Call for Papers

ICA 2023 Preconference
Journalism Studies Graduate Student Colloquium
May 25, 2023 – Toronto


The Journalism Studies PhD Colloquium brings together graduate students working in journalism studies with experienced scholars in the field. This ninth annual colloquium represents the Journalism Studies Division’s commitment to academic mentorship and is being held as a pre-conference in conjunction with the ICA 2023 Annual Conference. The colloquium will be an in-person event nearby the main conference venue (exact location to be announced).

Overall the goal of the annual colloquium is to contribute to the professional development of junior scholars by giving them an opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. Participating PhD students will receive project-specific feedback from recognized experts in the field, as well as general career development advice. The colloquium provides an opportunity to meet senior scholars as well as fellow PhD students from different backgrounds working on related topics in journalism research. 

The colloquium will be based on thesis-related work submitted by the participant PhD students. Each participating student will have an experienced scholar responding to their paper. In addition, the colloquium will feature a discussion with experts about topics of professional development such as publishing in international journals, general career strategies, and grant applications. 

The colloquium is open to graduate and PhD students working on topics broadly concerned with journalism studies. The organizers encourage the submission of scholarly work that advances our understanding of how journalism works within individual regions or comparatively across regions. Subject areas include but are not limited to: the functions of journalism in society, the structural and cultural influences on journalism, the attitudes and characteristics of journalists, features of news content and their effects, news audiences and their experiences, and evolving dynamics of media technologies in news production, distribution and consumption, as well as topics related to journalism education. Of interest are the relationships between journalism and power, democratic standards, economic pressures, technological change, and (academic) critique. Conceptual, empirical, and theoretical papers are welcome. 

Submission guidelines

Please note: As the colloquium will be organized as an in-person event this year participants are expected to present their work onsite in Toronto.

Applicants should submit an abstract of 500 words (excluding references) that outlines the topic, rationale, theoretical approach, and, if applicable, empirical application. It is also advisable to inform whether the submitted piece is part of a compilation dissertation (article-based dissertation) or part of a monograph dissertation (chapter, overview). Every abstract should include the name, affiliation, and expected graduation date of the PhD student. 

Deadline for abstract submission: no later than 16:00 UTC on Wednesday 1st of February 2023. 

Submissions should be sent via email to Margareta Salonen at

Format: submit an abstract in PDF format labelled “Last Name_JS Colloquium 2023” Notifications of acceptance will be sent by the end of February 2023. 

If accepted, student participants will need to submit a full paper of up to 8000 words (including references) by 16:00 UTC on Tuesday 2 May 2023. The colloquium will be held on Thursday 25 May 2023 onsite in Toronto (location to be announced).