I learned this week that I’ve been elected as the next vice chair of the Journalism Studies Division of ICA (International Communication Association). I’m very excited to serve this division—a wonderful, inspiring, and truly global mix of friends, colleagues, collaborators, and scholars with a shared passion for studying news and journalism. The Journalism Studies Division, which has grown tremendously in its roughly 15 years, becoming one of the largest ICA divisions, has been such a central part of my progression from PhD student to professor during the past decade, so I’m excited to give back and help the division move forward.
I will assume the new role at the end of the Prague conference in May 2018, and will be the program planner (lucky me, ha!) for the Washington, D.C. (2019) and Australian Gold Coast (2020) conferences. Then I’ll serve as chair of the division for two years, including the Denver (2021) and Paris (2022) conferences.
I’m excited to work with such a great Journalism Studies leadership team: the outgoing chair Henrik Örnebring, the incoming chair Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt, secretary Nina Springer, and the newly elected graduate student representative Alla Rybina.
Below is the candidate statement that I put together for the election.
I feel a real kinship with the Journalism Studies Division, my home base in the academy. Through this division, I have met such wonderful people, built collaborative networks, and learned to sharpen my research. I owe a great deal to this vibrant and growing area of the communication field. I am pursuing a leadership role in the division to do my part in continuing that growth. My goals in helping the division move forward include: (1) balancing concerns about quality with the need to include a broader range of voices, particularly from regions less represented at ICA annual conventions; (2) expanding mentoring initiatives for graduate students and early-career scholars; (3) developing forms of outreach to help members stay better connected to the division outside of the conference; (4) exploring ways to improve the standing of journalism studies, by more effectively communicating to journalists, funders, and other scholars who we are, what we do, and why our work matters; and (5) continuing to provide space for important conversations about journalism and its future.
Regarding my experience, I am the Shirley Papé Chair in Emerging Media in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. Previously, I was an associate professor at the University of Minnesota, held visiting appointments at Stanford and Yale, received my Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and was a journalist at The Miami Herald. My empirical and conceptual research, focusing on the sociotechnical dynamics shaping journalism in the digital age, has been published in nearly 50 journal articles and book chapters. I have twice received the division’s award for Outstanding Journal Article of the Year in Journalism Studies (in 2013 and 2016). I actively serve the Journalism Studies Division as a paper reviewer, session chair, and respondent.