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ICA Election Results in: ​Terry Flew ​President-Elect Select​

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 6, 2017

Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology) was elected President-Elect Select by the members of the International Communication Association in the 2017 ICA election. Upon election, Flew automatically becomes a member of the association’s Executive Committee. He will serve as a Program Chair for the 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C, USA. After which he will become President of ICA. 

Flew is at Queensland U of Technology, where he is a Professor of Media and Communication as well as an Assistant Dean in the Creative Industries Faculty. He has been active within ICA holding various leadership roles since 2012: Board Member-at-Large, Vice-Chair and Chair of the Global Communication & Social Change Division, and committees. Terry also organized an ICA regional conference in Brisbane, Australia three years ago.


In other association-wide elections, Hernando Rojas (U of Wisconsin) was elected as Board Member-At-Large and Sarah Cho (U of Massachusetts) was elected as Student Board Member. Both will serve a two-year term and will start their positions after the 2018 Annual Conference in Prague.


  • One association-wide bylaws change was approved.  

  • Thirty-one new officers were elected across 23 Divisions and Interest Groups  

  • Five divisional bylaws changes were approved 

  • Two Divisional dues increases were approved 


Results of these elections are listed below:



Secretary: Ine Beyens, U of Amsterdam  

Student Representative: Cecelia Zhou, U of Hong Kong  

Bylaws Revision: Revisions Pass – “I accept the proposed changes to the bylaws” 



Vice Chair: Ran Wei, U of South Carolina  

Secretary: German Neubaum, U of Duisburg-Essen  



Vice Chair: Derek Vaillant, U of Michigan  



Vice Chair: Krisztina Rozgonyi, U of Vienna 



Vice Chair: Allison Eden, Michigan State U  

Secretary: Christopher Cascio, U of Wisconsin 



Vice Chair: Cindy Shen, U of California, Davis  

Secretary: Matthew Weber, Rutgers U 



Vice Chair: Jonathon P. Schuldt, Cornell U  

Secretary: Franzisca Weder, U of Klagenfurt 



Bylaws Revisions Vote: Revisions Pass – “I accept the proposed changes to the bylaws” 



Secretary: Ruud Jacobs, Erasmus U  

Student Representative: Joe Wasserman, West Virginia U 



Secretary: Yu Hong, Zhejiang U  



Vice Chair: Itzhak Yanovitzky, Rutgers U  

Bylaws Revision Vote: Revisions Pass – “I accept the proposed changes to the bylaws” 

Dues Increase Vote: Dues Increase Pass – “I accept the proposed dues increase” 



Secretary: Russell Clayton, Florida State U 



Vice Chair: Davide Girardelli, RMIT U Vietnam 



Vice Chair: Seth C. Lewis, U of Oregon  

Student Representative: Alla Rybina, U of Gothenburg 



Secretary: Natasha Shrikant, U of Colorado, Boulder 



Student Representative: Lik Sam Chan, U of Southern California  

Bylaws Revisions Vote: Revisions Pass – “I accept the proposed bylaws amendments (wording contingent upon the outcome of VOTE 1)” 

Dues Increase Vote: Dues Increase Pass – “I accept the proposed dues increase” 



Secretary: Ramon Lobato, RMIT 



Secretary: Mariek Vanden Abeele, Tilburg U  



Vice Chair: Timothy Kuhn, U of Colorado, Boulder  



Vice Chair: Sophie Lecheler, U of Vienna  

Secretary: Nayla Fawzi, Ludwig-Maximilians-U  



Vice Chair: Melissa Aronczyk, Rutgers U  



Vice Chair: James Pamment, Lund U  

Secretary: Steven L. Pike, Syracuse U  

Bylaws Adoption Vote: Bylaws Adoption Pass – “I accept the proposed bylaws for adoption” 



Secretary: Tim Highfield, Queensland U of Technology  

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ICA-Wide Award Nominations Due 31 January, 2018

Posted By Jennifer Le, Manager of Conference Services, Monday, November 6, 2017

ICA has revised its deadline for book-related awards to allow the committees more time to read and evaluate the submissions. While in the past, all awards shared a universal deadline of 31 January, now that deadline only applies to these six awards: Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award, James W. Carey Urban Communication Grant, Applied Research Award, Outstanding Article Award, Young Scholar Award, and the B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award. These six awards have kept the traditional nomination period of 1 November – 31 January at 16:00 UTC. To nominate for one of the six ICA Awards, please go here: http://www.icahdq.org/?page=AwardNomination 


As previously stated in the October Newsletter, the two ICA Book Awards (Outstanding Book Award and Fellows Book Award) have a new separate nomination period and deadline: 1 September – 15 December at 16:00 UTC. Don’t forget to mail your book copies to Jennifer Le at ICA headquarters in Washington D.C. by 15 December 2017.  To nominate for one of the two ICA Book Awards, please go here: http://www.icahdq.org/?page=BookAwardsNoms 


There is a new nomination system for ICA Fellows. All nominations should be submitted online by 31 January here: http://www.icahdq.org/?page=FellowsNomination. Submitters are asked to submit all materials in a single PDF file. To learn more about ICA Fellows visit this link: http://www.icahdq.org/page/Fellows.


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

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Preconference Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 6, 2017




To read all the 68th Annual ICA Preconference and Postconference Call for Papers, visit here: http://www.icahdq.org/?page=2018PrePostconf 


Media literacy as intergenerational project: skills, norms, and mediation 

23 May 2018  
Claudia  Riesmeyer, Thorsten Naab, & Ruth  Festl


Today’s information society is characterized by its permeation of multifunctional and ubiquitous media. Since a diverse set of media is most often habitually integrated in daily routines, media literacy is an “important prerequisite” to deal with media risks and opportunities (UNESCO, 2016, 26). Even more, media literacy has become a key competence for societal, political, and civic engagement and participation in the 21st century (Hobbs, 2011; Erstad & Amdam, 2013). Its acquirement is most often discussed as a long-term process during life cycle (Potter, 2010), since individuals need to adjust their media literacy to media changes and also to the main challenges of the developmental tasks during the different stages of their  lives (Pfaff-Ruediger, Riesmeyer & Kuempel, 2012) and the turning points of their biographies. Furthermore, the socialization of media literacy is shaped by diverse socialization agents, i.e. parents, teachers, peers, and the individual itself (Hobbs, 2011).


However, research on media generations demonstrates that living in different media landscapes and corresponding socializing environment leads to diverse media experiences (Naab & Schwarzenegger, 2017) and therefore highly individual sets of media literacy with “differing levels and uses of literacy competencies according to […] environments, needs, and available resources” (UNESCO, 2016, 25). The idea of an entanglement of media changes, lifelong acquirement of media literacy, and exchange processes between media generations is at  the core of our preconference. We aim at:


  1. Answering following research questions: Which generation owns which media literacy skills and norms for media use? Who mediates media literacy at which turning point in life cycle? How could media literacy be characterized as intergenerational  project, since changing media use and media access induce the connection of different generations (and socialization agents) and also promotes reverse socialization (e.g. from children to parents)? 

  1. Bringing together international scholars that study media literacy and implications of this conceptualization as intergenerational project. 

Submissions should address the following aspects: 

  • media generation specific media literacy skills and norms 

-          normative, social, political, and civic implications of (missing) media literacy 

  • mediation (and reverse mediation) of media literacy and influencing factors 

-          inter- and transgenerational exchange of media literacy and media practices 

-          influence of turning points within media biographies and media generations


Submissions: Extended Abstracts (max. 1.000 words plus references) should be sent to Claudia Riesmeyer (riesmeyer@ifkw.lmu.de). The deadline for submission is 30 November 2017. Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors before 15 January 2018. The preconference will take place on 23 May 2018 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at LMU Munich. Self-organized transport from Munich to Prague via multiple ways on 24 May 2018 (plane, bus, train, rental car; travel duration: 1 to 5 hrs).


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the organizers Claudia Riesmeyer (riesmeyer@ifkw.lmu.de), Thorsten Naab (thorsten.naab@phil.uni-augsburg.de), or Ruth Festl (festl@dji.de). 


Diverse Voices: Authentic Communication, Trust, Dialogue, and Society 
Department of Marketing Communication and Public Relations Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic 
8 am to 5 pm, 24 May 2018 
(abstract submission deadline: 1 December, 2017) 


Division Affiliation: 
Public Relations Division (Sponsor) 
Global Communication and Social Change (co-sponsor) 
Organizational Communication Division (co-sponsor) 

Organizers: this preconference is organized by the Public Relations Society of China (PRSC), the European Public Relations Education and Research Association (EUPRERA), and the Department of Marketing Communication and Public Relations at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. 


Chun-Ju Flora Hung-Baesecke, PRSC, Massey University, New Zealand 
Xianhong Chen, President of PRSC; Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China 
Øyvind Ihlen, EUPRERA, University of Oslo, Norway Ralph Tench, EUPRERA, Leeds Beckett University, UK Yi-Ru Regina Chen, PRSC, Hong Kong Baptist University 
Denisa Hejlová, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic 

Venue: Department of Marketing Communication and Public Relations, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic


This is an era of distrust and diverse voices. Globalization, government and corporate corruption, and the rise of populism have resulted in a great decline of trust among the public (Edelman, 2017). Modern communication technology and social media give every entity a voice in the contemporary public communication arena. For organizations, the question is not “if” but “how” and “when” to best use various communication platforms to engage in dialogue with publics (Kent & Taylor, 2002). We saw the dialogic approach


emerge in a new theoretical shift in public relations research. However, much research to date has not yet clearly defined dialogue as a concept for examination, to analyze dialogue in multiple online or offline platforms, and to further develop the approach beyond the present state. The changing societal context in our time affects the practice of dialogue. One is led to ponder the role of dialogue in contemporary, digital society and its intended effects (or limits), principles, and pre-conditions (e.g., public trust and organization’s honesty and authenticity).


This proposed preconference invites discussions on topics including, but are not limited to: What is (constructive) dialogue in the organization-public context? What are the processes, principles, and conditions of dialogue in the East and the West? What are the strategies to develop dialogue with diverse voices? Why do we need to have dialogue when one party does not listen and does not encourage a participative decision making process? What is the role and impact of authenticity in dialogue? Can dialogue build trust in a divided society? Whether social media and communication technology undermine or facilitate dialogue and trust? Whether true dialogue can take place in an organizational setting where it is typically turned into an instrument for other organizational goals? 

This full-day event will feature a keynote roundtable discussion with international scholars and papers from public relations scholars in China and around the world.


Papers on the preconference theme will be selected in a special issue in Public Relations Review. 

Abstract Submissions 

Deadline: All abstract submissions must be completed online no later than 1 December, 2017 (UTC time) at prsc_prad@qq.com. For inquiries, please contact: Vincent Huang (vincenthuanglei@gmail.com)


Authors should send a two-page Word document.


The first page should include the following information only: 

  1. Paper title. 

  1. Abstract (300 – 400 words in English). 

  1. Citations should be listed in a footnote. Citations containing author identity should be avoided. 

On the second page, please include the following: 

  1. Paper title. 

  1. All author names, affiliations, and short bios (100 words in English maximum) listed in the order of authorship. 

  1. Corresponding author and email address. 

Abstract Acceptance Announcements 

Acceptance notification will be sent out on 15 December 2017. 

Submitting an abstract commits at least one author of any accepted submission to register for the preconference, attend and present the research in person. 

Paper Submissions 

Full papers of accepted abstracts that the author(s) wishes to be considered for publication should be submitted by 30 April, 2018 at: prsc_prad@qq.com. Paper submission details will be provided at a later date. 


Deadline for abstract submission                                      1, December, 2017 

Acceptance provided                                                        15, December, 2017 

Deadline for full paper and presentations                         30, April, 2018 

Preconference                                                                   24, May, 2018 

Deadline for revised full papers                                        31 July, 2018 

Registration Fee (including tea breaks and a lunch) * 

Faculty participants (presenting papers or not): US$70. Graduate students (presenting papers or not): US$35. 

To register to this preconference, participants need to register online at the ICA conference registration website. 

Organizing Institutes: 

Public Relations Society of China 

The pre-conference is sponsored by the Public Relations Society of China (PRSC). The PRSC was founded in August 2015. The first president of the PRSC is Professor Chen Xianhong from the School of Journalism and Communication at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. The PRSC aims to advance public relations theories and practices in China. As the only national-level academic organization in the field of public relations, the PRSC not only serves as a think tank that fosters dialogue and interactions among the academia, industry and society, but also provides an important platform for academic exchange between Chinese and international public relations scholars. “Open, Diversity, Inclusion and Dialogue” are the core values of the PRSC. Its mission is to build an academic community of public relations with research inspiration, international vision, and commitment to the public. The PRSC also strives for the discipline development and industrial advancement of public relations in China. In 2017, the PRSC was awarded as an excellent secondary national-level academic association.


The European Public Relations Education and Research Association (EUPRERA) EUPRERA is an autonomous not-for-profit organisation with nearly 500 members from 40 countries interested in advancing academic research and knowledge in public relations and strategic communication. Several cross-national and comparative research and education projects are organised by affiliated universities through the Association such as the largest transnational project of the public relations field, the European Communication Monitor


(ECM) now in its 12th year. In order to spread new methodologies and research results, EUPRERA organises a highly regarded annual congress each autumn in collaboration with a selected university in Europe. The congress each year publishes an edited book of selected papers from the conference and has a dedicated special Congress issue of the Journal of Communication Management.


The Charles University in Prague ranks among the oldest and most traditional universities in the world. It was established in 1348 by Charles IV, King of Bohemia and King of the Romans, who himself was very well educated and truly international persona. The Department of Marketing Communication and Public Relations is one of the youngest university bodies, and it exists within the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Nevertheless, during its relatively short presence, the department has contributed to academic background and pioneering research in the Czech Republic, namely in the fields of public relations, public affairs or marketing communication. Today, it offers most prestigious (and most wanted) undergraduate programme of Marketing Communications and Public Relations in the Czech Republic. It also publishes online news and trends from the field, which are written and edited solely by the students and graduates, called Markething.cz. Among our main research fields are marketing communication, public relations, political communication and public affairs, history of persuasive communication and psychology of communication. 





Theories in Public Relations: Reflections and Future Directions 

May 24, 2018, 08:30-16:30,  

Malá Aula room, Karolinum, Charles University 

Ovocný trh 3, Praha 1 - Staré Město, 110 00   

Prague, Czech Republic  

Abstract Deadline: December 8, 2017 

Theme and rationale 

The field of public relations has grown in the last thirty years both academically and professionally, and is now a specialised, applied communication discipline. Most scholars and practitioners would agree that public relations is primarily a strategic organizational function that nurtures positive relationships with publics and stakeholders for organizations of all kinds: private, public, non-profit, activist, advocacy etc. However, some have taken a broader view of both public relations and the organizations it works for, focusing on their role as a source of interventions in social, cultural and political environments. As a result, the theoretical landscape of public relations has expanded beyond its organizational origins.  


Despite increasing theoretical depth, however, recognition of public relations as an academic discipline and the quality and significance of its theoretical contributions are disputed within and beyond the public relations field. Its discrete body of knowledge and stock of theories have received little recognition outside the specific disciplinary domain. This may be because a universal understanding of the theoretical pillars on which the field is grounded is far from achieved.  

Public relations scholars tend to agree that this is an interdisciplinary field and that many studies in public relations are rooted in diverse communication, sociological, cultural, managerial, and organizational forms of knowledge. Almost all public relations’ established theories come from a wider field and/or have borrowed concepts and understandings and adapted them to public relations questions. Yet, to enjoy greater recognition and academic legitmacy, the theoretical contributions of public relations as a field in its own right must be able to both stand alone and contribute to fields beyond disciplinary boundaries. 


In this pre-conference, we propose an  in-depth reflection on the quality and significance of theoretical development in public relations scholarship. The aim is to discuss and reflect on what might be considered current theories of public relations and theories for public relations, as well as emerging bodies of work that are changing the shape of the field.  We will consider their use, their ability to answer research questions of fundamental importance for the profession, their relevance to today’s global problems, and the exploratory avenues of scholarship that could form the basis of new theorizing. Examples of questions relevant to this pre-conference are:


  • What can be considered a classical or emergent public relations theory?  

  • What are the field’s grand theories and middle-range theories? How do they shape our thinking?  

  • What are the emergent theories that can (re)define public relations?  

  • What types of problems has public relations addressed and through which theoretical lenses has it addressed them? Do these approaches remain adequate? How might they evolve? 

  • What should be the fundamental research questions which are capable of yielding theoretic development? 

  • Why do public relations theories have limited impact beyond the field?  

  • How does public relations theory need to evolve in order to become more widely recognized in organizational, media and communication scholarship?


At the pre-conference, conceptual and theoretical papers will contribute to building a ‘big picture’ of theory in the public relations field, and to discussions about the impact of established and/or emergent theories on thinking about public relations problems. Insights based on empirical data are welcome if they provide a basis for theoretical and conceptual discussions. We welcome a wide range of theoretical perspectives, and we aim to ensure a vibrant program that includes both senior and junior scholars, representing the whole spectrum of opinions and perspectives in the field.  

Submission and selection procedure


Submitters should send a two-page abstract, excluding references (double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt) in which they clearly state their theoretical position related to the preconference theme, as well as a clear statement of how the work contributes to the questions posed in the call for proposals. Each submission should include a third page with a short bio of the author(s). Abstract submission is due by December 15, 2017, to Lee Edwards, at l.edwards2@lse.ac.uk 


Acceptance/rejection letters will be sent by January 12, 2018. Authors of accepted proposals are required to submit a full paper and a presentation prior to the preconference which will be shared with the other authors. Authors are expected to attend the pre-conference, present in person and prepare some questions for other panelists


All participants, speakers or not, must register and pay fees. Participation fee (including coffee breaks and lunch buffet) is US$45 for presenters and non-presenters. Special hotel rates are available for registered participants. To register to this pre-conference, participants need to go to www.icahdq.org and register online as part of their main ICA conference registration, or as a stand-alone registration. 


Following the preconference, selected authors and participants will be invited to contribute to a peer-reviewed Special Issue of Public Relations Inquiry, titled “Theories in Public Relations: Reflections and Future Directions” to be published in 2019.  



  • Deadline for abstract submission December 15, 2017 

  • Acceptance provided by January 12, 2018 

  • Deadline for submission of full papers and presentations April 22, 2018 

  • Preconference in Prague, CZ, May 24, 2018 

  • Invitation for Special Issue in Public Relations Inquiry, July 30, 2018 


Location/venue:  Malá Aula room, Karolinum, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic 

Division affiliation: Public Relations Division 

Pre-conference organizers: 


Chiara Valentini 

Department of Management, BSS, Aarhus University, Denmark 


Lee Edwards

Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom 



The preconference is generously sponsored by Public Relations Inquiry, a Sage journal. Public Relations Inquiry is an international, peer-reviewed forum for conceptual, reflexive and critical discussion on public relations. The journal aims to stimulate new research agendas in the field of public relations through interdisciplinary engagement and to encompass a broad range of theoretical, empirical and methodological issues in public and organizational communications in diverse cultural contexts.  


Lobbying and Democracy: The Voice of Communication 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018; 9 a.m. – 1. p.m. 

Department of Marketing Communication and PR (room 215) Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic 


Theme and Rationale 

This postconference invites papers that focus on the role communication plays for lobbying and democracy. All theoretical and methodological approaches that help shed light on this are welcome. Topics include, but are not, limited to, a focus on evaluation of communication strategies in light of democratic ideals, the use of particular argument types, as well as communicative attempts to fuse private and public interests.


Broadly defined, lobbying deals with attempts to influence the public policy process. 

Organizations that conducted lobbying include business associations, companies, non- governmental organizations (NGOs), public affairs consultancies, labour unions and foundations. Since they are trying to shape public policy without running for office, this have important normative implications for how democratic systems function. How does this influence the one-person-one-vote democratic principle?


Critics often question the contribution to democracy, and whether or not lobbying is yet another tool for society’s most resourceful. Research on lobbying has produced a number of tomes that shed light on the importance of, for instance, lobbyists’ resources and their use of different tactics. A conclusion from the research is that financial resources and human capital are important components for organizations and their ability to succeed with lobbying efforts.


With a few noteworthy exceptions, however, there has been little attention devoted to how lobbyists actually communicate. Thus, this postconference invites contributions addressing the topic of lobbying and democracy, and the role communication plays in this regard. What communication strategies are employed and how these can be evaluated against democratic goals of participation as well as the problem of unequal influence and regulatory capture. How do we test to see if lobbyists are serving democracy and good governance, or acting as a hindrance? Are some organized interests marginalized or unmobilized? What role can communication theory play in grasping this? Communication scholarship can shed light on how the characteristics of organized interests influence the potential ground for arguments and their subsequent success in this regard, for instance, in their communicative attempts to fuse private and public interests.


This  postconference is approved by the ICA 2018 organizing committee and is part of the official ICA 2018 conference program. It follows successful workshops and panels in London, U.K. in 2016; the ICA 2016 conference in Fukuoka, Japan; the ICA 2017 conference in San Diego, U.S.A.; the EUPRERA Congress 2016 in Groningen, the Netherlands, and the EUPRERA Congress 2017 in London, U.K. We invite scholars across the globe to join us to explore lobbying and democracy, and the role played by communication.


Due to the generosity of the Department of Marketing Communication and PR, Charles University in Prague, no fee will be charged for attendance. 

Submission and selection process


Extended abstracts of minimum 600 words should be submitted to 

Øyvind Ihlen at oyvind.ihlen@media.uio.no  before December 15, 2017.


Contributors will be selected by peer review. Authors of accepted proposals are required to submit a full paper and a presentation prior to the  postconference. Authors are expected to attend the postconference and present in person.


Following the postconference, selected authors and participants will be invited to contribute to a peer-reviewed special issue of Journal of Public Affairs. 



Deadline for  abstract  submission                    December 15, 2017 Acceptance provided                                                          January 15, 2018 Deadline for full paper and presentations                            April 15, 2018 Postconference                                                                        May 29, 2018 

Invitation for special issue                              August 30, 2018 

Deadline for revised full papers                      October 31, 2018 

Reviews of full papers                                    January 15, 2019 

Final revisions due                                         March 20, 2019 


Øyvind Ihlen, University of Oslo 

Anna Shavit, Charles University in Prague  

Chiara Valentini, University of Aarhus 

Scott Davidson, University of Leicester 



The Department of Marketing Communication and PR, Charles University in Prague The Public Diplomacy Interest Group of ICA (main ICA sponsor) 

The Public Relations Division of ICA 

The Political Communication Division of ICA 

The Network for Public affairs and Lobbying of the European Public Relations Research and Education Association (EUPRERA) 




                Methods for Communication Policy Research                  

The field of communication policy research is characterized by regular discussions of its status and progress of development. Given this self-conscious tradition, it is almost ironic that research designs as well as methods of data collection and data analysis are rarely discussed, let alone critically scrutinized (Just & Puppis, 2012). While a lot of research is empirical in nature – e.g., offering overviews of regulatory developments in various media systems or analyzing policy-making processes – scholars are using few words to detail their methods in publications and presentations. In recent years, the most used methods in the field, like document analysis and interviews, finally received some much- needed attention (e.g., Herzog & Ali, 2015; Karppinen & Moe, 2012). Nevertheless, there is still much work ahead to enhance the craft of doing communication policy research. To be credible in academia and beyond – namely in communication policy-making – sound methods and attention to research design are crucial. 

Moreover, the media and communication – and communication research – environments have been and are rapidly changing in ways that are altering relationships between the governing and those they govern, as well as in the kinds of policy tools available. The workshop is an opportunity to re-evaluate existing methods and to think through specific issues that may arise with methodological innovations when investigating policy problems, policy-making processes, or the effects of laws and regulations once put in place. Issues of access to data, the use of software to “revise” policy-making processes with consequences for their effects, and challenges to the procedures through which research data are collected and interpreted all need to be considered in today’s environment.


Springing from a “Blue Sky Workshop” at the San Diego ICA conference, this preconference dedicates a whole day to discussing methods of communication policy research. The preconference is composed of five sessions, each session starting with three short interventions of 10 minutes each (selected from the submissions to this call for papers), followed by a prepared response and an open discussion.


Submissions for the interventions should provide critical thinking about communication policy-specific methodological problems, i.e. they should focus on methodological issues rather than study results. We invite abstracts that address one of the following topics:


  1. Topic 1: “Research design: finding the right method(s) for communication policy research problems”. Submissions should focus on how to match the right method(s) with policy issues under investigation. Which methods have proven useful for researching policy issues? And which phenomena both old and new pose problems forscholars to properly analyze because methods are insufficient or access to data is impossible? Contributions may also take a meta-perspective to discuss different research designs valuable for communication policy research. 

  1. Topic 2: “More than close reading: analyzing qualitative data”. A large number of communication policy studies is based on qualitative interviews with experts from media industries and policy-making and on qualitative analysis of documents. Yet few studies discuss the practicalities of actually analyzing interview data or policy and industry documents, simply referring to a so-called close-reading of texts. Contributions should discuss how to analyze qualitative data and may also discuss interconnections between data collection and data analysis. 

  1. Topic 3: “Beyond interviews and documents: new methods for communication policy research”. While interviews and document analysis are valuable methods for doing policy research, the social sciences offer a rich methodological toolbox. From participant observation to big data, there are numerous methods showing potential for communication policy research. Submission may also focus on pitfalls of relying on innovative methods of data collection and data analysis. 

  1. Topic 4: “Comparative policy research: from simple to causal comparison”. The bulk of comparative research in the research field relies on simple comparisons that offer rich insights into similarities and differences between media systems but that cannot causally explain them. With QCA and statistical comparison, comparative research made significant progress in understanding the connection between media systems and policy. Submissions are invited to show how new comparative methods are useful for communication policy research. 

  1. Topic 5: “Action research: doing research while influencing the object”. Action research has potential for communication policy research. Not to be confused with scholars getting involved in policy-making, action research nevertheless implies that researchers interact with policy-making to generate data. Submissions may focus on ethical considerations as well as merits and pitfalls of action research. 

  1. Topic 6: “How to bring research to policy-making: what scholars can do even if policy-makers don’t want to listen”. There is long-standing concern about the extent to which policy-makers take communication research findings into account. Efforts to reduce the size of government, political distaste for or refusal of evidence that supports positions that differ from those preferred by dominant parties, and challenges to the rule of law altogether other than one’s own have all made the situation particularly difficult today in many societies. Interventions addressing this topic will think through ways to design research, choose research methods, present research findings, and provide effective input into policy-making in evidence-averse policy environments. 


For the three interventions kicking off each of the five sessions, we invite extended abstracts of approximately 1000 words. Please indicate which of the above topics your abstract is intended to address. Abstracts are due by December 17, 2017, and should be submitted to manuel.puppis@unifr.ch. Acceptance notifications will be sent out close to the time ICA announces review results for the main conference. Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to attend the preconference and to present their work.


The preconference will be open to additional participants beyond presenters, respondents and organizers. Registration will be possible via the normal ICA conference registration website. 

There will be a nominal fee of USD 50 for all participants to pay for room, audiovisual equipment, coffee breaks, and lunch. Funding for the preconference is partly provided by Texas A&M University, the University of Fribourg and the University of Antwerp.


Moreover, the preconference is affiliated with ICA’s Communication Law and Policy Division. However, members of other ICA sections and non-members of ICA are also welcome to submit abstracts and participate. 


Preconference Organizers 

Sandra Braman (Texas A&M University/USA) Manuel Puppis (University of Fribourg/Switzerland) Hilde Van den Bulck (University of Antwerp/Belgium) 

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President's Message: First ICAfrica Publication Workshop

Posted By Paula Gardner, ICA Presdient (McMaster U), Friday, November 3, 2017

I am sitting in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi writing this column en route to our second ICAfrica event  this time in Entebbe, Uganda  to participate in our first ever research and publication workshop. Our mission is to mentor over 100 mentees from across the African continent to enhance their research and writing skills, moving their work toward publication. 


Many people have made this possible— there are over 21 volunteer organizers from the original ICAfrica team plus new members from our local organizing team at Ugandan Martyr’s U. In addition, senior colleagues from across ICA (including the African continent), are donating their time as mentors, with many having self-funded their trips. These volunteers are all about to board planes and spend upwards of 25 hours traveling, forfeiting a week from their own work, family, and responsibilities. Our ICA office staff has gone above and beyond in supporting this workshop. This level of effort displays ICA's commitment to expand our membership in countries with historically low representation, and to augment our communication literature with the richness of African communication studies.


It is a deep pleasure to engage in this work. Part of the pleasure comes from the generosity of our African colleagues whose unrelenting enthusiasm and unflinching work ethic reminds us of the urgent need foster and support African scholarship.   


Another deep pleasure comes from reading the work of these scholars, most recently, the abstracts junior scholars have submitted to the workshop. Their proposals reflect the distinct interests and concerns that we witnessed at the ICAfrica Regional Conference in Nairobi last year; the research adds a crucial regional dimension to our international communication scholarship.  


There is much work in health and risk communication addressing issues ranging from underserviced populations and untreated illnesses, particularly—its determinants, treatments, and evaluations of HIV health literacy programs. Many papers query health promotion campaigns addressing teen pregnancy, non-communicable diseases, maternal health, and service delivery. We see a range of work on development addressing innovations in agricultural technologies and practices, and relatedly, a stream of papers analyzing elements contributing to climate change and its impact on local economies, agriculture, and health.


Political communication topics range from studies addressing efforts to enhance democratic practices, tactics for reconciling political power with traditional authorities, and efficiency evaluations of public sector services. Authors query practices of organizational communication across corporations, universities, and non-profits, addressing the effectiveness of internal structures, public relation strategies, and consumer, student and employee satisfaction. 


Nearly a third of our submissions deal with media issues  critiques of corporate media practices and media ownership, and a range of journalistic critiques of media framings of items ranging from terrorist attacks, to women politicians and women athletes. Another collection of papers queries the role of new media technologies in practices ranging from agricultural development to youth political participation and news creation and transformative education.  


This brief scan provides a snapshot of current issues that most concern communication scholars living, researching, writing, and teaching in Africa. This research clearly impacts the health, development, and future possibilities of African countries. We foreground this collection of probing research so that we as communication scholars can self-educate, enrich our classroom teaching, and disseminate in order to increase the presence of African scholarship internationally and in ICA.    

We look forward to making available documentation of our workshop materials and hope to point you toward freshly published work from new African scholars in the near future.   


Asante and Weebale!

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Engaging with ICA beyond 1 November

Posted By Patricia Moy, ICA President Elect (U of Washington), Friday, November 3, 2017

 The  vitality  of  a professional association  depends in large part on  its  members’ engagement with  the organization’s  various  enterprises, and  ICA is no different. Over the past several weeks, scores of authors  around the world  have been  steadfastly  writing and finishing their  papers and panels. Now that the 1 November submission  deadline has passed, many are  undoubtedly  looking forward to  a respite  from writing, however brief it may be


While many equate  ICA  involvement with paper submissions, engagement  extends far beyond presenting one’s  research  at  the annual conference. Below are some common and easy ways to get involved. ICA needs you!


Submit to a pre/postconference. ICA will be offering 42 onsite and offsite pre/postconferences this year, most of which will be issuing a call for papers. These half-, one-, and two-day meetings cut a broad swath across our membership’s intellectual interests, so you’re likely to find another home for your research outside of the main conference. More details about the pre/postconferences and registration information will be available in January 2018.


Volunteer to serve as a reviewer. Across numerous formats, ICA received more than 5,200 submissions this year – a record high! Each of these submissions will undergo peer review by multiple referees, a process that will determine what content will populate 600-plus research sessions in Prague. To ensure that the strongest submissions are accepted, ICA needs your help as a reviewer. If you’ve not  yet  responded to various calls for reviewers,  I encourage you to  take a few moments this week to log on to the paper management system and volunteer to review  a few submissions. In doing so, you’ll be devoting time in November to the enterprise, sharing your expertise, providing invaluable feedback, and helping shape the discipline. 


Propose a Blue Sky Workshop. The overwhelming majority of ICA sessions in Prague will be devoted to scholarship,  but we have allocated  a small number of  sessions for Blue Sky Workshops. Involving typically 15-25 people, these workshops offer conference attendees an opportunity to engage with contemporary concerns within our discipline. Workshops can be proposed  by individuals and/or sponsored by Divisions and  Interest  Groups. Whether they focus on issues of pedagogy, open access, the academic job market, or international collaborations, Blue Sky Workshop proposals  of all stripes  are welcome. The online application form will be posted  online  22 November, and  all proposals  are  due  Friday,  22 December at 16:00 UTC.


Sign up to be a moderator or discussant.  Decisions on ICA submissions will be announced mid-January, at which point program planners will immediately begin searching for session moderators and/or discussants. While Divisions and Interest Groups vary in their policy about scheduling discussants, all sessions need a moderator. ICA members interested in serving in such a capacity should reach out to their program planners as soon as possible; these slots are often filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


Get involved with your Division or Interest Group.  For many ICA members, their primary  Division  or Interest Group constitutes their intellectual home. Engagement with this smaller intellectual community is an excellent way for members, particularly younger scholars alike, to contribute to their respective part of the discipline and meet like minded others in the process. Divisions and Interest Groups  need volunteers each year to populate award committees, bolster the  unit’s website and social media presence, or serve on ad-hoc committees. As well, all groups now have a student and early-career representative whose primary responsibility is to foster the integration of young scholars into ICA and the discipline.  Involvement with ICA at this level may start out short-term, but can move to a deeper level if so desired.  In short, I encourage you to reach out to the current and newly elected leadership if you’re interested in becoming more engaged. Like many other professional associations, ICA is only as strong as its members make it.  

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Student Column: ICAfrica: Research From Africa Essential to International Communication

Posted By Wangeci Kanyeki (Daystar U) and Joy Kibarabara (Daystar U) , Friday, November 3, 2017

We need your research! is what ICA  President  Paula Gardner told mentees during the opening ceremony of the first ever  ICAfrica  Research and Publication Training Workshop in Entebbe, Uganda October 24-26.


Your issues are unique and your research is essential to international communication, Gardner added in her opening remarks, during the workshop that brought together participants from 41 universities from seven African countries including Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, South Africa, Rwanda, Nigeria, and Kenya.


The uniqueness of African Research was echoed by a number of mentors such as Dina  Borzekowski (U of  Maryland) who emphasized that African Scholars should capitalize on their  cultural competencies and  regional expertise to grow research beyond the region Herman  Wasserman (U of Cape Town) noted that scholars can use this unique expertise to build their research brand and identity.


Overall, the themes of collaborative research and integration as well as the internationalization of African scholarship were emphasized by the 18 mentors who facilitated the workshops and breakaway sessions. 


Speaking about her mentorship experience, Monica Chibita (Uganda Christian U) said, “The level of enthusiasm amongst the mentees was so energizing. The training workshop provided communal learning time as well as small group learning to reinforce lessons. The workshop aims at creating a research community which can answer relevant questions about media and society from an understanding of the African context.”


Training on literature review writing, Faith  Nguru (Riara  University) , likened the huge task of analytical organization of literature review development to slow deliberate cooking of  matoke – a staple Ugandan food of steamed bananas that is served with a ground nut sauce and just as one continuously checks the state of the  matoke being cooked, the effective academic writer must continuously develop and refine both theoretical framework and conceptual framework.  

Nguru was delighted by the mentorship opportunity as it fulfilled her personal mission to influence the next generation of scholars. “The training demystified research and publication process and made it look possible to  increase journal publishing from African scholars which will contribute to an African inclusivity and involvement which adds to the African voice in answering of  global issues 

This Research and Publication Training Workshop is a by-product of the historic  ICAfrica Regional Conference held at Daystar U last year. Then, it emerged that ICA needed to do more with regards to mentorship as a way of rectifying the unusually low publishing rates for many African scholars within the ICA journal circles and beyond.


Whilst majority of the mentees were either MA Students or PhD candidates, one mentee stood out as the youngest mentee. Sussy  Gitari a third year student pursuing B.A Communications in electronic media at Daystar U in Kenya applied for the workshop after she saw the  ICAfrica Training Workshop poster at her campus. “ICA training has greatly boosted my knowledge in research and skills in writing journals. I look forward to publishing and would like to encourage my fellow undergraduate students to participate more in research and academic writing.


As a mentee participant, Wangeci  Kanyeki (Co-author of this article) says, “the workshop gave perspective on the bigger goal and purpose of academic scholarship.  It’s not just about acquiring your respective degree. It is about researching on global issues to provide solutions that improve humanity. Publishing gets your degree off the shelf and expands your study to global benefit.” 

The other great advantage of attending conference workshops is the opportunity to network with academic book authors and scholars as observed by Daystar U M.A Communication student John Nyamu. Your network is your net worth and attending the  ICAfrica conference provided a great opportunity to increase my academic worth, he said.


ICA Africa Visionary and Coordinator Sr. Agnes Lucy Lando echoed the value and significance of this workshop. “If each of the mentees went away with the spirit to support and mentor others, Africa will become a huge academic and research giant to reckon with,” she observed.  

During the closing ceremonies, two Daystar U graduate students and also Local Organizing Committee Members, Miriam  Kwena(MA Student) and Joy  Kibarabara (PhD Student & Co-Author of this article) presented short speeches about their ICA journey and experience from a student perspective.


Both noted how their research profile had expanded since their first ICA experience in Fukuoka, Japan, and encouraged the mentees to join the growing community of online African student and early career scholars at the African Communication Researcher’s Network active on Facebook since last year.


More than 100 mentees participated in the three day workshop held at the Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel in Entebbe. 

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Call for Nominations: Editor for Journal of Communication (JOC)

Posted By John Paul Gutierrez, Friday, November 3, 2017

The ICA Publications Committee is soliciting nominations for the editor of the Journal of Communication. Self-nominations are welcome. The appointment is for four years, begins August/September 2018, and will work with ICA’s new publisher, Oxford University Press. 


Journal of Communication is a general forum for communication scholarship and publishes articles and book reviews examining a broad range of issues in communication theory and research. JOC publishes the best available scholarship on all aspects of communication. All methods of scholarly inquiry into communication are welcome. Manuscripts should be conceptually meaningful, methodologically sound, interesting, clearly written, and thoughtfully argued. 


JOC is the flagship journal of the International Communication Association. According to ISI Journal Citation Reports for 2016, JOC is ranked No. 3 out of 79 journals in the field of Communication. More details about the journal can be obtained at https://academic.oup.com/joc. 


A complete nomination package includes a letter of application from the candidate which should include a mission statement for the editorship; the candidate’s vitae; 1-2 letters of support from published scholars familiar with the candidate’s work, experience and suitability for the task of journal editing; and a letter of institutional support from the candidate’s home institution. 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.


Please send your nomination package at your earliest convenience to John Paul Gutierrez, ICA Associate Executive Director (jpgutierrez@icahdq.org). Review of packets will begin on 1 January 2018, and continue until the position is filled. 


If you have any questions about packet submission, logistics, or support, contact JP Gutierrez (jpgutierrez@icahdq.org).

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A New Interest Group is Among Us! ​

Posted By Julie Randolph & Kristine Rosa, ICA Membership Team, Friday, November 3, 2017

 As the new academic year gets underway, we’d like to thank all members of the International Communication Association  for choosing ICA as your professional asset!  We wish you a successful new year; and as you get back into the groove of things,  remind you to renew your ICA membership!  

The ICA membership term runs from 1 October to 30 September annually, the grace period for renewal ends 1 December If you haven’t done so already, be sure to login to your account, select the link to “Renew your Membership Now” and complete your renewal.   We encourage you to do so before 1 December to  avoid a disruption in accessing your account and to take advantage of  a full year’s worth of benefits!


New this year is the Activism, Communication and Social Justice interest group:


  • Activism, Communication and Social Justice. This newly created interest group promotes research and teaching in the intersections of three key aspects of contemporary life as captured in its name. It strives for diversity in the representation of its membership and embraces pluralism and boldness in theory and methodology. It pushes the boundaries between theory and practice and between scholarship and activism by encouraging and facilitating dialogues and engagements.


Divisions and Interest Groups are a nice way to customize your membership experience based on your personal topic area(s) of interest. Joining a Division or Interest Group affords you increased potential to network with colleagues of similar interest. You will receive field-specific calls for papers, newsletters or special announcements disseminated by section leaders. Each function autonomously and conduct business meetings in conjunction with our annual conference. Most offer awards for various scholastic achievements such as best paper, or best research by a young scholar. We recommend joining at least one section to augment your ICA membership experience 

What is the cost to join an ICA Division or Interest Group? 


Section dues generally range from US$3-$6. To learn more about the 32 different Divisions and Interest groups, check out their pages here: http://www.icahdq.org/about_ica/sectioninfo.asp  

How do I join an ICA Division or Interest Group? 


If you would like to join the newly created Activism,  Communication and Social Justice interest group, or any other division or interest group, it is easiest to join by selecting them during the renewal process.   If you’ve already renewed but would like to join a new section, then contact Kristine Rosa at  membership@icahdq.org. Let her know which sections, and she will gladly assist. 

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Puerto Rico: Plea For Help

Posted By Federico Subervi, Friday, November 3, 2017

Dear Colleagues:


It is probably common knowledge that the residents of Puerto Rico are still facing major hardships due to the damages caused by hurricane María’s winds and rain, and more so now because of the catastrophe stemming from the derisory recovery efforts.  I won’t delve into that part of the problem but instead focus on the  effects  of the hurricane at the U of Puerto Rico’s School of Communication and its library.


More than a month after the hurricane, I finally heard from the Director of the School, Jorge Santiago-Pintor, who shared with me information and photos.  Sadly, the facilities were terribly damaged: a large part of the roof of the second floor was blown off, thus causing rain and debris from the storm to enter the main offices and classrooms on that floor and then  filter down  and flood  the library, classrooms  and offices  on the first floor.  Across campus, the  antenna and other equipment of the  School’s radio station WRTU  was also damaged or destroyed.


In order for the School to  regain its operations and offer classes again,  it  urgently needs  the assistance of individuals and academic institutions that might be able and willing to do so.  


The help could be in the form of office equipment and supplies such as computers, printers and ink cartridges, letter-size copy paper and envelopes. The School would also welcome donations for the purchase of equipment and supplies, as well as to help with the costs of the repairs of the structure of the School, its library and radio station. Donations of  specific  books and journals will be requested at a later date when human resources become available to receive and catalogue printed materials.  


The attached photos tell part of the story, but the situation is really much worse due to the ongoing fiscal crisis of Puerto Rico’s economy.  The implication is that few, if any funds will be easily available for the  school’s reconstruction and recovery, or for that matter for  the  university as a whole. 

This message is thus a plea for the support that you and/or your academic units might be able to provide, be it with equipment and supplies  that that could  be  gift to the School, or with funds for such matters and urgent repairs of the building and  its  facilities.  


Check or money order donations should be written to “Universidad de Puerto Rico” and the  memo space must indicate “Escuela de  Comunicación”.  Please address the envelope to  Jorge  Santiago-Pintor, is  P.O. Box 21880, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931-1880. You may also contact him at jorge.santiago21@upr.edu


Please do CC me on any donations so I can try to be abreast of the process.  Given the challenges in the mail delivery, it’ll be important to keep track of or follow-up on donations to assure they get to their intended destination.  I can be reached at  subervif@gmail.com or  +1  512-965-5267.


NOTE: Federico  Subervi  is working to start a GoFundMe so that donations can be taken in more easily online. Please contact him for more information so he can update you if that becomes available. 


Thank you kindly from the bottom of my heart and Alma Mater. 

Federico  Subervi, Ph.D. 

UPR BA 1971, MA 1974

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Calls For Papers

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 3, 2017



Visit our  Resources section for more Call for Papers: http://www.icahdq.org/page/CFP  


Data Justice – Conference 
Cardiff, UK, 
21-22 May 2018


Taking place just before ICA, this international conference will explore research on, and practices of, social justice in an age of datafication. Hosted by the Data Justice Lab at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC), it will bring together international scholars, practitioners, and activists to engage with data from a social justice perspective. Speakers include Anita Gurumurthy (IT for Change, India), David Lyon (Queen's University, Canada), Evelyn Ruppert (Goldsmiths, UK), Rob Kitchin (Maynooth University, Ireland), Sasha Costanza-Chock (Civic Media at MIT, US), Seeta Peña Gangadharan (London School of Economics, UK), Solon Barocas (Cornell University, US). 

Deadline for abstract submission: 27 November, 2017 (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dj2018 



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