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Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology), Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

I had the opportunity in 2018 to be on a panel in Seoul, South Korea with the late Charles Berger. Charles had been Professor Emeritus at U of California, Davis, a long-time ICA Fellow, and a former Editor of Human Communication Research. South Korea was a country that Charles had a great affinity with, and it was a privilege to spend time with him and to hear his insights into how the communication field had evolved over a 50-year period. 

Charles, Hak-Soo Kim (Sogang U), Lance Holbert (Temple U and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Communication), and I were invited to reflect at Yonsei U on the new challenges and new expectations in the communication field. Thinking about the future required, not surprisingly, critical reflection on ICA’s past. Going back to 1977, when Communication Yearbook (now the Annals of the International Communication Association) was first published, it could be noted that:

  • ICA in 1976 had about 2,200 (Weaver, 1977, p. 616) members. In April 2019, it had 4,574 members. Membership has therefore doubled over a 40-year period;

  • ICA in 1974 had eight divisions: Information Systems; Interpersonal Communication; Mass Communication; Organizational Communication; Intercultural Communication; Political Communication; Instructional Communication; and Health Communication. In 2019, the ICA has 24 Divisions and nine Interest Groups, with the newest – Human-Machine Communication – endorsed by the Board of Directors at the 2019 Washington, DC Conference. This is a 300% increase in the number of subgroups within ICA. 

The number of Divisions and Interest Groups within ICA has therefore grown at three times the rate of the overall membership. This is, in one measure, a sign of the diversity and vibrancy of the Association and the communication field more generally. But it has always presented challenges, ranging from the size of the Board of Directors to the complexities of scheduling to the question of whether there is a common core to the field. The latter was certainly a matter of interest to Charles Berger, who wondered whether it presented difficulties in presenting what we did to other stakeholders, be they policymakers, scholars in other disciplines, or prospective graduate students. 

One of the matters that the ICA will be examining in 2019-20 is the process for formation of new Divisions and Interest Groups and the sustainability of the current structure going forward. It sits alongside a number of matters that the Association is evaluating, including the future of conferences, questions of inclusion, diversity, equity and access, and the implications of open access for the future of our journals. We will be seeking your input as ICA members on these important matters in the near future. 

Weaver, C.H. (1977). A history of the International Communication Association (L.M. Brown, ed.). In B.D. Ruben (Ed.), Communication Yearbook (pp. 607-618). New Brunswick, N.J: Transaction Books.

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President-Elect Column

Posted By Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam), Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2019


While many scholars are working hard to get their paper and panel submissions ready for the regular submission deadline in November, one deadline has already come and gone: the submission of pre and postconference proposals for the 70th Annual ICA Conference.


It was delightful to see the wide range of proposals and the interaction with local and further-away (e.g. Sydney) academic communities and institutions. There will be a really interesting and diverse portfolio of events adjacent to the main conference. The initiatives are too many to list, but let me highlight a few.


Here are glimpses of what we can expect: As preconferences we will, for example, see one addressing ‘mobile communication and opportunities for open science’. This preconference ties in very well with the overall Open Communication theme of the 2020 Annual ICA Conference. On that note, there is also a pre conference on ‘Open data, open methods’ from the Computational group.  Another preconference focuses on ‘Emerging Media and Social Change: The Asian-Pacific Experience in Global Context’. Indeed, several preconferences have a focus on digital media and cultures, across the globe. A very exciting preconference will be the ‘Opening Qualitative Methods Across Divisions: Collaborative Workshopping and Learning for Students, Faculty, and Teachers’ which is cosponsored by Feminist Scholarship Division, Intercultural Communication Division, Interpersonal Communication Division, Language & Social Interaction Division and Organizational Communication Division. There are many more to choose from as well, scattered among onsite, local to the Gold Coast, and in surrounding cities (Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne), beginning as early as 19 May. 


Moving to postconferences, we have themes like ‘Digital platform regulation: Beyond transparency and openness’ which is obviously tackling one of our time's most pertinent societal and academic debates. Likewise, the ‘Digital inequalities and emerging technologies’ postconference is looking very timely.


It was a pleasure reviewing the many rich, creative, interdisciplinary proposal! The pre and postconference portfolio is giving you just one more reason to come to – and to stay longer in – Australia in May. Many of these events will have their own Calls for Papers becoming available soon.

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Council of Communication Associations (CCA) 2019 Panel on Creativity

Posted By Patrice Buzzanell, ICA's Member Representative to CCA, U of South Florida, Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

How do you support creative work at your institution?

At the Council of Communication Associations (CCA) panel at the International Communication Association conference held in Washington, DC, in May 2019, the discussion among panelists and audience members focused on how different industries manage, affirm, retain, support, and evaluate creative workers in scholarship and practice. 

Speakers from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) presented data and findings on CCA-funded projects on creative scholarship work and assessment in academe. Representatives from Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, noted current publishing trends and platforms to exhibit creative work including video and installations. Faculty from Shanghai Jiaotong U and Fudan U discussed Chinese evaluation systems and promotion of creatives.

Starting with BEA, Michael Bruce, Chair of CCA and Past President of BEA, and Heather Birks, Executive Director of BEA, focused on how associations and institutions of higher education can support creative scholars. BEA has the Journal of Media Education (JoME), an association-published journal with different copyright ownership mechanisms. BEA and JoME are working on author ownership and permissions, particularly how to work with materials that are copyrighted externally. As a creative scholar and journalist, Michael gets releases but not consent through Institutional Research Board (IRB) processes but stressed that one needs to know what home institutions and disciplines expect and how these expectations tie into tenure and promotion. Because of ambiguous standards, institutions, BEA, and ASJMC have worked on tenure and promotion guidelines and the creation of a single narrative that would be useful across institutions of higher education.

Toward that goal, Serena Carpenter (Michigan State U) surveyed 91 R1s and doctoral granting schools to write a CCA-funded report on what the documents say about creative scholarship. This report has been presented at AEJMC and BEA conferences. Findings indicated that the most common types (30%) of creative endeavors recognized for p&t were performances, magazine articles and creation, websites, and audio projects. Not as well recognized were software development and multimedia productions (10%). Documentaries was mentioned only 7% of the time. In terms of how one rates the recognition of creative work the practice of peer review was valued. Awards and internal letters acknowledging the quality of creative work also were important. In contract to P&T practices in more traditional academic or publishing endeavors, external reviewer letters were not quite as highly valued for creative work. Overall, creatives were evaluated in terms of national and international reputation, with supporting materials addressing impact and innovative or cutting-edge contributions.

Heather Birks said that BEA strives to insure that creative work is peer reviewed and useful for promotion. For 17 years, BEA has showcased a festival of media arts. There are different competitions for different BEA stakeholders, like faculty, that have low acceptance rates and are vetted with use of standard metrics, for awards and “Best of” competitions. As an organization, BEA is committed to helping creative members and note that many also present papers. 

Audience discussion was lively and noted that the primary criterion was that knowledge in whatever form be shared and that translational projects are essential for lessening boundaries for creative work, impact, and professional orientations. Often single authored film production cases with refereed screenings and awards are easy cases for promotion in universities. However, where teamwork is involved or someone is hired for expertise, it is harder to evaluate individual contributions. Where assessment becomes even more complicated is audio production, such as musicians, where authoring/creating is supposed to be invisible. In consulting, where faculty do proprietary work, evaluation is very difficult and confidentiality agreements are needed. Now, institutions are working with criteria for evaluation of creative and engaged scholarship. What counts—budgets, for-profit entertainment, grants, creative products of digital and other formats—are still to be determined.

Second, Jillian O’Hara, from the Routlege, Taylor & Francis Group, presented the publishers’ perspective in her talk,  “Creativity in Scholarship and Practice.” She described how creatives can use platforms to promote different kinds of research. She provided exemplars of current practices in different disciplines where authors submit video abstracts of their work, where editors negotiate for open access for special issues, where picture abstracts can be devised if photos are really important parts of the articles, where supplementary video and videolinks on Facebook can be shared, where 3D modeling is needed to display patterns, and where QR codes can be  downloaded and scanned for visual impact. She stressed that these publishing aspects are easy to implement but authors do not necessarily know that they can request. Authors and publishers use repositories, figshare, open repository of ideas, photos, and so on.


Finally, Professors Pearl Wang and Lu Xu, Shanghai Jiaotong U and Fudan U, respectively, discussed the Chinese evaluation systems and initiatives for the professoriate as well ways to interpret conversations between industry and the professoriate. Lu Xu has worked with Pearl Wang on city cultural planning and is a visiting scholar at Harvard U. She is a doctoral student in the School of Journalism at Fudan U.

In 2019 there was a new SJTU policy established to encourage scholars to take 2-3 year leaves to start new businesses. This policy echoes the national strategy of vast innovation and entrepreneurship. This strategy and policy is the first time scholars have been encouraged to start businesses based on technology and other areas of expertise. There is a new track of promotion for professors, called professorship of practice, similar to the United States model. The contributions of professors are often evaluated on quantity of papers but now there is a greater look at the quality in Chinese evaluation systems. Creativity is one of the core areas but with scope and value of creative contributions being reevaluated and expanded, assessment systems are undergoing change. Since the “Orange” (color of creativity) program was initiated by the SJTU School in 2018 there is greater openness to studying and implementing how the industry finds and evaluates creativity and prepare students more fully for cultural and creative industries. Pearl Wang presented a video that displayed how SJTU is organizing research, case studies, questionnaires, and other data gathering instruments. The questionnaire development targets leaders or management—how do they develop and evaluate creatives and creativity—and the other group is the creative job holders in cultural and creative industries. Ultimately there is interest in learning how to better design courses and develop students with interest in how to transfer individual creativity into collective creativity. For creative job holders, Pearl Wang says that we ask what kind of training courses do they want to take after being accepted into the organization. SJTU does not have any conclusions because they are still in data collection. We want 2000 samples for the group of creative job holders, for the managers the goal is to collect 500 managers.

There might not be a one-to-one match between creativity in industry and the academic world.  For people like Pearl Wang, the hope is that the academic system would change. There are two concerns—pedagogy and promotion. She introduces two pedagogies (2 credit course assigned with real cases from companies). Students deal with the real problem and come up with strategies to be tested by the companies. The entrepreneurs of the companies would work with them.  The second issue is that there are two professorship promotions patterns, both being vertical as guided by the Bureau of Education. But a parallel system is horizontal and funding from the local government, companies, and communities—but this practice-oriented route is not evaluated highly in academe. The concern is that the practice-route may be more amenable to creatives but the system does not reward this layer of creativity, meaning that the structures might impact creativity.

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Call for Blue Sky Workshops

Posted By Administrator, Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

What are Blue Sky Workshops? 


Blue Sky Workshops aim to engage participants in critical discussions of current concerns within the discipline; exploration of theories, concepts, or methods; or the collective development of new research strategies or best-practice recommendations for a particular subfield of communication. These are not didactic presentations, but rather are meant to be opportunities for dialogue. Blue Skies can also be created around issues of professional development, such as writing and submitting grant proposals, developing a social media presence, or designing effective assignments.  


How do I submit a proposal for a Blue Sky Workshop? 


Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops are not bound to ICA divisions. We are accepting Blue Sky Workshops through the paper submission website (https://ica2020.abstractcentral.com/). The proposal timeline will coincide with the conference papers from 4 September - 1 November, 2019. 

Each (session) proposal should contain: 

  • a session title,  

  • the name and contact information of the proposing session chair,  

  • a brief summary of the workshop (a 75-word abstract for the conference program) as well as  

  • a longer description of the session's topic, goals, and planned schedule (up to 400 words, to be published on the ICA website).  

  • This long description should also include requirements or instructions, if there are any, for interested participants (e.g., a condition that members interested in attending must submit their own thematic statements to the session chair prior to the conference, a suggestion of what core knowledge in a field or about a method is required for productive contribution, or an invitation to bring computers for joint text production).  


If the number of valid proposals exceeds the amount of available rooms, proposals will be selected by the Conference Planner and President-Elect, Claes de Vreese. Please note that Blue Sky Workshops typically take place in smaller rooms set for 15-25 people and are not guaranteed rooms with projectors/screens.”

*Please make note that ICA cannot guarantee a particular room set (u-shape, classroom, etc.), and that audiovisual equipment WILL NOT be available in the Blue Sky rooms


Who can propose a Blue Sky Workshop? 


Anyone may propose a Blue Sky Workshop, and anyone may attend a Blue Sky Workshop. Those who plan to attend a workshop should work with the workshop chair to discuss their potential role and/or contribution. Organizers' names will appear in the online, printed, and app versions of the program. 


When are proposals due? 


Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops can be submitted through the paper submission website (https://ica2020.abstractcentral.com/) until 1 November 2019, 16:00 UTC.


If you have any questions, please contact conference@icahdq.org. 

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ICA Book Award Nominations Open!

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

ICA is now accepting book nominations towards the Outstanding Book Award and Fellows Book Award! Please make note that the nomination period for the book awards is from 3 September, 2019 - 13 December, 2019. If you would like to nominate a book for either the Outstanding Book Award or Fellows Book Award for 2020, please visit our award page for the nomination links: http://www.icahdq.org/page/Awards

Please provide publisher contact information as requested on the nomination form, so that the ICA Conference team can reach out and coordinate book deliveries to the committee members. We will no longer accept book nominations sent to headquarters in Washington D.C. 

All other ICA Awards open 1 November, 2019 and close 31 January, 2020. For more information on all ICA Awards, please visit: http://www.icahdq.org/page/Awards.

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Welcome to the new ICA membership term!

Posted By Kristine Rosa, Manager of Member Services, Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Welcome to the 2019 – 2020 International Communication Association (ICA) Membership term! The first of October marks the “new year” at ICA. Our goal has been to be your most valuable professional asset, and we hope we are exceeding your expectations in a professional society. 

As a reminder, the ICA membership term runs from 1 October – 30 September, with a 60-day grace period. If you have not had the chance to renew, it is not too late. Log into your ICA member profile anytime between 1 October and 1 December to renew your membership! 

What to expect this new membership term?

New this ICA membership term is the Human-Machine Communication interest group. The Human-Machine Communication joined 32 existing division and interest groups when it was approved as interest group supports and promotes scholarship regarding communication between people and technologies designed to enact the role of communicator. To join, select this Interest Group during your ICA membership renewal transaction.

Why should you renew your membership?

“ICA’s sheer breadth makes it an ideal intellectual home for all corners of the discipline. Whether through our leading journals, our annual conference or our growing array of regional conferences, students and senior scholars alike can grow, collaborate, and find answers to ever-evolving questions.”

-Patricia Moy, ICA President, 2018-2019

Renewing your membership now will prevent a lapse in your ICA member benefits. ICA membership is not prorated, and so renewing after 1 December will limit how long you have access to ICA member benefits. 

ICA member benefits include:

  • Online access to ICA’s six journals

  • Networking opportunities

  • Service opportunities in leadership roles

  • Voting privileges

  • Discounted conference registration

  • Discounted CIOS membership

  • ICA travel grant eligibility, and more!

Thank you to all 4,972 members of ICA across 84 different countries. We hope you will renew your membership and join us again in this new membership term. 

ICA Mission Statement:

The International Communication Association aims to advance the scholarly study of human communication by encouraging and facilitating excellence in academic research worldwide. The purposes of the Association are to: (1) Provide an international forum to enable the development, conduct, and critical evaluation of communication research; (2) Facilitate inclusiveness and debate among scholars from diverse national and cultural backgrounds and from multi-disciplinary perspectives on communication-related issues; (3) Promote a wider public interest in, and visibility of, the theories, methods, findings and applications generated by research in communication and allied fields; and (4) Sustain a program of high quality scholarly publication and knowledge exchange that enhances the public good, including consideration of how our scholarship can be used in socially responsible ways, meet social needs, and be broadly accessible.

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Student Column-How to Write and Submit a Conference Paper

Posted By Grazia Murtarelli (U IULM & Member of SECAC), Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Will this be the first time you’ll submit a paper for an ICA Annual Conference? Here are some tips and suggestions for new graduate students to write and submit a conference paper.

  1. Read the Call for Papers!

The first mistake to avoid is to submit a paper that is not focused on the Conference Theme. For the next year, the 70th Annual ICA Conference encourages and fosters the conversation about Open Science in the field of communication. If you are interested in submitting a conference paper for ICA 2020, please read carefully the ICA Conference Theme Call for Papers. It usually includes a list of key questions to address that could be helpful in order to guide your submission process. 

Have you read the Call for Papers and you are still interested in submitting a conference paper? That’s a great news. What you need to do is to select your Division or Interest Group to submit. Each ICA Division has published specific submission guidelines illustrating how to explore and feature the conference theme. If you are not sure about how to find a right Division and Interest Group, please do not hesitate to contact the chair for any questions (Eike Mark Rinke, Conference Theme Chair, e.m.rinke@leeds.ac.uk; Claes de Vreese, Conference Program Chair, c.h.devreese@uva.nl)

Do you think to not have something ready and coherent with the Conference Theme? Do not worry! As always, papers, panels and posters that apply to general communication topics are welcome. 

  1. Define the type of contribution you want to submit!

Please remind that papers, panels and posters are not the same! Several categories may be accepted at the ICA conferences. Full papers, for instance, are single documents of maximum length 8,000 words, not including tables and references and they are usually submitted when your research is completed. If your research is in progress and you have planned to complete it before the Annual ICA Conference, maybe it could be better to submit an Extended Abstract, if your Divisions and Interest Groups will accept it. Extended abstracts are usually up to 2500 words that summarizes research design and preliminary results. 

You also have the opportunity to submit an interactive paper, that is a paper that you could present at an interactive poster session (they usually have plenary status at ICA conferences). That means you will be required to prepare a poster display of your research for presentation at the conference. Finally, most Divisions and Interest Groups accept proposals for organized panel sessions, that are based on roundtable proposals. 

Some Divisions and Interest Groups recognize Top Student Papers every year. Don’t miss the chance to win the award!

  1. Exploit the ICA Conference as a big opportunity for producing research paper!

Submitting your contribution could represent a first step for achieving a publication. This is due to the high-quality reviews you will receive from ICA scholars. ICA uses peer review for conference submissions, with about a 44% acceptance rate. Using the conference paper submission deadline could be also an extra motivation to produce a research paper.

You will receive relevant observation and feedback useful to improve your research. If your submission will be accepted, you can integrate such observations in the paper and submit a final version to the conference. During the conference you will have the opportunity to present your research, to talk with expert scholars, and meet your peers with whom it could be possible to activate cooperative mechanisms that are really appreciated by editorial committees. If your submission isn’t accepted, you can use the feedback and comments for improving your work or for changing perspective of analysis. In any case it is a win-win situation!

We are waiting for your contributions and for any questions, doubts or information do not hesitate to contact your Student Representative or to contact us at SECAC. 


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Division and Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2019



•       Submit to CHD!

•       Vote – ICA Election 2019!

Dear Colleagues:

With little more than 1 month until the deadline for submissions for next year’s annual ICA meeting in Gold Coast, we write with two reminders:

First, submit to CHD! The ICA Conference paper submission site is open and awaiting your work. Submissions can be uploaded to https://ica2020.abstractcentral.com/ and will be accepted until 1 November 2019, 16:00 UTC. We are accepting full papers, panel sessions, roundtable submissions, and works in progress. The latter is new this year. Please see the end of this email for further instructions, but do not hesitate to be in touch with any questions.

Next, if you have not voted already, please do! We have candidates standing for three positions: Vice Chair, Students and Early Career Representative, and International Liaison. Please visit the election page to learn about candidates and cast your ballot: https://www.icahdq.org/page/Election2019. Tweet with the #IVotedICA19 hashtag once you have, and you’ll be entered to win a new ICA logo blanket! Polls close 16:00 UTC, 15 October.

Again, thank you, and we look forward to receiving your submissions!

For Derek Vaillant (vice-chair) and Travers Scott (secretary),

Nicole Maurantonio

Chair, ICA Communication History Division

2020 ICA Annual Conference: Conference proposals

The Communication History Division accepts the following kinds of submissions, all of which should represent previously unpublished research:

1. Full papers: In accordance with ICA guidelines, these should be no longer than 8,000 words (25 pages) in length, plus tables, images, appendices, and references. Papers should be in 12-point type, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins and with all identifying marks removed.

2. Panel sessions:

Preconstituted panel proposals should include:

•       a 400-word rationale for the panel

•       a 200-350 word abstract for each of the papers on the panel

•       complete contact information for each panelist (Note: panel proposals should include the names and affiliations of all participants)

•       official panel listing as it would appear in the program

•       a 75-word description of the panel for the conference program

Preference will be given to preconstituted panel submissions that include at least one graduate student presenting her or his work.

3. Roundtable submissions:

Roundtables are intended to provide for a larger number of participants than the other sessions. Each participant offers a relatively short presentation. Roundtables are expected to foster interaction among presenters, and between presenters and audience members. Roundtable proposals should include:

•       a 400-word rationale for the roundtable

•       a 100-150 word abstract for each roundtable participant’s presentation

•       complete contact information for each participant (Note: roundtable proposals should include the names and affiliations of all participants)

•       official roundtable listing as it would appear in the program

•       a 75-word description of the panel for the conference program

Preference will be given to preconstituted roundtable submissions that include at least one graduate student presenting her or his work.

4. Works-in-progress:

New for the 2020 conference, the division will accept extended abstracts addressing works-in-progress. These submissions should be shorter than a full paper (no more than 3000 words), describing ongoing research that could benefit from feedback at the conference. Submissions should present the purpose of the research, research questions, relevant context, and may include preliminary findings. Accepted submissions will be presented as part of a designated works-in-progress session during the conference. Authors submitting works-in-progress must include the words “Extended Abstract” on their title and in their paper title when entering it into the ICA submission site (e.g., Extended Abstract: Paper title).

5. Interactive poster presentations:

Papers intended for the interactive poster presentation should be submitted in full paper (up to 8,000 words) format. Submitters of papers that are particularly well suited to be visual/interactive format of the poster session are highly encouraged to indicate this in their submission.

6. Blue-Sky Workshops:

These are conceived as interactive events in which all attendees are invited to participate. Examples of BSWs are: critical discussions of current concerns within the discipline, of theories, concepts, or methods, or the collective development of new research strategies or best-practice recommendations for a field in communication.

NB: ALL proposals submitted to CHD should indicate whether submitters are willing to have their papers/panels included in the Division’s interactive poster session for the 2020 conference.

Please note that, in addition to scheduling conventional panel and paper sessions, the division may also offer an extended session, in which the presenters and audience have additional time to discuss the topics and themes involved.

If you have any queries about submitting a proposal to CHD, please contact Nicole Maurantonio (nmaurant@richmond.edu).

Authors should submit papers and panel proposals to the Communication History Division online at the ICA website no later than 1 November 2019 at 12 noon EST.

Early submission is strongly recommended to avoid any technical glitches. Please follow the ICA instructions on submission carefully: to reach the conference website, go to the ICA home page at http://www.icahdq.org and follow the link for 2020 Conference Submission. ICA will send acceptance/rejection notices to submitters by mid-January 2020.



Dear Colleague:

We are inviting you to participate in a research study about instructors’ attitudes toward and behaviors in the classroom. Because you are currently teaching communication at the collegiate level, you are eligible to participate. If you decide to complete this study, the link below will direct you to an informed consent describing the study. Please read the consent form carefully before deciding whether you will participate. The online survey will take up to 15 minutes to complete.


Thank you very much.


Michelle Violanti (U of Tennessee)

Stephanie Kelly (North Carolina A & T U)



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ICA Travel Grant Program

Posted By Administrator , Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

A big part of ICA is the exchange of ideas and camaraderie, not just a one-directional presentation of a paper. Conferences are extended conversations. And so ICA is committed to assisting our members and ensuring that they can attend and participate in our annual conferences.

Each year a total of US$60,000 is awarded to about 200 different members to help with their travel costs to the annual conference.

One of the recipients of our travel grant program is Hellen Maleche, Daystar U. 

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Name: Hellen Maleche


School: Daystar U


Conference Year Attended: 2017, 2018, and  2019


How did the travel grant assist you in attending the ICA Conference? 


I would like to express my gratitude for the travel grants I have received over the last three years. Thanks to your generous support the travel grants have helped me advance in my academic career. Not only have I had the opportunity to have a range of different presentations, but I have received significant mentorship which has largely helped me to focus my PhD study. Lastly, I have enjoyed developing multicultural networks that have built my perspective in communication research.


For each of the ICA conferences I have attended, I had to borrow money to buy my ticket.  Some of the people I borrowed money from were gracious enough to wait until the grants came through so that I could pay them back. Before I received these grants I did not attempt to attend international conferences because it was a ‘financial balancing act’. I believe that the support through the country tier system, the student funding (where students get a little more support), occasional Division support, and travel grants from ICA have given me the greatest chance in my life to focus on my research and academic portfolio without worrying so much about how it will work out financially. 


Thank you once again.


Hellen Masiga Maleche

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Call for Papers

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2019









The area invites papers and presentations on all aspects of radio and audio media, including but not limited to: radio and audio media history; radio and audio media programs and content (music, drama, talk, news, public affairs, features, interviews, sports, college, religious, ethnic, community, low-power, pirate, etc.); podcasting (news, public affairs, commentary, drama, branded content); new audio media (internet radio, streaming audio, etc.); radio literature studies; media representations of radio and audio media; rhetorical research; legal and regulatory policy; economics of radio and audio media; and radio and audio media technology. U.S., international, or comparative works are welcome. Papers or presentations should be planned for no more than fifteen minutes. We encourage you to emphasize audience involvement and elicit stimulating questions and discussions. Media presentations are especially welcomed.


Submit your paper or presentation proposal to https://conference.pcaaca.org/

The proposal will include an abstract of 200 words and paper or presentation title, institutional affiliation, and email address. 


The firm deadline for submissions is November 1, 2019. Early bird registration opens October 1, 2019, and ends December 1, 2019. Inquiries to the area chair about possible papers or proposals for sessions are welcome.


There will be a strict limitation of one presentation per person for this conference. All presenters must register for the convention and be a member of either PCA or the ACA. Pre-registration for the meeting is required in order for participants to have their names listed in the conference program.


If your paper is accepted, you will receive an acceptance letter, registration information, the information you will need to join the PCA/ACA, and the conference hotel information. For more information on the PCA/ACA, please visit http://pcaaca.org/


Address inquiries to: 


Matthew Killmeier, PCA/ACA Radio and Audio Media Area Chair, Dept. of Communication and Theatre, Auburn University at Montgomery, (334) 244-3950, mkillmei@aum.edu


Call for Papers

Valenti Global Communication Summit 2019

“@frica: digital media conference”

Houston, TX – February 27/28, 2020

Deadline for extended abstracts: November 22, 2019

While the economic, political, cultural and social transformations brought about by the rise of digital technologies, particularly in the media and telecommunications sectors, are visible all over the world, it is in African countries that they are projected to have the biggest impact in coming years. Africa, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa, has one of the fastest growing number of internet and mobile users in the world. 

In many parts of the continent, access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) has been seen as an opportunity to “leapfrog”, a concept that the World Bank defines as making “a quick jump in economic development” by adopting technological innovation. This is exemplified by the success of African startups like Ushahidi, a crowdsourcing mapping tool created in Kenya, or Jumia, Nigeria’s number 1 online retailer; the recent opening of Google’s Africa AI center in Ghana; and the ever-growing presence of mobile payment and banking across the continent. Digital communication technologies have also been used strategically by citizens in the continent to engage in grassroots political movements that have toppled long-time rulers, led to (sometimes short-lived) regime changes, and brought about changes in legislation. 

The fast growth of digitally enabled communications and services has also brought challenges for the continent. For example, well-before the notion of “fake news” became a buzzword in U.S. politics, many African nations, from South Africa to Gabon or Nigeria, were targets of large-scale misinformation campaigns over social media such as WhatsApp and Facebook. Additionally, young, highly-educated, and digitally-savvy graduates in many African countries have been employed by transnational tech companies such as Facebook for data processing in what some authors describe as digital sweatshops. The positive and negative impacts of this technological revolution are therefore important to consider. 

Because African countries, their people, and their mediated interactions remain understudied in the fields of media and communication, especially in Western countries, the “@frica: digital media conference” invites extended abstracts (800-1,000 words) that examine the transformations and disruptions of digital media in African countries. 

Specifically, but not exclusively, we invite contributions that explore any of the following questions:

  • What methodological challenges exist in studying digital media use (such as social media and/or mobile communications) in Africa?

  • What theoretical frameworks, constructs and paradigms are best suited to study transformations and disruptions of digital media in Africa?

  • How has social media been used by African political actors, social movements and grassroots activists and to what effect?

  • What are the roots, consequences and differences between countries of existing disparities in access to digital media in Africa?

  • How are digital technologies influencing, complementing, and/or superseding journalistic practices in Africa?

  • How does the sharing economy (e.g. Uber, Upwork…) transform and/or reinforce social norms, values, practices, structure and culture in Africa?

  • What are the prevailing regulatory frameworks that affect digital media use in Africa?

  • What socio-economic, cultural and economic factors shape the adoption, diffusion and appropriation of digital technologies in Africa?

The deadline to submit extended abstracts is November 22, 2019. To submit an extended abstract, please go to https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=admc20. You will need to create an account to make a submission.   

The organizers will notify by email the authors of accepted extended abstracts by December 6, 2019. Authors will be expected to submit full papers by February 2, 2020. Accepted papers will be made available to all presenters, who will be asked to respond to at least two accepted papers. 

The “@frica: digital media conference” will accept a limited number of virtual presentations, in which authors who are unable to travel to Houston, will be able to present their work and get feedback from the audience. Authors who wish to be considered for one of the virtual presentation slots should indicate their preference when submitting their extended abstracts. 

A selection of accepted papers will be included in a Special Issue of the Journal of African Media Studies to be published in 2020. Only accepted papers that are presented at the conference will be considered for the Special Issue.



Comunicação e Sociedade invites authors to submit papers for a new issue on “Children, youth and media: current perspectives”.

Editors: Sara Pereira (CECS-UMinho, Portugal), Cristina Ponte (ICNova-UNL, Portugal) and Nelly Elias (Department of Communication Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)


Over the last two decades, research into children, young people and the media has taken a considerable leap in terms of the number of studies produced, topics addressed and methodologies used. This area, given its multidisciplinary nature, has been affirmed in the field of Communication Sciences, marking the scientific agenda and opening public debate about the impact of the media on the lives of children and young people and how they use and appropriate information and produce media content. The digital age has created new media and platforms, generated a greater diversity of content, and raised different ways of access and distinct consumption and communication practices by this audience. This situation had generated new research challenges, providing new topics and new clues to study the media world and its action on the identities and cultures of children and young people.


This issue of Comunicação e Sociedade, devoted to studies on children, youth and media, pays special attention to proposals for articles that result from scientific research work on the following topics:


Children and youth media cultures

Media and peer culture

Rights of children and young people in the digital age

Children and youth media practices

Children/youth and media in the family context

Children/youth and media in the school context

Media offer for children and young people

Media policy for children and young people

Children/youth, media, and health

Challenges to privacy in the age of big data

Media literacy



Full article submission deadline: 20 December 2019


Editor’s decision on full articles: 28 February 2020


Deadline for sending the full version and translated version: 01 April 2020


Issue publication date: June 2020



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



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


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


The guidelines for authors can be consulted here.


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



2020 Conference of the International Association of Public Media Researchers / RIPE@2020

October 28-30, 2020, in Geneva (Switzerland)

Call for Paper Proposals

“Public Service Media’s Contribution to Society”

2020 is an exciting year for public media research: The RIPE initiative is transforming into the International Association of Public Media Researchers and the tenth biennial conference jointly organized by the University of Fribourg’s Department of Communication and Media Research (DCM) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will take place on the premises of EBU’s Geneva headquarters. The conference will offer an opportunity for celebrating RIPE’s legacy and the 70th anniversary of the EBU. 

Conference Theme

Public Service Media (PSM) organizations across Europe and beyond are increasingly under pressure. Due to digitization, media use is changing rapidly, with streaming services and online platforms gaining in importance and making it harder for legacy media to hold their ground. This affects both public and private media. With users and advertising shifting to search engines and social networks, the business model of newspaper publishers is also under pressure, which, in turn, leads to disagreement about PSM’s online activities. In addition, many policy-makers are highly critical of PSM due to a belief in the efficiency of market solutions or – especially in the case of right-wing populist parties – for political reasons. As a result, both PSM’s role in a digital environment and its funding are under scrutiny. PSM seem to be constantly in the position of having to defend themselves. Following attempts at demonstrating the “public value” of PSM, the discussion is now turning towards the concept of PSM’s “contribution to society”. Communication and media scholars need to critically discuss the analytical value and the usefulness of new concepts that are circulated in industry and policy-making. The 2020 conference of the International Association of Public Media Researchers / RIPE@2020 thus focuses on the concept of contribution to society. 

Presumably, it is uncontroversial to claim that PSM need to make a particular contribution to society in order to have a continuous reason to exist in media landscapes characterized by competition and abundance. And it should also be self-evident that PSM’s contribution should be distinct and distinctive from what private media and online platforms (e.g. social media) offer. However, beyond these general statements the concept of contribution to society raises the important question of which contributions to which society. After all, society is changing. Research has focused on a number of trends like transnationalization, neo-liberalization, digitization or individualization that deeply affect modern societies. Audiences in different media systems are not only confronted with more media products than ever before and can become involved in production themselves but are also less homogenous or monolithic than they were in the past. These trends thus radically alter the relationship between professional media organizations and citizens. Moreover, they challenge the notion of an all-encompassing public sphere, nurturing new ideas like, for instance, of a network of public spaces. 

Consequently, it is necessary to rethink the role of media organizations in general and PSM in particular in a more fragmented society. On the one hand, this involves refining the societal contribution of public service. Starting from the notion that PSM should, as McQuail (2010, p. 178) put it, “serve the public interest by meeting the important communication needs of society and its citizens”, these needs (e.g., contribution to democratic governance and culture, production of information and knowledge, cohesion and integration, or progress) and the ways PSM can address these needs in unique ways other media cannot have to be identified. On the other hand, it is also necessary to modernize the ways in which PSM provide their contribution to society. Beyond producing content for all kinds of distribution channels, platforms and usage scenarios (ranging from the living room to mobile consumption), PSM have the chance to involve citizens in production and to evolve the ways in which their content reaches audiences (e.g., personalization based on algorithms). Moreover, it is necessary to discuss how the contribution of PSM to society can be measured. 

In order to be meaningful for society and to have an effect on PSM organizations, “contribution to society” needs to be more than just an instrument of legitimacy management by organizations under pressure. While communicating the many valuable contributions of PSM is important, the task at hand is not solving a communication problem. The concept is useless if it is limited to the question of how to better sell the contribution of PSM to citizens instead of guaranteeing that PSM actually serves the public interest and makes a contribution worth paying for and talking about. Seen in this light, critically analyzing the concept of “contribution to society” is not only a worthwhile task for communication and media scholars but also a meaningful undertaking for the future of PSM. 

Topics of Working Groups

Scholars from various research fields of media and communication as well as from neighboring disciplines are invited to submit abstracts for both conceptual and empirical contributions addressing one or more of the following topics. The topics will comprise the working group structure for this conference. 

(1) Communication Needs of Changing Societies

Starting from the idea that PSM should meet the communication needs of society and its citizens, societal change raises the question of which contributions are necessary today in order to meet these needs. Societies are more diverse than in the past; many democracies witness the ascent of populist parties and illiberal leaders; the amount of media content available to citizens is bigger than ever; the commercialization and concentration of media is uninhibited; platforms and streaming services gain in importance with respect to media use. In light of these changes, it is necessary to rethink the contribution of PSM. What role can PSM play in restoring the trustworthiness of media and institutions? How can PSM mediate between societal groups and integrate societies that are drifting apart? How do PSM contribute to political participation, culture life, and the realization of individuals’ full potential? And how can we measure the impact of PSM and its contribution to society? We invite paper proposals that deal with the contribution of PSM in changing societies, how this contribution needs to adapt, and how it differs from the performance of commercial media. 

(2) New Forms of Contribution and Distinctiveness 

In order to be able to make a contribution to society and generate positive externalities, the content produced by PSM need to reach citizens in the first place. In today’s media landscapes characterized by a plethora of broadcasting channels and online services this is not necessarily the case anymore. Hence, producing content for linear channels and offering these broadcasts on demand is not sufficient. Many PSM invest in web-only content that they also make available via third-party platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram or TikTok. And gradually, there is an understanding that “the” internet is not simply an additional distribution channel but allows for a personalization of content using algorithms. However, private media show little enthusiasm for these new forms of content provision by PSM and worry about market distortion. Which possibilities exist for PSM to reach audiences in a digital environment? What could a public service algorithm look like? And how should public and private media co-exist and/or collaborate in the online world? We invite paper proposals that deal with new forms of contribution, the distinctiveness of PSM, its relationship to and possibilities for collaboration with private media and platforms, and the shift from broadcasting to a personalized streaming service. 

(3) Involving Citizens, Building Communities 

Digitization fundamentally alters the relationship between media organizations and citizens. This change poses a huge challenge for all media organizations. Whereas in the past audiences only mattered when measuring media use, now there is a need to adjust media production: journalism needs to become more dialogic in nature as instant feedback and criticism is now possible; and users can contribute to reporting in various ways, e.g. as informants or via crowdsourcing. Yet beyond media production, the changed relationship to their audience also offers an opportunity for PSM to really become a media organization of the people, by the people and for the people. What possibilities are there to involve citizens in decision-making within PSM or to engage in dialogue that informs decision-making? How can PSM build a community among their users that also strengthens their legitimacy? And how does PSM matter in individuals’ lives in ways that metrics of audience research cannot capture? We invite paper proposals that deal with the importance of audiences for PSM, the involvement of citizens within PSM, and ways to reinvigorate the rooting of PSM in society. 

(4) Governance, Communication and Legitimacy Management 

Recent reforms of media policy have also led to stricter regulation of PSM. On the one hand, in many countries the remit of PSM – especially with respect to online activities – has been defined more firmly and new services require public value tests. On the other hand, while still having better conditions than private media struck by crisis, PSM are expected to be more efficient or confronted with considerable budget cuts. Like other media organizations PSM respond to regulatory pressure and try to influence policy-making in their own interest. Concepts like “contribution to society” thus also can be seen as a strategic instrument of legitimacy management to deal with expectations of stakeholders. Is the concept of contribution an empty PR tool or is it inducing real change within PSM organizations? How does the interplay between policy-makers and PSM work in practice? And what role can communication scholars play in critically accompanying the change of media policy, PSM organizations and their contribution to society? We invite paper proposals that scrutinize the concept of contribution, focus on the politics of media policy, and the role of communication in the governance of PSM. 

Submission Requirements

Paper proposals may be submitted via “Easy Chair” at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ripe2020 (starting in September 2019). To do so, you need an “Easy Chair” login. If you do not have one yet, you can create one.

Please enter the following information into the online submission form: 

  • the name(s), e-mail-address(es), location(s) and organization(s) of the author(s); 

  • the paper’s working title; 

  • an extended abstract (max. 750 words) explaining the main messages of the paper and how it contributes to the conference theme; 

  • 3-5 keywords; 

  • the two working group topics the paper is most closely related to. 

Additionally, the abstract needs to be uploaded as a Microsoft Word file. Please make sure that your Word file is anonymized and does not contain any indication of the author(s) either in the text or in meta data. 

All submissions will be peer-reviewed (double-blind) by a scientific committee. The evaluation criteria are: 

  1. Relevance to the conference theme and fit with one of the working group topics. 

  2. Conceptual and analytic quality as well as theoretical foundation. 

  3. Clarification of methodology if the paper will report on empirical research. 

  4. Relevance to PSM management and practice. 

  5. Generalizability of insights and findings. 

Empirical research is highly valued, but we also welcome insightful philosophical, critical and theory-driven papers. 

RIPE conferences focus on substance, dialogue and results. We therefore limit acceptance to about 60 papers. Each paper is assigned to a working group. At best we assign 9-12 papers to each group so that every paper has sufficient time for presentation and, most importantly, discussion. 

Submissions are due February 29, 2020

Decisions on acceptance will be announced on April 15, 2020. 

Full papers need to be submitted by September 1, 2020 via “Easy Chair” at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ripe2020

The conference takes place over two and a half days, starting late on a Wednesday morning and ending on Friday around noon. The conference language is English. 

The International Association of Public Media Researchers plans to publish a selection of the papers in a peer-reviewed book handled by NORDICOM publishers. 

More information about the International Association of Public Media Researchers: www.publicmediaresearchers.org

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