Call for Paper Abstracts and Panel Proposals: AEJMC Midwinter Conference 2020


March 6-7, 2020

Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Oklahoma

General Call for Paper Abstracts and Panel Proposals:

The AEJMC Midwinter Conference is an annual forum for the presentation of research and debate in areas relevant to the AEJMC groups (divisions, interest groups and commissions) sponsoring the event. The conference provides a platform for presentations and extended discussions in a relaxed setting.

We are happy to host the upcoming conference again at the Gaylord College, University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma between March 6 and 7, 2020. Conference participants will be able to enjoy the College’s state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, as well as many winter diversions outside the conference activities, including world-class museums and art galleries.

Paper abstract submissions: Authors are invited to submit research paper abstracts of between 600 and 800 words (word count excludes author information and references) appropriate to one of the Divisions or Interest Groups represented at the conference. Abstracts should give a clear sense of relevant literature, research objectives, methodological approach, stage of research project (conceptual, data gathering, data interpreting), findings and conclusions.

Submissions should be done online and by the December 1, 2019 deadline at: or the full link

When submitting an abstract, please follow these steps:

1. Go to the conference website ( or the full link

2. In the “AEJMC Midwinter 2020 Login” box, click on “Sign up here” as new user if you have not used this service before. Otherwise, just log in using your existing login.

3. It will take you to a sign-up wizard, which is self-explanatory and guided. Finish signing up by confirming your email address.

4. Once the account is set up, sign in using your email address and password.

5. To submit the abstract, click on “Create a new Paper Submission”, and select the division/interest group you want to submit your abstract to.

6. The next step will require you to provide the title of the paper, an abstract (9,000 characters maximum). If your abstract’s character count exceeds 9,000 characters, you can also attach it as a Word doc or PDF file. However, you cannot leave the abstract box empty, write a brief abstract or keywords for your paper if you choose to upload it as an attachment.

7. Next you can add additional authors, if there are any. You can add as many authors as you need.

8. Finally, click the submit button to upload the abstract.

9. You will get a confirmation message once the submission is completed.

10. You can log in to the site at any time to check the status of your submission or if you need to edit something. You can only do this up to the submission deadline of December 1, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Central Time. You would not be able to make any changes to your submission after the deadline.

Note that authors can submit any specific paper abstract to only one participating group – submitting the same paper abstract to several groups will result in disqualification and withdrawal from the review process. Do not submit full papers but please ensure that abstracts are between 600 and 800 words; shorter abstracts (i.e., 75 words) don’t allow for adequate consideration with longer abstracts. Authors must ensure that they remove any identifying information from their document.

Authors of accepted papers will be notified by mid-January 2020. Papers presented at the midwinter conference are also eligible for presentation at the AEJMC national convention in August. Authors are encouraged to use the midwinter conference as an opportunity to get feedback on their research, to improve and finalize it for submission to the national conference.

Authors of accepted abstracts must submit complete papers (not exceeding 30 pages) to the discussant of their conference session at least two weeks before the midwinter conference. The midwinter chair for the relevant group will send authors the names and contact details of the discussant for their session.

At least one author of each accepted paper must register and attend the conference to present the paper. Failure to register by the deadline will result in authors’ names and papers being removed from the program. NO onsite registration will be available.

Some groups participating in the midwinter conference have award opportunities (e.g. for travel). Authors are encouraged to see the groups’ individual midwinter calls for details.

Panel submissions: In addition, the organizers are also inviting panel proposals. These panel proposals should NOT be done through the online abstract submission system. Instead, submissions for panels should be sent to the relevant midwinter chair directly via email (see list of participating AEJMC groups and the midwinter chair for each group below). The deadline for panel submissions is the same as for abstract submissions, December 1, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Central Time.

Panel submissions should include the panel title, a description of the session’s focus, the issues to be discussed, and a list of panelists (potential and confirmed), including affiliation. Proposals should not exceed two double-spaced pages.

The University of Oklahoma is located in Norman, 20 miles south of Oklahoma City, with easy access to the Will Rogers World Airport. Details on conference registration, hotel accommodation and airport transportation will be available at

For more information, please contact Elanie Steyn, Conference Site Host (


AEJMC 2020 Midwinter Chairs

Communication Technology Division
Hyunjin Seo (

Commission on the Status of Women
Sreyoshi Dey (
Khadija Ejaz (

Cultural and Critical Studies Division
Khadija Ejaz (

Entertainment Studies Interest Group
Gwen Nisbett (

Graduate Student Interest Group
Amanda Bradshaw (

International Communication Division
Summer Harlow (

Mass Communication & Society Division
Alec Tefertiller (

Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneurship Division
Anthony Palomba (
Miao Guo (

Minorities and Communication Division
Monique Luisi (


Deadline Extended for Submission of Abstracts to WMEMC 2020

Dear colleague,

On behalf of the 14th World Media Economics and Management Conference – WMEMC 2020 Organising Committee, we herewith inform you that the deadline for abstract submissions has been extended to 14th October 2019.

Abstracts can be submitted online through the website:

WMEMC 2020 (Luiss Business School, May 20-24 2020), is the leading biennial meeting of the global community of media business scholars. Over the last 25 years the academic conference brings scholars worldwide together to reflect on contemporary issues in the management and economics of media industries and firms.

We look forward to your contributions and hope to see you in Rome in May 2020.

WMEMC 2020 Organising Committee

Job Alert: Boston University Seeks Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Studies

Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Studies, Boston University, tenure-track

The Boston University College of Communication invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Studies position anticipated to begin fall of 2020. This position addresses social scientific aspects of new media with expertise in empirical analysis of large data sets, especially those drawn from social media. Although specialization is open, we seek to build strength in the areas of mobile communication, human-machine communication, data visualization, health communication, and augmented reality.

The College of Communication is home to interdisciplinary research and applications. The Division of Emerging Media Studies interacts with the three departments within the College: Film & Television, Journalism, and Mass Communication/Advertising/Public Relations.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in mediated communication theory and research; supervising master’s theses and doctoral dissertations; and broadening the research profile of the Division of Emerging Media Studies. We are looking for candidates with active research programs and who will be able to work with graduate students on their projects; teaching duties will be adjusted accordingly.

Boston is a rich multicultural city and a hub of higher learning with a wide array of recreational activities. Currently ranked among the largest media markets in United States, Boston is a thriving center of cultural and intellectual creativity. Situated in the heart of this historic yet urban environment, Boston University faculty and students regularly form close partnerships with national and international research organizations. Boston University, ranked 32nd among the world’s universities by US News and World Report, is a member of the prestigious American Associations of Universities (AAU). Boston University was the first university in America to grant a PhD to a woman, to admit women to medical school, and was where Martin Luther King Jr. earned his doctorate. Faculty have tremendous opportunities to collaborate not only with colleagues on the Charles River Campus but also the BU Medical Campus/School of Medicine as well as scholars from the more than 50 colleges and universities in the Boston metropolitan area.


Formal review of applications will begin no later than October 1, 2019, but early applications are encouraged and the position will remain open until filled.

Applicants should submit a CV, the names and contact information for three references, and a letter that includes a personal statement of research and teaching philosophy. Materials should be sent to by email to the attention of:

Katie Schiepers Administrator, Emerging Media Studies Division College of Communication
Boston University
640 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Required Skills

Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in Communication or a related field. Advanced ABDs will also be considered. Experience teaching at the university level, and a record of scholarly publications, or a demonstrated potential to achieve such a record, are expected.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Looking Forward to San Francisco 2020

As the new semester begins, so does the planning cycle for our next AEJMC conference. The 2020 convention will be held in San Francisco from August 6th-9th at the Marriott Marquis, with the preconference day being held on Wednesday, August 5th. As always, we have a variety of different ways for faculty and student members to get involved with the planning:

– Submit an idea for a co-sponsored panel, preconference, or off-site session. When submitting a proposal consider identifying another AEJMC division that would make an appropriate co-sponsor, leaving some open spots on the panel so both divisions can have equal representation, and identifying local professionals or organizations to partner with. The call for panel proposals can be accessed at the following link:

– Follow the MMEE Division Blog via email by entering your email address in the box located on the top left side of the blog. When you sign up for the blog, every email and message we send gets pushed to you automatically. Please remember WordPress does not allow us to manually add the emails of new members or alumni who haven’t signed up. If you are not receiving emails from the division, please sign up for the blog.

– Invite others to join MMEE who may not be members yet. Approximately 50% of AEJMC members are not members of any division. If you or someone you know are already a member of AEJMC and would like to add the MMEE division to your membership please visit:
If you are not a member of AEJMC please visit:

– We are proud to continue to offer free MMEE division membership for graduate students. Please encourage graduate students in your network to take advantage of this opportunity. Many of the 2019-2020 Division Officers first joined MMEE as graduate students who were encouraged to do so by our chairs/mentors. If you or someone you know are a graduate student who is already a member of AEJMC and would like to add the MMEE division to their membership for free, please visit the following link and answer “YES” to “Are you a graduate student?” to access the free pricing:
If you are not a member of AEJMC please visit:

– Use our division’s blog and social media as a platform to share and promote your work (books, articles, etc.), teaching resources, job postings, collaborations with industry and business schools, and international collaborations with organizations such as the European Media Management Association (EMMA) and World Media Economics and Management Conference (WMEMC).

Should you have other ways you’d like to get involved or ideas you’d like to share, please don’t hesitate to contact me. On behalf of the 2019-2020 executive board, we look forward to a productive year serving the interests of the MMEE division.

Ronen Shay
MMEE Division Head

Call for MMEE Panel Proposals: AEJMC 2020 National Convention

The Media Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship Division welcomes panel proposals for the 2020 AEJMC convention in San Francisco, California. Panel proposals can be on any topic relevant to media management, economics and entrepreneurship (with an emphasis on media topics). Proposals can also be for mini-plenary and off-site sessions, or for pre-convention workshops (Scheduled for Wednesday, August 5). All MMEE members are encouraged to submit proposals in any area of expertise and interest.

The deadline for submitting all proposals is Sunday, September 15, 2019. Proposals will be reviewed and ranked by the division’s executive board. Please follow these guidelines when submitting a proposal:

  • Identify your convention panel as addressing one of three areas: research, professional freedom and responsibility, or teaching.
  • Panels and other sessions are encouraged to be co-sponsored with other divisions. Co-sponsorship increases MMEE’s ability to schedule sessions during the best available times, which broadens the appeal of the sessions. So be sure to identify divisions or interest groups that might be interested in co-sponsoring your proposals. It would be preferable if you have spoken with someone from the division about your proposal, but not necessary.
  • Panels can include members who work at media companies, universities, and other organizations near the San Francisco area. Potential panelists who work in the area should be identified in the proposal.
  • The convention will be at Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, August 6-9, 2020.

All proposal submissions should be made using the Google form located at:

This template includes sections for all the information required by AEJMC. The standardization ensures each proposal receives the same consideration.


Please try to provide a complete list of potential panelists. If changes are necessary, they can be made later. Try to bring together the best speakers for your topic by drawing from a broad and inclusive list of possibilities. We strongly urge you to embrace the diversity of AEJMC’s growing membership and of other organizations where you may find panelists. Remember to include the diversity information in the space provided.

The MMEE Executive Board will review panel proposals and rank them. A final slate of the division’s proposals will be submitted to AEJMC in mid-October. You will be notified of the results.


Please submit your panel proposals via the Google form located at by September 15, 2019. If you have any questions about preparing your panel proposal, please email Jiyoung Cha, 2020 MMEE Conference Program Chair at

Terrific Toronto Conference!

I hope you are having a good start to the semester and/or enjoying the end of your summer! A big thank you to everyone who gave their time and effort in making our 2019 AEJMC conference in Toronto a huge success!

Toronto Recap
In total the Toronto program featured 19 different MMEE events:
8 great co-sponsored panels on a range of topics that included teaching entrepreneurship, ethical issues in data management, open educational resources, magazine and newspaper business models, applications of A.I. for media professionals, social media marketing, as well as law and media management in the age of #MeToo. Thank you to all of our panelists, moderators, and organizers.
An engaging preconference about diversity teaching through entrepreneurship, that featured amazing presentations on minority media ownership, the nuts and bolts of teaching entrepreneurship, and best practices in teaching diversity to future entrepreneurs. Thank you to Amy Jo Coffey (Florida), Geoffrey Graybeal (Georgia State), Michelle Ferrier (FAMU), and Dorothy Bland (North Texas) for your time and wisdom.
4 excellent referred paper sessions that featured 14 different papers across a variety of topics from the “role of government, educational institutions, and professional associations,” to “adapting to the changing media landscape,” as well as “media content and platform consumption.” Thank you to all of our presenters, moderators, discussants, and reviewers.
2 unique offsite sessions at Playground Inc. and OMNI Television. Playground Inc. visitors learned about the company’s distinct approach to media branding and how designers, developers, and strategists integrate a brand’s unique vibrancy into their digital platforms. Visitors to OMNI Television learned about the network’s unique business model and how they fulfill their mandate of ethnocultural programming in today’s changing media landscape. Thank you to David Senior (Playground Inc.), Teresa Demichino (OMNI Television), and Jake Dheer (Rogers Communications) for hosting.
– At our annual business meeting we had the opportunity to acknowledge the great work of our membership by presenting the Professional Freedom & Responsibility Award to TrollBusters, founded by Michelle Ferrier (FAMU), the Barry Sherman Teaching Award to Todd Chambers (Texas Tech), and the Robert Picard Award for Book and Monographs to the Handbook of Media Management and Economics Second Edition, edited by Alan Albarran (North Texas), Bozena Mierzejewsja (Fordham), and Jaemin Jung (KAIST). Top faculty paper awards were presented to Alec Tefertiller (Kansas State) and Kim Sheehan (Oregon), Desiree Hill (Central Oklahoma), as well as Phuong Nguyen and Geoffrey Graybeal (Georgia State). Top student paper awards were presented to Sohana Nasrin (Maryland), as well as Wenqian Xu (Linköpings Universitet) and Hongchao Hu (Renmin University of China). The top reviewer award was presented to Matthew Weber (Minnesota).
– Incoming division officers also took part in an engaging discussion and brainstorm about goals for the upcoming term at our annual executive meeting.
– Our Toronto program was capped off with 2 off-site social events. First, our annual division social was held at a local Toronto hotspot, The Rivoli, where members enjoyed an evening of refreshments and billiards. Thank you to Taylor & Francis Publishing for sponsoring! Finally, no conference would be complete without an off-site visit to the ballpark, where the hometown Toronto Blue Jays beat their arch-rivals the New York Yankees 8-2!

It was a pleasure seeing many of you in Toronto and thank you to all of our members for the amazing work that you do!

Ronen Shay
Incoming MMEE Division Head

Job Alert: Tallinn University Seeks European Research Area (ERA) Chair in Cultural Data Analytics

Tallinn University (TLU) seeks an internationally recognized scholar in digital humanities or digital culture studies to become an ERA Chair Professor in Cultural Data Analytics.

Deadline: August 26th 2019
Position starts in Autumn or early Winter 2019
Tenure: The position will be tenured.
All details about the application process and what documents are needed can be found here:

Position includes excellent remuneration package; secured substantial research funds for the first 4 years; the possibility to create own research team and an Open Lab; cooperation networks with several external cultural and media institution; strong institutional support from the university.

TLU has won a grant for this position from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 ERA Chair programme. The programme supports universities in their efforts to build on their reputation as leaders in research and innovation. The programme awards top researchers and their teams EUR 2.5 million over five years to establish ambitious research programmes. Estonian Research Council is expected to top it up with additional 200000 euros from its Mobilitas scheme. After the CUDAN project ends and the position gets tenured TLU will support the Chair by its own means.

TLU has used the grant to establish a new professorship in Cultural Data Analytics (CUDAN) together with the new research team that consists of 5-7 senior researchers and at least 5 PhD students. The team will also run CUDAN Open Lab – an actual space and a cooperation platform for collaborating with external cultural and media institutions. See more about the whole CUDAN project here:

The candidate for the professorship is expected to have experience of managing research projects and/or teams in digital humanities/digital culture studies and with spearheading open stakeholder collaborations.

CUDAN ERA Chair will interconnect three TLU Schools – Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School (BFM), School of Humanities (SH) and School of Digital Technologies (DTI). The ERA Chair holder will be hired as a professor at BFM.

The applicant has to have a PhD degree in digital humanities, digital culture studies or in data analytics and at least 5 years of experience in managing research teams and/or planning and implementing research and innovation projects.

More specifically the following experience is required:

• Strong academic background and international reputation in digital humanities/digital culture studies; • Publications in international peer reviewed journals; • Supervision of PhD students; • Experience in formulating and managing research teams; • Experience in planning new research projects; • Experience in coordination of or participation in international research projects (e.g. Framework Programme, Horizon 2020); • Collaboration with non-academic stakeholders.

The ERA Chair holder will need to reside permanently in Estonia and sign an employment contract with TLU.

The salary of the ERA Chair professor will be negotiable, but will be based on the existing experience and seniority of the candidates and equate broadly with professor salaries in Western European countries.
Yet, employment in Estonia could be more beneficial due to low income tax rates (approximately 21% for this position).

TLU offers modern ergonomic working conditions and flexible schedules in a brand new campus located in the city centre. TLU employees enjoy numerous benefits in areas such recreation, health care, child care, employee training, etc. TLU allows for its professors extensive paid vacation – 65 days each year. TLU will help the newly expected professor and her/his family with the move to Estonia, relocation allowance can be negotiated.

Deadlines: The application process opened June 22nd 2019 and ends August 26th. A decision will be made in the Autumn of 2019. All the details about the process and what documents are needed can be found here: .

See more about the CUDAN Open Lab:

CUDAN team is happy to respond to any questions and at any time about the position. Please contact us at .

Join us at Tonight’s Members’ Meeting + Social!

A friendly reminder that the MMEE Members’ Meeting is today, Thursday, August 8th @ 6:45pm in Chestnut East on the Mezzanine Level. This year’s division social, sponsored by Taylor & Francis, will be off-site at The Rivoli, 334 Queen St. West from 8:30pm-10:30pm. It is a 10-minute walk from the conference hotel. Upon arrival please head to the second floor and join us for refreshments, drinks, and billiards. See you tonight!

A Few Spots Left for Preconference!

We still have a few spots left for the MMEE/MACD preconference about Diversity Teaching through Entrepreneurship. Topics to be addressed include minority media ownership and diversity, the nuts and bolts of teaching entrepreneurship, and best practices in teaching diversity to future entrepreneurs. Speakers include Amy Jo Coffey (Florida), Geoffrey Graybeal (Georgia State), Dorothy Bland (North Texas), and Michelle Ferrier, (Florida A&M). Contact Ronen Shay at (MMEE) or George Daniels (MACD) with any questions.

Already registered for the conference and want to add this preconference? Please use the following link:

Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneurship Division Members’ Meeting Agenda

Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 @ 6:45pm in Chestnut East (Mezzanine Level)

1. Welcome

2. Approval of last year’s minutes

3. Chairs’ Reports

4. Award Presentations

  • Research Competition Awards
  • Robert Picard Award for Book and Monographs
  • Barry Sherman Teaching Award
  • Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award

5. Division Leadership

  • Thank you to 2018-2019 officers
  • Handover to Ronen Shay, incoming division chair
  • Election of vice-chair and secretary
  • Appointment of other 2019-2020 officer roles
  • Officer training sessions and executive board meeting

6. New Business

7. Adjourn

MMEE Division Social follows at 8:30 pm, offsite – The Rivoli, 334 Queen St. West

– The Social is sponsored by Taylor & Francis –