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CAM in Prague

CAM had another great annual meeting with its members in San Diego (check out our YouTube Channel where you can see a recap of that awesome conference) and is looking forward to the 68th annual conference in PragueAs with past years, CAM has welcomed paper submissions, panel submissions, and research escalator submissions.

If you have any questions, please email our chair ( More information about the conference can be found at our website.

When preparing for the conference, CAMmers are asked to complete CAM's reviewer survey so that CAM members can count on a fantastic reviewer pool. Interested reviewers can also email our chair ( to be added to the list of reviewers  And remember, CAM is offering a Top Reviewer Award again this year. 

CAM has elected a wonderful new secretary and a great new student representative. Congratulations Ine Beyens (U of Amsterdam) and Cecelia Zhou (U of Hong Kong) ! Their positions will start after the ICA meeting in Prague.  

Also don't forget to check out the preconference of which CAM is a co-host this year. The preconference “Trust, Control, and Privacy: Mediatization of Childhood and Adolescence in the Digital Age” will be held offsite on Wednesday 23 May.  For more information, and to learn about the CfP related to this event, visit the preconference website:


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 New CAMmer in the Spotlight

Our new CAMmer in the spotlight is Fashina (Shina) Aladé



Call for papers for the ICA pre-conference on Trust, control, and privacy: Mediatisation of childhood and adolescence in the digital age.


  • Extended Abstract Deadline: Dec. 31st 2017 (12:00 CET)
  • Notifications of Acceptance: Jan. 31st 2018

Date and venue:

  • May 23th 2018 (09:00-17:00)
  • Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism
  • Charles University Prague

Key Note Speaker:

  • Renee Hobbs (Harrington School of Communication and Media, University of Rhode Island)

Call for Papers

This pre-conference looks at trust, how it is constructed, negotiated and practised in context of children and young people’s public and private media and digital lives. We want to discuss the various concepts of trust, control and privacy with regards to children, adolescents and their families. Besides we are interested to relate this to questions of media literacy and its significance in a mediatized society.

For more information, and to learn about the CfP related to this event, visit CAM's news website or the preconference website:


Call for graduate students

Professor Lapierre of the U of Arizona is currently seeking graduate students to work him starting in Fall of 2018. He is particularly interested in working with students who wish to conduct research on 1) children and advertising or 2) gun depictions in the media. Please email Dr. Lapierre directly ( if you would like more information about his work in this area. 


Call for papers for special issue on Advertising and Children: Journal of Advertising

Submission Deadline: January 30, 2018

Manuscripts are currently being solicited for an upcoming special issue of the Journal of Advertising (JA) dedicated to Advertising and Children.

For more than 40 years, scholars, practitioners and public policy makers have been interested in the effects of advertising on children. Today the forms of advertising and the uses of media have changed drastically. At the same time, the nature of childhood, definitions and structures of family, approaches to parenting, and academic understanding of children are also changing. These changes necessitate new forms of scholarly inquiry into advertising and this special audience.

The purpose of this special issue is to draw from across methodological and disciplinary perspectives to examine issues related to children through age 18. Submissions from across academic fields are encouraged. Papers may include conceptual frameworks, literature reviews, historical approaches, experiments, surveys and qualitative approaches.

For questions, please contact  Special Issue Guest Editor Michelle R. Nelson: or

For more information, see our NEWS page.



About CAM

In past decades, children and adolescents have become the defining users of many entertainment media and media technologies. Despite a booming media industry specifically aimed at children and young people, relatively little is known about the contents, uses, and implications of these media productions. The rapidly developing changes in young people's media environment provide an important raison d'etre for this special division within ICA that specifically focuses on the role of different media in children's and adolescents' lives.

The CAM division strives to be a fruitful intellectual forum for academics from all over the world who study the role of media in the lives of children and young people. It aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas among scholars of different backgrounds and disciplinary orientations, informed by a variety of theoretical and empirical approaches.

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What we study and how

CAM aims to cover all media and technologies aimed at and/or used by children and young people: It focuses on the production, content, uses, and reception of both print and electronic media. CAM's orientation is interdisciplinary: It attempts to draw on and contribute to communication theory, but also to psychological, sociological, cultural and critical theories. CAM's approach is multi-methodological: It welcomes all theoretical and empirical studies based on quantitative and qualitative research methods.


How to join CAM

To join ICA, go to the Join Us link on the ICA homepage, and indicate your intention to become a member of the Children, Adolescents and Media division.


Stay in touch

To stay up to date about CAM's activities, keep an eye on this website! Registered CAM members receive regular updates via e-mail. In addition, both CAM and non-CAM members can follow the latest news on our Facebook group and by looking for Tweets with our hastag #ica_cam on Twitter.


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