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

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

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

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

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


Myrene Agustin Magabo                                                                                          

ICA-SECAC Co-Chair (2019-2021) 

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Renew Your ICA Membership Early!

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

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

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

  • Online access to ICA's 6 Journals

  • Networking opportunities

  • Discounted conference registration price & CIOS membership

  • ICA travel grant eligibility

  • Service opportunities in leadership roles

  • Voting privileges, and more!

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

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

ICA Membership Types: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The ICA Membership Team



Julie Arnold
Senior Manager of Member Services and Governance


Kristine Rosa
Manager of Member Services
& Accounts Receivable



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Division and Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 5, 2019


Media Industries 2020: Global Currents and Contradictions

16-18 April 2020   King’s College London

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

Second international Media Industries conference, hosted by the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London.

Following the success of Media Industries: Current Debates and Future Directions (2018) we are pleased to announce the next Media Industries conference will take place in April 2020.

Media Industries 2020 (MI2020) maintains an open intellectual agenda, inviting papers, panels or workshops exploring the full breadth of media industries, in contemporary and historical contexts, and from all traditions of media industries scholarship. MI2020 will therefore provide a meeting ground for all forms of media industries research.

As a specialized focus, the 2020 conference takes Global Currents and Contradictions as its coordinating theme. In media industries scholarship, repeated attention to a few key territories, frequently but not exclusively located in the Global North, has concentrated but also limited the scope of the field. In choosing the theme Global Currents and Contradictions, we are therefore particularly interested in receiving submissions engaging with industries, contexts and bodies of research that represent, extend or challenge the geographic reach of the field. To headline this theme, a programme of keynote speakers will be announced in due course.


A core aim of the Media Industries conference is to bring together scholars researching media industries from across multiple professional associations and their relevant sub-groups or sections.

The Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London is therefore very pleased to be organizing MI2020 in partnership with:

·  British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) - Screen Industries Special Interest Group

·  European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) - Media Industries and Cultural Production Section

·  European Media Management Association (EMMA)

·  European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) - Screen Industries Work Group

·  Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft (GFM) - AG Medienindustrien

·  Global Media and China journal

·  International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM)

·  International Association of Mass Communication Research (IAMCR) - Media Production Analysis Working Group

·  International Communication Association (ICA) - Media Industry Studies Interest Group

·  Media Industries journal

·  Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) - Media Industries Scholarly Interest Group

· South Asia Communication Association (SACA)


For King’s College London: Sarah Atkinson, Bridget Conor, Virginia Crisp, Sonal Kantaria (conference administrator), Wing-Fai Leung, Paul McDonald (conference chair), Jeanette Steemers and Jaap Verheul


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


Registration for the conference will go live in mid-November 2019. Fees will be published then and will be tiered according to the delegate’s country of residence using the World Bank’s country classifications by Gross National Income per capita.


Deadline: Submissions will be accepted up to 23.00hrs British Summer Time (BST) 16 September 2019 (please note: BST is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) + 1 hour)

Submission Categories

Submissions are welcomed in three categories.

       i.     Open Call Papers

Format: solo or co-presented research paper lasting no more than 20mins.

     ii.     Pre-constituted Panels

Format: 90mins panel of 3 x 20mins OR 4 x 15mins thematically linked solo or co-presented research papers followed by questions.

   iii.     Pre-constituted Workshops

Format: 90mins interactive forum led by 4 to 6 x 6mins thematically linked informal presentations. Led by a chair or co-chairs, workshops adopt a roundtable format bringing together 4 to 6 speakers to offer short (up to 6 minute) position statements or interventions designed to trigger discussions around a central theme, issue, or problem. As such, the workshop does not involve the presentation of formal research papers, but rather is designed to create a forum for the speakers and the audience to engage in a shared discussion. The workshop format is flexible and can be adapted to allow the chair or co-chairs to introduce exercises or other activities where appropriate.

Delegates can make TWO contributions to the conference but only ONE in any category, i.e. presenting an open call paper and participating in a workshop will be permitted but presenting two open call papers will not be. Chairing a panel or organizing a workshop will NOT count as a contribution.



Dear all,

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

Self-nominations are acceptable.

Here are the specifications of the position:  

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

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

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

C. Recommend members of the Section for ICA awards.

As stated in the ByLaws,

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

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

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

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

Rich L. 

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Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 5, 2019

JCMR Vol. 12 No. 1, April 2020 issue: Call for Papers

We are pleased to inform you that the Journal of Communication and Media Research (JCMR) is now accepting and processing full papers for its Volume 12 Number 1 issue which will be published in April 2020. The Deadline for all full-manuscript submissions for this issue is Saturday, 19th October 2019. Consistency and regularity are our watchwords. This will be the 23rd regular issue (plus one special issue) of the journal since it started publication in 2009. See detailed submission guidelines below. 


ISSN 2141 – 5277


The Journal of Communication and Media Research is a research-based and peer-reviewed journal published twice-yearly in the months of April and October by the Association of Media and Communication Researchers of Nigeria (CAC/IT/NO 111018). The journal is addressed to the African and international academic community and it accepts articles from all scholars, irrespective of country or institution of affiliation. 

The focus of the Journal of Communication and Media Research is research, with a bias for quantitative and qualitative studies that use any or a combination of the acceptable methods of research. These include Surveys, Content Analysis, and Experiments for quantitative studies; and Observation, Interviews/Focus Groups, and Documentary Analysis for qualitative studies. 

The journal seeks to contribute to the body of knowledge in the field of communication and media studies and welcomes articles in all areas of communication and the media including, but not limited to, mass communication, mass media channels, traditional communication, organizational communication, interpersonal communication, development communication, public relations, advertising, information communication technologies, the Internet and computer-mediated communication.


- Manuscripts should not be longer than 8000 words – notes and references inclusive, and must have an abstract of not more than 200 words and five key words. 

- The abstract should be Informative. That is, it should clearly but briefly state the following: background/rationale; problem/issues examined (including research questions); details of method(s) used (including sample and sampling technique); results/findings; conclusion; and implication(s)/relevance of the study. 

- The title and author’s biographical details (name, university/department, address, position/title, telephone, email) should be identified on the title page only. It is mandatory to supply telephone and email addresses.

- Author(s) names should be written in First name, Middle name, and Surname order (i.e. First name first, and Surname last). A brief bio of all authors, including areas of research interest) should be provided.

- Format: Font of body text should be Times New Roman Size 12. Alignment should be justified. Paragraphs should be indented with one tab (no block paragraphing). Line spacing should be 1.5 lines. 

- Authors should be consistent in spelling – either American English or British English. 

- Tables, Figures and Charts should be alluded to in the text while allusions to ‘notes’ should be indicated in superscript in the text. Notes should be presented as endnotes (i.e., at the end of the article, just before the References).

- Data should be presented and discussed with words and not with illustrations such as tables, figures and charts.

- Tables, figures and charts should be used minimally and sparingly; they should be used only to serve as further points of reference. In which case, even if such tables, figures or charts are removed, the flow of discussion will not be affected. 

- Data, including tables, figures and charts should be interpreted and discussed by the researcher to provide a unified interpretation. Once the contents of tables, figures and charts are fully discussed, there is really no need to present such table/figure/chart in the article again.

- There should be a maximum of three tables and/or figures and/or charts in a manuscript.

- Referencing should follow the APA style and all references should be listed, in strict alphabetical order, at the end of the article.

- et  al. can be used in in-text citations but not in end references. In end references, the names of all authors must be stated.

- In in-text citations, et al. must not be used at the first mention of a work. The surnames of all authors and year of publication must be stated in the first instance of a citation.

- Manuscripts must be rich in references and literature citations. Except in rare circumstances, references and literature citations should not be above 15 years. 

- Author(s) shall be responsible for securing any copyright waivers and permissions as may be needed to allow (re)publication of material in the article (text, illustrations, etc) that is the intellectual property of third parties. 

- Author(s) may be required to supply the data upon which figures are based.

- Authors should be familiar with the standard and quality of articles published in the journal so as to minimize the chances of their manuscripts being rejected. Please endeavour to visit our website to access published articles.


- Manuscripts are to be submitted by email to jcmrjournal209@gmail.com (as Word document attachment using Microsoft Office Word).

- Before submitting a manuscript, please read the guidelines carefully again and ensure that the paper conforms to them all as non-conformity may lead to outright rejection.

- All manuscripts received shall be sent to two or more assessors on a blind review format.

Plagiarism Check

- All manuscripts received shall be subjected to plagiarism check and the result must not be higher than the journal’s acceptable threshold. Any manuscript with a plagiarism check result that is higher than the acceptable threshold shall not be published even if it receives favourable assessments.

The last date for submission of full papers is Saturday, 19 October 2019.


All papers/manuscripts submitted must go through a rigorous process of double-blind peer review. Our assessors are Professors or Readers of communication studies drawn from reputable universities in the United States of America, Canada, South Africa and Nigeria. Manuscripts are sent to them on a double-blind review format.


The journal is available internationally on the Internet at www.jcmrweb.com and through subscription. In Nigeria, in addition to the international availability, it is also available at all leading bookshops especially at the University of Ibadan Bookshop, Ibadan, Nigeria.


Consistency is our watchword. Since the journal started publication in 2009, we have consistently published and released each edition on schedule – in April and October of every year, making a total of 21 regular issues (plus one special issue) published so far. 


To be the foremost, scholarly, indexed, peer-reviewed and most-read journal emanating from Africa, portraying knowledge, intellect and learning to all humankind irrespective of gender, affiliation and nationality.


To portray the intellect, knowledge and potentials of Africans to the rest of the world; and also bring similar attributes of all humans all over the world to Africa; through every responsible media of communication; in a symbiotic and mutually beneficial relationship for the advancement of scholarship and development of the human race. 


Taking Africa to the world, bringing the world to Africa.




Call for papers: Complexity, hybridity, liminality: Challenges of researching contemporary promotional cultures

A European Communication Research and Education Association conference co-sponsored by the ECREA Organisational and Strategic Communication section; the Department of Media and Communications, LSE; and the Department of Media and Communication, University of Leicester.  

Date/Time: Friday 21 February 2020, 09:30-17:30 

Venue: The Silverstone Room, Department of Media and Communications, Fawcett House (7th floor), London School of Economics and Political Science, London WC2A 2AE 

We live in a time characterised by uncertainty, hybridity and complexity, when the powerful dualisms that characterised the post-Enlightenment era (nature/society, human/machine, male/female, etc.) are being problematised in a fundamental way. This conference explores how we research the promotional cultures that have become central to the liminal times in which we live. What strategies do we use to explore and attempt to understand the assemblage of technologies, texts, networks, and actors in contemporary promotion?  

The moniker ‘promotional culture’ is now well-established as a way of describing the ubiquitous presence of promotional work – whether public relations, branding, advertising or other forms - in all aspects of our lives (Davis, 2013). It is enacted by organisations working in all sectors, from politics to the arts, in non-profit and commercial environments, while individuals also adopt promotional techniques in the ways they present themselves and their lives to others.  

However, the singularity of the term ‘culture’ belies the fluid and complex worlds that promotion is built on, engages with, and perpetuates. Organisations that use promotional tools in their strategic communication can be implicated in the worst excesses of persuasion and propaganda, yet can also contribute to positive social change (Demetrious, 2013; Miller & Dinan, 2007). Communication campaigns track, survey and instrumentalise our lives through their endless appetite for data, yet ensure organisations can deliver convenience and interest precisely because they know us so well (Turow, 2006). 

Mainstream public relations and advertising tactics are used to sell us cars, face creams and holidays, but are deployed to greenwash environmental damage, whitewash corporate corruption, woke-wash social causes, and frame political opportunism as strategic thinking. Promotional culture cannot be pinned down to one form, process or purpose, so how do we account for its complex modes of production and deployment in our research questions, methods and sites?  

To talk about promotional culture is to acknowledge the deep embeddedness of promotion in quotidian life and the importance of its circulatory dynamics (Aronczyk, 2013). Just as Williams argued that culture is a ‘whole way of life’ rather than an elite set of activities (Williams, 1981), when individuals use promotional tools and tactics on their own terms, those tools are transformed from being a mechanism of elite power and repurposed to serve our own agency. Agentic power circulates through promotional work, via digital and analogue channels, and with unpredictable outcomes (Collister, 2016; Hutchins & Tindall, 2016). 

In this sense, promotional culture is a continually emergent manifestation of the struggle between agency and structure, a hybrid form of power of which the outcome is never certain. Can research adequately address the tensions and power struggles that underpin all promotional work, including inequalities within and between nations and regions, whether in the Global North and the Global South? To what extent do we incorporate a wide range of sites, voices and articulations of its effects, and where are the gaps in our current practice?  

This ECREA interim conference invites submissions that address the challenges of researching the complex, hybrid and liminal nature of promotion in a range of ways. Submissions may include (but are not limited to) the following topics: 

- Structures of promotion – platforms, suppliers, industry structures, networked movements, industry hybridity and blurred boundaries between professional territory in theory and practice; 

- Technologies of promotion – modes of production for promotional work, including digital technologies (data, AI, algorithms, bots) as well as old (but still current) techniques such as press releases, events and sponsorships, display advertising, and their effects on the development of promotional work; the power of promotional industries and the diffusion or limitation of promotional culture; 

- Agents of promotion – ‘good’ and ‘bad’ practitioners and organisations; producers and/as audiences; non-human agents and their effects on promotional campaigns, circulation, and impact;  

- Representations of promotion – practice, practitioners, organisations, industries and professional fields as good, bad, inevitable, normal, deficient, diverse, or a matter of professional pride, and their continuity and change over time. 

- Effects of promotion – from populism in politics to excessive or ethical consumption, to social and political activism and change; from racialised, gendered and classed audiences, messages and images to subaltern discourses and representations that reassert the power of the ‘other’ on a local, national and global scale;  

- Ethics of promotion – from deontological, teleological or virtue ethics, to an ethics of practice, feminist ethics, globalised ethics, or, alternatively, contractual ethics, ethics in the digital sphere, and their effects on practice;  

- Methods of promotional research – challenges of researching the digital, excavating promotional ideologies, confronting professions, engaging audiences through academic work, and the risks and realities of research that can equally promote change or speak into a vacuum.  

To submit to the conference, abstracts of 500 words should be submitted by 31 August 2019 to the conference organisers, at the following email: media.promotion2020@lse.ac.uk. Decisions on papers will be made by 30 September 2019. Full papers should be submitted by 15 January 2020, to give time for them to be circulated to conference participants.   

The Department of Media and Communications at the LSE and the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester are making travel stipends available for a small number of PhD students, to support their attendance at the conference. The application process for the stipends will be publicised closer to the conference date.  

If you have any further questions please contact the conference organisers Lee Edwards (l.edwards2@lse.ac.uk) or Ian Somerville (ijas1@le.ac.uk).  


Aronczyk, M. (2013). The transnational promotional class and the circulation of value(s). In M. MacAllister & E. West (Eds.), The Routledge companions to advertising and promotional culture (pp. 159-173). New York: Routledge. 

Collister, S. (2016). Algorithmic public relations: Materiality, technology and power in a post-hegemonic world. In J. L'Etang, D. McKie, N. Snow, & J. Xifra (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of public relations (pp. 360-371). London Routledge. 

Davis, A. (2013). Promotional cultures: The rise and spread of advertising, public relations, marketing and branding. Cambridge: Polity Press. 

Demetrious, K. (2013). Public relations, activism and social change: Speaking up. New York: Routledge. 

Hutchins, A., & Tindall, N. e. (2016). Public relations and participatory culture: : fandom, freedom and community engagement. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 

Miller, D., & Dinan, W. (2007). A century of spin: How public relations became the cutting edge of corporate power. London: Pluto Press. 

Turow, J. (2006). Niche envy: Marketing discrimination in the digital age Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 

Williams, R. (1981). Culture. London, UK: Fontana. 


Call for Papers Public Relations Inquiry Special Issue

Taboos in Health Communication: Stigma, Silence and Voice

Health is an important, yet challenging area of professional communication. With the expansion of social media, rise of alternative ways of treatment, civic movements and citizen’s voices entering the debate, health communication is used and misused for blatant misinformation and stigmatisation on the one hand, and debunking myths, breaking silences and enabling individuals to make healthier choices, on the other. There have been important achievements in public health and wellbeing across the globe – from containing tuberculosis, HIV/Aids and preterm birth complications, which have been amongst top global causes of death (WHO, 2018), to higher quality of food, health products and environmental standers that led to increased life expectancy of many populations worldwide. Yet a variety of illnesses, their conditions and treatments remain taboos. They are often locked in cultural norms of inappropriate communication such as stereotypes about agency of sexually transmitted diseases and in strategic designs of silence such as framing mandatory vaccination as abuse of human rights. 

Health communication is at the forefront of the struggle for improving public health. It is a rich field for interdisciplinary and critical studies with strategic communication and public relations at its core. A number of areas for further exploration open up in that regard. What influence do public communication and health campaigns have on co-shaping media discourse, public knowledge and attitudes? Who are the primary definers of what constitutes an illness and how voice and silence are distributed in the public sphere? How are voice and silence situated in broader socio-cultural and political contexts? How are the health taboos associated with stigma, power, violence, coercion, discrimination and injustice? When does silence hurt and when does it protect? 

In line with the interdisciplinary nature of the journal, we welcome a range of theoretical perspectives from a variety of disciplines, including public relations, media, communications, public health, cultural studies, anthropology, political communication, sociology, political science, law, languages, organizational studies, management, marketing, literature, philosophy and history. We would invite contributions on topics including, but not limited to: 

• Invisible health issues which result from economic conditions such as austerity, unemployment and depopulation

• Taboos about mental health, self-harm and suicide 

• Voices and silences around terminal illnesses, deadly diseases, mortality and euthanasia 

• Stigmas in gender health and wellbeing for women, men as well as minority sexual and gender identities (LGBTIQ+)

• Silences in reproductive health, including pregnancy, parenthood, childlessness, infertility, miscarriages, abortions and FGM

• Voice and silence around inequalities in right to health and access to healthcare provision

• Stereotypes about health and wellbeing of ethnic minorities 

• Information wars and myths in vaccination programmes and anti-vaccination movements (for humans and animals)

• (Not) talking about forgetting, from Alzheimer disease to other types of dementia

• Communicating and miscommunicating disability  

• Public secrets about alcoholism, drug and other forms of addiction 

• Health taboo issues in the workplace 

• Speaking on behalf of those who cannot, from oppressed and marginalised groups in society to climate change victims, animal health and extinct species

• The power of voice and the power of silence in health structures and processes 

We welcome research papers, conceptual papers as well as short essays and review papers that contribute to critical and/or new ways of thinking about theory, policy and practice in health and well-being communication, particularly in relation to taboos, voices and silences. All submissions will be blind-reviewed in line with the standard practice of the journal. 

If you have any questions regarding the special issue, please contact the editors Alenka Jelen-Sanchez (alenka.jelen@stir.ac.uk) or Roumen Dimitrov (roumen.dimitrov@upf.edu). 

Papers should be submitted by 15 November 2019 via the journal’s manuscript central submissions system. Please visit the journal website (https://journals.sagepub.com/home/pri) for full submission instructions, including information about word length, format and referencing style. Papers should adhere to the guidelines and risk being rejected if they do not. The target publication date for the special issue is Summer/Autumn 2020.

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Member News

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 5, 2019


The Power of Sports by Michael Serazio

The Power of Sports

Media and Spectacle in American Culture

Michael Serazio


“Serazio digs the ball out of the dirt and fires it right on the money in this brilliant, entertaining and important analysis of the games we love that rarely love us back. A terrific book for fans and non-fans.”—Robert Lipsyte, author of SportsWorld: An American Dreamland

"This is a benchmark work: a lasting and influential volume that deals with major issues cast by the sociocultural shadow of sports with a savvy and comprehensive accessibility that could change the game as we know it."—Lawrence Wenner, author of Sport, Beer, and Gender: Promotional Culture and Contemporary Social Life

“This is a powerful, intellectual, and vital contribution to our understanding of sports and sports culture. Michael Serazio walks the line between the scholarly and the popular with uncommon dexterity.”—Dave Zirin, Sports Editor, The Nation

“Indirect and engaging style, Serazio approaches the media spectacle of contemporary sports with the knowing ambivalence of the critical-but-sentimental fan, combining sharp critique and warm personal reflection. With liveliness and insight, and some smart jokes, he explores the many ways in which the sports-media nexus exercises power over identities, imaginations, politics and consumer behavior. Rooted in the American culture that first nurtured sports as a staple of modern commerce, The Power of Sports is a literary shot that will be heard around the world by readers curious to understand how sports came to be both secular religion and temple of Mammon.”—David Rowe, author of Global Media Sport: Flows, Forms and Futures

A provocative, must-read investigation that both appreciates the importance of—and punctures the hype around—big-time contemporary American athletics.

In an increasingly secular, fragmented, and distracted culture, nothing brings Americans together quite like sports. On Sundays in September, more families worship at the altar of the NFL than at any church. This appeal, which cuts across all demographic and ideological lines, makes sports perhaps the last unifying mass ritual of our era, with huge numbers of people all focused on the same thing at the same moment. That timeless, live quality—impervious to DVR, evoking ancient religious rites—makes sports very powerful, and very lucrative. And the media spectacle around them is only getting bigger, brighter, and noisier—from hot take journalism formats to the creeping infestation of advertising to social media celebrity schemes.

More importantly, sports are sold as an oasis of community to a nation deeply divided: They are escapist, apolitical, the only tie that binds. In fact, precisely because they appear allegedly “above politics,” sports are able to smuggle potent messages about inequality, patriotism, labor, and race to massive audiences. And as the wider culture works through shifting gender roles and masculine power, those anxieties are also found in the experiences of female sports journalists, athletes, and fans, and through the coverage of violence by and against male bodies. Sports, rather than being the one thing everyone can agree on, perfectly encapsulate the roiling tensions of modern American life.

Michael Serazio maps and critiques the cultural production of today’s lucrative, ubiquitous sports landscape. Through dozens of in-depth interviews with leaders in sports media and journalism, as well as in the business and marketing of sports, The Power of Sports goes behind the scenes and tells a story of technological disruption, commercial greed, economic disparity, military hawkishness, and ideals of manhood. In the end, despite what our myths of escapism suggest, Serazio holds up a mirror to sports and reveals the lived realities of the nation staring back at us.

Michael Serazio is an award-winning former journalist who has written for The Washington Post and The Atlantic, among other outlets. He is Associate Professor of Communication at Boston College and the author of Your Ad Here: The Cool Sell of Guerrilla Marketing (2013).



New book on international news and postcolonial studies

I'd like to announce the release of my new book with Oxford University Press (The Fixers: Local News Workers and the Underground Labor of International Reporting). The book draws upon postcolonial theory and critical global studies to understand the labor of the locally-based translators and guides who foreign correspondents hire in the field. My goal with this book was to honor and engage with these media workers' own perspectives, rather than only privileging the perspectives of the foreign correspondents. 

Hope it might be of interest!


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Available Positions and Job Opportunities

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 5, 2019

Department of Journalism
Assistant Professor in Media Production

The University of Alabama Department of Journalism and Creative Media seeks a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in the area of media production beginning August 16, 2020. The successful candidate will have expertise in traditional narrative (cinematic or episodic) or documentary film/video. Possible teaching areas include cinematography, visual effects, post-production, sound and sound design, producing, and screenwriting. The candidate should demonstrate strong potential for achieving a national/international reputation in one or more of these areas. A terminal degree is required (an MFA in film production or film-related discipline preferred) and preference will be given to candidates with an existing record of professional experience in film production.

To apply, visit https://facultyjobs.ua.edu. Attach an application letter; vita/resume; a hyperlink to examples of creative work; and names, addresses and phone numbers of three references. Questions may be directed to search committee co-chairs: Andrew Grace at agrace@ua.edu or Wilson Lowrey at wlowrey@ua.edu. 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
Associate Professor in Media Production

The University of Alabama Department of Journalism and Creative Media seeks a full-time tenured associate professor in the area of media production. The position begins August 16, 2020.

The successful candidate will be a filmmaker with a substantial track record of national and/or international success in narrative or documentary. Possible teaching areas include: directing, producing, cinematography, visual effects, post-production, sound and sound design, and screenwriting. The candidate should have an established reputation in one or more of these areas and will be expected to take on a leadership position in the media production area of the curriculum. A terminal degree is required; preference is given to MFAs in film or related fields, but PhDs will be considered.

To apply, visit https://facultyjobs.ua.edu. Attach an application letter; vita/resume; a hyperlink to examples of creative work; and names, addresses and phone numbers of three references. Questions may be directed to search committee co-chairs: Andrew Grace at agrace@ua.edu or Wilson Lowrey at wlowrey@ua.edu. 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 Political Journalism

The Department of Journalism and Creative Media at the University of Alabama seeks a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in the area of political journalism beginning August 16, 2020.

The successful applicant will teach advanced journalism courses, such as public affairs reporting, public records, and investigative journalism techniques. Applicants with professional experience and the ability to teach multimedia reporting skills are preferred. Research should focus on the study of journalism or journalism audiences in political systems, processes, or effects. Candidates should have earned a terminal degree 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.

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.

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



Department of Communication Studies
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies


Department Description:
The Department of Communication Studies is committed to faculty members who are innovative in their pedagogical and research approaches to investigating communication. Our faculty members represent the breadth of the discipline. We seek candidates who respect diverse approaches to studying the process of communication, and who recognize the social and political implications of the communication process. Candidates should be able to contribute to the diversity of USD through their teaching, research, and/or service.

Detailed Description:
The University of San Diego, an independent Catholic institution, invites applicants for a tenure track, assistant professor position in strategic communication beginning in the Fall of 2020. Candidates should have expertise in the principles and application of public relations and/or advertising, as well as teaching and research interests in one or more of the following areas: content strategies, campaign design and evaluation, strategic media planning, communication management, data analytics, crisis management, or media policy. The selected candidate must be capable of teaching introductory courses in the departmental core curriculum and developing upper-division courses in their area of expertise. The ideal candidate will not only have a strong background in strategic communication, but a deep understanding of current trends in the communication field, a commitment to ethical communication that values human dignity, and a familiarity with the academic debates and criticisms surrounding public relations.

Job Requirements:
The preferred candidate will have a completed Ph.D. at the time of appointment, university-level teaching experience, and demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching. Candidates are also expected to have a strong research agenda, participate in University service, and advise undergraduates. Employment is predicated on a pre-employment background check. USD is an Equal Opportunity employer, offers same-sex domestic partner benefits, and is committed to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Background check:
Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement:
Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

Posting Salary:
Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:
Visit https://apptrkr.com/1516675 to complete our online application.

For full consideration, candidates should submit applications prior to October 15, 2019.

Applications must consist of the following:

  1. A letter of application

  2. Curriculum vitae

  3. A teaching philosophy which (a) addresses the specific challenges of a liberal arts, undergraduate program; and (b) includes a sample pedagogical exercise used in class

  4. Two samples of scholarly writing (e.g., published articles, reports, or convention papers)

  5. Contact information for three references.

Recruiting contact: Jonathan Bowman, PhDcommstudies@sandiego.edu

For more information about the University of San Diego and the department, please visit our website: http://www.sandiego.edu/cas/commstudies

If you have any technical questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu

Additional Details:
The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit http://www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.



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 2020. 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 an active and engaged scholar-teacher in a department and college dedicated to training students to do journalism that matters. The department welcomes applicants with diverse research interests. Possible specialties could include: journalism history, media ethics, race and ethnic studies in media, media politics or science and technology. The Nieman Chair also helps envision and organize lectures and symposia about journalism theory and practice in a democratic society.

The Nieman Chair is expected to maintain a robust program of research. Teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in areas of expertise and department need 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. Marquette is an urban Catholic, Jesuit University dedicated to principles of excellence, leadership, faith, and service. The J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication facilities include a newly renovated second floor Student Media hub with digital and virtual reality television studios, audio studios, cross-platform newsroom, and state-of-the-art television production room. The Department is home to the journalism and media studies majors, the O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism, and the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be filed at: http://employment.marquette.edu/postings/11841



Department of Advertising and Public Relations
Specialist – Teacher-Fixed Term

Position Summary
The successful candidate will have a bachelor's degree in the field of communication, such as advertising, public relations, mass communications, business, marketing, information science, or related field, and 5+ years of hands-on, client-facing industry experience (agency or client). An advanced degree is preferred. The successful candidate will have experience with channel planning, content management, relationship building, and a solid track record of translating data from multiple sources into insights, creative business solutions, strategy and strategic partnerships.

The successful candidate should exhibit the ability to teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in advertising and public relations. The ideal candidate will have a passion for digital technology and the use of data to drive the development, activation and ongoing management of innovative integrated communication campaigns.

The successful candidate will be expected to leverage industry and network contacts to provide students with additional learning opportunities. The candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with other faculty members in the development of curriculum oriented to provide students with a broader, more industry-focused learning base.

Go to http://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/job/501724/specialist-teacherfixed-term for a more detailed description.



Department of Advertising and Public Relations
Ast/Asc/Full Professor – Tenure System

Position Summary
The Department of Advertising + Public Relations (ADPR) at Michigan State University invites applications for three open-rank tenure-system positions, with research foci in the area of digital and social media. For two positions, we are especially interested in recruiting colleagues with a strong background in computational methods; for the third position we seek a colleague with a research focus on strategic management of digital and social media campaigns.

Successful candidates will have a doctorate in advertising, public relations, communication, business, information systems, or a related field. Areas of research emphasis may include, for example, audience analysis, brand communities, children and advertising, consumer behavior, digital advertising, health communication, platform and algorithm studies, political communication, public opinion, relationship management, and effects of socially mediated messages. All candidates should have a research interest and/or teaching experience in digital media and advertising, public relations or related areas.

One of the positions is eligible to be named an endowed Ellis N. Brandt Chair based on substantial grant activity.

Go to http://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/job/501595/astascfull-professor-tenure-system for a more detailed description.



Department of Communication
Tenure-Track in Social Media (Asst Prof.)

The Department of Communication at Santa Clara University is hiring for a tenure-track position in Social Media (Asst Prof). Areas include: effects of social media use; strategic use of social media; convergence; gaming & gamification; emerging technologies; algorithm bias; big data.

Intersections with interpersonal, organizational, health, strategic, global, or media. Quantitative social-science methodology, big data analysis, and/or mixed methods. Undergraduate teaching on the quarter system and ability to teach quantitative research methods. Application deadline: 9-13-2019

See full job description here: http://tiny.cc/scujob



Annenberg School of Communication
Tenure-Track Faculty Member

The University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member (open rank) to begin fall semester 2020. Applicants’ research and teaching should employ quantitative methods in the study of communication and social influence in the public information environment. Though we will consider strong candidates in all areas of social influence (including political and persuasive/strategic communication), we are particularly interested in health communication candidates. Research expertise in conventional and cutting edge methods are valued; these may include observational, experimental, neuroscientific, or computational approaches. Applicants should also have a track record of (or clear potential for) obtaining external research funds, including federal grants.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Communication or a related field by the start of the appointment. Candidates who add to our School and University diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania is a graduate school of communication theory and research, with 20 full-time faculty and approximately 80 doctoral students representing a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and interests. The faculty also has primary responsibility for an undergraduate communication major within the School of Arts and Sciences.

Submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, three names of references, and three articles, chapters or other research to Professor John L. Jackson, Jr., Dean, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania via http://apply.interfolio.com/65061. For full consideration, applications must be postmarked no later than Monday, September 30, 2019.

The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

Department of Communication Arts and Sciences
Assistant Professor in Communication Arts and Sciences

The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS) seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor who will build capacity in the Communication, Science, and Society Initiative (CSSI), a joint undertaking of CAS and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

The full-time position will be filled by an assistant professor who complements the CAS department’s mission with regard to either the scientific study of communication or the study of rhetoric. The successful applicant will also contribute to theory and research that advances the goals of the CSSI: (a) to improve the individual and collective well-being of humanity through communication scholarship in collaboration with life scientists, (b) to foster transdisciplinary collaboration, especially with the life sciences, driven by concrete social exigencies and opportunities, and (c) to exercise national leadership in communication theory, research, and practices through these activities.

The Huck Institutes’ mission is to catalyze and facilitate excellence in interdisciplinary research in the life sciences at Penn State. The Huck Institutes include research centers that promote cutting-edge, interdisciplinary science on topics such as neuroscience, biological embedding of stress, ecological systems, genomics, and biomedicine and health sciences, including reproductive health. It is imperative that the applicant identify the research unit in which they could participate and elaborate on their fit with that unit. A list of Huck research centers and institutes, graduate degree programs, and core facilities can be found at https://www.huck.psu.edu/.

The successful applicant will have a demonstrated record of scholarly achievement, be well grounded in the communication discipline, complement and strengthen core interests of faculty in CAS, and be willing to collaborate with the broader university community, especially the Huck Institutes. A Ph.D. in a related field is required at the time of appointment.

Candidates should provide clear evidence of scholarly and teaching excellence and service to the discipline. In addition to conducting research and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, responsibilities include course development in the area of specialty, supervision of theses and dissertations, and involvement in other departmental activities. Additional considerations in reviewing candidates include interest in grant-based research, the desire to engage in interdisciplinary research, and an appreciation for working alongside diverse colleagues in the humanities, the social sciences, and the life sciences.

Applications must include a letter of application describing research, teaching, and any graduate mentoring experience, along with a CV, representative publications (typically three), evidence of effective teaching, and the names of three references who may be contacted to provide letters of recommendation.

Inquiries may be sent to Professors Bradford Vivian at bvj113@psu.edu or James Dillard at jpd16@psu.edu.

Review of applications will begin August 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. The start date for the position is August, 2020.

Apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/88692

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.



Doha, Qatar

Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) seeks a strong leader with accomplishments in journalism or communications to serve as its next dean.  See www.wittkieffer.com for more information. Send application materials to NUQDean@wittkieffer.com by November 1, 2019.  



Assistant Professor: Society and Ethics in Data Science



The http://communication.ucsd.edu/ within the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego and https://datascience.ucsd.edu/ are seeking to make a joint appointment at the Assistant Professor level, to begin Fall 2020 in the following area: Society and Ethics in Data Science. This is a shared appointment between the Department of Communications and Halicioglu Data Science Institute (HDSI) with teaching and service responsibilities evenly distributed between the two units. The Department of Communication will be the candidate's home department and will oversee the process of appointment and future review. Moreover, this search is part of an ongoing cluster hire, sponsored by the http://ipe.ucsd.edu and focused on the social implications and ethics of science, technology and medicine. It is expected that the successful candidate will participate in relevant activities of the IPE. The candidate will also engage in social science research and teaching on the power, peril and promise of data science/artificial intelligence with a focus specifically on how, in what ways, to what ends and with what consequences the infrastructures and methods of data analytics are reshaping social life, political institutions and processes and ethical regimes.


Completion of PhD in a social science field or a PhD in computer science by date of hire or completed now is required. Candidate is also required to have significant training in social science identified by degrees and/or multiple years of work experience.


Data Science has emerged as an area central to advances in our understanding of nature, improving the quality life and a healthy society. Data collection, stewardship and analyses are already integrated into the infrastructure for commerce, healthcare, governance and education. The ubiquitous practical uses of digital data have raised awareness of the need to further develop the underlying scientific, technological, social and ethical basis for understanding and exploiting data.


HDSI is a new strategic academic institute tasked with hosting and coordination of Data Science research and education activities at the University of California, San Diego. Among HDSI academic programs are the Data Science major and minor currently with nearly 600 undergraduate students. The Department of Communication brings multiple disciplinary traditions and methodologies to bear in the study of communication as an institutional, technological, cultural, architectural, and cognitive phenomenon, inextricably anchored in and shaped by questions of democracy, diversity, social justice, and social change.


The University of California San Diego is 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 published University of California pay scales. To ensure full consideration, all application materials must be submitted electronically by October 15, 2019, at the following link - https://apptrkr.com/1527714.


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.


Job location

La Jolla, CA


Learn More

More information about this recruitment: http://datascience.ucsd.edu



Document requirements


• Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

• Cover Letter - A two to three page cover letter

• Statement of Research - Statement detailing your research interests.

• Statement of Teaching

• Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our http://facultydiversity.ucsd.edu/recruitment/contributions-to-diversity.html site for more information.

• Writing sample(s) - Writing sample(s) up to 50 pages total.


Reference requirements


• 3 required (contact information only)


To apply, please visit: https://apptrkr.com/1527714


College of Communication

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Public Relations

The College of Communication at DePaul University seeks an applicant for a tenure-track assistant professor position in public relations to begin in August 2020. The ideal candidate will have the ability to teach basic and advanced courses in public relations and offer expertise in such areas as PR measurement and analytics, social media listening, sports public relations, employee engagement and internal communication, and/or health communication. The successful candidate will join a dynamic, growing faculty who direct and support innovative and expanding B.A. and M.A. degree programs in public relations and advertising. The candidate will have the opportunity to get involved with our award-winning graduate program (PR Week Awards 2018 PR Education Program of the Year), the Media Engagement Research Lab, Latino Media and Communication program, and the Center for Communication Engagement. We seek individuals with a strong commitment to excellence in both teaching and research, and the drive to help us raise DePaul’s national profile in public relations and advertising education. 

Our location in the heart of Chicago, the nation’s third largest media market, provides an unparalleled opportunity to forge strong working relationships with key industry professionals and to offer students cutting-edge, pre-professional training. 

A Ph.D. in public relations, mass communication, or strategic communication is required. ABDs will be considered, but applicants must have a doctoral degree by the time of appointment. Professional industry experience is highly desirable. Excellent research support is available. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. 

DePaul University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students, and sustaining a work environment that is inclusive. Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

To apply, please visit the following link to complete the application form: https://facultyopportunities.depaul.edu

You will need electronic copies of: 1) a letter of interest, 2) a current CV, 3) proof of teaching effectiveness (unedited teaching evaluations), 4) examples of published research, and 5) contact information of three references. 

Any materials that cannot be submitted electronically may be sent to:
Dr. Nur Uysal

Chair, Public Relations Search Committee
DePaul University
College of Communication
1 E. Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60604

Review of applications will begin September 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. 

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


Department of Life Sciences

Two Tenure Track Assistant Professors in Science Communication

UW-Madison's Department of Life Sciences Communication (LSC), located in the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences (CALS), seeks applications for TWO tenure track assistant professors in science communication.

POSITION #1:  The candidate will have an outstanding research record and teach cutting-edge courses in science communication in one of the college's fastest-growing undergraduate majors. 

POSITION #2:   The successful candidate will have an outstanding research record and teach cutting-edge courses in science communication with a focus on visual communication. This might include but is not limited to data visualization, data journalism, (visual) information processing, visual literacy, and/or visual aspects of communication campaigns.  

BOTH candidates will also advise Masters and Ph.D. students and teach graduate level courses in their area of expertise in LSC's M.S. programs and in our Ph.D. program (jointly administered with UW's School of Journalism and Mass Communication), one of the most highly-ranked graduate programs in communication internationally. Ability to work in interdisciplinary settings and willingness to work with units across CALS will make the new colleagues a perfect addition to CALS faculty.

Ideally, the candidates’ work will be relevant to one or more of the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences (CALS) key strategic areas (health, food, bioenergy, climate change, community development, ecosystems; https://cals.wisc.edu/about-cals/strategic-planning-a-progress-report/priority-themes/) as context of inquiry.

The positions carry a commitment to the three functions of resident instruction, research, and outreach/service, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to the positions and rank. 

UW-Madison is an AA/EEO employer.  For more information or to apply: 

#1 - https://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/en-us/job/502150/assistant-professor-science-communication 

#2 - https://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/en-us/job/501670/assistant-professor-science-communication




Faculty of Arts

Lecturer in Communication

The opportunity

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Lecturer in Communication to join the Faculty of Arts within our Social Sciences School. This is a permanent (tenure track) position.

The appointed candidate will join the Media and Communications team which offers three undergraduate majors (Media, Film and Television; Communication; and Screen Production) and two postgraduate programmes (Media and Communication and Screen Production). We also have two PhD programmes: an academic PhD and a PhD with creative practice.

Our ideal candidate will have an area of expertise, which may include critical analyses of advertising, journalism, algorithm studies or other approaches to social media and digital platforms. We are also interested in seeing applications from researchers who explore how gender, ethnicity, and indigeneity intersect with digital cultures.

We also welcome applicants who combine academic qualifications and research with prior work experience in professional or applied contexts. Candidates will be expected to have familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative research methods in the fields of Media Studies and Communication.

Skills and experience

Our ideal candidate will bring the following:

  • A PhD in Communications or related discipline

  • A strong background in teaching and research which demonstrates the potential to develop a strong research program

  • Familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative research methods

About The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is New Zealand's world-ranked university. It is the only New Zealand university ranked among the world's top 200 universities by the Times Higher Education World Rankings of Universities. It ranks in the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings, and is the highest ranked New Zealand university in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities. It is committed to values of diversity.

The University enjoys a strong record of supporting research through funding, grants, and conference support. The teaching load for full-time academic staff is normally two to three courses per academic year. Academic staff may apply for research and study leave after three years of employment and upon gaining continuation.

Why us?

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • flexible employment practices

  • career development programmes

  • a competitive salary with five weeks' annual leave

  • a company superannuation scheme, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

For more information please visit 'Staff Benefits' on our careers site.

How to apply

Applications close 11.59pm (NZT) Sunday, 18 August 2019.

For further information go to www.auckland.ac.nz/opportunities 

To Apply: https://www.opportunities.auckland.ac.nz/psp/ps/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=20872&SiteId=1&PostingSeq=1

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment. For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTQITakatāpui+, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other equity issues go to www.equity.auckland.ac.nz 

Direct enquiries only please - no agencies.


Department of Communication

Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track Position

The Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites applications for an Assistant Professor, tenure-track position, on the Politics of Platforms and AI. The position is focused on the politics and policy aspects of social media platforms and AI, with emphasis on how these platforms discriminate, privilege and/or enable alternative points of view. Further research areas may include media economics, the attention economy, policy, algorithm accountability, and human-machine communication.

The candidate will have an earned doctorate in Communication or a related field, strong promise of scholarly achievement and teaching success (at the undergraduate and graduate levels) appropriate for appointment as Assistant Professor, good prospects for external research funding, and demonstrated commitment to multidisciplinary scholarship. 

UIC is a Carnegie Research Extensive University (Research I), is the largest institution of higher education in the Chicago area, is in the top 50 U.S. universities in federal research funding, and is among the top 200 universities in the world.

Recently ranked in the top 50 worldwide, the Department of Communication at UIC focuses on New Media and offers a BA, MA, and PhD.

The desired appointment date for the position is August 16, 2020, subject to budgetary approval. Electronic applications accepted only – Interested parties should complete the on-line application and submit a letter of interest, a full curriculum vitae, samples of relevant scholarly publications, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and names of and contact information for three references at https://jobs.uic.edu/job-board/job-details?jobID=118826 Click on the Job Board, then our position.

Review of applications will commence September 15, 2019. Applications received by then will receive full consideration. The search will proceed until the position is filled. 

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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On Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access: Statement from the Executive Committee of the International Communication Association (ICA)

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The openness of the communication discipline to scholars of minority backgrounds, people of color, and researchers from the Global South has been the subject of much debate internationally. A number of important recent works have drawn attention to the lack of ethnic, racial, and gender diversity in communication research and published scholarship (Mayer et. al., 2018; Chakravartty et. al., 2019; Gardner, 2019), and have called upon the ICA to address questions of inclusion, diversity and access across all of its organizational structures and professional activities. Such calls have galvanized around the #CommunicationSoWhite movement, which was the subject of a preconference and sponsored session at the May 2019 ICA Conference in Washington, DC, and which has come to constitute an active online community ‘calling out’ dominant practices in the field. The statement below addresses the need to be more explicit about ICA’s collective efforts in this arena, and our plans for the future.


On Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access: Statement from the Executive Committee of the International Communication Association (ICA)


(The PDF version of this statement is available here).

ICA leadership strongly supports the principles of inclusion and diversity and recognizes that inequities have long existed, and continue to exist, in the communication discipline and its constituent activities of teaching, research, scholarship, and praxis. These inequities include, but are not limited to, those based upon nationality, gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. As an international association, ICA recognizes diversity in all its forms as being crucial to the advancement of the communication discipline. The Executive Committee of ICA recognizes the challenges of diversification as extending to every facet of our Association and, indeed, the field. We welcome the opportunity to further strengthen ICA through our ongoing process of rigorous introspection and change. We believe that instituting change and promoting mechanisms to enhance inclusion, diversity, equity, and access in ICA is intrinsic to our mission (see the most recent update of our mission statement, approved by the Board of Directors on 24 May 2019).


ICA is an international association, comprising members from 87 countries. We recognize that questions of inclusion and exclusion, and of diversity and equity, manifest themselves in different ways in particular national contexts, and disparities in power dynamics differ from region to region. These dynamics are further complicated by intersecting categories of identity and social identification. Thus, our continuing efforts to diversify ICA need to be cognizant of all inequalities as they take shape differently on a global scale. Across all contexts, we robustly affirm that merit and diversity are not mutually exclusive principles, and we remain firmly committed to enhancing both academic excellence and diversity. We believe that diversity practices in any scholarly field are complementary to and aligned with academic excellence and that lived experience is essential to producing research in particular areas of communication. ICA’s commitment to diversity of thought and geographic representation exists alongside its commitment to diversity in terms of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and other bases of inequity. We are actively seeking continued, meaningful, and deliberate collaboration with multiple groups to ensure that, together, we effect real and lasting change in ICA.

Such collaborations will allow the Executive Committee to gather full information from myriad stakeholders; identify opportunities and challenges in the short- and long-term; and assess recommendations from multiple perspectives. Only with the information gleaned from these conversations can we begin to make wholesale changes to infrastructures defined by the Association’s current bylaws. For instance, the Executive Committee is currently discussing the recommendations arising from the #CommunicationSoWhite article and related preconference and ICA-sponsored session held in Washington, DC in May 2019. These collaborations will build on, and add momentum to, recent developments in ICA’s ongoing diversification efforts:

  • The Board of Directors approved a new Code of Ethics for the Association in May 2019. Stemming from two years of work by ICA’s Task Force on Ethical Considerations, the new document codifies our commitment to: respect for human rights; scholarly and scientific enquiry; open communication; inclusivity and respect; and the Association’s social responsibility to enhance the public good.

  • After Board discussions in May 2019 about the need to address diversity, the Executive Committee has created the Task Force on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access (IDEA). The Executive Committee is currently crafting the task force’s charter, which will include defining what diversity, inclusion, equity and access mean in the context of ICA, assessing the current state of affairs, and making recommendations for changes. Once the charter is complete, the task force will be populated and begin its work. Its deliverables will include preliminary recommendations to the Executive Committee within six months and a full slate of recommendations for discussion by the Board of Directors in May 2020.

  • The Executive Committee has worked with the ICA Fellows Chair each year since 2016 to make a difference in the gender, geographic, and ethnic diversity of Fellows inducted, with a substantial improvement shown thus far: 40% from outside the US, 43% female, and 21% nonwhite. Pre-2017 figures stood at 22%, 33%, and 8%, respectively. The Executive Committee will continue to work with the Fellows, and is asking the current Fellows Chair to lead a discussion among the ICA Fellows about what should be done to increase inclusion, diversity, equity, and access to election to Fellow, and to provide those recommendations to the EC. We will work with the Fellows to implement these and other ideas that will lead to increased heterogeneity among all aspects of the community of ICA fellows.

Our efforts to enhance inclusion, diversity, equity, and access have been ongoing, and we are committed to continued work that produces substantive change in the Association. ICA has worked assiduously to accommodate diversity of thought. Our international association now houses 33 divisions and interest groups. Our standing committees and task forces include a balance of qualitative and quantitative scholars from around the globe. Their deliberations reflect the broad swath of epistemological and methodological orientations about how communication is conceived of and studied.


In the past few years, ICA headquarters has worked to increase inclusion efforts for attendees of its annual conference: transgender attendees, parents of young children, those with physical disabilities, and those with sensory issues, addictions, and other needs. To close the gap in the ability for parents to attend conferences, ICA now offers subsidized childcare and a nursing room. We have instituted other policies designed to provide an inclusive atmosphere for all attendees. Alongside a longstanding policy of providing over US $60k in travel grants for attendance by underserved and financially disadvantaged scholars, ICA has: funded ethnic minority students local to each conference with targeted attendance waivers and mentorship; implemented guidelines regarding demographic representation on panels; added pronouns to badges; and included indigenous land acknowledgements. Details on additional efforts can be found on our conference accessibility and inclusion page. Though these efforts do not yet reflect the full range of possible interventions, we strive to find solutions that increase access and inclusion for those who have not been served well in the past by our field.


ICA is likewise committed to diversity in its own employment and workplace practices. ICA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, which in the US is defined as a commitment not to discriminate on the basis of “race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability or genetic information.” ICA also provides fully paid parental leave for an employee of any gender who welcomes a new child into the family through birth or adoption, and provides health care for all employees.


The ICA Executive Committee recognizes that long-term changes to the Association vis-à-vis inclusion, diversity, equity, and access will not take place overnight. Toward that end, and beyond the efforts noted above, we pledge to continue to work with ICA committees, task forces, divisions, interest groups, journal editors, program planners, and ICA Fellows to advance within the Association principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access, and to ensure that the Association reflects the breadth of its membership across its constituent areas. Some changes to be implemented might necessitate changes to the ICA bylaws, which will require approval by the Board of Directors and membership ratification in the autumn election.

We affirm our commitment to improving our diversity in its various forms, and by extension, improving how the Association can best serve its members, the discipline, and society at large. It is only with sustained collaborative efforts that we can strengthen our organization and our discipline, thereby promoting a truly international and inclusive scholarly field. Indeed, working toward such goals is intrinsic to the Association’s mission, and we strive for a discipline in which all are equally able to participate and be recognized for excellence.



The Executive Committee of the International Communication Association

Peng Hwa Ang, General Secretary (Nanyang Technological U, SINGAPORE)

Claes de Vreese, President-Elect (U of Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS)

Terry Flew, President (Queensland U of Technology, AUSTRALIA)

Paula Gardner, Past President (McMaster U, CANADA)

Peter Monge, Treasurer (U of Southern California, USA)

Patricia Moy, Immediate Past President (U of Washington, USA)

Laura Sawyer, Executive Director (ICA Headquarters, Washington, DC, USA)


Chakravartty, P., Kuo, R., Grubbs, V., & McIlwain, C. (2018). #CommunicationSoWhite. Journal of Communication, 68(2), 254–266.

Gardner, P. M. (2018). Diversifying ICA: Identity, Difference, and the Politics of Transformation. Journal of Communication, 68(5), 831–841.

Mayer, V., Press, A., Verhoeven, D., & Sterne, J. (2018). How do we intervene in the stubborn persistence of patriarchy in communication scholarship? In D. Travers Scott & A. Shaw (Eds.), Interventions: Communication theory and practice (pp. 53–65). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

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ICA President’s Report – July 2019

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The 69th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) conference, held at the Washington Hilton from 25-29 May, had the theme of Communication Beyond Boundaries, and aimed to advance understanding of the role of communication and media in the crossing of social, political and cultural boundaries that characterize contemporary society. Hosted on the traditional lands of the Piscataway people, a core objective of the conference was to encourage work that crossed the boundaries of research domains, particular fields of research interest, ICA Divisions and Internet Groups and of academia and the wider community. 

Working with Conference Theme Chair Hilde van den Bulck (Drexel U), the intention was to hold a conference that had a global dimension, and which recognized the role played by communication in the crossing of boundaries that characterizes societal structures, institutions and cultures. Today’s global digital technologies and networks have been central to the expansion in movements of people, capital, commodities, images, and ideologies across national boundaries. At the same time, at a time of rising global geopolitical tensions, and the rise of populist nationalism, there are new walls and barriers being constructed, and a challenge is how to build scholarly and professional bridges across boundaries in a world that may be increasingly post-global, and centred around inward-looking notions of culture and identity. 

The Opening Plenary sought to address these questions, drawing upon the centrality of the city of Washington, DC to global geopolitics – the city is host to 177 embassies and diplomatic missions – and to both international governmental organizations and international non-government organizations. It also aimed to foreground the important insights that communication scholars are making in areas as diverse as bioethics, AI, robotics, and cryptocurrencies, while posing questions of how to develop more just and equal societies, and the role that academics can play in crossing boundaries as advisers and activists, reaching out to regulators, industries, civil society organisations and activist groups. 

The speakers presented us with a diverse range of perspectives. Steven Livingston (George Washington U) returned to debates about media framing, to propose that more attention needed to be given to both the transnational dimensions of framing and the role played by both non-traditional technologies (e.g. sensors) and knowledge practices (e.g. crowdsourced investigations) in communication scholarship. Yu Hong (Zhejiang U) emphasized the continuing role played by nation-states in global internet governance, and the emergent cyber-sovereignty debates surrounding the uses of data beyond the internet, in fields such as artificial intelligence. Rania Elessawi discussed the relationship between UNICEF and academics in advancing the Communication for Development (C4D) agenda for benchmarking and evaluating UNICEF’s work worldwide. She also noted that she was the first person from a United Nations agency to be invited to be a keynote speaker at an ICA conference. Gina Neff (Oxford Internet Institute) posed the challenges arising from algorithmic decision-making and artificial intelligence increasingly framing how we communicate, and the dangers of structural biases of gender, race, class and nationality being embedded in these technologies in the absence of contributions and interventions by communication scholars.

The 2019 ICA Conference was the largest in the Association’s 69-year history. There were 3,898 registered participants, and 3,043 in-session presentations and 284 poster presentations, across 621 sessions over four days. In addition, there were 38 pre-conferences and 11 post-conferences, of which 20 were held at university campuses and other non-hotel locations around Washington, DC. We thank American U, Georgetown U, George Washington U, George Mason U, Marymount U, the Goethe Institute, Washington Quaker Church, National Press Club, Unitarian Universalist Church, and the Newseum for being such generous hosts for these events. Pre-conferences that generated a particularly strong buzz included Digital Journalism in Latin America, North Korea and Communication, and #Communicationsowhite: Discipline, Scholarship and the Media, and post-conferences including The Rise of Platforms, Creator Governance, and Badass Ladies of Communication. Some events have generated further calls for action on the part of the ICA, most notably the #Communicationsowhite event, and the demand for greater diversity, equity and inclusion in the election of ICA Fellows. A number of actions around diversity were taken at the conference and subsequently, which can be found in the IDEA statement on ICA’s website that also serves as the first article in this newsletter. 

Other events were very notable at the conference. It featured the first ICA Jam Session, held at the Bossa bar in the Adams Morgan District. Big thanks to Nikki Usher and Aram Sinnreich for their role in bringing together such a great event and for serving as Local Host for the conference. We had the pleasure of a plenary presentation by Naomi Klein, the Inaugural Gloria Steinem Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers U. Undertaken in conversation with ICA Past-President Amy Jordan (Rutgers U), the session critically explored many aspects of what Klein termed the “corporate self” in an age of data colonialism and surveillance capitalism. 

The Closing Plenary explored the future of news and journalism. Held in the International Ballroom of the Washington Hilton, the home of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, an expert panel consisting of Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen, PBS Newshour host Judy Woodruff, and Claire Wardle, the founder of First Draft News, debated a range of issues including the rise of ‘news deserts’, structural bias in media, and who pays for journalism, with ICA scholars Hilde van den Bulck, Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam), and Barbie Zelizer (U of Pennsylvania). 


In the period since the Washington, DC ICA conference, there has been much discussion about the state of the communication discipline in terms of its responsiveness to questions of diversity, inclusion, and equity. While much of this discussion has arisen around specific debates in other communication associations, concerns have been expressed about the inclusiveness of the ICA, particularly with regards to race and ethnicity. As an international association, with members in 87 countries, we see questions of diversity as bound up with the mission to internationalize the ICA, while recognizing structural barriers and inequalities that both create barriers to participation for some members, and constrain the scope and focus of communications research more generally. In this light, I commend the Statement on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA), prepared by the ICA Executive Committee. We recognize that this is part of what will be an ongoing conversation about shaping an ICA that is global in its reach, diverse in its membership, and committed to social inclusion and the public good in its scholarship. 

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President Elect: ICA 2020 Conference Theme

Posted By Claes H. De Vreese (U of Amsterdam), Tuesday, July 2, 2019

As we start thinking about the ICA 2020 conference it is also time to think creatively about the conference theme ‘Open Communication’. Conference theme chair, Eike Rike (LeedsU ) and I are excited about this theme and aim to make it an open (pun intended) and inclusive discussion about open science and our communication discipline. This column includes the highlights from the conference theme call.

The Open Communication theme aims to facilitate and deepen the conversation about Open Science in the field of communication. The movement towards Open Science touches on many aspects of our research practices, and discussing the implications will enable and contribute to a conversation in the ICA and our field more broadly about Open Science. This is an inclusive conversation from which our entire field can benefit.

Open science is oriented toward advancing scholarship through transparency, wide-ranging collaboration, and a focus on the creation of public goods. It is about sharing knowledge about our research process, being up front about research ideas, transparent and thoughtful about analyzing our materials, and ensuring that, when possible, data and instruments are available for future scholars to learn from and to challenge. 

With the theme of Open Communication, we encourage research and panels that cut across research domains and practices. In particular, we also encourage submissions that focus on digital communication, the lockdown of platforms, and the interesting tensions between data science and open science practices.

With the Open Communication conference theme, we encourage scholars to address key questions that relate to collaboration in and the accessibility of our work, such as:

  • What are good open science practices and how can they be adopted in our discipline?

  • What does open science imply for the norms and values that underlie our research work?

  • How do we develop an inclusive open science culture that is respectful of epistemological differences?

  • How do we square developments towards data science, algorithms, and artificial intelligence with open science principles and practices?

  • How can open science enable the communication field to be inspired by, and inspire, adjacent fields?

  • How do we educate both emerging and established communication scholars about open science?

  • What are the roles and responsibilities of different actors (universities, funders, associations, research groups, journals, individual researchers)?

For more specific submission guidelines, please see:


For updates on the 2020 ICA Annual Conference and the Open Communication theme, follow and get in touch with @claesdevreese and @emrinke 

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ICA Board Adopts New Visual Identity

Posted By Stephanie Kelly (North Carolina A&T State U), Tuesday, July 2, 2019

While our association has been around for much longer, 2019 marks 50 years of “ICA” after the organization’s transition to International Communication Association from the National Society for the Study of Communication in 1969. Two years ago, in advance of this anniversary, members of ICA’s leadership team posed to the Board of Directors (BoD) that, given the changes in the membership of ICA and in the field since then, it may be time to investigate whether the then-current ICA visual identity really represented its membership. A task force was appointed with the charge to identify whether ICA members felt it was time for a visual refresh and, if so, to oversee that process. 

You may recall having received an invitation to participate in an online survey about the ICA visual identity in October of 2017 that came from this task force. A total of 1,077 ICA members shared their opinion about the ICA visual identity through the questionnaire. When asked whether it was time for a new visual identity, 66% of respondents indicated that it was certainly time. Only 16% percent responded that the current visual identity should be maintained. Honestly, I was one of those 16% of members.

It’s true. Despite my involvement with the visual identity task force, I was initially against a change. I found the green logo visually appealing and the interlocking letters quite clever. However, after reviewing the explanations for why many of our members thought it was time for a change, I too was convinced. What I hadn’t realized until exploring the qualitative data from the questionnaire, was that unless one’s native language utilizes the modern Latin alphabet, our current logo was somewhat illegible. Multiple respondents commented that while the “i” and the “a” were clear, they appeared to be the only letters (there was no “C” for communication!}, and others responded that the “i” and the “c” were clear, but they didn’t understand the cane shape at the end (cleverly turning the C into a Times New Roman a). For those who were not native English speakers/readers, it was difficult to read. In short, it became clear that we had a logo that was not representative of all of our membership, and it was time for a refresh.

Given this, the task force moved forward with the visual identity rejuvenation. Four requests for proposal (RFPs) were sent out to branding companies and three submitted bids. The task force recommended to the BoD that The Mighty Good be selected for this task based on their portfolio, proposed budget, proposed timeline, and prior experience working with nonprofits. The BoD ratified this motion at the conference in Prague in 2018.

The first step in working with The Mighty Good was to convey that ICA did not need to be “rebranded.” ICA already had an excellent brand, one that members described in the questionnaire as representing scholarship, tradition, prestige, and timelessness. What we needed was a visual identity that represented the good things that ICA already meant to members.

After making the mission clear, the next step was to review the landscape of options. The firm studied visual identities from around the world of universities, journals, and scholarly organizations: it was important to find the visual keys that capture scholarship and timelessness, while ensuring we did not go down a path that was too similar to another design so that ICA would have a visual identity that was uniquely its own. From the review of the visual landscape, The Mighty Good recommended that proposed designs use Serif typefaces, dark colors, and include a shape with the name of the organization. 

Then it became time to consider how to visually represent communication in a way that would appeal to our diverse group of scholars. This became the most difficult task...and in the end was quite impossible. A thorough review of mission statements and descriptions from ICA’s divisions and interest groups made it clear that ICA members actually have a lot of disagreement about what constitutes communication and where the boundaries of communication and other behaviors begin, but that that disagreement was part of our strength. What the divisions and interest groups had in common was the study of meaning and the role of perception in the communication process.

As such, The Mighty Good set forth to create a symbol that played with the idea of meaning and the interpretation of messages. Company designers decided the best way to do this was through an optical illusion—something that, like communication, can be interpreted in many ways. The final design uses 12 lines and four colors. Initially, most people see a pair of interlocked hexagons or 3D cubes (connoting building blocks and intersecting theories/disciplines, with intersecting viewpoints and backgrounds additionally represented by the different colors). In short, the final design captures how people can be presented with the same information and perceive it very differently, which is at the core of what unifies our research landscape. 

The new ICA logo was adopted by the BoD at this year’s conference in Washington D.C. and revealed by Patricia Moy (U of Washington) during the Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony, at which time it was met with “oohs” and “aahs” from the assembled audience. Thus concluded the saga that our witty Executive Director, Lawyer Sawyer, has dubbed, “Extreme Makeover: Association Edition.” Cheers!

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