Nomination Procedures

The awards are described below, and instructions for nominations for each are provided. Nomination packages for the Best Article, Top Dissertation, and Senior Scholar awards should be emailed as soon as possible to the Chair and Vice-Chair of the CAM division, no later than January 15, 2018.

ICA-CAM Senior Scholars - Dafna Lemish (2012) & Amy Jordan (2016)
ICA-CAM Senior Scholars – Dafna Lemish (2012) & Amy Jordan (2016)

Top Paper Award

There is no nomination procedure for top paper awards. Two “Top Paper” and one “Top Student Paper” are selected from the pool of competitive paper submissions for ICA’s annual meeting. Ten papers which receive the highest numeric score from peer reviewers are sent to the CAM Awards Committee. The committee is blinded to authorship, but aware of student status. The Awards Committee selects the top paper, and the award certificates are presented at the meeting by the CAM officer in charge of the Awards Committee. In addition, the top student paper author(s) will receive a Travel Grant in the amount of $250. Funding from CAM is matched by ICA (bringing the total to $500)
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Best Article Award

The Award honors any sole or jointly authored research article published in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal in the two calendar years preceding the nomination deadline. The article should represent a significant contribution to the field of children, adolescents and media. Self-nominations are not allowed. Eligible articles must be:

  • Published in the two calendar years preceding the nomination deadline
  • Authored by one or more members of the Children, Adolescents and Media Division (note that individual(s) must be current members and in good standing)
  • Published in English or submitted with an English language translationA full nomination package should comprise:
    1. a rationale from the nominator;
    2. two additional letters of support for the nomination;
    3. a resume of the person (or persons) whose article has been nominated (at least one author must be a member in good standing of both ICA and CAM;
    4. a full copy of the article.

    Nominations should be sent to CAM Chair Jessica Piotrowski (j.piotrowski@uva.nl ) and CC’d to CAM Vice Chair Nancy Jennings ( Nancy.Jennings@uc.edu) by January 15, 2018. The award will be presented at the CAM business meeting held during the annual meeting of the International Communication Association.

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Top Dissertation Award

The award honors a dissertation in the Children, Adolescents, and Media (CAM) field, completed (defended) in the two calendar years preceding the nomination deadline. The award is open to ICA members. Membership in the CAM division is required. A cash award will be given in the amount of $250. Dissertations can be nominated twice. (In other words, if a dissertation is nominated in one year and does not receive the award, it can only be nominated again one additional time if the dissertation was completed within the two calendar years of the award). The review committee judges each nominated dissertation on several criteria including the importance of the problem/topic it addresses, the strength of evidence it presents, and the significance of its conclusions. The committee also will consider the overall contribution of the research to the field and the relationship of the submission to the mission of the division. Eligible dissertations must be:

  • Dissertations completed up to 2 years prior to the January 15 deadline are eligible for consideration. Completion means that the final examination (dissertation defense) has been held and passed, and the final dissertation has been filed with the degree-granting institution.
  • Nominated by the dissertation advisor, graduate program director, or the student.A full nomination package should comprise:
    1. a cover letter with the name, address, telephone, and e-mail address of the nominee and his or her advisor(s)
    2. a summary of the dissertation not exceeding 5 pages (Times New Roman 12 point font, double-spaced, one-inch margins on all sides, and in English; not counting title page and references). The 5-page summary should describe clearly and concisely the study’s rationale, theoretical framework, research questions, methods, results, and conclusions. Care should be taken to mask the identity of the author within the text of the summary. The summary should include a title page that contains only the title of the dissertation.
    3. A complete copy of the dissertation for archival purposes [this will not be reviewed]
    4. A letter from the dissertation advisor explaining why the dissertation is worthy of the award MUST accompany the nomination and verification from the advisor of the date on which the dissertation was filed with the degree-granting institution

    Nominations should be sent to CAM Chair Jessica Piotrowski (j.piotrowski@uva.nl ) and CC’d to CAM Vice Chair Nancy Jennings ( Nancy.Jennings@uc.edu) by January 15, 2018. The award will be presented at the CAM business meeting held during the annual meeting of the International Communication Association.

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Top Reviewer Award

There is no nomination procedure for the top reviewer award. The Top Reviewer Award recognizes the reviewer that has contributed in a significantly and meaningful way during the annual reviewing process. This reviewer is selected by the program planner for that year, and is nominated for the Top ICA Reviewer Award (across all divisions). This award is open to all ICA reviewers, with a preference for junior scholars who are seeking to actively contribute to CAM. Membership in the CAM division is not required. This awards is accompanied by a fee waiver for the ICA conference.

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Senior Scholar Award

The Children, Adolescents, and Media (CAM) division is an intellectual forum for academics from all over the world who study the role of media in the lives of children and young people. The Senior Scholar Award recognizes an established scholar who has made significant contributions to the development and status of such scholarship. The successful nomination will have made clear, coherent and sustained contributions to the advancement of Children, Adolescents and Media scholarship over time. The Award is open to scholars from different backgrounds and disciplinary orientations and who are informed by a variety of theoretical and empirical approaches. We allow self-nominations, as well as the nomination of others. The award is open to ICA members. Membership in the CAM division is encouraged but not required. Members of the Awards Committee may nominate, but no ICA member who makes a nomination or who is nominated can serve on the Awards Committee.

A full nomination package should comprise:

  1. A letter of nomination, not to exceed two pages. The letter must: (a) specify the relevant body of work and contributions made; (b) demonstrate and argue for the influence and impact of the body of work on the field of Children, Adolescents, and Media (to that end, a brief statement addressing citation impact is suggested);
  2. Three (3) representative examples of the work cited;
  3. An up-to-date CV for the individual nominated

Nominations should be sent to CAM Chair Jessica Piotrowski (j.piotrowski@uva.nl ) and CC’d to CAM Vice Chair Nancy Jennings ( Nancy.Jennings@uc.edu) by January 15, 2018. The award will be presented at the CAM business meeting held during the annual meeting of the International Communication Association.

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