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Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 3, 2018


Dear ICA-CAM members,

The countdown is on!  Only a few short weeks until we flood Prague with communication scholars from around the world.  I am very much looking forward to this year’s program and hope you are as well. As you prepare for Prague, there are a few things that I would like to highlight. Each is discussed below in detail, so skip/scroll to the information that is most applicable to you.  (And PS, while you are add it, go ahead and SAVE this email since it is full of useful information #protip )

1.      Finding CAM at ICA

2.      Your Presentation – Know Your Format!

3.      Staying Connected

4.      CAM Business Meeting

5.      CAM Reception

6.      Special Surprise!

Scroll down to read all of the useful information!

(1)     FINDING CAM AT ICA. New to CAM this year? Or perhaps just unsure of how to find the awesome CAM scholarship at ICA?  We’ve got you covered with two options to help you out. First, you can use AllAcademic ( and click “View Online Program”. From there, you can select “browse by division” and – voila! – everything you need is in one place.  Or, because your CAM officers like to keep things extra easy, you can just go to the ICA-CAM website and download a brief one page CAM session sheet (

(2)     YOUR PRESENTATION - KNOW YOUR FORMAT. Please make sure that you know the format of your presentation. As with previous years, I have played with a variety of formats (traditional paper, panel, hybrid-high-density, poster, research escalator!) so that the best scholarship has a chance to shine in the best way possible. The program details your format, but if you have ANY questions, just email me to double-check.  And, if you aren’t sure what your format means, you can visit our website for relevant information ( ) to ensure you know how much time you have, how many slides are recommended, and other helpful tips.  This is particularly important if you are part of a hybrid-high density session since these FORMATS HAVE CHANGED since last year! Also, keep an eye out for emails from your assigned chairs and discussants, they will help make sure you are ready to go!

(3)     STAYING CONNECTED. There is a lot of information to share between now and throughout the conference. I will rely on email to help you stay connected, but to avoid clogging your inboxes, I will also make sure to keep our social media space active. #ProTips! We have an active space on Twitter (@icacamdivision) and Facebook, so go head and follow us in one of those spaces to stay connected. And, during the conference, please use the hashtag #ica_cam for an automatic retweet.  Share thoughtfully!

(4)     CAM BUSINESS MEETING. As always, your fellow officers and I would love to see all of your faces at the CAM Business meeting – which will be held on Sunday evening at 17:00 (5pm). Come learn about the planning of this year’s conference, updates from ICA, discussion about our new website, important upcoming initiatives, and more. And - the MOST FUN – help us celebrate our incredible award winners! All CAM members are encouraged to attend (yes, graduate students / early career folks – this means you TOO!)

(5)     CAM RECEPTION. Immediately following our business meeting, we will have our CAM reception (party time!).  Special thanks to Taylor & Francis (JOCAM publisher) for helping to sponsor this event. We will be providing drink tickets during the business meeting, so be sure to attend the meeting before and stay for the reception afterwards!

(6)     SPECIAL SURPRISE. Surprises are always fun, aren’t they?  Well, I have been speaking with the good folks at Taylor & Francis and they agree. So this year, to acknowledge all of the awesome CAM awesomeness, T&F is going to make a select number of articles that I have chosen Open Access for the month following the conference.  The selected articles will be announced at the business meeting, so stay tuned :)

I hope that this information is helpful as you begin to prepare for Prague.  If you have any questions, please email me at  I’m looking forward to a fabulous conference and to seeing so many of you!

Best wishes, also on behalf of your fabulous CAM officers,

Jessica Piotrowski

ICA-CAM Chair & 2018 Program Planner



Dear CM Members,

With the ICA Conference just 4 weeks away, we would like to give you an update on the Computational Methods program.

Session format:

Although this is only the second year for CM to accept and program submissions, we have received a very impressive number of high quality papers, extended abstracts, and panels (well done, everyone!). As CM is still a very young interest group, it is our goal to foster a sense of community and accommodate as many submissions as we can. We opted to have more high density sessions with 7 or 8 presentations rather than “traditional” sessions with only 4 presentations. This requires the authors to present creatively within time constraints (75 minutes per session) - see below.

Note that most of the CM sessions this year will take place at the main hotel (Hilton Prague), except Saturday May 26 and the reception on Sunday May 27.

 Friday May 25: Hilton Prague

 Saturday May 26: Hilton Old Town

 Sunday May 27: Hilton Prague (the reception will be at Hilton Old Town)

 Monday May 28: Hilton Prague

High Density Sessions:

Traditionally ICA encourages presenters in high-density sessions to bring a poster as an additional visual aid to their short presentation. However, this year, due to space constraints,  there is no space for posters on the wall for high density sessions. We suggest that, for a session of 8 papers presentations, participants should aim at around 5 minutes per presentation to allow time for discussion. In lieu of traditional posters, participants are encouraged to bring paper handouts or digital posters set up on digital devices.

Room setup:

In past years, we have sometimes been able to set rooms with round tables rather than theatre style. This year space constraints made this impossible. All rooms are set theatre style to maximize capacity. If a roundtable format is more desirable, session chair and participants might want to pull chairs into a circle or grouping, but please be conscientious about resetting the room for the next session to be fair to your colleagues in other divisions/IGs. Also, there will be no extension cords for plugging in. All devices should be fully charged prior to sessions.

Tool demo:

For the tool demo session, due to space constraints we are not expecting to have special facilities beyond the projector. For this session, please prepare a presentation of at most 3 slides in 3 minutes to show the goal, design, and/or usage of the tool; and be prepared to demonstrate the tool to interested colleagues using your laptop only.

Important Dates:

The CM business meeting will take place on Sunday, May 27, 17:00 to 18:15, at Hilton Prague, M, Hercovka.

Afterwards we will have a joint reception with Communication Science and Biology, Game Studies, and Information Systems, on Sunday, May 27, 19:00 to 21:00, Hilton Old Town, M, Dvorak I.

We look forward to seeing everyone at ICA!

Cindy Shen, vice chair

Wouter van Atteveldt, chair

Frederik De Grove, secretary




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Here is a reminder about the presentation formats of Information Systems Division.  

This year, there is an important change (and the only change) from previous years. Per requirements of our conference venues, ICA does not allow big posters that high-density sessions used to utilize (read more below). To motivate the creative and effective use of the new format of high-density posters, we will select one “Best Poster Award” with a cash award of $100 among high-density presenters.

The three formats of Information Systems’ presentations are the following.

(1) High-Density Sessions of Information Systems Division

In keeping with our time-honored and much loved "high-density" format, the vast majority of our accepted submissions are programmed into this format. High-density sessions are considered our division’s regular sessions. Typically, there are eight presentations in a single high-density session. In these sessions, the author(s) prepares a brief (i.e., around 3 minutes) presentation of their study as well as a poster.  The session begins with a presentation from the author(s), followed by author(s)-audience interaction around the posters in the same conference room.

Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your session starts, allowing time to set up your “poster” and handouts, and upload your short presentation to the conference room computer if you plan to use presentation slides.

Here are the instructions from ICA:

“Please note: Due to space limitations, ICA will be implementing a new “digital poster” format for high-density sessions whereby authors present an abbreviated poster, slides, or infographic on their personal laptop/touchscreen device, or provide paper hand-outs to attendees. High-density posters affixed to an upright wall or structure will not be permitted.”

This change has the largest impact on our division among all the divisions at ICA as the vast majority of our presentations are programmed as high-density sessions. (How to better adapt to this change will be a discussion at our business meeting. Please attend and share your ideas!) To motivate the creative and effective use of the new format, our division will select one “Best Poster Award” with a cash award of $100 among all the presenters from our high-density sessions upon the completion of the conference. More details on the award, including evaluation criteria, will be announced in a separate email next week.

IMPORTANT: Although ICA makes it optional, our division asks each presenter to prepare and bring A4 sized (210 × 297 millimeters or 8.27 × 11.69 inches) paper hand-outs to distribute to interested audience from the session.  The digital poster is optional for our division. This decision is made based on the consideration that some members may not have suitable mobile devices to present a digital poster. The Best Poster Award of high-density sessions will be evaluated based on the paper hand-outs.

Typically, 10-30 copies of hand-outs should be sufficient for a presentation, depending on how many in the audience would like a copy. The authors can be as creative as possible to design both the hand-outs and the digital posters. The hand-out and the digital poster for the same talk can have the same or different elements and design, depending on what the authors think is most effective for communicating their work.

(2) ICA-wide Interactive Poster Session

If your submission has been programmed into the ICA-wide poster session, you need not prepare a brief presentation, but only a traditional print poster. This session is the large poster session organized by ICA across all divisions and interest groups, where your work can be exposed to the largest, most diverse group of audience at ICA. Please read ICA’s guidelines for the posters here:  

(3) “Best Papers in Information Systems Division” and “Promising Student Papers”

As in the past several years, we programmed two full-paper presentation sessions this year.  The “Best Papers in Information Systems Division” session showcases four full-paper submissions selected based on a range of review metrics. It includes one top student-only paper and three faculty-coauthored or -authored papers. In addition, following a new tradition that we started a few years ago, we’ll have a “Promising Student Papers” session that features highly rated student-only submissions. It includes four papers this year. For both full-paper sessions, each paper will have 15 minutes presentation time. No poster is needed.  

Let us know if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you in Prague!

Joyce Wang (Chair)

Narine Yegiyan (Vice Chair)

Zheng Joyce Wang, Ph.D.



Hello members of the Intergroup Communication Interest Group!

Below is a link to the Spring 2018 newsletter with some useful information for the upcoming convention.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Prague.




Hi everyone,

This year’s ICA conference is almost upon us! Below is information about all the LGBTQ Studies sessions and events. You can also check the post on our ICA website – – which will be more up-to-date as the conference approaches.)

A few things we’d like to underscore:

(A) * Conference location *: This year, presentations will be split between two venues:

(1) Hilton Prague (listed in the program as “Hilton Prague”; this is the main hotel)

Pobrezni 1, Prague, 186 00, Czech Republic

(2) Hilton Prague Old Town (listed in the program as “Hilton Old Town”)

V Celnici 7, Prague, 110 00, Czech Republic

Unfortunately, they aren’t right next to each other (it’s apparently a 12-minute walk) and intersession breaks are only 15 minutes, so you may have to walk briskly if you are moving between venues for consecutive sessions.  

(B) Lukasz is a co-organizer for an exciting * preconference  * on Thursday, May 24: Media, Gender and Sexuality in Europe (see below for details).

** There are a few places available for interested attendees. Please email Lukasz at to receive a link for registering for the preconference. Registration is USD25 for early registration (by 30 April 2018) and USD35 for late registration (by 4 May 2018).

(C) Please note the following non-paper presentation events, which all are welcome to attend:

(1) LGBTQ History Walking Tour

Fri May 27 2018, 4:30pm

Meeting point: the red heart-shaped monument of Václav Havel at the Václav Havel Square, beside the National Theatre (see The tour will last about 2 hours. Cost: voluntary donation.  

(2) LGBTQ Studies Business Meeting

Sun, May 27, 11:00am-12:15pm

Hilton Prague, L, Amsterdam

Anyone interested in serving as co-chair of our group starting at the end of the 2019 conference (when Eve’s term ends) is especially encouraged to attend!  We’ll also provide updates about relevant general ICA business as well as LGBTQ-specific items.

(3) LGBTQ Studies reception

Sun, May 27, 6:30pm

Location: Q Café (Prague 1, Nové Mesto, Opatovická 166/12, Post Code 110 00), see: ).

We invite LGBTQ members to come network with scholars working on gender, sexuality and media in a venue conducive to conversation! The Q Café has drinks and light food options (e.g. soups, snacks, munchies, dessert).  

Best wishes for a great conference,

Eve Ng and Lukasz Szulc

ICA LGBTQ Studies co-chairs



* ANNUAL MEETING IN PRAGUE: add to you calendar.

The most important reasons to go to Prague is of course to present your research and learn more about what your colleagues are doing. There will be 43 excellent political communication panels at the conference along with a great poster session!

In addition there are a few pol com events that you might want to know about:

Friday May 25

15u30: Big Questions for Political Communication research: Special panel with leading scholars in the field.

17u: Pol Com business meeting: learn more about how the division works and who will receive an award. Receive some drink tickets for the reception.

18u30: Pol Com reception: Off-Site Reception, Pivolod Boat Restaurant (15min walk from Hilton hotel). Join us for great food, local beers and meeting all the nice people of our division.

Saturday May 26

17u: Political Communication Interactive Poster Session: Be there!

Sunday May 27

15u: Network event for student and early career scholars: see more info below



The Pol Com Division is sponsoring a graduate student and early career networking happy hour at this year’s conference in Prague -- and you're invited!

The idea is to offer an informal venue for graduate students and early career scholars to get to know one another. We'll start out with a short speed-dating-style session to make sure you meet lots of new people, and then let you loose to mingle further. Make some new contacts from around the world, form or expand your international cohort of junior scholars -- and eat some food and drink some drinks!

We've reserved a space at Cloud 9 Sky Bar & Lounge, in the Hilton conference hotel, on Sunday, May 27 from 15:00 - 17:00. (right before the Journalism Studies business meeting)

Please RSVP on our Eventbrite page ( to get your FREE tickets. If you have any questions, please email me (Shannon McGregor, your Graduate Student & Early Career Scholar Representative) at



Special issue Political Communication: Beyond Fake News

Deadline October 1

Political Communication has launched a special issue. We are seeking submissions, full paper submission deadline October 1. Special issue editors are Deen Freelon and Chris Wells. Full call and instructions are found here:

Special Issue - Central European Journal of Communication : POPULISM AND THE MEDIA ACROSS EUROPE

For this special issue we invite submissions that explore relations between populist actors, media and citizens. We ask scholars interested in this topic to submit original manuscripts no longer than 45,000 characters by September 30, 2018. The Special Issue will be published in Spring 2019. For further information please contact:



Dear Public Relations Division members,

The 2018 ICA annual conference is almost here! Many of us still have a lot to do before the ICA conference: some are finishing the 2018 spring semester and others are arranging travels in the middle of the students' exams.  We do hope, however, that you will find a few minutes to read our latest 2018 Spring PRD newsletter. We have lots of information for you in the newsletter! Please make sure to take a short journal affiliation survey (a link is available in the newsletter and here: ).

A draft of the 2017 PRD business meeting minutes is also posted on the PRD website, under Business Meeting Minutes. Please review them ahead of the 2018 business meeting minutes as we will not be able to provide hard copies to everyone at the meeting.

Our Vice Chair and Planner Flora Hung-Baesecke has prepared an exciting 2018 ICA PRD program for us, and many ICA PRD members have been working hard to make our 2018 ICA conference unforgettable. So pack your bags and get ready for a grand week in the Czech Republic!

We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 ICA conference in Prague!

On behalf of all PRD officers,

Katerina Tsetsura

Chair, ICA PR Division

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Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 3, 2018

Call for papers for KACA’s 40th Anniversary Conference Panelists

The Korean Wave in the 21st Century: From an Asian Sensation to a Global Culture

In the early 21st century, Korea has emerged as one of the most significant non-Western cultural centers for the production of transnational popular culture and digital technologies. The Korean cultural industries have developed many of their cultural products, such as television programs and films, and expanded the export of these products to the global markets. Consequently, Korean popular culture as consisting of non-Western based cultural genres has rapidly become a global sensation wherein Western audiences as well as non-Western audiences enjoy several local cultural forms, including K-pop, films, television programs, and digital games. The Korean Wave—known as Hallyu—has especially diversified its exported cultural genres in the midst of changing media ecology surrounding digital technologies, which means that the Korean Wave has experienced a fundamental change with social/digital media, such as YouTube, Facebook, Netflix, and smartphones in the 2010s.

More significantly, the Korean Wave has become one of the most significant parts of communication studies and Korean studies as it passed its 20th anniversary in 2017. In this panel session, we will discuss not only the historical change and evolution of Hallyu, but also the future of the Korean Wave. This panel critically and historically contextualizes the nascent development of Korean popular culture and digital technologies, while investigating the possibility of the advancement of new theoretical perspectives in the fields of globalization studies, Korean studies, and communication studies.

Potential topics for this panel include (but are not limited to):

-         Historical change of the Korean Wave

-         Social media embedded Hallyu

-         Future directions of Hallyu

-         Theoretical Interpretations of the Korean Wave

-         Comparison studies of Hallyu and Asian cultural industries

If you are interested in participating in the panel, please submit title, author information, and abstract (more than 150 words) to Dr. Dal Yong Jin ( by May 15, 2018.

This panel session is sponsored by Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (한국국제문화교류진흥원).


Brooke Erin Duffy,

Call for Submissions: Special Collection on "The Platformization of Cultural Production" in SM+S

Greetings, all:

We are pleased to announce a call for submissions to a special themed collection of Social Media + Society  on “The Platformization of Cultural Production.” The deadline for 750-word abstracts is May 15, 2018. As you will see below, authors of accepted abstracts are invited to attend a workshop at the University of Toronto on October 8-9, 2018; Day 1 will feature a workshop hosted by the McLuhan Centre.

The full call is pasted below or available online here. Please contact the editors with questions at


Brooke Duffy, David Nieborg, & Thomas Poell



Special collection of Social Media + Society (Open Access Journal)

The Platformization of Cultural Production

Abstract submission deadline: May 15, 2018

Full paper submission deadline: September 15, 2018

Editors: Brooke Erin Duffy (Cornell University), David B. Nieborg (University of Toronto), Thomas Poell (University of Amsterdam)

This thematic issue explores the platformization of cultural production against the backdrop of wider transformations in the technologies, cultures, and political economies of digital media. Platformization describes the process by which major tech companies—GAFAM (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft) in the West, and the so-called “three kingdoms” of the Chinese internet (Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent) in Asia—are reconfiguring the production, distribution, and monetization of cultural products and services. The logic of platformization is impacting traditional cultural industries (e.g., music, news, museums, games, and fashion), as well as emergent digital sectors and communities of practice, such as livestreaming, podcasting, and “Instagramming.” Accordingly, new industrial formations and partnerships are constantly being wrought; for example, newspapers increasingly host their content on Facebook, and game developers offer their products in app store!

s operated by Apple and Google.

Given the acceleration and intensification of digital platforms in the cultural circuit, there is a pressing need to interrogate the stakes of platformization for content producers and for the cultural commodities they circulate among digitally networked audiences. We invite theoretical and/or empirical contributions addressing platform power and political economies vis-à-vis cultural production. Owing to the relative recency of research on platformization, this topic warrants an interdisciplinary focus including scholarship from such fields as media and communication studies, platform studies, software studies, political economy of communication, (media) production studies, and business studies. Platformization exacts widely variable costs across different spheres of life, and regional and sectoral boundaries. We therefore invite scholars to contribute papers which advance our understanding of how the platformization of particular sectors and practices takes shape within s!

pecific geo-national contexts, as well as how this involves new modes of content moderation and algorithmic curation, evolving forms of labour exploitation, and app-based systems of distribution and monetization.   

We are especially interested in articles that shed new light across these themes:

-Theoretical approaches to platformization and the social, cultural and technological contexts of platform-dependent modes of cultural production.

-Intersectional approaches that are sensitive to the gendered, classed, and racial specificity of platform-dependent modes of cultural production.  

-Political economic approaches to platformization, including the implications for cultural producers and labor relations, as well as relationships among different institutional actors in platform ecosystems.

-Regional approaches to platformization. For example, the impact of the platformization of cultural industries in particular countries, or regions, such as the European Union.    

-Sectoral studies of specific industry sectors and modes of cultural production and circulation such as journalism, game and music production, museums, or emerging ‘platform-native’ practices such streaming and vlogging.  

-Historical approaches to platformization. Contributions that investigate the transformation of specific production practices as they become integrated with, or dependent on digital platforms.

-The policy implications of platformization on a local, national or regional level, or studies of policy interventions.

-Formal and informal efforts to resist platformization, such as the development of platform independent subscription-based distribution and monetization models.

-Infrastructural approaches that are sensitive to the material dimensions of platform-based modes of cultural production.

-Methodological interventions, which reflect on the methodologies employed when researching cultural production in platform ecosystems.  


-750-word abstracts should be emailed to by May 15, 2018. The abstract should articulate: 1) the issue or research question to be discussed, 2) the methodological or critical framework used, and 3) indicate the expected findings or conclusions. Decisions will be communicated to the authors by June 1, 2017.

-Full papers of the selected abstracts should be submitted by September 15, 2018 to be discussed at the workshop.

-On October 8-9, 2018 (right before AoIR2018), the special collection editors will organise a 2-day event hosted by the University of Toronto. Day 1 will feature a workshop hosted by the McLuhan Centre <>. Workshop participation is not a condition for being included in the special collection. The workshop provides all thematic issue contributors an opportunity for debate and an initial round of feedback on the papers. Accommodation and catering during the event will be covered for accepted contributors. There is limited travel support for junior scholars.

-The deadline for submitting the revised paper for double blind peer-review is December 1, 2018.

-The planned publication date of this special collection of Social Media + Society is in the second half of 2019.


Call for Papers: LGBTQ-Television Panel

Together, the Television area and the LGBTQ Studies area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association seek proposals for a co-sponsored panel at the 2018 conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

We invite papers that examine any aspect of the relationship between television and the LGBTQ community. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

*      Will & Grace, revivals

*      Pose, the Ryan Murphy empire

*      Riverdale, queerbaiting and youth culture

*      When We Rise, social movements on television

*      Queer Eye, makeover shows in the Trump era

*      Black Lightning, intersections of race, gender and sexuality

*      RuPaul’s Drag Race, intersecting femininity and masculinity

*      Historical perspectives of LGBT representation on television

*      Mainstream trends and media “gaystreaming”

*      Television advertising and LGBT audiences

*      The impact of streaming on the LGBT genre

*      Queer characters and narratives

*      Representation and stereotypes

All theoretical viewpoints and methodologies are welcome.

Deadline: June 30, 2018

To submit your proposal, visit

You may submit your paper to either Television or LGBTQ Studies (not both) for your paper to be considered for inclusion in the co-sponsored panel.  Please note your desire to submit to the co-sponsored panel in your submission.

For questions, contact: Candice Roberts,

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Available Positions and Job Opportunities

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 3, 2018

School of Music, Humanities & Media
Professor/Reader in Media and Communication (up to 3 posts)

Competitive remuneration package
Permanent, Full Time
Ref: R3408

The Department of Media, Journalism and Film at the University of Huddersfield seeks to appoint scholars who are world-leading in research and teaching. You will significantly advance the Department’s ambitious programme of expansion and its strategic goals of international excellence and leadership in the study of digital media and culture.

We welcome applications from scholars with expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Internet Studies

  • Digital Methods

  • Quantitative Methodologies

  • Participatory and Social Media

  • Audience, Fan and Media Use Studies

  • Media Work and Industries

  • Digital Journalism and Political Communication

  • Advertising, Promotion and Promotional Culture

  • Screen Studies

  • Media Sport

The Department is committed to internationalisation and encourages applications from candidates able to examine such areas in their local and global contexts and a proven record of international collaboration.

The Department is also home to the University’s newly formed Centre for Participatory Culture The Centre explores practices, motivations and manifestations of participation and the social, cultural, political, technological and economic premises and consequences of media convergence and participatory engagements. You will benefit from the Centre’s collaborative research culture and will be expected to significantly advance the work of the Centre conceptually, methodologically and empirically. The School of Music, Humanities and Media is a research intensive school, reflected in recent successes including a very strong REF2014 performance, significant income generation and the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its work in contemporary music. You will further the School’s position as a centre of excellence for research in the humanities and creative industries by undertaking world leading research and impact work, and through the generation of substantive research and enterprise income. You will also offer research leadership and mentoring to early career researchers.

The University has been recognised as a gold-rated institution in the Teaching Excellence Framework and is committed to highest standards in the generation and dissemination of knowledge. Our Department is home to an exciting and newly revised portfolio of undergraduate programmes including Media Studies; Creative Media & Production; Media, Promotional and Advertising; Sports, Broadcast and Music Journalism; and Film Studies – a Masters in Participatory Culture and Social Media, and doctoral programmes in Media and Communication as well as Fan Studies. You will contribute to the delivery, management and development of these programmes and be able to evidence highest standards of teaching and capacity to engage and inspire diverse student cohorts. For an informal discussion of the role, please contact Professor Cornel Sandvoss (, Head of Department of Media, Journalism and Film.

For further details about this post and to make an application please visit
Closing Date: 13 May 2018
Interview Date: w/c 11 June 2018
Working for Equal Opportunities.
Innovative University. Inspiring Employer



School of Music, Humanities & Media
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication (up to 4 posts)

Lecturer: £33,829 - £38,052 p.a.
Senior Lecturer: £39,190 - £49,604 p.a.
Permanent, Full Time
Ref: R3409

The Department of Media, Journalism and Film at the University of Huddersfield seeks to appoint scholars with exceptional potential and a proven record of international excellence in research and teaching. You will demonstrate a desire to contribute to the Department’s ambitious programme of expansion and its strategic goals of international excellence and leadership in the study of digital media and culture.

We welcome applications from scholars with expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Internet Studies

  • Digital Methods

  • Quantitative Methodology

  • Participatory and Social Media

  • Audience, Fan and Media Use Studies

  • Media Work and Industries

  • Digital Journalism

  • Political Communication

  • Advertising, Promotion and Promotional Culture

  • Screen Studies

  • Media Sport

The Department is committed to internationalisation and encourages applications from candidates able to examine such areas in their local and global contexts.

The Department is also home to the University’s newly formed Centre for Participatory Culture The Centre explores practices, motivations and manifestations of participation and the social, cultural, political, technological and economic premises and consequences of media convergence and participatory engagements. You will benefit from the Centre’s collaborative research culture and are expected to complement and enhance the work of the Centre conceptually, methodologically and empirically.

Our School of Music, Humanities and Media is a highly research intensive school, reflected in a number of recent successes including a very strong performance in REF2014, significant income generation and the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its work in contemporary music. You will further the School’s position as a centre of excellence for research in the humanities and creative industries by demonstrating international excellence and potential for world leading research in their outputs and impact work, and through the generation of research and enterprise income.

The University has been recognised as a gold-rated institution in the Teaching Excellence Framework and is committed to highest standards in the dissemination as much as in the generation of knowledge. Our Department is home to an exciting and newly revised portfolio of undergraduate programmes including Media Studies; Creative Media & Production; Media, Promotional and Advertising; Sports, Broadcast and Music Journalism; and Film Studies – a Masters in Participatory Culture and Social Media, and doctoral programmes in Media and Communication as well as Fan Studies. You will contribute to the delivery, management and development of these programmes and be able to evidence highest standards of teaching and capacity to engage and inspire diverse student cohorts. For an informal discussion of the role, please contact Professor Cornel Sandvoss (, Head of Department of Media, Journalism and Film.

For further details about this post and to make an application please visit

Closing Date: 13 May 2018
Interview Date: w/c 11 June 2018
Working for Equal Opportunities.
Innovative University. Inspiring Employer



Department of Communication Arts and Sciences
Assistant or Associate Professor in Communication Arts and Sciences/Co-Hire with the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University seeks to hire a tenure-track or tenured assistant or associate professor whose research advances communication theory, complements departmental strengths in interpersonal communication and social influence, demonstrates a sophisticated command of quantitative methods, and connects to the life sciences. This position consists of a full-time appointment as a Communication Arts and Sciences faculty member, which is co-funded 50% by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. For more information or to apply, visit

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by August 1, 2018 are guaranteed full consideration. The start date for the position is August 2019.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

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.



Post Doctoral Scientist, Political Communication (Research and Post Doctoral Scientist)

The postdoctoral scientist works under Professor Robert Entman, Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs conducting research focused on politics and policies affecting inequality and on media biases, using computerized content analysis of media. Duties include conducting quantitative content analysis of news media texts using both computerized and hand coding, supervising undergraduate research assistants performing content analysis coding, overseeing the analysis of data and documentation of results and preparing and publishing scientific papers with Professor Entman. This is a six-month limited term position that starts on July 1, 2018 and finishes December 31, 2018. Qualified candidates will hold a PhD in a related discipline. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Successful candidate will have published research or record suggesting great promise as demonstrated by scholarly works in progress, writing samples and recommendations. Preference given to individuals with experience in computerized content analysis.

The University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory, diverse work environment. The University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law in any of its programs or activities. For more information and to apply, visit:




Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Communication

Marist College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track assistant professor in Communication, specializing in strategic communication to begin in the fall of 2018. Candidates will teach courses that align with his/her expertise, selected from a range of courses including introductory courses in publicrelations and advertising, media strategy, research methods, data insights and analytics.

At the undergraduate level, there are more than 750 communication majors across five concentrations, making it one of the largest and most dynamic departments on campus. In addition, there are about 150 students in our online graduate programs in 1) integrated marketing communication, and 2) in communication with a focus on organizational communication and leadership.

This faculty member will serve as the Director of Special Projects for the School of Communication and the Arts and receive release time for this administrative work.  As a part of this assignment, he/she will have two primary responsibilities: to work closely with the dean and faculty on different special projects associated with the School, including the Center for Social Media and our partnership with the Direct Marketing Association; and to develop and implement a strategy for branding and marketing of the school, including maintaining the School website, including the “In The News” section, overseeing the School’s social media presence, and serving as editor of the school magazine Foxtalk.


Ph.D. in communication or relevant field with professional experience in communications or related field desired. Ideal candidates will have college teaching experience, with graduate and/or online teaching experience a plus.

About Marist

Located on the river in the historic Hudson River Valley and at its Florence, Italy branch campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist is consistently recognized for excellence by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures & The Best 380 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (9th Best Regional University/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. Though now independent, Marist remains committed to the ideals handed down from its founders, the Marist Brothers: excellence in education, a sense of community, and a commitment to service. Marist educates approximately 4,900 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,400 adult and graduate students in 47 undergraduate majors and 14 graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees.


To learn more or to apply, please visit Only online applications are accepted.

Marist College is strongly committed to the principle of diversity and is especially interested in receiving applications from members of ethnic and racial minority groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and persons from other under-represented groups.


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Blue Sky Workshops in Prague

Posted By Patricia Moy, President-Elect (U of Washington), Monday, April 2, 2018

While research presentations constitute the lion’s share of sessions in Prague, the conference program also includes more than two dozen Blue Sky Workshops. A relatively recent tradition at ICA, these smaller sessions have fostered ideas and provided opportunities for disciplinary, intellectual, and professional growth. This year’s offerings promise the same.

Division-specific concerns

The list of division-specific Blue Sky Workshops is robust. Our Prague program includes workshops that discuss, for instance: whether public relations and advertising should remain two distinct fields with distinguished areas of research and practice (Sunday, 9:30-10:45); new research strategies for studying children’s interactions with digital technologies (Sunday, 11:00-12:15); political discourse and rhetoric in the digital age (Friday, 9:30-10:45); and attempts to map the future of public-diplomacy research (Monday, 17:00-18:15). Other workshops have a decidedly more methodological focus, such as those examining: language and social-interaction approaches to analyzing identity in interaction (Sunday, 15:30-16:45); methodological issues in conducting communication-history scholarship (Monday, 14:00-15:15); and applications of critical discourse analysis (Monday, 8:00-9:15).

Professional development

While division-specific workshops speak to certain groups of scholars with particular intellectual interests, the menu of Blue Sky Workshops includes a few on professional development, with implications for scholars at multiple stages of their career. One workshop focuses on various aspects and implications of using social media for career development and/or self-promotion (Sunday, 9:30-10:45). Another identifies the challenges of entering an academic job market and involves the exchange of advice for early-career scholars (Sunday, 8:00-9:15). A third workshop discusses graduate-student mentorship and is geared toward converging on a set of best practices (Monday, 11:00-12:15).

Teaching is a significant component of many scholars’ professional persona, and some of our Blue Sky Workshops address pedagogical issues. Conference attendees can explore evidence-based teaching strategies (Saturday, 14:00-15:15) or approaches to more deeply integrate high-impact activities and issues of diversity into skills courses (Friday, 9:30-10:45). Attendees also can learn about strategies to reduce noise from their visual presentations and move toward increased audience comprehension and retention (Monday, 17:00-18:15).

Our discipline vis-à-vis the world today

Last but not least, the Prague program includes a few Blue Sky Workshops that speak directly to some larger sociopolitical developments that have implications for our discipline. One focuses on sexual and racial harassment and hostile climates in higher education (Sunday, 14:00-15:15) and another is designed to share best practices for mitigating researcher risk as scholars increasingly come under attack for their work (Sunday, 17:00-18:15). Finally, against a backdrop of global migration and growing populism, another workshop focuses on best practices in quantitative and qualitative studies of race (Saturday, 12:30-13:45).

This year’s Blue Sky Workshops originated from all corners of ICA and touch upon markedly different facets of what it means to be a communication scholar. The small-group and highly interactive format of these workshops offer great potential for the exchange of ideas and voices, and I hope you’ll be able to attend some of them.

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President's Message

Posted By Paula Gardner, President (McMaster U), Monday, April 2, 2018

I have spent the morning assuring board members that the spammed emails sent to them in my name are in fact spam. I have written to none of you to ask if you can “meet me now” or to urgently request you send me iTunes gift cards—promise. Yet, the good board members of ICA are taking the time to follow up, in case I have asked for their help or advice (which I often do), or am suffering a lack of iTunes gift cards (which I am not). These are generous efforts, despite the many clues that these emails are a waste of their time. I am told by IT experts that I have been “spoofed,” which has created unanticipated affective labor, inciting ICA members to demonstrate politeness via an inquiry to me. I expect the spoofer is wringing his hands in delight at the “havoc” wrecked.  

These are events we can anticipate will continue in our daily lives as members of the global community and the global economy of email services and social networks.  While I have experienced past attempts to hack my email, crucially, this approach is less detectable and more straightforward—someone has simply assumed my identity to create a (spoofed) Gmail account. The emails could reasonably be read as “real,” and in fact were not detected by recipients’ spam filters. While ICA members expect I would email them from my university account, in fact, many of us avoid those accounts (because they are so often hacked) and instead use other accounts to contact colleagues—like Gmail.   

These kind of unanticipated spoofing events are annoying but also reason to pause, to consider the potential reasons we trust, don’t trust or assume nefariousness lies in technology. Google has been critiqued for the unapproved and unethical sale of user data so it’s hard to predict the legs that could run with this flurry of spoofed emails. As media scholars, we have our antennas raised, ready to recognize the next hack, spoof or outright falsification, often targeting emerging technologies. We are on high alert to the incoming onslaught of new techs that falsify, such as new AI technology that ‘grafts’ realistic mouth movements onto video, to literally put (false) words into mouths. Surely such grafting accusations will be the subject of front page media in forthcoming elections. We often resolve to address these hacks via technological responses—learning to interrogate the metadata of such files to detect falsification. Any yet, sometimes it's the simpler falsifications that escape our attention- like just signing up for an email account using someone else’s name. Genius. I take this as evidence that we need to be equally alert to the mundane, less technologically astute practices of deception operating in this global information age.

In the meantime, let’s have a code word. If I write to you, I will use the word “POTICA” (President of the ICA) in the subject line- at least until May when I will be honored to hand over the helm to incoming President Patricia Moy. In the meantime, don’t alert any spoofers, grafters, spammers or hackers to our secret code.

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Fair Use Q&A

Posted By Patricia Aufderheide (American U), Monday, April 2, 2018

Dear ICA,

I’m just starting out my teaching career, at a small liberal arts college. We don’t have deep pockets here, and I’m looking for free-to-use material for student projects. But I’m a bit overwhelmed by the number of different kinds. What is the difference between fair use, public domain, Creative Commons and copyright? How do I know which avenue to pursue for any given clip?

Thanks for your help! Marcos


Dear Marcos,

No need to worry! Here’s a quick breakdown:

Public domain: This is material in which there is no copyright. Generally, in the U.S., if the media was created prior to 1923 (with this date advancing one year every year from 2018), you can usually assume it falls in the public domain and therefore is not subject to copyright law, and you can do what you want with it. The work may also be in the public domain in a few other cases, including if it was created by a federal government employee during work hours, and assuming it does not incorporate copyrighted material.


Creative Commons: These are general licenses that someone puts on their own work, because they want people to use it without their permission. Different licenses have different terms, so you need to check the terms of the particular license. However, you can fairly use any Creative Commons-licensed material, as well.


Fair use: Fair use, a U.S. copyright doctrine relevant to U.S.-based work of any kind, is the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment, if the use you are making of that material is different from the market purpose, and you are using an amount appropriate to the re-use. For more information on what types of uses are covered by fair use, take a look at ICA’s Codes of Best Practices for Fair Use. Your students might also be interested in the fair use codes on journalism, documentary filmmaking and research libraries.



Patricia Aufderheide for ICA

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Student Column: ICA program: Here’s what to look out for as a Student and Early-Career Scholar

Posted By Ido Ramati (U of Jerusalem) and David Cheruiyot (Karlstad U), Monday, April 2, 2018

If you have looked at the ICA program and wonder what events to include to your personal schedule, here is a plan for you.

Every year, the ICA Students and Early-Career Advisory Committee (ICA-SECAC) organizes a Business Meeting (i.e. a members’ forum), Blue Sky Workshops, and a sponsored evening reception. This year is no different.

To begin with, as a first-timer at ICA Conference you are highly encouraged to attend the New Member/Student and Early Career Orientation session. Your first time at the annual conference, attended by over 2,000 delegates, can be overwhelming. The new members’ meeting introduces you to ICA and provides you with tips for having a meaningful conference. Here you will have opportunity to interact with the Executive Committee members, including its current and previous ICA presidents as well as a host of ICA fellows who are distinguished media and communication scholars. As a student and early-career member you get that rare opportunity to shape the agenda of the association and its future direction. This session is of course open to all.

An important event, not just for new members but for all students and early-career scholars, is ICA-SECAC’s Annual Business Meeting. This meeting gives you an opportunity to understand better the place of the association in ICA. Here you will meet representatives of students and early-career scholars from ICA’s 32 divisions and interests groups. You will also meet the six executive members of SECAC, who include the current chair Tamar Lazar (U of Haifa) and deputy chair Julie Escurignan (U of Roehampton), the two student members in ICA’s Executive Board. Lazar and Escurignan will co-chair the meeting.

At this meeting you can ask questions about SECAC and its functions as well as raise your voice on how ICA can improve your experience as a student or early-career scholar.

Apart from Business Meetings, two more events will be both engaging and exciting: the Blue Sky Workshop and the SEC reception.

This year’s Blue Sky Workshop is entitled, “Social Media for Academics”.  If you are curious about ways social media can build your academic career, this BSW is for you. The BSW will address opportunities and challenges for academics in using social media for self-promotion and career development. This year is special as we are jointly organizing the BSW with the Young Scholars Network of the European Communication Research and Education Association (YECREA) (ECREA is the biennial conference for media and communication researchers in Europe).

Our panelists will be Veronika Karnowski, postdoctoral researcher at Ludwig Maximilian U of Munich, Valerie Belair-Gagnon, assistant professor of journalism studies at the U of Minnesota and Karin Fikkers, a postdoctoral researcher at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research.

Raul Ferrer (YECREA), Karlstad U, will co-chair the BSW together with our ICA-SECAC executive committee member Camella Rising,George Mason University.

The Annual Reception for Student and Early Career Scholars promises to be more exciting than ever for two reasons: first, it takes place at the Hangar Bar, a typical Czech bar with a flight theme, inspired by the boom of the passenger aviation led by the Pan Am Airlines in the 1940-60’s. The bar reconstructs the luxurious atmosphere of that era. In addition, thanks to ICA conference organizers and our very kind sponsors, we will have free food, drinks, music, and more surprises for you!

The reception will give you the opportunity to meet new colleagues from all over the world in an informal and fun setting, and to relax a bit from the busy conference schedule.

The bar is located at a walking distance from the Hilton Old Town, in the Old Town, at Dušní 9/9, 110 00 Staré Město. Come fly with us!

More information about students and early-careers events is available on ICA-SECAC’s Facebook page. To tweet about any events, or your experiences at the conference, use #ICA_SECAC.

Lastly, SECAC extends a warm welcome to all students and early-career members to the ICA conference, and to all our events. We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Ido Ramati (Hebrew U of Jerusalem) and David Cheruiyot (Karlstad U) are executive committee members of ICA-SECAC.

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Division & Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 2, 2018


Our next CAMmer in the Spotlight is now published.  This month we are putting the spotlight on Mariska Kleemans. You can read the column on our website:

Special thanks to our incoming secretary – Ine Beyens - for assisting with this Spotlight while our current secretary is on maternity leave.



New Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research

The new Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research is the first scholarly journal dedicated to human and mediated communication issues associated with crises, risks, and emergencies around the world. The Journal is supported by an international editorial board comprised of top risk and crisis communication scholars. The journal publishes articles in a print version and open access online, which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or institution.

The Journal invites manuscripts of a philosophical, theoretical, methodological, critical, applied, pedagogical or empirical nature. Work may focus on organizationally based events and risks, such as:

·         product recalls

·         management misconduct

·         toxic spills and accidents

·         politically motivated acts of violence

·         work place violence or similar threats

Work may also focus on community or regionally based events and risks, such as:

·         hurricanes

·         floods

·         wild fires

·         infectious disease outbreaks or similar threats

The Journal is published biannually.

Submission Details:

All submission details and the journal's first issue can be found at:




Dear members, welcome to the March edition of the JS Division newsletter. The countdown to ICA Prague has really started – only 67 days left to go! If you have not registered for the conference yet, please keep in mind that the early bird rate ends on April 30.

       This will be my last ICA conference as Chair/Vice-Chair of the Division (as most of you know, Vice-Chairs/Chairs serve a four-year term, two as Vice-Chair and then two as Chair. At the JS Division Business Meeting in Prague (on Sunday, May 27 – don’t miss it!), I will step down and the highly capable Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt will take over as Chair and the likewise highly capable Seth Lewis will come in as Vice-Chair. Reflecting on the past four years, I seem to only be able to find clichés: it’s been hard but very rewarding work, the Division has seen amazing year-on-year growth, both in terms of quantity and quality, it’s truly been an honor to serve as the division, etc etc. Standard phrases, perhaps, but nevertheless deeply felt. If there is one thing in particular I am proud of during my tenure, it would be the start of and consolidation of our very successful PhD Student Colloquium, a preconference designed to support young scholars and to truly reflect ICAs international nature. I cannot take credit for this (the original idea came from Division founder Thomas Hanitzsch and former Chair Matt Carlson, as I recall) but I am very happy that I have been able to be involved in some capacity and that it has developed “on my watch”, so to speak. I have been very pleased to see senior scholars give generously of their time to provide insightful and constructive feedback to PhD students, and I have likewise been very pleased to see the PhD students take on responsibility for “their” event. Organizing the PhD Colloquium is now the job of the Division’s Graduate Student and Early Career Representative, a position that since its inception has been filled by extraordinarily talented and hard-working people! So as my tenure approaches its end, I would like to send a big THANK YOU to all of those who have been involved in the PhD Student Colloquium over these past years, both as organizers/commentators, and as PhD student participants – you have really helped create what I hope will continue to be a vibrant Divisional tradition!

All best, and see you all in Prague,

Henrik Örnebring


Just a quick note that we now have a restaurant booked for our Divisional Reception in Prague! The JS Division Reception will take place at Restaurant Kolkova Celnice (web site: at V Celnici 4. As usual, the Reception immediately follows the Business Meeting: the Business Meeting ends at 18.15 and the reception starts at 18.30 (and ends at 22.00), so again as usual, many of us will walk together from the Business Meeting to the Reception. The venue is a 13-minute walk from the main conference hotel, and just across the street from the Old Town Hilton (detailed map will follow). There will be a buffet dinner (and a few beers) so I hope no-one will leave hungry!


CFP: What’s (the) News? Values, Viruses and Vectors of Newsworthiness,

13-14 December 2018, Brussel, Belgium. Please send a proposal of no more than 300 words (excluding selected references) together with your affiliation and a short biography (c. 100 words) to by 30 June 2018. Decisions will be announced by 15 August. Questions about any aspect of the conference should be addressed to

Please find the full call here:


Call for Research Proposals from Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University (Deadline April 10)

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School provides journalists with the skills and knowledge to lead the future of digital journalism, and serves as a research and development center for the profession as a whole. The Tow Center, with generous funding from the Knight Foundation, is excited to announce our 2018 Call for Proposals for new research projects around journalism tech, innovation, systems and business models. We welcome proposals from both academics as well as practitioners to surface and tackle the most pressing research questions from the current news environment. The research fellowships are primarily off-site, though we regularly convene fellows at Columbia Journalism School in NYC.

Deadline for submission is April 10, and details/application form is available at Please direct any questions to


Special issue of Digital Journalism: News: Mobiles, Mobilities, and their Meeting Points.

Much research on digital journalism has focused on “online”, and thus has failed to distinguish between platforms and devices. This is surprising since digital journalism and news, once associated with fixed desktop computers, has become entrenched in mobility and closely connected to mobile devices. Trending research topics such as data journalism, social media, audience analytics cannot be treated as if separate from mobile devices and mobility, but should study their role, significance and peculiarities in all these topics. This special issue will address this, publishing a variety of articles on mobiles, mobilities and their meeting points in the salient case of news. The full CfP can be found here:

The guest editors are: Andrew Duffy, Nanyang Technological University (; please direct questions to this email); Nuri Kim, Nanyang Technological University; Rich Ling, Nanyang Technological University; and Oscar Westlund, Oslo Metropolitan University, Volda University College, and University of Gothenburg.

Proposals should include the following: an abstract of 500-750 words (not including references) as well as background information on the author(s), including an abbreviated bio that describes previous and current research that relates to the special issue theme. Please submit your proposal as one file (PDF) with your names clearly stated in the file name and the first page. Send your proposal to  by the deadline of May 1st. The submission timeline is outlined below. Then on May 18th authors will be notified whether their abstract has been selected, and consequently if they will be encouraged to develop and submit an article for peer review. Finally, full articles will be due November 9th for full blind review, in accordance with the journal's peer-review procedure. Submissions should be between 6,500 and 7,000 words in length.

Submission timeline:

• Abstract submission deadline: Tuesday 1st May 2018

• Notification on submitted abstracts: Friday 18th May 2018

• Article submission deadline: Friday 9th November 2018

• Accepted articles will be published immediately as Online First. The entire special issue will come out in 2019.


New book by Lars Willnat, David H Weaver & C Cleveland Wilhoit: The American Journalist in the Digital Age (Peter Lang, 2018)

More than a decade has passed since the last comprehensive survey of U.S. journalists was carried out in 2002 by scholars at Indiana University—and the news and the journalists who produce it have undergone dramatic changes and challenges. The American Journalist in the Digital Age is based on interviews with a national probability sample of nearly 1,100 U.S. journalists in the fall of 2013 to document the tremendous changes that have occurred in U.S. journalism in the past decade, many of them due to the rise of new communication technologies and social media. This survey of journalists updates the findings from previous studies and asks new questions about the impact of new technologies and social media in the newsroom, and it includes more nontraditional online journalists than the previous studies.

New book by Peter Bro: Models of Journalism – the functions and influencing factors  (Routledge, March 2018)

Models of Journalism investigates the most fundamental questions of how journalists can best serve the public and what factors enable or obstruct them in doing so. The book evaluates previous scholarly attempts at modeling the function and influencing factors of journalism, and proceeds to develop a range of important new models that take contemporary challenges faced by journalists and journalism into account. Among these new models is the “chronology-of-journalism,” which introduces a new set of influencing factors that can affect journalists in the 21st century. These include internal factors (journalistic principles, precedents and practices) and external factors (journalistic production, publication and perception). Another new model, the “journalistic compass,” delineates differences and similarities between some of the most important journalistic roles in the media landscape. For each new model, Peter Bro takes the actions and attitudes of individual journalists as its starting point. Models of Journalism combines practice and theory to outline and assess existing theoretical models alongside original ones. The book will be a useful tool for researchers, lecturers and practitioners who are engaged with the ever-evolving notions of what journalism is and who journalists are.

Peter Bro is Professor and Director of the Centre for Journalism at the University of Southern Denmark.



Dear colleagues,

The social activities for the PR Division in ICA Prague are confirmed. Our division’s dinner is scheduled on 27 May (US$58 per person, including VAT and service charge. Registration must be completed by 1 May). You will have an exciting cultural dining experience with a three-course meal and, most importantly, unlimited drinks (wine, beer, soft drinks, and water)! ?? There will be folklore music and dance entertaining you – you can either participate or just sit back, relax, and watch. This price also includes private coach transfers between Hilton Prague and the restaurant. It will be a fun and yummy dinner! Please don’t forget to register on line before 1 May (

Exciting information on the joint reception will be provided soon. I am grateful for working with our division's social committee (Katerina Tsetsura, Shannon Bowen, and Petra Theunissen) on planning these exciting events. Look forward to seeing you at the division's social events!

Kind Regards,

Flora Hung-Baesecke

Program Planner & Division Vice Chair

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Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 2, 2018

Media, Polis, Agora

Journalism & Communication in the Digital Era

Thessaloniki, Greece – 27-29 September 2018


The call for papers for the forthcoming international conference entitled “Media, Polis, Agora: Journalism & Communication in the Digital Era” is open and you are invited to submit your abstract by 10 April!

The conference is organized by the Advanced Media Institute, the Open University of Cyprus and the Laboratoire d’ Études et de Recherches Appliquées en Sciences Sociales of the L’ Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier, and will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece.


This interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together scholars, professionals and practitioners from diverse fields -- including journalism studies, media and communication studies, political communication, sociology, critical humanities, policy and governance studies, technology studies, and cultural analysis-- to discuss the dynamic and continuous pivotal interplay of politics (polis), journalism and communication (media) and the public sphere (agora). The conference will further discuss the challenges that the advancement in digital journalism, ethics and content creation, mediated public discourse, new media and positions, as well as mediated political, public and civic action bring to those three spheres. We welcome theoretical, methodological and empirical submissions, case studies, and comparative work from all over the world.

Equally important, the conference seeks to build bridges between academia and the world of journalistic, media and political practice. Thus, we welcome Laboratories, Workshops and Seminars to demonstrate innovative projects, discuss ideas and share best-practices regarding the themes of the Conference.


Submission process

We call for potential speakers to submit a 500-word abstract in English, by 10 April 2018.

Submissions shall be uploaded at the Easy Chair Platform, by clicking here. For further assistance, please contact us by email to

The detailed Call for Papers is attached, and available on


Conference website

Keynote speakers, location of the event and other activities will be announced on our website. For more info and registration, please visit the conference’s website:


News: Mobiles, Mobilities, and their Meeting Points

Much research on digital journalism has focused on “online”, and thus has failed to distinguish between platforms and devices. This is surprising since digital journalism and news, once associated with fixed desktop computers, has become entrenched in mobility and closely connected to mobile devices. Trending research topics such as data journalism, social media, audience analytics cannot be treated as if separate from mobile devices and mobility, but should study their role, significance and peculiarities in all these topics. This special issue will address this, publishing a variety of articles on mobiles, mobilities and their meeting points in the salient case of news.

The mobile device is a “miniaturized mobility” par excellence, tailored to fit with contemporary patterns of mobility (Elliott & Urry, 2010). Within the broader realm of digital journalism, we find news produced by mobile journalists (MoJos) as well as citizens using their networked smartphone (e.g. Burum & Quinn, 2015; Westlund, 2013), news distributed via mobile networks and platforms (e.g. Villi & Matikainen, 2015), and news consumed by mobile audiences on mobile devices in diverse spaces and times of the day (e.g. Wolf & Schnauber, 2015). Newsrooms have adapted to accommodate new technologies of mobility: smartphones and related technology (smart watches and augmented-reality glasses), and novel forms of newsrooms have sprung up. Practically, what impact has this had on how reporters source newsmakers and stories, how they report on them, and how they construct news packages? What role do mobile devices have in different forms of journalism, and how is news for mobile devices brought alive and consumed in the form of text, audio and video?

Commercially, the move from print to website was long foretold; news’s move onto social media accessed via smartphones was less expected, and has resulted in news organisations struggling to maintain control over the distribution of their content. This has impacted on the advertising revenue model which has supported news production for the past century. Conceptually, too, news has moved from being fixed to fluid, a flow of updateable information rather than a regularly issued product. Changes in production are also affected by changes in how, where and when news is consumed in the niches of life (Struckmann & Karnowski, 2017) as smartphones also change news consumption. A recent U.S. based study suggests people turn to their mobile devices for news snacking (Molyneux, 2017). Are such patterns found also elsewhere in the world, and how does it correspond to number of occasions people turn to their mobile devices for news, and via other platforms and news media? If so, what effect does that have on news journalism’s presumed civic informational role?

This special issue of Digital Journalism invites scholars to explore the intersection of news and mobility as it concerns production and distribution of news the one hand, and consumption on the other. The news/mobility intersection also raises issues for scholars in how to study such a rapidly evolving target. What epistemologies and methods are best suited to understanding specific aspects of this changeable industry? Both well-argued conceptual pieces, and theoretically informed empirical contributions are welcomed using all research methods, and from scholars working in journalism studies, media, mobilities and related areas. As mobile news is a global phenomenon, we encourage submissions from scholars working in all parts of the world. We invite extended abstracts under these two broad areas, but with an emphasis on digital journalism and the news/mobility nexus:

News production and distribution

   Newsroom adaptation to accommodate the new news mobilities.

   Para-journalism and independent practitioners bypassing traditional news channels (including partisan news, misinformation, fake news, and issues of verification).

   Alternative newsroom approaches and shifts to reconfigure to mobile first

   Studies into the business of mobile media services (m-commerce, payments, advertisements) for news media

   Emerging narrative formats of news reporting afforded by mobile technologies.

   Mobile infrastructure’s impact on news production and distribution.

   Personalising the mobile news experience: customized content and/or delivery

   Mobile devices in diverse forms of citizen journalism (and relating to witnessing, emotions, authenticity, live reporting, social media)

News consumption

   Impact of mobile news channels on other forms of news consumption behaviour

   The impact of mobile news on civic engagement and political decision making.

   How smart phones, smart watches and augmented-reality glasses weave news consumption and sharing into everyday life

   New literacy skills required to navigate and interpret mobile news.

   New conceptualisations of news as fluid rather than fixed.

   New affordances of mobile news technologies

   Preferences for mobile news (applications, sites, notifications, social media etc.)

   Mobile news consumption in space and time

   Multi-method analyses of mobile news consumption (e.g. mixing survey, interviews or diaries with passive trace data)

Information about Submission

Proposals should include the following: an abstract of 500-750 words (not including references) as well as background information on the author(s), including an abbreviated bio that describes previous and current research that relates to the special issue theme. Please submit your proposal as one file (PDF) with your names clearly stated in the file name and the first page. Send your proposal to  by the deadline of 1 May. The submission timeline is outlined below. Then on May 18th authors will be notified whether their abstract has been selected, and consequently if they will be encouraged to develop and submit an article for peer review. Finally, full articles will be due November 9th for full blind review, in accordance with the journal's peer-review procedure. Submissions should be between 6,500 and 7,000 words in length. Guidelines for manuscripts can be found here.

Submission timeline:

   Abstract submission deadline: Tuesday, 1 May 2018

   Notification on submitted abstracts: Friday, 18 May 2018

   Article submission deadline: Friday, 9 November 2018

   Accepted articles will be published immediately as Online First. The entire special issue will come out in 2019.


International Association for Dialogue Analysis

2018 IADA Call for Paper

Dialogue and Becoming: Technologies, Agencies, and Ways of Relating

International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA) Conference

Chinese Culture University, Taipei, TAIWAN

Sept. 25th – 28th, 2018

New deadline for proposals: April 16th, 2018

The 2018 International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA) conference will be held from September 25-28, 2018 at the Chinese Culture University in Taipei, Taiwan.

We now live in an environment where many of our dialogues and interactions are facilitated, actualized, virtualized, augmented, or completed by and through communication technologies and online platforms. Humans go online not only to interact with other human beings, but also to interact with information and data. In many contexts, we now achieve dialogical communication by integrating technologies and information, using or creatively appropriating various platforms (e.g. Castells, 2007; Dahlberg, 2007; Fuchs & Obrist, 2010, Papacharissi, 2015).

We also come to a gradual realization that environments and technologies, be they digital or analog, biological or mechanical, material or immaterial, serve more than as surroundings or facilitating arrangements, but also as participants in social-making activities when we pay attentions to their agencies. Information and data are never neutral accumulation or mechanical calculation but modern forms of storytelling with specific utterance positions (Papacharissi, 2015). Contradictions and conflicts between technologies and humans can thus be observed and documented throughout modern history from a critical perspective (e.g. Fuchs & Obrist, 2010).

On the other hand, human agencies can also participate in and change the identities of machines/technologies. To achieve higher (artificial) intelligence, uncertainty, as one of the distinctive human traits, can be incorporated into probability models, so that machines can acquire self-learning abilities through interactions, allowing themselves to change and evolve dialogically (Russell, 2014; Russel & Novig, 2014). Different agencies with their different capabilities and structural positions create different ways of relating and dialoguing, which leads to different degrees and scopes of reflexivity and connectedness. By speaking to/through/with/for other things and beings, we also allow ourselves to cross boundaries and (re)establish dialectical continuities, historically and politically.

This conference encourages scholars to study what happens when we expand the interlocutors of dialogue to non-humans (e.g. Butler, 2015; Caronia & Cooren, 2014; Haraway, 1991; Latour, 1987, 2005; Tannen, 2004) and more immaterial forms of agency (Derrida, 1994) to see how our human existence, cultures, and histories are/can be transformed when we relate to these participants. While transformations and changes are inherent in the dia/logos process among speaking subjects (e.g., Bohm, 1996), the heterogeneous interlocutors of our (post-)modern days can provide and reveal greater possibilities, creativities, and realized responsibilities once they are legitimized and included into dialogues.

We welcome papers, proposals, and panels to theoretically and empirically explore these possibilities through, but not limited to, the following subthemes:

 *  Dialogue and technology: dialogue through technologies, technologies through dialogues, how dialogue (can) serve(s) as a mechanism in technologies (e.g., chatbot, AI), social media and mass self-communication;

 *  Dialogue and memories: texts vs. oral culture, identities/histories/bodies vs. documentation;

 *  Dialogue and virtualities: interfaces/interactions between material and immmaterial entities;

 *  Dialogue and visibility: interaction and modes of seeing, performativity, data visualization;

 *  Dialogue as/with/for the others: animals and plants, things, the dead, the unqualified, outside the boundaries;

 *  Dialogue and hauntology: The detailed study of what or who is haunting dialogues.

Deadline extension: April 16th, 2018


We invite abstracts (500 to 700 words) or extended abstracts (1, 000 to 1,500 words), including references. Any citation style is permitted (e.g., MLA, APA, Chicago).

Each abstract should clearly indicate: how the contribution relates to the theme of the conference; the specific phenomenon the contribution focuses on; the theoretical framework, the research method(s), the empirical bases of the study or the empirical illustration of the theoretical point(s).

Each submission should also provide the following information at the end of the abstract:

1) 5-7 keywords of your study; and

2) specify one to two subthemes to which your abstract most fit (dialogue and technology, dialogue and memories, dialogue and virtualities, dialogue and visibility, dialogue as/with/for the others, dialogue and hauntology)

All the abstracts please submit to:

Submission opens on Oct 25th 2017, and closes on April 16th 2018 at 23:59 Taipei Time (GMT +8).

Notification of acceptance: End of April, 2018.

For details and instructions see the conference website page:

We look forward to your contributions!


Würzburg Summer School on Reading and Learning in the Digital World (READI) 2018

Location: Würzburg, Germany

Timeframe: July 8-13, 2018

In postindustrial societies, the use of written texts for communication, driven by the rapid development of digital information and communication technologies, has grown strongly. Children, adolescents, and adults of all ages are spending more and more time reading texts on the Internet for personal, educational, or professional purposes. These activities not only require good reading skills in the traditional sense, but also present readers with new challenges. Relevant information must be found efficiently, and information must be compared and integrated across various sources or forms of media presentation (e.g., text, images, and videos). Readers must be able to critically evaluate the quality of written information in order to protect themselves against misinformation, rumors, and propaganda. The digital revolution has also fertilized the development of new research methods. These include methods for capturing psychological processes and competencies involved in reading and learning with texts and multimedia. They also include advanced statistical methods for analyzing reading processes and learning outcomes.

The Würzburg Summer School of Reading and Learning in the Digital World (READI) 2018 will offer focused, in depth courses that advance participants' knowledge and skills. It will bring together renowned experts with doctoral students working in the field. It will take place from July 8th to July 13th, 2018; all courses will be taught in English.

For more information and how to apply:

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Posted By Administration, Monday, April 2, 2018

New Book on Uncertainty and Close Relationships

The Experience and Expression of Uncertainty in Close Relationships

by Jennifer A. Theiss - Rutgers U

Cambridge University Press

Close relationships are an important and desired aspect of the human experience; but as individuals pursue intimacy and connection with others, they will encounter a variety of questions about the nature, status, and future of their relationships. Consequently, uncertainty is an inevitable and unavoidable element of close relationships. It can arise in response to a variety of relational circumstances and can shape the ways that partners think, feel, and act toward one another. This book summarizes the expansive body of theoretical and empirical research regarding the nature of uncertainty, the conditions that promote uncertainty about relational involvement, and the emotional, cognitive, and communicative outcomes of uncertainty for individuals and their relationships. Based on the robust accumulation of data about uncertainty in close relationships, the book also offers recommendations for coping with ambiguous relational circumstances and proposes new directions for conceptualizing and studying uncertainty in close relationships.


Book Announcement: The Toxic Meritocracy of Video Games: Why Gaming Culture is the Worst

An avid gamer and sharp media critic explains meritocracy’s negative contribution to video game culture—and what can be done about it New media critic and longtime gamer Christopher A. Paul explains how video games’ focus on meritocracy empowers a negative culture—from the deep-bred misogyny to the endemic malice of abusive player communities. He suggests ways to ultimately foster a more diverse, accepting, and self-reflective culture that is not only good for gamers but for good for video games as well.

The book is written to be read by a broad audience, including game developers and players.

More information is available from the publisher at:


"Robot Journalism: Can Human Journalism Survive?"

Publisher: World Scientific.

link :


Hamilton Bean,

New Issue of Secrecy and Society Available

The latest issue of Secrecy and Society addresses how ideology and popular beliefs are constituted through knowledge claims such as "alternative facts," disinformation, disingenuous rhetoric, “populist conspiracy theory,” "post-truth," and propaganda. The inspiration for this special issue is Richard Hofstadter’s paranoid style in politics, which includes ideas on authoritarianism, history as conspiracy, and anti-intellectualism. Articles in this issue of Secrecy and Society explore conspiracy and paranoia in the Twitterverse, “elliptical secrets,” comparative views of secrecy and the paranoid style in politics, “black box secrecy” in education, and the Cold War Psychological Strategy Board. Issue 2 continues with a discussion of the Joint Declaration on Freedom of Expression and “Fake News,” Disinformation, and Propaganda, several book reviews, and an analysis of freedom of information requests submitted to Australian and U.S. government agencies on torture of Australian citizens. Articles available at:


Josh Compton,

Book Announcement: Jackson, Dimmock, and Compton's Persuasion and Communication in Sport, Exercise, and Physical Activity

Persuasion and Communication in Sport, Exercise, and Physical Activity (2018), Routledge Edited by Ben Jackson (University of Western Australia), James Dimmock (University of Western Australia), and Josh Compton (Dartmouth College)

We are pleased to announce the publication of our edited collection, which we describe in the book's introduction as:

"Communication in sport, exercise, and physical activity is both frequent and diverse in its nature. Good communication skills are critical for coaches who work to improve athletic performance, for members of sport teams striving to reach their potential, and for parents seeking to promote their child’s physical activity levels. Communication processes also help determine the practitioners, exercise instructors, and physical educators who are able to inspire and motivate those under their guidance (versus those who are not). And, when we participate in sport and exercise, we use verbal and non-verbal communication as we attempt to manage our own and others’ impressions of us. Beyond these interpersonal exchanges, mass communication (e.g., impersonal messaging) efforts are also frequently used by government organizations, health authorities, workplaces, and schools to encourage sport, exercise, and physical activity participation.

How, then, can we learn from theory and research to ensure that these communication efforts – in their many forms – actually achieve their intended outcomes? This question guided our thoughts when devising the concept for this book, as did our aim to provide coverage of the various communication types outlined above. As an editorial team, we count ourselves extremely fortunate, therefore, that we were able to recruit leaders from the fields of persuasion, communication, social psychology, and sport and exercise psychology, to address a range of key topic areas. By providing contemporary theoretical and research coverage, alongside practical recommendations for message design and communication methods, we hope this book will not only stimulate new research developments, but also enable individuals and organizations to communicate their physical activity messages more effectively.”

Ben Jackson

University of Western Australia

James Dimmock

University of Western Australia

Josh Compton

Dartmouth College


Professors Lars Willnat (Syracuse University), David H. Weaver (Indiana University) and G. Cleveland Wilhoit (Indiana University) have published the fourth American Journalist book, The American Journalist in the Digital Age:  A Half-Century Perspective, with Peter Lang Publishing in November 2017.

Here is the link to more detailed information:

The American Journalist in the Digital Age--


Dale Hample,

Book Announcement: Hample, Interpersonal Arguing

My new book has just been published by Peter Lang: Dale Hample (2018), Interpersonal Arguing (New York: Peter Lang).  Some chapters have tables of statistics, some advanced, so it probably won't work for freshmen or sophomores without extra instructor effort.  Here is the Table of Contents:

1. A Conceptual Inventory

2. Argument Frames

3. Argument Situations

4. Serial Arguments

5. The Rationality Engine

6. Relational Dialogues

7. Arguing and Culture

8. The Processes of Interpersonal Arguing

Appendix: Instrumentation

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