Call for submissions, ICA preconference San Diego, USA, May 25, 2017

Submission deadline for abstracts: December 16, 2016

The Journalism Studies Graduate Student Colloquium brings together PhD candidates working in journalism studies with experienced scholars in the field. The Colloquium is part of the Journalism Studies Division’s commitment to academic mentorship and will be held as preconference in conjunction with the 2017 Annual Conference of the International Communication Association in San Diego, USA. Its goal is 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. The Colloquium will thus provide the opportunity to meet experts as well as fellow PhD candidates from different backgrounds 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, following which they will receive feedback from their fellow students and senior experts. Each participating graduate student will have an experienced scholar responding to her or his paper. In addition, the Colloquium will feature topics related to professional development such as publishing in international journals and career strategies.

The Colloquium is open to PhD candidates working on topics concerned with theory, research, and professional education in journalism. The organizers encourage 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 on consumers. Of interest are the relationships between journalism and power, democratic 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 Raul Ferrer Conill ( no later than 16 December 2016. Notifications of acceptance will be sent 20 January 2017.

If accepted, student participants will need to submit a full paper of up to 8000 words by 10 April 2017. The colloquium will be held on 25 May 2017 from 9 am to 4 pm, with a coffee break and light snack. Attendance is free thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.