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ICA Paper Management System is Now Open!

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Updated: Friday, August 31, 2018

ICA invites you to submit your paper or proposal for the 69th ICA Annual Conference to be held in Washington, D.C. 2019. The conference will take place in the Washington Hilton hotel from 24-28 May 2019. Preconference events will be held on Friday, 24 May. The conference theme is "Communication Beyond Boundaries."


Click here (https://www.icahdq.org/page/2019CFP) for the conference Call for Papers.


To access ICA's new ScholarOne paper management system, please click here (https://ica2019.abstractcentral.com/). You do not have to be an ICA member to access and submit, but you do need a profile. This is a new paper management system, so no profiles will be preloaded. Everyone will create a new profile for submissions. Our membership database is no longer linked to the paper submission website. If you have any questions or concerns about your profile, please contact ScholarOne’s Help Desk.


Tips for Online Submission



Have your document ready to upload! You MUST upload a paper or extended abstract in order to complete the submission process. Before submitting your document, remember to remove all author identification from the text, cover page, and the file properties. (In the "File" menu select "Properties," delete any identifying information, click "OK," and save the document.)



Plan ahead! The Session Organizer submits the panel proposal, and enters all of the panel information including the abstract rationale, and listing of all panel participants. When entering a panel participant, please SEARCH THE DATABASE for the participants. ENTER ONLY 2 OR 3 LETTERS OF THE FIRST AND LAST NAMES WHEN SEARCHING. This strategy will minimize the possibility of missing a record because of a 'special' character in the first or last names. Because this is a new database, there will be very few names already in the system. So organizers will most likely have to create a new profile for participants. In the Panel Description field enter the text of your panel proposal including rationale, presentation authors and titles, and abstracts or any other information mentioned in the Call for Papers. You can do this by copying and pasting the text of the panel proposal from your Word document.



If your topic crosses the interests of several divisions or interest groups, and relates to this year’s theme, “Communication Beyond Boundaries”, consider submitting your work or paper as a theme session for the conference, rather to a single specialty division. The ICA 2019 conference theme of “Communication Beyond Boundaries” aims for an understanding of the role of communication and media in the crossing of social, political and cultural boundaries that characterize contemporary society, and encourages research that crosses the boundaries of research domains, of particular fields of research interest, and of academia and the outside world.

If you have any questions about submitting your work for the theme sessions, please get in touch with this year’s theme chair, Hilde van den Bulck (U of Antwerp) hilde.vandenbulck@uantwerpen.be. We welcome your contributions!



ICA Member Associations are guaranteed one panel on the program. The highest ranking elected officer or designated program planner of each Member Association is invited to submit a panel proposal through the online submission system by the 1 November submission deadline. Follow the instructions for submitting a panel session and submit under Sponsored Sessions.


Help is available:

If you need help with online submission, contact the appropriate ICA division or Interest Group program planner. Contact information is listed in the Call for Papers. All divisions and interest groups are accepting only electronic submissions.


When you submit your paper, also consider signing up to be a reviewer! Signing up to review is available after you log into the submission site. You do not have to submit a paper to become a reviewer. Volunteering to serve as a reviewer does not guarantee that you will be selected to review. Be sure to mark your areas of expertise, so that you are appropriate matched to a paper to review.


Important Note:
Messages or emails are regularly sent from ICA or Unit Planners concerning paper submissions or reviewing. Sometimes our emails will filter into spam folders, usually of those who have a university address. So be sure to frequently check your message center in the paper submission system after signing in. The message center stores all sent messages and eliminate the problem of universities blocking emails.


Submission Deadline: Thursday, 1 November 2018; 16:00 UTC

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ICA President-Elect Conference Report

Posted By Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology) , Saturday, September 1, 2018

There are two matters of note concerning the 2019 Annual ICA Conference in Washington, DC. The first is that the crunch on spaces to host preconference events may be in the process of being sorted out. We will advise on this after the deadline for pre and postconferences has passed on 31 August, and we are aware of how many are being proposed.

The second thing is designated paper length for Divisions and Interest Groups. The ScholarOne software allows Division/Interest Group chars to set a “hard” and “soft’ word limit, similar to that used for academic journals (i.e. the paper cannot be lodged if over a particular word length). It also allows for tables, figures, charts and images to be submitted as separate files. For about half of the Divisions and Interest Groups, a word limit was set, most commonly at 8,000 words. But half still used the page limit model, which is confusing for submitters, and redundant with the new paper lodgment system. We would urge that Division and interest Group chairs look closely at this for the future. 

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ICA Online Elections Begin 1 September

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 31, 2018

On 1 September, ICA members will begin voting for association-wide and Division/Interest Group officers.

Like previous years, the vote will take place using an online-only ballot.

Polls will remain open until Monday, 15 October at 16:00 UTC.

To access the ballot from the ICA website, members will need their ICA username and password. Members, please make sure that ICA has your correct email address so that the association can send you an announcement of the election and a link to the ballot. The ICA website allows you to personally verify, correct, and/or update the information.

The association-wide elections include the 1-year term for President-Elect-Select. Candidates for the position are Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam) and Karin Wilkins (U of Texas, Austin). This year we will be voting for a new Board Member at Large for a 2-year term: John Erni (Hong Kong Baptist U), and Daniel Raichvarg (U de Bourgogne). Members will also have the chance to elect a Student & Early Career Representative for a 2-year term: Juan Liang (U of Canterbury), and Myrene Agustin Magabo (U of the Philippines - Open U).

The statements for the presidential candidates will appear later in the issue of the Newsletter. Divisional candidates and all other statements will appear on the ICA election page.



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Candidate Statement for ICA Presidential Election: Claes de Vreese

Posted By Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam), Friday, August 31, 2018

It is an honor to have been nominated as candidate for the presidency of the International Communication Association (ICA). Our communication field is undergoing tremendous developments: a growing number of students internationally, a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers entering the field, an internationalization of scholarship. The communication ecosystem is changing, and against a backdrop of longstanding qualitative and quantitative approaches, new challenges and opportunities emerge as results of datafication, media hybridity, algorithms, computational methods, and artificial intelligence. And all of this take place in the context of significant societal, economic, cultural, and (geo)political changes. These are truly exciting, and daunting, times to be a communication scholar.

Why did I accept the nomination to run for the ICA leadership? First of all, the ICA has long served as my primary intellectual ‘home’. I presented at an ICA conference in my first year in graduate school and have enthusiastically attended each of the more than 20 conferences since then. It is a great conference, a great community, a great association. Throughout the years, my involvement with ICA has included service to various committees (related to the ICA journals, as chair of the ICA Awards), leadership as a division program planner and chair, and current work as the Editor-in-Chief of Political Communication, a joint journal between the Political Communication divisions of the ICA and the American Political Science Association (APSA). I would be keen to continue working for the ICA community. If elected President of the ICA, I want to contribute to sustaining an organization that will make communication scholars from all corners of the discipline feel welcome and at home.

Second, in an age of information abundance and ongoing discussions about the quality of scholarship, I would like to enable and contribute to a conversation in the ICA about Open Science. This is a broad conversation that I believe we need to have. This in not just about Open Access publishing, but also about sharing instruments, being up front about research ideas, transparent and thoughtful about analyzing our material, and ensuring that, when possible, data and instruments are available for future scholars to learn from and to challenge. We need an open conversation about what the Open Science movement implies for the diverse field of communication research. This conversation should be there to further increase the quality of our research and the transparency of the research process. Quality and transparency will help us to build better communication research with a broader appeal. It is important to stress that I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all answer to this challenge. But how can we develop best practices and share experiences in creating an ‘Open Communication Science’ space for all scholars? These are conversations that we should have as communication scholars, at our home universities, with our funders, and also in the ICA.

Third, I hope to contribute to a stronger institutional voice in ongoing discussions about the role of communication in society. We have an incredibly rich community with expertise on a great variety of topics. ICA’s 32 divisions and interest groups are a testimony to this richness. This expertise should be shared, not just with fellow scholars, but widely. Communication is well poised to play a central role, for example, in current discussions about digitalization, datafication, platforms, and artificial intelligence. Many communication scholars are involved in newly launched initiatives trying to bring for example platforms (like Facebook) and the academic community closer together. Is this an easy task? No. Are the initiatives without problems? No. Should we also pursue other research venues and remain critical about collaboration while being cognizant of our academic role? Absolutely. But do we need to have these conversations and provide a stronger, institutional voice? Yes. And the ICA should be a prominent one.

At this year’s ICA conference, I was honored to receive the David Swanson career achievement award. This award recognizes support and work for our discipline and acknowledges institution-building. In my research I am particularly thrilled with having had the opportunity to develop an international and comparative research program (with grants from science foundations and the European Research Council) while mentoring many young, international scholars. As a former Director of The Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR 2005-2013), journal editor (International Journal of Public Opinion Research 2011-2014, Political Communication 2014-now), active in university leadership, and in science policy-making as Chair of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences’ Social Science Council, it meant a lot to me to receive the Swanson Award. At the conference in Prague, I encouraged young researchers to get involved in such activities and help build, create, and improve the environments in which we work. I will do my best to help, advise, and coach anyone who is willing to become involved and take on an office, a committee membership or spearhead a new initiative. Serving is fun and rewarding.

Keeping the ICA open and welcoming, starting a broader conversation about Open Science, and strengthening the voice of communication scholarship in societal discussions are key reasons for me to have accepted the nomination. ICA is thriving, the community is strong, and its membership increasingly international. We have a great foundation and team to build on, to launch into some of the new and pertinent challenges outlined above. It would be an honor and privilege to work with and for the ICA community. 

Claes de Vreese l Amsterdam l https://claesdevreese.wordpress.com l  T: @claesdevreese 

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Candidate Statement for ICA Presidential Election: Karin Wilkins

Posted By Karin Wilkins (U of Texas at Austin), Friday, August 31, 2018
Updated: Saturday, September 1, 2018

We have an important opportunity to participate in our International Communication Association (ICA) elections this fall. I appreciate being considered a candidate for ICA President. I share with ICA a sincere commitment to academic excellence, social significance, and global impact. 

ICA, which I have attended regularly since a graduate student, has been the center of my professional community. I have served as chair of the Intercultural and Development Division (2003-05; vice-chair 2001-03), and was instrumental in its reshaping as Global Communication and Social Change. I am aligned with the Ethnicity and Race in Communication, Feminist Scholarship, Public Diplomacy, and Activism, Communication and Social Justice groups. I have worked with the Internationalization Committee (2011-14) and was recently elected ICA Fellow (2017). My approach as Editor of Communication Theory (2016-19) is emblematic of my dedication to excellence in communication scholarship, and to the values of global inclusion. For example, we devote space to book reviews of volumes not published in English, and developed a recent special issue on Latin America, with another planned on the Global South. My engagement with ICA promotes the contemporary relevance of communication scholarship, supports ethical practices, and builds global diversity.

Promoting Contemporary Relevance of Communication Scholarship
Communication continues to establish its distinct identity as an academic field, incorporating diversity in theories, methods, and perspectives. Our field has shifted over the course of my own professional trajectory, evidenced by the change in scholarly foci between the 1983 Journal of Communication’s Ferment in the Field and the recent 2018 special issue on contemporary expertise. We need to leverage our strength as a growing field with an inclusive academic approach that stays relevant to changing social and political practices.

Change in our field is evident in the increasing number of divisions and interest groups within ICA (10 new groups in the last 10 years). Balancing our interest in diversity with our recognition of core foundational approaches can be a difficult tension to navigate, but is nonetheless worth supporting as we continue to build our intellectual depth and public significance. I envision strengthening our conference planning by increasing opportunities for divisions, interest groups, and scholars to propose collaborative events.

We need to work to make our communication scholarship matter beyond the academy, recognizing excellence as well as promoting relevance. Partnerships with groups able to serve as resources for training (such as Op-ed writing) and translation could strengthen our ability as scholars to contribute to multiple venues, magnifying our voices in public discourse.
Supporting Ethical Approaches to Collaboration in our Association

Our association works best when we create supportive professional climates within our community, and in our collaborations with other organizational partners. As scholars, we understand the importance of ethical approaches to our research, teaching, and graduate training, particularly given critical feminist concerns. As members of the ICA community, we need to recognize the important practices proposed through our Ethics Task Force, working to support respectful and compassionate collaborations that benefit scholars and students, as well as connect faculty across topics and territories. 

By considering how best to situate our conference events within the communities that host us, we can further establish practices of sustainability and respect. I support creating more opportunities to engage the people and places, and not just the digital spaces, of our conference experience. Many of us center ourselves in air-conditioned rooms for the conference duration, but we could do more to promote local connections and sustainable practices. As an illustration, I initiated a ritual with our Global Communication and Social Change division, inviting local NGOs to have dinner and discuss their work. Partnering more explicitly with organizations in host communities to learn from their experiences could help us engage beyond the structured walls and digital screens that often characterize our meetings. Conference planning with our local host committee for our 2020 conference in the Gold Coast, Australia, for instance, may enable us to connect with indigenous communities.

Building Global Diversity in our Practice
ICA has been building its international character for many years, and while much has been accomplished, there is more work to be done. Recognizing “global” as more than a passive landscape, we need to articulate clear and respectful ways to pursue strategic global practices. 

Building diversity reinforces the perspective and value of our scholarship, and positioning global as a key dimension strengthens our association. The challenges of particular citizenships and presented identities need to be considered explicitly in site selection as well as planning for ICA events. Respecting the diversity of our membership means anticipating visa challenges as well as discriminatory practices. Planning the schedules of conferences also should take into account competing calendars of scholars in different regions, as well as those in other professional communities.

Our best global connections can be strengthened through fostering alliances with existing regional organizations. Toward this goal, I strongly support ICA contributions toward regional conferences, as well as strategic collaborations with other professional associations, such as IAMCR, AUSACE, CCA, ALAIC, Nordicom, ECREA, AOIR, INTERCOM, LUSOCOM, among others. 

About me
At the U of Texas at Austin, I serve as Associate Dean of Faculty Advancement and Strategic Initiatives for the Moody College of Communication, with a home base in Media Studies. Previously I have been Director of our Communication and Leadership degree, Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Chair of the Global Studies Bridging Disciplines Program. Between my doctorate (1991, ASC, University of Pennsylvania) and U of Texas at Austin, I worked at the Chinese U of Hong Kong and the Pew Charitable Trusts. I also have professional and research experience in East Asia and Northern Europe.
My scholarship focuses on global and development communication, with attention to media studies and the Middle East. Critical inquiry, through political economy and feminist perspectives, informs my research. I see my research trajectory as engaging a critical and collaborative project that contributes to global social justice. 

I look forward to applying my expertise toward promoting ICA’s contemporary relevance, continued ethical practices, and enhanced global diversity as your next President. I hope I am given the chance to do so.
For more information, please refer to: http://rtf.utexas.edu/faculty/karin-wilkins

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Revue Française des Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication joins Studies in Communication and Media and Communication and Society as ICA’s third affiliate journal

Posted By Cynthia Stohl (U of California, Santa Barbara), Friday, August 31, 2018

Our ICA Affiliate journal panel in Prague was exceptional.  Not only did attendees listen to exciting news about our two prestigious affiliate journals, Studies in Communication and Media published by NOMOS and Communication and Society published by The Chinese University Press, we heard outstanding  presentations from Zhou Shuhua (U of Alabama), Benjamin Krämer (LMU Munich) ,and  Philipp Müller (Johannes Gutenberg U - Mainz), the authors of the selected best article published in each of these journals. We also welcomed (with wonderful French bubbly) our newest affiliate journal Revue Française des Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication.

Our affiliate journal program has grown since 2014 when the board established a new journal category "Affiliate Journal." Affiliate journals serve several of ICA’s internationalization goals. The program is designed to build bridges throughout the international communication community, connect our membership with communication research published in non- English high quality journals, help publicize the finest communication research done throughout the world, and give our members access to new and diverse audiences. An affiliate journal is published independently of ICA in a language other than English and includes extended English abstracts and at least one English language article. The journal meets or exceeds the general standards of an ICA journal and the specific standards developed for affiliate journals.  An affiliate journal carries the ICA imprimatur and is available to ICA members online for free or at a substantial discount (go to our website https://www.icahdq.org/page/Affiliatejournals for access to these journals, the criteria for selection, and the application form). Besides providing detailed annual reports to the ICA Board of Directors, each editor makes a presentation at the affiliate journal panel at the ICA annual meeting.

This year, the editor-in-chief of Communication and Society, Ven-hwei Lo (The Chinese U of Hong Kong) gave an inspired talk, accompanied by an entertaining video, describing the publication process for the 24 research articles that were published in 2017 by authors from China, Taiwa, USA, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He noted that the journal received 91 extended abstract submissions for a special issue on “The Impact of Digital Technologies on Journalism (five full papers were accepted for publication). He also presented data from a recent survey conducted by the Center for Chinese Media and Comparative Communication Research at the Chinese U of Hong Kong. The Center selected 11 Chinese language journals in journalism and communication and indexed by CSSCI or TSSCI for inclusion in the study. The results indicate that Communication and Society was ranked as the top Chinese language communication journal in terms of most frequently read, highest quality, and greatest influence. Communication and Society has both a print and an online version. After registering as a member on the Journal website www.cschinese.com, ICA members can view and download all the journal's content. Currently, the journal has 8,200 registered users.

The editorial team of Studies in Communication and Media comprised of Andreas Scheu (U of Muenster), Anne Bartsch (U of Leipzig), Matthias Hastall (TU Dortmund), Christoph Neuberger (U of Munich), and Juliana Raupp (Free U - Berlin) also provided an extensive and lively report on their journal. In 2017, 44 original manuscripts were submitted to the journal by colleagues located in Austria, Canada, China, Germany, Nigeria, Spain, and USA. In 2017 the journal also published a special issue “Audience participation via user comments: Towards a comprehensive understanding of a multidisciplinary and cross-cultural phenomenon.” One of the year’s highlights for the journal was that Felix Frey’s SCM article, “Factors influencing the media use of the lower classes during the German Empire (1871–1918)” was awarded second prize as best article published in 2016 in a German speaking journal by the German Communication Association (DGPuK). The journal and its publisher NOMOS are also making some changes that will benefit ICA authors. They are implementing “Advance Publication” for accepted manuscripts in order to shorten the time space between acceptance and publication and plan on extending the international composition of their editorial board in 2018.

Our newest affiliate journal Revue Française des Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication was introduced by Daniel Raichvarg, Président de la Société Française des Sciences de l'Information et de la Communication and editor of the journal. Daniel spoke eloquently about the respectful consensus that developed as the journal and the ICA Affiliate Journal Selection Committee (comprised of Daniel Robichaud, CA. Winni Johansen. DK, François Heinderyckx, BEL, JP Gutierrez, ICA, and Cynthia Stohl, USA) worked together during the application period.  In the near future RFSIC will be adapting their website into English, include more members of ICA onto their reading committee, and work to increase the number of submissions. Mélanie Bourdaa presented an example of an important role the  Revue tries to play in our research communities.  She is in charge of La vie des labosResearch Centers News. The aim of this section is to offer the opportunity and a space for research teams to discuss their research, their international partnerships, and the relations between the team and the economic environment. Professor Raichvarg stressed that the journal “welcomes papers from international research teams in order to valorize researches outside of France, highlight the specificities in these teams, and nourish the thoughts of the French teams.”

Overall, the joyous celebration of all our affiliate journal’s accomplishments, the addition of  a French language journal, the quality of papers presented, and the innovative and dynamic editorial work that was highlighted made for a terrific panel and a sense of great optimism for our affiliate journal program. For more information about how to access or submit to these journals, please contact the editors or go to https://www.icahdq.org/page/Affiliatejournals.

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Renew Your ICA Membership Early

Posted By Julie Randolph (ICA) & Kristine Rosa (ICA), Friday, August 31, 2018

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Student Column

Posted By Sophia Charlotte Volk (Leipzig U), Friday, August 31, 2018

Having joined the SECAC board this past month as the Student and Early Career Representative of the PR division, I’d like to say hello to all young scholars at ICA and briefly introduce myself.

Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, I joined the Department of Strategic Communication at Leipzig U in 2015 and have been fully enjoying my academic journey since then. I am specialized in the fields of corporate communications and public relations or, broadly speaking, strategic communication employed by all types of organizations. Within this area, I have been intrigued by the fundamental question why organizations need communication – and along that line, why they invest money and resources in communication functions, how they measure communication effects, and how they evaluate the organizational value created through communication. Most of my research in this domain is based on qualitative case studies in organizations and located at the intersection of communication research, organization science and management research.

Being a travel enthusiast and having lived in Canada, USA, and Switzerland, I have always been fascinated with other countries and cultures. The second question that has awakened my curiosity lies in the field of comparative communication research – precisely: the method of comparison – and guides my doctoral thesis: How can we refine the comparative approach? My first experience with cross-national research goes back to my time as a student research assistant, when I was involved in two cross-national surveys exploring the occupational field of strategic communication. I remember being surprised to find so little published guidance on how to design an excellent comparative study. Nowadays, in my doctoral thesis, I am attempting to develop a set of research standards for conceptualizing and conducting comparative research.

Joining the ICA community has been a great motivation for me to continue my journey in academia. Personally, I have benefited enormously from presenting my own research, soaking up new knowledge, and having informal discussions with scholars from across the world over coffee breaks. As a SECAC member, I want to encourage all young scholars to engage in our thriving community, participate in the upcoming SECAC events in Washington D.C., and use the opportunity to meet new colleagues and make new friends.

Looking ahead, I’d like to see much more collaborative and comparative research projects – beyond Western-centric research collaborations and throughout the entire communication discipline – being conducted. On this occasion, ICA is probably the best place to meet scholars driven by similar interests and to establish future research cooperations across the globe, but we need more efforts to include researchers e.g. from South America, Africa, and Asia. I’d be interested in hearing about your opinion and ideas for the future of our community at sophia-charlotte.volk@uni-leipzig.de

But for now, enjoy some relaxing days and have productive months ahead until next year’s ICA in Washington D.C.!

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Member News

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 31, 2018


New Book Announcement, Coming Home Your Way: Understanding University Student Intercultural Reentry by Rick Malleus and Marina Micari published July 2018 by Routledge.

Link: https://www.routledge.com/Coming-Home-Your-Way-Understanding-University-Student-Intercultural-Reentry/Malleus-Micari/p/book/9781138081765



Book Announcement: Intercultural Public Relations: Theories for Managing Relationships and Conflicts with Strategic Publics


Colleagues, I’m happy to announce the publication of Intercultural Public Relations: Theories for Managing Relationships and Conflicts with Strategic Publics, authored by Lan Ni, Qi Wang, and Bey-Ling Sha. The book develops a coherent theoretical framework to unify the theories of public relations and intercultural communication, and within the framework, examines empirical studies of intercultural interactions.

This book follows an intercultural approach, which considers how individuals and entities with dissimilar cultural identities interact and negotiate to solve problems and reach mutually satisfying outcomes. This work provides a theory-driven, empirically supported framework to inform and guide the research and practices of intercultural public relations. Furthermore, it provides numerous levels of analysis and incorporates the use and challenges of social media.

The book examines theories and issues in three integrated processes:

- Identification of publics

- Relationship management

- Conflict resolution

These areas represent the most critical functions that public relations contributes to organizational effectiveness: scanning the environment, identifying strategic publics, and building long-term, quality relationships with these publics to reduce costs, gain support, and empower the publics themselves. In doing so, the book adopts simultaneously public-centered and organization-centered perspectives. This unique work will serve as an essential reference for students, practitioners, and scholars in today’s global public relations environment.

Chapter 1. Introduction

Part I: Theoretical Foundations

Chapter 2: Foundational Theories in Public Relations Management

Chapter 3: History and Foundational Theories in Intercultural Communication

Chapter 4: Conflict Management and Negotiation

Part II: Intercultural Public Relations at Various Levels

Chapter 5: Interpersonal Level: Competencies and Practices

Chapter 6: Intra-organizational Level: Identifying and Communicating with Publics

Chapter 7: Intra-organizational Level: Relationship Management

Chapter 8: Intra-Organizational Level: Conflict Management and Negotiation

Chapter 9: Organizational Level: Organizational Identities

Chapter 10: Social Media

Chapter 11: Conclusions

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Division and Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 31, 2018


Dear CAM members,

I’m happy to announce that CAM is starting the new semester with a new CAMmer in the Spotlight interview. This month’s interview features Meenakshi Gigi Durham, who discusses her scholarship and academic experiences, including her powerful book The Lolita Effect (Overlook, 2008).

You can read her interview here: https://ica-cam.org/in-the-spotlight/meenakshi-gigi-durham/

Best wishes for a productive new semester, and happy reading!

Ine Beyens

ICA-CAM Secretary



We* have decided to start Computational Communication Research (CCR), a new open-access peer-reviewed journal dedicated to development and applications of computational methods for communication science. We hope that CCR will serve as central home for communication scientists with an interest in and focus on computational methods — a place to read and publish the cutting edge work in our growing subfield.

The journal will be community-owned and in all likelihood be published by Amsterdam University Press. We strive to present the first issue at ICA next year, and from then work with rolling (online-only) publication.

Below this email, and at http://computationalcommunication.org/inaugural-cfp/ you can find the call for papers for the first issue. We ask that you submit an abstract before the end of september. Full paper submission is at the end of November, so you can submit your high-quality ICA paper to the journal directly.

The CCR website also contains more information on policy, author guidelines, and the editorial board. Of course, feel free to contact us with more information if desired.

Thanks, also on behalf of the associate editors Drew Margolin, Cindy Shen, Damian Trilling, and Rene Weber,


* see http://computationalcommunication.org/editorial-board/ for the full editorial board


Call for Papers: Computational Communication Research Inaugural Issue


Deadline: 30 September (abstract), 30 November (manuscript)

Computational Communication Research is a new, peer-reviewed, open-access journal founded from the ICA Computational Methods Interest Group that will (presumably) be published by Amsterdam University Press.

For our inaugural issue, we welcome submissions that further the understanding, development and application of computational methods in communication research. Computational methods include (but are not limited to) methods such as text analysis, social/semantic network analysis, online experiments, machine learning, visual analysis and agent-based modeling and simulations. Computational methods can be applied to “big data” and social media or (online) behavior data, but can also be used to provide a more sophisticated understanding of “small data” or for theoretical explorations.

Submissions should discuss, introduce, or apply computational methods to build and/or test theory or to quantify, analyze, explore or visualize communication structures and processes.

In particular, we welcome submissions that :

- Apply computational methods to communication research questions;

- Present innovative computational methods for communication research;

- Evaluate or validate computational approaches to communication research;

- Address the role of computational methods in communication research;

- Present or validate tools, software packages, and datasets that are useful for communication research.

Given the many recent special issues on big data and computational methods in various social science journals, we do not specifically call for position, overview, or review papers, although such papers will also be considered.

Papers can be either full papers of up to 9,000 words, shorter research notes or descriptions of tools or data sets of 3,000 – 4,000 words, or tutorials. Research notes should be focused on reporting data sets, tools, or empirical analyses and should contain a short introduction, with references and theoretical discussion kept to a minimum. For this initial issue, we are requesting that contributors send a brief abstract of 500–1,000 words outlining the article to be submitted to submissions@computationalcommunication.org. Please see http://computationalcommunication.org for more information on Aims & Scope, reviewing process. and editorial policy.

Important dates:

30 September: abstract deadline

30 November: full paper deadline

25 May 2019: issue published and presented at ICA



Please find the August edition of All Things Media at: https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.icahdq.org/resource/group/7ebb7aea-5c3b-4838-bb35-a1927dc38be3/mass_comm_division_/newsletter_archive/2018/all_things_media_august_2018.pdf

All previous issues are archived on the Division website under the Newsletter Archive tab.

Send any news to be included in the September issue to me at sjhull@gwu.edu


Shawnika Hull

Mass Communication Division Secretary



The Philosophy, Theory and Critique and Communication Law and Policy Divisions of the International Communication Association seek nominees for the annual C. Edwin Baker Award for the Advancement of Scholarship on Media, Markets and Democracy.

The Baker Award recognizes work that has made significant contributions to the development, reach and influence of such scholarship. While the award committee favors research that consists of multiple projects and publications that have made a clear, coherent and sustained contribution to the advancement of such scholarship over time, single works and/or activities that have been highly influential in the field may also qualify someone for nomination.

More specifically, nominees for this award will have accomplished one or more of the following:

(1) opened up new theoretical and/or methodological territory in research on any aspect of the interrelations between media, markets and democracy;

(2) made other important contributions to the advancement of scholarship on these inter-relations;

(3) engaged in activism that advanced scholarship on these inter-relations.

The award is open to ICA members and to anyone else whose research can be shown to have a connection with the work of the ICA and its various divisions.

Members of the Award Committee may nominate, but no ICA member who makes a nomination or who is nominated for an award can serve on the committee judging the nomination. We encourage self-nominations, as well as the nomination of others. The award committee encourages nominations that reflect the diversity of media and communications scholarship in terms of gender, ethnicity, race and sexuality. We welcome nominations from any part of the world.

All nominators must:

(1) Submit letter(s) of nomination, not to exceed two pages each. These letter must: (a) specify the relevant body of work and/or other contributions made; (b) address the work’s and/or activity’s contributions to scholarship of media, markets and democracy (in the case of research, this will involve theoretical and methodological assessments of that work); and (c) make a case for its influence and impact on the advancement of such scholarship.

(2) Submit representative examples of the work cited, along with a CV, to the chair of the awards committee.

(3) Have all materials electronically submitted by September 30, 2018.

The Baker Award was established in 2010 through an endowed fund created from the estate of Professor C Edwin Baker (1947-2009), who was the Nicholas F. Gallichio Professor of Law and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is intended to honor the enormous contribution made by Professor Baker to communications scholarship. The Divisions gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Professor Baker’s sister Dr Nancy Baker.

Nominations should be sent to:

Mirca Madianou m.madianou@gold.ac.uk

Please indicate clearly on the subject like BAKER AWARD.

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