ICA 2020 Preconference Journalism Studies Graduate Student Colloquium Gold Coast, Australia 21 May 2020, 9am – 4pm 

Call for Papers


The Journalism Studies Graduate Student Colloquium brings together PhD candidates working in journalism studies with experienced scholars in the field. The Colloquium is part of the Journalism Studies Division’s commitment to academic mentorship and will be held as a preconference in conjunction with the ICA 2020 Annual Conference in Gold Coast, Australia. Its goal is to contribute actively to the professional development of young scholars by giving them an opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. Participating graduate students will receive project-specific feedback from recognized experts in the field, as well as general career development advice. The Colloquium will thus provide the opportunity to meet experts as well as fellow PhD candidates from different backgrounds working on related topics. 

The Colloquium will be based on thesis-related work submitted by the participant PhD candidates. Each participating graduate student will have an experienced scholar responding to her or his paper. In addition, the Colloquium will feature a discussion with senior scholars about one of the topics related to publishing in international journals and career strategies, grant applications and career development. 

The Colloquium is open to PhD candidates working on topics concerned with theory, research, and professional education in journalism. The organizers encourage the submission of scholarly work that advances our understanding of how journalism works within individual regions or comparatively across regions. Subject areas include, but are not limited to, the functions of journalism in society, the structural and cultural influences on journalism, the attitudes and characteristics of journalists, features of news content and their effects on consumers. Of interest are the relationships between journalism and power, democratic standards, economic pressures, technological change, and (academic) critique. Conceptual, empirical and theoretical papers are welcome. 

Submission guidelines PhD students should submit an abstract of 500 words (excluding references) that outlines the topic, rationale, theoretical approach and, if applicable, empirical application. Every abstract should include the name, affiliation, and expected graduation date of the PhD candidate. 

Deadline for abstract submission: no later than 16:00 UTC, 20 January 2020. Submissions should be sent via email to Joy Kibarabara at joy.kibarabara@ims.su.se

 Format: submit an abstract in PDF-format labelled “Last Name_JS Colloquium 2020” Notifications of acceptance will be sent by the end of February 2020. 

If accepted, student participants will need to submit a full paper of up to 8000 words by 16:00 UTC, May 4, 2020. The colloquium will be held on 21 May 2020 from 9 am to 4 pm, with a coffee break and a light snack. 

More information about the previous JS Graduate Student Colloquiums and its participants can be found here http://www.ica-phd-colloquium.news/call/