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Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Tuesday, December 10, 2019

One of the great things about the ICA is the way in which so many of its members actively commit their time to working with others to address key challenges of our time. One of the ways in which this occurs – largely behind the scenes – is through the work of Task Forces.

We are very pleased to announce the formation of three new Task Forces, each of which is addressing a key issue that arose at the 2019 Annual ICA Conference in Washington, DC. One that is of particular importance is the IDEA Task Force, addressing issues of inclusion, diversity, equity and access (hence, IDEA) within the ICA, and in how ICA engages with the wider world. The IDEA Task Force will be co-chaired by Jasmine McNealy (U of Florida) and Maria Len-Rios (U of Georgia). It is charged with:

  • Recommending an association-wide definition of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access, that can recognize global diversity;

  • Identifying areas of activity on which ICA can be assessed in terms of IDEA principles, as outlined in the Statement on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access circulated in July 2019;


  • Identifying areas of opportunity and recommend mechanisms by which ICA can improve on IDEA principles, including both short-term changes (e.g. allocation of Grants-in-Aid funding) and longer-term process changes or more large-scale changes.

At time of publication, the membership of the IDEA Task Force, in addition to co-chairs McNealy and Len-Rios, is: Walid Afifi (U of California, Santa Barbara), Meryl Alper (Northeastern U), Miriam Ayieko (Daystar U), Sarah Banet-Weiser (London School of Economics), Sarah Cho (U of Massachusetts, Amherst), Stine Eckert (Wayne State U), David Ewoldsen (Michigan State U), Shiv Ganesh (U of Texas), and Kim Gross (George Washington U), with John Paul Gutierrez (ICA) as ex officio member. The Task Force will report on progress to the ICA Executive Board at the 2020 ICA Annual Conference in Gold Coast, Australia.

The second Task Force to be established is the Open Access Task Force. Chaired by ICA President-Elect Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam), the Open Access Task Force will develop a strategy and policy for ICA regarding OA publishing, including developing an Open Science strategy and addressing financial and organizational implications of ICA moving towards open access models for its publications. Other members of this committee are: Jeff Pooley (Muhlenberg College), Patricia Moy (U of Washington), Meenakshi Gigi Durham (U of Iowa), Nick Bowman (Texas Tech U), Eike Rinke (U of Leeds), Eun Ju Lee (Seoul National U)  and Janice Krieger (U of Florida), with Robin Nabi (U of California, Santa Barbara), John Paul Gutierrez and Larry Gross (U of Southern California) as ex officio members. This Task Force will report on draft recommendations to the ICA Executive Board in May 2020. 

The final Task Force is the ICA-UNICEF Task Force, which I will chair. We are finalizing the Commitment to Cooperate between ICA and UNICEF, and will report further on this in the new year. 

I am also pleased to announce that ICA has increased its commitment to Grant-in-Aid funding to enable participation by scholars from lower and lower-middle income (World Bank defined Tier B and Tier C) countries, as well as those facing financial hardships from all parts of the world, to attend the Gold Coast conference. A total of $75,000 in funding has been approved for 2020. Further changes, if any, are subject to a wider review by and recommendation from the IDEA Task Force. The travel grant application will open in mid-January. 

We are also actively promoting the participation of First Nations scholars in the 2020  ICA Annual Conference, and a call for proposals has been widely circulated among First Nations scholarly communities, particularly in Australia.

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President-Elect Column

Posted By Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam), Tuesday, December 10, 2019

With the reviews in, program planners are now entering the exciting (and intense) phase of composing panels, finding and forging coherence, and identify and label new developments in our sub-fields and groups. A wonderful process! At a later stage this is passed on to headquarters and me as overall conference planner for a grand finale of planning.

Meanwhile our theme chair, Eike Rinke (U of Leeds), is also working on composing the Open Communication theme program. We are excited that the call for the theme to reflect on, showcase, learn about, and discuss open scholarship yielded really interesting submissions.  We are also thrilled that one of the keynote plenaries at the conference will be devoted to this theme, featuring stellar scholars and thinkers. The #ica20 conference theme is part of a larger conversation within the Association about open scholarship, transparency, and best practices in research.

In ongoing Task Force work we are exploring options on how to maximize the impact of the theme on the conference by having tutorials, learning labs, and roundtables, at the Gold Coast venue. I will keep you updated on that process in the next newsletter(s). If you want to read more, sites like https://osf.io and https://cos.io offer easy introductions to some of the building blocks and also tools for registering studies and finding collaborators.

In the Task Force we are also discussing how ICA, through its conference submission, the conference itself, and its journals can provide a space to think about, develop, and encourage open scholarship practices.  These discussions will be part of recommendations to the ICA board in spring. This is truly exciting and will hopefully place ICA at the center of a much larger discussion in our field and beyond. 

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ICA Award Nominations Deadlines

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 10, 2019

ICA Book Awards

• Outstanding Book Award

• ICA Fellows Book Award


Deadline: 13 December 2019

To nominate for one of

the two ICA Book Awards, please go here:



ICA Awards

• Applied Research Award

• B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award

• Early Career Scholar Award

• Outstanding Article Award

• Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award


Deadline: 31 January 2020

To nominate for one of the five

ICA Awards, please go here:



Fellows Nominations


All Fellows nominations should be submitted online by 31 January:  




Submitters are asked to submit all materials in a single PDF file.


To learn more about ICA Fellows visit this link: https://www.icahdq.org/page/Fellows


For more information on all ICA Awards, please visit:https://www.icahdq.org/page/Awards



See past award recipients

Curious who has won book awards in the past?

Outstanding Book Award Winners

Fellows Book Award Winners

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Focusing on Emerging Media in the Era of Artificial Intelligence

Posted By Li Benqian, Shanghai Jiao Tong U, Department of Journalism & Communication, Tuesday, December 10, 2019

With the rapid development of artificial intelligence and other technologies, how will media be defined in the future? As machines create and recommend new algorithms, as images are recognized, and as humans continue to interact with computers, what does that mean for media? In what ways can new media derived from 5G and artificial intelligence make a breakthrough when it comes to the human imagination?

On 26 October, 2019, Shanghai Jiao Tong U School of Media and Communication held a conference in Shanghai, China, titled, “AI  Era: Emerging Media, Industry, and Society.” The event was affiliated with the International Communication Association. 

Terry Flew (ICA President), Hu Hao (Shanghai Jiao Tong U), and Ji Ying (Vice President of Shanghai United Media Group), gave opening remarks at the event. The event was attended by more than 500 scholars, including nearly 40 deans from various journalism and communication schools, who shared their latest findings on emerging media, intelligent communication, and communication in the era of artificial intelligence. Li Benqian, Distinguished Professor and Dean of the School of Media and Communication at SJTU, chaired the conference.


President Terry Flew gives opening remarks at the 2019 ICA conference on artificial intelligence.


Hu Hao of the Shanghai Jiao Tong U leadership welcomes attendees at the 2019 ICA conference in Shanghai, China.


Ji Ying, Vice President of Shanghai United Media Group


Professor Li Benqian, Dean of SJTU’s School of Media and Communication, addresses ICA conference attendees.

Terry Flew, (Queensland U of Technology), talked about AI, trust, and communication in his keynote speech. He proposed a pyramid model of Internet governance and stressed the importance of ethics while developing new technologies.

Jeff Hancock, Professor and founding director of the Stanford Social Media Laboratory, spoke about truth and trust in the digital age. He pointed out that communication research had shifted from CMC (computer-mediated transmission) to AI-MC (AI-mediated propagation). Artificial intelligence can help us communicate more effectively, but it also makes us face more lies, and it challenges the basis of social trust.

Patrice Buzzanell, ICA Past President and professor at the U of South Florida, used three case studies to show that people of different genders and races have different demands and degrees of utilization for AI mentoring. According to her studies, AI plays a necessary and crucial role in mentorship.


Patrice Buzzanell, ICA Past President and professor at the U of South Florida in the USA, addresses conference attendees in Shanghai, China.

Peng Hwa Ang, ICA Past President and professor at Nanyang Technological U, found that differences in gender, color, and ethnicity affect the accuracy of facial recognition technology. Global policies and regulations are required to make AI data more diverse and accessible to all. He added that data quality improvements are needed to make AI work better for humans.


Peng Hwa Ang, ICA Past President and professor at Nanyang Technological U in Singapore, speaks on global policy in relation to AI and diversity.

With over 30 years of data research under his belt, Jonathan Zhu, Professor at the City U of Hong Kong and ICA Fellow, spoke about his findings on academia as scholars have developed a more international focus.

Daniel Raichvarg, honorary president of the French Society for Information and Communication Studies and professor at the U of Burgundy, pointed out in his speech that AI, instead of merely being seen as technology, may also be seen as a producer of such technology within the communication system.


Daniel Raichvarg, honorary president of the French Society for Information and Communication Studies, speaks on the implications of AI.

Eun-Ju Lee, Editor-in-Chief of the Human Communication Research and professor at Seoul National U, talked about authenticity at the heart of mediated communication, pointing out that the integrity of social media faces serious challenges. As AI applications continue to popularize, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to identify people or to even tell human from machine. 

Fritz Cropp, Associate Dean at U of Missouri, spoke on the challenges of information overload as artificial intelligence continues to rise in popularity. He also discussed the ‘Missouri Model’ of convergent journalism. 

Chen Yong, Vice President of Public Affairs at Tencent, spoke on the company’s practices in exploring AI technology’s use of privacy protection and positive communication. He also expressed his vision and mission of “doing good” with new media.

Sun Jian, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of ThePaper.cn, spoke on the Oriental Morning Post’s "new media transformation path,” particularly emphasizing that entrepreneurship lies within the essence of media integration. Wu Jielin, Director of Sina Weibo Social Marketing Research Institute, discussed how Chinese consumers’ habits have vastly changed. With the surge of digital consumption, consumers now have a louder voice in this era, shifting from merely receiving information to actively searching for information.

According to Wang Mingxuan, a scientist at ByteDance AI Lab, their products such as Tiktok and TopBuzz have gained a large number of active users across the world, meaning that the demand for video translation is high; As their content continues to expand on a massive scale, they’re looking at the ways in which technology can help with translation. Neural network machine translating technology provides a solution to cross-border communication in the age of 5G.

In her speech titled "New Possibilities for Empowerment of Women by New Media", Professor Liu Liqun, President of China Women's U, said artificial intelligence can not only serve people but also empower women to provide more possibilities for women's development. Professor Wang Guanyi, Vice President of the Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication, talked about the importance of media integration, education, and research.

The changing media technology can challenge existing communication roles, and Zhang Taofu, Executive Dean of Fudan U School of Journalism, argued that we must find ways to combat challenges within the journalism education system, such as issues related to talent-training and theoretical research. Professor Hu Baijing, Executive Dean of the School of Journalism at Renmin U of China, examined the characteristics of communication and spoke about challenges faced by academics.

Kuo Liangwen, distinguished professor of the School of Media and Communication at SJTU, gave attendees insight on the common narratives within Chinese culture and communication. Liangwen called for integration between digital technology and traditional humanity disciplines.

This has been the seventh  consecutive year that ICA worked with SJTU to host the New Media International Conference in China. With there now being over 1,000 media and communication courses in China, this conference serves as a bridge between China and the international academic world as communication studies continues to thrive.


2019 ICA-affiliated New Media International Conference in SJTU

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Posted By Katie Wolfe, Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, December 10, 2019


If you’re a frequent ICA attendee you will recall that prior to 2018, the link to book hotel accommodations was released in mid-January when paper and panel acceptances are announced, with the conference schedule released in early March. This caused several issues which inconvenienced attendees: without knowing their actual schedule, attendees were in the habit of booking full-week stays and then going back and adjusting down to 3 or 4 days once the actual schedule was released. The full-week booking scenario often caused our room block to "sell out" in the first 24 hours, despite the fact that 50% of those room nights would later be canceled (once the schedule was released) and given to those on the waiting list. This caused unnecessary stress for our attendees, both at the front end when trying to scramble for rooms on day one, and on the back end when sitting for months on the waitlist.


Last year, however, we adopted a new hotel block rollout schedule that decreased stress for attendees, ensured that reservations made in the block were accurate to the needs of attendees, and eliminated unnecessary steps. 


This new schedule was so successful that we will be continuing this modus operandi for 2020. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, 15 January:

ICA headquarters releases acceptances;conference registration opens

Thursday, 27 February

Last day to register for conference to get on list for early housing link

Friday, 28 February:

Full conference schedule is released

29 Feb-1 Mar:

Attendees take the weekend to speak with colleagues/partners, decide dates of attendance, devise travel plans, book travel

Monday, 2 March:

Hotel block booking link is sent only to those who registered for the main conference prior to Thursday, 27 February

Tuesday, 3 March:

Hotel block booking link is publicly available, code no longer required this date forward

Please note that as with 2019, the headquarters hotels (The Star Gold Coast and the Sofitel) will require a four-night minimum stay to maximize capacity (someone booking a room just for Saturday night blocks that room from being used for someone who would have stayed Thursday through Monday, so the main hotel will be reserved for those booking for longer stays). If you are staying fewer than four nights, you should book at one of the condo properties. 


A tip about the Broadbeach area

Note that our conference and all our blocked properties are contained within the Broadbeach area of the Gold Coast. You can walk out of the front door of the convention center and walk straight towards the water and have your toes in the sand in less than 15 minutes. It’s that compact! The “Gold Coast” is a longer swath of which Broadbeach is only a part, and parts of it can be quite far, so be careful when booking. If you stay within the properties we have selected for you, you will be within a 5-10 minute walk of the conference venues. The conference sessions are split between the Star and the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Center. These two buildings are connected by a covered pedestrian bridge, so travel between will not be nearly so treacherous as dodging the streetcars in Prague! 

We DO NOT RECOMMEND booking your stay in the “Surfer’s Paradise” area adjacent to Broadbeach: it has some fun nightlife but it’s very touristy and loud, and you will likely be kept awake late at night (as we were) by revelers and a delightful but very loud Elvis impersonator who performs in the square. It’s like a much smaller version of Times Square in New York City: all lights and noise. Instead, book your sleeping room down in Broadbeach (where all our blocked rooms are, and where our sessions are), where things are cleaner, quieter, and walking distance to the sessions. You can always catch the light rail up to Surfers’ Paradise if you want, but there are so many great bars and restaurants in Broadbeach you really won’t have to. 



Please note that the hotel links provided are for informational purposes only, rooms can ONLY be booked through the official ICA reservation link starting in March. The headquarters hotels this year are the newly renovated The Star Gold Coast Casino & Hotel, and the Sofitel. Our negotiated group block rates start from as little as AUD $269 single/double, which equates to just US $182, including taxes. 

Be sure to reference the latest exchange rates when you are booking anywhere; as of this writing (2 December 2019) US $1 equals Australian $1.48. 

Our overflow arrangements are condo properties with varying levels of service (these are more affordable because they do not guarantee the availability of housekeeping services, room service, or other hotel-type amenities). These are charming, modern apartments —many with balconies—that have two or three bedrooms sharing a central living area, washer/dryer, and kitchen, and can therefore accommodate 4-6 attendees in close quarters at a very affordable rate. For instance, a two bedroom apartment with two single beds in each bedroom (four beds total) can accommodate four attendees at a rate of less than US$35 per person, per night, and those attendees will save even more money by buying groceries and cooking rather than eating out the entire stay (there is a large supermarket within walking distance of al properties). 

A word of caution: Please note that there are MANY of these types of condo properties in the Broadbeach area, and we toured them ALL on our site visit. The ones to which we will link you are the only ones we are comfortable with recommending – there were many we saw that do not meet the cleanliness and safety standards we set for our attendees and therefore did not make our list. Please be careful if you go outside our vetted recommendations. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. 

A quick FAQ about room blocks:

  • How do I get these rates? You may NOT call the hotels directly to get these rates; they will not book rooms with attendees directly. You MUST book through the ICA link to be released in March.

  • Can’t I get a better rate through Expedia? ICA’s Executive Director contracts room blocks more than five years out in order to secure the best rates for ICA attendees, and we have a “best rate clause” in our contract so that our attendees receive the best rate available for our dates. You will be staying in a US$300+ hotel room for a US$175 rate. Attendees who have booked through Expedia in the past have found nasty surprises, such as being the first to be kicked out when the hotel is oversold, or not having the included wifi in the ICA rate, or taxes being extra bringing the total to more than our block rate. Don’t be scammed by rate pirates. 

  • Why should I stay inside the block? Associations guarantee a certain amount of income to the hotel in room block stays in exchange for complimentary meeting space. When attendees go outside the block for their rooms, they harm the association’s ability to negotiate for meeting space and competitive room rates. Over time, this leads to the association having to pay outright for meeting space which, in turn, leads to the association having to raise registration fees for the conference itself in order to cover expenses.

  • Why can’t I just use Airbnb? You are welcome to do so. However, please note that in the past five years, we have had over ten instances where attendees had to be “rescued” from Airbnb situations when they arrived in town only to find situations such as a lack of running water, water that smelled like sulfur, being locked out with no key, someone else already staying in the apartment, or feeling unsafe. We have found hotel placement for these attendees at the last minute via cancellations, but this may not always be possible. The best way for us to ensure your safety and comfort is for you to stay in facilities where we have contact with--and clout to negotiate with--the management and can advocate on your behalf when something goes wrong.

For more information on the Gold Coast and things to do while in town, please see our Executive Director’s prior article, Top Ten (Ok, 11) Reasons to Attend #ICA20 in Gold Coast, Australia. See you in Broadbeach! 


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Fair Use Q&A

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Dear ICA, 

I’ve been pursuing some research on the evolution of terms in communication theory, and want to do some big-data analysis on entire runs of some key journals. Unfortunately, my library won’t let me do that. They say it violates copyright. Can that be true? 


Dear Outraged, 

The journals of course are full of copyrighted material, and unless it’s from before 1923, odds are good that the full run is still in copyright. With the advent of digital research tools, more and more scholars are doing what is known as non-consumptive research--looking at entire collections of material, but not for the purpose for which they were created. While communication scholars did not consider this when they created the ICA’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication, librarians did in writing their Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. You can see there that Section Seven, “Creating databases to facilitate non-consumptive research uses (including search),” details how to employ fair use to allow researchers to do their work. This could be helpful for your library.

Unfortunately, however, many libraries have signed contracts with the vendors of these journals that prohibit them from allowing non-consumptive research. If your library signed such a contract, they cannot help you. Contractual terms, under U.S. law, override the right of fair use.  

This is why it is so important for your librarian to understand your research need, and for you to set aside your outrage long enough to help them understand it. When that contract is renewed, they should strike the clauses that keep you and people like you from doing important research. 


Patricia Aufderheide for ICA

Got a question? paufder@american.edu

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Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Annals of the International Communication Association

Communication, Culture & Critique

Human Communication Research

The ICA Publications Committee is soliciting nominations, including self-nominations, for the editors of three ICA journals:

  • Annals of the International Communication Association

  • Communication, Culture & Critique

  • Human Communication Research

The appointments are for four years, and begin September/October 2020.

Annals of the International Communication Association (Annals) is a relatively new peer-reviewed quarterly journal publishing state-of-the-discipline literature reviews and essays dedicated to the exchange of interdisciplinary and internationally diverse scholarship relating to communication in its many forms. The Annals continues the traditions established in Communication Yearbook by providing an updated context for key research from across the Association. More details about the journal can be obtained at https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rica20/current

Communication, Culture, & Critique (CCC) publishes critical, interpretive, and qualitative research examining the role of communication and cultural criticism in today's world. The journal welcomes high-quality research and analyses from diverse theoretical and methodological approaches from all fields of communication, media and cultural studies. According to ISI Journal Citation Reports for 2018, CCC is ranked No. 81 out of 88 journals in the field of Communication with a 2-year impact factor of .653. More details about the journal can be obtained at https://academic.oup.com/ccc.

Human Communication Research (HCR) concentrates on presenting empirical work in any area of human communication to advance understanding of human symbolic processes. As such, HCR places strong emphasis on theory-driven research, the development of new theoretical models in communication, and the development of innovative methods for observing and measuring communication behavior. The journal has a broad social science focus to appeal to scholars not only in communication science, but also from psychology, sociology, linguistics, and anthropology. According to ISI Journal Citation Reports for 2018, HCR is ranked No. 6 out of 88 journals in the field of Communication with a 5-year impact factor of 3.669. More details about the journal can be obtained at https://academic.oup.com/hcr.

Editor responsibilities are detailed in the ICA Publication Manual: http://www.icahdq.org/page/PublishingPolicies.

Editors of ICA publications should reflect and seek to enhance the diversity of the Association in terms of their interest areas, gender, ethnicity, and national origin.

A complete nomination package should include:

  • A letter of application.

  • A vision statement for the editorship.

  • The candidate’s vitae.

  • 2 letters of support from published scholars familiar with the candidate’s work, speaking to the quality of the candidate’s research as well as their experience with and suitability for journal editing.

  • A letter of institutional support from the candidate’s home institution.

The Publications Committee weighs multiple factors when evaluating candidates, including, but not limited to:

  • Clear understanding of the journal.

  • Clear articulation of an intellectual and operational vision for the journal.

  • Demonstrated openness to a range of epistemologies appropriate for the scope of the journal.

  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience in theoretical development.

  • Demonstrated interest and/or openness to interdisciplinary work.

  • Demonstrated communication skills and diplomacy.

  • Reputation and academic output.

  • Editorial, managerial or administrative experience.

  • Tenure or advanced rank.

  • Institutional support.

All materials should be submitted to JP Gutierrez (jpgutierrez@icahdq.org) by 15 January, 2020. Finalists will be notified in February 2020 and subsequently interviewed by members of the Publications Committee.

ICA’s Publications Committee is chaired by Robin Nabi (U of California, Santa Barbara) and includes: Patricia Moy (U of Washington), Katherine Sender (Cornell U), and Sabine Trepte (U of Hohenheim).

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Posted By Katie Wolfe, Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Attendees of #ICA20 have a choice of flying into the Gold Coast airport (22 minutes or so from the Broadbeach area) or flying into Brisbane (with a greater choice of direct flights), followed one to one and one-half hours (depending on the time of day) in a shuttle to Broadbeach. Because that Brisbane trip to Broadbeach is longer than the typical ride from an airport to a conference, through generous funding from Gold Coast Business Events ICA is pleased to offer subsidized one-way (arrivals) transport from Brisbane airport to the Broadbeach area, for a 50% savings (the one-way fare is AUD $54 per person but will be AUD $27/US $18 with ICA's subsidy). 


Please note that there is no subsidy for arrival to the Gold Coast airport, as it is much closer to Broadbeach. Be aware that Gold Coast Airport is a much smaller airport with fewer options in terms of last-minute travel alterations, however you are also able to pre-book your airport shuttle transfer for a discount of 10% via ICA (the link will be sent to you on your registration confirmation). This airport could be perfect if you are arriving or departing to locations within Australia.

Departures after the conference, to any airport, can be booked on one's own budget, also with a 10% discount via ICA. The links for booking your shuttle transport for the conference will be given to you in your registration confirmation, once conference registration opens in mid-January.


Many thanks to Gold Coast Business Events/Destination Gold Coast or their support!

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Preconference Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 9, 2019

Postconference: The 18th Chinese Internet Research Conference: The internationalisation of China’s digital and communication industries

Date: 27 May 2020 - 28 May 2020

Time: 09:00 - 17:00 

Venue: RMIT University 124 La Trobe St, Melbourne, Vic

Deadline: 10 January 2020


Organised by RMIT and QUT universities with sponsorship from Deakin and Curtin Universities, the 18th Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC) focuses on the prospects for, and critiques of the internationalisation of China's digital and communication industries.



Preconference: Open Communication: A Trans-disciplinary Approach to Strategic Communication in the 21st Century

Call for Papers


Preconference Journalism Studies Graduate Student Colloquium 

Gold Coast, Australia 21 May 2020, 9am – 4pm 

The Journalism Studies Graduate Student Colloquium brings together PhD candidates working in journalism studies with experienced scholars in the field. The Colloquium is part of the Journalism Studies Division’s commitment to academic mentorship and will be held as a preconference in conjunction with the ICA 2020 Annual Conference in Gold Coast, Australia. Its goal is to contribute actively to the professional development of young scholars by giving them an opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. Participating graduate students will receive project-specific feedback from recognized experts in the field, as well as general career development advice. The Colloquium will thus provide the opportunity to meet experts as well as fellow PhD candidates from different backgrounds working on related topics. 

The Colloquium will be based on thesis-related work submitted by the participant PhD candidates. Each participating graduate student will have an experienced scholar responding to her or his paper. In addition, the Colloquium will feature a discussion with senior scholars about one of the topics related to publishing in international journals and career strategies, grant applications and career development. 

The Colloquium is open to PhD candidates working on topics concerned with theory, research, and professional education in journalism. The organizers encourage the submission of scholarly work that advances our understanding of how journalism works within individual regions or comparatively across regions. Subject areas include, but are not limited to, the functions of journalism in society, the structural and cultural influences on journalism, the attitudes and characteristics of journalists, features of news content and their effects on consumers. Of interest are the relationships between journalism and power, democratic standards, economic pressures, technological change, and (academic) critique. Conceptual, empirical and theoretical papers are welcome. 

Submission guidelines 

PhD students should submit an abstract of 500 words (excluding references) that outlines the topic, rationale, theoretical approach and, if applicable, empirical application. Every abstract should include the name, affiliation, and expected graduation date of the PhD candidate. 

Deadline for abstract submission: no later than 16:00 UTC, 20 January 2020. Submissions should be sent via email to Joy Kibarabara at joy.kibarabara@ims.su.se Format: submit an abstract in PDF-format labelled “Last Name_JS Colloquium 2020” Notifications of acceptance will be sent by the end of February 2020. 

If accepted, student participants will need to submit a full paper of up to 8000 words by 16:00 UTC, May 4, 2020. The colloquium will be held on 21 May 2020 from 9 am to 4 pm, with a coffee break and a light snack. 

More information about the previous JS Graduate Student Colloquiums and its participants can be found here http://www.ica-phd-colloquium.news/call/ 


Preconference: Communication for Social Change: Activism, Trust-building, Responsiveness, and Responsibility

Date: 20 May 2020

Time: 9:00 - 15:00

Location: OFF-SITE | Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Gardens Point campus, Brisbane (room number to be advised)

Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to the venue. Easily accessible by train from the Gold Coast. The pre-conference registration fee includes the cost of coach transfer at the end of the session from QUT to the main conference hotel (Star) on the Gold Coast.

Deadline: 17 January 2020

The timing of this session will appeal to attendees – particularly those arriving from overseas – flying in to Brisbane airports. You can choose to arrive a couple of days early to recover from your journey and then participate in this pre-conference in advance of the main event. This schedule will also give you the chance to experience all that Queensland’s capital city has to offer before heading down to the Coast. This pre-conference is ideally timed for attendees who wish to fly in to Brisbane and travel to Sydney after the main conference ends. 

Cost: US$50

Call for Papers 

Organizers: Anne Lane, Kim Johnston, Bree Hurst, Amisha Mehta, Lisa Tam

Contact: a.lane@qut.edu.au  

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s): Public Relations Division and Organizational Communication Division 

Description: The emergent positioning of corporate organisations as civic institutions means there is now increasing awareness of, and interest in, the potential to use communication for change at a societal level. Adopting this macro level perspective on the outcomes and impacts of communication requires the revision and extension of existing theories and practices, and perhaps the use and integration of multiple disciplinary lenses to an extent that has not yet been fully realised. This approach might lead to a resolution of the dynamic tension at the heart of the move to achieve social change through communication: how can communication – renowned for its ability to foster the development of fractured, individual, and highly specific points of view – be used to create the generalised consensus required to generate social change?

 Communication for Social Change: Activism, Trust-building, Responsiveness, and Responsibility

As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, societies around the world are characterised by the pervasiveness and power of communication networks. Multiple forms and channels of communication allow individuals and organisations to reach and interact with their networks of contacts in a variety of ways for many different purposes. Communication both constructs and enacts these networks, and provides mechanisms for groups and individuals to affect change at a societal level. In summary, this means changing society itself. 

Public relations, organizational communication and strategic communication are disciplines that have long been associated with efforts to encourage change through communication. However, the focus of these efforts has largely been the changing of stakeholder behaviour to suit organisations at an individual or group level. More recently, the emergence of the relational perspective in public relations and its synergies with stakeholder engagement and dialogue, as well as debates about creating shared value and corporate activism in corporate communications have shifted the focus onto the use of communication to create co-change at this meso level. 

The drive to harmonize corporate and societal needs is reflected by theoretical approaches that have emerged in corporate communications and strategic communication. These approaches are based on the understanding that corporate/organizational goals should not be limited to achieving shareholder value but also stakeholder value. This has seen the rise of concepts like “corporate shared value” (CSV) and “stakeholder value” instead of traditional CSR. More recently, the development of ideas like “corporate activism” and “CEO activism” (meaning that corporations can be agents of social change if governments, politicians, NGOs etc. are not able to move forward) reflect this.

The emergent positioning of corporate organisations as civic institutions means there is now increasing awareness of, and interest in, the potential to use communication for change at a societal level. Adopting this macro level perspective on the outcomes and impacts of communication requires the revision and extension of existing theories and practices, and perhaps the use and integration of multiple disciplinary lenses to an extent that has not yet been fully realised. This approach might lead to a resolution of the dynamic tension at the heart of the move to achieve social change through communication: how can communication – renowned for its ability to foster the development of fractured, individual, and highly specific points of view – be used to create the generalised consensus required to generate social change?

The theme of this pre-conference embraces different theoretical perspectives e.g. dialogic, managerial, critical, strategic, corporate/non-profit etc. It encourages not only deep consideration of individual areas of disciplinary expertise but also innovative cross-disciplinary approaches. In this pre-conference we therefore invite submissions from research teams or individuals interested in contributing to a multi-disciplinary consideration of the implementation and implications of communication for social change. 

Guiding questions to be addressed in this preconference may include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • What are the implications for theory and practice of organisations seeking to achieve social change through communication?

  • What roles do diverse kinds of media play in social change?

  • What are the benefits and/or disadvantages to profit-making organisations in aligning themselves with social change movements? 

  • What tensions emerge when profit-making organisations position themselves as agents of social change, or act themselves as corporate activists, sometimes using their leaders to propagate change (CEO activism)? 

  • What challenges face organisations that exist to change society, such as activist groups? How might communication be used to address the challenges?

  • How do questions of power play out in the use of communication for social change? Does the current communication landscape provide a level playing field for all those wishing to achieve social change?

  • What is the role of communication and trust-building in efforts to achieve social change?

  • What are the implications of recent and likely developments in the technical aspects of communication – such as artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) – for those seeking to achieve social change? 

  • What are the benefits and dangers of using micro-targeting and AI in social change communication; will dialogue be supported by propaganda techniques in the digital world?

  • Where are the ethical boundaries to communication for social change?

This pre-conference will provide presenters and other attendees with a stimulating and engaging session in which ideas can be presented in a supportive but robustly-enquiring environment.


You are invited to submit a 500-word fully-referenced abstract of your paper to ica2020preconf@qut.edu.au by 17 January 2020. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed, and acceptance letters sent by 31 January 2020. 


The pre-conference will open at 8.30a.m. with light refreshments. Sessions will run from 9am to 3pm. It will be held at Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Gardens Point campus in the centre of Brisbane. There is plenty of reasonably-priced quality accommodation in the area.

Storage for luggage will be provided on campus so attendees do not need to make separate arrangements.

The cost of coach transport to the Star Casino on the Gold Coast (the main conference hotel) at the conclusion of the pre-conference will be included in the registration fee.

Participants will be provided with morning tea and lunch. These breaks will divide the day into three sessions. Sessions will be structured as follows:

  • Standard format presentations over two sessions with three 15-minute papers in each, totalling 6 presentations over the morning.

  • Speed dating – up to 10 summary presentations of three minutes each (strict maximum) followed by break out discussions around tables, limited to 5 minutes per table.


If you have any questions, please email the organizers at ica2020preconf@qut.edu.au 


ICA 2020 Pre-conference call for papers:

Storytelling, persuasion and mobilization in the digital age



Date: Wednesday 20 May 2020, 9:00am-5:00pm


Location: Sydney Policy Lab, RD Watt Building, University of Sydney


Sponsoring ICA Divisions: Activism, Communication and Social Justice Interest Group; Political Communication Division; Public Relations Division.


Organizers: Dr Filippo Trevisan (American University), Prof Ariadne Vromen and Dr Michael Vaughan (University of Sydney)



Storytelling is central to the persuasion and mobilization strategies of advocacy organizations, activist groups, NGOs, political parties, and campaigns. However, technological, communicative, and political changes have challenged traditional storytelling practices and incentivized significant innovation in this area in recent years. Changes in technology have transformed the scale and pace at which individual stories can be collected, digitally archived, curated, and then distributed through online platforms. Changes in communication and politics have increased the emphasis on personalized advocacy strategies targeted at affective publics (Papacharissi, 2015), as campaigners seek to navigate an increasingly fragmented and polarised information environment. Researchers today face a challenge in representing both the continuity in the narrative dimension of politics while also interrogating emerging and impactful innovations. This raises important questions about power dynamics and representations associated with changing storytelling practices, roles, and relationships between individual storytellers, organizations, and social groups in a constantly evolving media landscape. These questions are relevant to multiple related fields including, among others, the sociology of political communications (Polletta 2006), policy studies (Jones, Shanahan and McBeth 2014) journalism studies (Polletta and Callahan 2017), and public interest communication.


This one-day preconference pays attention to these questions and brings together researchers from multiple disciplinary perspectives to discuss the impact of changing storytelling practices on individuals, groups, organizations, target publics, and public discourse more broadly. We welcome submissions from theoretical and empirical inquiries that examine the following areas:


·       Reconciling conceptualizations of storytelling from intersecting perspectives in political life: in particular interest groups, social movements, NGOs, parties and political campaigns, as well as journalism;

·       The impact of evolving digital communication technologies, including but not limited to social media, mobile devices, and database technology on the practice of persuasive storytelling;

·       How publics and citizens respond to stories;

·       The role of storytelling in response to changing political and media contexts, in particular the evolution of information consumption habits and the rise of “fake news;”

·       The significance and impact of advocacy storytelling on the (in)visibility of groups that are traditionally marginalized and under-represented in public discourse (e.g. gender, LGBTQI+, race, ethnicity, disability, etc.);

·       The outcomes of storytelling in politics, such as successes or failures in public policy;

·       The ethics of storytelling and the power relationship between advocacy organizations and individual storytellers;

·       Storytelling in a comparative and global context, such as the diffusion of storytelling practices between political actors and countries, as well as their relationship with culture and media environments;

·       Innovative methodological approaches to study persuasive storytelling and analyze its impact.


Submitting your abstract: Please submit abstracts for 15 minutes paper presentations through this Google Form (https://forms.gle/f5PBbd3KGd4NhdzR7) no later than January 20, 2020. Abstracts are limited to a maximum of 4,000 characters including spaces (approximately 500 words).


Contributors will be selected by peer-review and will be notified of decisions on or before February 1, 2020. Authors are expected to attend the preconference and present in person.

All participants must register and pay fees. Registration costs will be 50 USD and include coffee breaks and buffet lunch. To register, participants should follow the instructions on: www.icahdq.org.


Key dates:


·       20 January 2020: Deadline for abstract submission

·       1 February 2020: Corresponding authors notified of decisions

·       1 May 2020: Conference registrations close

·       20 May 2020: Pre-conference starts in Sydney


Location: Please note that this event will take place off-site at the Sydney Policy Lab, University of Sydney. The pre-conference will conclude at 5:00pm on May 20, leaving participants ample time to travel to Gold Coast for the opening of the main ICA conference in the evening of the following day (21 May).


Objectives (for ICA website):

Strategic storytelling is a rapidly evolving practice with fundamental implications for public discourse, the representation of social groups and controversial issues, as well as public decision-making. This preconference straddles three ICA divisions/interest groups and will bring together scholars from a range of disciplines to examine the evolving narrative dimension of strategic, political and advocacy communication, discuss research on emerging trends, and encourage shared conceptual frameworks around the features and implications of storytelling.


Preconference:From the rise of alternative media to the (dis)engagement of MSM: - making sense of the new political news environment and its audiences 

Call for Papers


Preconference: Digital Cultures of South Asia: Inequalities, Infrastructures, Informatization

Date & Time: 9:00 to 5.00, Thursday, May 21, 2020
Location: Onsite, 2020 ICA Main Conference Venue, Gold Coast, Australia 

Organizers: Radhika Parameswaran (rparames@indiana.edu, Indiana U), Sangeet Kumar (kumars@denison.edu, Denison U), Kalyani Chadha (kchadha@umd.edu, U of Maryland), Adrian Athique (a.athique@uq.edu.au, U of Queensland) and Pradip Thomas (pradip.thomas@uq.edu.au, U of Queensland). 

Conference Coordinator: Roshni Susana Verghese, roshnisusana@gmail.com 

ICA Division Affiliations: Global Communication and Social Change, Popular Communication, Intercultural Communication, Ethnicity & Race in Communication, and the South Asian Communication Association (SACA). 

Institutional Sponsors: The Media School, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA; The Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park, USA; Department of Communication, Denison University, Granville, Ohio, USA; School of Communication and Arts and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Queensland, Australia. 

Preconference Description 

Characterized by a mobile phone led connectivity boom and the cheapest data prices in the world (McCarthy 2019), South Asia has emerged as a region with the greatest potential for the future growth of Internet users. Indeed, as such, the area is not only central to any attempts at imagining the future of digital media globally, but it also constitutes a fertile territorial and cultural space for scholarly inquiry into the various dimensions of expanding digital life in the region. Consequently, this preconference focuses on exploring digital developments and their political, economic, social and cultural implications in the context of postcolonial South Asia and its global diaspora. The preconference draws inspiration from scholars who have sought to de- westernize digital media studies through their granular and interdisciplinary accounts of varied aspects of digital life in non-western countries. It is also grounded in the notion that the historical, political and social specificities of postcolonial South Asia necessitate the production of knowledge on digital culture— both conceptual and empirical— that explores the heterogeneities and complexities of the diverse nations that constitute the region. We envisage this preconference to be a forum for illuminating the varied dialectical forces that are at play in South Asia in shaping digital culture in ways that are similar to but also quite different from other parts of the world. 

In pursuit of these objectives, we invite submissions that cover a broad range of topics set in South Asia, including, but not limited to scholarly areas such as: 

• Issues of digital access, connectivity and inequality (social asymmetries of caste, gender, sexuality, religion, language, and class) 

• Online mobilization by activist communities to protest inequities and advocate for social change 

• Nature and implications for sovereignty of governance and infrastructure regimes emerging across the region, particularly as they relate to data collection and commodification, security and privacy 

• The political economy of digital media and the impact of digital technologies on the mainstream media landscape in entertainment and news media 

• Rise of new genres of informational and artistic representation— including parody, satire, and humor—in online spaces such as YouTube 

• Role of digital and social media in the transformation of contemporary politics, including campaigns and elections 

• Transformations in the business and content of journalism, the rise of fake news, misinformation as well as hate and extreme speech 

• Vernacular community formation in local, national and transnational/diasporic South Asian digital spaces 

• New transnational digital circuits of cultural production and consumption—fueled by affinities of caste, gender, class and sexuality—within and beyond South Asia 

The preconference aims to bring together ICA participants as well as scholars from around the world who are interested in digital culture in the Global South, with a particular focus on South Asia. Presentations and conversations at the preconference will be geared to achieve the following broad goals: build theory sensitive to the nuances of the region, strengthen analytical frameworks, foster interdisciplinarity, encourage critical thinking, and address empirical gaps in research. 

** Keynote speakers to be determined and announced in Spring 2020. ** 

Submission and participation details 

Extended abstract due: Monday, January 20th, 2020 

Final decisions on acceptance: Friday, February 14th, 2020 

At this time we invite authors to submit extended abstracts (700 to 1,000 words) that describe the main thesis and arguments, research goals, theoretical influences/frameworks, and to the extent possible, the methodological background and findings of their papers. The preconference organizers welcome diverse theoretical and methodological approaches and varied modes of analyses. 

Please make sure you include a title for your abstract. We request you to anonymize your document by removing all identifying information from it. Very poorly written abstracts as well as those that do not relate to South Asia will be automatically rejected. Abstract submissions will be reviewed and final decisions communicated by February 14th, 2020. 

Please submit your extended abstracts to conference coordinator Dr. Roshni Susana Verghese at roshnisusana@gmail.com

Based on the volume and the quality of submissions, we intend to explore a potential thematic publication of preconference materials as a special issue in a journal or as an edited volume. 

Registration fees: With financial support from institutional sponsors and ICA Divisions, the registration fees for the preconference will be under $20. The registration fees will cover refreshments for two breaks and lunch. This is a flat fee for anyone who wishes to present at or simply attend the preconference (without a presentation), including all ICA student and faculty members. There are no prerequisites for submitting abstracts, registering for and participating in the preconference. All attendees will need to create an ICA profile to register. 

Finally, we expect all presenters will attend the preconference event for the full day. If you are traveling from overseas, we advise you to arrive on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, and make appropriate accommodation arrangements for that night. 


Preconference: Opening up the meanings of “the professional,” professional work and professionalism in communication studies


Kirstie McAllum, U de Montréal, Canada

Frédérik Matte, U of Ottawa, Canada



Given the importance of knowledge workers in postindustrial organizing, the emergence of new professions, and the number of occupations claiming and resisting professionalization (Anteby, Chen & DiBenigno, 2016; Fleming, 2015), this preconference aims to stimulate dialogue about how communication scholarship can open up research on new forms of professionalism. 


Because claiming professional status increases the prestige of the occupational collectives to which individuals belong (Dutton et al., 2010), with some foresight, Wilensky (1964) predicted the “professionalization of nearly everyone.” Indeed, growing numbers of workers have clamored for recognition as “professionals” (accountants, Suddaby & Greenwood, 2005; aromatherapists, Fournier, 2002; financial planners and IT specialists, Noordegraaf, 2007; management consultants, McKenna, 2006; pilots, Ashcraft, 2007; and sustainability practitioners, Mitra & Buzzannell, 2018, among many others). Their success obscures the fact that similar claims made by other groups such as librarians (Garcia & Barbour, 2018) remain unheeded (Scott, 2008). 


Beyond this search for recognition of a professional status by many practitionners, a discursive shift from professionalism as a noun (“being a professional”) to an adjective (“being professional”) also masks important changes in how different types of workers and work are valued. Professionalism, then, focuses on how individuals carry out types of work with knowledge and skill rather than limiting the “professions” to particular types of work (Caza & Creary, 2016). In a similar vein, others have argued that professionalism entails carrying out one’s activities with a “professional spirit” (Hodgson, 2002, p. 805) or “conducting and constituting oneself in an appropriate manner” (Fournier, 1999, p. 287).


Building on Ashcraft and Cheney’s (2007) landmark text on “the professional,” we foreground and celebrate the multi-faceted nature of professionalism as an “essentially contested concept” (Gallie, 1956), characterized by internal complexity, conceptual diversity, and reciprocal recognition of the concept’s contested character among contending parties. Rather than championing any one definition or perspective, this preconference aims to map out and contextualize the multiple, contested meanings of professionalism, particularly in novel or “non-standard” contexts. 

Topics include but are not restricted to:

  • How is professionalism defined and operationalized in communication studies? How are we, as researchers, contributing to institutionalize particular understandings of professionalism? How might we develop more communicative understandings of professionalism? 

  • How do the meanings of professionalism shift across varied institutional, organizational, and cultural contexts? 

  • Through what analytical and empirical lenses should we study professional workers, professional work, and professionalization? 

  • How can we open up the meanings of professionalism to include emotion work and embodied work experiences? 

  • How is professionalism critically used to push back against organizational and social control? 

  • Is professionalism an aspirational concept? How does professionalism act as a resource and as a constraint? Whose interests does professionalism serve? How might we disrupt contemporary meanings of professionalism? 

  • How might communication scholars contribute to interdisciplinary dialogues and/or practitioner-researcher collaborations about professionalism and professionalization? 

  • How has the post-industrial economy contributed to establishing new forms or definitions of professionalism? (In the sense that others - often unqualified - decide how professional you are? E.g., the Uber world; online reviews of almost everything and everyone including professors, doctors and medical specialists, restaurants, etc.)

All interested participants are invited to attend this pre-conference. Submissions are not required for registration. Conceptual and empirical papers are welcome.

Submission guidelines

Abstract submissions to the pre-conference (500-1000 words, not including tables and references) are invited from across divisions of the communication field, and will be evaluated competitively by anonymous referees. All submissions must be sent to Kirstie McAllum at kirstie.mcallum@umontreal.ca no later than 16:00 UTC, 31 January 2020




Preconference:DIgital REsearch, Translated (DIREcT)


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New ICA member benefits are on the horizon

Posted By Kristine Rosa, Manager of Member Services, Monday, December 9, 2019

Welcome members to the 2019 – 2020 membership term!

Thank you to all of the International Communication Association (ICA) members that renewed during this new membership renewal period. By renewing your membership between the months of August (when we begin sending membership renewal reminders) and December, we can ensure that you will receive a full year’s worth of ICA member benefits. 

ICA membership benefits include:

  • Online access to ICA’s six journals 

  • Networking opportunities 

  • Service opportunities in leadership roles 

  • Voting privileges 

  • Discounted conference registration 

  • Discounted CIOS membership, and

  • (NEW) Discounted ICA Handbook Series purchases

  • ICA travel grant eligibility, and more!

We are excited to announce the newest ICA membership benefit! Active members of ICA now receive a 20% discount when purchasing any of ICA’s Handbook series. Simply visit the ICA Member Discount page, and click the associated link. You must be signed into your profile in order to view the link and the discount code. Click on the link to view the new ICA discount page: https://www.icahdq.org/page/ICA-Member-Discounts.

The ICA membership department has been working diligently all year to improve member benefits and the member experience at ICA. The improvements and additional changes that will be made are all based on the feedback provided in the 2018 membership survey. Your feedback has not gone unnoticed. We greatly appreciate all those that participated and provided the good, the bad, and the ugly comments, as it is all helpful information. 

If you ever wish to express your gratitude, or to provide suggestions and comments on your member experience, please do not hesitate to contact Kristine Rosa, ICA’s Manager of Member Services, at membership@icahdq.org. We greatly appreciate any and all feedback as our goal at ICA is to continue to be your most valuable professional asset. 

Thank you for choosing ICA as your professional society home. We are looking forward to a great and exciting new year with you all; and hope to see you all in May 2020 in the Gold Coast, Australia for the 70th Annual ICA Conference! 


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