Call for submissions, ICA preconference Prague, Czech Republic, May 24, 2018

Submission deadline for abstracts: January 22, 2018

The Journalism Studies Graduate Student Colloquium joins PhD candidates working on journalism research with experienced scholars in the field. Part of the Journalism Studies Division’s commitment to academic mentorship, the Colloquium will be held as preconference in conjunction with the 2018 Annual Conference of the International Communication Association in Prague, Czech Republic. The Colloquium aims to contribute actively to the professional development of young scholars by giving them an opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive — and international — atmosphere. Participating graduate students will receive project-specific feedback from recognized experts in the field, as well as general career development advice from a panel of scholars. The Colloquium will thus provide the opportunity to meet experts as well as fellow PhD candidates from around the world working on related topics.

The Colloquium will be based on thesis-related work submitted by the participant PhD candidates. During the Colloquium, students will be invited to present their work, after which they will receive feedback from an experienced scholar responding to her or his paper. In addition, the Colloquium will feature a panel related to professional development such as publishing in international journals and career strategies.

The Colloquium is open to PhD candidates working on all journalism topics, including theory, research, and professional education. We encourage submission of research that advances our understanding of how journalism works, either within your region of interest or comparatively across regions. Subject areas can include the inner mechanisms of journalisms past and present, the functioning of journalism within society or any of its institutions, hidden structural and cultural influences on journalism, the attitudes and characteristics of journalists themselves, the defining features of news content and their effects on consumers. Also of interest are the relationships between journalism and power, democratic/political standards, economic pressures, technological change, and (academic) critique.

Students should submit an abstract of 500 words that outlines the topic, rationale, theoretical approach and, if applicable, empirical application. Every abstract should include the name, affiliation, and expected graduation date of the PhD candidate. Questions and submissions should be sent via email to Natacha Yazbeck ( no later than January 22, 2018. Notifications of acceptance will be sent February 22, 2018.

If accepted, student participants will need to submit a full paper of up to 8000 words by 10 April 2018. The colloquium will be held on 24 May 2018 from 9 am to 4 pm, with a coffee break and light lunch.