AEJMC 2017 Call for Papers

Dear Colleagues,

Happy 2017!  Please check out our division’s call for papers for this year’s conference in Chicago, Aug. 4-7.

The Magazine Media Division of AEJMC invites submissions of original research papers and theoretical essays that advance magazine scholarship or scholarly knowledge about the production, distribution, promotion and/or reception of “magazine media,” broadly defined. All methodologies and theoretical frameworks are welcome.

The deadline for all submissions is April 1, 2017. Please submit via

Authors need not be AEJMC or Magazine Media division members, but if their paper(s) is/are accepted, they must attend the conference to present their research.

Scope. Submissions may address a range of aspects of magazine media – whether online (including social networking sites), on mobile platforms, or print – including editorial and advertising content, production, audience reception, and readership communities. Submissions that deal with lifestyle and literary journalism outside the confines of mainstream magazine media – such as fashion blogs and long-form online publications – are strongly encouraged. Magazine Media Division papers presented at past conferences have included content or discourse analyses of magazine editorial or advertising content (including native advertising/ content marketing); ethnographies of magazine newsrooms, with an emphasis on their digital transitions; historical analyses of individual magazines or magazine coverage of controversial topics over time; rhetorical analyses of literary journalism; and experiments investigating the effects of page layout and other magazine content features.

Special Call. In addition to our regular submissions, we are also soliciting papers for our 2017 special topic: “Diversity in the Classroom, Newsroom, Boardroom and Living Room.” The problem of a lack of diversity in media is acute. Research that explores diversity as it relates to magazine production, management, ownership, and content would help our members recruit, retain, and prepare minority students for a career in magazines, with an intent to, in turn, assist the industry in increasing diversity in the workplace.

Awards. Prizes of $100 will be awarded at the conference in Chicago for (a) best faculty paper and (b) best student paper. Papers will be evaluated on methodology, theoretical framework, importance and originality of topic; literature review; significance of findings and how they support the paper’s conclusions; focus, writing, and organization; and overall contribution to magazine research. Authors will be automatically entered in the award competitions based on their rank and paper topic.

Submissions. Preferred paper length is up to 8,000 words, not including notes, references, and tables. There is no limit on the number of papers authors may submit for presentation in the Magazine Media Division research sessions. Multiple submissions of the same paper(s) to other divisions will be disqualified. Please follow the submission requirements in the AEJMC Uniform Paper Call, and be sure to remove all identifying information. Papers that contain authors’ identifying information will not be considered for review, and will be automatically disqualified. Early submissions are encouraged.

Please direct any questions to the division’s research chair, Pamela Hill Nettleton, Marquette University, or (612) 385-3954.

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Our letter to the AEJMC Board, and their response

On August 22, the Magazine Media division sent a letter to the AEJMC Board of Directors and the Council of Divisions expressing our concern about the lack of coordination between AEJMC and other professional organizations in the timing of conventions. Specifically, we noted that our 2016 convention overlapped with those of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), making it harder to achieve our stated commitment to diversity. (Magazine Media Diversity Letter to AEJMC Leaders)

On September 6, we received a response from Paul Voakes, President-Elect and Chair of the Board of Directors of AEJMC. He acknowledged that this has been a persistent problem, which he attributed to the five-year lead time required for booking a venue for the AEJMC convention, but pledged  to better coordinate annual meetings in the future. (VoakesMagLtr) “I applaud the [Magazine Media] division’s emphasis this year on diversity,” he wrote. “This has been one of the ‘planks’ of my own presidential platform, so it’s encouraging to have divisional support.”

Voakes also made the following suggestions:

  • Putting out a special Call for Papers with a diversity theme that “responds to the dearth of research on diversity in the magazine profession.”
  • Publicizing the Emerging Scholars program and the Senior Scholars Research program, with diversity in magazine journalism topics.
  • Considering a pre-conference session on a diversity-related topic.

Thanks to Jim Shahin, PF&R chair, for drafting our letter, and to everyone who read, commented and signed it. This is an important issue for our division to address. Please watch for a call for panels, coming soon.


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Hello, and thank you for visiting our forum!

After a wonderful 2016 conference in Minneapolis, we are looking forward to next year’s gathering in Chicago. Our paper call for research submissions will be coming soon.

In the meantime, we have some exciting news to share. The Magazine Media division is offering a $1,000 grant to scholars planning to conduct magazine research. Applications are due November 15.

Check out the grant details and guidelines here!

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