Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media Graduate Student Special Issue – Old Against New, or a Coming of Age? Rethinking Broadcasting in an Era of Electronic Media

> *Call for Papers*
> Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media Special Issue
> *Old Against New, or a Coming of Age? Rethinking Broadcasting in an Era of
> Electronic Media*
> In this special issue edited and authored by graduate students, JOBEM is
> calling on emerging scholars to redefine “broadcasting” and explore the
> relevance of this term in an age of electronic media. We believe that
> graduate students are uniquely situated to change the conversation around
> new and old media, rethinking both what it means for media to come of age
> and how to study such a phenomenon.
> *Special Issue Coordinating Editor-in-Chief*
> Stacy Blasiola (University of Illinois at Chicago,
> *Special Issue Guest Editors*
> R. Stuart Geiger (University of California, Berkeley)
> Airi Lampinen(Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT &
> University of Helsinki)
> *Deadline for Extended Abstracts:* August 19, 2013
> *Full Paper Invitation:* September 22, 2013
> *Deadline for Full Papers:* January 6, 2014
> *Final Decisions:* May 6, 2014
> *Contact:*
> As guest editors for the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, we
> know that the term “broadcasting” certainly has the connotations of a
> rapidly-disappearing era. There is a strong temptation to sharply
> distinguish between old and new media, and “broadcasting” (and even
> “electronic”) is a term that is now often associated with the old. We are
> constantly told that we are in the midst of a digital/social media
> revolution that will make the unidirectional, mass communication model
> obsolete. Yet a cursory glance into either the history of media technology
> or the contemporary use of new media platforms complicates these dominant
> narratives. Do we need new terms to help us think about what it means for
> new media to come of age, or do we need to reappropriate old terms?
> Do ideas about new media revolutions help us better understand the
> complicated relationships between radio and early television programming,
> telegraph networks and emerging telephone infrastructure, or musicians and
> the various shifts in the recording industry? Do notions of social media
> disruptions help us understand how participation takes place in sites like
> Wikipedia, reddit, or YouTube, or how these sites are situated in relation
> to more established news and media industries? What is the relevance of
> “old media” terms such as “broadcasting” for studying today’s social media
> platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, and Pinterest? We call on
> graduate students to start a new thread in the conversation about what it
> means for media to be old and new. For us, rethinking “broadcasting” in an
> era of electronic media is to neither hastily disregard the legacy of these
> terms nor cling to them too rigidly.
> As graduate students, we feel a curious resonance with the contradictory
> expectations surrounding new media forms. We are called to be apprentices,
> learning to participate in a longstanding and well-established institution;
> yet at the same time we are called to be radical revolutionaries,
> disrupting old ways of thinking. Graduate students, like many new media
> services and platforms, face many anxieties about what it means to come of
> age in a landscape already filled with towering figures. Many of the issues
> we face are longstanding problems that every generation before us also
> confronted, but we also face many concerns that are unique to our current
> historical situation.
> As emerging scholars, we believe that graduate students are uniquely
> situated to change the conversation around new and old media, rethinking
> both what it means for media to come of age and how to study such a
> phenomenon. In this special issue, we call on graduate students to redefine
> what “broadcasting” means and explore the relevance of this term in an age
> of electronic media. We intentionally leave this open to interpretation. We
> seek papers that will theoretically and empirically advance our
> understanding of the diverse array of practices, content, people,
> technologies, industries, and policies that collectively constitute our
> contemporary media ecology.
> We call for papers from a wide variety of disciplines and interdisciplinary
> fields, recognizing that scholarship can take a variety of different forms.
> We invite authors to:
> –
> propose novel theoretical or methodological frameworks to the study of
> media and broadcasting
> –
> critically review and synthesize existing academic literatures about
> media and broadcasting
> –
> discursively analyze various rhetorics and narratives around/in media
> and broadcasting
> –
> document case studies about historical and/or contemporary media and
> broadcasting forms
> –
> relate ethnographic, qualitative, or quantitative studies about the role
> of media and broadcasting in various social contexts
> –
> contact us about any other paper forms, or if you are unsure if your
> paper is suitable for this special issue
> * *
> *Deadlines and Submission Instructions*
> Timeline
> Deadline for Extended Abstracts: August 19, 2013
> Invitations to Submit Full Papers: September 22, 2013
> Deadline to Submit Full Papers: January 6, 2014
> Final Decisions to Authors: May 6, 2014
> Final Revisions for Full Papers: May 26, 2014
> Publication of the Special Issue: September 2014
> All submissions must be graduate student driven, meaning that the primary
> authors should be enrolled as graduate students (at least) at the time of
> submitting extended abstracts. Although collaborative work with
> non-graduate students is acceptable, we seek papers that are primarily
> conceptualized and authored by graduate students. Collaborative work with
> other students is highly encouraged. Importantly, the corresponding, lead
> author–who will be responsible for the paper and interactions with the
> editors–must be a graduate student.
> Because we anticipate a large number of submissions, we will not initially
> accept full papers for review. Interested authors must first send a
> proposal of their paper in an extended abstract format of 600-800 words,
> not including references. The extended abstract should clearly introduce
> and outline the paper, giving reviewers from a wide variety of academic
> fields enough context and detail to evaluate its feasibility as a full
> paper, intellectual merit, relevance to the special issue theme, and
> broader impacts. As the research for these papers may not yet be complete,
> we do not expect that extended abstracts will necessarily include all of
> the paper’s findings or conclusions. However, the extended abstracts should
> outline what kinds of findings or conclusions the authors expect to present
> in the final paper. Specifically, extended abstracts should include:
> – a title
> – a description of the paper’s core topic, case, problem, and/or argument
> – the methodological approach, theoretical background, and/or
> disciplinary field
> – the paper’s relevance to related academic literatures
> – expected findings or conclusions
> – expected contributions to the study of media
> Extended abstracts must be mailed as an attachment to
> and must be sent in .rtf, .doc or .docx format. We
> cannot accept .pdf submissions.
> Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be invited to submit a full paper
> of no more than 7,500 words (including references). Invited full papers
> will be subject to a formal peer review process, and papers will only be
> published if they pass JOBEM’s standard reviewing process. Authors must
> adhere to a strict schedule for submission and revisions. Authors whose
> manuscripts do not get accepted to the special issue are encouraged to
> consider submitting revised papers to JOBEM through the normal submission
> process.
> All submissions must adhere to the formatting guidelines for Journal of
> Broadcasting and Electronic Media. Manuscripts must adhere to APA style
> format. Complete submission guidelines can be accessed at
> papers must be submitted
> online at: (select “Special Issue: Grad
> Issue” as a manuscript type).
> CFP also available at:
> Stacy Blasiola
> IGERT Fellow – Electronic Security & Privacy
> JOBEM – Editorial Associate
> Department of Communication
> University of Illinois at Chicago
> 1007 W Harrison Street, Behavioral Sciences Building
> Chicago, IL 60607

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