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.
Media Ethics and Justice in the Age of Globalization
Edited by Shakuntala Rao and Herman Wasserman
This book brings together a range of perspectives from around the globe to address questions of media ethics and justice both in local contexts and in a transnational, global environment. A common denominator running through such disparate investigations of theories and practices of media ethics and justice in democracies as diverse as India, South Africa, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates and the United States, is how specific media and journalism practices relate to the global. There is general acknowledgement that similarities between ethical systems have to emerge in local contexts, rather than the other way around. In the presentation of case studies and philosophical debates, the concept of justice in media and journalism ethics is illuminated from various angles. A common theme in these chapters is the acknowledgement that ethics and justice are central to the evolution of a democratic public sphere saturated with media images and narratives.
Media-State Relations in Emerging Democracies
Adrian Hadland (2015)
Palgrave MacMillan, UK, 2015
With most of the world's population living in states that have begun the process of democratisation, Media-State Relations in Emerging Democracies examines the critical interface between the news media and the state in these countries. What is the media's role in the democratisation process? And how does the state intervene in, co-opt or prescribe the national discourse? Using a series of case studies, including South Africa and the People's Republic of China, this original work proposes a new framework for understanding media-state relations in the world's emerging democracies.
University of Maryland
The University of Maryland, College Park Computational Journalism Lab is seeking a research scientist (postdoc) to work on computational journalism projects relating to algorithmic accountability reporting, news automation & bots, and data science / journalism. The person would work closely with the PI, Dr. Nick Diakopoulos, contribute to the strategic direction of the lab at UMD, lead research projects relating to the above topics, participate in interdisciplinary collaborations and workshops, and contribute to communicating results through both traditional scholarship and in public facing outlets. The position would be ideal for someone with demonstrated interest in social science and/or journalism, as well as skills in programming and computing. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, a high degree of self-motivation and drive, a spirit of curiosity in the public interest, and a willingness for occasional travel are all requisite. Demonstrated project and/or research and teaching experience are preferred, and knowledge of web development tools and technologies are essential including some or all of the following: HTML/CSS, Python, MySQL, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Github, API use, etc.
To apply visit: https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/35785. Questions may be directed to Nick Diakopoulos (http://www.nickdiakopoulos.com/, email@example.com).
University of Munich
3-year Post-doc position to explore how computers choose, filter and even write the news
Computers are increasingly influencing which news stories get reported, actually writing news content, filtering the news we get to see, and allowing us, the public, to take over some of the editorialfunctions traditionally performed by journalists. The promise is that news will become more democratic and relevant or ‘personalised’, that websites will be more engaging, and even that quality journalism will be better funded, to the benefit of all. Some, however, worry that, as machines make decisions about what we read, we’ll retreat into our own private information worlds, protected from new, challenging, and stimulating viewpoints.
Professor Neil Thurman of the University of Munich is exploring machine-written news and the automation of journalism in a number of ways and is currently recruiting a 3-year post-doc to work alongside him. The project aims to map where ‘Algorithmic News’ is found and explain how it works. It will also ask what the consequences are for our privacy, for media diversity and balance, and for the sustainability of the news media.
The position comes with a generous budget for research-related travel (conferences, fieldwork, etc.) and other research-related expenses; and is within an international and high-quality research environment in the centre of Munich and within a long term (up to eight years) funded research project. The position is open to native English speakers and the salary range is between €41,256 - €59,544, depending on experience. Closing date for applications is 14th September 2014.
More information can be found here:
CALL FOR TRAVEL AWARD APPLICATIONS
Karin and Folke Dovring Travel Award for Analysis of International Persuasion
The Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites submissions for the 2016 Karin and Folke Dovring Travel Award for Analysis of International Persuasion. The award is granted to an American journalist or journalism scholar for three to four weeks of travel and study in a foreign country or countries of the award winner's choice. The award is up to $2,000 per week of travel and study, and the funds may be used for transportation, housing, food, and audiovisual materials (e.g. photo copies, CDs, DVDs, memory cards, USB flash drives).
The award recipient should be able to speak a foreign language and be familiar with the relevant culture in which the travel is to occur. Within eight weeks of completion of travel, the award recipient shall send to the Department of Journalism a 1,000 to 1,500 word long scholarly report of the travel and study experience.
The award honors Karin Dovring, who was a foreign correspondent and an internationally recognized communication analyst, the author of English As Lingua Franca: Double Talk in Global Persuasion (1997) and The Road of Propaganda (1959), and her husband Folke Dovring, a distinguished professor of land economics who taught at the University of Illinois from 1960 to 1987.
Applicants should email a curriculum vitae and a travel and study proposal of no more than 1,000 words by April 14, 2016. The proposal should specify: 1) Where, when, and for how long the applicant will travel; 2) What the applicant expects to learn from the study; 3) What contribution the study will make to analysis of international persuasion; 4) What is the estimate of the costs of travel and study for each of the four categories given above.
Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal by May 15, 2016. All travel must be scheduled and completed by August 31, 2017.
Email your curriculum vitae and proposal to: firstname.lastname@example.orgDr. Mira Sotirovic, Associate Professor and Karin and Folke Dovring Scholar in Propaganda, College of Media, Department of Journalism, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Report on Internationalization Efforts by ICA
Anna Popkova (University of Minnesota)
Journalism Studies Internationalization Liaison Officer
Global engagement and international scholarly exchange comprise the core of ICA’s mission. In recent years, ICA has become more diverse both in terms of national and cultural identity of its members and in terms of theoretical traditions, methodological approaches and scholarly influences. These changes are indicative of ICA’s growth. They open up avenues for many exciting development opportunities but also, as is often the case, they come with a set of challenges.
Two years ago, ICA leadership proposed revisiting ICA’s internationalizing mission in order to take advantage of the opportunities associated with ICA’s evolving global engagement while overcoming related challenges. In 2014 ICA membership voted to approve an important change in the ICA Bylaws, so that each division or interest group would designate its own Internationalization Liaison Officer whose role would be to act as a mediator between the members of a division/interest group, the division’s leadership and ICA leadership as a whole as different internationalization efforts are discussed, debated and implemented.
The first steps to launching the internationalization initiative occurred late this spring, leading up to ICA conference in San Juan, where ICA leadership and the divisions’ Internationalization Liaison Officers discussed the initiative and some of the strategies for its implementation for the first time. As this year’s Internationalization Liaison Officer for the Journalism Studies Division (note that we will be electing a new one in September), I would like to share some key insights about ICA leadership’s vision of internationalization. Most importantly, since the initiative is meant to be a work in progress that is based on democratic deliberation by all members of all ICA divisions, I invite everyone to think about the ways in which the Journalism Studies Division can engage in internationalization efforts.
ICA leadership’s vision of internationalization is outlined in detail in the comprehensive report titled “Reinvigorating the ‘I’ in ICA.” The report was put together in spring of 2013 by the ad-hoc committee on internationalization, whose members solicited feedback from ICA members around the world, drew on their own experiences with similar efforts in other communication associations and incorporated input from members of ICA’s Executive Committee. Some of the key points from the report were also discussed at the Blue Sky Workshop “Further Internationalizing ICA” held during the ICA conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The current vision of internationalization emphasizes two key aspects: representation and the nature of scholarship and academic production. When it comes to representation, ICA’s previous internationalizing efforts focused on reaching out and recruiting members from non-North-American regions. As a result, 43% of current ICA members come from non-North-American regions, with Western Europe leading the way (24.5%). However, there is still very little representation from such regions as Africa, Latin America, Middle East and certain parts of Asia. Moreover, members of other international associations continue to see ICA as primarily a North American association. While ICA representation statistics do not reflect the cultural diversity of scholars who work in countries that are not their countries of origin, the current internationalization initiative proposes focusing the internationalization efforts specifically on these marginalized regions, perhaps adopting an “affirmative action” logic.
While representation is important, internationalization, as Professor Silvio Waisbord pointed out during the Blue Sky Workshop in San Juan, is about shifting perspectives. The current internationalization initiative proposes internationalizing the way we think about communication as a discipline – and for our division, about journalism – without attempting to export the US model around the world. The report posed several thought-provoking questions, which I quote here:
We may wish to ask: is there something that makes European communication scholarship different than US or Latin American or African or Asian or Australian (etc)? And if so - what is it, and how do we include it - preserve it – and share it? How do we open the association up to other voices and create an inclusive academic environment that is open to different forms of discourse, forms of presentation (e.g., paper formats, referencing styles and priorities), different cultural concerns, concepts, languages, and topics? How do we encourage the sharing and circulation of different intellectual traditions beyond the dominancy of Anglo-Saxon traditions? At the same time, how can the accumulated expertise of ICA members better serve academic cultures where communication studies are less developed, under-conceptualized, or still absent all together?
The key question that ICA leadership encourages all divisions and interests groups to consider when engaging in internationalization efforts is how can we avoid ICA being perceived as a colonizing academic organization that tries to shape communication scholarship around the world in its image? At the same time, how do we also avoid becoming an organization that creates a puzzle of local parts that do not fit? The issue of “academic standards” is also related to these questions, and ICA leadership is firm in its determination to continue striving for the highest quality of academic standards while also striving for greater inclusiveness.
While most conversations so far revolved around the meaning of internationalization for ICA, several strategies for progress have been outlined as well. These strategies involve such specific actions as, for example, organizing panels for discussing internationalization in each of the divisions, briefing each new journal editor, committee member, chair and vice chair on the complex meaning of internationalization, considering the potential of new technologies for internationalization efforts (e.g. virtual international conferences or seminars), designing new types of awards (e.g. for cross-cultural/international research), appealing more aggressively to regional and national communication associations around the world to become “affiliates,” conducting workshops and webinars about publishing in ICA journals, announcing specific calls for English translations of already published articles in marginalized languages, sensitizing editors and reviewers to issues related to ethnocentric language and research topics, and including explicit recommendations to non-native English speaking authors to have their manuscripts edited and suggestions on how to tie a local study (and this applies to the US or Western European studies too) to the broader global themes.
Those are just some of the suggestions because ultimately it is up to us as a division to determine how we can build on our strengths and already existing resources to support the ICA internationalization initiative. More things are happening currently at the ICA leadership level, including setting up the ICA online Internationalization Forum where ideas can be shared and discussed, so you will hear more from me in the coming months. In the mean time, if there are projects or initiatives that you’ve successfully implemented before, or are engaged in now, or have in mind that align with the internationalization initiative, I would love to hear from you and report back to other Internationalization Liaison Officers and ICA leadership. I am also happy to address any questions that you might have about the ICA internationalization initiative. You can reach me at email@example.com.
News and Politics: The Rise of Live and Interpretive Journalism
By Stephen Cushion
News and Politics critically examines television news bulletins – still the primary source of information for most people – and asks whether the wider pace and immediacy of 24-hour news culture has influenced their format and style over time. Drawing on the concepts of mediatization and journalistic interventionism, Stephen Cushion empirically traces the shift from edited to live reporting from a cross-national perspective, focussing on the two-way convention in political coverage and the more interpretive approach to journalism it promotes. Challenging prevailing academic wisdom, Cushion argues that the mediatization of news does not necessarily reflect a commercial logic or a lowering of journalism standards. In particular, the rise of live two-ways can potentially enhance viewers’ understanding of public affairs – moving reporters beyond their visual backdrops and reliance on political soundbites – by asking journalists to scrutinize the actions of political elites, interpret competing source claims and to explain the broader context to everyday stories. Considering the future of 24-hour news, a final discussion asks whether new content and social media platforms – including Twitter and Buzzfeed – enhance or weaken democratic culture. This timely analysis of News and Politics is ideal for students of political communication and journalism studies, as well as communication studies, media studies, and political science.
Journalism and Human Rights: How Demographics Drive Media Coverage
Edited by John C. Pollock
This book is the first collection of original research to explore links between demographics and media coverage of emerging human rights issues. It covers cross-national reporting on human trafficking, HIV/AIDS, water contamination, and child labour; and same-sex marriage, Guantanamo detainee rights, immigration reform, and post-traumatic stress disorder in the United States. The research asks questions such as: What are the principal catalysts that propel rights issues into media agendas? Why do some surface more quickly than others? And how do the demographics of cross-national reporting differ from those driving multi-city US nationwide coverage of rights claims?
Using community structure theory and innovative Media Vector content analysis, the eight chapters of this book reveal three striking patterns that show how differences in female empowerment, social or economic vulnerability, and Midwestern newspaper geographic location, link powerfully with variations in coverage of rights issues. The patterns connecting demographics and rights claims confirm that coverage of human rights can mirror the concerns of stakeholders and vulnerable groups, contrary to conventional assumptions that media typically serve as "guard dogs" reinforcing the interests of political and economic elites.
Endowed Chair in Journalism
University of Oregon
New Position: Open Until Filled
The School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon seeks a scholar engaged in leading research exploring journalism in the digital age. The ideal candidate offers a research agenda that will help guide the future of journalism, particularly as it relates to electronic news and emerging media. We are looking for an outstanding scholar who can bridge theoretical approaches with professional practice and who will enter the school as either an associate or full professor. The chair will teach graduate and undergraduate courses related to her or his research and, if applicable, professional practice. Ph.D. preferred. The successful candidate will hold the title Papé Chair in Electronic and Emerging Media.
We invite applications from qualified candidates who share our commitment to a diverse, equitable and inclusive learning and work environment. Employment beginning date is negotiable. To ensure full consideration, please submit application materials by October 30, 2015. The position will remain open until filled. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, CV, teaching and research portfolio (an online link is fine) and contact information for three references to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/5081. This position is subject to a criminal background check.
The only comprehensive accredited journalism program in the Pacific Northwest, the SOJC offers majors in advertising, journalism, media studies and public relations; Honors Program; and media studies minor; and supports UO’s interdisciplinary Cinema Studies major and Multimedia minor. The school offers Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Media Studies and professional M.A. degrees in Journalism, Multimedia Journalism and Strategic Communication. The school began implementing an innovative undergraduate curriculum in 2009, moved into state-of-the-art facilities in January 2013, recently launched the Agora Journalism Center, based at the Turnbull Center in Portland, and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2016. With more than 2200 students, SOJC is one of six professional schools at UO and UO is a Research I member of the American Association of Universities.
The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. Position Announcement – Updated 05/04/2015
For more information, contact Prof. Scott Maier, firstname.lastname@example.org
CALL FOR CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS
The fourth World Journalism Education Congress will be held at the Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand between July 14 and 16, 2016. It follows the successful third congress held in Mechelen, Belgium, in July 2013. (For details see www.wjec.aut.ac.nz and http://wjec.ou.edu/congress.html)
With the support of journalism education organizations worldwide,* the Congress is designed to provide a discussion forum on common issues and interests and a foundation for supporting the continuing development of journalism and journalism education around the globe.
The WJEC is inviting academic paper abstracts related to the wider issue of journalism education for presentation as refereed research papers at the conference.
Abstracts will be accepted on any topics related to mass communication but submitters are encouraged to focus their submissions on the broader conference theme, “Identity and Integrity in Journalism Education” and to specifically relate their work to:
• Mobile/Social/User-generated Media and Journalism
• Research Trends in Journalism
• Utilizing the Professional Connection in Journalism Education ?
• 21st Century Ethical Issues in Journalism
• Journalism Education and an Informed Citizenry ?
• Journalism Programs Offered by the Industry ?
• Journalism Education in the South Pacific
• Journalism Education in Asia
Abstract submission guidelines: WJEC invites interested presenters to electronically submit abstracts only (minimum 500 words; maximum 800 words) by December 1, 2015.
The abstracts should give a clear sense of the scope of the research, research objectives and method of inquiry. If researchers have completed their projects by the submission deadline, paper abstracts should also include research results and conclusions/discussion. Full papers are due June 1, 2016 to be eligible for publication in the online conference proceedings.
Submission process: To submit a paper abstract, go to www.wjec.aut.ac.nz and follow the directions. Note the following:
• Ensure that the document you upload does NOT include ANY information that identifies you or your affiliation/institution. Abstracts submitted with author identifiable information will automatically be removed from the pool of submissions and will neither be considered for review nor possible inclusion in the conference program;
• Ensure that you add ALL required information in the form you fill out before uploading your paper abstract. This enables the conference organizers to keep track of individual authors and their abstracts. Ensure the email address you include is the one you want the organizers to communicate with you about your submission and where you will receive a confirmation once you have successfully submitted your abstract.
Review process: A panel of international judges will blind-review all submissions. Paper selections will be finalized by the end of January 2016 and presenters will be informed accordingly.
For more information about the 2016 WJEC in Auckland please contact the Steering Committee Chair, Verica Rupar (Verica.email@example.com)
For more information about the call for paper abstracts please contact the Paper Competition Chair, Elanie Steyn (firstname.lastname@example.org).
*The World Journalism Education Council (WJEC) is a coalition of 32 academic associations worldwide that are involved in journalism and mass communication at the university level. They include: African Council on Communication Education (ACCE), Arab-U.S. Association for Communication Educators, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Association for Journalism Education (U.K.), Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC), Brazilian Society of Interdisciplinary Studies on Communication (Intercom Brazil), Broadcast Education Association (BEA), Canadian Committee for Education in Journalism (CCEJ), Chinese Journalism Education Association, Chinese Communication Association (CCA), European Journalism Training Association (EJTA), Global Network for Professional Education in Journalism and Media (JourNet), Israel Communication Association, Japan Society for Studies in Journalism and Mass Communication (JSSJMC), Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA), Journalism Education Association of New Zealand, Journalism Research and Education Section International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Journalism Studies Section, European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), Korean Society for Journalism and Communication Studies, Latin American Association of Communication Researchers (ALAIC), Latin American Federation of Social Communication Schools (FELAFACS), Nigerian Association of Journalism and Mass Communication Teachers, Nordic Journalism Training Association, Philippine Association of Communication Educators (PACE), Russian Association for Education in Journalism, Russian Association for Film & Media Education, Saudi Association for Media & Communication, Scientific and Methodological Communication in Journalism and Information, South African Communication Association, and Theophraste Network.
NEW ECREA SUMMER SCHOOL BOOK
This year's volume is entitled "Journalism, Representation and the Public Sphere" (Bremen: edition lumière). It is edited by Leif Kramp, Nico Carpentier, Andreas Hepp, Richard Kilborn, Risto Kunelius, Hannu Nieminen, Ilija Tomanic, Ebba Sundin and Tobias Olsson.
The main focus of “Journalism, Representation and the Public Sphere” is dedicated to the fundamental question: How do journalism, the various representations and public spheres of European cultures and societies change? This volume consists of the intellectual work of the 2014 European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School, organized in cooperation with the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) at the ZeMKI, the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research of the University of Bremen, Germany. The chapters cover relevant research topics, structured into four sections:
“Journalism and the News Media”, “Representation and Everyday Life”, “Public Sphere, Space and Politics”, “Rethinking Media Studies” and “Academic Practice”.
Contributors are (in alphabetical order): Bertrand Cabedoche, Nico Carpentier, Andreas Hepp, François Heinderyckx, Magnus Hoem Iversen, Leif Kramp, Katrin Laas-Mikko, Maria Murumaa-Mengel, Georgina Newton, Hannu Nieminen, Alexandra Polownkikow, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Irena Reifová, Maria Schreiber, Saiona Stoian, Ebba Sundin, Simone Tosoni and Eimante Zolubiene. The book additionally contains abstracts of 41 doctoral projects that were discussed at the 2014 European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School.
For more information, see http://www.editionlumiere.de/kramp-et-al-2015.html
OUTSTANDING JOURNAL ARTICLE OF THE YEAR
The 2015 Outstanding Journal Article of the Year was awarded to Kevin Barnhurst of the University of Leeds for his article “The Problem of Realist Events in American Journalism” (Media and Communication 2(2), 2014). Please click on the link to read the article.
Gatekeeping In Transition
Edited by Tim P. Vos & Francois Heinderyckx
Much of what journalism scholars thought they knew about gatekeeping—about how it is that news turns out the way it does—has been called into question by the recent seismic economic and technological shifts in journalism. These shifts come with new kinds of gatekeepers, new routines of news production, new types of news organizations, new means for shaping the news, and new channels of news distribution. Given these changing realities, some might ask: does gatekeeping still matter?
In this internationally-minded anthology of new gatekeeping research, contributors attempt to answer that question. Gatekeeping in Transition examines the role of gatekeeping in the twenty-first century from organizational, institutional, and social perspectives across digital and traditional media, and argues for its place in contemporary scholarship about news and journalism.