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




We warmly welcome our newly elected Vice Chair, Annika Sehl (Bundeswehr University Munich & Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford), and our inaugural elected International Liaison, Eddy Borges-Rey (Northwestern University in Qatar). They will assume their roles at the Gold Coast business meeting. I hope to see many of you there, and in the meantime, I am sure you join me in congratulating our new officers and in thanking all those who were willing to run and serve. 




Postdoctoral Associate in Media and Computation, University of Minnesota. The Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is hiring a Postdoctoral Associate in Media and Computation. To apply go to humanresources.umn.edu and select “Find a Job”: Position # 330664. Questions can be directed to msw@umn.edu

Villanova UniversityAssistant Teaching Professor in Journalism. Find more details here: https://jobs.villanova.edu/postings/16785

The College of Media at the University of Illinois seeks a multimedia journalist with a talent for university teaching to coordinate projects with students, faculty and Illinois Public Media professionals and collaborate across the campus and wider community. This is a full-time, non-tenure track appointment. Find more details here: https://jobs.illinois.edu/faculty-positions/job-details?jobID=121504&job=college-of-media-clinical-assistant-professor-department-of-journalism-121504





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.

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/ 


Journalism Practice Special Issue: Newsafety: infrastructure, practice and consequences.

Guest Editors: Oscar Westlund, Roy Krøvel, and Kristin Skare-Orgeret, Oslo Metropolitan University

Journalism is one of, if not the most important, knowledge producing institutions in society. It is also an institution and practice facing substantial challenges. This includes, but is not limited to, how news media companies should maintain a sustainable business model and also how journalists can ensure they have the expertise, resources and support necessary to produce and publish verified news perceived to have high quality in a media environment seemingly marked by misinformation. To date, however, relatively few researchers have focused their research efforts to the critical challenges arising in the intersection of journalism practice and the safety of journalists in a digital mediascape, an increasing threat to journalism and those who produce it. This special issue addresses that void. For more details, check: https://think.taylorandfrancis.com/journalism-practice-newsafety/


Journalism Studies Special Issue: “What’s (the) News? Revisiting ‘News Values’ as a Concept and Methodology in the Age of Digital Networked Journalism”

Guest Editors: Jelle Mast & Martina Temmerman (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

For more information on the scope of the special issue, please visit https://think.taylorandfrancis.com/journalism-studies-digital-network-methodology/?utm_source=TFO&utm_medium=cms&utm_campaign=JOI11455

Full papers (6000-9000 words, all inclusive) should be submitted online by 31 January 2020, on manuscript central. We strive towards notifying authors within two months upon receipt of submission. Publication of the special issue is planned for mid-2020. For any questions, please contact jelle.mast@vub.be 


Journalism Practice Special Issue: The State of the News Beat: Expertise and division of labour in current newsrooms 

Guest editor: Zvi Reich, Ben Gurion University of the Negev (zreich@bgu.ac.il)

• Deadline for submission of extended abstracts: February 1st 2020.
• Decision on abstracts: March 15th 2020 
• Deadline for final submission: September 1st 2020.
• Publication: Online first after acceptance, and later in a forthcoming issue of Journalism Practice. 



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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