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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 (

International Journal of Press/Politics Best Book Award
The Award honors internationally-oriented books that advance our theoretical and empirical understanding of the linkages between news media and politics in a globalized world in a significant way. The award committee will judge each nominated book on several criteria, including the extent to which the book goes beyond analyzing a single case country to present a broader and internationally-oriented argument, the significance of the problems addressed, the strength of the evidence the book relies on, conceptual innovation, the clarity of writing, and the book’s ability to link journalism studies, political communication research, and other relevant intellectual fields. Books published within the last ten years will be considered. Monographs as well as edited volumes of exceptional quality and coherence will be considered for the award. Nominations including a rationale of no more than 350 words should be emailed by 16 February 2018 to Rasmus Kleis Nielsen at
The nomination must specify why the book should receive the award by outlining the importance of the book to the study of news media and politics and by identifying its international contribution and relevance. Please include links to or copies of relevant reviews in scholarly journals. Arrangements should be made with the publishers of nominated books for three hard copies to be sent by February 16 to the Rasmus Kleis Nielsen at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford, United Kingdom.



Digital Journalism
Data journalism research: Studying a maturing field
Abstract submission deadline: April 6, 2018. Notification on submitted abstracts: April 20, 2018.  Article submission deadline: September 7, 2018.
The full call for papers as well as submission information can be found following this



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

ECREA Preconference: Funding for Independent and/or Public Service Journalism, 31 October 2018, USI Lugano. Submission deadline: 15 June 2018. Abstracts should be written in English and contain a clear outline of the argument, theoretical framework, and, where applicable, methodology and results. The maximum length of individual abstracts is 1000 words. 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.)



Reporting Elections: Rethinking the Logic of Campaign Coverage 
Stephen Cushion and Richard Thomas 

How elections are reported has important implications for the health of democracy and informed citizenship. But how informative are the news media during campaigns? What kind of logic do they follow? How well do they serve citizens? Based on original research as well as the most comprehensive assessment of election studies to date, Cushion and Thomas examine how campaigns are reported in many advanced Western democracies. In doing so, they engage with debates about the mediatization of politics, media systems, information environments, media ownership, regulation, political news, horserace journalism, objectivity, impartiality, agenda-setting, and the relationship between media and democracy more generally. Focusing on the most recent US and UK election campaigns, they consider how the logic of election coverage could be rethought in ways that better serve the democratic needs of citizens. Above all, they argue that election reporting should be driven by a public logic, where the agenda of voters takes centre stage in the campaign and the policies of respective political parties receive more airtime and independent scrutiny. The book is essential reading for scholars and students in political communication and journalism studies, political science, media and communication studies.


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