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Membership Column: Renew Your Membership Early!

Posted By Julie Randolph (ICA) & Kristine Rosa (ICA), Wednesday, August 1, 2018

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

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

  • Online access to ICA's 6 Journals

  • Networking opportunities

  • Discounted conference registration price & CIOS membership

  • ICA travel grant eligibility

  • Service opportunities in leadership roles

  • Voting privileges, and more!

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

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

ICA Membership Types: 

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

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

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

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

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

  • If you are interested and qualify for the Employment Exception membership type please contact Kristine Rosa, membership@icahdq.org. Email a copy of your contract or a letter from your supervisor stating the terms and conditions of your employment, and include a completed copy of this form in your email: https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.icahdq.org/resource/resmgr/docs/Membership_Application_Indiv.pdf

  • Group membership types are currently being updated and not yet available for renewal. We will share more as soon as they become available.

ICA is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. ICA began more than 50 years ago as a small association of U.S. researchers and is now a truly international association with more than 4,500 members in 80 countries. Since 2003, ICA has been officially associated with the United Nations as a non-governmental association (NGO).

Questions: Our membership FAQs might answer your question: https://www.icahdq.org/page/membership_faqs   We are also happy to help, please feel free to contact us via email at membership@icahdq.org

We are delighted to welcome new and returning members to the 2018-2019 membership term!



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Student Column: Student Networking for Survival

Posted By Sarah Cho (U of Massachusetts Amherst), Wednesday, August 1, 2018

“No, no, no, no, no! Not now!” I was 33 weeks pregnant and my water had just broken.

“I haven’t submitted the final draft yet!” At the time, I wasn’t wise enough to realize that my dissertation proposal was the least of my concerns when facing such an emergency. During labor, I wrote an email to the chair of the committee to change the schedule. Although I knew he’d understand my situation, I was frustrated by the fact that my life was not under my control at that moment. I didn’t know that having and raising a newborn would be filled with so many unexpected (and also sometimes wonderful) twists. Within a few hours, before I even had the chance to hold him, my baby boy was brought to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with several tubes and lines hanging from him. I soon realized that I had become the parent of a preemie without even having a crib ready at home. I am and always have been a planner. However, when creating my “prenatal timeline,” I had scheduled most of the baby to-do items for well after my proposal submission.

My husband and I are both PhD students studying abroad, so we don’t have any family members here to help us with postpartum care. However, while we don’t have any blood relatives nearby, our fellow graduate students have proven to be our family. While our baby was being expertly nurtured in the NICU, our colleagues and their partners voluntarily came by to help us rearrange our apartment and set up a baby room. They brought tools, assembled the crib and a dresser like professionals, moved heavy furniture, and cleaned everything fast and flawlessly—right in the middle of the semester! They cooked healthy meals for me during my recovery (creating a daily schedule that lasted three weeks), sent heartwarming messages, and prayed for our baby. To top it all off, some of my colleagues, who have children, filled our nursery with tons of gently used baby supplies, from buckets of clothes and toys to a stroller, car seat, and endless cute baby items.

Am I alone in this country? I may be a stranger sometimes, but I’m certainly not a stranger within my grad student body. The support I’ve seen goes beyond compassionate friendship and partnership for academic success. These are my people, people who gave me something to eat and drink before I even asked. They knew what I needed because they could relate. Most graduate students live with limited resources and socialize with a limited group of people. But I believe in the power of sticking together. Having a strong support system where graduate students can share their limited resources and network together strengthens the possibility for them to prevail and succeed both in their daily lives and in their research. However, it doesn’t mean merely the graduates’ personal success, since the ability of early career scholars to endure means the survival of the future of academia. This is why I am interested in building student communities and helping them to expand from the graduate student association within my department to the larger society, such as with ICA. I’ve found that linking local/personal networks to a larger body of academia is critical for the sustainability of the student community. It has the potential to improve the quality of the local student networks by enhancing their access to human, financial, and informational resources while simultaneously offering the larger community more diverse perspectives and wider influence.

After a great year of experience as a student representative for the Language and Social Interaction division, I am honored to serve ICA as a student board member and as a leadership member for the Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC) for the next two years. During my tenure at SECAC, working in tandem with other members, I expect to help reinforce the alliances between early career scholars from all divisions and interest groups by creating strong relationships between them and SECAC. One of my desired priorities is to support underrepresented early career scholar groups so that they can strengthen their memberships while constantly communicating with the larger ICA community.

Oh, before I finish, let me update you about my little one. These days, my five-month-old studies everything around him—the analysis typically concluding with a watering mouth. His mommy successfully completed her prospectus and journal submissions over the summer. So, does it take a village to raise a child? Yes. And it takes an entire student body for a graduate student to survive in her program.

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Member News

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Book Announcement: Doing News Framing Analysis II: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives


Edited by Paul D'Angelo, The College of New Jersey

Doing News Framing Analysis II: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives extends the work of the first volume, providing a venue for scholars to discuss how they theorize and do research on news framing. Featuring original, big picture perspectives on news framing, each chapter is prepared by an individual or team of framing analysts who take a reflective look at their own empirical work. The volume covers framing analysis on the content and effects of news coverage of policy and issue domains (e.g., social protest, race, and health-related issues), visual attributes of journalism, technological platforms of news, and news coverage in international and cross-cultural settings. Contributors discuss the use of varying theoretical and methodological approaches, providing interpretive guides as to what news frames are, how they can be observed in news texts, and how framing effects are uncovered and substantiated in cultural, group, and individual sites.


New Book Announcement – Political Conversion: Personal Transformation as Strategic Public Communication

Stories of religious conversion have been told for millennia. Yet many prominent figures such as Ronald Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and Rick Perry have also used stories of their change from one political worldview to another as a communication strategy aimed at winning the hearts and minds of the public. This book is about political conversion stories in public discourse, in their evolution from and interactions with religion. From a historical perspective, it charts the development of conversion narratives from religious contexts to their contemporary applications as specifically political messages. Since these narratives continue to be used in the culture wars, this book examines several related autobiographies that contributed to the use of this strategy in U.S. politics. Each case shows how shifts during the postwar period called for conversion texts under varying guises, and illustrates how and why the majority of these stories have been of conversions from the ideologica!

l left to the right. Examining political conversion as a form of public persuasion, Political Conversion ultimately provides insight into what these types of civic-religious stories mean for democratic communication and communities.


Discount code: lex30auth18


New Book Announcement

"Petroglyphs, Pictographs and Projections: Native American Rock Art in the Contemporary Cultural Landscape,” a new book by Richard Rogers (Northern Arizona U), has been released by the University of Utah Press.  Using the tools of critical cultural studies, this book examines the interpretation and use of indigenous rock art (petroglyphs and pictographs) by non-Natives and what this tells us about contemporary cultural dynamics in the U.S.  Exploring both academic and popular discourses about rock art as well as appropriations and commodifications of indigenous imagery, Rogers explores the implications of the largely non-Native meanings, identities, and ideologies that are projected onto ancient rock art, with particular focus on contemporary gender dynamics and the neocolonial relationship between Euro-Americans and Native Americans.  In addition to rock art scholars, the book will be of interest to those working in critical/cultural studies, Native American stud!

ies, ethnic studies, postcolonial studies, gender studies, and tourism studies.

More information about the book can be found at https://uofupress.lib.utah.edu/petroglyphs-pictographs-and-projections/


Louisa Ha, louisah@bgsu.edu

New book

“The Audience and Business of YouTube and Online Videos.”  Use LEX30AUTH18 as the 30% discount code when ordered online at https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498576482/The-Audience-and-Business-of-YouTube-and-Online-Videos

This book is a thorough analysis of digital natives as YouTube audiences as well as creators of online videos.  Using a mixed method approach, the authors examine the underexplored business side of YouTube: its audience in the form of product review videos, comments on videos, YouTube and other social media and online video services such as Netflix and Hulu, brand videos, sponsored videos and online video advertising.  It is the first book that examines YouTube Red (now called YouTube Premium) and other YouTube services such as subscription, pay TV, and movie services.


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Division and Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 1, 2018



Dear Colleagues,


First, thank you all for making ICA Prague a success. Not only did the Division sponsor its 10th impressive pre-conference in 11 years (thank you Lars Lundgren and Christine Evans for programming the pre-conference), it held 12 well-attended sessions, and its first Blue Sky session (thank you Samantha Oliver for coordinating the Blue Sky session). A special thank you to past chair Dave Park for being a tireless leader. The Division is better because of your efforts.


With an incredibly successful ICA Prague now behind us, the Communication History Division exec team has begun looking ahead to ICA 2019 in Washington, DC. We have three items for your attention, described below, as well as a survey to enable you to sign up, comment, and/or provide feedback. The survey can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JsWJmpHcBRw8ov4COUJM8Y255LUc7Sg8F5t0W0wP9KI/edit


1)      Call for nominations: CHD Secretary. Following ICA 2019 in Washington DC, Lars Lundgren’s term as secretary will end, at which point Lars’ successor will take over. The election for secretary will open at the end of this summer. It would be wonderful to have a slate of candidates. We hope you’re interested in running. If you have any questions about the position, do not hesitate to be in touch.

2)      Call for proposals: Pre-Conference. The ICA pre-conference has been a staple of the Communication History Division’s programming. Not only have these pre-conferences showcased important and innovative work orbiting around a particular theme, they have also been instrumental in building a sense of community among division members. If you have a pre-conference idea, we would like to hear it. As has become custom, the coordination of the pre-conference is a collaborative effort. If interested in (co-)planning, you will receive logistical assistance from the CHD team.

3)      Call for reviewers. As always, we are looking for volunteers to review papers and panels for the Division once submissions are due. As most of you know, submissions roll in during the first week of November and are usually due about one month later. We are a distinctive division in that most other divisions rely on only two reviews per submission. We rely on three reviews. While this requires us to find more volunteers, the outcome is worth it. Please volunteer!! Note: graduate students are eligible to review.


Finally, again, please complete this survey (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JsWJmpHcBRw8ov4COUJM8Y255LUc7Sg8F5t0W0wP9KI/edit). It is quick and will be immensely helpful to us in readying ourselves for the planning ahead.


Thank you,

For Derek Vaillant (vice-chair) and Lars Lundgren (secretary),

Nicole Maurantonio

Chair, ICA Communication History Division






ICA Org Comm Division members,

Hope everybody is having a good summer! If you want to relive the highlights of the Prague Conference, our web and social media officer Michelle Fetherston made a great blog post about this which you can find here:https://www.icahdq.org/blogpost/1593083/Annual-Conference-Updates.

In this post you can also find the link to the brilliant Anniversary Video made by Craig and Mikyla Scott. And for your convenience, here it is as well – check it out at https://youtu.be/xyoRtfV2-ck!

Thanks to all of you who contributed to making this conference a success, and see you next year in DC!

Best, Bart

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Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 1, 2018


Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies

Call for issue CJCS 11.2 (Fall 2019) | Deadline for full proposals: 15 January 2019

Guest Editors Alain-G. Gagnon (U du Québec à Montréal) Marta Montagut (Rovira i Virgili U) Carlota Moragas-Fernández (Rovira i Virgili U)

All political conflicts are constructed through communication (Castelló, 2012). Therefore, the field in which this communication takes place becomes a central issue in media studies, and indeed can be considered the conflict itself. From this perspective, there are related topics that catch the attention of scholars: political mediatization (Mazzoleni and Schulz, 1999), relationship between media and politicians (Jamieson and Capella, 1997; 2007; Norris, 2000), critical approaches to political and media discourses (Van Dijk. 2005; Fairclough, 2001; Wodak, 2009; Charteris-Black, 2011), media systems and its political consequences (Hallin and Mancini, 2004; 2016), agenda and frame effects (Slotus and De Vreese, 2010; Esser and Strömback, 2014), social media and political activism (Cammaerts, 2008; Loader and Mercea, 2011; Gerbaudo, 2016), populist trends in political communication (Mény and Surel, 2002; Reinemann et al. 2017), etc.

The recent Catalan political conflict provides an opportunity to study how a particular case reflects the dynamics established between political actors, media and citizens in the public sphere (Castelló and Capdevila, 2015; Ordeix and Ginesta 2014; Perales and Pont, 2017; Pont et al., 2017; Xicoy et al., 2017; Micó and Carbonell, 2017; Moragas-Fernández et al., 2018; Dekavalla and Montagut, 2018; Valera, 2018). In this context, the three-year period that goes from 9 November 2014 to 1 October 2017 has witnessed a dialectical escalation between those political actors supporting independence and those who do not, entailing in a scenario of polarization and a deep crisis of political legitimation (Gagnon and Sanjaume-Calvet, 2017; Cetrà, 2018).

This scenario has been supported by media actors and so sets out several debates on journalism ethics and standards, political communication practices, fake-news as a propaganda tool, the influence of Catalan and Spanish media system features in inciting the before-mentioned polarized discussion, the role of international press media in framing the conflict or the discourses and narratives constructed around the issue by political, media and citizens. Beyond the public discussion about the political conflict, the Catalan “process” has also acted as a catalyst of organizational communication of popular demonstrations and protests, bringing special attention to the role of social networks and apps as mobilization tools. Moreover, the Catalan conflict has also generated comparative views with other European regions and international contexts, such as the Quebecois, with which it shares similar claims.

The main goal of this special issue is to collect different approaches to the communicative construction of the Catalan conflict from a broad point of view. We aim to confront different perspectives about one of the most controversial political issues in the recent history of Spain and so we invite scholars, researchers and practitioners from around the world to submit full articles and viewpoints on topics that may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Big Data and Social Network Analysis Agenda setting

Discourse analysis of political actors, media and citizenship Political communication and journalistic principles and practices Mediatisation of the conflict Cultural products and national identities Audience studies related to media products about Catalan politics Internationalization of the conflict Comparative studies with other stateless nations within a communication scope Political pluralism in the media

The journal plans to include research articles of 6,000-7,000 words (including references), as well as brief research notes, experiences or progress reports of 2,000-3,000 words for the Viewpoint section. Full pro- posals should be submitted by 15 January 2019 in accordance with the Notes for Contributors through the following link: https://callisto.newgen.co/intellect/index.php/CJCS/about/submissions. All contributions will be subjected to double blind peer review, except for the Viewpoint articles, which will be evaluated by the Editors.

Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies


Department of Communication Studies U Rovira i Virgili Campus Catalunya, Edifici Departaments Av. Catalunya 35. Desp. 3.22 43002- Tarragona (Spain)



Call for Papers: Special Issue of Social Media + Society: Marginality and Social Media

Social media and the internet have opened up new forms of empowerment and oppression that may particularly affect the lives of the marginalized. Marginality, as we are defining it, following Gatzweiler and Baumüller (2013), can be understood as the experience of disadvantaged (typically involuntarily) people or groups who are excluded from the resources and opportunities they need to participate as full and equal members of society. Marginality influences what people can achieve and limits their abilities to take advantage of the resources and opportunities afforded to non-marginalized peers.

Further, marginalized individuals and groups are often politically, economically, and/or socially vulnerable, as their susceptibility to harm is greater, often due to to their exclusion from critical resources.

Sometimes social media are a means for marginalized individuals or groups to address insufficient resources and barriers to participation. For example, social media have been implicated in new opportunities for building social capital (Gonzales, 2017), finding like-minded others (Blackwell et al., 2016; Clark-Parsons, 2017; Dhoest & Szulc, 2016; Gray, 2009; Jackson, Bailey, & Foucault-Welles, 2017; Pearce & Vitak, 2016; Pearce, Vitak, & Barta, 2018), providing social support (Gonzales, Kwon, Lynch, & Fritz, 2016; Hanasono & Yang, 2016; Rho, Haimson, Andalibi, Mazmanian, & Hayes, 2017), and engagement in advocacy (Blackwell et al., 2016; Fritz & Gonzales, 2018; Jackson et al., 2017).

At the same time, other research highlights the shortcomings of social media use for the marginalized as well, including harassment and discrimination (Duguay, 2016; Eckert, 2018; Fritz & Gonzales, 2018; Lawson, 2018; Marwick & Caplan, 2018; Nakamura, 2015), doxxing (Wood, Rose, & Thompson, 2018), surveillance (Manning & Stern, 2018; Marwick, Fontaine, & boyd, 2017; Megarry, 2017; Pitcan, Marwick, & boyd, 2018; Vickery, 2014), and the use of social media by people in power to further isolate the marginalized (Flores-Yeffal, Vidales, & Martinez, 2017; Linabary & Corple, 2018; Pearce, 2015; Woods, 2014).

These opportunities and risks affect marginalized people’s use of social media at all stages: access, skills, optimization, privacy, backlash, and development of features, applications, platforms, and tools to deal with unanticipated outcomes, etc. This call seeks manuscripts that consider either or both the strengths and the weaknesses of internet and social media communication for individuals from marginalized groups with the hope of building theory in this area that can ground and foster continued research and understanding.

We seek manuscripts that include a novel analysis of data and meaningfully engage with theory on marginalization. We follow Linabary and Corple's (2018) call to "study up" - start research from the lived experience of such groups for understanding. “Meaningful engagement” includes (but is not limited to): emphasizing the links between marginalization theory and communication research; testing the validity of communication theory not typically applied to marginalized populations; proposing new theoretical constructs that are relevant to marginalization in digital communication; and/or recognizing the need for theoretically interdisciplinary approaches to marginalization in communication. We also welcome manuscripts that engage with methodological approaches to marginality and social media (e.g., Brock, 2016; Linabary and Corple, 2018), as these are important building blocks for successful and ethical research. Finally, we also seek manuscripts that engage stakeholders outside of the academic sphere as collaborators, including policy makers, activists, non-profit representatives, as well as, of course, representatives from marginalized communities being investigated. Projects with a public outreach component that benefits marginalized communities or groups as a function of their investigation (e.g. community workshops, media engagement, etc.) are especially encouraged. All authors must follow basic precepts of ethical research at all research stages, and take into consideration community norms related to privacy. Basic precepts include: respect for privacy, secure storage of sensitive data, voluntary and informed consent when appropriate, avoiding deceptive practices when not essential, beneficence (maximizing the benefits to an individual or to society while minimizing harm to the individual), and risk mitigation. Members of marginalized groups may require additional safeguards to ensure ethical and responsible treatment during research.

Authors are encouraged to discuss these issues, and include a section on ethical considerations in their final manuscripts.

We seek submissions relating to social media and marginalization, broadly construed. Possible topics include:

  • Social media as a non-traditional way of accessing power

  • Barriers to social media use (tied to marginality)

  • Effects of social media use (tied to marginality)

  • Marginalized identities/groups’ use of social media for social support

  • Use of social media for advocacy or awareness-building

  • Use of social media to work around traditional gatekeepers

  • Privacy calculus or risk-benefits for marginalized online

  • Harassment of marginalized people or groups online

  • Self-presentation of marginalized online

  • Ethics/methods of studying marginalized people online or engaging with technology

Guest editors

Katy Pearce, U of Washington

Brooke Foucault Welles, Northeastern U

Amy Gonzales, U of California, Santa Barbara

Authors should initially submit an extended abstract of 800-1,000 words (not including references). The extended abstract should contain the key elements of the manuscript, research questions, methodology and the primary contribution of the manuscript.

The form will also ask for author contact information and abbreviated biography statements for each author describing their main research interests and background.

Tentative timeline:

Extended abstracts 800-1,000 words (not including references) due 28 November, 2018, 12:00 PM Eastern Time - upload here

Extended abstract authors notified of acceptance ~15 February, 2019

Full manuscript (~8,000 words) due 20 May, 2019, 12:00 PM Eastern Time

-- Reviews given to authors --

Revised manuscript due 15 November 2019, 12:00 PM Eastern Time

Contact: marginsocialmedia@gmail.com


Call for Manuscripts: Special issue - The Journal of Public Relations Research

Special Issue: Public Relations in the Middle East

Guest Co-editors: Ganga Dhanesh and Gaelle Duthler

Editor-in-Chief: Bey-Ling Sha * Senior Associate Editor: Sung-Un Yang * Associate Editor: Maria Len-Rios

The Journal of Public Relations Research invites submissions for a special issue on public relations in the Middle East. Although origins of public relations can be traced to ancient times in regions across the world, its academic study has been associated with twentieth century USA. Ethnocentricity characterizes much of public relations theorizing, which does not capture the broader gamut of the global enactment of public relations. This call for papers situates research in a non-Euro-American context and aims to offer richly textured, contextual understandings of public relations in the Middle East. A region steeped in history; one that gave the world its first system of writing; the cradle of three world religions; producer of a substantial share of world oil, the Middle East in recent times has gripped the world’s attention not only with issues of grave importance in conflict-ridden countries but also with transformative economic growth, especially in countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Significant differences among countries in the region in terms of political, social, economic, legal, cultural and media milieus imply the need to examine specific contextual factors that could impact the practice of public relations in the region, a need this special issue aims to address. Under the broad umbrella of the topic could be included theoretical essays and theory-driven empirical manuscripts that challenge, elaborate, redefine, or re-examine any concept related to the practice of public relations in the Middle East. We welcome approaches from varied theoretical traditions and methodologies. However, descriptive papers are discouraged, and priority will be given to manuscripts that create, test, refine or expand theory in public relations.

Manuscript and Technical Requirements

-Content shall further the Journal’s primary purpose, which is to create, test, refine or expand theory in public relations. Authors should explicitly articulate how their scholarship serves the purpose of the journal.

-Content shall reflect the highest standards of scholarship, regardless of the research methods used.

-Manuscripts shall be submitted in APA style and edited to the highest standards of English-language grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, word usage, etc.

-Manuscripts shall conform to the Journal’s standard limit of 20 pages of text (not including references, figures, tables). Manuscripts that exceed the standard page limit may be considered if the authors (a) justify the manuscript length in their cover letter; (b) report qualitative and/or historical data; and (c) keep to a reasonable length appropriate for the nature of the research method and the subject studied.

-Authors shall take care to indicate in the online manuscript submission system that their submission is, in fact, intended for the special issue on Public Relations in the Middle East. Failure to make this indication (in the cover letter AND in the appropriate selection box) will lead to the manuscript being entered into the Journal’s regular review process, rather than the special issue process.

Important Dates

-Initial manuscript submissions due from authors: 1 December, 2018:

- Decisions announced to authors: 15 March, 2019:

-Final manuscripts due from authors for publication: 15 May,, 2019:

-Publication of special issue: October 2019:

Questions? Email ganga.dhanesh@zu.ac.ae or gaelle.duthler@zu.ac.ae



15 November, 2018. Paris, France

Extended abstract submission deadline: 15 August, 2018

Full papers due: 19 October 2018


GigaNet – the Global Internet Governance Academic Network – is now accepting extended abstracts for papers to be presented at its annual symposium in Paris. The theme of this year's Symposium is:


By creating global compatibility and interoperability for nearly all forms of digital data, the Internet has created a new economy centered on the value and use of data. Metaphors of “data as the new oil,” however, can encourage policies of hoarding, bordering and nationalizing information. We encourage submissions of papers that take a fresher look at the global political economy and governance of data and its relationship to Internet governance. We encourage papers that address the international economics and policy of “big data,” the global impact of the European GDPR; industrial data sharing and the Internet of things; the economic and political impact of data uses by AI tools; the regulation of data sharing across borders, including data localization laws; platforms, data, manipulation and verification.

While papers related to the symposium theme are encouraged, GigaNet is a home for all scholars of Internet governance; its annual symposium is intended to build and showcase the entire field. Authors from any Internet governance-related topic and methodological or theoretical approach are invited to submit their work. Topics that are welcome include, but are not limited to:

* The role of sovereignty in cyberspace

* Trade agreements and Internet governance

* Cybersecurity and cyber conflict among great powers

* Multistakeholder governance and the distribution of power in IG institutions

* The transparency and inclusiveness of post-transition ICANN

* Policy issues related to domain names and IP addresses

* The role of Internet intermediaries in Internet governance


The Symposium will take place on 15 November 2018 in Paris, France. It will be hosted by the LIP6 Laboratory, Tower 26, Room 25-26/105 Sorbonne Université, Jussieu Campus, 4 Place Jussieu - 75005 Paris  


GigaNet is oriented around the presentation of research papers. We ask you to submit extended abstracts for review by the program committee. Extended abstract should consist of 800-1500 words. Each abstract must describe

1) The research question(s),

2) The data used,

3) The methodology and

4) The main findings of the paper.

Theoretical papers need not specify the data used but must have a clear research question and statement of the specific theories used and literature in which the analysis is situated.

Proposals should be submitted in English. Reviews of individual papers will be double blind. Therefore, do not include names or any other personally identifiable information on the uploaded file; be aware however that applicants will submit through the Easychair platform which will record their names and contact data and the PC chair will be able to see them.

All documents must be uploaded by 15 August 2018 to: https://easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?key=73893766.y85wWMA3X1na1rwk

We expect to complete reviews and notifying authors of acceptances on September 3. Accepted papers will be required to submit their final paper submission by October 19 to be included in the program.

GigaNet is an international association of academic researchers founded in 2006 to support multidisciplinary research on Internet governance. Its membership includes researchers from all over the world who are contributing to local, regional and international debates on Internet Governance. GigaNet encourages emerging scholars to submit their work to the conference. More information on GigaNet’s organizational structures and activities can be found on the website at http://www.giga-net.org.


Pre-Registered Reports Panel at the Media Psychology 2019 Conference  

MediaPsych2019, the 11th Conference of the Media Psychology Division of the German Psychological Society, will take place on 4-6  September, 2019 at U of Technology Chemnitz, Germany. The conference will be organized by Peter Ohler, Günter Daniel Rey, Daniel Pietschmann and Sascha Schneider of the Institute for Media Research. It will be part of a whole thematic week on digitization of everyday life with several ancillary academic and public events. The division and the local organizers cordially invite you to come to Chemnitz. A full Call for Papers will be released at the 51st Congress of the DGPs on 15 September, 2018.

Together with the Journal of Media Psychology (Editor-in-Chief: Christoph Klimmt) there is a special support program by the division for Registered Reports. All pre-registered proposals submitted to JMP until 31 May, 2019 are considered. Any such proposal sent out for peer review at JMP is automatically accepted for the conference to be presented at a special Registered Reports panel. Each panelist enters a competition for financial support by the Media Psychology Division to fund their study. For further details, see the Call for Proposals (https://tinyurl.com/jmp-panel-cfp) and JMP's author guidelines (https://tinyurl.com/jmp-guidelines).


  • 31 May, 2019: Submit your Pre-Registered Proposal to the Journal of Media Psychology

  • 15 June,, 2019: Get an invitation by the Conference Organizers to present your proposal in Chemnitz(note: if your Pre-Registered Proposal has been sent out for review, it is automatically accepted for presentation at the conference)

  • September, 2019: Present your work at the conference and compete for financial support by the Media Psychology Division

OCMC 2018 at Rutgers – Submission Deadlines Approaching

We encourage graduate students and faculty interested in organizational communication to attend the Organizational Communication Mini-Conference at Rutgers 12-14 October. There are two abstract submission deadlines for those graduate students wishing to share their work formally at the conference:

Tuesday, 3 July : Featured speaking presentations by advanced doctoral students (acceptance decisions on or around 15 July)
Wednesday, 15 August: Poster presentations by beginning doctoral students & master’s students and second-chance for any remaining featured speaking presentation slots for advanced doctoral students (acceptance decisions on or around 1 September)

Master's students welcome, too! We are planning a workshop on Friday afternoon for master’s students considering Ph.D. studies and other careers in organizational communication. There will also be a preconference that afternoon for doctoral students and faculty with interests broadly related to organizing and health/wellness.

More details and submission information can be found online at http://ocmc.rutgers.edu/. Hope to see many of you at Rutgers this fall for OCMC 2018!

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Available Positions and Job Opportunities

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Department of Communication
Assistant Professor

The Department of Communication (http://communication.ucsd.edu/) within the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego is seeking to make an appointment at the Assistant Professor level, to begin Fall, 2019 in the following area:

Media and Popular Culture: Areas of specialization are open but might include film, television, music, video games, streaming video, social media, fashion, or cross-platform content. Successful applicants will present a research agenda that builds on one or more of the department's distinctive, interdisciplinary strengths in visual culture, material cultural, consumer culture, cultural memory, political economy, and the sociology of media and culture while also demonstrating strong methodological skills that include or combine critical theory, industrial or archival research, ethnography, and/or textual and discourse analysis. Candidates will have (or will have obtained by the July 1, 2019 start-date) a PhD in communication or related fields in the social sciences and humanities.

The Department of Communication and the University of California San Diego are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. We seek candidates who will maintain the highest standards of scholarship and professional activity and make a strong and meaningful contribution to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales. To ensure full consideration, all application materials must be submitted electronically by September 15, 2018 at the following link: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply/JPF01783

Application must include: a two to three page cover letter; CV; statement detailing your research interests; statement detailing how your research, teaching and service would contribute to campus diversity goals; writing sample(s); and contact information for three reference letters.

UC San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Department of Communication
Advanced Assistant to Mid-Associate Professor

The Department of Communication (http://communication.ucsd.edu/) within the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego is seeking to make an appointment at the rank of advanced Assistant to mid-Associate Professor, to begin Fall, 2019 in the following area:

Critical Journalism Studies: Our ideal candidate will have an active and creative research and teaching program that focuses on the evolving nature of journalism in the age of social media. Areas of particular interest include: the shifting norms, genres, and practices of news production and consumption in today’s complex mediated environment; the changing boundaries between journalism and other narrative forms and cultural platforms for information dissemination; the political economy of news organizations and news work; the role of algorithms and infrastructure in the circulation of news; and the interactions of journalists and other actors in the production and circulation of news.

Successful candidates will have strong methodological skills that augment the department’s interdisciplinary program and strengths in cultural and historical analysis, institutional analysis (including political economy), comparative analysis, ethnography and textual and discourse analysis. Candidates from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Communication and the University of California San Diego are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. We seek candidates who will maintain the highest standards of scholarship and professional activity and make a strong and meaningful contribution to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales. To ensure full consideration, all application materials must be submitted electronically by September 15, 2018, at the following link(s): https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply/JPF01786 (Assistant level), https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply/JPF01784 (Associate level)

Application must include: a two to three page cover letter; CV; statement detailing your research interests; statement detailing how your research, teaching, and service would contribute to campus diversity goals; writing sample(s); and contact information for three reference letters.

UC San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Department of Communication
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Two Positions

Geri Gay Professorship in Communication
Open-Rank Tenure-Track Position in Communication and Technology

We invite applications for two 9-month, tenure-track positions focusing on communication technologies and digital media: the inaugural Geri Gay Professor of Communication at the Associate or Full Professor rank; and an open-rank position to further build and strengthen our communication and technology area. View the full posting and apply at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11361.

Digital Democracies Group, School of Communication
Postdoctoral Fellow

The Digital Democracies Group at SFU seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Professor Wendy Chun. Candidates must have their Ph.D. in a relevant discipline, a demonstrated ability to conduct high-quality research in Natural Language Processing, Data/Network Science, and/or Media Theory, strong written and oral communications skills, and experience working in an interdisciplinary setting. Annual stipend: CA$45,000, renewable up to 3 years. Please email CV, summary of research interests, and contact details of two references to mark_campbell@sfu.ca. Review of applications begins July 25 and continues until the position is filled. More details: http://www.sfu.ca/communication/employment/research.html

College of Communication and Information Sciences
Chair, Department of Advertising, and Public Relations

The College of Communication and Information Sciences at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa invites applications for the position of chair of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations (A+PR).

We are a faculty of 26 entrepreneurial and internationally engaged teachers, scholars and advertising and PR professionals with diverse research and creative perspectives. Our mission is to prepare our 1,420 undergraduate and graduate students to be highly competent, socially conscious, and engaged leaders to shape the future of global advertising and public relations. The department’s PRSA-certified public relations sequence, with 1,000 majors, has been a finalist in PRWeek’s Education Program of the Year in eight of the last 10 years. It offers a general major as well as communication management specializations in technology and digital, nonprofit, and sports and entertainment. The department’s advertising sequence, with 400 majors, offers a general major and two competitive specializations—consumer and creative. Our students consistently generate award-winning work and annually participate in the One Club for Creativity’s Young Ones competition during Creative Week in New York. The department’s M.A. program combines advertising and public relations and typically enrolls 15-20 students. We are also home to The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations. Our next chair must be a dynamic and compelling leader whose passion for the mission energizes the students, faculty and staff, to commit themselves to a shared, strategic vision of excellence in everything they do. That person will bring a vision that supports our existing high standards and goals but will also motivate us to achieve even higher levels of performance. S/he will be a scholar with a national/international reputation in their field of study who values innovation, creativity, rigorous inquiry, collegiality, and diversity and who has a strong commitment to collaborative decision-making and faculty governance.

The chair is the official “face” of the department and as such must be an effective manager and communicator. Responsibilities include:

  • Recruiting, mentoring and retaining faculty/staff;

  • Fostering an environment conducive to strengthening internal research culture and external research reputation;

  • Managing the A+PR budget and our development efforts;

  • Building and nurturing external relationships; • Representing the department to the College and the University; and

  • Providing vision, direction and execution of A+PR strategic initiatives.

We are one of four academic units in the College of Communication & Information Sciences. The college has 3,225 undergraduates, 100 full-time faculty members, and 404 graduate students, including 48 in the college’s Ph.D. program. Facilities include the Institute for Communication and Information Research and the 50,000-square-foot Digital Media Center, home to the Center for Public Television, Alabama Public Radio, and WVUA 23, a full-power commercial television station serving a top-50 television market. The university, college and departments are fully accredited.

The University of Alabama is the state’s flagship public university and offers the full course of academic programs and social life to its approximately 38,500 students. It is located in Tuscaloosa, which has a metropolitan population of more than 115,000 and offers excellent quality of life with many cultural and outdoor activities, as well as a very reasonable cost of living. Tuscaloosa is a morning’s drive from the Smoky Mountains, Gulf Coast beaches, New Orleans, Nashville and Atlanta.

A Ph.D. in mass communication or a closely related field is required. The successful candidate will be at the Professor or Senior Associate Professor rank and have a distinguished record of scholarship and professional reputation that warrant a senior-level appointment at a major research institution. The candidate should have the following:

  • An understanding of and appreciation for the value of both advertising and public relations;

  • A nationally/internationally renowned research record;

  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching; and

  • The ability to work in a collaborative and collegial manner with a diverse faculty, staff, and students.

The search is open with respect to subfield specialization. The successful candidate would be appointed to the permanent faculty and would serve as chair for an initial term of five years. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with credentials and experience.

Candidates must apply online at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu and must attach a cover letter and CV that includes a list of three references with phone numbers and email addresses. Please refer to the online instructions for applicants. Candidates selected for interviews will be required to submit a disclosure and consent form authorizing a background investigation. Review of applications will begin September 1, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. The new chair will begin serving in Fall 2019. Questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Karla K. Gower at gower@apr.ua.edu.

The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Department of Communication
Tenure-track Position

The Noah Mozes Department of Communication and Journalism at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem invites outstanding candidates to apply for a tenure-track position starting July, 2019.

For more information about our faculty and research please visit: https://scholars.huji.ac.il/smart/faculty

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree at the time of hire, and demonstrate an active research program, indicating the potential for outstanding scholarship. Ability to teach in Hebrew is required.

Deadline for applications: September 26, 2018.

Please see this link for additional information on the application process: https://bit.ly/2mtG5ey


College of Communication

Two Assistant Professor Positions in Advertising

The College of Communication at DePaul University invites applicants for two tenure-line Assistant Professor positions in Advertising, to begin August 2019.  We seek two colleagues with strong commitments to excellence in both teaching and research, who will help advance DePaul’s national profile in advertising education. Applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse student bodies are strongly encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will join a dynamic team of faculty who direct and support expanding B.A. and M.A. degree programs in Public Relations and Advertising (PRAD). Our M.A. program was recognized  as Outstanding Education Program of the year in 2018 by PRWeek Awards. DePaul’s location in the heart of Chicago, the nation’s third largest media market, provides unparalleled opportunities to forge strong working relationships with key industry professionals and offers students cutting-edge, professional training. Research and teaching support include internal grant opportunities and the college's own academic advising and instructional design staff. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in advertising, mass communication, or a related field is required. ABDs will be considered, but applicants must have completed a doctoral degree by the start of appointment. Successful candidates will have the ability to teach courses in advertising such as Media Planning, Digital Advertising, Research Methods, Account Planning, Writing for Public Relations and Advertising, and Creativity in Advertising for both undergraduate and graduate students. Candidates with expertise in media planning, digital and social media, and big data analytics will be given prioritized consideration. Applicants may also offer more specialized expertise in campaign tailoring such as creativity, health communication, sports communication, and ethnic advertising. The College of Communication is currently equipped with a research laboratory including hardware for collecting psychophysiological measures. Candidates who can contribute to this growing effort are highly desirable. Prior teaching experience in advertising at undergraduate and graduate levels is preferred, as is a willingness to contribute to program leadership and development. Professional industry experience is also desirable.

Application Process: Please apply using the online application form: https://facultyopportunities.depaul.edu/postings/2013

Applicants will need to provide 1) a letter of application that addresses your interest in and qualifications for the position; 2) a current CV; 3) three letters of recommendation; 4) one or more samples of published research; 5) Samples of recent teaching evaluations, if available.  Questions or any materials that cannot be submitted electronically may be sent to directly to the search chairs:

Sydney Dillard, Ph.D.

College of Communication

DePaul University

1 E. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604

Email: sdillar2@depaul.edu           

Phone: 312.362.8840

Juan Mundel, Ph.D.

College of Communication

DePaul University

1 E. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604

Email: jmundel@depaul.edu

Phone: 312.362.7192

Review of applications will begin September 17, 2018 and will continue until the positions are filled.

DePaul University is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Department of Journalism and Creative Media

Associate Professor in Media Processes or Effects

The University of Alabama’s Department of Journalism and Creative Media seeks a full-time, tenured associate professor who conducts scholarship in the area of mass media processes and/or effects to begin August 16, 2019. The successful candidate will conduct research and teach courses that explore and increase our understanding of a continuously changing media landscape. The ideal candidate should have a record of success in securing external research funding and should be able to immediately contribute to the graduate program. Relevant research and teaching areas include, but are not limited to: digital media effects and uses, media audiences, media technology,  storytelling, and data visualization.

A Ph.D. in communication or a closely related field is required. Candidates should have the academic credentials and professional reputation that warrant a mid-career-level appointment at a major research institution. Salary is competitive.

Questions may be directed to search committee chair, Dr. Andrew Billings at acbillings@ua.edu. To apply, visit https://facultyjobs.ua.edu. Attach an application letter, vita/resume and names, addresses and phone numbers of three references.

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


Department of Journalism and Creative Media

Assistant Professor in Media Effects

The Department of Journalism and Creative Media seeks up to two full-time, tenure-track assistant professors in the area of media effects. The position begins August 16, 2019. The successful candidate will conduct research and teach courses that explore and increase our understanding of a continuously changing media landscape, with a specific focus on the effects of media on audiences, publics and consumers. Relevant research and teaching areas include, but are not limited to: digital media effects and uses, media audiences, media technology,  storytelling and narrative persuasion, and data visualization. Candidates should have earned a doctorate in mass communication or a closely related area before the start date. Candidates should demonstrate strong potential for successful undergraduate and graduate teaching and for developing a program of scholarship that is suitable for tenure consideration. Salary is competitive.

Questions may be directed to search committee chair Dr. Wilson Lowrey at wlowrey@ua.edu). To apply, visit https://facultyjobs.ua.edu. Attach an application letter, vita/resume and names, addresses and phone numbers of three references.

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


Department of Journalism

Assistant Professor of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

The Department of Journalism seeks a colleague for a tenure-track assistant professor position in augmented reality and virtual reality, including the interaction between the old and new media systems and platforms. Successful candidates should demonstrate an innovative research, creative activity and teaching agenda. This tenure-track, nine-month position will begin August 2019.

Academic scholars and journalism practitioners are encouraged to apply. Scholars must have a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree. Journalism practitioners must have a master’s degree or equivalent and have amassed an outstanding record of achievement in the profession.  All candidates should possess the potential for high-quality research and teaching. The word “research” is interpreted to include not only traditional research and scholarship, but also to encompass professional journalistic work (labeled “creative activity” in the Illinois promotion and tenure guidelines).

Candidates should create a candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter explaining how the candidate’s academic training and background — including research, creative endeavor, teaching qualifications and/or professional experience — make the applicant suitable for the position; curriculum vitae, samples of work, and a list of full contact information for three references.  All requested information must be submitted for an application to be considered complete. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by Oct. 29, 2018. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.  

The University is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled www.inclusiveillinois.edu


Department of Journalism and Media Studies

Assistant / Associate Professor in Journalism and Media Studies

The Journalism and Media Studies Department at Marquette University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant/associate professor position in the in the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication beginning in Fall 2019. 

The ideal candidate will have a strong program of research in urban journalism and/or minority studies and be able to contribute to the University Race and Ethnic Studies program. The candidate should be able to contribute to the department’s professional and conceptual journalism classes especially in the areas of magazine writing and/or data journalism. The position carries a 3-2 teaching load. In addition to essential functions the candidate will be responsible for advising undergraduate and/or graduate students, contributing to university, college and departmental committees and establishing a personal/collaborative research agenda and may supervise a teaching and/or research assistant.  The successful candidate will provide leadership in the program by incorporating new technologies at undergraduate and graduate levels.  The candidate will have the opportunity to teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Earned doctorate or terminal degree. Professional journalism experience in the area of magazine or online journalism strongly desired. Demonstrated potential for teaching excellence and high quality research.

Review of applications will begin October 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications must be filed at: https://employment.marquette.edu/postings/10070  


Department of Journalism and Media Studies

Lucius W. Nieman Chair of Journalism

The Journalism and Media Studies Department at Marquette University invites applications for the Lucius W. Nieman Chair of Journalism beginning in Fall 2019. The department seeks a senior faculty member in journalism studies whose teaching and research speaks to the political, social, and cultural significance of journalism as an institution, profession, and democratic practice. The Nieman professorship is a tenure track position and comes with a competitive salary, a graduate research assistant, and significant travel and research support. 

The Nieman Chair is expected to be a scholar-teacher who helps energize department, college, and university discussions about the importance of journalism in a democratic society. Possible specialties could include urban journalism with an emphasis on minority coverage/minority news media, journalism history, the sociology of news, politics and media, media ethics, or science and technology. The Nieman Chair also envisions and organizes lectures and symposia in journalism theory and practice.

The Nieman Chair is expected to maintain a robust program of research.  Teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in areas of expertise and department need, which could include urban journalism, minority news media/coverage, politics and media, media ethics, media and society, digital media writing, reporting, or design is also expected. The Nieman Chair position carries a 2-2 course load and the expectation that the faculty member will contribute to university, college and departmental committees as needed.

Ph.D. in a relevant field and a strong record of scholarship and teaching that merits appointment at the senior level required. 


Review of applications will begin October 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications must be filed at: 



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President's Message: Highlights from Prague

Posted By Patricia Moy, President (U of Washington), Tuesday, July 3, 2018

With yet another intellectually vibrant annual conference behind us, I’m delighted to share some conference highlights with those might not have been able make it to Prague or attend a given session.

The Prague conference has much about which to boast. In quantitative terms, this past year saw a record-breaking number of submissions (4,803 papers and 434 panels) as well as the highest number of attendees (3,545). Thanks to the 32 Division and Interest Group (D/IG) program planners who creatively crafted high-density sessions and hybrid interactive sessions, we were able to accommodate more presentations than if we had only traditional four- or five-paper panels. That the vast majority of D/IGs included sessions directly addressing the conference theme, Voices, speaks to the concept’s relevance to our discipline. From Communication Law & Policy’s session on how weaponized intellectual property is used to raise and silence voices to Visual Communication Studies’ session on visualizing the voices of protest on global screens, the Prague program included a robust number of sessions that complemented those overseen by conference theme chair Donald Matheson (U of Canterbury).

If audience turnout and the length of the question-and-answer sessions can be construed as two metrics of success, then the two plenaries in Prague were hugely successful. Opening to a packed ballroom, the Thursday evening plenary, Communication and the Evolution of Voice, featured four vastly different panelists who shared their respective thoughts on the manifestation of voice. Guobin Yang (U of Pennsylvania), Peter Baumgartner (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty), Sheila Coronel (Columbia U), and Philip Howard (Oxford U) painted a nuanced portrait of how voice has been enabled and fostered, as well as suppressed and manipulated, over time and space. The Monday plenary, His Master’s Voice, featured Elihu Katz (U of Pennsylvania) illustrating how Paul Lazarsfeld has shaped the discipline and, in particular, the study of social networks. Following up with a discussion of the influence of Gabriel Tarde and how voice is being studied today, Katz’s talk was professionally recorded and will be included as a chapter in the conference theme book due out next spring.


On Saturday afternoon, ICA President Paula Gardner (McMaster U) delivered her presidential address, “Diversifying ICA: Identity, difference and the politics of transformation,” and the annual awards ceremony recognized the accomplishments of numerous colleagues. These included a record 22 individuals inducted as Fellows: Michael Delli Carpini (U of Pennsylvania); William Eveland (Ohio State U); Gerard Goggin (U of Sydney); Stewart Hoover (U of Colorado); Dana Mastro (U of California, Santa Barbara); Gianpietro Mazzoleni (U of Milan); Sheila Murphy (U of Southern California); Peter Neijens (U of Amsterdam); Daniel O'Keefe (U of Illinois); Hee Sun Park (Korea U); Stephen Reese (U of Texas at Austin); Rajiv Rimal (George Washington U); Kim Christian Schrøder (Roskilde U); Michael Schudson (Columbia U); Maureen Taylor (U of Tennessee); Esther Thorson (Michigan State U); Anita Vangelisti (U of Texas - Austin); Betteke van Ruler (U of Amsterdam); Silvio Waisbord (George Washington U); Rene Weber (U of California, Santa Barbara); Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick (Ohio State U); and Jonathan Zhu (City U of Hong Kong). The ICA Fellows Book Award was bestowed upon John Durham Peters (Yale U) for Speaking into the air: A history of the idea of communication (U of Chicago Press, 1999).

Hua Wang (U of Buffalo) and Arvind Singhal (U of Texas – El Paso) won the Outstanding Article Award for “East Los High: Transmedia edutainment to promote the sexual and reproductive health of young Latina/o Americans” (American Journal of Public Health, 2016). Natalia Roudakova (U of California, San Diego) received the Outstanding Book Award for Losing Pravda: Ethics and the press in post-truth Russia (Cambridge U Press, 2017). Peter Clarke and Susan Evans (both U of Southern California) won the Applied/Public Policy Research Award for their program, From the Wholesaler to the Hungry. Christopher Wells (U of Wisconsin-Madison) received the Young Scholar Award; Linda Putnam (U of California, Santa Barbara) was honored with the B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award; and the announcement of Elihu Katz (U of Pennsylvania) as the recipient of the Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award elicited a heartfelt and lengthy standing ovation.

Quantitative measures aside, it was extremely heartening to see two official conference hotels (another first for ICA) bustling with activity and everyone in good spirits. Several colleagues expressed their appreciation for the plentiful, seemingly endless buffets, and many took the smaller meeting rooms in stride. Indeed, in his photograph of a standing-room-only Journalism Studies business meeting, Paco Seonane Pérez (U Carlos III de Madrid) tweeted, “Who said journalism was dead?”

The Prague conference was the intellectual brainchild of not only all the program planners, authors, chairs, and discussants, and pre- and post-conference and Blue Sky Workshop organizers, but also the hundreds of reviewers who provided feedback on those thousands of submissions last autumn. As local organizer, Irena Reifova (Charles U) was tireless in her efforts on behalf of our association, and the ICA Executive Committee – Peter Vorderer (U of Mannheim), Amy Jordan (Rutgers U), Peng Hwa Ang (Nanyang Technological U), Paula Gardner (McMaster U), Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), and Peter Monge (U of Southern California) – provided invaluable advice and feedback throughout the year. Of course, the conference itself, with its millions of logistical details, would not have been possible without the keen oversight of ICA’s executive office – Executive Director Laura Sawyer and her team John Paul Gutierrez, Jennifer Le, Kristine Rosa, and Julie Randolph.

Next year, the ICA annual conference returns to Washington, DC and a single hotel for all its sessions. As president-elect, Terry Flew will be working with conference theme chair Hilde van den Bulck (U of Antwerp) to oversee a program that revolves around Communication Beyond Boundaries. On behalf of Terry and the ICA Board of Directors, I encourage you to share any ideas and suggestions you might have for the 2019 conference in an electronic survey to be fielded in the next two months. Although our conference, with its theme Voices, has come to a close, the principle lives on!

Whether the next two months are summer or winter for you, please feel free to contact me with any thoughts or considerations you might have related to ICA. In the months to come, I will be working with various committee chairs and Division and Interest Group chairs to highlight initiatives on which we are embarking, efforts already underway, and issues that arise perennially. We’ll report on these in the newsletters to come, so stay tuned!

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Lance Holbert Selected as New Editor for Journal of Communication

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 3, 2018

R. Lance Holbert (Temple U) has been selected as the new editor for Journal of Communication. Holbert succeeds Silvio Waisbord (George Washington U), who at the close of 2018 will complete his 4-year-term as editor of Journal of Communication. ICA thanks Silvio for his service.

Holbert is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication and Social Influence at Temple U. His research focuses on political communication and persuasion-based processes of media influence. He received his PhD in 2000 from the U of Wisconsin – Madison, and is an active member of ICA, serving as the chair of the Mass Communication Division from 2015-2017. He is the author of over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles, book or book chapters and has served as Associate Editor for the ICA journals, Journal of Communication, and Human Communication Research.

“I am excited by the opportunity and humbled by the challenge of the position,” Holbert said. “I

have had the good fortune of serving in a number of editorial roles to date - associate editor for Journal of Communication and Human Communication Research, guest editor for Mass Communication & Society, and (co-)editor of two books. These experiences have prepared me well for leading Journal of Communication.”

Holbert will begin accepting paper submissions for Journal of Communication in late 2018. His editorship will officially begin 1 January, 2019 and will continue until 31 December, 2022.

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2018 ICA Fellows

Posted By Cynthia Stohl (U of California, Santa Barbara), Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Board of Directors approved 22 notable scholars to be Fellows of the International Communication Association. This accomplishment is due in large part to the engagement of Divisions and Interest Groups that nominated deserving scholars from among their members, and to the assistance of several Fellows and ICA staff. We hope and expect that this momentum will be maintained in the future. The “Class of 2018” ICA Fellows are:

The synopses below are excerpted from nomination letters for each candidate. ICA greatly appreciates the care, thoughtfulness, and far-ranging commentary and evidence that were contained in these letters. 

Michael X. Delli Carpini  (Ph.D., U of Minnesota, 1980, Dean and Professor, The Annenberg School for Communication, U of Pennsylvania)

Dr. Delli Carpini is a leader in the field of Political Communication, exploring the influence of media and communication on the democratic engagement of citizens. Beginning with his award-winning book, What Americans Know about Politics and Why it Matters (1996), which has been identified as in the top 1% of most highly cited works in the Social Sciences, his work has played a significant role in shaping academic and public discourse surrounding the relationships among traditional and emerging media and the role of the citizen in politics. He has published five books, four edited volumes, 30 journal articles, 40 book chapters, and nearly three dozen reports, essays, reviews, and editorials, garnering more than 14,000 citations. He has received numerous teaching and research awards that recognize the originality, vision, and influence of his research including the highly prestigious Murray Edelman Career Achievement Award. His sustained study of citizenship stands alongside a career of practicing citizenship – to our professional associations, journals, students and civil society. In 2004, he was chair for the ICA conference theme, “Communication in the Public Interest.” He has built bridges to practitioners, other academic fields, and the public, as well providing an infrastructure for ICA initiatives and serving as an advisor to several global communication programs. His service contributions include Chair of the Pew Research Center Governing Board. He has played important intellectual, brokerage, and leadership roles throughout his career, building a powerful and diverse network of scholars that enhances our field’s research, our institutions, and our outreach efforts.

William P. Eveland  (Ph.D., U of Wisconsin‐Madison, 1997, Professor, The Ohio State U)  

Dr. Eveland’s research centers on how and why people engage in political communication behaviors and the implications of these communication behaviors for outcomes such as political knowledge, political participation, support for democratic norms, and political polarization. His most recent research emphasizes the role of interpersonal communication networks in exposure to disagreement along partisan as well as racial lines. His contributions to our discipline, built around a theoretically rich and methodologically innovative research agenda, have always tackled critical questions in mass and political communication. The significance of this work is reflected in the numerous awards and honors he has received including the 2003 ICA Young Scholar Award and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s 2007 Hillier Krieghbaum Under‐40 Award, and the Best Published Article of 2005 Award given by the ICA Political Communication division.  His sustained high‐impact scholarship, his rigorous intellectual commitments, his service to ICA and the field, and his mentorship of the next generation of scholars are what make him one of the most highly respected, highly cited and influential scholar in political communication. His dedication to the discipline, to training outstanding doctoral students, and to raising the level of conceptual clarity and methodological rigor in important and difficult areas is exemplary, and has been a model for students and colleagues over the past few decades.

Gerard Goggin  (Ph.D., The U of Sydney, 1999, Professor, The U of Sydney)

Dr. Goggin is one of the founding scholars of the important and burgeoning field of mobile communication. He has become a recognized figure in media studies generally and in disability and mobile communication studies in particular. His arguments and conclusions are an acknowledged part of the corpus of social scientific and cultural understanding of mobile phenomena and are absolutely pivotal in the area of disability studies. He is a highly productive scholar whose research is of the highest quality and consequence, whilst at the same time, at both the substantive and administrative levels, has shown a profound commitment to equality and fairness. His publication outputs include an impressive 17 books (3 sole-authored monographs; 4 co-authored monographs; 10 edited volumes) over 150 refereed papers and book chapters. He received the highly prestigious Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to explore new media and disability. His co-authored book Disability in Australia was awarded the 2005 Arts Non-Fiction award by the Australian Human Rights Commission and was adopted in the Australian Parliament to discuss policies around disability and technology. He is a tireless and generous mentor to many scholars within the field of digital culture. He also has a twenty-year involvement in communications and telecommunications policy, including appointments as a board member of the Disability Studies and Research Institute (DsaRI), foundation board member of the Australian Consumer Communication Action Network (ACCAN), and deputy chair of the self-regulatory body Telephone Information Services Standards Council (TISSC).

Stewart Hoover (Ph.D., U of Pennsylvania, 1985, Professor, U of Colorado at Boulder)

Dr. Hoover’s research lies at the intersection of media audience studies, sociology of religion and religious studies, and the anthropology of religion. His contributions as a scholar, as a teacher and mentor, and as an institution builder have all been key factors in ensuring that communication and media scholarship have been able to play a central role in furthering the understanding of some of the most important challenges of the contemporary world. Having thoroughly examined the landscape of religious media in the late 20th century, he was able to bring a historically-grounded perspective to the study of the 21st century conditions wrought by the Internet and social media. He is the author, co-author, editor and co-editor of 12 books and more than 40 articles and book chapters. He has received more than US$2 million in grant funding in support of his research. His methodological range has encompassed quantitative survey studies and more qualitative field-based research as well as larger scale cultural and societal analyses. He has served as the founding President of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture. Given the absolutely central role of religion as a social, cultural and political force in the modern world, it is gratifying that communication and media scholars are able to provide insight and wisdom that illuminate the challenges and opportunities we face. In this regard, he is unquestionably our leading scholar and representative.  

Dana Mastro (Ph.D., Michigan State U, 2000, Professor, U of California, Santa Barbara)

Dr. Mastro is a leader in mass communication research and has shaped the social scientific examination of how media portray underrepresented groups and influence people’s perceptions of these groups, particularly Latinx, in U.S. culture. She has advanced scholarship in this area through her well-designed studies of the media’s role in shaping real-world interracial/interethnic dynamics. Her work is theoretically rich, methodologically sophisticated, and socially relevant as the imbalance of racial/ethnic representations in media messages persists. She triangulates quantitative content analysis, survey, and experimental methods, using self-report, implicit, and physiological measures to investigate media influence on cognitions and intergroup relations. Her work has been funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Institute for Children, Youth, and Families. She has invested considerably in conducting socially significant research that, in addition to making scientific contributions, informs sponsoring agencies and publics about the importance of mediated communication in reflecting and shaping racial/ethnic identity and intergroup perceptions. She is an exceptional and inspirational mentor and advisor to students as well as to her peers. In 2015 she was awarded the National Communication Association Mass Communication Division Teaching Award.  She has also been very active in her service to the discipline. She has served as a member of the editorial board of eight journals and was the Secretary for the Mass Communication Division of ICA and the Chair of the Mass Communication Division of NCA.


Gianpietro Mazzoleni  (Ph.D., U of Rome, 1974, Professor U of Milan)

Dr. Mazzoleni is one of the very few internationally renowned experts in Italian political communication and media. The significance of his theoretical work on mediatization and media populism is globally recognized.  He first gained the attention of communication science through his groundbreaking article “Media Logic and Party Logic in Campaign Coverage: The Italian General Election 1983” in the European Journal of Communication (1987). He is the author, co-author, and editor of numerous books in Italian and in English, notably he was Editor-in-Chief of The International Encyclopedia of Political Communication (Wiley 2016). Other of his books in English include Journalists and Media Accountability (2014), The Politics of Representation (2004), The Media in Europe (2004), and The Media and Neo-Populism (2003). He has published some one hundred book chapters, research articles, essays, reviews and commentaries, many of them in leading refereed academic journals throughout the world. He has served as chair and vice chair of  ICA’s Political Communication Division, chair of ICA’s Nominating Committee, chaired the Euromedia Research Group for six years, and is currently President of the Italian Association of Political Communication. He deserves enormous gratitude for his tireless activity of institution building aimed at creating research networks and encouraging cooperation among scholars. In 2007 he founded  the Summer School in Political Communication and Electoral Behaviour, which is now organized in co-partnership with U of Milan and the Political Communication Division of ICA.

Sheila Murphy (Ph.D., U of Michigan, 1990, Professor, U of Southern California)

Dr. Murphy's work has centered on the intersections of health and communication with a special focus on how minorities can be better served by media. Her research ranges from interest in strategic communication, to media portrayals of minorities and the impact of these portrayals, to concerns about increasing diversity and equity in health information and cultural sensitivity. She has been a pioneer using new methods and technologies. Over two decades ago she investigated the use of multimedia platforms for advancing safe-sex. She was the first investigator of narrative persuasion to produce her own short films for research collaborating with professional film-makers to prepare experimental stimuli. She is innovative not only in her research but is known for her institutional innovation. For many years she has been one of the leading forces behind the Hollywood Health & Society initiative that has helped bring together major players in the entertainment industry and medical experts in the hope of ensuring that medical information in media content is as accurate as possible. Because of the quality and quantity of her theoretically-driven applied communication research the American Public Health Association awarded her the Everett M. Rogers Award in 2015 for her scholarly achievements in health communication research. In addition to regularly publishing in top communication and health journals, she has attained millions of dollars in federal funding to support her work. Her impact as a researcher is not limited to her scholarly publications, it includes excellent mentorship and training of young scholars.  

Peter Neijens (Ph.D., U of Amsterdam, 1987, Professor, U of Amsterdam)

Dr. Neijens’ research interests include persuasive communication, focusing on media uses and effects in the realm of advertising and public opinion. His work has yielded many original insights on the role of (new) media including eWOM, digital advertising, and augmented reality. His innovative articles have garnered several awards including the Worcester Prize of the International Journal of Public Opinion Research (1997), the Baschwitz (2016), and the Dutch EMMA Award for the best research in the field of Media & Advertising (1996, 1999). He was awarded the first NeFCA Career Award for a lifetime of scholarly achievement in Communication Science. This award recognizes Dutch and Belgian scholars who have shown substantive and quantifiable contributions, scientific as well as societal, to the field of communication studies in the Netherlands and Flanders. He is one of the founders and has served as scientific director of the internationally renowned research institute, the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR). In this capacity, he has been highly influential in advancing communication scholarship conducted within the Netherlands. Beyond serving as ASCoR’s scientific director for a decade, he founded and directed the Graduate School of Communication. He has been editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Public Opinion Research and is a member of numerous editorial boards, including ICA’s Annals of the International Communication Association. He has been an important presence at our annual meetings, and a valued member of our Association’s community.

Dan O'Keefe (Ph.D., U of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1976, Owen L. Coon Professor of Argumentation and Debate, Northwestern U)

Dr. O’Keefe’s research focuses on organizing and synthesizing the substantial body of work derived from persuasion studies—the effects of messages on persuasion and the distinctive problems associated with the development of dependable generalizations about persuasive message effects. Since his first publication 43 years ago, he has averaged just over two new scholarly works every year–most appearing in our field’s flagship journals and other top-flight outlets. This productivity includes a well-known and respected book on persuasion, as well as various meta-analyses, commentaries, and essays addressing key areas of research relevant to communication researchers including gain/loss framing, message research design, guilt appeals, argumentation, and research methodology. He has received an impressive list of research awards from the International Communication Association and National Communication Association, as well as the International Society for the Study of Argumentation, and the American Forensic Association. The enduring quality of his research and insight is exceptional. He published his book on persuasion theory and research in 1990, a book now in its third edition (2016). This book is widely used and continues to be updated, often cited as an authoritative source and review of persuasion research by people within the fields of communication, psychology, public health, medicine, human-computer interaction, and other allied fields. In 2016 he was awarded the Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence at Northwestern U.

Hee Sun Park (Ph.D., U of California, Santa Barbara, 2003, Professor, Korea U)

Dr. Park’s is an influential leader in several sub-fields of the communication discipline. Her research integrates the study of intercultural communication with interpersonal and health communication, as found in her work on apologies, organ donation, attitude change, and politeness. In addition, her research on deception detection has produced significant results on detection accuracy and the process that people use to detect lies. Her work on the veracity effect—the bias that people have to overjudge the truth of a statement or a behavior, and thereby to underestimate the proportion of lie—has resulted in critical studies that elucidate this interpersonal process. Dr. Park’s scholarly record is outstanding: She has published 101 refereed journal articles as well as two book chapters. Her publications appear in the premier general journals of the communication discipline, including a large number of articles in outlets specializing in intercultural communication and health communication. She has received top paper or distinguished article awards from ICA divisions seven times and from NCA divisions ten times, and is a former recipient of the ICA Young Scholar Award. Professor Park’s recognition as a scholar and her service to the discipline are also evidenced by her editorial board service. She has served on the boards of nine journals, including three leading journals in intercultural communication and three general journals of our discipline.

Stephen Reese (Ph.D., U of Wisconsin at Madison, 1982, Jesse H. Jones Professor, U of Texas as Austin)

Dr. Reese is a leading theorist of political communication, media sociology, and the factors that shape media content. His early survey and experimental approaches to political communication provided studies of learning from news, media reliance, and attitudes toward technology. This work transitioned into addressing press performance more directly with a critical sociology of journalism approach, particularly within a globalized news arena. Along the way he has contributed both empirical insights and more synthetic theoretical overviews that add broader explication of concepts, leading to over 12,000 citations to his work. The breadth and impact of his work is far ranging. His publications include four authored or edited books, 20+ chapters, and 50+ articles. Bridging both quantitative and qualitative perspectives, his most important work has centered on media sociology, news framing, and media globalization. His primary contributions are related theories of framing, agenda setting and gatekeeping. He has also contributed to our understanding of the journalistic paradigm and how it is evolving. Taken together, his scholarly writings give us a larger understanding of both media and public spheres. For his innovative contributions he is one of only five scholars to have received both the Krieghbaum Under-40 Award and the Paul Deutschmann Career Award for excellence in research from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Rajiv Rimal (Ph.D., Stanford U, 1995, Professor, George Washington U)

Dr. Rimal is best known for his important contributions to health communication scholarship, particularly the development of new theory on both social norms and risk perception. He is the author of the Theory of Normative Social Behavior, which has been been applied in a variety of settings to understand and subsequently make an impact in social normative change. His work has centered around identifying the ways in which communication campaigns influence personal and social change, understanding the roles that social systems play in influencing behaviors, and on the ways in which risk and efficacy perceptions can be influenced through communication. He has an excellent publication record in the premier journals in our field but also in diverse journals in public health (including the prestigious Lancet Global Health and the World Health Organization Bulletin). His bold and programmatic research on social norms has resulted in high citation indices, awards in both our discipline and public health, and recognition by external funding organizations. He is the recipient of the Everett M. Rogers Award in Public Health Education and Health Promotion, awarded by the American Public Health Association. His mentoring challenges people to be thoughtful about our scholarship and decisions. What may not be apparent from his vita, is that many of his publications include students at all levels as well as many junior faculty members. His ability to engage in intellectual discussion with colleagues at all levels is one of his strengths and something that distinguishes him from other scholars.


Kim Christian Schrøder (MA Aarhus U,  Professor, Roskilde U)

Professor Schrøder has written on a host of subjects ranging from Facebook interactions relative to museums to the avoidance of news, from public policy issues pertaining to the Internet, new media and communication to the theoretical and methodological aspects of qualitative audience research. His work is both prolific and penetrating and  has commanded interest from numerous sub-groupings of communication scholars as well as policymakers. His crossing over between public, media, and scholarly spheres has yielded fruitful results. He has examined the scope of freedom of expression as well as threats to it. This line of work has led to his receipt of the George Orwell award for his Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language.  This award was given by the National Council of Teachers of English specifically recognizing his path-breaking book, The Language of Advertising (1985).  He has also been highly engaged in service to the field including being Co-director of DREAM (Danish Research Centre for Education and Advanced Media Materials) and Co-founder of CoMundus, the Erasmus Mundus Programme: European Master in Media and Communication. In 2013 he was designated a Knight of the Dannebrog Order, awarded by the Queen of Denmark for “meritorious civil or military service, for a particular contribution to the arts, sciences or business life or for those working for Danish interests.” Most recently, he has received a fellowship at Oxford’s prestigious Reuters Institute.

Michael Schudson (Ph.D., Harvard U, 1976, Professor, Columbia U)

Dr. Schudson is one of the leading cultural sociologists and communication scholars of our time, His scholarship provides a rich, impeccably researched and provocatively argued picture of the landscapes on which cultural practice takes shape, crafting a textured understanding of the internal and external contingencies that go into its making. Not only has he productively complicated our understanding of culture and communication, but he has transformed the state of journalism’s study in our field, deeply embedding it in a rich socio-cultural and historical context that is the earmark for thinking about its content, form and evolution. He is the author of seven books and co-editor of three others concerning the history and sociology of the American news media, advertising, popular culture, Watergate and cultural memory. He is the recipient of a number of honors; he has been a Guggenheim fellow, a resident fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, and a MacArthur Foundation "genius" fellow.  His book, Discovering the News: A Social History of American Newspapers (1978) remains a seminal examination of the penny press, translated into Italian, Chinese, and Portuguese and recipient of the ICA Fellows Book Award in 2016. The book constituted one of the first major studies to address the critical/cultural aspects of journalism’s evolution, and it offset much of the core of then-existing more celebratory scholarship on US news, melding journalism with the political, technological, social and economic environments with which it coexisted. The book remains one of the singly most-cited publications from our discipline and elsewhere in the academy.

Maureen Taylor (Ph.D., Purdue U, 1996, Beaman Professor and Director - School of Advertising and Public Relations, U of Tennessee)

Dr. Taylor’s scholarship lies at the intersection of public relations, issues management, and organizational communication. Her pioneering approach draws from research on organizational relationships, stakeholders, strategic management, networks, and diplomacy. Throughout her career she has utilized a network ecology framework to position global public relations in communication theory and in the larger frame of the social sciences. She had the foresight to enter into areas of diplomacy, nation  building, and global stakeholder engagement from a communication-centered approach and her work has had both short- and long-term theoretical and practical impact. She also has expertly brought her network approach to work on global ethical values in business and professional associations. She has mapped the structure of public relations associations’ international networks and has dealt seriously with the ethical issues associated with public relations professionalism. She has published four edited books and three special issues, 62 journal articles and 27 book chapters. In 2010, she received the Pathfinder Award, presented by the Institute for Public Relations in recognition of her “original program of scholarly research that has made a significant contribution to the body of knowledge and practice of public relations.” As a mentor and teacher, she has contributed to the global scope of the study of public relations and has received two teaching awards. Her contribution have also served the discipline in terms of building academic connections throughout the world. She has played an important leadership role in Public Relations as both an editor and officer in the ICA Public Relations Division.

Esther Thorson (Ph.D., U of Minnesota, 1975, Professor, Michigan State U)

Dr. Thorson has had a tremendous impact on persuasion studies, particularly in the context of advertising, the internet, and newspaper management and perceptions of news quality. A prolific scholar, she has published more than 100 referred articles, more than 40 books chapters, and wrote or edited 12 books. For more than 35 years, her research has been at the cutting edge of the intersection between communication, advertising, and psychology. One of her first research programs applied psychological principles of perception and cognition to understand how people process advertising messages. This research helped set the stage for the emergence of media psychology as an area of within our discipline. Her co-edited volume Interactive Advertising established the agenda for research on advertising and the internet. Her research has been cited close to 9,000 times and has received countless awards. Esther was a trailblazer for female scholars in advertising, and is still the only female fellow in the American Academy of Advertising. In 2008 she received the “Outstanding Woman of the Year in Journalism Education” from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Commission on the Status of Women. She has also received  the American Academy of Advertising’s Outstanding Contribution to Research Award.  She is an active reviewer for ICA journals and presented over 80 papers at ICA conferences. She has been an excellent mentor and teacher. She will be directing her 50th dissertation this year. In 2004 she received the American Advertising Federation Distinguished Advertising Education Award.

Anita Vangelisti (Ph.D., U of Texas, 1989, Jesse H. Jones Centennial Professor of Communication, U of Texas at Austin)

Dr. Vangelisti’s scholarship focuses broadly on interpersonal communication and relationships, addressing the associations between communication and emotion in the context of close, personal relationships. She has a knack for identifying/conceptualizing important communication phenomena (e.g., hurtful communication, family secrets) and then conducting a series of sustained, well-conceived studies that offer insights and motivate additional inquiry by her colleagues in communication and allied disciplines. Based on metrics, she clearly has established an impressive record of scholarship. Her works have been cited over 5,000 times; 17 of her articles and chapters have been cited 100 or more times and 33 have been cited 50 or more times. Throughout her career she has received many awards attesting to the quality and impact of her research. In 2008, she was named a Distinguished Scholar and in 2016 she received the association-wide Mark L. Knapp Award in Interpersonal Communication from of the National Communication Association. ICA has benefitted from her service contributions, as have other professional associations. She has chaired ICA’s Publications Committee, as well as serving as a frequent reviewer, panel chair, respondent, and as a member of top dissertation selection committees. She is  a past president and a Fellow of the International Association for Relationship Research. She has also been recognized for outstanding teaching and mentorship. Amongst other awards, she received the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award from the U of Texas System.

Betteke van Ruler (Ph.D., Radboud U, 1996, Professor, U of Amsterdam)

Dr. van Ruler has been at the forefront of the theoretical development of the field of public relations and strategic management. Highly respected among public relations and organizational scholars in Communication and related disciplines and honored by professional associations and practitioners, Professor van Ruler has not only been a central figure in bringing a cross-national and global perspectives to the study of public relations, she has been a dynamic force in transforming the theoretical and communicative frames that typified the study and practice of public relations. Moving from the traditional American-centric managerial view of the Public Relations field, she has been instrumental in the reframing of public relations as a reflexive process that is embedded in society at large and whose research must be grounded in the theoretical insights of social theory, the methodological rigor of social scientists, and the practical and ethical concerns of civil society. She has been extremely prolific throughout her career. She has authored or co-edited 11 books in English and more than 20 books in Dutch, published over 100 articles and  dozens of encyclopedia entries and short pieces in professional outlets. She is an institution builder, working tirelessly in both academic and practitioner settings, mentoring scholars and PR professionals to enhance the identity and scholarly integrity and professionalism of public relations and strategic communication. She was President of European Public Relations Education and Research Association (EUPRERA), and co-founder of the European Communication Monitor.

Silvio Waisbord (Ph.D., U of California, San Diego, 1993, Professor and Associate Director School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington U)

Dr. Waisbord is one of the preeminent scholars in comparative and international studies of journalism and political communication as he has made significant contributions to the study of media performance and the role of journalism in democratic governance. He is among the very few scholars in the international scientific community who have published on media in Latin America in English. He applies a political-economic perspective to account for the tremendous changes of globalisation for the regulation of communication. He has lectured and worked in more than 30 countries, published 13 books and written over 100 journal articles, book chapters and newspaper columns. In 2017 he received the AEJMC-Knudson Latin America Prize, for Media Movements: Civil Society and Media Reform in Latin America. He serves on the advisory board of the Latin American program of Open Society Foundations. He has been the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Communication and the International Journal of Press/Politics and he has served on many boards of international including journals in the US, UK, Brazil, and Italy. For many years he was the organiser and intellectual motor of the International Journal of Press/Politics and his insights and judgments were responsible for the flourishing of these journals and for their high quality and their excellent scientific agenda. Moreover, he has served on endless evaluation committees, editorial boards, advisory bodies and thereby invested enormous time and personal energy for making the profession a better one.


Rene Weber (Ph.D., Berlin U of Technology, 2000, M.D. RWTH U Aachen, 2008, Professor, U of California, Santa Barbara)

Through his substantial and prolific record of research in the area of communication neuroscience, he has made important contributions to our field. His research program focuses on complex cognitive responses to mass communication, video games, and new technology media messages. He has earned both the Ph.D. and an M.D., providing him with a key combination of training in support of his development of theories that help us better understand the dynamic interactions between the human brain and mediated messages. He was the first communication scholar to regularly use fMRI methodologies to investigate a series of different media effects, from the impact of violence in video games to the effectiveness of anti-drug PSAs. He has published four books, 58 journal articles and 40 book chapters.  His research has been supported by grants from national scientific foundations in the United States and Germany, as well as through private philanthropies and industry contracts. The international significance of work is evidenced  by several top paper awards, and the “Outstanding Article” from  the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He  has been a high profile public representative for communication science within the academy and the general public. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Communication. He was the founder of the Communication Science and Biology Interest Group and served as its first Chair, helping to develop a sense of community among its members. He also served as Vice Chair/Chair of the Mass Communication Division.

Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick (Ph.D., U of Music, Drama, & Media Hannover, 1999, Professor, The Ohio State U)

Dr. Knobloch-Westerwick’s research focuses on media selection, uses and effects in  
political communication, health communication, news, and entertainment. She is easily one of the most active and visible scholars in the discipline. She routinely publishes in the top journals in the field, she produces scholarship that advances theorizing, and she is active in her service. Her program of research is a dizzying task, as its volume and growth are unparalleled. She has published 118 articles and book chapters, as well as three books. The reach of her work goes far beyond the field of communication and is made public through her countless interviews for news and media outlets. Her work and insights have been covered in such important venues as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, ABC News World Now, and the Huffington Post, among many, many other publications. Importantly, virtually all of these interviews and news stories concern the implications of her research findings for communication praxis rather than interviews and stories concerning her views on topics not directly related to her research. Through this coverage, she  brings favorable light not only to her own research, but to the field at large. In a time when academic endeavors are often questioned, such public scholarship is particularly crucial. She has been the Chair of the ICA nomination committee and has been an editor of Media Psychology and co-editor of Communication Research.

Jonathan Zhu (Ph.D., Indiana U, 1990, Chair and Professor, City U of Hong Kong)

Dr.  Zhu has made important scholarly contributions to political communication research, new media studies, and computational communication research. His highly respected and oft-cited research involves the growth of online social networks, sustainability of social media, diffusion and use of social computing, and the internationalization of communication research. He has played a leading and fruitful role in connecting communication research with scholarly research in many other disciplines. His research is theoretically rich and methodologically rigorous and innovative, he is an important disciplinary boundary-spanner. His work has been recognized within the communication field and beyond, and he has made substantial and sustained contributions to the development of ICA and to the discipline. He is an active and key proponent of internationalizing communication research in the greater China region. He was one of the founding members and a former President (2004-06) of the U.S.-based Chinese Communication Association, which is now an affiliated organization of ICA. He is the Director of Centre for Communication Research and Founder of Web Mining Lab at City U of Hong Kong. He has trained 10 Ph.D. students with a specialty in computational social science, who are now working as university faculty members or web data scientists in Hong Kong, mainland China, the Middle East, and the USA. They account for a significant share of the first generation of computational communication scholars around the world. In 2017 he received his university’s Outstanding Supervisor Award for his exemplary work in mentoring.

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ICA 2018 Awards

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The 68th Annual ICA Conference in Prague provided the Association and its members with an opportunity to celebrate excellence in the field by granting various awards. Congratulations to all winners and sincere gratitude to all the members of the various ICA awards committees, who do tremendous work to select each of these recipients.

The 2018 ICA Fellows Book Award was awarded to: John Durham Peters (Yale U), for Speaking Into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication [U of Chicago Press, 1999]. In keeping with the spirit of the Fellows Book Award, this work has truly passed the test of time. The committee says of the book: “Peters’ book has become indispensable in communication theory: it takes on and successfully clashes with the leading presupposition of nearly all contemporary thinking about the mass media: that any mass-mediated communication is an insufficient and inadequate substitute for the fullness and beauty of two-person face-to-face conversation. Peters argues that we should recognize two communicative ideals – the conversational ideal (which he identifies with the Greeks) and a sermonic ideal (which he locates in the Christian tradition and in Jesus in particular). He does not denigrate dialogue but he ennobles dissemination as an equally valuable communicative ideal. Indeed, it is a is a mode of communication, he argues, that affords greater respect for and for and deference to the autonomy of the individual than dialogue does. It imposes less, it cajoles less than conversational communication does; it lives more with the presumption that it is up to the to the individual listener to adopt or reject the position the speaker articulates. Once you accept this move, most contemporary thinking about mass communication seems suddenly shallow, misconceived, and misplaced.”

(Committee: Chair: Larry Gross; members: Joseph Chan, Jan Radway, John Hartley, and Liz Bird)

The 2018 Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award, which honors a scholar for a sustained contribution to theoretical development or empirical research related to communication studies over an extended period, was granted to Elihu Katz (U of Pennsylvania and Hebrew U of Jerusalem). The work of Elihu Katz sets a standard of unparalleled career achievement. Not only has Katz produced a body of scholarship that drives the field’s intellectual currents and anticipates where it goes next, but his ongoing and energetic engagement with central research problems has provided a productive and innovative compass for situating communication on the broader disciplinary horizon. Exceptional for its originality, richness and proven history of inspiring multiple generations of scholars, Katz’s work is both robust in scope—23 books, 193 articles—and legendary in reputation—recognized, among other awards, by the Israel Prize and ten honorary doctorates from universities across the US, Europe and Asia. Katz’s 60-odd years of scholarship and steady public engagement—an in-depth review of the BBC and consultation on the establishment of Israel Television—have instrumentally shaped the intellectual and global resonance of communication as a field. Intimations of his influence can be found in scholarship on public opinion, the two-step flow, media effects, diffusion of innovations, uses and gratifications, reception studies, media rituals and the history of the field.

(Committee: Chair: Barbie Zelizer; members: Zrinjka Perusko, Sonia Livingstone, Radha Hedge, and Thomas Hanitzsch)

The 2018 Outstanding Book Award went to presented to Natalia Roudakova (Independent Scholar) for Losing Pravda: Ethics and the Press in Post-Truth Russia. In this theoretically grounded examination of Soviet and Post-Soviet journalism, Roudakova offers a refreshingly original argument supported by strong evidence from a skillful ethnography. Propelled by the author’s unique access to the Russian journalism work culture, where she has been conducting research for over a decade, the book dispels many of the longstanding misbeliefs and misunderstandings of Russian journalism that are often promoted in Western media. Losing Pravda: Ethics and the Press in Post-Truth Russia not only pushes our field beyond the Western paradigm of journalism but also offers a compelling critique of the assumption that ‘democracy’ is a self-evident goal of journalism, as well as guiding readers through a stimulating discussion on cynicism. The book’s relevance reaches beyond our field into neighboring disciplines as well as informing our understanding of the changing nature of journalism around the globe.

(Committee: Chair: Bruce Hardy; members: Zizi Papacharissi, John Hartley, John Erni, and Vicky Mayer)

The 2018 Applied/Public Policy Research Award was given jointly to Peter Clarke (U of Southern California) and Susan Evans (U of Southern California) for the ‘From the Wholesaler to the Hungry programme. The From the Wholesaler to the Hungry program embodies the best in applied communication research. This research has spanned over 25 years and at an impressive scale, collaborating with a rich diversity of stakeholders such as food banks, pantries, places of worship, school districts, and statewide health initiatives to benefit the poor and malnourished in many communities, while enhancing environmental sustainability. Their work has also been captured in a series of top-notch journal articles that have the potential to inspire and educate future proponents of such societally beneficial translational research. With their admirable efforts in advancing humanity through such a concrete contribution, Peter Clarke and Susan Evans truly epitomise the spirit and ideals of the Applied Research Award.

(Committee: Chair: Sun Sun Lim; members: Peter Busse, Sharon Strover, Jonathan Corpus Ong and Melanie Wakefield)

The Outstanding Article Award of 2018 was awarded to Hua Wang (U of Buffalo) and Arvind Singhal (U of Texas - El Paso) for: East Los High: Transmedia Edutainment to Promote the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Young Latina/o Americans. American Journal of Public Health, 106(6), 1002–1010. In this article, Wang and Singhal explore the potential of transmedia storytelling for health promotion and social change. Focusing on an innovative large-scale intervention targeting a minority population, the article examines how multi-platform edutainment can address acute social problems. The study uses a sophisticated multi-layered research design, which enables an examination of this complex question from multiple perspectives and yields a holistic view of audiences’ experiences, knowledge and attitudes. With its transdisciplinary relevance, innovative methodology, and far-reaching practical implications, this article promises to have a lasting contribution to research and practice not only in the field of health communication but also in the broader areas of message design and narrative communication.

(Committee: Chair: Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt; members Chul-joo Lee, Leslie Steeves, Elfriede Fursich, and Angie Valdivia)

The 2018 Young Scholar Award was given to Christopher Wells (U of Wisconsin-Madison). The Young Scholar Award committee was very impressed by the large number of extremely high quality nominees that it received this year, many of whom are more than worthy for the 2018 award. As the best of the best, the committee decided that most deserving to receive the award is Christopher Wells. The committee considered his work in the field of political communication to be highly relevant, timely, and cutting-edge. Dr. Wells published a large number of outstanding manuscripts in leading journals in the field of communication, book chapters as well as a well-received book. His work is conceptually well founded, methodologically innovative and well-articulated. It is also much appreciated, proven by the fact that, as of date, it has been cited over 1,300 times. His H-index is 19. And all of that within seven years since receiving his PhD. To quote a few of his endorsers: “he is smart, motivated, and fearless in his research”, “he is already a thought leader in the field of communication”, and “he certainly outshines most of the people in his field at his level”. The committee feels that based upon his high productivity and the high quality of his work, Dr. Wells is one of the most promising communication scholars of his cohort.

(Committee: Chair: Bas van den Putte; members: Mohan J. Dutta, Frank Esser, Craig Scott, and Isabel Molina-Guzman)

The 2018 Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award to Linda Putnam (U of California-Santa Barbara). Professor Putnam stood out for not only the impressive breadth and number of students she has mentored over the years but also in the personal care and sensitivity that she has shown in this mentorship. Her guidance and support has reach across national and disciplinary borders reaching beyond the field of organisational communication. She has influenced individuals across different levels of seniority and empowered those who perhaps have not had the easiest path to travel in their academic careers. She is also committed to striving not just for academic excellence but also promoting work-life balance and gender equality. Her dedication to students is clear in the warm letters of recommendation and fond memories of how she repeatedly went above and beyond what is expected of an academic adviser, ushering the careers and improving the lives of her mentees all throughout their careers. Linda Putnam deserves without contestation the Aubrey Fisher Mentorship award for the clear and obvious passion that she has for the field and for her students. We should all aspire to be a bit more like her!

(Committee: Chair: Ellen Helsper; members: Clarissa David, Jennifer Bartlett and Jessica Taylor Piotrowski, Mary Beth Oliver)

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