Multicultural media, also known as “ethnic media”, consisting of print, broadcast, and electronic media and intended for ethno-cultural communities, are important resources for immigrants. These diverse forms of media play an important role in meeting different information needs of immigrants.
For example, multicultural media are important sources of, and channels for the delivery of settlement, government, ethno-cultural, and home country news, information, and services for immigrants.
The proliferation of multicultural media during recent decades has produced much scholarly and journalistic works, which have focused on multicultural media’s function in helping immigrants adapt and adjust to the new host country and preserve their cultural heritage, as well as in contributing to their social isolation in the host country. The role of multicultural media in immigrants’ inclusion/segregation in the host society remains a growing concern among researchers and practitioners. With the changing media landscape through the rise of the Internet, the proliferation of digital media and the growth of mobile devices, as well as international migration increasing in scale, it has become all the more important for researchers and practitioners to further discuss, debate, and document different aspects of the role of multicultural media in the integration of immigrants.
This special issue of the Global Media Journal — Canadian Edition aims to address opportunities and challenges that multicultural media represent for immigrant integration, from a multidisciplinary perspective, including communication, media studies, information studies, geography, political science, political economy, sociology, law, international relations, and other fields. To that end, the special issue will consider theoretical, analytic, critical, empirical, and comparative submissions on topics that include, but not limited to:
▪ challenges of multicultural media ▪ concepts and theories relevant to the study of multicultural media ▪ immigrants’ access to, and experiences with multicultural media ▪ multicultural media and immigrants’ civic engagement ▪ multicultural media and immigrants’ healthcare, socio-economic, and security issues ▪ multicultural media and social inclusion: sense of belonging and community building ▪ multicultural media uses and gratifications ▪ multiculturalism, integration, and social cohesion ▪ the role of multicultural media in immigrants’ integration into society
The Global Media Journal — Canadian Edition welcomes high- quality, original submissions on related topics to the above theme. Authors are strongly encouraged to contribute to the development of communication and media theories, report empirical and analytical research or present case studies, use critical discourses, and/or 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: September 15th, 2015
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 to Dr. Rukhsana Ahmed.
Decision: October 30th, 2015
Publication: December 15th, 2015