Journal of Communication Inquiry

Journal of Communication Inquiry Journal of Communication Inquiry (JCI) is an interdisciplinary academic forum for critical mass communication studies. http://jci.sagepub.com

Journal of Communication Inquiry (JCI) is a forward-thinking, interdisciplinary forum that explores communication and mass communication phenomena within cultural and historical perspectives. Publishing cutting-edge research and analysis, JCI emphasizes philosophical, evaluative, empirical, legal, historical and critical inquiry into relationships between mass communication and society across time

Journal of Communication Inquiry (JCI) is a forward-thinking, interdisciplinary forum that explores communication and mass communication phenomena within cultural and historical perspectives. Publishing cutting-edge research and analysis, JCI emphasizes philosophical, evaluative, empirical, legal, historical and critical inquiry into relationships between mass communication and society across time

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One week left to submit your paper for our October 2019 theme issue, “Mediating the #MeToo Movement: Intersectional Appr...
01/09/2019
Journal of Communication Inquiry Call for Papers

One week left to submit your paper for our October 2019 theme issue, “Mediating the #MeToo Movement: Intersectional Approach.” Deadline: January 15.

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“Mediating the #MeToo Movement: Intersectional Approach” The Journal of Communication Inquiry (JCI) invites submissions that adopt critical-cultural approaches to exploring the #MeToo movement from…

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***CfP: “Mediating the #MeToo Movement: Intersectional Approach”

JCI invites submissions for its October 2019 theme issue that adopt critical-cultural approaches to exploring the #MeToo movement from an intersectional perspective. Studies that display theoretical and methodological innovation are particularly encouraged, as are submissions that bring into analysis international contexts and other social categorizations beyond race, gender, and class.

Submission deadline: January 15, 2019

Full CfP available athttp://journals.sagepub.com/pb-assets/JCI_CFP_Oct18-1538593330357.pdf

Please contact Managing Editor Volha Kananovich ([email protected]) with questions.

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John Ike Sewell takes on the power of words and public discourse to both define and fail to define the q***r identity in...
10/15/2014

John Ike Sewell takes on the power of words and public discourse to both define and fail to define the q***r identity in "Becoming Rather Than Being": Queer's Double-Edged Discourse as Deconstructive Practice. He uses the concept of "double edged discourse" (an oppositional discourse within another, larger oppositional discourse) to the q***r identity discourse that emerged within the LGBT discourse in the wake of the AIDS crisis. He uses Laclau's logic of equivalence to examine q***r's deployment as an empty signifier for the LGBTQ movement.

John Ike Sewell is Assistant Professor of Convergence Journalism for the University of West Georgia’s Department of Mass Communications and a practicing journalist. He is a longtime contributor to Knoxville, Tennessee’s Metro Pulse magazine and is a staff writer for Atlanta’s Stomp & Stammer magazine. His work has been featured in music magazines and alternative newspapers such as Mean Street (Los Angeles) and Baltimore City Paper. Presently he is rewriting his doctoral dissertation, “‘Doing it for The Dudes’: A Comparative Ethnographic Study of Performative Masculinity in Heavy Metal and Hardcore Subcultures” as a book project. Sewell received his Ph.D. in Public Communication (Cultural Studies and Critical Theory) from Georgia State University’s Department of Communication in 2012.

Here's the Table of Contents for the special October Issue of JCI: 1. Introduction 2. Reflections on the Recent History ...
10/14/2014
Table of Contents — October 2014, 38 (4)

Here's the Table of Contents for the special October Issue of JCI: 1. Introduction 2. Reflections on the Recent History and Near Future of LGBTQ Scholarship - Lori Blachford, 3. Saying Goodbye to Men: Southern Feminists Publishing News While Challenging Patriarchy - Jose Andres Araiza, 4. "Becoming Rather Than Being": Qu**rs Double-Edged Discourse as Deconstructive Practice - John Ike Sewell, 5. The Empathic Meme: Situating Chris Crocker Within the Media History of LGBTQ Equality Struggles - D. Travers Scott, 6. Cracks in the Glass Slipper: Does it Really 'Get Better' for LGBTQ Youth, or Is It Just Another Cinderella Story? - Erica Ciszek, 7. What a Year! The Framing of Marriage Equality Through Media's Selected Sources in 2013 - Nathian Shae Rodriuez and Lindsey Blumell. http://jci.sagepub.com/content/current

Available now in the Special October Issue: "Cracks in the Glass Slipper: Does It Really “Get Better” for LGBTQ Youth, o...
10/14/2014

Available now in the Special October Issue: "Cracks in the Glass Slipper: Does It Really “Get Better” for LGBTQ Youth, or Is It Just Another Cinderella Story?" by Erica Ciszek. Ciszek examines submissions to the It Gets Better Project to explore how the campaign creates a shared story around le***an, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

Ciszek is an Assistant Professor of Integrated Strategic Communication at the University of Houston's Jack J. Valenti School of Communication. She earned her PhD from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication.The inquiries that drive Ciszek’s research are at the intersections of communication, sociology, and gender studies. Her research considers the relationships between marginalized populations and strategic communication.

Is the media specter of urban crime, disorder, and news stories about fear of crime part of a sinister agenda of social ...
07/07/2014

Is the media specter of urban crime, disorder, and news stories about fear of crime part of a sinister agenda of social control or worthy of consideration as a valid policy question? In the current issue of JCI, Timothy Gibbons reviews and offers a "friendly critique" of the "fear-of-crime" literature. He argues activist scholars might be able to simultaneously speak out against public discourse which uses fear of urban crime as a tool for more discrimination and repression while empowering residents to stand up to the crime that does exist and also undermines opportunity and quality of life.

Tim Gibson is an Associate Professor of Communication George Mason University. He also teaches in the Cultural Studies PhD program at GMU. His research interests include critical media studies, the political economy of communication, and urban studies.

07/07/2014

Welcome back from the Independence Day holiday weekend (for our members in the States) with a brand new edition of the Journal of Communication Inquiry, available now! Over the next week or so we will be letting you know about authors and articles we are featuring this July! Stay tuned!

ICYMI: Available FREE TO THE PUBLIC through July, the article: "How Many More Indians? An Argument for a Representationa...
06/19/2014
Table of Contents — July 2014, 38 (3)

ICYMI: Available FREE TO THE PUBLIC through July, the article: "How Many More Indians? An Argument for a Representational Ethics of Native Americans" by Debra Merskin, available online NOW in the July 2014 issue of JCI! If your Facebook wall has been anything like mine today, there has been a LOT of discussion about the latest developments with the U.S. Patent Office and the Washington R*dsk*ns. This article, while not about the football team in particular, looks at other forms of appropriated representation for commercial purposes, and offers both a great explanation of why this is problematic and some advice for a better approach. http://jci.sagepub.com/content/current

06/19/2014

Available FREE TO THE PUBLIC through July, the article: "How Many More Indians? An Argument for a Representational Ethics of Native Americans" by Debra Merskin, available online NOW in the July 2014 issue of JCI! If your Facebook wall has been anything like mine today, there has been a LOT of discussion about the latest developments with the U.S. Patent Office and the Washington R*dsk*ns. This article, while not about the football team in particular, looks at other forms of appropriated representation for commercial purposes, and offers both a great explanation of why this is problematic and some advice for a better approach. http://jci.sagepub.com/content/current

06/12/2014

Hope Summer is going well for everyone! Are you looking for opportunities to get more involved in the academic publishing world? Would you like to be considered for reviewing? Please send an email with your contact information, a brief description of where you are in your academic career, and your areas of expertise/interest to [email protected]! We will put you on the list!

05/01/2014

The lineup for the July issue is set and we are entering the production stage...stay tuned!

Much has already been said about the portrayal of gender roles and the impact of those portrayals on girls in recent off...
04/28/2014
Dr Shayla Thiel-Stern : Journalism & Mass Communication : U of M

Much has already been said about the portrayal of gender roles and the impact of those portrayals on girls in recent offerings like "Brave" and "Frozen." But as Shayla Thiel-Stern, Sharon Mazzarella, and Rebecca Hains explain through their research, young girls have been seeking out media portrayals of strong and brave female characters for a long time. "We didn't have adventures like that: The lure of adventure stories and courageous females for girls growing up in the United States during the mid-20th Century" uses oral history interviews to understand how women who were girls 50+ years ago used these characters and their stories to negotiate a future identity for themselves. You can read their research in the April issue of JCI!
http://sjmc.umn.edu/people/profile.php?UID=stern180

Shayla Thiel-Stern teaches coursework that covers how the changing media environment and the production and consumption of digital media affects culture and society today. Her research--which questions the critical intersections of youth, interactive media and gender--uses ethnographic and historica…

Does the characterization of the Persians in the fictionalized historical account of the movie "300" tell us more about ...
04/17/2014

Does the characterization of the Persians in the fictionalized historical account of the movie "300" tell us more about current race and gender relations than it does about ancient history? Dr. Doreen Kutufam co-authors with Dr. David Oh an attempt to answer that question in this month's Journal of Communication Inquiry with the article "The Orientalized 'Other' and Corrosive Feminiity: Threats to White Masculinity in 300".

An associate professor at Carroll College, Dr. Kutufam's research interests includes race, gender and class in mass media, as well as the use of audio-visual media as a tool for health education, with special emphasis on Africa.

Can a tale about ancient Greece be a modern day fable advancing the superiority of the White male?  David Oh and co-auth...
04/16/2014

Can a tale about ancient Greece be a modern day fable advancing the superiority of the White male? David Oh and co-author Doreen Kutufam unpack the movie "300" in this month's 40th Anniversary Issue of the Journal of Communication Inquiry. With the sequel to the film still in theaters, "The Orientalized 'Other' and Corrosive Femininity: Threats to White Masculinity in 300" provides a timely textual analysis focusing on how the movie constructs the ideas of nation, race, and gender.

David C. Oh (PhD, Syracuse University) is an assistant professor of
communication arts (media studies) in the School of Contemporary Arts at Ramapo College of New Jersey. His research examines Asian and Asian American representations in popular media as well as media use and
meaning making for the Korean diaspora in the US.

With the Winter Games followed by an invasion of Ukraine, Russia has been front and center on the world stage in 2014.  ...
04/07/2014

With the Winter Games followed by an invasion of Ukraine, Russia has been front and center on the world stage in 2014. In the April issue of the Journal of Communication Inquiry, author Anna Popkova gives us a glimpse on what it is like for the common person to discuss politics in Russia, looking at how the old and the new combine as citizens try to find spaces to talk and be heard. Popkova offers these insight by looking at another recent time of political unrest in her article, "Political Criticism From the Soviet Kitchen to the Russian Internet: A Comparative Analysis of Russian Media Coverage of the December 2011 Election Protests"

Anna Popkova is a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her research examines media and social/political change, journalism and global affairs, media and politics in Russia, comparative media systems, alternative media, and media and diversity. Anna has also taught upper-level undergraduate courses Global Communication and Mass Media and Popular Culture at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The 40th Anniversary Issue of JCI is available online now!  Here's a story about the journal and the issue: http://now.u...
03/28/2014
Fresh academic air

The 40th Anniversary Issue of JCI is available online now! Here's a story about the journal and the issue: http://now.uiowa.edu/2014/03/fresh-academic-air

A renowned student-run journal at the Univerisity of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication begins its fifth decade of continuous publication.

03/18/2014

Hope everyone is enjoying Spring Break and/or getting their submissions ready for AEJMC! Good luck!

Robert McChesney to speak at Iowa on Monday, March 10th, 6:30 p.m.  This lecture is sponsored by the Iowa School of Jour...
03/04/2014
Media activist Robert McChesney to speak on journalism in crisis | School of Journalism & Mass...

Robert McChesney to speak at Iowa on Monday, March 10th, 6:30 p.m. This lecture is sponsored by the Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the home of the Journal of Communication Inquiry. http://clas.uiowa.edu/sjmc/resources/news/media-activist-robert-mcchesney-speak-journalism-crisis

Robert McChesney believes journalism has a bright future — but only if citizens challenge the crass commercialism and anti-democratic fiscal policies that undermine it today.

In honor of the passing of Stuart Hall earlier this week, JCI and publisher SAGE are making the June 1986 issue OPEN ACC...
02/13/2014
Table of Contents — June 1986, 10 (2)

In honor of the passing of Stuart Hall earlier this week, JCI and publisher SAGE are making the June 1986 issue OPEN ACCESS for one month (until March 11th). This issue, which marked the first time an American based journal published work written by Hall, featured two pieces of his: "Gramsci's Relevance for the Study of Race and Ethnicity," and "The Problem of Ideology-Marxism without Guarantees." The full table of contents for the issue is as follows:

-- Introduction
-- "Gramsci's Relevance for the Study of Race and Ethnicity" - Stuart Hall
-- "The Problem of Ideology: Marxism without Guarantee" - Stuart Hall
-- "On Postmodernism and Articulation: An Interview with Stuart Hall" by Lawrence Grossberg
-- "History, Politics, and Postmodernism: Stuart Hall and Cultural Studies." - Lawrence Grossberg
-- "Postmodernism and 'The Other Side'" - Dick Hebdige
-- "Waiting on the End of the World?" - Iain Chambers
-- "An Articulating Culture-Hall, Meaning and Power" - John Fiske and Jon Watts
-- "Postmodernism and Popular Culture" - Angela McRobbie
-- "British Cultural Studies and the Return of the 'Critical' in American Mass Communication Research: An Accommodation or Radical Change?" - Hanno Hardt
-- "A Working Bibliography: Writings of Stuart Hall" - Kuan-Hsing Chen

Hopefully you will join me in taking advantage of this opportunity to spread a few of Dr. Hall's ideas (and some of the countless responses to his ideas) to those who might not be at a SAGE/JCI subscribing institution. Remember, this free access will only be open for a month. Please share the following link with friends and colleagues: http://jci.sagepub.com/content/10/2.toc

In honor of the passing of Stuart Hall earlier this week, JCI and publisher SAGE are making the June 1986 issue OPEN ACC...
02/12/2014
Table of Contents — June 1986, 10 (2)

In honor of the passing of Stuart Hall earlier this week, JCI and publisher SAGE are making the June 1986 issue OPEN ACCESS for one month. This issue, which marked the first time an American based journal published work written by Hall, featured two pieces of his: "Gramsci's Relevance for the Study of Race and Ethnicity," and "The Problem of Ideology-Marxism without Guarantees." The full table of contents for the issue is as follows:

-- Introduction
-- "Gramsci's Relevance for the Study of Race and Ethnicity" - Stuart Hall
-- "The Problem of Ideology: Marxism without Guarantee" - Stuart Hall
-- "On Postmodernism and Articulation: An Interview with Stuart Hall" by Lawrence Grossberg
-- "History, Politics, and Postmodernism: Stuart Hall and Cultural Studies." - Lawrence Grossberg
-- "Postmodernism and 'The Other Side'" - Dick Hebdige
-- "Waiting on the End of the World?" - Iain Chambers
-- "An Articulating Culture-Hall, Meaning and Power" - John Fiske and Jon Watts
-- "Postmodernism and Popular Culture" - Angela McRobbie
-- "British Cultural Studies and the Return of the 'Critical' in American Mass Communication Research: An Accommodation or Radical Change?" - Hanno Hardt
-- "A Working Bibliography: Writings of Stuart Hall" - Kuan-Hsing Chen

Hopefully you will join me in taking advantage of this opportunity to spread a few of Dr. Hall's ideas (and some of the countless responses to his ideas) to those who might not be at a SAGE/JCI subscribing institution. Remember, this free access will only be open for a month. Please share the following link with friends and colleagues: http://jci.sagepub.com/content/10/2.toc

JUST ONE WEEK until the deadline for the Special Call on mediated battles over LGBTQ equality!  http://jci.sagepub.com/
02/10/2014
Journal of Communication Inquiry

JUST ONE WEEK until the deadline for the Special Call on mediated battles over LGBTQ equality! http://jci.sagepub.com/

Journal of Communication Inquiry (JCI) is a forward-thinking, interdisciplinary forum that explores communication and mass communication phenomena within cultural and historical perspectives. Publishing cutting-edge research and analysis, JCI emphasizes philosophical, evaluative, empirical, legal, h...

02/10/2014

Today we mourn the loss, but more importantly celebrate the life, of Stuart Hall. As long as his work continues to inspire, his light will continue to shine, and his contributions to the academy and to all of humanity will live on. Rest in peace, good sir.

JUST TWO WEEKS TO GO for the Special Call Deadline for LGBT related media scholarship!  Details at http://jci.sagepub.co...
02/03/2014
Journal of Communication Inquiry

JUST TWO WEEKS TO GO for the Special Call Deadline for LGBT related media scholarship! Details at http://jci.sagepub.com/

Journal of Communication Inquiry (JCI) is a forward-thinking, interdisciplinary forum that explores communication and mass communication phenomena within cultural and historical perspectives. Publishing cutting-edge research and analysis, JCI emphasizes philosophical, evaluative, empirical, legal, h...

The February 17th Deadline for the Special Call on the mediated LGBTQ struggle for equality is less than a month away!  ...
01/21/2014
Journal of Communication Inquiry

The February 17th Deadline for the Special Call on the mediated LGBTQ struggle for equality is less than a month away! http://jci.sagepub.com/

Journal of Communication Inquiry (JCI) is a forward-thinking, interdisciplinary forum that explores communication and mass communication phenomena within cultural and historical perspectives. Publishing cutting-edge research and analysis, JCI emphasizes philosophical, evaluative, empirical, legal, h...

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