Divisions: Journalism Studies
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Seth C. Lewis (Chair)

University of Oregon
School of Journalism and Communication
Eugene, OR 97403-1275
+1 541-346-7342 

Annika Sehl (Vice Chair)

Bundeswehr University Munich

Werner Heisenberg-Weg 39
Building 42 room 1.113
+089 / 6004-3162

Edson C. Tandoc Jr. (Secretary)

Nanyang Technological University
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
31 Nanyang Link Singapore 637718
+65 6790-6110

Eddy Borges-Rey (International Liaison)

Northwestern University in Qatar

Journalism & Strategic Communication
02-236, Education City, Qatar
+974 4454 5100
Joy Kibarabara (Student Representative)

Stockholm University
Department of Media Studies
SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
+46 8 16 20 00

The Journalism Studies Division of the International Communication Association is concerned with journalism theory, journalism research, and professional education in journalism. The division invites a wide array of theoretical, epistemological and methodological approaches, all of which are united around an interest in journalism and share the aim of enhancing existing understandings of how journalism works, across temporal and geographic contexts. The division is intended to facilitate empirical research and to bring more coherence to research paradigms, and in so doing, to further support the professionalization of journalism studies and journalism education. With journalism as its focus, the division will create a setting in which scholars employing different kinds of academic approaches can engage in dialogue. It would be a clearinghouse for the wide range of scholarship on journalism.

Not yet a member but interested in becoming one? Please contact ICA headquarters at membership@icahdq.org





Dear members of the ICA Journalism Studies Division,

I hope this month’s newsletter finds you well amid the continuing challenges of 2020. At the moment, here in the normally green and serene Pacific Northwest, we are dealing with unprecedented wildfires that are threatening many communities in Oregon and California. Like the Australian wildfires at the start of this year, it’s a grim reminder of the long-term specter of climate change and the need to work together for a better planet and a better future. Journalism, as we know, can play a part in that process.

Turning to the here and now, I’m happy to tell you about several new things that deserve your immediate attention:

ICA ELECTIONS: The voting process has begun! The Journalism Studies Division is electing a new Secretary as well as a new Student and Early Career (SEC) Representative, to begin serving following the May 2021 conference.


Candidates for Secretary:

Joy Jenkins (U of Tennessee, Knoxville)

Nikki Usher (U of Illinois)


Candidates for SEC Representative:

Nick Mathews (U of Minnesota)

Margareta Salonen (U of Jyväskylä)


To read our candidates’ statements and to register your vote, for our division's candidates as well as ICA-wide elections, please go to https://www.icahdq.org/general/custom.asp?page=Election2020 for complete instructions.


As of 8 September, the Journalism Studies Division had a 14% voter turnout so far — pretty good relative to other divisions and interest groups, but not widely representative of our division's members as a whole. Let’s see if we can double or triple our voter turnout and be tops among divisions. The deadline to vote is 15 October, so don’t delay.



Yes, the call for papers for the next ICA annual convention is now available and the paper submission system is open for business, so you can already begin submitting your papers, extended abstracts, and panel proposals. Obviously, given the uncertainty of COVID-19 and travel, there’s some question as to the nature of the May 2021 conference planned for Denver, Colorado (USA). ICA already announced that this coming conference, even if it’s an in-person gathering, would have a “hybrid” component to it involving online presentations as well.


Please see the call for papers site for complete details about how to submit: https://www.icahdq.org/page/ICA21CFP. And you can find the paper submission site here: https://ica2021.abstractcentral.com. Note the submission deadline: Friday, 6 November 2020, at 12:00 Noon ICA Office Time (i.e., U.S. Eastern time).


And what about the Journalism Studies Division specifically? Our division's call for papers is here (https://www.icahdq.org/mpage/JS_CFP); for easy reference, I will also paste the full call to the bottom of this email. Our division’s call remains mostly the same from last year. Support remains strong for continuing our use of extended abstracts and other approaches as we have them now, though of course we will continue to evaluate what’s working and what’s not, particularly in this new environment of online/hybrid experimentation.


Our vice chair, Annika Sehl, will be leading the paper competition this year, and I know from experience that she will greatly appreciate your help as conference reviewers. So, when the call for reviewers goes out soon, please be ready to volunteer to help review for the conference, even if you won’t be submitting or attending. We need everyone's help!


Finally, we round out this newsletter with some relevant calls for papers (below). If you have short (~75 words) announcements relevant to the division — regarding paper calls, job opportunities, new books, etc. — you may email them to me at any point and I will include them in the next month’s newsletter.


''Comparing digital journalisms across nations and cultures,'' special issue of Digital Journalism, edited by Svetlana Bodrunova and Anna Gladkova. This special issue aims at bringing together comparative studies of digital journalism in various contexts and cross them, elaborating comparative criteria, and discussing the methodological and institutional challenges in comparative digital journalism research in the globalized yet very diverse world. The issue seeks to examine whether digital journalism differs depending on social or cultural contexts, geographic proximity of countries, political or economic factors, accessibility of ICTs, and specifics of media landscapes, among other factors. Abstract submission deadline: 1 November 2020. For details, see: https://think.taylorandfrancis.com/special_issues/comparing-digital-journalisms/ 


"Analytical Advances through Open Science: Employing a reference dataset to foster best-practice data validation, analysis, and reporting,” special issue of Digital Journalism, edited by Mario Haim and Cornelius Puschmann: This special issue invites scholars to present, provide, and discuss best practices of analyses while implementing open-science principles for the study of online news. Abstract submission deadline: 1 December 2020. For details, see https://think.taylorandfrancis.com/special_issues/analytical-advances-through-open-science/


Best regards,


Seth C. Lewis

Chair, Journalism Studies Division

Professor and Shirley Papé Chair in Emerging Media, University of Oregon sclewis@uoregon.edu





Annika Sehl, Vice Chair

U of the Bundeswehr Munich, Germany

E-mail: annika.sehl@unibw.de


The Journalism Studies Division encourages research that advances our understanding of how journalism works, whether within localized spaces or comparatively across countries and regions. Subject areas include, but are not limited to, the roles of journalism in society, the structural and cultural influences on news, the attitudes and characteristics of journalists, the shifting boundaries and practices of journalism, economic and business models for news, the nature of news audiences and engagement, and features of news content and their effects. Of interest are the relationships between journalism and power, democratic norms, financial pressures, technological change, organizational innovation, and academic critique. Papers may examine journalism at various levels of analysis and using a variety of theories, methods, and perspectives. The Journalism Studies Division is also interested in submissions attempting to clarify, define, and question core concepts such as “news,” “media,” and “journalism,” which are increasingly vague in meaning.


The Division accepts three forms of submissions: scholarly papers (i.e., full papers), panel proposals, and extended abstracts for works in progress.


1. Scholarly papers (i.e., full papers)


Scholarly papers should be original and innovative. They can be either theoretical in focus or employ empirical methods (quantitative, qualitative, mixed, computational, etc.) at an advanced level. ICA requires that papers be no longer than 8,000 words maximum, not including references, tables, figures, charts, etc. (Book chapters can also be submitted under this category, so long as the chapter can be evaluated on its own. If you submit a book chapter, please include a short introductory note about the subject and scope of the book as a whole and about how the submitted chapter fits within the overall book.) Work already published or accepted for publication, or work already submitted to or presented at another conference, may not be submitted to ICA.


Paper authors are expected to conceal their identity from reviewers (e.g., no names on title page, no names in file properties, and appropriate concealment in the text). Submissions that are not appropriately anonymized for blind review may be rejected. If citing your own work, be sure to use the third person to keep the paper anonymous, or, where necessary, replace paper author names with “AUTHOR” in the text and in the bibliography.


If ALL of the authors are students, then the paper should be designated a student paper in the submission process and it is eligible for the student paper awards. The division recognizes three Top Papers and three Top Student Papers.


Full papers that are accepted to the conference might also be programmed for the poster session.


2. Panel proposals


The Division also accepts panel proposals, but because few panel proposals can be accepted they must provide exceptional added value. Besides topicality and substance, international composition is another strong point of successful panel submissions. Furthermore, panels should feature gender balance, and should not include more than one presenter from a single faculty, department or school. Consider, too, the number of panelists you propose to include. It is difficult to have a successful panel with more than five participants or presentations or to justify a panel with three or fewer participants. Panel proposals must provide all the information required by the online submission system, including a rationale for the panel and individual abstracts from each participant. Panel proposals require a 400-word rationale for the panel and a 150-word abstract from each panel participant.


For the 2021 conference, the Division also encourages panel submissions adhering to the theme of “Access, Equity, and Inclusion in Journalism and Journalism Studies.” The purpose of these special panels is to explore, explain, and critique challenges and deficits in this respect in Journalism and Journalism Studies. Beyond simply describing challenges and deficits with regard to access, equity and inclusion, successful panels around this theme should help to stimulate a discussion on how they are or could be addressed. To propose a themed panel, please title the panel proposal as: “Access, Equity, and Inclusion in Journalism and Journalism Studies: [Your Panel Topic].”


3. Extended abstracts of works in progress


The division also accepts extended abstracts addressing works in progress. Because of the newness of this format (introduced at the 2019 Washington conference), there are several important points that authors must consider before submitting:


* Extended abstracts should be no more than 1,000 words in length, not including references.

* Extended abstracts should describe a study that, in terms of its timing and progression, would actually benefit from feedback at the conference. As such, these abstracts represent discrete studies or broader project areas that have been designed but not yet executed, and which are likely to be in progress at the time of the conference, thus maximizing the opportunity for feedback.

* Extended abstracts should clearly set forth the study purpose, conceptual framework, and research questions, as well as provide sufficient methodological detail by which to evaluate the study’s design and its likely findings. If applicable, abstracts may also include preliminary findings.

* At the conference, these extended abstracts will be presented in sessions clearly labeled “Works in Progress,” and authors will present in an abbreviated format (e.g., 6-8 minutes per abstract, to be determined by the number of presenters) so as to facilitate ample space for discussion and feedback.

* When submitting in this format, authors must include the words “Extended Abstract” at the start of their paper title (e.g., “Extended Abstract: [Your paper title]”). Authors should clearly indicate the same on the title page of their submission. Submissions that are not appropriately labeled may be rejected.



Reviewing expectation


All paper submitters are expected to also volunteer as reviewers for the division. We need you! For every paper to receive three reviews, there is no way we can accomplish it without the collective support of the division’s members and other submitters.


If you have any questions concerning these formats or general inquiries regarding your individual submission, please contact Vice Chair Annika Sehl (annika.sehl@unibw.de).


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