AEJMC Midwinter Conference 2016

Call for Paper Abstracts and Panel Proposals 

The AEJMC Midwinter Conference is an annual research forum relevant to the 11 AEJMC groups (divisions, interest groups and commissions) sponsoring the event. The conference provides a platform for presentations and extended discussions in a relaxed setting that is ideal for graduate students.

The upcoming conference is scheduled for Friday, February 26 – Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. For the sixth year in a row, conference participants will be able to enjoy the College’s state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities and world-class museums and art galleries beyond the conference.

PAPER ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS: Authors are invited to submit research paper abstracts of between 600 AND 800 WORDS (word count excludes author information and references). Abstracts should give a clear sense of relevant literature, research objectives, methodological approach, stage of research project (conceptual, data gathering, data interpreting), findings and conclusions.

Submissions should be made by e-mail to the midwinter chair, Kelly Kaufhold, or the associate chair, robert McKeever, Please write “Midwinter Submission” in the subject line. Note that authors can submit any specific paper abstract to only one participating group; submitting the same paper abstract to several groups will result in disqualification and withdrawal from the review process. Do not submit full papers.

Authors of accepted papers will be notified by mid-January 2016. Papers presented at the Midwinter Conference may be resubmitted April for consideration at the AEJMC national convention in August. Authors are encouraged to use the Midwinter Conference as an opportunity to get feedback on their research to improve and finalize it for submission to the AEJMC national conference.

Authors of accepted abstracts must submit complete papers (not exceeding 30 pages) to the discussant of their conference session at least two weeks before the Midwinter Conference. The Midwinter Chair will send authors the names and contact details of the discussant for their session.

At least one author of each accepted paper must register and attend the Midwinter Conference to read the paper. Failure to register by the deadline will result in authors’ names and papers being removed from the program. NO onsite registration will be available.

PANEL SUBMISSIONS: In addition, the organizers are also inviting panel proposals. These proposals should be sent to the Midwinter Chair of the particular division or group they wish to present the panel to. For Mass Communication and Society, submit proposals to Panel submissions should include the panel title, a description of the session’s focus, the issues to be discussed, and a list of panelists (potential and confirmed), including affiliation. Panel proposals should not exceed two double-spaced pages.

SUBMISSION FORMAT: All submissions (for paper abstracts and panels) should include the name(s) of the author(s) or panels organizer(s) on the title page only. The title page should also include the author or lead author’s (or organizer’s) mailing address, telephone number and email address. The title should be on the first page of the text and on running heads on each page of text. Authors should email their abstracts or proposals as attachments (saved with the author’s last name as file name) in a standard word-processing format (preferably Word or RTF) to the relevant Midwinter Chair. Authors must ensure that they remove any identifying information from their document (with the exception of the title page).

DEADLINE: All submissions should reach the Midwinter Chair by noon on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

The University of Oklahoma is located in Norman, 20 miles south of Oklahoma City, with easy access to the Will Rogers World Airport. Details on conference registration, hotel accommodation and airport transportation will be available at

For more information, please contact conference organizer Elanie Steyn,, MCS Midwinter Chair Kelly Kaufhold,, or MCS Midwinter Associate Chair Robert McKeever,