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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

LMU Munich
Department of Communication Studies and Media Research 
Munich  80538
+49 (0)89 2180 9411


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!



Outstanding Dissertation in Journalism Studies AwardThe nominated work must have been completed and defended within the two years prior to the award year (e.g., 2016/2017 for the award in 2018). All application materials must be in English. Each nomination should include: 1) an 8-10 page summary of the dissertation with no author-identifying information, addressing a) the problem addressed by the work; (b) its theoretical framework; (c) the method used; (d) key findings; (e) and a statement explaining its contribution to journalism studies; 2) a copy of the full doctoral dissertation (author-identifying information should be included); and 3) two supporting letters from faculty mentors. One of these letters must be a nomination from the graduate student’s degree advisor that includes a statement articulating the impact of the nominated dissertation and its contribution to the field of journalism studies. The nomination period closes February 15, 2018. Please send PDF nomination materials via email to the chair of the selection committee, Adrienne Russell (

Journalism Studies Division Book AwardTo nominate, see also the General Nomination Guidelines of the ICA. The following requirements also apply to this award: 1) Nominating letters must specify why the book should receive the award, assess the importance of the book to both the Journalism Studies Division and to ICA, and demonstrate the quality of its writing, argument and evidence; 2) The packet should include copies of all available evidence of the book's quality from independent sources, such as reviews. Arrangements should be made with the publishers of nominated books for five copies to be shipped to ICA Headquarters (see address on web page, please ensure the packet is marked “ICA Journalism Studies Division Book Award Nomination”). The deadline for nomination is 16 March 2018. Award Committee Chair: Barbie Zelizer (

Wolfgang Donsbach Outstanding Article of the Year Award: The nominated article must have been published in a 2017 issue of the peer-reviewed journal. Final electronic versions of accepted articles that are produced by the publisher will be accepted only in cases where the last issue of the year has not yet been printed or delivered. Articles published ahead of print are not eligible. The nominator must supply a pdf version of the published article and an explanation, no more than 250 words, of why the article deserves the Award. The deadline for nomination is 16 February 2018. Submissions should be sent to the Award Committee Chair, Karin Wahl-Jorgensen (



Journalism across Borders: The Production and “Produsage” of News in the Era of Transnationalization, Destabilization and AlgorithmizationJoint Conference of the Journalism Studies Division and the International and Intercultural Communication Division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK), September 26th – 28th, 2018, Ilmenau, Germany. Submission deadline: 30 May 2018. Please find the full call here



University of California, San Diego

Assistant Professor in the following area: Journalism Studies/Networks of Production and Circulation of News. Please find more information here (apply by November 10, 2017 to ensure full consideration by the committee).

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.)




From 2018 Professor Bob Franklin will be stepping down as Editor-in-Chief of Journalism StudiesJournalism Practice and Digital Journalism, nearly 20 years after founding Journalism Studies. As new Editors-in-Chief for the journals will serve:

Journalism Studies: Professor Folker Hanusch, University of Vienna

Journalism Practice: Professor Bonnie Brennen, Marquette University
Digital Journalism: Oscar Westlund, Associate Professor at University of Gothenburg and Adjunct Professor at Volda University College 



Robinson, Sue (2018). Networked News, Racial Divides: How Power & Privilege Shape Public Discourse in Progressive Communities. (Cambridge University Press's Communication, Society and Politics series edited by W. Lance Bennett and Robert M. Entman)

Against conventional wisdom, pervasive black-white disparities pair with vitriolic public conversation in politically progressive communities throughout America. Networked News, Racial Divides examines obstacles to public dialogues about racial inequality and opportunities for better discourse in mid-sized, liberal cities. The book narrates the challenges faced when talking about race through a series of stories about each community struggling with K-12 education achievement gaps. Media expert Sue Robinson applies Bourdieusian field theory to understand media ecologies and analyze whose voices get heard and whose get left out. She explores how privilege shapes discourse and how identity politics can interfere with deliberation. Drawing on network analysis of community dialogues, interviews with journalists, politicians, activists, and citizens and deep case study of five cities, this reflexive and occasionally narrative book chronicles the institutional, cultural and other problematic realities to amplifying voices of all people while also recommending strategies to move forward and build trust.


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