The 100th AEJMC Annual Conference
Closing the Gap: Media, Research and the Profession
2017 Paper Call
The Community Journalism Interest Group (COMJIG) seeks original, non-published research papers to be considered for presentation at the 2017 AEJMC national conference in Chicago, Illinois. The deadline for paper submissions is April 1, 2017.
COMJIG’s goal is to identify and present original, meaningful research that advances the understanding of the role of journalists and news organizations as members of communities, be they geographic, topical, or digital. Communities are multifaceted, and community as a field of study may be understood in different ways: It may be defined as a geographically bounded place, a group defined by social boundaries, or a collective that exists in the online world. Papers presented in COMJIG’s research sessions reflect the diverse approaches to understanding the ways various types of communities interact with and/or exist through media, and how journalism for-mats and products cater to those communities. Possible research topics could include the ways community formation affects the process of journalism, how journalists take advantage of community to build audience and/or to improve journalism, or the ways news companies and individual journalists encourage community among readers, listeners, or viewers. The interest group is also interested in re- search that extends our understanding of “community” in new directions: Papers could address such issues as how community is defined or how its meaning changes in an increasingly digital media environment. All methodologies and theoretical frameworks are welcome.
The interest group recognizes annually the top faculty paper and top student paper submitted for presentation. The authors of top papers will have the opportunity to be considered for publication in the peer reviewed journal Community Journalism, COMJIG’s official publication.
Paper submissions should include a 100 to 150 word abstract and should not exceed 8,000 words, including references, tables and notes. All papers should con- form to APA style, Sixth Edition. Graduate students are encouraged to submit pa- pers. Student authors should clearly mark their papers as student submissions in order to be considered in the student paper competition.
All research papers must be uploaded to the group via a link on the AEJMC website. Please see AEJMC’s Paper Competition Uniform Call for more information. All submissions undergo a blind review process. Authors should ensure that their papers do not contain identifying references. For a detailed explanation, please see “submitting a clean paper” under the uniform paper call on the AEJMC website. Failure to remove identifying references from papers will result in automatic disqualification.
Additional questions may be directed to COMJIG Research Committee Chair Rich Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 280-2175.