Divisions: Journalism Studies
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Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt (Chair)

Hebrew U of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus
Department of Communication and Journalism
Jerusalem   91905
Ph. +972 (0)2 588 1059 

Seth C. Lewis (Vice Chair)

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


Edson C. Tandoc Jr. (Secretary)

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


Joy Kibarabara (Student Representative)

Stockholm University
Department of Media Studies
SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
Ph. +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




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 across all divisions be no longer than 8,000 words, including references but not including 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. 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 2020 conference, the Division also encourages panel submissions adhering to the theme of “Innovations in Methods in Journalism Studies.” The purpose of these special panels is to explore, explain, and critique developments in research methods that may be particularly relevant for journalism studies and adjacent fields of inquiry. Beyond simply describing particular research methods, successful panels around this theme should help to situate such methods in a broader epistemological context, illustrating how they connect with (or depart from) other disciplines, traditions, public stakeholders, and so forth. To propose a themed panel, please title the panel proposal as: “Innovations in Methods in 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:


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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 Seth Lewis (sclewis@uoregon.edu).





Journalism 2020: The (ir)relevance of journalism and the future of journalism studies

A conference jointly organized by Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism and Journalism Studies in celebration of their 20th anniversaries

Vienna, Austria, September 11-13, 2020. Hosted by the Journalism Studies Center, Department of Communication, University of Vienna

The year 2000 is often considered a watershed moment in the development of the field of journalism studies, as it marks the year that two key academic journals – Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism and Journalism Studies – were first published. To celebrate their twentieth anniversaries, the journals are organizing a three-day conference in 2020 to look back on the evolution of the field, and to critically consider key questions for the field going forward. The conference will include a number of keynote presentations, round-tables, as well as regular paper presentations. 

There is no doubt that journalism is impacted by a whole range of threats, many of which go to the core of what journalism is about, whether it is occupational issues that are failing to provide the cues to make journalism viable, politicians who are pulling into question and attempting to curtail journalism’s role, societal actors who are competing with traditional journalists and questioning journalism’s authority, economic developments that are making it harder and harder to find sustainable business models, or technological advances that threaten traditional news selection processes. The conference will engage with all these developments in the journalistic environment, and we call on submissions that deal with the (ir)relevance of journalism and fields including, but not limited to politics, technology, economics, audience, culture, and academia.

We therefore invite papers that address how journalism studies can help to answer crucial questions about journalism’s relevance, but also the relevance of the field of journalism studies itself. We call particularly for thought-provoking papers that develop new theories or methods and push the boundaries of the field. We welcome submissions from all theoretical, epistemological and methodological perspectives.

The conference will feature six keynote presentations on the topics noted above, some round-table discussions, traditional paper presentations, and coherent panels. 

*Traditional paper presentations: Traditional paper presentations will take place in panels consisting of four to five papers.

*Coherent panels: A limited number of slots will be available for coherent panels where one topic is addressed in four to five presentations, followed by a respondent. Preference will be given to panels with presenters from diverse backgrounds and affiliations.

Following the conference, we envisage to publish special issues in both journals, as well as a book featuring the best submissions.


How to submit:

Submissions can be sent to journalism2020@univie.ac.at by no later than February 29, 2020. Please include in the email (1) the title of your paper, (2) an abstract of no more than 400 words, (3) names and affiliations of the authors.

To submit a panel proposal, a 300-word rationale should be sent alongside a 150-word explanation per presentation, as well as the names and affiliations of presenters and respondent.

All submissions will undergo scholarly peer-review. Notifications of acceptance will be issued in early April. More information can be found on our website: https://journalism2020.univie.ac.at/ Please contact the conference organizing committee with questions at journalism2020@univie.ac.at.





University of Missouri: Mizzou is looking for an Associate/Full Professor who will also serve as the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute's Director of Research. We’re looking for a great scholar who can conduct and coordinate research that has clear practical implications for journalism, especially at the local level, and more generally help to bridge the gap between the research and practice of journalism. The ad is here: http://www.aejmc.org/jobads/?cat=42

College of Media at the University of Illinois: If you know of excellent multimedia journalists who are good at managing teams (and other stuff), send them our way. The full description is here: https://jobs.illinois.edu/faculty-positions/job-details?jobID=121504&job=college-of-media-clinical-assistant-professor-department-of-journalism-121504

University of North Carolina’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media: The School is looking for an Assistant / Associate Professor of JournalismFull-time, professional tenure-track, faculty position in journalism with an emphasis on accountability reporting, data literacy, and writing. Read more details at https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/169150

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Communication & Journalism: Postdoctoral Researcher in computational text analysis in the ERC-funded project "Mediating the Future: The Social Dynamics of Public Projections” (PROFECI). The project is headed by Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt.  

Assistant/Associate Professor in Sports Media: The Department of Entertainment Media and Journalism at Butler University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant/associate professor in Sports Media beginning Fall 2020. Materials should be submitted to Dr. Lee Farquhar, Sports Media Search Committee Chair, College of Communication, Butler University, 4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 or via e-mail to sportsmediasearch@butler.edu. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. 



The Fixers: Local News Workers and the Underground Labor of International Reporting

By Lindsay Palmer, Oxford University Press

News "fixers" are locally-based media employees who serve as translators, coordinators, and guides to foreign journalists in unfamiliar terrain. Operating in the shadows, fixers' contributions to journalism are largely hidden from us, yet they underpin the entire international news industry: almost every international news story we read today could not be produced without a fixer. Indeed, without fixers' on-the-ground skill and intimate knowledge of a territory, journalists would struggle to document stories unfolding in countries outside their own. Despite this, however, fixers remain one of the most under-protected and undervalued groups contributing to the production of news. Targeted by militant groups and governments, even by their neighbors, they must often engage in a precarious balancing act, bridging the divides between foreign journalists and the people who live and work in fixers' own communities. In this book, Lindsay Palmer reveals the lives and struggle of those performing some of the most important work in international news. Drawing on interviews with 75 fixers around the world, Palmer is the first researcher to seriously consider fixers' own rich narratives, offering a glimpse of how difficult it is to play the role of cultural mediator, both in and out of conflict zones.


Analyzing Analytics: Disrupting Journalism One Click at a Time

By Edson C. Tandoc Jr., Routledge


Now that web analytics has become deeply embedded in newsrooms, its impact on journalism is even more potent. Documenting the different ways web analytics has disrupted traditional journalism, the book provides a timely review of what we know so far about the place of web analytics in reporting, and maps a future research agenda. It conceptualizes web analytics as an object of journalism where audiences, businesses, technologists, and journalists confront one another, negotiating the contours of digital journalism in the process. Including newly developed theoretical frameworks as well as case studies and empirical projects, the book is ideal for journalism students, researchers, and professional journalists.

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