ICD 2015 Spring Newsletter

The ICD 2015 Spring Newsletter is here. The highlights in this issue include:

  • Welcome from the Division Head
  • AEJMC 2014 memories
  • Paper award winners from AEJMC 2014
  • Looking forward to AEJMC 2015!
  • Call for ICD paper reviewers
  • Membership survey
  • AEJMC-ICD Student International Multimedia Story Contest 2015
  • Winners of the 2014 AEJMC-ICD Student International Multimedia Story Contest
  • Announcements of awards and competitions
  • FIU-AEJMC Latino/Latin American Research Award
  • Message from the ICRJ Editor
  • ICD Syllabus Bank
  • 2014-2015 ICD Executive Board

You can download a copy of the issue here.

AEJMC-ICD Student International Multimedia News Story Contest – 2015


The International Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, AEJMC, announces its student contest in multimedia news story writing for the year 2014-2015. The contest is open to all undergraduate students.

  • Entries must be nonfiction, journalistic stories with multimedia support on a topic related to an international issue.
  • The news story should have an international angle on a local story or it may be an international story with a local angle.
  • It should be a written story submitted as a class assignment and/or published on the university Web site or on a news media Web site (stories published between April 6, 2014 and April 6, 2015 will be considered).
  • Stories will be judged based on criteria such as originality, news values, relevance of the story idea, journalistic merit and multimedia support.
  • The story as well as the multimedia support should have been authored/executed by the same student.


  1. Students may enter one news story with multimedia support.
  2. All elements of the multimedia news story (defined as a journalistic, written, online story supported by multimedia elements such as Flash, photography, audio and/or video) should be authored/executed by the same student.
  3. The completed entry form (one per entry) must be signed by a faculty member attesting to the originality of the multimedia news story and the accuracy of the information provided. The faculty member will have to attest that the story is posted or had earlier been posted on a Web site and provide the correct URL.
  4. Submit a printed copy of the story and mention the correct URL or send a disk with the multimedia elements and send this along with the completed entry form via regular mail.


Cash awards of $100, $75 and $50 will be given to the top three entries. In addition, the winners will receive certificates.

Entry Form and Deadline

Please fill out the entry form and submit it by April 7, 2015 to:

ICD-Student Multimedia News Story Contest
Dr. Sandy Rao
School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 102, Old Main
Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 78666
Tel: 512-245-2656/3790, Email: sr02@txstate.edu

Call for Papers: Contemporary Developments on Media and Society in Argentina and Latin America

We invite the contribution of original papers about the intersection of media and society in Argentina in particular, and in Latin America in general, for a conference on “Contemporary Developments on Media and Society in Argentina and Latin America,” organized by Pablo J. Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein. This event will take place on November 27, 2015, at Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and it is supported by this University and Northwestern University’s School of Communication.

We invite empirical, theoretical, and/or methodological contributions that help to expand knowledge about the interplay between media and society at the national and regional levels. Papers may refer to different types of mediated communication such as journalism; entertainment; advertising and marketing; public relations; social networks; and video games, among others.

Topics covered include the following, among others:

  • Transformations in modes of content production.
  • Changes in uses of media.
  • Innovation and technological change.
  • Economics and financing of media.
  • The state, government and civil society.
  • Regulation and public policy.
  • Political communication and electoral campaigns.
  • The role of users as content producers.

Procedural matters:

  • The deadline for submission of abstracts is May 15th, 2015. Please submit the abstracts by email to: mediosysociedad@udesa.edu.ar.
  • The e-mail subject must be “Last Name, First Name –Media and Society 2015”.
  • Abstracts must be sent as an attached file in Word format (.doc, .docx) and the file should be named “Last Name, First Name –Media and Society 2015”.
  • Abstracts should not exceed 300 words (excluding the title and references).
  • In the same document of the abstract the author/s should include their contact information and a short bio of no more than 75 words.
  • A selection committee will review the abstracts and the authors will be notified of the outcome of this process by June 30th, 2015.
  • Finalists will be asked to submit their full papers by September 30th, 2015. Paper should not exceed 7,500 words, including references.
  • Abstracts and papers must be submitted in Spanish. This will also be the official language of the conference.
  • Papers that are part of the conference will be subject to publication in a volume co-edited by  Pablo J. Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein.

For more information, please contact mediosysociedad@udesa.edu.ar or visit our website cemediosysociedad.wordpress.com.

Call for the AEJMC-Knudson Latin America Prize

AEJMC is calling for books and manuscript-length non-fiction reporting projects (including multi-media) for the AEJMC-Knudson Latin America Prize. This award will be given annually to a book or project concerning Latin America or coverage of issues in Latin America. The work must make an original contribution to improve knowledge about Latin America to U.S. students, journalists or the public.

The submission should either be journalistic or educational in nature, or both. The submission may be the result of one author or a team’s work. The work must have been published in English. Only one submission is allowed per person. AEJMC does reserve the right to not present an award.

Topics are open, but preference will be given to work on civic issues or topics that promote social change and that break new ground. Works must have been published in 2014.
Entries should include six copies of the work as well as a narrative putting the work in social, political and cultural context.

The winner must attend the AEJMC conference in San Francisco in August 2015 to receive the award. The winner will be notified by early June 2015. Questions may be directed to Jennifer McGill at aejmchq@aol.com or 803-798-0271.

To submit a work for the AEJMC-Knudson Latin American Prize, submit the following to Jennifer McGill, AEJMC, 234 Outlet Pointe Blvd., Columbia, SC 29210­5667, for receipt by Monday, December 1, 2014:

(1) a nomination letter that includes the work’s title, author(s) or editor(s), copyright/publication date, publisher, and an explanation of the work’s contribution;
(2) the author’s mailing address, telephone number, and email address;
(3) specific language stating “As the author/editor of this title nominated for the AEJMC-Knudson Latin American Prize, I guarantee that if I am the award winner, I will attend the prize presentation at the 2015 AEJMC Conference in San Francisco, as a registered conference participant”; and
(4) six copies of the work to be considered for the award.

This award was endowed by the late Jerry Knudson, an emeritus professor at Temple University. Knudson was a long-time AEJMC member whose research and publications focused on Latin America.

Call for Panels for AEJMC 2015 in San Francisco, California

The International Communication Division is now accepting panel proposals for the 2015 Convention in San Francisco, CA from August 5-9. The deadline for submission of panel proposals to ICD is September 13.

Proposals must include:

  • A working title and panel description.
  • A statement of whether the panel would be a Teaching, Research or Professional Freedom and Responsibility panel.
    • PF&R panels focus on free expression, ethics, media criticism and accountability, racial/gender/cultural inclusiveness or public service.
  • Suggestions for divisions or interest groups that might be interested in co-sponsoring the panel:
    • Please indicate whether you have been in touch with the potential co-sponsoring division, interest group or commission. This is critical. For ideas on co-sponsoring opportunities, you can find a list of divisions, groups and commissions at http://www.aejmc.com/?page_id=190
    • Panels including co-sponsoring divisions/interest groups/commissions have a better chance of being accepted, because they are likely to be of wider interest at the convention and give the division a chance to take part in more sessions.
    • You should submit your proposal to only one division, and we invite you to submit it to the ICD.
    • If your panel is chosen for presentation with a co-sponsoring division, interest group or commission you will work with a representative from the co-sponsor to make sure that the interests of both divisions/interest groups are represented on the panel.
  • A statement about why the panel’s topic is important.
  • A brief description of issues the panelists could discuss. Consider this an abstract for the panel.
  • Names of proposed panelists.
    • Indicate whether they have agreed to participate in the panel if it is selected for the 2015 conference. AEJMC tracks diversity among panelists, moderators and discussants, so please keep that in mind when planning.
    • Limited funds for travel reimbursement are available for panel participants who are not AEJMC members. The deadline for those requests is late January. Whenever possible, please try to find local panelists or AEJMC members whom you expect will be attending the convention anyway.
  • Your name, mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.

Please send proposals as attachments to the appropriate ICD point of contact as listed below.

Research panel proposals to:
ICD Research Chair
Ammina Kothari
Teaching panel proposals to:
ICD Teaching Standards Chair
Joe Weber

PF&R panel proposals to:
ICD PF&R Committee Chair
Lindita Camaj

The division’s main area of focus is international aspects of journalism and mass communication. ICD sponsored or co-sponsored panels on the following subjects at the 2014 convention in Montréal:

  • Reporting on Gender Violence – Ethical Considerations (co-sponsored)
  • International Engagement: Projects and Partnerships that Globalize Education (co-sponsored)
  • Government-Press Relations and Media Regulation Worldwide in the Internet Age (co-sponsored)
  • Teaching Theoretical Constructs on the U.S.-Mexico Border and Latin America: Using Crisis Communication and Empirical Models
  • Researching a Moving Target: Latin America News Media Transformation and Change

The complete AEJMC 2014 program is available at: http://aejmc.org/events/montreal2014/the-schedule/

Selection of panel proposals for 2015 will be made based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the proposal to the ICD
  • Diversity of the proposal including: institutional, regional, gender, methodology, etc.
  • Originality and creativity of the proposal
  • Potential for co-sponsorship with other AEJMC divisions or interest groups
  • Number of panel proposals that the ICD is allowed to include in the conference program

Thank you, and we look forward to your submissions!

Emily Metzgar
ICD Head

Jeannine Relly
ICD Vice-Head

Call for Papers: International Perspectives on Community Journalism

Special, joint issue call for papers: Community Journalism and Grassroots Editor

Submission deadline: September 2, 2014 (extended abstracts); December 15, 2014 (full manuscript); March 2015 (publication)
Guest editor: John Hatcher of the University of Minnesota Duluth
Overview: This special, joint issue, titled “International Perspectives on Community Journalism,” will attempt to unite top scholars in the field of community journalism in an exploration of this growing and exciting area of research. This issue also will solicit articles from leading community journalists from across the globe who will offer their own analyses of the state of community journalism.

  • Grassroots Editor, the journal of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper
    Editors, was first published in January of 1960.
  • Community Journalism, first published in 2012, is the online, peer-reviewed journal based at Texas Christian University that is the official journal of the Community Journalism Interest Group (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication).

Peer-reviewed articles: This special issue will explore the nature of community journalism on a global scale. We seek mostly empirical work, though we welcome methodologies of all types (including well-reasoned theoretical pieces). We invite manuscripts that discuss community journalism at both the country level and in comparative, multi-country analyses.

Essays from the field: Community journalists who are members of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors are encouraged to submit pieces that offer a perspective on community journalism in their country. Ideally, these pieces will include some original reporting and look beyond the case of one newspaper or news organization. For both peer-reviewed articles and essays from professionals, articles that broach the following kinds of topics are encouraged:

  • Does the concept of community journalism have the same meaning regardless of the cultural setting?
  • What role does community journalism play in providing a voice to communities historically overlooked by larger publications?
  • Does print journalism remain a vital medium in some countries and for some communities? Why/why not?
  • What is the historical context that defines community journalism in a given

Submission instructions/deadlines: Peer-reviewed articles should be no more than
8,000 words in length, excluding references etc. Please submit an extended abstract (750
words or less) and 2-3 suggested reviewers no later than September 2, 2014, to
jhatcher@d.umn.edu. Abstracts should outline the proposed research and give a sense of
the theoretical approach, method and timeline for completion. Full manuscripts are due
December 15, 2014 (also to jhatcher@d.umn.edu), when they will be peer-reviewed and
considered for acceptance by members of the editorial board of Community Journalism.
The scheduled date of publication is March 2015. The journal will be available online
and will be printed thanks to the support of ISWNE. Please contact John Hatcher at
jhatcher@d.umn.edu with questions. Manuscripts should conform to the guidelines for
Community Journalism (http://journal.community-journalism.net/content/call-papers).

ICD Program for the 2014 Annual Conference

The International Communication Division has developed a great program for the AEJMC annual conference in Montreal. In addition to our refereed sessions and invited panels, we will also be hosting a walking tour of Old Montreal (5:15 to 6:45 p.m. on Friday) as well as a divisional dinner (8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday). Please RSVP to Emily Metzgar (emetzgar@indiana.edu) if you would like to attend either event. Additionally, we will be having our business meeting on Thursday, from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

A copy of ICD’s program is available here as a PDF document. We look forward to seeing you all in just a few weeks!

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Call for Abstracts – ICA Journal Communication, Culture & Critique (Deadline: August 15, 2014)

Call for Abstracts – ICA Journal Communication, Culture & Critique (Deadline: August 15, 2014)
Special issue on Africa, Media and Globalization
Guest editor: H. Leslie Steeves, University of Oregon, USA
Consulting editors: Herman Wasserman, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Audrey Gadzekpo, University of Ghana, Ghana; John Hanson, Indiana University, USA

Globalization is not new to Africa, as histories of global conquest and colonial/postcolonial intervention have shaped the continent in recent centuries: the exploits of European explorers, traders and missionaries leading to the so-called ‘scramble for Africa’ and the division of the continent at the Berlin conference of 1884-85; post-independence alignments during the Cold War; and post-Cold War colonization via ideological and political economic processes and structures. However, to the extent that globalization is a process of neoliberal integration of economies and cultures, sub-Saharan Africa has lagged behind other regions of the world and the overwhelming majority of Africans have not benefited from the spread of the global economy. Scholars today argue that Africa’s continued marginalization and exploitation are sustained by new hegemonic powers in Asia that benefit from Africa’s resources. China’s emergence as an economic superpower and its enormous and escalating investment in Africa must be included in analyses of Africa and globalization, as Africa’s global integration is no longer determined predominantly by Western interests. In her popular TED talk Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie speaks eloquently of Africa’s ‘single story’ of victimization, a narrative that contributes to Africa’s enduring erasure in Western media via homogenization, denial of agency, and economic dependence. At the same time, an overarching ‘single story’ discourse overshadows the production and distribution of media content by and for Africans. Further, the historic global movements of African peoples and cultures suggests many untold and under-told stories of globalization, stories unfolding at a rapid pace with growing technology and internet access. The spread of technology raises many questions, such as: in what ways do technologies impose alien values on African communities and/or extend indigenous values?

This special issue of CCC on Africa seeks diverse studies that critically address and illuminate 21st century stories about media and globalization relevant to Africa at multiple levels of observation and analysis. CCC is primarily a qualitative journal of the International Communication Association that publishes critical and interpretive research in media, communication, and cultural studies. Articles may focus primarily on phenomena relevant to one country, group or region, or may be comparative (one example might be the media’s contemporary role in evangelism and homosexuality legislation). Articles may address any aspect of media and globalization, including discourses, practices and structures of: journalism; popular culture (film, television, music, celebrity philanthropy, tourism promotion, beauty pageants, etc.); information and communication technologies (ICTs); foreign aid; and/or infrastructure investment, particularly in telecommunications.

Theoretical and methodological approaches may vary consistent with the guidelines of the journal (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1753-9137/homepage/ForAuthors.html) as long as they contribute to our knowledge and conceptual understanding of media and globalization and relate directly to Africa.

Authors should email an abstract (500 words) to Leslie Steeves (lsteeves@uoregon.edu, lesliesteeves@gmail.com) by August 15, 2014. The editor and consulting editors will review all submissions and successful authors will be invited to submit a full manuscript. Abstracts and manuscripts must be in English. Authors of selected abstracts will be notified of acceptance by October 15, 2014. Full papers will be subject to anonymous peer review, and full papers are due by February 15, 2015.

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.

ICD 2014 Spring Newsletter

The ICD 2014 Spring Newsletter is here. The highlights in this issue include:

  • Welcome from the Division Head
  • Successes of 2013 in DC!
  • Looking forward to Montreal in 2014!
  • FIU – AEJMC Latino/Latin American Research Award
  • Call for ICD paper reviewers
  • Winners of the 2013 AEJMC-ICD Student International Multimedia Story Contest
  • AEJMC-ICD Student International Multimedia Story Contest 2014
  • Announcements of awards and competitions
  • Message from the ICRJ Editor
  • Tips on Teaching International Communications
  • ICD accolades
  • 2013-2014 ICD Executive Board

You can download a copy of the issue here.