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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