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Call for Papers

CfP – The International Journal of Communication
Special Issue: “COVID-19, Digital Media, and Health”

Guest editors: Dr. Kathrin Karsay (KU Leuven), Dr. Anne-Linda Camerini (Università della Svizzera italiana), & Dr. Jörg Matthes (University of Vienna)

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has profoundly impacted our lives around the globe. More than 60 million confirmed cases and more than 1.6 million deaths had been reported to the World Health Organization as of December. In addition to the adverse risks to physical well-being in this pandemic, social distancing measures, and the perceived threat of the virus pose further challenges to mental and social well-being. In these trying and uncertain times, digital media play a central role. On the one hand, digital media can create opportunities to improve individuals’ health, for instance, by connecting to others in times of social distancing, by providing access to crucial public health information, or by allowing a safe way to maintain a daily work routine. On the other hand, users might face several obstacles related to digital media use. For instance, the constant checking of the latest news might lead to information overload, and the constant online connection results in new forms of stress, including “Zoom fatigue.” Moreover, while digital media use during social isolation might serve as a coping tool by connecting with others to overcome feelings of loneliness, seeing others’ presumably successful coping strategies in their social media feeds might lead to feelings of failure when not being as productive or positive in these times. These examples highlight how the COVID-19 pandemic and digital media use are closely intertwined.

This Special Section invites research addressing the lack of systematic knowledge about how digital media truly affects individuals’ health during the pandemic, and, vice-versa, which impact individuals’ health in times of the pandemic has on their digital media use. Authors are invited to contribute theoretical and empirical studies investigating the differential bi-directional effects of digital media use and health, qualitative studies, and review articles enriching our understanding of the interrelation between the two in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Authors are invited to submit research—but are not limited to—addressing the following sub-topics:

  • Digital media use as coping tool during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Social connectedness through digital media in times of social distancing
  • Online misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic and psychological distress
  • Digital media use for smart working and homeschooling
  • Digital healthcare and social support during the COVID-19 pandemic

Deadline for submissions: Manuscripts are to be submitted by March 1, 2021, via mail to Dr. Kathrin Karsay, kathrin.karsay@kuleuven.be. The submission guideline can be accessed via ijoc.org.

The journal provides gold open access without APCs. We will perform a “fast-track review process” to ensure timely publication and dissemination. After editorial review of the full papers, we will then send the ten best-ranked manuscripts for formal peer review in the IJoC system. Final publication will be in Q3 of 2022. Any questions concerning this call for papers may be directed to Dr. Kathrin Karsay.


CfP – The International Journal of Press/Politics
Special Issue: “Youth, News, and Democratic Engagement”

Guest editors:
Kim Andersen, University of Southern Denmark and University of Gothenburg
Jakob Ohme, University of Amsterdam
Erik Albæk, University of Southern Denmark
Claes H. de Vreese, University of Amsterdam

Citizens’ political engagement is essential for the well-functioning of democracies. From boycotting products and signing petitions to discussing politics, attending demonstrations, and voting, citizens’ political engagement shapes our societies. In order for such engagement to take place, people need information that can mobilize them. For a long time, the news media was the key source in this regard. As a natural consequence exposure to news and political information in the media is a well-known forerunner for democratic engagement.

The relationship between news exposure and democratic engagement is constantly evolving, however. In today’s hybrid media system, people get information about politics and society from various sources and on many different platforms. In the contemporary media environment an endless list of information sources, including legacy news outlets, alternative news sites, politicians, and interest organizations, are therefore competing for people’s attention. Exposure to political information can take place on traditional platforms, like television or newspapers, or on new digital platforms, such as social media sites or other private online platforms. Not all information is equally reliable, and mis- and disinformation is part of the information ecosystem. At the same time, new forms of political participation are also emerging, especially online where people, for example, can discuss politics or contact politicians without much investment.

When examining the consequences of such changes it is relevant to focus on young people. Young people grow up with and get socialized into a political world full of new information and engagement possibilities. As such, young people are to an increasing extent turning their backs to traditional legacy news outlets and getting political information on social media sites. At the same time, they are engaging in new forms of political participation. Young people can thus be seen as first movers—both when it comes to news ways of getting political information and new ways of engaging in politics.

In parallel, broader societal tendencies make young people especially interesting to study in this regard. Across Western societies, as seen with examples like the election of President Trump, Brexit, and the battle against climate change, the combination of changing demography and differential levels of political participation across age groups mean that younger generations are experiencing that older generations are deciding their future. Often these decisions are characterized by increasing support for authoritarian populists and redistributive policies that massively disadvantage the youth.

The developments described above call for new research examining young people’s exposure to news and their democratic engagement. Despite the high relevance of this relationship in contemporary societies, we know relatively little of how changes in the media and political environments are affecting the relationship between news exposure and democratic engagement for young people. How do young people engage with news and politics, and is their democratic engagement able to generate the change they hope for and in which way?

Against this backdrop, this special issue invites original research that fits the theme “Youth, News, and Democratic Engagement”. The invitation is open for any methodological tradition, seeks international contributions from across the globe, and is especially welcoming comparative work drawing attention to how contextual differences influence the relationships under consideration.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Comparative differences and similarities in young people’s news consumption patterns across the world
  • What kind of political information are young people engaging with and with what democratic consequences?
  • Young people’s news avoidance and news snacking
  • Young people’s exposure to news on social media sites and its consequences for political knowledge and participation
  • Political socialization in a new and hybrid media environment
  • How does young people’s (digital) media literacy enable them to engage
    with news in today’s media environment with varying quality of political information?
  • Young people’s political discussions in networked (online) settings
  • How young people’s democratic engagement is affecting and affected by the norms of political discussion (civility, trolling, etc) and the quality of news?
  • Whether and how generational conflict between younger and older citizens is articulated on digital media
  • Novel news products and their relation with young people’s democratic engagement

Submission Information
Manuscript submissions for this special issue are due on 1 February 2021. Please submit your work through our online submission portal (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijpp) and ensure that the first line of the cover letter states: “Manuscript to be considered for the special issue on Youth, News, and Democratic Engagement”. Manuscripts should follow the IJPP submission guidelines (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/journal/international-journal-presspolitics#submission-guidelines). Submissions will be subject to a double-blind peer review process and must not have been published, accepted for publication, or under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Please note that, to ensure consistency, submissions will only be considered for peer review after the 1 February 2021 deadline has passed.

Authors interested in submitting their work are encouraged to contact Kim Andersen (kand@journalism.sdu.dk) with questions.

Timeline
Submission of full papers: 1 February 2021
Revisions and resubmission: August 2021
Online publication: January 2022
Print publication: April 2022 (issue 2-2022)


CfP – Journal of Children and Media

The Journal of Children and Media is an international interdisciplinary and multi-method peer-reviewed publication that provides a space for discussion by scholars and professionals from around the world and across theoretical and empirical traditions who are engaged in the study of media in the lives of children and adolescents.  It is a unique intellectual forum for the exchange of information about all forms and contents of media in regards to all aspects of children’s lives, and especially in three complementary realms: Children as consumers of media, representations of children in the media, and media organizations and productions for children as well as by them.

It is committed to the facilitation of international dialogue among researchers and professionals, through discussion of interaction between children and media in local, national, and global contexts; concern for diversity issues; a critical and empirical inquiry informed by a variety of theoretical and empirical approaches; and dedication to ensuring the social relevance of the academic knowledge it produces to the cultural, political, and personal welfare of children around the world.

Vikki Katz and Amy Jordan, the co-editors of the JOCAM, and Vicky Rideout, the Review & Commentary section editor, invite you to visit the journal’s website for more information about the journal and submission instructions. Taylor & Francis, the publisher of JOCAM has been a strong supporter of CAM from its inception, sponsoring receptions and offering discounted subscriptions.

Submission Deadline: Permanent Call

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Position Announcements

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Communication, Media and Technology
School of Communication & School of Journalism and Media Studies
San Diego State University

The School of Communication and the School of Journalism and Media Studies at San Diego State University (SDSU) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Communication, Media and Technology at the level of assistant professor, to start August 2021.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate is expected to have a scholarly research agenda intersecting communication and technology and its application and practice in media, including new, digital, and social media. In addition, the successful candidate will also be able to teach in the long term across the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in classes such as but not limited to: undergraduate classes in Communicating Science in the Public Interest, Media Literacy, Principles of Media Studies, and the Media Studies capstone course, along with graduate seminars in related areas. The candidate will also have the opportunity to create and teach classes aligned with their particular research interests, including upper division/graduate level classes. The successful candidate will also be able to teach graduate-level courses as needed on a rotational basis. In alignment with the University’s teacher-scholar model, the new hire could also teach a dual-level elective fitting the candidate’s area(s) of research interest and his/her/their research program. The successful candidate will also be expected to provide service to the Schools and the university, to professional organizations, and to serve on master’s thesis and comprehensive examination committees.

Required Qualifications: An earned doctorate in journalism, digital media, communication, or an allied field is required by the position start date. Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in both teaching and research, in line with SDSU’s teacher-scholar model. Evidence or promise of a strong research agenda in media studies with possible additional expertise in areas such as interpersonal, organizational, health, rhetoric, or critical/cultural studies is required. Candidates for this position should have methodological expertise in qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, or big data approaches. Ability and interest to teach digital media and communication courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels are required. Early career scholars are strongly encouraged to apply.

Desired Qualifications: The ideal candidate should have a demonstrated interest in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in digital and social media. Candidates should also have a strong program of scholarship already in development that will complement the active scholarly activity of its faculty in creating cutting-edge research, applying communication theory to professional practice, and examining key issues of the profession. An interest in pursuing external funding is highly desirable. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. To be in a better position to serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body, and to fulfill the University’s commitment to promoting diversity, inclusiveness, and excellence on our campus, we actively seek candidates with demonstrated experience working with, teaching or mentoring students from under-represented communities.

Candidates should address how they meet two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Please indicate in your cover letter and diversity statement how you meet at least two or more of these criteria.

Rank and Salary: This is a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level. Appointment to the position requires that the candidate’s doctoral degree be earned by the appointment start date in August 2021. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications: Review of application materials will begin February 15, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply via Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/82755.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a diversity statement, transcripts for doctoral program (unofficial copies submitted in pdf are acceptable), evidence of teaching effectiveness (can include sample syllabus, teaching evaluations, etc.), and names and contact information of three (3) references. All additional inquiries should be addressed to: Lourdes S. Martinez, Ph.D., Communication, Media and Technology Search Committee Chair, Associate Professor, School of Communication San Diego State University lsmartinez@sdsu.edu.

About the School of Communication: The successful candidate will join a scholarly community of 14 tenure-line faculty and approximately 12 full-time and part-time lecturers. We have almost 900 undergraduate students in our two majors, Communication and Health Communication, and a top-ranked master’s degree program with approximately 40 students. The School of Communication was named the 2019 NCA Outstanding Master’s Degree Program. The School of Communication envisions sustained excellence in advancing communication scholarship, promoting social justice, fostering relationships, and enhancing the public good. We enact this vision through inspired teaching, innovative collaborative research, and impactful community engagement. Faculty and students focus on scholarship across the discipline, including critical-cultural studies, health communication, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, rhetoric, political communication, and social media. For more information about the School of Communication, visit our website: https://communication.sdsu.edu.

About the School of Journalism and Media Studies: The successful candidate will become part of a school with 18 tenured and tenure-track faculty, about two dozen non-tenure-line lecturers, and more than 600 majors, pre-majors, and graduate students. Marquee programs in the School include bilingual media writing, digital/social media research and curricular initiatives, media entrepreneurship, and the Center for Science and Media. Undergraduate program areas include advertising, journalism, media studies, and public relations. The School offers a master’s degree program in mass communication and media studies, as well as a master’s degree program in learning design and technology. The School is also part of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, one of seven colleges that serve a university community of 35,000 students in a fast-growing, culturally rich, metropolitan area with a loyal regional base and strong national and international relationships. For more information, visit: http://jms.sdsu.edu.

About the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA): The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts comprises seven professional schools and three departments committed to the pursuit of excellence in academic and artistic endeavors. With over 5,000 majors and approximately 300 faculty, PSFA is recognized for its excellent academic programs that prepare students for professional careers in a wide spectrum of artistic, cultural, educational, social, and technical fields. The College views its connection to the local and global community as a “laboratory for learning” and educational opportunities that prepare the student to engage in the worldwide community through creativity, involvement, leadership, and innovation are a hallmark of the PSFA experience. The College actively seeks applications from candidates whose professional interests align with SDSU’s and PSFA’s strategic goals, who will sustain excellence in their research, promote student success, and continue to advance our commitment to diversity. PSFA website: http://psfa.sdsu.edu.

About San Diego State University: San Diego State University is the largest university in San Diego and the third largest in California. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of over 36,000 and approximately 5,849 faculty and staff. SDSU is currently designated as a Doctoral / Research-Intensive University by the Carnegie Foundation. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 84 areas, masters in 76 and doctorates in 21. See http://www.sdsu.edu for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

EO-1083 Mandated Reporter Statement: The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirement set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Background Statement: A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

EEO Statement: SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.


Academic position in Media and Health Communication

Ref. ZAP-2020-182

The fulltime professor position (open-rank) will be held within the Leuven School for Mass Communication Research, a research unit within the Department of Communication Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, KU Leuven (Belgium). KU Leuven represents a leading academic institution in Europe that is currently by far the largest university in Belgium in terms of research funding and expenditure. The university’s mission is to provide excellence in academic education and research and to offer a distinguished service to society. Owing to KU Leuven’s cutting-edge research, KU Leuven is a charter member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and is consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in Europe.

Within KU Leuven, the Leuven School of Mass Communication Research (SMCR) represents a pioneering institution for media effects research. SMCR strives to contribute to the most advanced methodological techniques and theoretical insights in communication studies, cognitive and social psychology, sociology, and public health. The research focus lies on the use of information- and entertainment media (including social media, ICT, television, games, mobile devices), and on how these uses may harm or enhance various components of individuals’ wellbeing. We have a strong expertise in explaining the processes through which various forms of media use affect physical, psychological and social wellbeing in the long run, and the conditions under which these processes occur. Therefore, a series of advanced methods are applied, including longitudinal survey studies, daily diary studies and content analysis. Issues studied in recent years include alcohol and drug use, sexuality and sexism, aggression, risk taking, depression, self-harm, (positive) body image, sleep, mental wellbeing, health information seeking, self-esteem, parental mediation, and nutrition.

The School adheres to the highest academic standards and strives towards publishing its research in top academic journals (e.g., Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, New Media & Society). For this research, prestigious grants from multiple funding agencies are attributed yearly and SMCR’s excellent research has been awarded on a yearly basis by different international and interdisciplinary organizations. SMCR staff is involved in various national and international multidisciplinary research projects, primarily of fundamental nature but also with societal relevance

https://soc.kuleuven.be/smc

DUTIES: You will be expected to develop a research program, aim at excellent scientific output of international level, and support and promote national and international research collaborations in the broad field of health communication and in the context of the School for Mass Communication Research. Your research focuses on the development of innovative theory and advanced research techniques in this field. You have a strong background in predominantly quantitative research methods and have demonstrated research excellence in various ways (e.g., top ranked ISI publications, awards, societal impact etc.).

With this vacancy we aim to further strengthen and expand the research at SMCR. We are looking for a candidate with a strong experience in research in communication and the advancement of health and wellbeing in society. Specifically, your research may encompass one of the following subdomains of health communication: (1) effects of media use on various health (e.g., addiction, suicide,…) or societal issues (e.g., hate speech, sustainability,…), and ways of responding to these effects with communication and intervention, (2) the development and testing of mediated promotion and intervention campaigns aiming to advance public health or societal wellbeing, (3) health information seeking and effects (e.g., resistance to health information, public service announcements,…), and/or (4) technological perspectives on health communication (e.g., effects of VR on health outcomes, potential of mHealth in health promotion, artificial intelligence,…).

Your research may focus on the (strategic) uses or effects of different types of media including but not limited to, social media, entertainment media, television, news media, apps, video games, blogs, websites, serious games, virtual reality etc.

In close collaboration with SMCR staff, you contribute to the existing lines of research and set up your own program through the acquisition of research funding.

DUTIES: The Department of Communication Science, consisting of two research groups SMCR and IMS, organizes the Bachelor and Master of Communication Science, the (English) Master in Digital Media and Society, and is involved in the Master’s program of Business Communication and Journalism. Your teaching will contain several courses at the Bachelor’s and Master’s level and will include theoretical and methodological courses on communication science in general and health communication in particular. You have experience in lecturing large groups and you have a broad employability due to in-depth and detailed knowledge about the social sciences, media sociology and media psychology. You supervise students working on their masterthesis and PhD students.

Your teaching is expected to meet the KU Leuven standards regarding academic program level and orientation and to be in keeping with the educational vision of KU Leuven. Commitment to the quality of education as a whole is naturally understood.

Service: You provide scientific, social and internal services. This is reflected, among other things, in a constructive contribution to education and research, as part of a team’s collective projects (e.g. through participation in meetings, teacher days, information sessions, recruitment activities, exchange programs).

Profile: Applicants hold a Ph.D. degree in communication sciences, social sciences, psychology, public health or an equivalent diploma. We seek a scholar with a broad theoretical- and interdisciplinary interest and a strong background in quantitative research methods, whose research relates to and complements the current research lines at SMCR with a strong health communication profile. The successful candidate has an excellent research record as evidenced by more than one dimension, e.g., the quality of his/her PhD research, high-level publications in the important journals of our field (i.e., ICA journals) and related fields, research impact (e.g., citations) and acquired research funding.

We value professional behavior and collegiality, and will encourage the candidate to collaborate with SMCR researchers as well as with interdisciplinary research groups and centers within KU Leuven. The candidate has a large international network and is eager to further develop this within the context of SMCR.

Applicants have demonstrated excellent teaching skills which preferably include experience in teaching large groups of students.

The official administrative language used at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch (or do not speak it well) at the start of employment, KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to take part in administrative meetings. A thorough knowledge of English is required.

Offer: We offer a full-time employment in an intellectually challenging and international environment. You will work in Leuven, a historic and lively city located in the heart of Belgium, within 20 minutes from Brussels, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam. Depending on your experience and qualification, the position will be filled at one of the levels of the Senior Academic Staff (Tenure Track Professor, Associate Professor, Full Professor). Junior researchers are appointed as assistant professor on the tenure track for a period of five years; after this period and a positive evaluation, they are permanently appointed (or tenured) as an associate professor. The anticipated starting date for this position is September 1, 2021.

To facilitate scientific onboarding and accelerate research in the first phase a starting grant of 100.000 euro is offered to new professors without substantial other funding (e.g., ERC). KU Leuven welcomes international scholars and their family and provides practical support with regard to immigration and administration, housing, childcare, learning Dutch, partner career coaching,…

Interested? For more information please contact Prof. dr. Kathleen Beullens, tel.: +32 16 32 32 19, mail: kathleen.beullens@kuleuven.be or Prof. dr. Stef Aupers, tel.: +32 16 37 23 07, mail: stef.aupers@kuleuven.be or dean prof. dr. Steven Eggermont, tel: +32 32 32 38, mail: steven.eggermont@kuleuven.be. For problems with online applying, please contact solliciteren@kuleuven.be.

You can apply for this job no later than February 22, 2021 via the online application tool: http://www.kuleuven.be/eapplyingforjobs/55921882

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.

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