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CAM in San Diego

CAM is looking forward to the annual meeting of its members in San Diego. The 67th annual conference will be held from May 25 till May 29. More information about the conference can be found at our website about San Diego.

Moreover, CAM is organizing a preconference "Invention & Intervention: Blending Research with Practice to Develop Effective Media for Youth". More information can be found at the preconference website.



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 New CAMmer in the Spotlight

Our new CAMmer in the spotlight is Marie-Louise Mares! Moreover, we have a special edition of the CAMmer in the spotlight featuring J.J. Johnson!




Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, offers a 6-month postdoctoral grant related to the longitudinal study of adolescent sexualized media use (PROBIOPS, 2015-2018; funded by the Croatian Science Foundation

 General    Information  

  • Mandate:  postdoctoral    fellowship, full-time
  • Duration: Up to 6 months, 1 November  2017 – 1 May 2018
  • Amount:  app.   1,800 EUR/month gross (costs of living are comparably low in Croatia)    
  • Place of work: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, I. Lucica 3, Zagreb, Croatia    
  • Required degree:    PhD    in social sciences and/or statistics       

Required Profile and Tasks 

This fellowship is intended for a young researcher with interest in adolescent sexuality and experience in longitudinal data analysis. The successful candidate will be working with other project team members on a number of papers from the project to be submitted to international peer-reviewed journals in the fields of adolescent health, sexuality research and communication studies. Excellent command of English language, particularly writing skills, is essential.


Your (electronic) application should include:    

  • (1) Curriculum Vitae, with the list of scholarly publications and a brief abstract of PhD thesis   
  • (2) An exemplary (recent) publication
  • (3) E-mail contact of a senior reference person

 The application should be e-mailed before 30 June 2017 to Dr. Ivan Landripet ( Selected candidates will be contacted to arrange a Skype interview.  


Invention & Intervention: Blending Research with Practice to Develop Effective Media for Youth

A preconference by the Children, Adolescents, and the Media division

at the 2017 annual concerence of the ICA

Today’s youth are among the fastest adopters of new technology – eager to use, learn from, and experience the vast potential that interactive media offers (including transmedia forms such as television programs, videogames, and apps). Yet while youth are quickly embracing new technology as a part of their media environment, the bridge between academic scholarship and media development has not been as quick to catch up. Indeed, researchers often find themselves asking how they can be most influential in the design of children’s media while media producers similarly find themselves wondering what the latest research shows, how they can use this information, and how they can improve their own approach to in-house research. This preconference is designed to address these gaps.

By bringing together media producers, industry researchers, and children’s media scholars from around the world, the intent of this preconference is to: 

  1. provide guidance and information to academic researchers on the types of research currently conducted within the children’s media industry;
  2. identify how academic researchers might be influential in conducting research that will drive more impactful media productions;
  3. and brainstorm ways to facilitate improved communication between researchers and (media) practitioners.

Importantly, conversations will focus not only on the design of youth-focused media (“invention”), but in line with the 2017 conference theme, will also highlight current examples of media products that have successfully merged research with practice to support the healthy development of youth today (“intervention”).

For more information, see .

Children’s Media Symposium: From Print to Screen: 24–26 November, 2017

The University of the Sunshine Coast’s School of Communication and Creative Industries invites conference paper submissions for its inaugural Children’s Media Symposium. This year’s theme is “From Print to Screen” and will feature keynote presentations from the ABC’s former Director of Television Kim Dalton OAM, celebrated children’s author Gary Crew, Oscar-winning illustrator Shaun Tan, and CEO of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation Jenny Buckland.

Convergence, transmedia storytelling, interactivity, fragmentation, the rise of social media and online streaming services have transformed the production and distribution of children’s media. The Children’s Media Symposium is a chance for the creative sector and the academic community to engage and collaborate in exploring the complex relations between this special audience and a fast-changing media landscape.

We invite submission of abstracts of 250 words for individual papers (20 minutes) or suggestions for three-paper panels. We welcome papers on screen adaptations of children's literature; children's screen content; the status of child consumers; writing for children and the image of the child in screen content and literature, in addition to other interpretations of this year’s theme.

Outstanding papers from this year’s symposium will be invited to appear in forthcoming issues of Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) publications Metro and Screen Education.

Please send abstracts to by 30th June, 2017

University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia:




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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