Communication & Media Studies News

Welcome to SAGE Communication & Media Studies News. Read on to discover the latest research from SAGE’s influential journals, including new special issues, noteworthy articles, award-winning papers and articles popular with your peers. Stay up-to-date with the latest journal news and don’t forget to learn about the latest calls for papers.

Journal Special Issues

Index on Censorship

This special issue of Index on Censorship marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death and looks at how his plays have been used around the world to sneak past censors or take on the authorities - often without them realising.

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Journal of Visual Activism

This themed issue of the Journal of Visual Culture aims to ask about, but not resolve, both how art can contribute to political discourse and how activism takes on specific, and sometimes surprising, visual forms that are not always aligned with or recognisable by art-world frameworks.

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Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly

In this latest special issue from JMCQ, Special Issue Editors Edward L. Carter and Laurie Thomas Lee explore qualitative and quantitative research addressing access to and control of information in an age of Big Data.

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Business and Professional Communication Quarterly

In this first special issue since the journal's title changed to Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, Editor Melinda Knight explores the many debates and ongoing conversations about flipped and discovery learning and examines the value of this approach.

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Games and Culture

This special issue from Games and Culture, guest-edited by Bjarke Liboriussen and Paul Martin, examines new perspectives in the development of the Chinese game industry.

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Communication Research

Read Communication Research's inaugural themed issue on interpersonal communication.

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International Journal of Business Communication

This special issue from the International Journal of Business Communication, guest-edited by Peter W. Cardon, contains four articles about social collaboration and communication that explore and extend research in this area.

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Asia Pacific Media Educator

This special issue from Asia Pacific Media Educator, guest-edited by Stephen Tanner and Shawn Burns, includes commentaries, case studies, research articles and a book review and Q&A with well-known journalism educator and journalist David Robie on the centuries-old relationship between politics and journalism.

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BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies

This collection of articles from BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies, guest-edited by S.V.Srinivas, focuses on India as market, territory, and conceptual category that enables and sets limits for production as well as consumption of informational and cultural commodities such as films.

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Noteworthy Articles

When Algorithms Shape Collective Action: Social Media and the Dynamics of Cloud Protesting
By Stefania Milan, published in Social Media + Society

A social network analysis of supportive interactions on prenatal sites
By Heather J. Hether, Sheila T. Murphy, Thomas W. Valente, published in DIGITAL HEALTH

Under Surveillance: Examining Facebook's Spiral of Silence Effects in the Wake of NSA Internet Monitoring
By Elizabeth Stoycheff, published in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly

Tor, what is it good for? Political repression and the use of online anonymity-granting technology
By Eric Jardine, published in New Media & Society

Reassessing Journalistic Pedagogy
By Jennifer C. Thomas, published in Asia Pacific Media Educator

Sharing the Silver Screen: The Social Experience of Cinemagoing in the Indian Diaspora
By Iris Vandevelde, Philippe Meers, Sofie Van Bauwel, & Roel Vande Winkel, published in BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies

Online Participation and Self-presentation in Social Networking Sites: A Study of Selective Users of India
By Santosh K. Patra, published in Journal of Creative Communications

Journal News

Global Media and China

Global Media and China is a peer reviewed, open access, scholarly journal that provides a dedicated interdisciplinary forum for international research on communication and media with a focus on China.  This new journal will be launching in the spring.  If you would like to submit a paper to the journal, please follow the link for further information.

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Asia Pacific Media Educator

Volumes 1 to 21 of Asia Pacific Media Educator are free to access.

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Big Data & Society

Explore the recent special collections published in new Open Access Journal, Big Data & Society. The journal was launched with the aim of providing a space for connecting debates around Big Data practices.

colloquium: assumptions of sociality

social media & society conference


British Journalism Review

The latest issue of British Journalism Review includes articles on patients who live active lives for many years after a diagnosis of terminal illness; slow journalism; Jeremy Corbyn's refusal to play the media game; the fun in journalism; and making money from writing, among others.

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Newspaper Research Journal

This issue of Newspaper Research Journal covers many topics, including political news and the diversification of newspaper content, and other relevant research.

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Journal of Business and Technical Communication

Winner of the Association for Business Communication's 2015 Distinguished Publication Award:

Paying Attention to Accessibility When Designing Online Courses in Technical and Professional Communication By Sushil K. Oswal and Lisa Meloncon

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Public Understanding of Science

Public Understanding of Science has a new Editor, Professor Massimiano Bucchi, University of Trento, Italy. Read his first editorial in the April issue of PUS to learn more about his vision for the future of the journal.

Follow the journal on Twitter @SagePUS and be sure to check out the brand new PUS blog, edited by Cristina Rigutto, which offers a window into a range of subjects associated to public understanding of science.

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Calls for Papers

Journal of Connectivity

By submitting to Journal of Connectivity, authors have the opportunity to become a part of an evolutionary change, analysing the internet of things, and bringing technology closer to human activity than ever before.

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International Journal of Business Communication

Special Issue Call for Papers: “The pragmatics of Financial Communication: Inter-textual dynamics and linguistic strategies”.

Guest Editors: Rudi Palmieri (University of Liverpool), Daniel Perrin (Zurich University of Applied Sciences) and Marlies Whitehouse (Zurich University of Applied Sciences).

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Written Communication

Special Issue Call for Papers: The Editor and Editorial Board of Written Communication invite article submissions for “Narrative and Writing Research: A Special Issue in Honor of Carol Berkenkotter”.

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Games and Culture

Special Issue Call for Papers: “Morality Play: The Design of Games for Ethical Engagement”, guest-edited by Malcolm Ryan, Rowan Tulloch, and Paul Formosa.

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Asia Pacific Media Educator

Papers invited for the Special Issue on “Teaching and Preparing Graduate Journalists for Arab world”, guest-edited by Dr Mohammed Firoz, University of Wollongong in Dubai, UAE.

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Communication & Media Studies Books

Embattled Media

Featured Chapter: Women Journalists: Fighting the Good Fight

Authors: William Crawley , David Page and Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena

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Communication for Development

Featured Study: Social Marketing-"selling" ideas, attitudes and behaviours

Authors: Srinivas Raj Melkote and H. Leslie Steeves

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Media Audience Research

How essential it is for an interviewer to be vigilant about his part as a questioner? A recently published title “Media Audience Research” presents some worthy guidelines for an interviewer to follow.

Authors: Graham Mytton, Peter Diem and Piet Hein van Dam

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The Future of Branding

Should an organization predominantly use its brand as a platform to go to market, or should it center on customers as the unit of focus? "The Future of Branding" seeks to answer this question.

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