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ICA to Offer Childcare in San Diego

Posted By Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Raising a child while juggling your education or your academic career can be difficult. Likewise, trying to find care for your child(ren) in order to attend conference can be expensive and stressful: Many of us have been in the "do I leave them home? Do I bring them but fly in a grandparent too? Do I just skip this year because it's too expensive to do anything else?" quandary. In order to preserve access for academic parents, ICA is pleased to announce that we will provide childcare for the children of attendees of the ICA 67th Annual Conference in San Diego, CA. We are partnering with KiddieCorp, a highly respected national company with a 31-year history of providing childcare for conferences and events.

"ICA Kids" will be available for 10 hours each day,Friday through Monday, from 8am to 6pm for children ages 6 months to 12 years. As space is at a premium, we recommend you sign up early in order to reserve your child's space in the program. ICA is subsidizing the cost of childcare for this meeting; childcare is available to attendees' children for US$5 per hour, per child(this is a suggested donation to offset costs, it is not required).

The childcare room will be located on one of the main floors being used for our conference at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, accessible for parents to check in at any time, but out of the way of the hustle and bustle of conference noise. The room is near bathrooms (to which toilet-trained children will be accompanied by a licensed caregiver) and has large (nonopenable) windows to let in natural light.

To preregister (highly recommended), or for more information, please visit:

We look forward to seeing you-and your children!-in San Diego.

Laura Sawyer
ICA Executive Director


KiddieCorp is pleased to provide a children's program during the 2017 Annual Conference. KiddieCorp is in its thirty-first year of providing high-quality children's programs and youth services to conventions, trade shows and special events. We take caring for your children very seriously. KiddieCorp has enjoyed a long-time partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, which has helped to establish KiddieCorp as a premier provider of event children's program services.


Activities include exciting themes, arts & crafts, group games, music & movement, board games, story time, dramatic play, etc. We provide activities appropriate for each age group, using safe and sturdy equipment. Children can make their own choices within KiddieCorp's program.


Our goal is to provide your children with a comfortable, safe and happy experience. Our staff to child ratios are high to ensure that every child feels special (1:2 for children ages 6 months through 11 months old; 1:3 for children ages 1 through 2 years old; 1:5 for children ages 3 through 5 years old; 1:7 for children ages 6 through 12 years old). KiddieCorp team members are selected according to their integrity, experience, education and enthusiasm. They must be wonderful with kids! In addition to our selective and competitive hiring process, KiddieCorp remains at the top of the industry by carrying ample liability insurance.


The program is for children ages 6 months through 12 years old. The dates for the program are May 26-29, 2017 and will be located at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, California. Snacks and beverages will be provided and meals need to be supplied by parents each day. Please note: Medication (including sunscreen) will NOT be administered by KiddieCorp management or staff.


To utilize the International Communication Association children's program, a US $5.00 per hour, per child donation is suggested. A minimum registration of 4 hours, with payment of US $20.00 is required to secure your reservation. Children must be registered for a minimum of two consecutive hours per child for each day registered.

The advance registration deadline is April 28, 2017. Register early as availability is limited and handled on a first-come, first-served basis. KiddieCorp must receive both the registration form and payment to hold any advance reservations. You are also welcome to register on-site; however, there is no guarantee and it is not recommended.


  • KiddieCorp staff does not administer medication. To ensure a safe and fun-filled environment, any child who is ill will not be admitted to the children's program.
  • Please label your child's belongings. We will maintain a lost and found; however, KiddieCorp does not accept responsibility for the loss or theft of any toy, book, or other personal items.
  • For parents with infants, please bring diaper changing supplies, formula/baby food, and a change of clothes.

    KiddieCorp is always available to answer any questions. Feel free to contact KiddieCorp by phone at (858) 455-1718 or by e-mail

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    San Diego Conference Site: Gaslamp Quarter

    Posted By Mike West, ICA Director of Publications, Tuesday, December 13, 2016


    Gaslamp Quarter 01
    Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA

    If you are planning to attend ICA's 67th Annual Conference in San Diego, there's a good chance you've already checked out the San Diego Hilton Bayfront, which will host our association from 25-29 May 2017. As such you probably already know that the San Diego Hilton, much like the Fukuoka Hilton that hosted the 2016 conference, is adjacent to the local baseball stadium-in this case, Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres. The Padres will be out of town during the ICA conference, so what may be of greater importance to attendees is what lies beyond Petco Park-San Diego'sGaslamp Quarter, one of the city's most vibrant and popular entertainment districts.

    Today the name "Gaslamp" suggests a connection with antiquity, which San Diego certainly has-ironically, though, the area was initially known as "New Town." (Old Town, to the northwest, was the name given to the original Spanish colonial settlement: a name it retains to this day.) Attracted to the promise of a location nearer the water than Old Town, a San Francisco real-estate speculator named William Heath Davis bought 160 acres of land fronting San Diego Bay and began developing it around 1850 (the year California became a state). Davis's New Town failed; its proximity to the bay didn't alleviate the need forfreshwater, and an economic depression in 1857 warded off potential land buyers. The area soon became known as "Rabbitville"-after the only creatures who would inhabit it.

    Another San Franciscan speculator, Alonzo Horton, arrived after the U.S. Civil War and determined to try again on the same plot of land that Davis had attempted. This version of New Town (also known as the Horton Addition) was a success, so much so that it soon eclipsed the established Old Town as the heart of San Diego. That eclipse wasn't a clean one, however-by the 1880s, now known as "Stingaree," the district had become emblematic of the U.S. "Wild West," filled with saloons and casinos and brothels while more respectable commerce graduated northward. Though parts of the area became more hospitable-including San Diego's first Chinatown, which existed there until around World War II-Stingaree maintained its seedy character for about 90 years.

    Rehabilitation and preservation got underway in the mid-1970s, in which time it received the new name of the Gaslamp Quarter (odd, since gaslamps had never provided light in the district's old days, though they do now). Today, many of the old Victorian and other nineteenth-century buildings still inhabit the quarter. Instead of brothels and casinos, however, they contain hundreds of restaurants, nightclubs, boutiques and galleries. It also features museums, performing arts venues, and some of the best people-watching you'll encounter anywhere.

    Among the most popular and acclaimed eateries of recent years isBice, a restaurant at the corner of Fourth and Island Avenues that specializes in Northern Italian cuisine. (And "specializes" is the word for a restaurant that is known for its dedicated gourmet cheese bar!) Zagat-rated Bice is also known for entrees like its rigatoni alla crema and its spinach and ricotta tortelloni-though they tend to be on the pricier side, with even the appetizers starting around US$15. However, Bice also offers a happy hour that features much less expensive small-plate selections.

    No visit to a coastal city can skip out on a great seafood restaurant, and of course the Gaslamp Quarter has many.Blue Point Coastal Cuisine, at Fifth Avenue and Market Street, is a favorite-among the first seafood and oyster places to open in the neighborhood (in 1996). Designed with the look of an old-fashioned supper club, Blue Point does offer steakhouse fare-but its signature meals are the three-course affairs that its menu refers to as "Hooks" (appetizers, such as Peruvian ceviche or pan-roasted mussels), "Lines" (seafood entrees like Scottish salmon, Chilean sea bass, and a yellowfin and octopus duo), and "Sinkers" (desserts: Apple crumble, creme brulee, machiatto cheesecake).

    On the other hand, if you're looking for cheap, casual fare, there's alwaysThe Tipsy Crow, a comfy bar just a few blocks further on Fifth. Their craft beer selection changes every few days; the specialty cocktails are innovative and interesting; and, at happy hour, prices rise and fall according to demand on the "Drink Exchange" (think of it like an alcohol-based stock market). But they also stock up on dips, flatbreads, hot dogs, and a surprisingly eclectic palette of grilled cheese sandwiches-priced at US$7 apiece.

    Casual though the menu is, the Tipsy Crow also includes a lounge, pool tables, a dance floor, and live music, meaning that it straddles the line between eatery and nightclub. That's another major attraction of the Gaslamp Quarter: nightlife. The neighborhood offers a wide variety thereof; whether you're looking to take in a performance, dance, or just hang out with some friends and drinks. In some of the best places, likeBang Bang(across the street from Blue Point), you can do all of the above. Bang Bang has three separate spaces within one venue: An Asian fusion restaurant; a well-stocked bar; and a combination theater/dance club, which lets it host both live music and DJ sets, and proudly boasts the largest disco ball on the west coast. Bang Bang is also renowned for its specially designed entrance, a tiled tunnel staircase that's based on Tokyo's subway stations.

    Two of the hotels in the Gaslamp Quarter offer rooftop lounges with breathtaking views of the city.Altitude Skybarsits atop the 22-story Marriott Hotel, and is often acclaimed as the best view in town-when the Padres are playing at Petco, you can sit down and watch the game;Rooftop600, above the Andaz Hotel, is open-air but more like a club than Altitude's lounge. Both places offer fire pits, water features (a pool at Rooftop600, a fountain at Altitude), plenty of comfortable seating, and full bars with bottle service.

    If live music is of more interest, there'sProhibition Liquor Bar, a basement speakeasy-really, with a password and everything-that features live jazz, blues, and soul. Not far away,Patrick's Gaslamp Puboffers mostly blues, with some rock and soul mixed in.Tin Roofis more of a rock joint, with rotating nightly acts;Moonshine Flatsis country-themed (right down to billing itself as a honky tonk);The Shout Houseis a piano bar featuring two dueling grands. If big-name headliners are what you're looking for, the Quarter still has you covered, with theBalboa Theaterand San Diego's outpost of the popularHouse of Blueschain.

    There are other options for live performance than music, too. The aforementionedBalboa Theater, in addition to music, features performing arts such as opera, ballet, theater, and comedy. TheHorton Grand Theatre, a 250-seat off-Broadway venue, is the home of the San Diego Musical Theatre, which is exactly what it sounds like, and the Intrepid Theatre Company, which offers smaller, more challenging and experimental productions. And theAmerican Comedy an award winning stand-up club.

    The Davis-Horton House (formerly known as the William Heath Davis House)
    in San Diego, CA.

    But one need not restrict an expedition in the Gaslamp Quarter to dinner and nighttime hours. There is shopping aplenty, from retail giantsUrban OutfittersandOakleyto the local favoritesDolcetti BoutiqueandThe Wine Bank. There are art galleries:Michael J. Wolf Fine Art; Sparks Gallery; the gallery of artistTim Cantor, voted the best in San Diego; and-for the connoisseur, of course-theChuck Jones Gallery, which exhibits and deals in animated art. Museums include theChildren's Museum, theSan Diego Philippine Library & Historical Heritage Museum; and, most prominently, theGaslamp Museum, which resides inside the 1850 home of the district's original speculator, William Heath Davis, which was also later owned by itssecondspeculator, Alonzo Horton. (It's the oldest standing building in downtown San Diego.)

    A city to itself, in other words. The Gaslamp Quarter is a popular destination for all of these reasons, and its proximity to ICA's 2017 Conference makes it an ideal place for a visitor to begin exploring the exciting possibilities of San Diego.

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    Pre and Postconference Call for Papers

    Posted By Jennifer Le, ICA Manager of Conference Services ‚Äč, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

    Preconferences for ICA's 2017 Annual Conference will be held from Wednesday 24 to Thursday 25 May 2017. And postconferences will be held on Tuesday 30 May. See below a couple of the upcoming deadlines for preconferences/postconferences call for papers.

    Registrations for pre and postconferences open 15 January 2017.

    Preconference: Future Directions of Strategic Communication: Towards the Second Decade of an Emerging Field
    Read Call for Papers 
    Deadline: 9 December 2016

    Strategic communication has emerged as a global field of communication research during the last decade. Scholars from public relations, corporate communication, organizational and internal communication, public diplomacy, political communication, advertising, marketing, health and intercultural communication have merged efforts to build a body of knowledge that focuses on the deliberate and purposive use of communication to support the overarching goals of entities (companies, nonprofits, states, etc.). Universities have introduced programs that combine insights from some of these fields with specific knowledge on strategic thinking, planning, and alignment. Academic conferences have been arranged around the world, handbooks and textbooks published, and the International Journal of Strategic Communication, now in its 10th year of publication, serves as a platform for discussion and debate. Moreover, large-scale surveys like the Communication Monitor series across 80 countries in Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Latin America, and numerous other studies have provided empirical insights into the field.

    Despite these forms of institutionalization, there is still no universal understanding of the pillars on which the field rests. What are the core perspectives and benefits of strategic communication? How does it differ from traditional disciplines? What is the extra value of an integrated view? Are we using appropriate conceptualizations of communication and strategy? What can we learn from recent debates in strategic management and strategic alignment? What are the methodological challenges of researching the link between communication and organizational goals? How can empirical studies inform the debate? What are specific challenges of international and comparative research in strategic communication? How is the field developing in different parts of the world? What are the experiences from building strategic communication programs at universities in different countries? What do we know about the job market, and how can educators prepare students for the occupational field?

    This preconference will incorporate an interactive format to address these questions and build ground for the next decade of strategic communication research. First, panel discussions with proponents of the field, e.g. authors of the seminal article "Defining Strategic Communication" (IJSC, 2007) and editors of key handbooks and textbooks, will stimulate the debate. Second, contributors of conference papers are invited to analyze the current and past debate in the field, bring in new perspectives, and propose new directions. The focus will be on conceptual papers building a big picture; however, insights based on empirical data are suitable as well. Finally, all participants will engage in a moderated session to identify common ground and future directions for the field.

    This preconference is approved by the ICA 2017 organizing committee and is part of the official ICA 2017 conference program. It continues a series of successful ICA preconferences on strategic communication held in 2011 (Boston) and 2014 (Seattle). Each of these forums included participants from more than 20 countries, which facilitated a global perspective and contributed to the development of strategic communication as a unique discipline. We invite scholars across the globe to continue to build the strategic communication body of knowledge by taking part in this preconference.

    Preconference: The Consequences of the Internet for Authoritarian Politics: Comparative Perspectives
    Read Call for Papers
    Deadline: 11 December 2016

    The majority of extant studies on the consequences of the Internet for authoritarian politics has focused on phenomena of political communication in one authoritarian regime only. Against this backdrop, this preconference aims at providing a forum for scholars from across the globe to discuss, and develop, comparative perspectives.

    Preconference: How to Quantify the Unquantifiable the Methodology of Gender and Intersecting Dimensions of Identity
    Read Call for Papers
    Deadline: 15 December 2016

    Mass communication research is tasked with reducing complex constructs like gender to quantifiable categories. Similarly, research on media representations applies categorical systematics to dimensions of identity. Both standardized and deconstructivist approaches have struggled with these. The pre-conference brings together scholars from different backgrounds to inspire alternative approaches. We will elaborate on and think about ways to critically appraise intersecting dimensions of identity within the quantitative paradigm. 
    Keynote: Prof. Dr. Susanne Kinnebrock (University of Augsburg, Germany)

    Preconference: Research, Intervention and Exchange Across the U.S./Mexican Border
    Read call for paper
    Deadline: 15 December 2016

    The purpose of this pre-conference is to promote cooperation and intellectual exchange between scholars in the United States and Mexico. The preconference will feature research papers and media projects in progress along with a discussion in the latter part of the day for ongoing cooperation among those present at the preconference.

    Preconference: Innovations in Narrative-Based Intervention Design, Development, and Evaluation
    Read Call for Papers Deadline: 19 December 2016

    This preconference aims to highlight and discuss selected innovative approaches in designing, developing, monitoring, and evaluating narrative-based interventions to address complex issues in public health and social justice in today's societies. We also hope to bring together both scholars and practitioners to share the state-of-art projects in thinking and action as well as brainstorming on strategies to overcome the challenges in research and practice.

    Preconference: My So-Called "Gamified" Life
    Read Call for Papers
    Deadline: 31 December 2016

    The Game Studies Division would like to welcome submissions to our 2017 Preconference, "My So-Called 'Gamified' Life." This theme explores the increasing use of games and game mechanics within our everyday, non-game lives (e.g., using Pokemon Go to make walking fun). We invite research submissions exploring how games have been applied in non-game contexts, their design features, and the social/psychological effects of gamification. We also welcome game demonstrations for those who have created or incorporated games into their work, classroom, or other settings. The pre-conference will take place on May 25, 2017 in the Barra Barra Saloon in Old Town San Diego, and will feature two prominent guest speakers: Dr. Sebastian Deterding, Senior Research Fellow at the University of York, and Anna Huerta, Senior Game Designer at Zynga. For more information, please view our Call for Papers (Also at

    Preconference: Populism, Post-Truth Politics and Participatory Culture: Interventions in the Intersection of Popular and Political Communication Read Call for Papers
    Deadline: 31 December 2016

    The preconference will foster a dialogue between scholars working within different conceptual and methodological traditions in order to advance interdisciplinary debates and approaches to the study of contemporary popular and populist politics; building on this analysis the preconference concludes with reflections on how this analysis can and ought to translate into interventions on behalf of communication scholars in the political process and its communicative infrastructure.

    Preconference: ICA Young Scholars Preconference on Interventions in the Practice of Visual Communication Research 
    Read Call for Papers
    Deadline: 1 January 2017

    Intervention comes in different forms. Research questions aim to intervene in societal and philosophical problems, scholarly conferences and initiatives intervene within the halls of academia and the practice of contemporary research, and publication intervenes in both scholarly and public debate.

    As society becomes increasingly mediatized through both digital technologies and nostalgic returns to traditional folk arts, it is essential to analyze the specifically visual aspects of communicating in the social world. And yet, because of this same cultural and technological upsurge in visual communication, scholars who focus on the visual are often spread across ICA divisions based on the non-visual content of their work, from health communication to popular communication to rhetoric to technology and beyond. Scholarship is also increasingly presented using visual images, to both public and academic audiences. This raises challenges in communication and publication, particularly for young scholars.

    We aim to bring together a critical mass of emerging and senior scholars to discuss, reflect, and challenge each other on our interventions into the visual. In this way, the preconference is also an intervention into scholarly careers in the still-growing field of visual communication studies.

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    Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (JCMC) Call for Editors

    Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

    The ICA Publications Committee is soliciting nominations for the editor of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (JCMC). Self-nominations are welcome. The appointment is for 4 years, begins in August/September 2017, and will work through ICA's transition to Oxford University Press.

    The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication is a web-based, peer-reviewed scholarly journal. It publishes social science research on communicating with computer-based media technologies. Within that general purview, the journal is methodologically diverse and broadly interdisciplinary, publishing work by scholars in communication, business, education, political science, sociology, psychology, media studies, information science, and other disciplines.

    JCMC publishes original research articles and meta-analyses of prior research. It is highly international in scope, with authors and articles representing the broad global interests of the International Communication Association. According to ISI Journal Citation Reports for 2015, JCMCis ranked No. 1 out of 79 journals in the field of Communication and No. 3 out of 86 journals in the field of Information Science & Library Science. More details about the journal can be obtained at

    A complete nomination package includes a letter of application from the candidate, which should include a mission statement for the editorship; the candidate's vitae; 2-3 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

    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.

    Please send your nomination package at your earliest convenience to John Paul Gutierrez, ICA Associate Executive Director ( Review of packets will begin on 1 January 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

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    Q&A on Fair Use

    Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 13, 2016


    Dear ICA,

    I wrote a scholarly article analyzing and comparing coverage of recent police shootings, and I want to use images from different broadcast and cable news segments. I also have a blog, and on that I'd like to summarize (and link to) the research, and use actual clips. I've been recording and have the material. But do I need to get permission from the news organizations?



    Dear Puzzled,

    Thanks for writing! Fair use, the right to use unlicensed copyrighted material under some circumstances, is discussed in the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication, an ICA publication. In the first category, "Analysis, Criticism, and Commentary of Copyrighted Material," it is noted that scholarly work analyzing media is made stronger when the material discussed can be represented. In the second, "Quoting Copyrighted Material for Illustration," it is clear that illustrating an argument with copyrighted material is clearly transformative. Look carefully at the limitations to ensure that you're in the comfortable fair use zone your peers have defined.

    The same criteria apply to a scholarly journal and to a blog. You may, however, have to explain to an editor of a journal how fair use works; some editors are used to permissions as a default. Giving them the Code will help them learn and also to see that it's not just you, but the best judgment of the field that fair use is eligible here.

    Patricia Aufderheide for ICA
    Got a question?

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    Membership Column: The Winning Renewals!

    Posted By Julie Randolph, ICA Senior Manager of Member Services and Governance, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

    Earlier this Fall, ICA encouraged members to renew early by 30 September for the chance to win FREE registration for the 2017 Annual Conference. Members who renewed by 30 Sept. automatically had their names entered for a chance to win.

    I am delighted to share the three winners, randomly selected, one from each Tier*.



    Joined ICA: 2016
    Seinan Gakuin University
    in Japan

    Flavien Puel

    Griselda Guillen

    Joined ICA: 2014
    Universidad Autnoma de
    Baja California
    in Mexico

    Griselda Guillen

    Bassey Okon

    Joined ICA: 2009
    Directorate of Public Relations and Information
    in Nigeria


    We wish to thankeverymember who participated by renewing prior to the contest deadline. As members continue to complete renewals, please know we are thrilled to have you and thankful for your ongoing commitment to the ICA community!

    Grace period ended 1 December:The first of October marked the beginning of a new membership year at the International Communication Association. ICA provides members with a 60-day grace period to complete the renewal process. Any member with outstanding dues following 1 December has had their benefits suspended until the member's renewal has been completed and payment has been processed.

    Link To

    Need Assistance With Your Renewal?Please contact Kristine Rosa, phone: 1-202-955-1444, fax: 1-202-955-1448

    Our goal is to make this association your most valuable professional asset. We appreciate your input, as well as your membership. We invite you to contact us should there be anything we could do to enhance your experience with ICA.

    Thank you for being a valued ICA member and best wishes for the coming New Year.

    *ICA has a triple-tiered dues structure following the UN model for A, B, and C countries, based on the World Bank's indicators of Gross National Income. Residents of B-tier countries pay 75% of the A-tier price and residents of C-tier countries pay 50% of the A-tier price.

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    Student Column: The "Balancing" Question

    Posted By Tamar Lazer, Student Board Member, U of Haifa & Charlotte Loeb, Student Board Member, U of Mannheim, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

    Reading Prof. Patricia Maurice's advice column titled "The Baby-Before-Tenure Question: Balancing an Academic Career With the Realities of a Biological Clock" started an interesting conversation between us. As we are both mothers who are pursuing an academic career, the "balancing" question is always present in our lives. Here are some of the thoughts we shared in discussing this neverending dilemma. Each of us payed attention to a different citation from the article from her individual background and perspective, but as you will see our conclusions are not so different from each other..

    Charlotte Loeb

    "Always remember that if you live the life you choose, whether or not it includes having children and/or fulfilling your adviser's wildest dreams, you will be happy."

    Usually, when people realize that I am a mother of an already 2-year-old little girl they are quite surprised. I am still a PhD student and with that at the foot of the academic career ladder. I know only very few colleagues who also started a family during this intense and exciting time at which you start building a career in academia. Did I think about all the possible consequences for my life, my career, and my social environment before my partner and I decided to start a family? No. Would it be better if I had? I don't think so.

    For me, the most important thing to face this challenge of being a mother and pursuing an academic career at the same time is the support of my network: I have an incredibly supporting partner (who is, lucky for me, not pursuing an academic career) and who bravely took over parental duties at a very early stage, allowing me to resume my work and my PhD without being out of the game for too long. On the other hand, having a very understanding boss and colleagues allowed me to be quite flexible in my working hours and to arrange my work schedule around the opening hours of child care facilities, doctoral appointments, etc. Of course it is not always as easy as it sounds now. There are and will be times when I ask myself: Why exactly did I want everything at once? But these moments pass, and having a child at this early stage of my career helped me a lot to put things into perspective and made me realize what I really need to be happy. As Prof. Patricia Maurice says in her article: "In the great ratings scheme of life, you are the only reviewer who matters."

    Luckily I have never been asked by my family or friends whether I am going to quit working altogether and becoming a full-time mum. To be honest, I half expected such comments, especially because my grandparents and grandparents-in-law grew up under quite different circumstances and opportunities (or lack of such) for mothers on the job market. But me quitting and giving up my job has never seemed to be an option for them. On the contrary; my mother told me: "Now that you have born a girl it is even more important that you continue what you started. The world needs independent and self-determined women and the best way to teach them how to do that is to do it yourself and be a good example. If she has questions in the future you will be able to answer them from your own experience." Therefore, my advice to my fellow female and male graduate students and early careers is: Think about what you really want in your life, discuss it with your partner and just do it, you cannot plan everything in advance and even if you try to: It will never work out as planned! Tackle the problems when they occur, maybe the ones you thought of will not occur at all. Let me close with a statement from Prof. Patricia Maurice: "Always remember that if you live the life you choose, whether or not it includes having children and/or fulfilling your adviser's wildest dreams, you will be happy."

    Tamar Lazar

    "Never forget that you are incredibly lucky to have been born in a place and time that allows you to pursue an education and contemplate becoming a professor with or without becoming a mother."

    As a teenager, growing up in Jerusalem during the 1970's, when I went with my friends to the city center, passing by the local pharmacy I would occasionally surprise them by saying: "Let's go inside and say hello to my grandmother." There she was, standing behind the counter in her white robe, an educated pharmacist in an age when not only our grandmothers but even many of our mothers stayed home and didn't have a professional identity. My mother, with her PhD in Urban Economics and her long research and teaching career (both in academia and in government service positions), worked twice as hard to prove this idea that everything is possible. I was very fortunate be inspired by such women and I see myself obligated to also set this example to my two daughters and son, encouraging them to follow both their family and career expectations. "You will be a fourth generation of career women" I proudly tell my daughters, knowing they have already started contemplating the challenges embedded in this promise.

    Personally, I had my babies first and pursued a professional management and consulting career before I was ready to return to the academia for my MA degree and now my PhD project. This of course is not the recommended path for others, but only one option that worked well for me. All I can offer from my own experience is that instead of asking yourself the grand question of "what I most want out of life?" it helps to take a more goal-oriented approach and ask- "what is the best way for me to succeed in doing what I want?" In other words, think about your motherhood and career hopes as whole rather than as one or the other. Proceed in life trying to best invest all your available resources such as time, budget, family support, and workplace flexibility, to best achieve all your different commitments. It is a dynamic process in which your resources as well as your commitments change all the time, and so do your priorities.

    My advice is not to try and find a definite answer out front. Soon enough you will discover that you are not searching for the ultimate "balance" but for different balances (in plural!) that correspond to your changing situations along the way. The journey may sometimes seem too overwhelming but it sure can be exciting. For example, 10 years ago I didn't even consider including goals related to an academic career as part of my "balancing"-equation. Let me lean on Prof. Patricia Maurice's words in saying "Never forget that you are incredibly lucky to have been born in a place and time that allows you.." ? to keep your options open.

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    Member News and Updates

    Posted By Administrator, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

    This article includes new postings with the latest ICA member news, as well as updates on outside conferences and publications. All ICA members are encouraged to submit their latest professional news for inclusion in the Newsletter by e-mailing Jennifer Le at

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    Division and Interest Group News

    Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 13, 2016


    Greetings CAM Members -

    Your officers are busy at work planning another fantastic ICA-CAM, and look forward to seeing many of you in San Diego. In the meanwhile, here are just a few updates we would like to share:

    1. Congratulations! Warm congratulations to Nancy Jennings! Nancy has been elected as the next Vice-Chair of the CAM division of ICA. She will begin her new role at the close of the meeting of ICA in San Diego. Nancy brings with her a wealth of experience studying the impact of media on the lives of children and their families as well as public policies and practices involved with children's media. We are all very excited to welcome Nancy aboard and look forward to working with her in the coming years.
    2. Preconference! Yes - CAM has been selected to offer a preconference this year (Thursday, May 25th). Titled Invention & Intervention: Blending Research with Practice to Develop Effective Media for Youth, this preconference will bring together media producers, industry researchers, and children's media scholars from around the world in order to: (1) provide guidance and information to academic researchers on the sorts of research currently conducted within the children's media industry, (2) identify how academic researchers might be influential in conducting research that will drive more impactful media productions, and (3) brainstorm ways to facilitate improved communication between researchers and (media) practitioners. More details about this exciting preconference are forthcoming. In the meanwhile, if you know of speakers that you believe are particularly relevant for this event, please email their names to Jessica Piotrowski at This preconference is organized jointly by the Center for research on Children, Adolescents, and the Media at the University of Amsterdam, the Center on Media & Human Development at Northwestern University, and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center.
    3. Website! As a reminder to our members, please do check the ICA-CAM website regularly. We try to limit our email to our members to division-specific business only. However, there are often relevant CfPs and other relevant initiatives that might be of interest to you. When we are notified of these opportunities, we update our website as well as our (un)official Facebook page. In this way, we are able to keep the emails to a minimum and ensure all members have access to this information.
    4. Thank you! Finally, a sincere thank you to all of our members that assisted with the review process. Your support is critical to making each conference a success.

    Should you have any questions about the information included here or in general, please feel free to reach out to any of your CAM officers.


    The ICA Communication and Technology Division (CAT) is seeking nominations for the Frederick Williams Prize for Contribution to the Study of Communication and Technology and the Herbert S. Dordick Dissertation Award. The submission deadline for both awards is 11:59pm GMT, 1 March 2017. Self-nominations are welcome.

    For more information, please visit

    Frederick Williams Prize for Contributions to the Study of Communication and Technology
    Dr. Frederick Williams (1933-2010), former ICA President and founding Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, was a visionary who made significant and lasting impacts on new communication technology research. To honor his memory and outstanding contribution to our field, the Williams Prize is awarded on a year-by-year basis by the Communication and Technology (CAT) Division of the International Communication Association. It recognizes the major contributions and cumulative achievements of senior scholars who have advanced the study and the field of communication and technology.


    Nominations are solicited from CAT members; however, nominees are not required to be CAT or ICA members.

    Nomination Process:

    Nominations should be electronically submitted to Mike Yao (U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Chair of the ICA CAT Awards Committee, no later than 11:59pm GMT, 1 March 2017, with "Williams Prize Nomination" in the subject line.

    Nomination letters should include:

  • The nominee's full contact information, including name, surface mail address, email address, and phone number;
  • A 1-2 page discussion of the nominee's major contributions to the study of communication and technology, and suitability for recognition as a recipient of the Prize; and
  • A list of the nominee's selected works, publications, distinctions, accomplishments or other evidence that demonstrate the significance of the nominee's work and its influence on the field of communication and technology.
  • Herbert S. Dordick Dissertation Award

    This Award honors the memory of Prof. Herbert S. Dordick (1925-1998), a distinguished telecommunications engineer, public/urban policy researcher and intellectual, teacher and mentor. The Dordick Dissertation Award recognizes the most outstanding doctoral dissertation in the area of communication and technology completed and defended in the preceding year, and is presented annually at the business meeting of the Communication and Technology (CAT) Division of the International Communication Association.


  • Dissertation Eligibility: Any doctoral dissertation in the area of communication and technology, completed and defended between 1 January and 31 December of the year prior to the Award is eligible for consideration.
  • ICA Membership: Dissertation authors need not be members of ICA or the CAT Division for their work to be considered, but Award recipients must be ICA members at the time the Award is given (i.e., the ICA annual conference in the year after completing the dissertation).
  • Nomination Eligibility: Dissertations may be nominated by their authors, by dissertation advisors, or by other academic/professional colleagues familiar with the dissertation project.
  • Nomination Process:

    Completed nominations, including all required materials, must be received via email no later than 11:59pm GMT, 1 March 2017. Nominations should be electronically submitted to Mike Yao (U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Chair of the ICA CAT Awards Committee, with "Dordick Award Nomination" in the subject field. Nomination materials should include:

  • Full contact information for the dissertation author, including name, surface mail address, email address, and phone number;
  • A cover letter or statement (1-2 pages) by the nominator describing the significance of the work and its merit/suitability for the Award;
  • A one-page abstract of the dissertation;
  • A representative chapter or selected sections of the dissertation, OR a paper summarizing the dissertation study, problem/hypothesis and rationale, methods, and findings, of up to 30 pages in length (double-spaced, excluding references and figures; approximately 7,500 words).


    Check out their announcements weekly here:


    FSD Ally Award: Call for nominees

    The FSD Ally Award is given annually to an ICA member, who is not a member of the Feminist Scholarship Division yet. The award recognizes a person who directly or indirectly supports the mission of FSD through scholarship, advocacy, mentoring, or other related activities.

    The ideal recipient would meet one or more of the following criteria:

      (a) has promoted feminist causes within ICA and other academic organizations;
      (b) has conducted feminist research;
      (c) has actively supported women academics in their paths toward promotion, tenure, and leadership; and/or
      (d) has spoken in support of FSD's mission at ICA leadership events or other Division events (i.e., board meetings or business meetings).

    FSD will accept nominations and self-nominations by February 1. The nomination will include a (1) a brief narrative, up to 400 words, explaining how the nominee meets one or more of the above criteria, (2) current CV of the nominee, and (3) Division affiliations within ICA at the moment of nomination. The nominations should be emailed to the current Division Chair Natalia Rybas (

    The winner will be recognized at the business meeting and receive a certificate.

    FSD Teresa Award: Call for Nominations and Committee Members

    The Teresa Award recognizes work from established feminist scholars who have made significant contributions to the development, reach and influence of feminist scholarship in communication and/or media studies. The Feminist Scholarship Division seeks: (1) nominees for the Teresa Award for the Advancement of Feminist Scholarship; and (2) volunteers willing to serve on the Teresa Awards Committee to help choose among the nominees. Those wishing to serve on the committee should hold a doctoral degree and have a depth of familiarity with feminist communication scholarship. Those interested in nominating a feminist scholar for the award should inform co-chairs of the Teresa Award Committee, Marian Meyers ( and Carolyn Byerly ( nominating materials should be submitted to the co-chairs no later than 15 February 2017More information about the award and the nomination process can be found here..


    Reviewers are still needed. Please sign-up to review for San Diego 2017! It's not too late to sign-up, with only one week left to submit your reviews --- that's enough for one paper! :

    Sign-up to review here: And, don't forget to complete your already assigned reviews.


    LGBTQ Studies Interest Group welcomes newly elected Co-Chair, ?ukasz Szulc. Szulc is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and incoming Marie-Curie fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom).


    Thank you again to those who volunteered to review for the 2017 Conference. We had an excellent number of submissions--nearly 50% more than last year, so the group continues to grow quickly.

    We are co-sponsoring the Distribution Matters preconference. Though the call is now closed, follow news about the program at

    As we await the new ICA web client, we are maintaining news on our Linked In Group site--please join if you haven't already:

    We would like to do a better job promoting the work and new publications of our members since we tend to publish in a lot of different outlets--please forward such announcements to Amanda ( or Sora ( so that we can add them to our site or newsletter.

    Recent publications:

    Erin Hill, Never Done: A History of Women's Work in Media Production (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2016)


    The ICA Public Diplomacy Interest Group will hold its first conference sessions at ICA 2017 in San Diego and host a full-day post conference, "Bridging practice and disciplinary perspectives on the formation and effects of country image, reputation, brand, and identity," on 30 May 2017. Deadline for abstracts for the post conference is 30 Jan 2017. The post conference will bring together scholars and practitioners to discuss current challenges in public diplomacy and country image, with a focus on how to advance theory and research and how to contribute to the current practice of public diplomacy. You can find details of the call here -

    Chair of the Public Diplomacy Interest Group, Diana Ingenhoff (Fribourg U), and vice-chair Alina Dolea (Bucharest U), along with James Pamment (Lund U) will edit a special issue of the Journal of Communication Management on "Organizational responses and communication strategies to the European refugee crisis." Deadline for submission of manuscripts is 28 Feb. 2017. For more information, please contact the editors. Information about the special issue can be found here -


    Early Career Research Award

    This award is given annually to a scholar who has not yet earned tenure at his/her institution but has exhibited exemplary scholarship related to sport and communication. The award is open to all epistemological viewpoints and all communicative sub-disciplines relating to sport scholarship. The recipient should be a regular member and attendee of the conference of the International Communication Association. Self-nominations are welcome. Nomination materials should be submitted to Mike Devlin (, Chair of the Awards Committee, no later than 15 January 2016. Materials should include: (a) nominee's curriculum vitae (CV), (b) up to three samples of scholarly writing applying to sports communication research, and (c) three letters of recommendation. Candidates will be notified of the winner no later than March 1 and the winner should be present at the annual group meeting to receive the award.

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    Call for Papers

    Posted By Administrator, Tuesday, December 13, 2016


    U of Oregon in Portland o 6-8 April 2017

    The seventh annual "What is...? " conference-experience will engage communication, media, and nature by examining everyday life- our lifeworks and lifestyles - emphasizing the lifeworlds (environments) we live in. It will investigate how communication/media constitute and permeate all avenues and forms of life - from scale, pace, and pattern to the public, private, and organic. By building bridges through multidisciplinary networks, the event emphasizes how communication is instrumental in and for living systems. What is life and how is life mediated?

    What is Life? (2017) builds on last year's conference, What is Media? (2016), expanding a transdisciplinary notion of medium/media with special attention to its material, historical, and ecological ramifications. It marks the second collaboration with scholars from the natural sciences, life sciences, and the arts.

    Featured plenaries will include:

  • Douglas Rushkoff, Communication and Economics (Generation Like, FRONTLINE)
  • Jussi Parikka, Media Archaeology and Aesthetics (A Geology of Media)
  • Amnon Buchbinder, Journalism and Science (Biology of Story)
  • Salma Monani, Environmental Studies (Ecomedia)
  • Brendan Bohannan, Biology and Ecology
  • Toby Miller, Creative Industries and Environmental Studies (Greening The Media)
  • Gabriela Martinez, Cinema/Media Studies and Latin American Studies
  • Mark Johnson, Cognitive Science and Philosophy (Metaphors We Live By)
  • Brook Muller, Architecture and Design (Ecology and the Architectural Imagination)
  • Keynote address by Fritjof Capra, Complexity and System Sciences (Systems View of Life)

    Papers/presentations already accepted address: the value of human life, algorithms and e-waste, biodiversity, science journalism/communication, sustainable design and apps, Chinese rural experience, microbial ecology, women and work, STS and automation, responsibility and integrity.What is Life? invites scholars, government and community officials, industry professionals, alumni and students, as well as scientists, artists, filmmakers, grassroots community organizations, and the public to collaborate. We welcome submissions for paper presentations and panels, roundtables, and art installations. A wide range of topics and themes can be found under the Call for Proposals at the conference website (

    Send 100-150 word abstracts/proposals by 13 December 2016 to: Janet Wasko o

    Conference Organizers: Janet Wasko and Jeremy Swartz (U of Oregon)
    University of Oregon o Eugene, Oregon 97405-1275


    Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies

    Special Issue: 'Youth, Social Media and Gender: opportunity for resistance or reproduction of stereotypes?'

    Edited by Nuria Arauna (Rovira i Virgili U), Tonny Krijnen (Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication), Sofie Van Bauwel (UGhent),

    Our aim is to examine the contexts and cultural understandings that interact with young people's uses of social media from a gender perspective. We would like to cover different related manifestations and experiences related to youth's engagement with social media globally from a critical perspective.

    -Gendered and intersectional self-presentations on Social Networking Sites (SNS) 
    -Youth's agency in constructing gender identities and interactions on SNS
    -Double standards, victim blaming and assessment of peers' activities online 
    -Care vs control behaviour in love and sexual relationships on SNS 
    -Alternative masculinities, transgender and intergender identities on SNS 
    -Adolescent and young people's participation and engagement in alternative online communities 
    -Critical evaluation of revictimization through SNS of teenagers suffering sexual or gender violence 
    -Public controversies (media panics, institutional campaigns, press coverage...) regarding sexual aggression on SNS 
    -Emerging mobile social network services and transgressive gender subcultures

    The journal plans to include articles of 6,500-7,000 words (including references), as well as brief research notes or reports of around 2000-3000 words for the Viewpoint section. Full manuscripts for both sections should be sent in accordance with the Notes for Contributors to the email address by 1 February 2017. All contributions will be subjected to double blind peer review.

    Full text of the call attached and on the CJCS website:

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