HJFRT Call for articles

“A Newsreel of Our Own”: the culture and commerce of local filmed news
Special issue of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.

The international history of the ‘major’ newsreels and their activities in free-market countries has been relatively well studied by film historians. There is also a growing corpus of literature on newsreel production and distribution in ‘closed’ markets that were controlled by authoritarian regimes: “No-Do” in Franco’s Spain, “Luce” in Mussolini’s Italy, “Die Deutsche Wochenschau” in Hitler’s Germany, and several newsreels in the Soviet Union. However, there is a lack of comparative research on local producers’ attempts to break the hegemony of international newsreel companies.

Many small countries without a national film industry or centralized newsreel production were worried about the creeping cultural and economic imperialism (particularly from the United States, Great Britain, and France) that foreign-made filmed news represented. Individual businessmen and organized interest groups (political parties, cultural organizations) therefore tried to create newsreels of their own, which were to ’emancipate’ or ‘enlighten’ their own people. Most of these newsreels were produced without substantial government funding and therefore expensive, which made it easy for international companies to undersell them. In addition, local production companies typically did not have a large catalogues of feature films at their disposal, making it difficult or impossible to sell their newsreels as part of a larger distribution package. These conditions often doomed local newsreels to a short existence and has relegated them to footnotes in film history. 

This thematic issue of the HJFRT will explore the history of locally-produced newsreels. The focus is on the initiatives of small companies, organizations and communities. State produced newsreels, funded or made obligatory by political regimes, will not be included. Submissions are welcomed on the commercial aspects (financing, production, and distribution) of local newsreels as well as on their structure and content. Of particular interest is the extent to which local newsreels did (or did not) model themselves after their international competitors. The substance of the newsreels is also of special interest, particularly the ways in which those newsreels tried (or not) to offer ‘other’ kinds of news. Also welcome are analyses on the political, social, and cultural discourses surrounding those newsreels.

If you would like to be considered for inclusion in the issue, please send a short abstract by 4 April 2011, where you summarize your contribution. Please also include a short CV and a selected list of publications. The editors of this theme issue will get in touch with everyone before 4 May 2011 and invite some authors to submit a complete manuscript. Articles, ideally between 6000 and 8000 words (including notes and references), should be sent to the editors by 3 October 2011. Accepted and revised contributions will be due by 6 February 2012, with the issue scheduled to appear in the second half of 2012.

Please send your proposals to Daniel Biltereyst (daniel.biltereyst@ugent.be), to Brett Bowles (bbowles@albany.edu) and to Roel Vande Winkel (roel.vandewinkel@ua.ac.be).

Award nominations

Distinguished Scholarship Awards
Division of International and Intercultural Communication
National Communication Association

Nominations are invited for the NCA distinguished scholarship annual awards by the Division of International and Intercultural Communication for scholarship published during 2010 in the areas of international and intercultural communication. Up to four awards will be given for the following categories featuring work in international and intercultural communication:

Best Book (edited or authored)
Best article (or book chapter)
Best Dissertation and /or Master’s Thesis

Unless otherwise specified, all nomination materials must be by electronic submission only to: mendoza@oakland.edu and must include the following:

A nomination letter outlining justification for the award
For Article or Book Chapter submissions, send pdf copies only.
For Book, send three (3) copies of the complete work (you may ask your publishers to send copies directly as part of their promo!).
For Dissertation, or Thesis submissions, mail three (3) cd-rom copies of the complete work.

Mail hard copies (for C & D) to:
Dr. S. Lily Mendoza
1341 Nicolet Place
Detroit, MI 48207
Email: mendoza@oakland.edu

Awards will be presented at the NCA International and Intercultural Division Business Meeting at the November 2011 convention in New Orleans.  Recipients of the awards will be notified by September 1 and are expected to be present for the award presentations. Self, peer, or advisor nominations accepted. Works must have been published during the 2010 calendar year. Nomination packets must be received by April 30, 2011.

Call for papers: National journalism traditions

Special issue of Medijska istraživanja/Media Research:
International Journalistic Ideology in the Context of National Traditions of Journalism

Editor of the journal: Prof. Dr. Nada Zgrabljiæ Rotar (University of Zadar, Croatia)

Guest Editors of the Special Issue: Prof. Dr. Melita Poler Kovaèiè & Prof. Dr. Karmen Erjavec (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Editors of Medijska istraživanja/Media Research have decided to devote a special issue (2011, Vol. 17, No. 1-2) to the following topics:

In journalism studies literature, some of the most crucial journalistic themes—such as autonomy, ethics, and professional knowledge—have often been researched as the criteria of journalism professionalization and a part of a common (or at least dominant) journalistic ideology. Questions related to these topics have been posed within discussions about the wider crisis of journalism, i.e., the crisis of journalism’s foundations and goals, and its theory and practice. Although several authors have (optimistically) argued that some common or even universal grounds exist within journalism, others have pointed to differences and disagreements, which are reflected in different ways of understanding and practicing journalism in various parts of the world. Numerous research studies have confirmed so far that the systems and traditions of journalism vary, while others have been persistent in emphasizing commonalities. Changes in media environment, processes of globalization and multiculturalism, scaling down of national borders, moving news to the Internet, an increasingly international (multinational) audience, and other phenomena relevant to the present time point to the need for reflection about what (if anything) journalism and journalists around the world have in common. These changes make us reconsider some old questions about the meaning and definition of quality journalism, placing them in a new light. Considering the diversity of approaches to journalism, can we speak about a common (or a dominant) journalistic ideology and/or an international news culture? Is journalism really so largely dependent on the broader (historical, social, and cultural) context that it is virtually senseless to search for universal values and common understandings of what constitutes journalism? Does journalism, due to the new and the issues mentioned above, need to strive for universal and internationally accepted definitions of its constituent elements? Should the lack of consensus on what journalism is (or should be) in all parts of the world be accepted as a fact and instead be accompanied by learning about other cultures, systems, and traditions of journalism by promoting understanding and respect for difference?

Authors included in this special issue of Medijska istraživanja/Media Research should consider these questions as a starting-point for their research. It is strongly recommended that the authors proceed from journalistic traditions in their own countries, do original research, and then discuss it in a wider context of (presumably) international news culture and journalistic ideology. Comparative analyses are also very welcome as well as theoretical reflections about the issues described above.

Interested authors should submit abstracts in the English language (200 to 250 words) to both editors ( melita.poler-kovacic@fdv.uni-lj.si & karmen.erjavec@fdv.uni-lj.si) by March 1st, 2011. The authors will be notified about whether their abstracts meet the criteria until March 15th, 2011.

The deadline for submission of full articles in the English language and up to 7000 words will be June 15, 2011. After reading the submissions, the editors will decide which of them will be rejected immediately and which will be sent for review to two reviewers. The deadline for submitting final revised articles will be September 1st, 2011.

Information about the journal, including guidelines for authors, can be found on the journal’s site.

AJHA book award

The AJHA Book of the Year Award

The American Journalism Historians Association recognizes the best in journalism history or mass media history published during calendar year. The book must have been granted a first-time copyright in 2010.

Entrants should submit four copies of their books to the book award coordinator by March 31, 2011.

Send materials to:

Aimee Edmondson
Ohio University
E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
204 Scripps Hall
Athens, Ohio 45701


For more information, see the AJHA awards site.

CAFIC Conference – Call for papers

9th CAFIC International Conference: Intercultural Communication Studies in the Context of Globalization: Theory and Practice

China Association for Intercultural Communication (CAFIC), International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies (IAICS) and Association for Chinese Communication Studies (ACCS) are pleased to announce the forthcoming biennial conference on Intercultural Communication Studies in the Context of Globalization: Theory and Practice. The conference is to be held on June 22-26, 2011 and hosted by the Centre for Intercultural Studies and the College of Foreign Languages, Fujian Normal University (FNU), located in Fuzhou, Fujian, China. High-quality papers for the conference are now invited for submission.

Intercultural communication as an area of study has been around in China since the early 1980s. In a period of thirty years or so since then, we have witnessed remarkable achievements in this field in both theoretical aspects and practical applications. In the context of increasing globalization today, it would be appropriate for the forthcoming conference to focus on ways of linking theory to practice and emphasizing case studies of intercultural communication in various forms.

For further information, please go to Manuscript Submission Guidelines or to Conference Organization.

Paper Submission Requirement: A complete paper in line with Manuscript Submission Guidelines is due by March 1, 2011. Formal invitation letters shall be issued to the authors of accepted papers no later than April 2, 2011.

Working Languages: Papers and speeches are encouraged to be written and delivered in English while those in Chinese are also welcome. All keynote speeches, for their greatest accessibility, should be given in English.

Publication of Accepted Papers: An editorial board will be organized to review all submitted papers and those accepted pieces, with the approval of their authors, will be compiled and published in a volume titled: Intercultural Communication Studies in the Context of Globalization: Theory and Practice–Proceedings of the 9th CAFIC International Conference on Intercultural Communication.

For further information, go to the conference site.

IICD NCA call for papers


The International and Intercultural Division of the National Communication Association is ready to receive submissions relevant to cultural or intercultural contexts. Three kinds of submissions will be considered: individually submitted competitive papers (individual paper), pre-arranged thematic paper panels (paper session), and roundtable discussion panels (panel discussion) on intercultural topics. The theme for the 2011 conference in New Orleans is Voice (see official NCA Convention call) which emphasizes the National Communication Association as a community of engagement in issues affecting New Orleans and the Gulf Region. In addition to the three kinds of submissions described above, papers and panels which more fully explore and develop the conference theme as this relates to cultural issues are strongly encouraged. The deadline for submission of all materials is Wednesday, March 16th 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Please indicate whether you want your individual paper submission to be considered as a student paper selection or for the Scholar-to-Scholar sessions. Individual paper submissions should include a 100-word abstract and are limited to 25 pages. Only complete papers will be considered. Individual paper submissions should not contain identifying information (author name, university affiliation). Student papers should be clearly marked to be eligible for top student honors in the division, as well as the Donald P. Cushman Award for top student paper in NCA; to be eligible for either award, all authors must be students. Only one paper per author will be accepted, with one additional co-authored paper permitted for the division; if two sole-authored papers are submitted, the highest ranking will be accepted. The same paper may not be submitted to more than one division. Submissions should be original work, by the authors named, not previously presented at this or other conferences, and not previously published.

All materials must be submitted online through NCA Submission Central. Proposals for short courses, preconferences, seminars, or GIFTS (Great Ideas for Teaching Students) should be submitted directly to program planners for those areas. All submissions must list any A/V requirements. Check your email address listed in NCA Submission Central before or after submission as all correspondence goes there. Deadline: Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST

Contact: Mary Bresnahan, Vice Chair of the IIC Division and division organizer for New Orleans, Department of Communication, Michigan State University, East Lansing. MI 48824-1212, phone 517 432 1285, fax 517 432 1192, email: bresnah1@msu.edu.

U Cal Press Book competition


The University of California Press in association with the Center for a Public Anthropology is sponsoring an international competition that awards a formal, publishing contract for the best book proposal submitted — independent of whether the author has completed (or even started) the proposed manuscript. The winner will receive, in addition to a formal book contract from the University of California Press, a five thousand dollar advance. The deadline is March 1, 2011.

If you are interested in the University of California Press Competition, the book contract and the five thousand dollar advance, please visit this link.

Dr. Rob Borofsky
Director, Center for a Public Anthropology
Co-Editor, California Series in Public Anthropology

Comm Yearbook – call for submissions

Call for Papers

Communication Yearbook 36
A Publication of the International Communication Association

Editor: Charles T. Salmon

CY 36 is a forum for the exchange of interdisciplinary and internationally diverse scholarship relating to communication in its many forms. Specifically, we are seeking state-of-the-discipline literature reviews and essays that advance knowledge and understanding of communication systems, processes, and impacts. Submitted manuscripts should provide a rigorous assessment of the status, critical issues and needed directions of a theory or body of research; offer new theory; and/or expand the boundaries of the discipline. In all cases, submissions should be comprehensive and thoughtful in their synthesis and analysis, and situate a body of scholarship within a larger intellectual context.

Details: Submit manuscripts electronically via a Word attachment to Charles T. Salmon, Editor, at CY36@msu.edu Deadline for manuscript submissions:  February 1, 2011 Use APA style, 6th edition Limit manuscripts to 60 pages (including tables, endnotes, references) Prepare manuscripts for blind review, removing all identifiers Include a title page as a separate document that includes contact information for all authors

For more information about CY 36 or this call for submissions, please contact Charles T. Salmon at CY36@msu.edu.

Global Media Journal – call for papers

Global Media Journal — Canadian Edition
Volume 4, Issue 1 (2011)
Multi-cultural, Multi-ethnic, and Multi-faith Communication
Guest Editors:
Dr. Mahmoud Eid
Dr. Isaac Nahon-Serfaty
Dr. Rukhsana Ahmed

Human beings with different cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds share the globe and communicate together on interpersonal, organizational, and international levels. Globalization, new communication technologies, media conglomerations, trade agreements, and even military treaties have virtually removed borders among nations. New media technologies, for example, have created new communicative spaces, forms, and strategies that transcend face-to-face and nation-to-nation communication barriers; yet, cultural, ethnic, and religious differences remain. This highlights the significance of the cultural, ethnic, and religious dimensions of human communication, as well as the interrelated relationship among them; culture usually arises from various ethnic groups, and each ethnic group does not necessarily follow one religious tradition (i.e., faith).

Communication is at the heart of any culture, ethnicity, and religion. People become more engaged in contexts where communication reflects on their cultural, ethnic, or religious identity. Hence, it is crucial to look deeply into, and compare, how people from differing cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds communicate among themselves, and across cultures, ethnicities, and religions. Cultural, ethnic, and religious differences are causing communication problems; hence, communicators should be careful, enduring, and forgiving, rather than imprudent, intolerant, and hostile. Discussions about culture, ethnicity, or religion can be empowering, but can also at times be disturbing.

Many contemporary societies are proud of their diversity in culture, ethnicity, and faith; however, cultural, ethnic, and religious communication forms have not been yet sufficiently or effectively embraced in such societies. It is evident in many of such societies that cultural exclusivity, ethnic stereotyping, racial discrimination or xenophobia, and religious intolerance are prevalent. There have also been various biases and crimes/violence against those perceived as “others” in such societies. Recent global debates demonstrate the extent to which communication, including traditional and new media, can be a disruptive force when focusing only on the most negative aspects of certain cultural, ethnic, or religious practices, particularly those related to fundamentalist views. However, communication can also be powerful in bringing people of different cultures, ethnicities, and faiths together in mutual understanding and cooperation.

Communication can help avoid inter-cultural, inter-racial, or inter-religious clashes; it can promote peace, patience, tolerance, and understanding, deepen public knowledge about religious traditions and practices, promote dialogue and mutual understanding among different religious traditions and between religious and secular visions of the world, and shape public perceptions of cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity. This issue will focus on the role of multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-faith communication in contemporary societies, covering a variety of themes and cases from global perspectives. It welcomes analytic, critical, empirical, or comparative submissions that discuss the most recent debates and discourses about, but not limited to, the following topics:

•    forms of cultural, ethnic, and religious communication
•    theories and concepts in cultural, ethnic, and religious communication
•    effective or ineffective multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-faith communication
•    traditional or new media and culture, ethnicity, and religion
•    social integration and multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-faith communication
•    rights and freedoms of ethnic and religious groups in contemporary societies
•    inter-cultural, cross-cultural, and multi-cultural communication
•    ethnic and religious media
•    intercultural, interethnic, and interfaith dialogue
•    multiculturalism, pluralism, and diversity
•    media representations of culture, ethnicity, and religion

The Global Media Journal — Canadian Edition welcomes high-quality, original submissions on related topics to the above theme. Submissions are expected to develop communication and media theories, report empirical and analytical research, present critical discourses, apply theories to case studies, and set out innovative research methodologies. The Journal is bilingual (English and French) open-access online academic refereed publication that aims to advance research and understanding of communication and media in Canada and around the globe.

Deadline: March 15th, 2011

Submissions: Papers (5,000 to 7,500 words), review articles of more than one book (2,500 to 3,000 words), and book reviews (1,000 to 1,200 words).

Method: All manuscripts must be submitted electronically as Word Document attachments, directly to Dr. Mahmoud Eid (gmj@uottawa.ca).


Decision: April 30th, 2011

Publication: June 15th, 2011

Essay contest for Austria

Milton Wolf Seminar 2011 Essay Contest:
Picking up the Pieces: Fragmented Sovereignties and Emerging Information Flows

“The Diplomatic Academy Vienna in partnership with the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania will host a seminar from March 23-25, 2011 in Vienna, Austria, organized by the American Austrian Foundation. The seminar will bring together a diverse group of invited individuals representing multiple perspectives and nationalities.Panelists include distinguished print and television journalists, media development practitioners, diplomats, and academics.

The organizers have launched an essay competition to identify motivated and thoughtful students of international relations, development studies, communication, journalism, law, and related fields who will enrich the seminar proceedings. Essays should be approximately 1500 words long and address the following question: Under what conditions and with what methods should a country or multilateral organization intervene in the media and communications space of another?

Seven winning essay writers will receive a stipend of up to $1,500 each to cover travel to and participation in the 2011 Milton Wolf Seminar in Vienna. Vienna, Austria’s historic capital city provides an ideal location for the seminar because it is also home to a broad array of media actors, multilateral organizations, and international NGOs.”

More information about the seminar and essay contest can be found on the seminar site.


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