. If an author’s research is not sound or is unethical, it is important that you point that out to them and the journal editors, publishers, or conference program committee.

Findings and analysis

Does the analysis follow from the data collected? Are the author’s conclusions supported by that data and analysis? Does the author make a case for what their findings contribute to the bodies of literature they used to frame their manuscript? These are all things their text should do, so take care to include this evaluation in your review.


Does the author’s conclusion follow from their findings and analysis? Do they connect their argument back to the broader theory/literature? Do they acknowledge any limitations or do they overstate their findings? Do they make a convincing claim for the significance of those findings in terms of contributing to what is known about their topic?

Structure and writing

The final thing you’ll evaluate the text on is writing. It is important that you do not copyedit the text—it’s not your job, it takes way longer than you should be spending reviewing an article, and the manuscript will get a professional copyedit anyway later if it gets published. However, if there are common or glaring errors, indicate that and cite a few examples so they can be fixed later. Also, don’t worry about the citation style (that’s the job of the publisher, journal editor, or conference program committee).

You do want to focus on the overarching clarity and structure of the manuscript (a very light version of what professional editors call developmental editing). Does it build logically? Does it have proper sign posting for how each section relates to the whole? Can you understand what the author is trying to say in every paragraph?

And finally, never assume the language the paper is written in is not the authors’ own (another jerky Reviewer 2 move).

Concluding Thoughts

When conducting a peer review report, whether on a book, article, or conference paper, always remember that you are assessing the manuscript on the grounds of what the author was trying to do. Avoid judging out of hand the soundness of the topic, methods, and theory they chose. If you think their topic is not worthy of study, you should decline to do the review. If you would have studied it a different way, then go study it that way. You instead should focus on how well the author supports their argument, methods, analysis, and findings. That’s the basis of a great peer review report.

Originally published at Ideas on Fire on 27 March, 2018


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Calls for Paper

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2019

Call for Papers: International Association for Dialogue Analysis Conference, Milwaukee, July 2019

The 2019

IADA conference will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 24-27. The deadline for extended abstracts and panel proposals is February 15, 2019. For additional information, please see: https://www.uwp.edu/learn/departments/communication/iada-2019.cfm

The conference

theme is “Dialogic Matters: Social and Material Challenges for Dialogue in the 21st Century.” IADA 2019 invites presentations and panels that explore the various interconnections of dialogue, matter, matters of concern, and materiality. What are the specific

social and material conditions which actually permit or facilitate dialogue? The conference will explore issues including the relevance and potential impact of various forms of dialogue on agency and action, the role of dialogue in addressing societal, political,

cultural, medical, environmental, scientific, and technological 'matters of concern'. Proposals from any academic discipline addressing questions related to dialogue and dialogue studies are welcome.


Dear WERA Colleague

We hope you are well?

The World Education Research Association (WERA) invites proposals to establish International Research Networks (IRNs). The purpose of WERA-IRNs is to advance education research worldwide on specific scholarly topics. IRNs are collaborative groups of scholars working on a specific research topic primarily through virtual communication or other channels. IRNs synthesize knowledge, examine the state of research, and stimulate collaborations or otherwise identify promising directions in research areas of worldwide significance.

IRNs are required to produce a substantive report that sets forth the state of knowledge worldwide and promising research directions on the topic of the IRN. All IRNs are expected to prepare such a research synthesis report as the first task of their work. Other research activities or initiatives may vary, but an examination of the research worldwide on a topic is the initial contribution.  Also, WERA-IRNs are expected to present their work at WERA symposia or keynote sessions or to meet at a WERA Focal Meeting held in cooperation with a WERA member association.


IRN members must be individual members of WERA or members of a WERA member association. IRN members who are individual members of a member association of the European Educational Research Association also qualify as eligible IRN members. Individuals are encouraged to become WERA individual members, whether or not it is a requirement of eligibility.

To join WERA as an individual member visit www.weraonline.org<http://www.weraonline.org>

Submissions and Questions

WERA-IRN proposals must be submitted electronically via e-mail to wera@aera.net<mailto:wera@aera.net>. Please include the surname(s) of the organizer(s) in the subject line of the e-mail in the format “WERA-IRN Proposal – SURNAME(S).”

Questions to the WERA Committee on International Research Networks should also be directed to wera@aera.net<mailto:wera@aera.net>.

DEADLINE: 15 February 2019

Kind regards

WERA Secretariat



Nancy Jennings, jenninna, jenninna@ucmail.uc.edu

Call for Proposals:   Children’s Toys and Consumer Culture: Critical Perspectives on the Marketing of Children’s Play

Edited by Rebecca C. Hains and Nancy A. Jennings

Toy marketing warrants a sustained scholarly critique because of toys’ cultural significance and their roles in children’s lives, as well as the industry’s economic importance and ideological influence. According to the International Council of Toy Industries, in the first half of 2018 alone, the toy industry reached $18.4 billion in sales, with Mexico, Brazil, and the USA boasting the fastest growth rates. LEGO and Disney — two companies that specialize in producing transmedia texts and children’s toys — regularly top Brand Finance’s lists of the world’s strongest brands, alongside brands like Apple, Twitter, and Ferrari. (Both LEGO and Disney made the top 10 list in 2018.) Meanwhile, discourses surrounding toys — including who certain toys are meant for and what various toys and brands can signify about their owners’ identities — have implications for our understandings of adults’ expectations of children and of broader societal norms into which chi!

ldren are being socialized.

In the proposed volume, we will apply cultural studies perspectives informed by critical theory to the marketing of a variety of toys and toy companies. Drawing upon diverse disciplinary backgrounds to critique the commodification of children’s play, we will examine the history of the marketing of children’s toys and play; analyze contemporary issues, examples, and trends in the industry; and consider audience reception of and cultural discourse surrounding children’s toys and play.

Scholars are invited to submit proposals consisting of a 350-word abstract and a 150-word bio by March 1, 2019 to the editors at rhains@salemstate.edu and jenninna@ucmail.uc.edu with the subject line “Children’s Toys and Consumer Culture." The editors will notify prospective authors of their decisions by April 1, 2019. Full chapters will be due by December 1, 2019, with revisions and final drafts to be scheduled for Spring 2020. Ideas for possible chapter topics are listed below.


-The rise of gender marketing in children’s toys

-The history of children’s television deregulation and the shift from education to sales in children’s programming

-Children’s toys and moral panics

-The history of children as consumers

-Toy advertising in the golden age of radio / Toy catalogs / “Big Book of Toys”

-Evolution of some/all of the five major players in the toy industry (Mattel, Namco Bandai, Lego, Hasbro, and/or Jakks Pacific)

-Toy industry advertising regulations (e.g., the Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU); differences in advertising policies internationally).

-Toy industry regulations / legal concerns

Analysis of contemporary issues, examples, trends:

-How ability/disability is conveyed in children's toys

-Toys in relation to television programming / films (Toy Story) / web content / various media franchises

-The social construction of race and gender in children’s toys

-Smart toys and the Internet of Toys / Digital play

-The role of toys in perpetuating cultural hegemony

-Hierarchies of children’s toy categories

-Implications of the rise and demise of Toys R Us / FAO Schwartz

-Corporate social responsibility in the toy industry

-“Pinkwashing,” “Greenwashing,” and/or “Goodwashing” as toy marketing techniques

-Interviews with members of toy/media industry

-Analysis of Toy Industry of America and/or its Toy of the Year awards

-Political economy of the children’s toy industry / the toy retail ecosystem

-Gatekeeping in the toy industry (who makes decisions, who has power)

-Toy guns and weapon play

-Rise of retro toys / Collectible toys / specific toy trends (Cabbage Patch Dolls, My Little Pony, Furbies, Tickle-me-Elmo)

Audience reception and cultural discourse:

-Children’s negotiations of issues of representation/inclusivity (gender, race, ability, etc.) in their toys and/or the toy marketing they encounter

-Children’s parasocial relationships with media characters and the desire for toys based on those characters

-Children’s perspectives on the toy industry and what makes “good” toys

-Discussion/analysis of grassroots efforts to change the marketing and/or content of children’s toys (e.g., Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, Let Toys Be Toys, No Gender December)

-Independent brand toys launched as a response to the types of toys on the market (e.g., Emmy, Lottie, Wonder Crew, GoldieBlox) - role of indiegogo and other crowdfunding platforms

-The minimalist toy movement

-Toy fandom / community user groups / toy collectors

-Culture of parenthood and toys / parenting roles and play


Black Panther Special Issue Call



Black Panther in Widescreen: Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on a Pioneering, Paradoxical Film

GUEST EDITORS: Rachel Alicia Griffin and Jonathan P. Rossing

Marvel’s Black Panther (2018) is the 10th highest grossing film in U.S. American history and hailed as a celebratory cinematic response to decades of both injustice and advocacy. Released amid oppositional cultural forces including the Trump Administration and movements such as #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName, the film accents and participates in a wealth of contemporary and historical conversations to which communication scholars are well-prepared to contribute from our various disciplinary vantage points.

Thus, interested in Black Panther as both pioneering and paradoxical, this themed issue offers an opportunity to articulate both the scholarly implications and pedagogical utility of the film.

Black Panther also coincides with important historical moments and developments—both for our discipline and nation. 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of key civil rights turning points within and beyond communication studies. For instance, 1968 saw the founding of the National Communication Association’s Black Caucus during an era rife with resistance, Dr. King’s assassination, and Smith and Carlos’s Black Power salute at the Mexico City Olympics.

Just two years earlier in 1966, Black Panther made his graphic novel debut in Fantastic Four No. 52. Over 50 years later, both our discipline and nation have elected Black leadership, sustained continued protest in favor of equity, and witnessed more humanizing mediated representations of blackness. As such, this special issue seeks to highlight how our discipline theorizes progress toward and struggle over racial and social justice.

We envision this themed issue as an inclusive scholarly space that includes voices from myriad communication studies areas and paradigms. We also envision this issue as a space to disrupt whiteness within scholarly representation, theory, and citational practices through an intentionally intersectional space that reflects multiple, overlapping, and contradictory voices across the discipline.

Therefore, we invite nuanced interpretations of Black Panther and its vibrant utility in communicative contexts from disciplinary perspectives including, but not limited to: interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, rhetoric, performance studies, political communication, science and technology, health communication, strategic communication, and mass media. In the interest of offering a wide range of perspectives on the film, we invite shorter submissions of 3,000 to 4,000 words (including endnotes).  

We are especially interested in essays that:

-Bridge different areas of communication, including scholarship and pedagogical practice

-Blend voices, theoretical perspectives, and methods, especially through co-authored work

-Place the film in historically significant milieus (e.g., state sanctioned racism, resistance movements, geopolitics, diaspora, etc.)

-Link the film with real world phenomena and conflicts (e.g., diversity, neoliberalism, capitalism, surveillance, globalization, militarization, the U.S. presidency, etc.)   

-Focus on science, technology, and/or new media  

-Examine interpersonal and critical interpersonal relational and family dynamics  

-Attend to the political economy of media and popular culture (e.g., Disney, Marvel, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, the Fantastic Four, the Silver Age of Comic Books, Netflix, etc.)  

-Theorize the reproduction of dominant logics in marginalized contexts (e.g., the reproduction of cisgender and heterosexual normativity in representations of blackness)

-Scrutinize considerably undertheorized intersections and contexts of black identity (e.g., undertheorized intersections may be race/religion/nationality or race/ability whereas undertheorized contexts may be black culture as a site of global power)  

-Identify mediated and/or real world linkages between blackness and other racially or ethnically marginalized communities (e.g., Latinx, Middle Eastern, Asian, etc.)

-Deconstruct the presence of whiteness as an identity, discourse, and/or ideology



Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the ScholarOne Manuscripts site for Review of Communication: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rroc

Manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word using a 12-point common font, double-spaced, and between 3,000 to 4,000 words (including endnotes).

Please refer to and follow the journal’s manuscript preparations instruction for authors: https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=rroc20

Authors should identify which themed call their paper is responding to by selecting the relevant drop down option in ScholarOne.


In keeping with the journal’s current practice, submissions will undergo rigorous peer review, including screening by the guest editors and review by at least two anonymous referees.

Please direct inquires about the Black Panther themed issue to:

Rachel Alicia Griffin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Communication

U of Utah






CALL FOR BOOK PROPOSALS: New Histories of Women in the Entertainment Industry

New Histories of Women in the Entertainment Industry is a new series from Peter Lang Publishing focused on excavating, articulating, theorizing, and positioning new histories of women working ‘behind the screens’ in the entertainment industries from 1960 to the present.

We actively invite book proposals for monographs or edited collections—desired manuscript length of 250-300 pages—on women’s labor in the entertainment industries from 1960 on. The series conceptualizes ‘entertainment industries’ broadly, and is inclusive of film, television, support industries, gaming, streaming platforms, digital content, etc. Similarly, although the series title singles out women and women-identified workers, projects that focus on trans and non-binary labor histories are very welcome.

Please be aware that the scope of the series does not include histories of laborers who work(ed) in front of the screen, nor does it include histories whose primarily chronology is pre-1960.

Please contact series editor, Alicia Kozma (akozma2@washcoll.edu) with questions and/or for proposal guidelines.



CALL FOR PAPERS: Professional and Peripheral News Workers and the Shifting Importance of Platforms

Inaugural symposium on Media, Professions and Society in Volda, Norway, June 17-20, 2019

Key dates:

* Deadline for extended abstracts: Monday, February 20, 2019.

* Notification on submitted abstracts (following peer-review): Tuesday March 11, 2019.

* Deadline submission full paper (5000-7000 words): Monday June 3, 2019.

For detailed information please visit:


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Member News

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2019

New Book Announcement

Reckless Disregard: St. Amant v. Thompson and the Transformation of Libel Law

By Eric P. Robinson


In the years following the landmark United States Supreme Court decision on libel law in New York Times v. Sullivan, the court ruled on a number of additional cases that continued to shape the standards of protected speech. As part of this key series of judgments, the justices explored the contours of the Sullivan ruling and established the definition of “reckless disregard” as it pertains to “actual malice” in the case of St. Amant v. Thompson. While an array of scholarly and legal literature examines Sullivan and some subsequent cases, the St. Amant case—once called “the most important of the recent Supreme Court libel decisions”—has not received the attention it warrants. Eric P. Robinson’s Reckless Disregard corrects this omission with a thorough analysis of the case and its ramifications.

The history of St. Amant v. Thompson begins with the contentious 1962 U.S. Senate primary election in Louisiana, between incumbent Russell Long and businessman Philemon “Phil” A. St. Amant. The initial lawsuit stemmed from a televised campaign address in which St. Amant attempted to demonstrate Long’s alleged connections with organized crime and corrupt union officials. Although St. Amant’s claims had no effect on the outcome of the election, a little-noticed statement he made during the address—that money had “passed hands” between Baton Rouge Teamsters leader Ed Partin and East Baton Rouge Parish deputy sheriff Herman A. Thompson—led to a defamation lawsuit that ultimately passed through the legal system to the Supreme Court.

A decisive step in the journey toward the robust protections that American courts provide to comments about public officials, public figures, and matters of public interest, St. Amant v. Thompson serves as a significant development in modern American defamation law. Robinson’s study deftly examines the background of the legal proceedings as well as their social and political context. His analysis of how the Supreme Court ruled in this case reveals the justices’ internal deliberations, shedding new light on a judgment that forever changed American libel law.



Communication: A Post-Discipline

Silvio Waisbord



Communication studies is a fragmented field. As a result of its roots in various disciplinary traditions, it is built on fluid intellectual boundaries with no theoretical or analytical center. Should we worry about this state of dispersion or be concerned that the discipline does not meet the basic conditions that define an academic field of inquiry?

Silvio Waisbord argues that communication studies is a post-discipline and that it is impossible to transcend fragmentation and specialization through a single project of intellectual unity. What brings communication studies together is an institutional architecture of academic units, professional associations, and journals, rather than a shared commitment to a common body of knowledge, questions, and debates. This should not, Waisbord argues, be a matter of concern. Communication studies is better served by recognizing dispersion, embracing pluralism, fostering cross-cutting lines of inquiry, and tackling real-world problems, rather than hoping to meet conditions which would qualify it as a discipline.

Communication: A Post-Discipline is important reading for scholars and advanced students of communication studies, as well as anyone interested in the state of this fascinating and vital academic field.

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Division and Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2019


Dear CAMmers,

Now that the new year is in full swing, it is time for a new CAMmer in the Spotlight interview. The first interview of the year features Yael Warshel. Learn all about her research ànd her love for photography on our website:


With best wishes,

Ine Beyens

ICA-CAM Secretary



#CommunicationSoWhite ICA - preconference call for submissions, due 7 February

FSD is co-sponsoring a much needed discussion put together by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies Interest Group: The #CommunicationSoWhite ICA preconference is taking place in Washington, DC on Friday, 24 May!  

Extended abstract or panel submissions are due Thursday, 7 February, 2019. Please submit to evecng@hotmail.com.

Those who are not presenting are also welcome to register for attendance. Registration is now open (US$40 if you register by 31 March  for early bird; US$60 1 April - 3 May).

For more information and registering: https://www.icahdq.org/event/CommunicationSoWhite_Preconf2019

Dear FSD Members,

I hope this email finds you well. Here's a CfP that may be of interest to you.



Brazilian Journalism Research

Special Issue: Journalism and Trafficking: Developments and Perspectives

Guest editors:

- Tania Cantrell Rosas-Moreno (Loyola U Maryland)

- Rita Basílio de Simões (U de Coimbra, Portugal)

- Salvador de León Vázquez (U Autónoma de Aguascalientes, México)

This special issue of Brazilian Journalism Research will look at the relationship between journalism and trafficking. Trafficking comprises arms trafficking, drug trafficking and human trafficking. All three top the world’s criminal enterprises, with drug trafficking taking the number one slot, human trafficking taking third, and small arms following not too far behind. Human trafficking umbrellas sex, labor, organ and child trafficking, or the illegal adoption of children. Trafficking is no respecter of persons; it can affect the young/old, rich/poor, educated/illiterate, Global North citizen/Global South citizen, etc.               

Media –in particular news coverage– contribute toward shaping public understanding and opinion on societal issues. They also influence (inter)national policies, programs, and legislative action.

This special issue explores the range of ways that media, broadly construed, are connected with all facets of trafficking. How might media be influencing trafficking legislation? How might it be affecting victims? Perpetrators? What affect has journalism coverage of trafficking had on the crime?

Contributors may choose to look at different types of news media, and use quantitative and qualitative data. Submissions that are theoretical, empirical, critical, comparative or applied, and which represent a wide range of conceptual and methodological approaches relevant to a focus on media and domestic and/or transnational trafficking are welcome. While a comparative approach to journalism in the context of trafficking is not compulsory for inclusion, it is strongly encouraged.

Contributors are invited to focus on the following issues:

Journalism and:

- Trafficking legislation

- Trafficking victim recovery

- Trafficking prevention

- Trafficking prosecution

- Trafficking victim protection

To be considered, articles must be submitted by Feb. 15, 2019.

The length of texts must be between 30 000 and 40 000 characters with spaces.

As the Brazilian Journalism Research publishes two versions of each article (Portuguese/Spanish and English), the authors of accepted papers submitted in Portuguese or Spanish must provide a translation into English. Likewise, the articles submitted and accepted in English must provide a translation into Portuguese or Spanish. A selected number of accepted papers from non-Portuguese or Spanish speaking contexts will be eligible for translation services provided by the journal.

Authors may also submit articles in French, but if approved for publication, they will be requested to provide translations as per the above.

Articles should be sent exclusively through the electronic system SEER / OJS, available from the journal website: http://bjr.sbpjor.org.br.

If you have any questions, send an email to bjr@gmail.com.



Dear GSD Community,

For ICA 2019, the GSD has access to US$600 (US$300 from the division budget, US$300 matched by the Annenberg travel fund) to help support travel to ICA.  We would like to prioritize these funds to student presenters from tier B/C countries, but will consider others depending on the number of submissions.

If you would like to be considered, please submit your information HERE by 14 FEBRUARY, 2019, 1pm UTC (that's 8am Eastern). Please note that there are two open-ended questions (200-300 words) that might require some reflection before writing.




GSD Vice-Chair



The Division for Global Communication and Social Change is soliciting nominations for its Best Book Award. The Award honors any sole or jointly authored book (edited or co-edited volumes shall not be included), carrying a date of publication from either 1 or 2 years prior to the 2019 conference. The Book should represent a major contribution to research in any one or more of the research fields that pertain to the division*. A full nomination package should comprise (i) a signed rationale from the nominator (who shall not be the person nominated) (ii) a signed, supporting statement and rationale from one other person (who shall not be the person nominated), (iii) the resume of the person (or persons) whose book has been nominated including a complete list of his or her publications, and (iv) a summary of the book and copies of at least two full chapters from it. All submissions are electronic (including copies of book chapters), and must be emailed to the Division Chair.

Division Mission

*The Division for Global Communication and Social Change exists to encourage and debate research on issues of production, distribution, content and reception of communication at global, "glocal," transnational, transcultural, international and regional levels. Within this purview it encompasses work across a wide variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, concerning communication in cultural, economic, political or social contexts, including strategic communication for development, social change or social justice.

Award Nomination Instructions

Nomination packages should be sent electronically to Professor Shiv Ganesh shiv.ganesh@utexas.edu and should be received by 5 pm Eastern Standard Time on 15 March. Please do not assume your submission has been received until you receive an acknowledgement to that effect. All nomination packages should be prepared by one person, and may come from the author, the nominator, or the publisher. The author must be a GCSC division member, and must commit to attending the ICA conference in Washington DC in May 2019, as well as the division’s business meeting and reception.



Dear members of the Journalism Studies Division,

Thank you to those who have participated in our 2019 paper competition, and congratulations to all those whose papers, extended abstracts, and panel proposals have been accepted for presentation in Washington, D.C., this May. It’s shaping up to be another excellent program for the Journalism Studies Division.

As Vice Chair and program planner this year, I wanted to provide a few points of context about the paper competition and what to expect coming up…

First, as you know, ICA transitioned to a new submission system this year, and that meant many bugs and challenges along the way — things that hopefully will be ironed out for the next cycle. One of the difficulties was that qualitative feedback was NOT a required feature for reviews, unfortunately, and so we ended up with some reviews that included little or no qualitative comments. Please keep that in mind as you evaluate the feedback that you receive, and know that we are working to help ICA make improvements for next time. (Note: ICA will be sending out emails in the coming days regarding how to retrieve the reviews on your submissions. Stay tuned for that.)

Second, here is the breakdown of results from the paper competition this year. For the first time, Journalism Studies Division accepted extended abstracts in addition to full papers and panel proposals. There was huge interest in this new format. In all, we had 139 extended abstracts, 258 full papers, and 17 panel proposals. In the end, we were able to accept 143 papers (55% acceptance rate), 55 extended abstracts (40%), and 10 panel proposals (59%), for a cumulative acceptance rate of 49%. These acceptance rates were slightly higher than in previous years for full papers and panels, but the ratio of accepted papers and abstracts is similar to what we see in other divisions (e.g., Communication and Technology this year accepted 55% of its full papers and 34% of its abstracts).

The Journalism Studies extended abstracts will appear in sessions labeled “Works in Progress,” and we hope to experiment with slightly modified presentation formats (e.g., shorter presentations and more time for discussion) — all in keeping with the spirit of these being projects yet in progress and particularly suited to feedback at the conference. Indeed, the whole approach to extended abstracts and their place in our programming is a work-in-progress itself for the division, and we look forward to your feedback as you attend these sessions this year.

We are especially grateful for the several hundred reviewers who generously volunteered their time and feedback; we couldn’t have made the program come together without your contribution. Of special note, Rachel Mourao of Michigan State U gave such consistently thorough feedback in her reviewing comments that she has received our division’s Top Reviewer Award this year and will be acknowledged at our business meeting. Thank you, Rachel!

Now, I know that some of you may be disappointed with the news received last week, but I hope you will consider joining us for what should be another tremendous ICA gathering. For those seeking other opportunities at the conference, you might look at the many pre-conferences and post-conferences available: https://www.icahdq.org/page/2019PrePostconf

Finally, an important message regarding #ICA19 registration and a new procedure for hotel booking: The link to book a room at the conference hotel will be released on 4 March, after the full conference schedule is released on March 1. Those already registered for the conference will receive priority access to booking the conference hotel. Please see this page for complete details: https://www.icahdq.org/general/custom.asp?page=2019ConfHotels

Thanks again, and I hope to see many of you in Washington.


Seth C. Lewis

Vice Chair, Journalism Studies Division

Shirley Papé Chair in Emerging Media, School of Journalism and Communication

U of Oregon




Dear MCD members,

I hope you are all well and are looking forward to Washington DC. Congratulations to all those who have received acceptance notices last week. I hope that those of you who have received less encouraging news will not be discouraged from attending the conference and from submitting again next year. As always, there were many more submissions than we could schedule and some quality submissions had to be left out. ICA will be providing access to feedback later this week.

Looking forward to the conference, we have close to 40 fantastic sessions and other events that I am excited about. At this point I am seeking volunteers to chair sessions. This is an opportunity to be part of the program and to provide service to our division.

If you are interested and willing in chairing one or more sessions please send me a quick email to jcohen@com.haifa.ac.il.  

Best,  Jonathan



In this newsletter:

•       Update on the 2019 Annual Meeting

•       Call for Nominations for Kaid Sanders Best Article Award and Best Dissertation Award

•       Call for Abstracts for the Political Communication PhD Student Preconference at ICA Meeting

•       Apply for a Travel Grant for the 2019 ICA Conference


By now everyone will have been notified of their ICA paper acceptances.  Congratulations to all who had their papers accepted for the 2019 ICA conference.  We are looking forward to a wonderful meeting!

Please circulate the call for the Kaid Sanders Award and Best Dissertation Awards included in this newsletter.  Nominate the best paper you read in 2018. If you had an exceptional graduate student, consider nominating them for the outstanding dissertation award.

Please also share the Call for Abstracts for the PhD student Preconference and the Travel Grant Application included in this newsletter with your Ph.D. students.  This is our bi-annual PhD student preconference. It has been very successful in helping to build a network and community among young political communication scholars.

Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2019,

Kimberly Gross

Chair, Political Communication Division, ICA



The political communication division received a record number of submissions this year –  a total of 433 submissions! Congratulations to those whose papers and panels were accepted for the 69th Annual Conference. This was a very competitive group of submissions.  There will be 45 excellent political communication panels at the conference along with a great poster session!

A very special THANK YOU to all who reviewed for the division.  We had 348 people, each reviewing between 1 and 8 papers for our division alone.  We also very much appreciated everyone’s patience with the new ICA paper management system.  

As a reminder, our business meeting and reception should be on Monday this year.  (Recall the DC conference runs from Friday – Tuesday, not the usual Thursday – Monday).  

The program should be available on March 1.

Registration for the conference is open.  https://www.icahdq.org/event/ICADC2019

We are also co-sponsoring a number of interesting pre- and post-conferences.  Registration and details on these can be found at: https://www.icahdq.org/page/2019PrePostconf

Or you can check out the list on our website http://politicalcommunication.org/ica-division/upcoming-ica-conferences/

And finally, a huge thanks to Sophie Lecheler, Vice Chair and Program Planner for her incredible work putting together the program.



Every year we give the Kaid-Sanders award the best article published in our field in the prior year.  Please nominate the BEST (most innovative, advanced, relevant or important) article that you read by sending your nomination to Frank Esser, chair of the Kaid-Sanders Best Article Award Committee.  The nomination should include a short rationale (min. 100 words) explaining why the article is being nominated.

Each person can nominate one article, which may include self-nominations. The article must deal with an aspect of political communication in the broad sense and, must have been published in a journal that deals with communication, political science, journalism or public opinion in 2018.  

The award committee judges each article on several criteria including the importance of the topic it addresses, theoretical depth, the strength of evidence it presents, and the significance of its conclusions. The committee will also consider the overall contribution to the field of Political Communication.

Deadline: February 25, 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted. Nominations should be sent by email to frank.esser@uzh.ch



Bi-annual award for best PhD dissertation in our field.  The division is accepting nominations for the best dissertation defended in 2017 or 2018.  Self-nominations are possible. All materials must be submitted in English to Anamaria Dutceac Segesten, chair of the Best Dissertation Award Committee. The nomination package should include:

a) A publication from the dissertation. This can be an exemplary article or chapter from the dissertation. Both published and un-published articles or chapters can be submitted. Co-authored articles are permitted, but the PhD student must be the lead author on the article. Alternatively, a 35-page (max) outline of the dissertation can be submitted.

b) A memo (max 2 pages) outlining the overall thrust and evidence in the dissertation as well as an overview of any other publications stemming from the dissertation (either published, under review, or in press).

c) Dated evidence of successful defense

d) A nomination letter from a scholar outside the candidate's school outlining the merits of the dissertation.

Deadline: February 25, 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted.  Nominations should be emailed to anamaria.dutceac_segesten@eu.lu.se




Friday May 24, 2019 at The George Washington University

The preconference will bring together a select group of PhD students working on political communication projects and provide them with the opportunity to present and discuss their projects in a constructive atmosphere.  This is a great opportunity for political communication graduate students at the advanced master's and doctoral levels.

Submission guidelines:

Graduate students working on political communication projects are invited to submit abstracts of their research projects. Studies of communication dealing with government, political media, policy, political figures, citizens, campaigns, and advocacy groups are all welcome.

Abstracts should be no longer than 750 words. The abstract should include research questions, the theoretical or conceptual foundations of the project, methods, preliminary findings (if available), and research significance. Abstracts will undergo review; please be sure to remove any identifying information from the abstract. Projects at all stages will be considered, including research currently in the early stages of data collection or analysis. Evaluation criteria will include quality of argument, methodological rigor, and importance of project to theory building in political communication.

Please follow these guidelines and submit your abstract by email to kimgross@gwu.edu.  

Indicate in the subject of the email: 2019 PhD student preconference

Please specify in the email itself the following:

•       Title for the paper you will present;

•       your institutional affiliation and contact email;

•       the stage of work (e.g., writing of the research proposal, complete and defended proposal, initial data collection, advanced data collection, data analysis, final writing/defending);

•       the name and a contact email for your promotor/dissertation chair.

The deadline for submissions is February 25, 2019.

Questions?  Contact Kimberly Gross at kimgross@gwu.edu



The political communication division offers travel grants to attend the ICA annual conference. To apply for a division travel grant, complete the following form by February 15, 2019. Awards are given to those with accepted papers.  The awards are for the paper, and so those with more than one author require a completed application by each author that wants a travel grant. To expand the pool of funds, the ICA matches some student division funding and also offers grants to faculty from Tier B and C countries.  Please apply both to ICA and the division if you are eligible https://www.icahdq.org/page/TravelGrant

The deadline for the entire ICA process is March 1, so the Political Communication Division has set an earlier deadline, which leaves time for divisional decisions.

Please provide the information below and return it by email to our secretary Nayla Fawzi. If you have any questions, please also direct them to: Nayla.Fawzi@ifkw.lmu.de

Political Communication Division Travel Grant Form

Answers marked with a * are required.?

1. I am an ICA Member. Note: You must be an ICA Member to apply for travel funds.

2. I have completed the online travel grant application at the ICA website. Note: You must fill out the travel grant application at the ICA before you submit this survey.

3. Name (Last, First)

4. EMail Address

5. University

6. Status

In Coursework

In Dissertation

PhD Holder

Other (Please Specify)

7. Country Tier of Current Residence (To find the country tier, go to https://www.icahdq.org/page/tiers)

8. Title of accepted paper or panel (+ co-authors)

9. Distance from conference venue (hours of travel from your city to Washington DC) 1-5,    5-10, 10-15, more than 15.

10. Estimated cost of transportation only (in US$)

11. Other Sources of Funding (in US$)



Other Agency (Government or Grant

12. Do you confirm the above information is complete and accurate and that if awarded a travel grant you will attend the convention and deliver the paper yourself?



Political Communication is launching a call for the publication of a symposium or full special issue on one or more current topics of broad interest to our readership and members of the political communication divisions in the ICA and APSA.

A symposium will typically comprise 3-5 short papers of around 4,000-5,000 words each, with a short introduction of no more than 1,000 words by the symposium editor(s).

A full special issue would comprise of 6-8 articles (around 8,000 words in length). Other (hybrid) models may be proposed to the editors.

Proposals are max 2 pages. They should include a clear account of the research question, a schedule of work, the names of the guest editor(s), the names of 3-4 proposed contributors and provisional titles, including a brief description of the proposed content of each article. All special issues will be open for general submissions and decisions about inclusion will be quality based, relying on peer reviewing.

The deadline for the submission of proposals is 1 March 2019. Proposal should be sent to c.h.devreese@uva.nl. Proposals will then be considered by the editorial team of Political Communication. The successful team will be informed by mid-April 2019. The successful guest editor(s) will take on the full editorial task (including using the Journal’s manuscript management system) and work with the editorial team of Political Communication. Proposers and authors should be aware that this is a tight timetable to manage. The decision of the editorial team is final. There is no appeal. Enquiries may be addressed to: the Editorial Office, Editor, Claes de Vreese (c.h.devreese@uva.nl).


If you have any information you want to include in the next newsletter, please let me know (kimgross@gwu.edu).  If you have announcements that need to be distributed more quickly send them to our social media editor Björn Buß or simply post them to our social media sites.

Twitter: @poli_com #PolComm

Facebook:  fb.com/groups/politicalcommunication.org



Happy new year, friends and colleagues!  I wanted to share with you some items recently posted to the Public Diplomacy Interest Group page.  Your PD-IG officers hope that the year and the semester has started well and that all your research gets accepted for publication!




Ingenhoff, D.; White, C.; Buhmann, A.; Kiousis, S. (eds.) (2018):  Bridging Disciplinary Perspectives of Country Image Reputation, Brand, and Identity. New York, London: Routledge.


Bjola, C. and Pamment, J. (eds.) (2019): Countering Online Propaganda and Extremism: The Dark Side of Digital Diplomacy.  Rutledge.

Manor, I., (2019): The Digitlization of Public Diplomacy.  Palgrave Macmillan.

(A brief personal note: I have read James' and Corneliu's book and can recommend it.  Haven't read the other two yet, but plan to do so!)





The registration is now open for our full day post-conference "Public Diplomacy in the 2020s" May 29, 2019 at American U, Washington DC:https://www.icahdq.org/event/PublicDiplomacy_PostConf2019. It will have 4 sessions: “Emerging PhD & postdoctoral research” (chair R. S. Zaharna, American U) , "State of the Art, State of the Future: New Directions in Public Diplomacy Research" (chair Kathy Fitzpatrick, American U), “Research-practice collaboration” (chairs Alina Dolea, Bournemouth U; James Pamment, Lund U), “Public Diplomacy practice” (chair Jay Wang, USC Center on Public Diplomacy). A networking lunch is scheduled to allow for more talks on presentations and collaborations in future projects. Full program will be published end of February 2019.

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Available Positions and Job Opportunities

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 1, 2019


Department of Communication Arts

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor


The Communication Arts Department at the Lebanese American University (LAU) invites applicants to the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Communication/Advertising/PR. Requirements: terminal degree, professional background in communication, and a research record in the field.


URL: http://www.lau.edu.lb/employment/faculty/as-18-2-2018.php 




Department of Communication

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Communication Studies, Film Production


The Department of Communication Studies at Bridgewater State University invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position in Film Production. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in a diverse, interdisciplinary department. We seek candidates whose teaching focuses on film production, with possible emphases in cinematography, lighting, sound, editing, and screenwriting. In addition, they will have an interest in curricular development, particularly the integration of global perspectives into the curriculum. The successful candidate will be an excellent teacher prepared to teach both film production and theoretically grounded courses. The candidate will possess a creative agenda based in narrative storytelling, and demonstrate an interest in scholarly engagement. They will also be an active mentor to students and engage in service to the department, the university, and the wider community. The standard teaching load is four courses per semester.

Required Qualifications:


• Terminal degree in Filmmaking or a related discipline by September 2019


• Relevant college teaching experience


• Demonstrated commitment to public higher education and working with a diverse student body


Please visit BSU’s job site at http://apptrkr.com/1343963 for full job details and to submit an application.




Department of Telecommunication

Assistant or Associate Professor in Emerging Technologies


Job Description: The Department of Telecommunication seeks a tenure track assistant or associate professor to teach and conduct research in the applications and implications of emerging technologies such as 5G, Augmented/Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IOT), on platforms and services relevant to electronic media. Research areas could include, but are not limited to, content creation, news, sports, persuasive messages, entertainment, program production, distribution, or management. The faculty member would be expected to conduct interdisciplinary research with faculty in the College of Journalism and Communications (e.g., Media Effects and Technology Lab, The Agency, or the Division of Media Properties) and programs elsewhere in the University, such as those in the Colleges of Engineering, or Business, and similar programs elsewhere, including those outside the United States. The faculty member’s teaching would contribute particularly to undergraduate programs in Management and Strategy, and Media and Society, and to MAMC and Ph.D. programs focusing on strategic communication, management/strategy, economics, research, or policy related to these emerging media. He/she will have the ability to teach courses such as New Media Systems, Social Media and Society, Media/Telecommunication Management, Technology, Communication, and Society, and Applications and Implications of Emerging Technologies.  Ph.D. or near in appropriate discipline required. Professional experience desired.


The University and College: The University of Florida is a top-ten public research university (U.S. News and World Report) with one of the largest student populations in the United States. The College of Journalism and Communications is a recognized leader in communications education with more than 2400 undergraduates and nearly 300 graduate students. The College also houses a full-service news center and communications agency, led by professionals and staffed by students.


The Department The Department of Telecommunication is one of the premiere programs in electronic mass media. Our admission standards are high and the academic standards of our courses are rigorous. The department has 680 majors, 18 faculty and 24 adjunct faculty. The department offers specialized study in Management and Strategy, Production and Media and Society. We are accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. Affiliated with the College and located in the same building are the Division of Multimedia Properties and our 14,000 sq. ft. “Innovative News Center.” The properties include four commercial stations: WRUF-AM, ESPN 95.3/850;  WRUF-FM, Country 1037, the Gator;  WRUF-TV; and three non-commercial stations, WUFT-FM , WJUF-FM, and WUFT-TV.

The Candidate: The ideal candidate will demonstrate a record of scholarly research that leads to strong publications and a high likelihood for external grants. The candidate should also demonstrate his/her progress in establishing a national/international reputation.


The candidate is expected to be able to contribute to the researching and examining of the role of trust in a technology-driven world as part of the Consortium on Trust in Media and Technology (CTMT) funded by the University of Florida ($1.5 million) housed at the UF College of Journalism and Communications (CJC) in partnership with the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) at the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  


The CTMT, which also will be working with UF’s Informatics Institute and Division of Student Services, will bring together technologists and social scientists – working in areas such as communications, anthropology, psychology, political science and law – to develop creative solutions to restoring trust.


Candidates should have a Ph.D. in a field related to Communication, Telecommunication, Mass Communication, or the social sciences with a media and communication focus, and a strong commitment and ability to work with a diverse student population of undergraduate and graduate students.


Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to working with diverse student and community populations and supporting a climate of inclusion with respect to race and ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, class, culture, and religion.


Applications should include:  

  1. A cover letter that addresses interest in and qualifications for the position, including a statement explaining the candidate’s teaching philosophy and research interests,

  2. A current curriculum vitae,

  3. Teaching evaluation data, where available, or other evidence of teaching effectiveness.

  4. Copies of two to three representative publications, particularly pieces the candidate has sole-authored or where she/he is listed as first-author,

  5. Names, addresses, e-mails, and phone numbers of at least three references, along with a description of the candidate’s relationship to the references.  

To apply, visit https://jobs.ufl.edu to submit an application. The requisition number for this vacancy is 40446.

For more information, contact Dr. John Wright at jwright@jou.ufl.edu or 352-294-1975. The mailing address is Department of Telecommunication, P.O. Box 118400, Gainesville, FL, 32611-8400. The University of Florida is a diverse academic community and encourages minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply. (An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer)  


The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, now in its 50tth year, is recognized as a national leader in communication scholarship and professional skills development.  In our march to preeminence, we are adding 24 new lecturer and faculty positions across the Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations and Telecommunication disciplines. Be part of an ambitious, progressive and collaborative program at one of the top 10 public universities in the U.S.


We are an equal opportunity employer and thrive in an inclusive environment. We celebrate diversity and encourage people with disabilities, minorities, women and members of the LGBTQ community to apply.


Review of applications will begin January 3, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.



Annenberg Public Policy Center

Postdoctoral fellowship program

As part of its Annenberg Center for the Advanced Study of Communication, the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania’s postdoctoral fellowship program in the Science of Science Communication (SSC) is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. Fellows in the program will work closely with other fellows and senior researchers of APPC on scholarship designed to understand the ways in which the norms of science are communicated, the ways in which communication can address misunderstandings about the scientific process and its findings, and ways in which one can activate science curiosity.

More information about APPC and its Science of Science Communication research can be found at: http://www.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org/science-communication/

Applicants should submit a letter of nomination from a dissertation adviser as well as a curriculum vitae, references, and a description of the applicant’s scholarly interests. Fellows will receive a stipend of $65,000 and serve in a 12-month appointment, beginning July 1st, 2019.  An allowance of up to $1,500 will be provided to offset pre-approved, receipt-documented relocation expenses, and APPC will reimburse up to $2,000 in travel to high-level conferences to present APPC research.

We are seeking fellows who apply a variety of disciplinary and methodological approaches, and have completed a Ph.D. within the last five years.

Please send the letter of interest, CV, and names of two references to Lena Buford at lena.buford@appc.upenn.edu. The letter of nomination should be sent to the same email address by the dissertation adviser.

Deadline for submission is February 1st, 2019.  Earlier submission is encouraged.





Northwestern University is seeking a distinguished scholar of public communication to appoint as the inaugural Owen L. Coon Professor of Policy Analysis and Communication.  This individual will help to build an expanded program of research on the organization and function of discourse in democracy and will be responsible for expanding undergraduate and graduate curricula in this area.

Owen L. Coon Professor of Policy Analysis and Communication

The candidate we seek will be suitable for an appointment to an endowed professorship at the rank of associate professor or professor with tenure in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University.  The ideal candidate will have a high impact program of research on the role of communications in shaping public policy and decision-making (in any number of substantive policy domains: science policy, environmental policy, health policy, etc.) and will have made significant contributions to the practice of strategic communication.  He or she will have an interdisciplinary profile with activity in two or more of the following disciplines:  media studies, rhetorical and communication theory, journalism, political science, sociology of media and/or technology, and public policy studies.  We hope to find a candidate with facility in multiple methodologies to advance knowledge in this area, including both qualitative and quantitative social scientific methods.  We expect all candidates for tenured positions to present a record of achievement as a teacher and mentor for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Candidates must hold a doctorate or other terminal degree in their discipline, have proven administrative competence and experience, have demonstrated scholarly and teaching achievement of the highest quality, and have developed an international reputation and impact.  We prefer a candidate whose background spans more than one area of study within the field of communication and/or cognate disciplines.

Applications and timeline

Applicants should send a letter of application, CV, sample publications, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and names of six confidential references to the Faculty Recruiting System located at the following link:  https://facultyrecruiting.northwestern.edu/apply/MzU4

Inquiries and nominations can be addressed in confidence (e-mails preferred) to:

Department of Communication Studies

Northwestern University

2240 Campus Drive

Evanston, Illinois 60208


Starting date for the appointment is negotiable but will not be later than September 1, 2020.  Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience, qualifications, and rank. For full consideration, applications or nominations should be received prior to January 15, 2019.  Review of materials will begin February 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Northwestern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent on eligibility to work in the United States.



Department of Communication Studies

Tenure-Track Professor in Race and Digital Media


The University of Michigan’s Department of Communication Studies and the new Digital Studies Institute (pending approval of the Institute by the U-M Board of Regents) seek qualified applicants for a 50/50% jointly appointed open-rank (assistant, associate, or professor rank), tenure-track professor with research and teaching interests in Race and Digital Media. 


We welcome critical and cultural media studies scholars from any discipline whose work explores race and intersectionalities of race and processes of identity formation (e.g., ability, class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality) in the arena of digital media and communication technology. Applicants’ research and teaching interests should center on new technologies–social media, virtual worlds, gaming and/or mobile media–and their role in historical or contemporary problems of inequality, inequity, and discrimination. Teaching and research will encompass the social impact of new technologies, and the representation and (re)production of marginalized populations on digital platforms. The successful candidate will have teaching interests centered on helping students understand the aesthetic practices, social and political impact, and cultural uses of digital technologies, which may include the opportunities and challenges digital environments pose for social activism.


Michigan’s Digital Studies Institute plans to launch a major initiative to develop pioneering digital studies curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The person hired for this faculty position will play a major role in shaping Digital Studies as it continues to grow and will be part of a three person cluster hire. Job duties include research activity, teaching of graduate and undergraduate courses, and service to the department, Digital Studies Institute, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, university, and profession. Communication Studies will be the tenure home. The anticipated starting date for this university-year appointment is September 1, 2019. All applicants should send a cover letter, a vita, two representative publications, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, evidence of teaching excellence, a statement of current and future research plans, and a statement of contributions to diversity. Candidates for this position must have completed their PhD by September 1, 2019. All applicants should provide names of three references. 

Information on our research initiatives and scholarly interests of current faculty can be found on the Department’s website:http://www.lsa.umich.edu/comm and the program website https://lsa.umich.edu/digitalstudies. All applications must be submitted electronically to: https://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/1175


For full consideration, complete applications should be submitted by January 22, 2019.


The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The University of Michigan is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights of each individual, without regard to race, color, national original, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, height, weight, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 

For questions about potential fit and your application please email: racedigitalmedia@umich.edu.



School of Journalism and Mass Communication


The University of South Carolina is conducting a national search for its next Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.  The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, full resume/CV, and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University.  Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to March 15, 2019. For a complete position description, please visit the Current Opportunities page at https://www.parkersearch.com/uscdirectorjournalism.

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President

Erin Raines, Principal

Parker Executive Search

Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900

Atlanta, GA 30328

Phone: 770-804-1996 ext. 109

pwilliams@parkersearch.com || eraines@parkersearch.com

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.


Department of Mass Communication

Tenure-track Assistant Professor

The Department of Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville seeks applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor position to begin Fall 2019.

Candidates should be able to teach courses in social media, media analytics, and/or graphic design and data visualization for both undergraduates and graduates, direct senior projects and masters research projects, and conduct scholarly and professional activities.

A Ph.D. in mass communications or related areas is required. ABDs may be considered.

Salary will commensurate with credentials, qualifications, and experience.  Excellent benefits package included.

Submit CV, unofficial transcripts, cover letter and three reference letters to:
Search Committee Chair
SIUE Department of Mass Communications
Campus Box 1775
Edwardsville, IL 62026

Review of applications starts on March 1st, 2019.  

SIUE is a state university - benefits under state sponsored plans may not be available to holders of F1 or J1 visas.  Applicants will be subject to a background check prior to an offer of employment. 

SIUE is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to an inclusive and diverse workforce. We do not discriminate against anyone based of race, national origin, religion, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation or veteran’s status. We encourage applications from women, minorities, protected veterans and people with disabilities.  


Department of Communication Studies

Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor (PR0229/18-19)

The University has launched the Talent100 scheme since 2017/18 and this recruitment is part of this drive. The Department consists of three areas in Advertising and Branding, Organizational Communication, and Public Relations, and offers an interdisciplinary, collaborative academic environment. The Department invites applications for two full-time, tenure-track faculty positions in Organizational Communication and Public Relations starting September 2019 or January 2020.

The successful candidates must have a PhD degree in communication or a relevant field, and should be able to teach public relations courses and/or communication studies courses (e.g., interpersonal communication, group communication, organizational communication, intercultural communication, information technology and social impact, and empirical research methods). We are seeking scholars who have a solid track record of research publications in reputable communication and/or other social science journals. The appointees are expected to maintain an active research agenda, produce quality research outputs, and acquire competitive external funding. We pursue the best qualified scholars and are interested in those with a diverse cultural background.

Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Procedure:

Applicants are invited to submit their applications at the HKBU e-Recruitment System (jobs.hkbu.edu.hk). Applicants are requested to send in samples of publications, preferably the three best ones out of their most recent publications, and latest teaching evaluation results. Applicants should also request three referees to send in confidential letters of reference, with PR number (stated above) quoted on the letters, to the Personnel Office (Email: recruit@hkbu.edu.hk) direct. Applicants not invited for interview 4 months after the closing date may consider their applications unsuccessful. All application materials including publication samples, scholarly/creative works will be disposed of after completion of the recruitment exercise unless upon request. Details of the University’s Personal Information Collection Statement can be found at http://pers.hkbu.edu.hk/pics.  

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment for the posts advertised, and the appointment will be made according to the terms and conditions applicable at the time of offer.

Closing date: 31 March 2019 or until the positions are filled with qualified individuals


School of Communication


The University of Miami (UM) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of its School of Communication. UM is considered among the top tier institutions of higher education in the U.S. for its academic excellence, superior medical care, and cutting-edge research.

THE SCHOOL: The School of Communication is housed in two connected state-of-the-art buildings located on the University's 230-acre Coral Gables campus. The School is composed of four departments; Communication Studies, Journalism and Media Management, Strategic Communication, and Cinema and Interactive Media.  It has 75 full-time faculty members and an enrollment of about 1,000 undergraduate and 180 graduate students.

THE POSITION: We are seeking a person with a national/international reputation, high energy, enthusiasm, and vision to lead the faculty. The School consists of an interdisciplinary group of scholars, creative faculty and practitioners. The candidate must be comfortable with this balance and be willing to work within this culture to encourage scholarship, creative work, and the development of innovative educational programs. She/He must demonstrate strong interpersonal, managerial and leadership skills, and be able to foster an internal culture of excellence. The Dean must have the willingness and commitment to raise funds in a diverse, multicultural, international and competitive environment.

APPLICATIONS AND NOMINATIONS: Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications must include a letter of interest and curriculum vitae. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications should be sent electronically and in confidence to: deansearch@miami.edu

More information about the Dean’s Search can be found at https://com.miami.edu/deansearch

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


School of Human Sciences and Technology

Tenure-Track Faculty Positions

Tenure Track Faculty Positions – Experience/Service Design

IE University - IE School of Human Sciences and Technology (HST) invites qualified applicants to apply for full-time tenure-track faculty positions beginning September 2019.  

We are interested in faculty candidates whose expertise and research aligns with one (ideally several) of the following areas:

  • Experience Design

  • Service Design

  • Customer Experience

  • Human-centered Design

  • Innovation Methodologies

  • User Experience

  • User Interface

  • Human Computer Interaction

HST uniquely integrates fields across human sciences and technology. It is an innovative and rapidly growing school within IE University, with close ties to IE Business School.  Relevant, high-impact research and knowledge creation is part of our mission, and we are seeking to build a team of foundational research faculty as part of the next phase of our expansion. www.ie.edu/hst

Our faculty are expected to publish in peer-reviewed journals, present in international venues, teach courses at the Bachelor and/or Master level, and provide intellectual leadership within HST in their areas of expertise (and more broadly, across IE University). Applicants will have earned a Ph.D. from a recognized school in a relevant discipline. Salaries will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statement. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide reference letters.

Please submit your application in electronic form by February 28th, 2019 to Sara Flores (Recruitment Coordinator), HSTopening@ie.edu

IE University is an internationally recognized institution originally founded as a business school. The university is comprised of schools of Business, Human Sciences & Technology, Law, Global and Public Affairs, and Architecture & Design. We are among the most international institutions of higher education with approximately 75% of our students coming from outside Spain and over 100 countries represented on campus. Our Madrid campus is situated in the financial district of this vibrant, cosmopolitan capital city of over 5 million. Our Segovia campus is located in the historic quarter of this World-Heritage city, 30 minutes by high-speed train from Madrid. www.ie.edu



College of Communications


Under the direction of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of Communications will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer for the College of Communications. In addition to providing leadership for the College, the Dean will serve on the President’s Advisory Board and be a member of the Council of Deans. The Dean will provide vision and leadership for the College, be responsible for advocating for the diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body, and protect and expand the collaborative environment of the College. Working collegially with faculty, the Dean provides management and oversight for all aspects of the College and furthers the mission and goals of the College and University by ensuring excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.


  • Leading the College’s fundraising and grant-seeking efforts.

  • Providing strong, consistent, and fair leadership.

  • Leading the College’s response to partnership opportunities with diverse communities seeking to integrate talented non-traditional students into mainstream educational venues.

  • Enhancing the College’s work with ethnically and culturally diverse students, faculty, and staff.

  • Creating and sustaining an environment supportive of research, scholarship, and creative activity.

  • Increasing the College’s visibility in academic and professional communities nationally and internationally.

  • Shaping a vision for the College that is consistent with the University’s strategic plan and the ongoing strategic planning within the College.

  • Providing oversight of the College’s instructional programs including leadership in curriculum improvement, innovation, and assessment of student learning.

  • Planning and administering the annual budgeting process and the budget for the College.

  • Assuming the responsibility for the supervision of the College’s support staff and personnel.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Earned doctorate from an accredited institution or other appropriate terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution in communications or related discipline appropriate to the position as a Dean of the College of Communications.

  • A tenured full professor with a record of teaching and research excellence. A minimum of three years of collaborative academic administrative experience in strategic and operational planning, budgeting, and human resource management.

  • A proven track record in:

  • A record of successful leadership in curriculum design, program assessment, faculty development, and student advisement. A demonstrated understanding of the range of disciplines offered in the College.

  • Professional, scholarly, and educational accomplishments commensurate with an appointment as a tenured faculty member within the college.

  • Administrative experience as a dean, associate dean, department chair, or comparable position, including experience in strategic planning, policy development, budget oversight, effective leadership, supervision and management of faculty and staff personnel, and collegial collaboration as a member of an academic administrative team.

  • Record of supporting faculty development in teaching, research, scholarship, and service.

  • Administrative experience working with, mentoring and supporting administrators, faculty, staff, students and programs that are diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, language, gender, sexual orientation, and physical ability.

  • Record of implementing initiatives to facilitate student success, ensure learning outcomes are met, and narrow achievement gaps.

  • Capacity to understand, shape, and implement the University’s mission and goals.

  • A commitment to shared governance in a collective bargaining environment.


  • Excellent listening, oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.

  • An active portfolio of professional affiliations and connections appropriate to the College.

  • A proven record of advocacy for academic personnel and programs.

  • Experience and accomplishments commensurate with appointment as a tenured full professor within the college.

  • Three or more years of increasing administrative responsibilities at the level of department chair or higher.

  • Significant experience solving a variety of complex curricular, fiscal/budgetary, and human resources challenges, and organizational management experience at a complex organization or accredited institution of higher learning similar to Cal State Fullerton.


A complete application will include a cover letter addressing the qualifications above, curriculum vitae, and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references. References will not be contacted without explicit permission from the candidate. Applications can be submitted in confidence at http://hr.fullerton.edu/jobs/.   Online application must be received by electronic submission on the final filing date by 9:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time)/midnight (Eastern Standard Time). Applicants who fail to complete all sections of the online application form will be disqualified from consideration. Only those applications received by March 1, 2019 will be assured full consideration.

California State University, Fullerton celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.


Cal State Fullerton, a leading institution of the 23-campus California State University system, enrolls more than 39,000 students and offers 110 degree programs. An intellectual and cultural center for Orange County, Cal State Fullerton is a primary driver of workforce and economic development throughout the region and a national model for supporting student success through innovative, high-impact educational and co-curricular experiences, including faculty-student collaborative research. The University embraces its rich diversity, recognizing that it both enhances the educational experience for students and uniquely prepares them to excel as emergent leaders in the global marketplace and in their communities. Cal State Fullerton is recognized as a top public university in the West, in particular for its work in supporting underrepresented students in earning a college degree. For more about Cal State Fullerton, visit http://www.fullerton.edu/.


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President’s Message: Context Matters

Posted By Patricia Moy (U of Washington), Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, December 5, 2018


Fear not, dear reader, this column is not an exposition of truisms.


Rather, it is about our various personal and professional contexts – the intellectual and epistemological milieus in which we reside, the philosophies and moral compasses that guide us, to name but a few – and how they might play out as ICA moves forward. We value the diverse viewpoints that shape you as ICA members, and hope you will share your perspectives with various committees and task forces in the months (and years) to come.


Two years ago, Past-President Paula Gardner (McMaster U) constituted a Task Force on Ethics, whose charge includes crafting an ethics statement, a code of conduct, and a statement of ethical considerations for social media. This task force has made great inroads, and in Prague, presented to the Board of Directors its initial versions of these documents. In the coming year, task-force cochairs Lee Humphreys (Cornell U) and Eve Ng (Ohio U) will be working with subcommittees to consult broadly with members. Deliberating over the feedback they receive, the team will finalize the crafting and wordsmithing of these various documents. How do these documents work for you? Please let us know what you think.


Other task forces and committees are working to address concerns raised by ICA members.


For one, on the heels of ICA’s recent conference-submission deadline, the issue of authorship caps has reemerged. Currently, ICA limits the number of submissions to five per author, a move that has elicited equal parts applause and criticism. While some see the five-paper limit as an effective means of broadening participation in the annual conference, others see it as disadvantaging scholars from large research teams who engage in multiple projects and write multiple submissions simultaneously. Clearly, research context matters. This Task Force on Authorship Limits will deliberate, seek broader input, and make a recommendation before the next full call for papers is issued (save the date: Gold Coast, Australia, 2020!).


Also related to the conference, personal and professional values and contexts will shape the efforts of the newly formed standing committee on sponsorship, chaired by Nick Bowman (West Virginia U). As ICA’s annual conference continues to grow, so too does the set of considerations related to offsetting costs and generating revenue to support new initiatives. Sponsorship comes in many forms, with more common ones including sending promotional items to the conference, subsidizing a reception, and purchasing an exhibit booth. But are all sponsors created equal? The diversity in ICA membership introduces myriad perspectives on defining the organizations from which ICA should accept support. The committee will be tackling various questions in its work – for instance, should ICA establish a set of criteria by which sponsors are evaluated? To what extent should ICA eschew support from political organizations or those with controversial data-privacy practices?


In general, ICA greatly values member input on all fronts. To illustrate, and as returning authors know, ICA moved this year from its longstanding submission system, All Academic, to ScholarOne Abstract. This move took place after years of concerns expressed by authors, reviewers, and program planners regarding user-friendliness and technical capabilities that needed to be implemented or improved. As with the adoption of many new systems, ICA’s first year with ScholarOne identified some issues that need to be addressed. A review will be undertaken, with Division and Interest Group program planners sharing feedback from their respective units and their own experiences. Our goal? To make the next round of submissions smoother for all stakeholders.


Similarly, the Executive Committee has discussed the crafting of a strategic plan that should provide general roadmaps for ICA and keep us thinking conceptually and operationally about big-picture concerns. For instance, thanks to the recent regional conferences that have been held in Africa, ICA has a growing presence there. But how do we sustain that momentum? To what extent do/can we replicate that growth in other underrepresented regions of ICA? To be clear, the crafting of a strategic plan will not occur overnight, as it will certainly involve heated discussions about where ICA should be going. But rest assured, it will also involve solicitation of input from members. So regardless of the specific corners of ICA you inhabit, your academic status, or the professional and sociocultural contexts in which you find yourself, pull up a (virtual or physical) chair and join the discussions to come.

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ICA President-Elect Conference Report

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Tuesday, December 4, 2018

I had the opportunity to be a part of three significant initiatives in communication research China during the month of October. Communication research is growing quickly in China, and it is now estimated that over 850 universities offer some form of communication program. The ICA has a long association with Chinese communication scholarship, that extends back to Wilbur Schramm’s lectures in China in 1982 and the establishment of the Chinese Communication Association (CCA) in 1990 – which has had a long history of affiliation to the ICA – to the regular exchanges and joint symposia and conferences over the last decade.

On 25 October, I attended the inaugural meeting of the Asia-Pacific Communication Alliance, hosted by the Tsinghua U School of Journalism and Communication in Beijing. The meeting was organized by the Chinese Association for History of Journalism and Communication (CAHJC), and supported by the Chinese Communication Association (CCA) and the Korean American Communication Association (KACA).

The event was attended by over 40 delegates representing 16 communication associations in the Asia-Pacific region. Delegates attended from Japan, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South Korea, India, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, China, and the United States. A Steering Committee was established for the APCA, chaired by Professor Changfeng Chen (Tsinghua U), with Professor Shuhua Zhao (U of Missouri, School of Journalism), Professor Euyn-Jung Ki (U of Alabama) and Professor Janyima Kheokao (U of the Thai Chamber of Commerce) as Vice-Presidents. The APCA will announce a conference for 2019, and will seek affiliation with the ICA.

On 27 October, I was a keynote speaker at the Chinese Association for History of Journalism and Communication (CAHJC) annual conference. The conference, with the theme “Global Perspectives, Chinese Characteristics: New Communication and the Good Life in the Digital Age” was held in Hangzhou and hosted by the College of Media and International Culture at Zhejiang U. It was attended by over 1,000 delegates, and other keynote speakers included Larry Gross (U of Southern California), Clifford Christians (U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) and Xiaoming Hao (Nanyang Technological U).

On 28 October, I attended the ICA-SJTU International New Media Forum, hosted by the School of Media and Communication at Shanghai Jiao Tong U. Under the leadership of Professor Li Benqian, SJTU has maintained a long-term collaboration with the ICA, and speakers at the Forum included ICA past presidents Peng Hwa Ang (Nanyang Technological U) and Patrice Buzzanell (U of South Florida). The Forum also provided the opportunity to announce the Intelligent Communication initiative supported by the central government and involving collaborations across communication and the media, IT and the sciences.

A striking feature of the conferences was the commonality of themes and issues raised by the participants. Questions surrounding trust and ethics in the digital environment, the social responsibilities of digital platform companies, and the balance between commercialism and public interest regulation in a convergent media environment feature prominently in keynote presentations. Thes pressing social and cultural issues were raised alongside the identification of opportunities presented by the growing fusion of IT and communication presented by developments in fields such as big data analytics and artificial intelligence.

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Fair Use Q&A

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Dear ICA,


I am using several images and video clips to illustrate where the Bechdel test has and hasn’t failed in children’s movies of the past decade. In my analysis, I often reference this material to support the connections I have made. I believe I can invoke fair use for most of the copyrighted material I am using, I just want to make sure I am doing it properly. I am also nervous about whether I am breaking any laws by running the videos through Handbrake to decrypt them, so I can select a clip. Especially the Disney ones.



Dear CodeBreaker,

Good idea to think this through! If you can say confidently how you are repurposing this work, and why you need the amount you need, it helps you the next time you need to make a decision. Use the ICA’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication as a guide to work through your fair uses. Look especially at Section One, “Analysis, Criticism, and Commentary of Copyrighted Material” and Section Two, “Quoting Copyrighted Material For Illustration.” But first read the entire Code, so that you understand the basic logic of fair use.

As a communication scholar, whether you are a student or a faculty member, you have the right to break encryption in order to apply fair use. Your peers fought for this exemption from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s sanctions on decryption of copyrighted material. Use it!


Patricia Aufderheide for ICA

Got a question? paufder@american.edu


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Call for Nominations: Editor for Communication Theory (CT)

Posted By John Paul Gutierrez, Monday, December 3, 2018

The ICA Publications Committee is soliciting nominations, including self-nominations, for the editor of Communication Theory. The appointment is for four years, and begins September/October 2019.

Communication Theory is an international forum publishing high-quality, original research into the theoretical development of communication from across a wide array of disciplines, such as communication studies, sociology, psychology, political science, cultural and gender studies, philosophy, linguistics, and literature.

CT is an official journal of the International Communication Association. According to ISI Journal Citation Reports for 2017, CT is ranked No. 9 out of 84 journals in the field of Communication. More details about the journal can be obtained at https://academic.oup.com/ct.

A complete nomination package should include: a letter of application; a mission statement for the editorship; the candidate’s vitae; 1-2 letters of support from published scholars familiar with the candidate’s work; experience and suitability for the task of journal editing; and a letter of institutional support from the candidate’s home institution. 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.

ICA’s Publications Committee is chaired by Robin Nabi (U of California, Santa Barbara) and includes: Arul Chib (Nanyang Technological U), Patricia Moy (U of Washington), Radhika Parameswaran (Indiana U), and Sabine Trepte (U of Hohenheim).

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

  • Clear vision and understanding of the journal.

  • Demonstrated openness to all types of epistemologies.

  • Demonstrated interest or experience in theoretical development.

  • Demonstrated interest/openness to interdisciplinary work.

  • Demonstrated communication skills and diplomacy.

  • Reputation and academic output.

  • Editorial experience.

  • Managerial or administrative experience.

  • Tenure or advanced rank.

  • Institutional support.

The Publications Committee will begin reviewing applications on 1 January 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Please forward all materials to John Paul Gutierrez, ICA Associate Executive Director (jpgutierrez@icahdq.org).

If you have any questions about packet submission, logistics, or support, contact JP Gutierrez (jpgutierrez@icahdq.org).

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