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Henrik Ornebring Chair

Karlstad U
Department of Geography, Media and Communication
Karlstad   651 88
Ph. +46 (0)54 700 1642


Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt Vice Chair

Hebrew U of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus
Department of Communication and Journalism
Jerusalem   91905

Ph. +972 (0)2 588 1059


Nina Springer Secretary

Södertörn University Stockholm
School of Social Sciences
Huddinge 14152
+46 (0)8 608  5215


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.



ELECTIONS (Vice Chair and Student Representative)

Election Results

Congratulations to Seth Lewis (University of Oregon) for being elected to serve as the next vice-chair of the Journalism Studies division! Seth will assume his role at the end of the Prague Conference and will be the program planner for the Washington (2019) and Gold Coast (2020) conferences.

Also, congratulations to Alla Rybina (University of Gothenburg) for becoming our new graduate student representative! She will be replacing Natacha Yazbeck and her main responsibility will be organizing the Graduate Student Preconference.

Election turnout was 28%. Thanks to all those who voted and good luck to Seth and Alla!


ICA CONFERENCE 2018: JSD Business Meeting & Reception

Heads up! The JS Division Business Meeting in Prague will take place on Sunday, May 27 (17:00-18:15, Hilton Prague, M, Karlin I). The meeting will be followed by the JSD reception in the restaurant Kolkova Celnice at V Celnici 4 (starts at 18.30). The venue is a 13-minute walk from the main conference hotel, and just across the street from the Old Town Hilton. There will be a buffet dinner (and a few beers). See you there!



Journalism: Theory, Practice, Criticism (Journalism in Small Towns)

Deadline for 500-word abstract: August 1, 2018; decision on invitation of full paper, Aug 17, 2018; full article deadline Dec 1, 2018; reviewer comments and final decision Jan 31, 2018.
Full CfP with more details can be found here.

Convergence (Gamifying News: Playful approaches to public engagement)

Deadine for proposals of no more than 500 words: September 7, 2018. Authors of selected abstracts will be notified by October 8, 2018 and invited to submit full manuscripts by April 2, 2019. Full CfP with more details can be found here

Call for Articles: African Journalism Studies (AJS)’s ‘African Digital Media Review’ (ADMR) 

Complete articles fitting within this broadly defined theme must be submitted online via the African Journalism Studies ‘ScholarOne Manuscripts’ site by Friday, 4th of July 2018. For further details on the journal and author guidelines, please see ‘Instructions for authors’.



ECREA Preconference: Funding for Independent and/or Public Service Journalism, 31 October 2018, USI Lugano. Submission deadline: 15 June 2018. Abstracts should be written in English and contain a clear outline of the argument, theoretical framework, and, where applicable, methodology and results. The maximum length of individual abstracts is 1000 words. Please find the full call here

What’s (the) News? Values, Viruses and Vectors of Newsworthiness, 13-14 December 2018, Brussel, Belgium. Please send a proposal of no more than 300 words (excluding selected references) together with your affiliation and a short biography (c. 100 words) to by 30 June 2018. Decisions will be announced by 15 August. Questions about any aspect of the conference should be addressed to Please find the full call here



University of Kentucky

Assistant Professor in Mass Communication (review of applications begins September 15, 2017 and continues until the positions are filled).

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Associate Professor/Professor Journalism/Media and Associate Professor/Professor Strategic Communication. Please find more information here (review of applications will begin October 2, 2017 and continue until the positions are filled.)




Lars Willnat, David H Weaver & C Cleveland Wilhoit: The American Journalist in the Digital Age (Peter Lang, 2018)

More than a decade has passed since the last comprehensive survey of U.S. journalists was carried out in 2002 by scholars at Indiana University—and the news and the journalists who produce it have undergone dramatic changes and challenges. The American Journalist in the Digital Age is based on interviews with a national probability sample of nearly 1,100 U.S. journalists in the fall of 2013 to document the tremendous changes that have occurred in U.S. journalism in the past decade, many of them due to the rise of new communication technologies and social media. This survey of journalists updates the findings from previous studies and asks new questions about the impact of new technologies and social media in the newsroom, and it includes more nontraditional online journalists than the previous studies.


Peter Bro: Models of Journalism – the functions and influencing factors (Routledge, March 2018)
Models of Journalism investigates the most fundamental questions of how journalists can best serve the public and what factors enable or obstruct them in doing so. The book evaluates previous scholarly attempts at modeling the function and influencing factors of journalism, and proceeds to develop a range of important new models that take contemporary challenges faced by journalists and journalism into account. Among these new models is the “chronology-of-journalism,” which introduces a new set of influencing factors that can affect journalists in the 21st century. These include internal factors (journalistic principles, precedents and practices) and external factors (journalistic production, publication and perception). Another new model, the “journalistic compass,” delineates differences and similarities between some of the most important journalistic roles in the media landscape. For each new model, Peter Bro takes the actions and attitudes of individual journalists as its starting point. Models of Journalism combines practice and theory to outline and assess existing theoretical models alongside original ones. The book will be a useful tool for researchers, lecturers and practitioners who are engaged with the ever-evolving notions of what journalism is and who journalists are.


Peter Bro is Professor and Director of the Centre for Journalism at the University of Southern Denmark.


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