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New ICRJ Editor

The ICD Editorial Selection Committee had the privilege this past spring term to consider five exceptionally strong candidates to lead, for the next five years, the division’s journal, the International Communication Research Journal (ICRJ).

According to ICD bylaws, the committee choses the candidate it considers to be the “best fit” for this position of editor: Yusuf Kalyango, Jr., a tenured associate professor and director of the Institute for International Journalism in the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

The committee’s selection criteria included reviewing each candidate’s experience as an editor, active participation in our division, research on international communication topics, experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods and diverse approaches to research and his/her institution’s degree of support.

Committee members and Dr. Kalyango will be available to answer any questions at this year’s ICD members’ meeting, which will run on Thursday, August 7, from 8:30 – 10:00 pm, at the Montreal conference site (see the AEJMC program for meeting location). A majority members’ meeting vote is needed to confirm Dr. Kalyango’s position.

Please come to the ICD’s members’ meeting – a good place to get to know the folks and issues that keep our division strong— to continue with/join our efforts and learn more about Dr. Kalyango’s goals.

In the meanwhile, we’ve asked Dr. Kalyango to briefly describe his background and plans for the journal below:

Quick Bio:
Dr. Kalyango is an active member of the International Communication Division (ICD) of AEJMC and currently serves as chair of the Markham Student Research Competition. As a long-term member of ICD and AEJMC (since 2004), he possesses a good understanding of the mission of the ICRJ and its current state, strengths and challenges and what needs to be done for the journal’s future. Kalyango is an active researcher, author, research consultant and is internationally connected with a network of scholars and mass communication institutions around the world.

Vision for the next three years:
In consultation with ICD members and his editorial board, Kalyango plans to increase the number of issues from two to three issues per year by 2016 and to four issues per year by 2018. He wishes to have six original articles in each issue by 2018. In consultation with ICD members and his editorial board, he also hopes to set up a search committee to assist him in recruiting an associate editor and a book editor. Kalyango also plans to create a secure online processing system for trafficking submissions, reviews, processing, making publication decisions, and following accepted manuscripts through their publication in the journal. He wishes to contract a secure, established online system for this task instead of creating one through his school’s site at the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism. Other plans would be communicated to ICD members annually during the ICD members’ meetings at AEJMC to keep members updated and for feedback.

AEJMC ICD Division and UNESCO release booklet analyzing Model Curricula

By Fackson Banda and Amy Schmitz Weiss

The ongoing adaptations of the UNESCO model curricula worldwide have sparked a “healthy debate on how journalism education continues to feed off and into other better established academic disciplines,” according to a UNESCO booklet titled Teaching Journalism in Developing Countries and Emerging Democracies: The Case of UNESCO’s Model Curricula.

To download the report, click here: http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/CI/CI/pdf/news/unesco_model_curricula_report.pdf

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