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Student Column: Welcome Newest Board Student and Early Career Representative, Lara Schreurs

Posted By Lara Schreurs (KU Leuven), Monday, May 4, 2020

Hello everyone!


As I anticipate to begin my journey on the ICA Board of Directors as a Board Student and Early Career Representative, and a concurrent term as Co-Chair of ICA’s Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC) for 2020-2022, I would like to introduce myself to all young scholars at ICA briefly.


In 2017, I joined the School for Mass Communication Research at the KU Leuven (Belgium), and I have been fully enjoying doing research ever since. Because I always had a profound interest in the effects of social media on well-being, my PhD-project, supervised by prof. Laura Vandenbosch and awarded by my local grant organization, explores the role of social media literacy in the relations between the positivity bias on social media and mental well-being. More precisely, existing research is highly ambiguous about whether positive and idealized content on social media harms or benefits young social media users’ well-being. I aim to develop and empirically validate a model that allows us to understand how social media literacy protects young social media users against unwanted social media effects of idealized self-presentations and how it helps them reap the benefits of their social media usage.


As my research is situated at the crossroads of communication theory, developmental psychology, information processing models, and media effects, I have been involved in multiple ICA divisions such as Children, Adolescents, & the Media, Communication & Technology, and Information Systems. Drawing on these experiences, I am convinced that taking part in different divisions is highly valuable for the scientific advancement of junior ICA-members’ research careers. Therefore, I strongly want to support interdisciplinary research among young scholars, which is in my opinion, not only about connecting communication studies with other domains such as psychology but also about crossing boundaries over different communication subfields.


Even though I am only part of ICA for a little longer than two years, it has become clear to me how important the organization is for discovering and learning from the most innovative and inspiring research in the field of communication. By participating in the annual conferences, I gained some valuable academic experiences, which will undoubtedly help advance my academic research career. I strongly believe in the importance of such experiences for all starting researchers, which is why I am motivated to help young scholars get the most out of their time with ICA.


Despite the conference being virtual this year, as a Board Student and Early Career Representative representative, I would like to encourage you to participate as much as you can in all SECAC events, like the Blue Sky Workshop. These sessions still form a great opportunity to meet interesting people, inspire new research ideas among each other, and set up international research collaborations. Plus, as Myrene Magabo (U of the Philippines Open U) has written in the April 2020 student column, there are at least “seven in a thousand reasons” why you have to do so.


If you have any questions in general or ideas on the future of our community, I would be very happy to discuss these at lara.schreurs@kuleuven.be.


But for now, stay safe. Hopefully, I will meet you (online) at the SECAC events.




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Member News

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 4, 2020

Award Notification 

On Sunday, April 26, Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson was awarded the National Academy of Sciences’ Public Welfare Medal, its most prestigious award. The award previously went to, among others, Carl Sagan, Paul Farmer, Bill and Melinda Gates, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Alan Alda, and C. Everett Koop.


The NAS link is here: http://www.nasonline.org/programs/awards/public-welfare-medal.html

APPC’s story about the award is here: https://www.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org/kathleen-hall-jamieson-accepts-national-academy-of-sciences-2020-public-welfare-medal/


On Monday, the National Academy of Sciences announced that Dr. Jamieson had been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.


The NAS announcement is here: http://www.nasonline.org/news-and-multimedia/news/2020-nas-election.html

The Uni

versity of Pennsylvania’s account is here: https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/kathleen-hall-jamieson-carl-june-elected-national-academy-sciences



In July 1998, she was elected a fellow of the ICA. And in 2011, her co-authored book The Obama Victory: How Media, Money, and Messages Shaped the 2008 Election (Oxford University Press, 2010)with Kate Kenski and Bruce W. Hardy, won the 2011 International Communication Association (ICA) Outstanding Book Award.

Congrats to Kathleen Hall Jamieson!


Member News

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) announced today that Professor Barbie Zelizer has been named an elected member of its class of 2020.

Founded in 1780, AAAS honors excellence and convenes leaders from every field of human endeavor to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and work together to advance society. AAAS studies have helped set the direction of research and analysis in science and technology policy, global security and international affairs, social policy, education, and the humanities.

"I am so thrilled that Barbie has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,” said Dean John L. Jackson, Jr. “She is a world-renowned scholar of cultural studies, journalism, and collective memory as well as a preeminent thinker and leader in the field of Communication. This honor is richly deserved, and we are so proud to have her as a colleague here at Annenberg!"

A former journalist, Zelizer is known for her work on journalism, culture, memory, and images, particularly in times of crisis. Her research explores the media’s role in shaping the collective memory of events such as John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the Holocaust, as well as analyzing the conceptual and disciplinary boundaries of the study of the media. Her recent work has sought to provide a vision of why journalism matters and how it must adapt to survive not only structural challenges ushered in by digital technologies, but the creeping rise of authoritarianism around the globe.

Zelizer’s work has played a key role in grounding the contemporary study of news and journalism practices in theory. And she facilitated the process of broadening this field’s scope to include methodologically innovative ways to understand how journalism’s portrayals enrich or constrict the public sphere.

She has authored or edited fourteen books and garnered a range of book awards — including the Best Book Award from the International Communication Association, Media Ecology Association’s Marshall McLuhan Outstanding Book Award, the National Communication Association’s Diamond Anniversary Book Award, the Bruno Brand Tolerance Book Award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance, and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s James Tankard Book Award — which speaks to the originality of her work and her significant contributions to the academic field of journalism.

Zelizer is a Past-President and Fellow of the International Communication Association, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the American Council of Learned Societies, among many others. She is the founder and co-editor for the past two decades of Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism, one of the leading academic journals devoted to the study of the news media.

“This election means the world to me personally, but I am also overjoyed for the honor it bestows on Annenberg, Penn, and the field of communication, media, and journalism studies,” Zelizer said. “Receiving such news in these difficult times is a reminder that better days are ahead, and they’ve just gotten a whole lot closer.”

Zelizer has played an important role in building a bridge between journalism theorists and practitioners. Facilitating that connection is a founding mission of The Center for Media at Risk, which she founded in 2018 to address the urgent rise of authoritarianism around the globe and its impact on silencing media practitioners.

Prior to founding the Center for Media at Risk, Zelizer was the founder and director of the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication, which began in 2005 to showcase the critical role culture and communication play in shaping public life.

Zelizer joins the company of notable AAAS members, including Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Mead, Martin Luther King, Jr., Georgia O’Keeffe, and Toni Morrison. And she is the fourth Annenberg faculty member to be elected, preceded by Elihu Katz, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, and Diana Mutz.

AAAS’s current members represent today’s innovative thinkers in every field and profession, including more than two hundred and fifty Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners. A complete list of the 276 newly elected members is available on the AAAS website





New Book Announcement 

Grounded Practical Theory: Investigating Communication Problems

By Robert T. Craig and Karen Tracy

San Diego: Cognella

From the publisher:

Grounded Practical Theory: Investigating Communication Problems provides readers with an introduction to grounded practical theory (GPT), a framework for doing research about the problems people encounter when they engage in particular communicative practices, techniques for managing those problems, and normative ideas for how to communicate wisely in situations that involve tensions and dilemmas.

Readers learn about the philosophy behind GPT and how its application can strengthen and improve existing communication practices. They review a detailed road map and practical examples for conducting GPT research, including how to analyze discourse. They also learn how past researchers have creatively adapted GPT to study and reconstruct a variety of communicative practices. The text compares GPT with other qualitative approaches and offers guidance for how to choose among different methods. The book concludes with considerations of how GPT may be used in the future.

Grounded Practical Theory is an ideal book for graduate-level courses in qualitative methods or communication theory and an excellent resource for practicing communication scholars and researchers.



New Book Announcement

Murder Inc., How Unregulated Industry Kills or Injures Thousands of Americans Every Year and What You Can Do About It!  features the seven most common behaviors in our lives, such as eating, working, playing, residing, traveling, healing, and communicating, and explains how, due to a lack of safety information, each of these seven can either injure or kill us unless the “safety triad” of government, companies, and consumers follow the steps of “principled disclosure. The author, Dr. Gerald Goldhaber, the Warnings Doctor, says, "Principled disclosure of hidden hazards is an industry - and a regulatory - necessity, when we know all the facts we can make informed choices and avoid needless injury and death." Simply put, principled disclosure means: Tell the truth to your consumers about the ways they may get hurt or even killed by using a company's products. Principled Safety Disclosure will save companies money by avoiding unnecessary and expensive lawsuits, build  a brand’s credibility with customers, employees and other important stakeholders, create a model for a new capitalism and social change, all from just doing the right thing! Some of the 10 steps for principled disclosure are: warn specifically for hidden hazards you may or should know about but not likely to be known by your consumers or employees, clearly communicate both the nature of the hazard and the consequences of exposure, and design warnings conspicuously using appropriate size, color(s), signal words, and location(s). Over the past 42 years, Dr. Gerald M. Goldhaber has emerged as the nation's leading warnings communication expert. For the past 11 years he has published the Goldhaber Warnings Report, Murder, Inc, is his 11th book. To view Dr. Goldhaber on YouTube go to http://www.GerryOnYouTube.com  to learn more about his book go to https://www.murderincbook.com/.

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Division and Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 4, 2020


Dear CM members,

For all the authors and presenters of the upcoming ICA 2020 virtual conference, you should have received instructions via ScholarOne on how to upload your recorded presentations.  Everyone will have until Wednesday, 13 May to upload their videos.

While ICA allows two options for these presentations (Option 1- Each presenter does their own X-minute; and Option 2 - the entire session does a whole video recording with all N presenters) , the CM division would recommend everyone to *follow OPTION 1 by default*. Each presentation can be X minutes long (X = 75 minutes divided by the number of presentations in your session).

We recommend Option 1 because most CM sessions have 6-8 presentations, which makes a single video recording difficult to coordinate.  (An exception to the above recommendation is organized panels - I will leave it to the panel organizers to decide whether they want to pick Option 1 or Option 2. )

I also want to take this opportunity to announce the top paper and top reviewer awards. I want to thank our top paper review committee, Dr. Timothy Graham (Queensland U of Technology), Dr. Hai Liang (Chinese U of Hong Kong), Dr. Drew Margolin (Cornell U), Dr. Jennifer Pan (Stanford U), Dr. Hyunjin Song (U of Vienna), Dr. Damian Trilling (U of Amsterdam), and the chair Dr. Winson Peng (Michigan State U), for selecting these papers.

CM Top Paper Awards (in no particular order)

Institutional Similarity Drives Cultural Similarity in Online Communities

Q. Zhong; S. Frey 

A Computational Approach for Learning Moral Conflicts From Movie Scripts

F.R. Hopp; J.T. Fisher; R. Weber 

How Effect Size, Sample Size and Coding Accuracy Jointly Affect Hypothesis Testing in Content Analysis: A Monte Carlo Simulation Approach.

S. Geiss; C. Monzer 

Reproducible Extraction of Cross-lingual Topics using R

C. Chan; J. Zeng; H. Wessler; M. Jungblut; K. Welbers; J.W. Bajjalieh; W. van Atteveldt; S. Althaus 

CM Top Reviewer

Tim Schatto-Eckrodt, U of Muenster

I hope everyone is staying safe and well. Looking forward to another successful conference.

Cindy Shen (Vice Chair)

Wouter van Atteveldt (Chair)

Annie Waldherr (Vice Chair Elect)



The Feminist Scholarship Division is delighted to announce that Radhika Gajjala has been chosen to be the recipient of the 2020 Teresa Award for the Advancement of Feminist Scholarship. The Teresa Award recognizes work from established feminist scholars who have made significant contributions to the development, reach, and influence of feminist scholarship in communication and/or media studies.

In presenting this award, the Teresa Committee recognizes the impact of Radhika Gajjala’s scholarship in promoting advocacy for subaltern women and in pioneering feminist research of cyberspace. The deliberations noted her leading role in establishing feminist internet studies and expanding critical communication research to the context of global South. She was praised as an innovator in joint publishing and collaborative work.

Traditionally, we honor the winner at a ceremony and reception at the upcoming ICA conference. Because of the conference cancellation this year, the celebration will be postponed till next year. We hope you will be able to join the celebration of the Teresa award winner at the 2021 ICA conference in Denver, CO, USA.



Dear members of the Journalism Studies Division,

In these trying times, we hope you are safe and doing as well as possible.

Our first virtual ICA is approaching, and while it is evidently not what we wished for, we can hopefully make the best out of it and use this opportunity to experiment with new conference formats. ICA has compiled a superb FAQ on conference-related issues, from registration and refunds to virtual presentation formats. Please make sure to read it: https://www.icahdq.org/page/2020FAQ

Here are a few additional emphases and guidelines regarding the Journalism Studies program:

- The planned program consists of 40 panels (23 full-paper sessions, 5 submitted panels, and 12 work-in-progress sessions), as well as a poster session featuring 20 papers. There might be some changes due to the challenges presented by the Coronavirus situation, but we are hopeful and optimistic that most of the program will virtually materialize.

- Presenters should prepare a 12-minute presentation for full papers, 5- to 10-minute presentation for works-in-progress (depending on the state of the project), and a 5 minute poster video file for papers that are part of the poster session. Participants in pre-organized panels are free to decide on the length of the presentations and the format of the discussion, but in all sessions, the overall length of the session should be up to 75 minutes. 

- Concerning the recording of the sessions, there are two main options: each presenter records and uploads their paper presentation individually, or the session’s presenters synchronously record a group video of each presentation in turn, akin to how sessions are done in-person (see further details about these two options in the ICA FAQ mentioned above). Each group of presenters, session by session, can decide which of the two options works best for them. To make this decision, session chairs will contact the presenters in their sessions to coordinate on a plan (chairs will receive further instructions from program planner Seth Lewis).

- Assigned respondents also remain part of the program. If there is a group video for the paper session, respondents can participate in the recording and present their response. Otherwise, for sessions where each paper presentation is recorded and uploaded individually, respondents can either record and upload a video response, or they can choose a different format (for instance, responding to each paper with detailed comments via the chat window). In such instances where a session’s paper presentations are made as individual videos and not as a group, respondents are free to choose the format that works best for them.

- To make the conference vibrant and successful, please participate as much as you can via the chat window—offering comments, raising questions, and stimulating productive dialogue. At a minimum, please be active in your own sessions, by presenting feedback and questions to the other participants on the panel.

- Our business meeting will also be pre-recorded. Watch it for updates on ICA business and for the presentation of the divisional awards! Please let us know if you have any issues you would like us to address in the business meeting. In addition, we will use the chat window of the business meeting to answer members’ questions and discuss any issues you would like to raise during the conference.

Sadly, we won’t be able to have our annual reception, so we decided to donate the budget allocated to the reception ($3500) to the ICA hardship fund. Students and early-career scholars will be able to apply to the fund for reimbursement of nonrefundable flight and visa expenses.

Finally, if you have thoughts or ideas on how the division can best serve our members amid the pandemic and its disruption, please share them with us.

Take care, stay safe, and we hope to see many of you online soon,

Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt, Chair

Seth Lewis, Vice Chair & Program Planner

ICA Journalism Studies Division



Hello everyone,

We hope you are all fine under the circumstances.

With the #ICA20 virtual conference coming soon, we would like to congratulate the winners of our Top Paper Awards:


Evan Brody, U of Wisconsin-La Crosse, "Pride and Progress in the 1980’s: A Textual Analysis of the Gay Cable Network’s “Sports Report”


Jimmie Manning, U of Nevada, Reno, "Queer Identities and Privacy Rules in Online Social Interaction: Toward a Critical Communication Privacy Management Theory"


Lara Kobilke, U of Zurich, "Inclusive, But Exclusive? Assessing the Dominance of RuPaul’s Drag Race for Drag Representation in Social Media"


Graeme Paton (co-authored with Catherine Archer and Lauren O'Mahoney), Murdoch U, "Decontextualisation, Dehumanisation and the Alt-Right: A Textual Analysis of Online Reactionary Discourse towards the Transgender Community"


All the best,

Lukasz Szulc & Shinsuke Eguchi

Co-chairs of ICA LGBTQ Studies Interest Group



Dear Media Industry Studies Interest Group members,

We hope you’re as safe and well as possible during these difficult times.

This is our first Media Industry Studies Interest Group newsletter. The timing seems appropriate, as it’s never been more important for our community to stay in touch. 

Below, you’ll find information about our paper submissions, awards, and guidance on the Virtual ICA conference. 


This year, 82 papers and 9 pre-constituted panel proposals were submitted. We accepted 34 papers, 12 posters and 6 panels. Paper acceptance rate was 41% and panel acceptance rate was 66%.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the 83 reviewers who volunteered. All the reviews were extraordinarily generous, detailed and thoughtful. This speaks volumes about the Media Industry Study community, and we are grateful.


Congratulations to our award winners!

*Top Faculty Paper: American Electronic Data Processing (EDP) Schools in the Mid-Twentieth Century - Kate Miltner (U of Edinburgh)

*Top Student Paper: Why I Left BuzzFeed: What confessionals from former BuzzFeed Video employees reveal about the mythologies and realities of the social media entertainment industry – Michele Meyer (UNC)

*Top Reviewer: Karen Patel (Birmingham City U)


We had a fabulous MISG study group reception planned for the Gold Coast at the Surf LifeSaving Club. It’s a shame we had to cancel, but instead, we’re donating $2000 to the ICA Hardship Fund. This fund is available to students and early-career scholars for help with non-refundable flight and visa expenses. We’re hoping to make up for it with an extra-special party in Denver next year. Stay tuned!


ICA has prepared a helpful FAQ about the online conference: https://www.icahdq.org/page/2020FAQ

More information will be available in the coming days and weeks. 

Meanwhile, here are some additional guidelines and recommendations for the Media Industry Studies Group sessions. We will be contacting panel Chairs with more information shortly.


For the six pre-constituted panels, the organizing Chair will decide on the format and communicate with panelists. Your options are either individual video uploads by each participant, or a group recording via the virtual conference platform.

Those panels are:

     *Hidden Labour in Media Industries

     *Declarations of Independence: Evaluating Independence Across Media Industries

     *Television Production in Small Nation Countries in the On Demand Age

     *Regionalization Matters: Chinese-Korean Integration in Global Media Industries

     *Platforming China: Rethinking Media Globalisation

     *International Dynamics of Streaming


For our seven paper panels, we encourage individual video uploads of 10-15 minutes. Our hunch is that individual uploads will be more convenient and manageable for the chairs, given time-zone issues and bandwidth challenges. However, the final decision is up to each Chair, in consultation with panel participants. Those panels are:

     *Platformization of News: Business Models and Working Practices

     *Media Industry Studies in/of China

     *Screen Flows in the Global South

     *Platforms and AI: Labour, Power, Governance

     *New Directions in Media Labour Research

     *Power and Policy in Screen Industries

     *Television in the Internet Age: Asia-Pacific Perspectives


We also have interactive poster sessions. Posters will be included together in one virtual hall, organized by div/IG, and will be uploaded videos.


You have two choices. Recordings can be done outside of the system and then submitted to the platform for upload. Or you can wait and use the platform itself to record your video (they use an integrated Zoom function). ICA HQ will be providing training sessions/webinars on how to upload and navigate the platform. You will upload your video in the weeks leading up to the conference, before the conferences goes live.


Our business meeting will be pre-recorded. Please let us know if you have any agenda items you would like to include in the business meeting. We will have a chat window as part of the business meeting to answer questions during the conference.

Finally, if you have suggestions about how MISG can best serve our members amid the pandemic, please share them with us.

Take care, stay safe, and we hope to see many of you online soon.

Sora Park, Chair

Ramon Lobato, Vice Chair

Christine Larson, Secretary

ICA Media Industry Studies Interest Group



Dear Members of Popular Communication:

I hope this message finds you safe and well amid the ongoing global events. My apologies for not writing sooner, but as you can imagine it has been hard to make sense of things amid rapid and destabilizing change.

A few updates are in order. First, you are likely aware of the cancellation of the Gold Coast conference and the movement of our meeting to a virtual format. The staff of ICA are working hard to pull the conference together, and it will be, on some level, an experiment for everyone. But we will work hard together to have a stimulating event nonetheless. You can read more about ICA's plans at the following FAQ: https://www.icahdq.org/page/2020FAQ

As for our division's plans during the conference, we have a range of exciting sessions on offer, and will also be holding a business meeting to discuss division affairs. More information about the business meeting will be coming in a few weeks. You can register for the virtual conference here: https://www.icahdq.org/event/ICA20

ICA has established a hardship fund for graduate students and early career scholars who find themselves in difficult financial position due to non-refundable travel. If you wish to contribute to the fund, click here: https://www.icahdq.org/donations/donate.asp?id=19570

Finally, thank you to everyone for your continued support of both Popular Communication and ICA more generally. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to me.

All best,

Devon Powers

Chair, Popular Communication

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Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 4, 2020

Call for Nominations

2020 Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award

Urban Communication Foundation


The annual Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award recognizes an outstanding book, published in English, which exhibits excellence in addressing issues of urban communication. It is named in honor of the late social activist and author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities. All entries must be published between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2020. The book award brings with it a $500 prize.


To nominate a book, please send a short letter of nomination or self-nomination (in the form of an email attachment) to Teresa Bergman and Timothy Gibson, co-chairs of the Jane Jacobs Book Award review committee, at janejacobsaward2020@gmail.com by July 15, 2020. The letter of nomination should describe the book and explain how it addresses issues central to the field of urban communication. For more information on the field of urban communication, and to determine if your nomination fits the award call, please review the Urban Communication Foundation’s mission statement (at http://urbancomm.org/about-ucf/mission-purpose/).


Review process: We will review all nomination letters after the July 15, 2020 deadline and choose a short-list of finalists. Only this short-list of finalists (or their publishers) will be asked to send four copies of the book to the award committee (in August).


Co-chairs, Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award Committee

Teresa Bergman (Department of Communication, University of the Pacific)

Timothy Gibson (Department of Communication, George Mason University)


Email nomination letters to: janejacobsaward2020@gmail.com

Questions? Contact: tgibson1@gmu.edu


Call for papers | Comunicação e Sociedade | Vol. 39 | Who cares? Digital platforms, sharing and regulation in connected economies

Editors: Rodrigo Saturnino (CECS, University of Minho, Portugal), Helena Sousa (CECS, University of Minho, Portugal) & Jack Qiu (School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China)

Sharing Economy is a common expression used to refer to various forms of exchange facilitated by digital platforms involving a great diversity of profit-oriented and non-profit activities with a broad spectrum of social, economic, cultural, and political purposes. The underlying idea of the sharing economy is generally about giving access to unused resources. This model has rekindled the promises of an economically sustainable society shaped by the various forms of connections.

On the one hand, it is considered that the connective power of information and communication technologies has led to the creation of new business models motivated by cyber culture-inspired logics (e.g., open access, collaboration and sustainability), as well as favouring the financial autonomy of users and environmental preservation through a community consumption project on the global and/or regional scales. On the other hand, a more critical view considers that when it is being dominated by large companies such as Uber and Airbnb, Sharing Economy helps to instrumentalise expensive social concepts such as the idea of home, solidarity, and trust to reinforce capitalist interests and reiterate precariousness, technological dependence, and social inequalities.

This thematic volume aims to approach and critically understand the varied interfaces of this economy based on the emergence of digital platforms, considering the scope and scale that such models have contracted in the daily life world. It is interesting to discover, for example, how international regulatory frameworks have systematised and are dealing with the platform operations, and what strategies are being developed by users either to resist and/or to benefit from them. And yet, what are the resilience and sustainability strategies that their users have used to co-exist with such platforms?

This volume of Comunicação e Sociedade is devoted to studies on Sharing Economy. It pays special attention to proposals for articles that result from scientific research work on the following topics:

– Sharing economics and regulatory frameworks;

– New professions and new lifestyles;

– Sharing economics and communication theory;

– Social theory and economics of sharing

– Digital platforms (for-profit and non-profit);

– Digital labour, precariousness and dependence;

– Unemployment through the sharing economy;

– Alternative platform formations (e.g., platform cooperatives);

– Collaborative consumption and environmental footprint;

– Commodification of trust, reputation and solidarity;

– Sustainable forms based on the sharing economy;

– Big data, surveillance, privacy and intimacy

– Social inequality, racism and risk behaviours through the sharing economy;

– Economy of sharing, culture of access and connection

– Covid-19 effects on sharing economy.


Full article submission deadline: 15 September 2020

Editor’s decision on full articles: 15 November 2020

Deadline for sending the full version and translated version: 05 February 2021

Issue publication date: June 2021


Articles can be submitted in English or Portuguese. After the peer review process, the authors of the selected articles should ensure translation of the respective article, and the editors shall have the final decision on publication of the article.


Comunicação e Sociedade is a peer-reviewed journal that uses a double blind peer review process. After submission, each paper will be distributed to two reviewers, previously invited to evaluate it, in terms of its academic quality, originality and relevance to the objectives and scope of the theme chosen for the journal’s current issue.

Originals must be submitted via the journal’s website. If you are accessing Comunicação e Sociedade for the first time, you must register in order to submit your article (indications to register here).

The guidelines for authors can be consulted here.

For further information, please contact: comunicacaoesociedade@ics.uminho.pt


Call for papers

Special issue: OTT and live streaming services: Past, Present and Future

Background and Motivation

OTT is the abbreviation for “over-the-top” and refers to the distribution of video contents over a public network. With increasing popularity of smart connected devices and internet penetration, the global OTT service market is anticipated to grow from $81.60 billion in 2019 to $156.9 billion by 2024, exhibiting a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 14% (Markets and Markets, 2020). During the forecasted period, video on demand (VOD) services, especially subscription-based video-on-demand (SVoD) services and live steaming content, are expected to grow at the highest rate. In the SVoD market, Netflix remains to be the global market leader with 167 million subscribers worldwide. However, its dominance is estimated to weaken with the recent launch of Disney Plus and the rise of Asian OTT service providers. For example, Korea’s Wavve, China’s Youku and Malaysia’s IFlix are just a few local OTT platforms that can challenge global OTT service providers. With Asia being the next lucrative OTT market, severe competition between local and global players is expected.

The live streaming sector is a growing market with significant potential. From professional live content to user-generated content, the openness and authenticity of live streamed contents are engaging more audiences. Top performing players in the live streaming industry include but not limited to YouTube TV, Facebook Live, Periscope, and Twitch. Live streamed content is also popular in Asia with many audiences who consume live streaming content for entertainment and commercial purposes. For instance, Deloitte prospects China to be the largest live streaming market with more than 500 million users (Carnahan, 2020; Deloitte, 2018). Growth in the live streaming sector has led to the establishment of multi-channel networks (MCNs) that offer profound assistance to live content streamers.

Despite the growing interest in OTT services, emerging literature highlights the need for more research. In the domain of OTT SVoD services, many studies appear to examine the platform’s businesses and its impacts on various areas. For studies related to business strategies, case studies and modelling techniques are adopted to understand the service systems of OTT service providers (i.e., Hallinan & Striphas, 2016; Hiller, 2017). Studies comparing different OTT SVoD service providers and their business strategies provide an understanding of the industry (i.e., Park, 2017; Sanson & Steirer, 2019; Wayne, 2018). In light of global OTT platforms’ entrance into different countries, there are studies comparing local and global service providers to explicate the competitive dynamics between them (i.e., Dwyer et al., 2018; Kim et al., 2016). Recent studies further examine this phenomenon through the conceptual lens of imperialism to investigate the cultural impacts of global service providers (i.e., Fitzgerald, 2019; Lobato, 2018). Besides cultural impacts, OTT services’ influence on telecommunication providers, traditional industries, and users are also topics that continue to be discussed (i.e., Kim et al., 2017; Kim et al., 2019; Sujata et al., 2015).

Live streaming contents and MCNs are recent terminologies and thus the literature is still in its infancy. Many prior studies focus on YouTube and examine why and how live video streaming has become the new alternative to mainstream contents (i.e., Koch et al., 2018; Hu et al., 2017). In addition, studies on live streamers’ self-presentation techniques focus on the monetary profits or streamers’ influences (i.e., Johnson & Woodcock, 2019; Lee et al., 2019; Mardona et al., 2018). With MCNs being a new type of entity created for online streamers, prior literature investigates the evolution and role of MCNs in the live streaming industry although it is still in its early stage of research (i.e., Gardner & Lehnert, 2016; Hou, 2018; Lobato, 2016; Vonderau, 2016).

Objectives and Topics

This special issue aims to provide both theoretical and practical studies on the past, present and future of OTT and live streaming services, and their market and policy implications. Considering the wide scope of the Telecommunications Policy journal, we welcome work on various, multi-disciplinary topics regardless of the types of research methodologies adopted. Below is a list of potential topics, but topics for this special issue are not limited to the following:

The OTT market structure and ecosystem;

Competitive dynamics between Traditional pay TV platforms and OTT platforms;

Impacts of global OTT service providers such as YouTube and Netflix on local broadcasting markets;

The rise and prospects of new OTT service providers;

The relationships between content providers and OTT service providers;

AI (Artificial Intelligence), algorithms, and content strategies by OTT players;

Users’ adoption and switching behaviors in OTT service markets;

Determinants of the success of VoD contents in OTT platforms;

Determinants of user engagement with VoD and live streamed content

Factors influencing the success of live streaming channels and contents;

New business models for OTT, live streaming contents and MCNs

Regulations for OTT and live streaming services;

Policy issues related to OTT and live streaming services;

Comparative studies at regional and international levels;

Important Dates

Paper submission: August 31, 2020

Final acceptance: December 31, 2020

Publication: June 30, 2021

Submissions Guidelines

Papers should follow the standard guidelines of Telecommunications Policy and they will be selected competitively according to their intrinsic quality. All papers will be subject to a standard refereeing process.

Telecommunications Policy website for on-line submission:

https://www.evise.com/profile/#/JTPO/login. Choose Special Issue “OTT and live streaming” as Article Type in the drop down menu. Journal information can be found at: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/telecommunications-policy. Authors’ guidelines are available at: https://www.elsevier.com/journals/telecommunications-policy/0308-5961/guide-for-authors. Only original submissions will be considered, not submitted in parallel elsewhere.

Guest Editors

Prof. Seongcheol Kim (Managing Guest Editor, Korea University)

Prof. Hyunmi Baek (Guest Editor, Korea University)

Prof. Dam Hee Kim (Guest Editor, The University of Arizona)

Contact: If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the guest editors: Seongcheol Kim (hiddentrees@korea.ac.kr), Hyunmi Baek (lotus1225@korea.ac.kr) and Dam Hee Kim (damheekim@email.arizona.edu).


Call for Papers

GigaNet 2020 Symposium

2 November (Katowice, Poland)

GigaNet – the Global Internet Governance Academic Network – is now accepting extended abstracts for papers to be presented at its annual symposium. As of now, GigaNet 2020 is planned to be held alongside the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in

Katowice, Poland. We expect our symposium to take place on “Day 0” of the IGF, which is

Monday, 2 November.

Papers on any Internet/data governance-related topic are welcome. Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged. There will be the possibility of a focused subset of accepted papers to be fast-tracked for publication in a relevant journal. Welcome

topics include, but are not limited to:

• The evolution of Internet governance / institutions / norms

• Governance of standards, content, practices, including governance of/by online platforms

• Public/private governance dynamics in Internet policy/technical areas

• Cybersecurity policy and governance

• Digital security and privacy negotiation

• Cryptocurrencies and relations with the Internet infrastructure

• Cross-regional cooperation and initiatives

• Mobilization and social structure(s) in the digital age

• Norm development by states and/or non-state actors

Future-oriented Internet research agenda

• Emerging topics in Internet governance (e.g. public health, emergency preparedness)

• Data governance

• Interdisciplinary perspectives on the governance of new technologies (Internet of Things,

Artificial Intelligence, virtual currencies)

Internet Governance as a field of study

• Narratives, myths and frictions in the construction of the Internet governance field

• Theoretical innovations

• Institutional morphologies and (inter)disciplinary typologies

• Theories and methods applicable to Internet governance research

GigaNet is oriented around the presentation of research papers. The proposed extended abstract should be 800-1500 words long and must describe:

1. Research question(s),

2. Data used,

3. Methodology, and

4. Main (expected) findings of the paper.

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

Reviews of individual papers will be double blind. Please do not include names or any other personally identifiable information on the uploaded file. (Be aware, however, that applicants will submit through the Easychair platform. This records their names and contact information: the program committee chair will be able to see that information.)

GigaNet encourages emerging scholars to submit their work to the symposium. Proposals should be submitted in English. Participation in the GigaNet symposium is free of charge.

For submission, the extended abstract must be uploaded to the Easychair website

( https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=giganet2020 ) by 15 May 2020 .

Important dates:

• Extended abstracts submission: 15 May

• Notification to authors of acceptances/rejections: 15 June

• Accepted authors confirm attendance: 10 July

• Full papers due: 15 September

• GigaNet Symposium: 2 November

GigaNet is an international association of academic researchers founded in 2006 to support

multidisciplinary research on Internet governance. Its membership includes researchers from

all over the world who are contributing to local, national, regional, and international debates

on Internet governance. More information on GigaNet’s organizational structures and

activities can be found on its website at https://www.giga-net.org .




Special Issue of New Media & Society: ‘Digital Inclusion of Vulnerable People: Factors, Significance, Intersectionality, and Policy Challenges’


Over the last three decades, researchers have increasingly understood the existence of multiple and complex digital inequalities that vary in breadth and depth and involve evolving nuances, assigning a multi-faceted nature to digital inclusion and flagging up a complex terrain of hurdles to it (Blank and Groselj, 2014; Borg and Smith, 2018; Brandtzæg et al., 2011; Katz and Gonzalez, 2016; Mubarak, 2015; Tsatsou, 2011; 2012; 2017; van Deursen et al., 2011;  van Deursen and van Dijk, 2014; Witte and Mannon, 2010).

It is widely acknowledged that barriers to digital inclusion are connected with social exclusion and associated social capital and social stratification trends (Clayton and McDonald, 2013) and that those vulnerable and at high risk of social exclusion are also those in greatest need of digital inclusion (e.g., Acharya, 2016; Alam and Imran, 2015; Chadwick, Wesson and Fullwood, 2013; Fisher et al., 2014; Helsper and Eynon, 2010; Menger, Morris and Salis, 2016, Seale et al. 2015, Tsatsou, Youngs and Watt, 2017). Vulnerability,  namely the ‘susceptibility to physical or emotional injury or attack’ (Ståsett, 2007, p. 51), is not a new concept and, while we ought to acknowledge that all humans and populations are potentially subject to conditions of vulnerability, there are some groups, which persistently face conditions of vulnerability, such as ethnic minorities/refugees, elderly, people with disabilities, homeless people, one-parent households, unemployed people, Gypsy-travelers, and others. To shed light on vulnerability in the context of the forces and significance of digital inclusion, intersectionality is a key notion. Coined by Crenshaw (1989) in feminist and gender studies, the notion of intersectionality points to interlocking systems of power and oppression and how they impact those most marginalized in society, acknowledging the multidimensionality of people’s experiences, namely the ‘intersectional experience’ (p. 140) within and outside the digital realm.

This special issue seeks to offer broad and case-specific, theoretical and empirical accounts that shed light on major dimensions, complexities and intersectionality patterns in the digital inclusion of those who find themselves at the margins of social inclusion and most vulnerable to existing and emerging societal challenges. In this sense, this issue aims to constitute a timely and diverse collection of studies of vulnerable people’s digital inclusion that will present original insights into the factors, significance, intersectionality patterns, and policymaking challenges concerning the digital inclusion of those who are vulnerable in socio-demographic, economic, geographic, political or other terms.

We invite papers that focus on one or more vulnerable populations and/or contexts and either offer an overarching (conceptual or empirical) account or delve into a specific case study. Suitable papers will make a distinct contribution to the exploration of the status and role of digital technologies in the lives of vulnerable population groups or communities in today’s society, drawing expertise and insight from the fields of digital media studies, social computing, community informatics, information systems, sociology, social psychology, and cultural studies.  In light of the current COVID19 pandemic, in particular, we invite papers that examine questions of factors, significance, intersectionality or policy challenges in the context of the pandemic and in consideration of today’s heightened necessities for and dependencies on digital inclusion, especially for those most vulnerable.

Hence, the themes addressed in this issue include, but are not limited to:

·         Theorising vulnerable people’s digital inclusion.

·         Vulnerability in the context of digital inclusion.

·         Current state of vulnerable people’s digital inclusion and associated trends and developments.

·         Value of intersectionality for the study of vulnerable people’s digital inclusion.

·         Empirical insights into patterns of intersectionality among different vulnerable populations’ digital inclusion.

·         Continuing or emerging factors influencing vulnerable people’s digital inclusion.

·         Significance of digital inclusion for vulnerable people’s social inclusion and wellbeing.

·         Research lessons and insights for policymaking on vulnerable people’s digital inclusion.

·         Emerging or new necessities for and lessons on vulnerable people’s digital inclusion in the context of the COVID19 pandemic.


Special Issue Editor / Correspondence: Panayiota Tsatsou (pt133@le.ac.uk)


Important dates:

Submission of abstracts (500 words): 22 May 2020.

Notification of decision on abstracts: 22 June 2020

Submission of full papers:  31 August 2020

Notification of peer review outcome: 30 October 2020

Submission of final papers: 1 December 2020


Instructions for authors: Abstracts must be submitted to pt133@le.ac.uk. Abstracts should not exceed the limit of 500 words (word limit excludes author details and list of references).

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President-Elect Column - #ica20 Conference Update

Posted By Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam), Friday, April 3, 2020

As #ica20 is nearing be sure to follow the ICA website, your email, and our social media channels for updates and guidelines on how to do the very first virtual ICA conference ever.


We are in this together. We will be doing our conference at a time where many members are worried and stressed. As we have tried to communicate in the past period, the motto for #ica20 is #WeWillMeetYouWhereYouAre. There will be a lot of flexibility and understanding that participants will participate with different levels of capacity, energy, and ability. That is fine. We will make it as good as it can be in these unique times.


With Eike Rinke (U of Leeds) we are currently working through the theme program on Open Communication. We will try and retain as much as possible to make sure we have space for this important topic in our field.


We see the conference as a space to come together and exchange feedback on our work, to the best of our ability. We see the virtual conference as an important event in providing in particular our student and early career researchers with a chance to get feedback and suggestions on their work.


Having seen the community spirit in ICA in the past weeks we are sure that virtual #ica20 will be the best we can all do! Thanks for being a part of it.



Claes de Vreese

ICA President Elect & 2020 Planner

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President’s Message

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Friday, April 3, 2020

The decision was made by the ICA Executive Committee on Saturday, 6 March that the 70th Annual International Communication Association Conference, scheduled for the Gold Coast in Australia, would instead take the form of a virtual conference. Details of that virtual conference format can be found elsewhere in this Newsletter, and we feel that events globally have borne out the fact that the decision – while difficult at the time – was the right one and the most honest one to make. 

It is worth reflecting how quickly things have moved over the course of 2020. 

  • On 23 January, I was over the Pacific on a QANTAS flight, returning from the ICA Executive committee meeting in Washington, D.C. and a very successful week at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. At that time, Coronavirus was largely being seen as a phenomenon that would be limited to China and perhaps surrounding Asian countries. 

  • On 23 February, the hot topic among the ICA conference planning team was the future of the ICA dance party, and how we could justify discontinuing it – long story about the reasons why – to those who had long been its champions. 

  • On 6 March we informed our members, exhibitors, and the Australian venues that we would be cancelling the physical conference and moving to a virtual format out of an abundance of caution. 

  • On 23 March The Star, which was to have been our headquarters hotel, announced that all of its venues throughout Australia would be closed, putting 20,000 people out of work. All domestic air travel in Australia was closed down, and all international visitors would face 14 days in quarantine. A physical conference in Australia was no longer possible, even if one was prepared to take the public health risks of doing so. 

It was not just ICA facing challenging times. I was reminded recently that on 6 March, the day ICA announced that the physical conference would become a virtual one, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the media that he had been to a hospital treating Coronavirus patients, and had shaken hands with many of the medical staff. On 27 March, Prime Minister Johnson announced that he had the Coronavirus, and would be making decisions for the immediate future from his bedroom. Incredibly, cruise ships were still leaving and arriving at ports throughout the world during March, in spite of abundant evidence about their role as transmitters of the virus. 

Although it is very hard to foresee the future in a time of crisis, it is impossible to believe that the world will return to its pre-2020 normal. A parallel can be drawn between conferences and teaching. The ability to deliver courses online has been around for at least 30 years, with open and distance education formats existing well before then (The UK Open University opened its doors in 1969). But most universities have found themselves scrambling to adapt their courses, and their teaching practices, to online delivery in the first few months of 2020, often using ad hoc and off-the-shelf solutions containing their own risks, such as the “Zoombombing” problem with the widely used ZOOM video conferencing software.

In ICA, we have taken to working with commercial partners around developing a secure platform for delivery of a virtual conference first, before we migrate all activities to that platform, which will occur through April. Going forward, a conversation needs to happen about how we can best utilise such virtual formats, alongside the traditional face-to-face modes of interaction. The experience of conferencing is likely to change after 2020, just as it is highly likely that all universities will be more open to doing their courses online than was the case before 2020. 

Well before COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, ICA was being contacted by people concerned about the ecological impact of long-distance air travel. Images of the bushfires in Australia, which appeared directly connected to the impacts of long-term global warming, had already raised issues for many of our members. 

In making any changes, we will need to be careful about parochialism. Travelling to Australia seems a long way away from Europe and North America, but so too does travel for Europe or North America from the Asia-Pacific. In regions that have not yet hosted ICA conferences, in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, all ICA conferences involve a lot of travel. 

Our traditional approach to such matters has been through measures such as travel grants and bursaries, which ease the financial costs of long-distance travel. As we plan for future conferences, technology-based solutions are also likely to play an increasingly important role. 

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Journal Access

Posted By Tom Mankowski, ICA Director of Publishing Operations, Friday, April 3, 2020

The International Communication Association recognizes that many members will be accessing journal content through their home computers, some for the first time.  As a reminder, members receive access to all ICA journals through our member portal, located here: https://www.icahdq.org/page/Publications.  Members will be asked to login in order for the redirect links to work properly.  If you are not a member, and are having difficulty accessing ICA journals at your university, please first check with your library homepage for their preferred method of access. If you are still having issues accessing content and are looking for a specific article, please contact tmankowski@icahdq.org.

Additionally, Google Universal CASA (Campus Activated Subscriber Access) has been enabled across the entire Oxford Academic platform, which includes Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research; Communication Theory, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, and Communication, Culture, & Critique.  CASA enables Google Scholar users from subscribing universities and libraries the ability to access their content on or off campus. Universal CASA now extends the access capability beyond Google Scholar, ensuring a seamless access journey whenever possible. 

All users will need to initially access content on their device while on a campus network to enable CASA to work remotely, which can be done, for example, by logging in to the university’s digital library system off (or on) campus. Universal CASA will work everywhere Google Scholar currently works.  For more information, please visit: https://scholar.google.com/scholar/help.html#access.

A big thank you to OUP for accelerating the implementation.

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Student Column

Posted By Myrene Magabo (UP Open University) & Sarah Cho (UMass Amherst), Friday, April 3, 2020

Seven in a Thousand Reasons to Attend the Virtual Conference #ica20

Myrene Magabo, Co-chair of Student and Early Career Advisory Committee, U of the Philippines Open U


#ICA20 is going virtual for real! As someone who has been both an on-campus and an online learner, instructor, and online organizational leader, I could truly speak from experience. Virtual meetings, virtual conferences, and virtual classes are for real! They are just as productive. Commonly known to most virtual space learners, leaders, and online educators, there are at least seven (benefits) that can be enjoyed in a virtual conference. 

These benefits include:

  1. Less or zero cost compared to traveling to a conference site. 

  2. Geographical and other limiting barriers are overcome for as long as your Internet is running. You can be anywhere in the world and yet you can be in the conference.

  3. Virtual conferences or meetings allow for better opportunities for sharing and accessing virtual presentations synchronously (in real time) or asynchronously (at any time) at your convenience.

  4. There are increased opportunities, increased productivity, and efficiency.

  5. You may pre-record your presentation therefore giving you better preparation time (i.e., you can edit your presentation before it goes out live to various audiences).

  6. There is less physical stress as you can attend any session right at the comfort of your homes or offices, or you can be in your backyard or lawn. 

  7. Despite the social distance, the meeting of the minds, and creation of output are achieved. 

This year, we will miss the beautiful scenery of the place, the warm handshakes, the voices from speeches and presentations, the hot coffee and tea, the exchange of business cards, the face-to-face social gathering and camaraderie. However, what we will miss cannot equate to the value of noble cause and reason why we must go virtual instead. Look up above. There are seven major reasons you shouldn’t miss #ICA20! See you then!


Sarah Cho, Co-chair of Student and Early Career Advisory Committee


For the last two years, I truly enjoyed every moment serving our great community of student members and early career scholars within the ICA. During my service, I was able to see clearly that the International Communication Association is working hard to keep this academic society running by addressing the needs of various underrepresented groups. However, as a student member myself, I was very happy to see how the SECAC played a pivotal role in promoting the voices of student and early career members. The SECAC has organized numerous meetings, receptions, and workshops for the members we are representing, but, more importantly, we have focused on building networks among young scholars from the global south since last year. Although it is still early to say that the networks fully serve the needs of the global south members, I would like to say that we successfully took our first step toward our goal and continue to move forward. We have tried to expand our own networks as well. For example, the SECAC recently met with the current and newly elected Student and Early Career Representatives of divisions and interest groups. In the virtual meeting, we had a very productive and meaningful conversation on how to further our relationships and expand our roles together in the ICA. I was so glad to be able to play a bridging role between the two groups, and I found myself very lucky to be where we could discuss a way for us to better serve our community of student and early career members. 

Although we still have a month before the ICA conference, I would like to say goodbye because this will be the last student column that I contribute. I will officially step down from the position as a co-chair of the SECAC after the conference. After #ICA20 conference, I am pretty sure that Myrene Magabo, the current co-chair, U of the Philippines Open U, and Lara Schreurs, the new co-chair, KU Leuven - School for Mass Communication Research, will continue these efforts with the support from other SECAC members - Grazia Murtarelli, U IULM, Cecilia Zhou, U of Massachusetts - Amherst, and Muhammad Ittefaq, U of Kansas. If you are interested in working with the wonderful members of the SECAC or the SECReps of your division/interest group, feel free to contact us. We’re here to work with you

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Member News

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 3, 2020


Strategic Corporate Communication: Core Concepts for Managing Your Career and Your Clients' Brands 

By Ross Brinkert (Pennsylvania State U - Abington) and Lisa V. Chewning (Pennsylvania State U - Abington)

Strategic Corporate Communication: Core Concepts for Managing Your Career and Your Clients’ Brands introduces students to essential strategies in corporate communication. The book centers upon the idea that in order to be successful, you not only need outward-facing competencies to represent and serve clients, but also personal competencies of self-awareness and self-positioning to manage your career.

The text grounds corporate communication in theoretical research and marketplace practices that demonstrate foundational corporate communication elements. Each chapter introduces relevant theory related to a particular topic, ways in which the information can support career planning, and how the content and skills covered in the chapter apply in the context of the work environment or future interactions with clients. Practical application opportunities at both the personal and organizational levels encourage careful reflection throughout. The inclusion of SWOT exercises and case studies with guiding questions inspires critical thinking and further exploration.

Strategic Corporate Communication is an ideal text for upper-division undergraduate and graduate-level courses in strategic, public relations, corporate, branding, professional, and marketing communication.

To request a complimentary review copy, please visit: https://titles.cognella.com/strategic-corporate-communication-9781516532735#



Technology and Health: Promoting Attitude and Behavior Change

by Jihyun Kim (U of Central Florida) & Hayeon Song (Gachon U)

Publisher: Elsevier

“Technology and Health: Promoting Attitude and Behavior Change” examines how technology can be used to promote healthier attitudes and behavior. Here is the link to the book on the publisher’s website:



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Division and Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 3, 2020


My dear colleagues,

I write to you during a difficult time in our lives.  For some, you have been facing this Coronavirus Pandemic for weeks (or months) already.  For others, our journey is just beginning. My hope is to provide some news, support, and resources that can be shared with others.  I would imagine that many of you are wondering how the new virtual conference is going to take place. I do not have any information to provide to you at this point, but when I do, I will let you know.  I would encourage you to check your emails from ICA for updates as well as the ICA website and their social media. 

I start with a brief outline so you can get to the sections you need:

1) News:  ICA 2020 Hardship Fund – CAM donation

2) Support and Resources:  Online resources and links to companies providing free educational resources

So let’s get started…

1) News:  ICA 2020 Hardship Fund – CAM donation

ICA is aware that many members have found themselves in individual hardship with non-refundable travel arrangements to Australia.  As such, they have launched a fundraising campaign for PhD students and early career scholars finding themselves with no insurance, support, and non-lenient airlines.

The application link and exact eligibility criteria for the ICA 2020 Hardship Fund will be available at a later time so please be aware of this opportunity. 

Many of the ICA Divisions and Interest Groups have donated from their funds to help grow the Hardship Fund.  After discussions with the leadership of CAM, I am happy to share with you that CAM has donated $2500 to this fund.  Since we are not doing a reception, we re-directed the funds set aside for the reception to the Hardship Fund.

As an ICA Member, you may also make an individual donation.  There are two options to donate:

A. Direct donation:  To make a direct donation, click here: https://www.icahdq.org/donations/donate.asp?id=19570

B.  Contribute your registration refund:  If you registered for the 70th Annual ICA Conference, you also have the option to donate your registration refund to the Hardship Fund. To do so, click here:  https://www.icahdq.org/page/ica2020_refund_hardshipfund

If your institution is able to also make a contribution (due to savings on travels, lodging, social events etc), please contact Laura Sawyer (lsawyer@icahdq.org) so that they can set up a direct contact with your administration and HDQ.

2) Support and Resources:  Online resources and links to companies providing free educational resources

Many of us have been converting our face-to-face classes to online classes.  In addition, parents and teachers may be struggling with resources to both educate and entertain children while they are all home.  I have been compiling a list of resources that I have found over the past few days. Please feel free to share these with colleagues, parents, and teachers.  I realize some of these are US-based, so if you have others you would like to share, please email me Nancy.Jennings@uc.edu or post to our ICA-CAM Facebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/152559428147259/

Here is the list…

Companies/Organizations that are offering free online resources and support for PreK-12 teachers, PreK-12 parents; Higher Education students, and Higher Education faculty

(Updated 3/16/20 at 10:14am)

For an extensive list of online resources for everyone (teachers, parents, students) that is continually beginning updated (so check back frequently), start here:


Below please find some highlights of resources:

PreK-12 teachers and parents:

ZOOM is offering free access to their videoconferencing tool (K-12 only as of 3/14/20): https://zoom.us/docs/ent/school-verification.html?zcid=1231&_ga=2.228851412.995105639.1583699918-735451631.1546545079

Age of Learning is offering free home access to their digital education programs ABCmouse, Adventure Academy, and ReadingIQ. Programs serve students in preschool / pre-k, elementary school, and middle school.  Ask a teacher to set up an account that can be distributed to parents: https://www.ageoflearning.com/schools.html

Oznoz is a new channel for bilingual kids. You can watch over 100 shows in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Urdu, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Spanish and more.  Currently, they are offering free access when you create an account. You do NOT need a referral code when creating the account – simply leave it blank: https://video.oznoz.com/

Tinkercast offers audio programs for children and their grown-ups.  One of their primary offerings is called Wow in the World which leads curious kids on auditory adventures in STEM and is distributed by NPR:  https://tinkercast.com/sendy/w/enFCNwSs0ODaZmbx763q9A3Q?fbclid=IwAR2gIcwN3DQY52x4qnhH2Q1hV_nq7gJkVULsKZiWPdusy3oeQ52pmpvENik

Pinna is offering 8 weeks FREE access to Pinna’s audio-streaming platform to families and teachers.  Just go to https://pinna.fm and use promo code: PINNA4KIDS at sign up.

Free resources from PBS for PreK-12 teachers and parents:

a.      For Teachers, PBS and your local station have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, and lesson plans:  https://cet.pbslearningmedia.org/

b.      For parents, PBS provides free access to activities for kids and parenting information: https://www.pbs.org/parents/

c.      For children, PBS provides free access to activities and programming for children:  https://pbskids.org/

Free reviews, activities, and recommendations of media content from Common Sense Media, a US-based nonprofit organization: 

a.      For PreK-12 parents: 


b.      For PreK-12 teachers:


Scholastic is offering free day-by-day activities for remote learning for children PreK-12 (focus on PreK-6th grade): 


K12 and Higher Education Students:

SPECTRUM is offering free internet to K12 and college students for 60 days in the US.  Call 1-844-488-8395 to set up: https://www.channel3000.com/charter-offering-free-access-to-spectrum-wi-fi-for-students-learning-remotely/

Higher Education faculty:

GOOGLE is making Hangouts Meet (their premium videoconferencing tool) free to educators and businesses until 7/1: https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/g-suite/helping-businesses-and-schools-stay-connected-in-response-to-coronavirus

Top Hat offering free access through the end of the semester.  It is an online platform with “Easy-to-use tools to engage your classroom, adopt and author next generation interactive textbooks, create assignments on the fly and securely administer tests.”  You can use this in addition to your current LMS. https://tophat.com/covid-19-response/

General Resources:

Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (non-profit organization) offers free resources for interactive online learning:  https://www.cilc.org/

Edutopia is an online resource of the George Lucas Educational Foundation which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, private foundation that is operated for educational purposes.  They provide resources concerning online learning and much more: https://www.edutopia.org/topic/online-learning

Google Arts and Culture provides a collection of online exhibits and tours of museums and artwork from around the world:  https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en

In addition to these resources, I personally have been teaching my children and media course online for several years.  As such, I have materials, assignments, and lectures that I am happy to share with you. Again, just send me an email: Nancy.Jennings@uc.edu

I also started a YouTube channel to share my video lectures:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS8Dv02PIiGzdOOFjbU59Kw?fbclid=IwAR3FPHf7MQgOQJe7YciIMB7Qg8t6ZtfnTIUzXJB49lzgXcBYtAXAC6AqXbI

I wish you all the best as we get through this together.  Peace to everyone.


Nancy (and your CAM leadership)



Hello LSI community,

2020 is a big election year here in the Language and Social Interaction Division! We will be electing members to the following officer positions in the fall:

- Vice Chair (and Chair) – a four-year commitment

- Internationalization Liaison (IL) – a two-year commitment

- Student and Early Career (SEC) Representative – a two-year commitment

((Please scroll down for brief descriptions of each officer position.))

We already have two members interested in the IL position, but don’t let that keep you from running for that position or for either of the other two positions! I honestly can’t think of a better way of becoming involved in this community and extending your professional network than serving as a division officer.

Elections will be held in the fall of 2020. Officers elected to these positions will begin service after the 2021 convention in Denver.

Feel free to throw your hat in the ring for any of these three positions even if you aren’t planning to attend ICA 2020.

Thank you for your consideration, and please feel free to email me with questions about any/all of these positions.

Best regards,

David Boromisza-Habashi




The Vice-Chairperson serves for two years prior to automatically moving into the Chair role. The vice-chairperson oversees the convention planning during his/her second year as vice chair and will be a competitive paper/panel reader during the first year. In addition the Vice Chair assists the Chairperson in administering Division business meetings, and assumes the duties of chairperson in the event of the latter's absence, disability, or request.

The Chairperson serves for 2 years. The chairperson presides at all Division Business meetings. The chairperson creates and appoints such temporary committees as deemed necessary; prepares the Division report for the Executive Committee; represents the Division and provide necessary Division reports at Association Board of Directors Executive committee and business meetings; and presents top paper and poster awards at the annual Division business meeting. In addition, the Chairperson oversees the convention program planning during his/her first year as chairperson.


This position is for 2 years and involves generally encouraging internationalization in LSI. In addition to editing the ICA-LSI Internationalization Newsletter, the IL:

(a) gathers opinions and feedback from members of the division or interest group, especially new members from less represented cultures, for example, at times of the annual conference, and convey them to the division chair or vice-chair, or other relevant bodies ICA, in order for them to receive more social support and feel more welcomed at the Association;

(b) liaises across the divisions and interest groups on general issues that go beyond any given unit of ICA;

(c) assists in the planning of ICA annual conferences, helping the chair and vice-chair to pay attention to participants from ethnic-minority communities and the developing world who may need extra help;

(d) identifies the needs of young scholars, especially those from non-English-speaking countries, who may need the training of particular skills (e.g., writing, data analysis), relay them to ICA Membership and Internationalization Committee or other relevant bodies, who will design ways to meet such needs;

(e) participates in and facilitates other ICA internationalization activities such as regional conferences, mentorship programs;

(f) takes initiatives to suggest new ideas for improving ICA’s overall internationalization endeavors.


This position is for 2 years and involves generally reaching out to graduate students and early-career and contingent faculty, mostly through social media but any other networks are encouraged. Specific tasks include: reminding members of any ICA-specific notices (e.g. receptions, travel awards, submission advice, etc.); encouraging members to submit to the division; reminding members of ICA and ICA-LSI travel grants and other funding opportunities; interacting on social media.



Dear MCD members,

It is with great pleasure that I announce that Dr. Melanie Green (u. of Buffalo) is our division’s 2020 Innovation in Theory award winner.

The selection committee chaired by the previous winner, Dr. Robin Nabi, and including three other members Dr. Shawnika Hull (GWU), Dr. Anne Bartsch (Leipzig), and Dr. Jochen Peter (ASCoR)) selected Dr. Green unanimously from among several strong nominations.

Dr. Green was selected as an innovator in theory for her 2006 article:  Narrative and Cancer Communication (JoC, 2006), which the committee noted “generated a movement in our discipline to study narrative, and has itself led to others developing theory in that area.  Further, it has influence beyond the bounds of media entertainment to influence areas such as health communication, info systems, political comm, etc.“

This is a great choice that represents both the scholarship of our division and our understanding of what innovation in theory means. The official award will take place during our division’s (virtual) business meeting in May so I encourage you all to join us and honor Dr. Green.

I am happy to announce the ICA 2020 top paper winners based on scores from our paper competition.

Only full papers were eligible and only “student only” papers were eligible for student top papers.

Congratulations to top student paper authors:

1.      How Gay Men Discuss Their Bodies Online: A Content Analysis

Irena Acic, U of California, Davis, Davis, California, UNITED STATES

Hannah Stevens, Communication Studies, UC Davis, Davis, California, UNITED STATES

Xudong Yu, Communication, University of California, Davis, Davis, California, UNITED STATES

2.      Who Else Likes it? Perceived Gender of Social Endorsers Predicts Gender Equality Support

Jessica Roden, Communication and Media, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, UNITED STATES

Matea Mustafaj, Communication and Media, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, UNITED STATES

3.      Impact of Family Communication Patterns on Adolescent/Emerging Adult Sexting Behavior

Supreet Mann, Communication, University of California, Davis, Davis, California, UNITED STATES

Congratulations to top faculty paper authors (tie for 3rd place):

1.       Spiral of Silence Pathways Linking Perceived Social Capital and Individual Expression on Social Media

Elmie Nekmat, Kookmin U, Seoul, KOREA (THE REPUBLIC OF)

Magel Ordoñez, Kookmin U, Seoul, KOREA (THE REPUBLIC OF)

Ismaharif Ismail, Psychology, National University of Singapore, Singapore, SINGAPORE

Eun Hwa Jung, Kookmin U, Seoul, KOREA (THE REPUBLIC OF)

2.       “Let Me Tell You Our Side of the Story”: Narrative Immersion in a Crisis Communication Media Interview

David Clementson, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, UNITED STATES

3.      Measuring Narrative’s Influence on Moral Intuition Accessibility using a Lexical Decision Task

Ron Tamborini , Communication, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, UNITED STATES

Joshua Baldwin, Communication, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, UNITED STATES

Sara Grady, Communication, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, UNITED STATES

Henry Goble, Communication, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, UNITED STATES

Melinda Raynae Aley, Communication, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, UNITED STATES

Matthias Hofer, Department of Communication and Media Research & University Research Priority Program “Dynamics of Healthy Aging”, University of Zurich, Zürich, SWITZERLAND

Sujay Prabhu, Communication, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, UNITED STATES

3.      The Mechanisms of Profanity Diffusion in Online Discussion

Yunya Song, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, HONG KONG

Qinyun Lin, U Michigan State, East Lansing, Michigan, UNITED STATES

Christine Hiu Ying Choy, Department of Social Sciences, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, HONG KONG

Ran Xu, Department of Allied Health Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, UNITED STATES

Congratulations to all winners. Well done!!






Dear ICA PRD members and friends,

Sorry that this will be a long message.

As you have been informed, ICA 2020 will not take place as a physical conference due to the coronavirus. While we all are disappointed, it is a wise decision to protect all conference participants. With Covid-19 becoming a global pandemic, all ICA PRD officers sincerely hope everyone is safe and healthy!!

We would like to take this opportunity to provide some update regarding the ICA 2020 arrangements:

On 10th March, 2020, ICA has released updates on the conference and FAQs: https://www.icahdq.org/blogpost/1523657/342105/COVID-19-and-our-decision-on-the-70th-Annual-ICA-Conference-in-Australia

Please kindly note that you will have to register for the virtual conference in order to be able to present papers and attend other sessions, including the business meeting. The policy for the virtual conference does not allow members to pay a partial fee for the virtual conference. We apologize for this inconvenience caused. When more information regarding the virtual conference participation is available, we will also update all members.

Some members have approached us regarding the division dinner registration. Yes, with the conference in Gold Coast being cancelled, the division dinner is also cancelled. For those who have registered and paid for the division dinner, ICA Headquarters will provide a full refund of the dinner fee. As ICA is now dealing with a lot of arrangements in the wake of the conference being cancelled, please kindly note that it may take more time for getting the dinner refund. If you have any inquiry regarding a request for dinner refund, please contact Kristine Rosa (krosa@icahdq.org).

If you have registered to participate in a pre/postconference, please contact the organizers directly on how they want to proceed with the pre/postconference. For now, the preconference, Communication for Social Change: Activism, Trust-building, Responsiveness, and Responsibility, supported by the PR Division, is cancelled and registered members will get a full refund. Please contact Anne Lane at Queensland University of Technology (a.lane@qut.edu.au) for inquiries. For the postconference supported by the PR Division, Openness in Communication: Relationships, Organizations and Institutions, please contact Maureen Taylor (Maureen.taylor-1@UTS.edu.au), Jim Macnamara (jim.macnamara@UTS.edu.au), and Mitchell Hobbs (mitchell.hobbs@sydney.edu.au) for any inquiries.

ICA has recently started a campaign to establish a Hardship Fund donation to help graduate students and early career scholars who find themselves with no insurance and non-lenient airlines. Many divisions and interest groups have responded to this call and made donations. Our division’s budget is currently sound but we also want to make sure we have enough in case ICA reduces next year’s budget due to the financial difficulties arising from this year’s cancellation.  In supporting our graduate students and early career scholars, the Division will donate this year’s membership dues based on the current membership number (US$1,416), and in addition up to US $300 from the student travel fund (if the students who received the division support won’t need it for non-refundable tickets) to the Hardship Fund. The Division officers will be grateful if members can support this decision to help some graduate students and early career scholars.

If you have any questions and suggestions or how the Division can be of help, please feel free to contact the Chair, Flora Hung-Baesecke (flora.hung@gmail.com) and the Vice Chair, Ansgar Zerfass (zerfass@uni-leipzig.de).

Please stay safe!

Flora Hung-Baesecke, ICA PRD Chair

Ansgar Zerfass, ICA PRD Vice Chair

Erich Sommerfeldt, ICA PRD Secretary

Grazia Murtarelli, ICA PRD Student & Early Career Representative

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