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Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly

Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly

eISSN: 2161430X | ISSN: 10776990 | Current volume: 100 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly
Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly (JMCQ) is the flagship journal of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). It is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal ranked in the Journal Citation Reports that focuses on research in journalism and mass communication. Established in 1924, JMCQ or the Quarterly is the oldest refereed scholarly journal in mass communication and provides leadership in scholarship for the field. It serves all the divisions and interest groups of AEJMC and publishes original articles and book reviews on topics including but not limited to theoretical and methodological developments in journalism and mass communication, international communication, media technologies and society, advertising, public relations, journalism history, media law and policy, media management and economics, political communication and health communication.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly (JMCQ) is the flagship journal of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). The journal provides leadership in developing theory, disseminating empirical research and introducing new concepts to its readership. It welcomes submissions from any AEJMC division or interest group. Because communication is a diverse field, articles address a broad range of questions using a variety of methods and theoretical perspectives. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches are welcome in this journal. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly challenges the boundaries of communication research, guiding its readers to new questions, new evidence, and new conclusions. While we welcome submissions focusing on particular areas or specialties, articles should be written in a style that is accessible to all communication scholars. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly is a member of the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE).

Daniela Dimitrova Iowa State University, USA
Associate Editors
David Atkin University of Connecticut, USA
Hong Cheng Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA
Renita Coleman University of Texas at Austin, USA
Colleen Connolly-Ahern Penn State University, USA
Sei-Hill Kim University of South Carolina, USA
Book Review Editor
Gregory P. Perreault Appalachian State University, USA
Engagement Editor
Viorela Dan University of Innsbruck, Austria
Editorial Assistant
Shireen Baghestani Iowa State University, USA
AEJMC Publications Committee
Kim Bissell University of Alabama, USA
Maria DeMoya DePaul University, USA
Shahira Fahmy (Chair) American University, Cairo, Egypt
Jacqueline Lambiase Texas Christian University, USA
Sun Young Lee University of Maryland, USA
Donnalyn Pompper University of Oregon, USA
Scott Reinardy University of Kansas, USA
Chelsea Reynolds California State University, Fullerton, USA
Esther Thorson Michigan State University, USA
Translation Fellows
Anaelle Gonzalez French Translation Fellow
Pablo Gozalez Spanish Translation Fellow
Omneya Ibrahim Arabic Translation Fellow
Moldir Moldagaliyeva Russian Translation Fellow
Yiting Wang Translation Coordination Fellow
Weiwen Yu Chinese Translation Fellow
Editorial Board
Michelle Amazeen Boston University, USA
Osabuohien P. Amienyi Arkansas State University, USA
Julie Andsager University of Tennessee, USA
Osei Appiah Ohio State University, USA
Cory Armstrong University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Philemon Bantimaroudis University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Christopher Beaudoin Boston University, USA
Dan Berkowitz University of Iowa, USA
Kim Bissell University of Alabama, USA
Piotr Bobkowski University of Kansas, USA
Carolyn Byerly Howard University, USA
Matt Carlson University of Minnesota, USA
Edward Carter Brigham Young University, USA
Michael Chan Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Jaeho Cho University of California - Davis, USA
Claes de Vreese University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Marton Demeter National University of Public Service, Hungary
Bryan Denham Clemson University, USA
Roselyn Du California State University-Fullerton, USA
Michel Dupagne University of Miami, USA
Lyombe Eko Texas Tech University, USA
Erika Engstrom University of Kentucky, USA
Shahira Fahmy (Chair) American University, Cairo, Egypt
Leonardo Ferreira Florida International University, USA
Bruce Garrison University of Miami, USA
Myria Georgiou London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Homero Gil de Zuniga University of Salamanca, Spain & Pennsylvania State University, USA
Gerard Goggin University of Sydney, Australia
Lucas Graves University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Thomas Hanitzsch LMU Munich, Germany
Ari Heinonen Tampere University, Finland
Lance Holbert Temple University, USA
Lanier Holt Ohio State University, USA
Christina Holtz-Bacha University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Mei-Ling Hsu National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Janice R. Hume University of Georgia, USA
Kenichi Ishii Bunkyo University, Japan
Fatima el Issawi Univesrity of Essex, UK
Jianbin Jin Tsinghua University, China
Tom Johnson University of Texas at Austin, USA
Jaemin Jung Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea
Jeong-Nam Kim University of Oklahoma, USA
Spiro Kiousis University of Florida, USA
Carolyn Kitch Temple University, USA
Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick Technischen Universität Berlin, Germany
Chul-joo Lee Seoul National University, South Korea
Jae Kook Lee Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea
Tien-Tsung Lee University of Macau, China
Seth Lewis University of Oregon, USA
Carol Liebler Syracuse University, USA
Carolyn A. Lin University of Connecticut, USA
Robert Logan University of Missouri, USA
Jack Lule Lehigh University, USA
Cesar Jimenez Martinez Cardiff University, UK
Donald Matheson University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Jörg Matthes University of Vienna, Austria
Claudia Mellado Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), Chile
Oren Meyers University of Haifa, Israel
Eserinune Mojaye National Open University of Nigeria, Nigeria
Mia Moody-Ramirez Baylor University, USA
Patricia Moy University of Washington, USA
Bruce Mutsvairo Utrecht University, Netherlands
Seungahn Nah University of Florida, USA
Philip Napoli Duke University, USA
Kimberly A. Neuendorf Cleveland State University, USA
Seth Noar University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, USA
Emel Ozdora-Aksak Bilkent University, Turkey
Radhika E. Parameswaran Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
Sung-Yeon Park University of Nevada-Reno, USA
John V. Pavlik Rutgers University, USA
Donnalyn Pompper University of Oregon, USA
James Potter University of California-Santa Barbara, USA
Jyotika Ramaprasad University of Miami, USA
Tom Reichert University of South Carolina, USA
Jessica Retis University of Arizona, USA
Verica Rupar Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Meghan Sanders Louisiana State University, USA
Hongmei Shen San Diego State University, USA
Dong-hee Shin Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Jane Singer City University of London, UK
Jeffery A. Smith University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Krishnamurthy Sriramesh University of Colorado, USA
Linda Steiner University of Maryland, USA
Elizabeth Stoycheff Wayne State University, USA
Jesper Strömbäck University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Federico A. Subervi-Velez Kent State University, USA
S. Shyam Sundar Pennsylvania State University, USA
Edson Tandoc Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Lu Tang Texas A&M University, USA
David Tewksbury University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Esther Thorson Michigan State University, USA
Damian Trilling University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tim Vos Michigan State University, USA
Silvio Waisbord George Washington University, USA
Annie Waldherr University of Vienna, Austria
Lu Wei Zhejiang University, China
Lars Willnat Syracuse University, USA
H. Denis Wu Boston University, USA
Nan Yu University of Central Florida, USA
Xiaoqun Zhang University of North Texas, USA
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  • Information for Contributors

    1. Submissions. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly receives manuscript submissions online through Sage Track, powered by ScholarOne's Manuscript CentralTM. Authors should register for an account at, where they will create a login ID and password. Sage Track will serve as the center for editorial staff to communicate with authors, editors, and reviewers electronically, and it will function as the platform for the review process.

    The text format should be double-spaced, 12-point font size and follow the American Psychological Association (APA) style 7th edition. Manuscripts should be submitted as Word documents, which will be converted to PDF files. Author identification should not appear anywhere on the main text pages or in the main text file. JMCQ manuscripts are typically between 5,000 and 6,500 words of main text (excluding references, notes, abstract, tables, figures and/or appendices), and their length is evaluated as part of the review process. Longer manuscripts up to 10,000 words may be considered, but authors must provide strong justifications in the cover letter for the extra length or they won’t be sent out for review. Manuscript length should be in proportion to its contribution to the field. Submissions must be unpublished original manuscripts not under review elsewhere and all submissions will go through a double-anonymize review process. First decisions are made in 4-6 weeks.

    2. Abstract and author information. An abstract of no more than 100 words should be included as a separate electronic file, named Title Page. The abstract should indicate all author identification and contact information, institutional affiliation, Ph.D. granting institution, and any funding sources. Authors should provide 4 - 5 key words below the abstract that identify the content of the submission. Author identification should not appear anywhere except on the Title Page. Authors are encouraged to register at and supply this information during manuscript submission. The published article will list the authors’ ORCID both in print and online.

    3. Keywords. Select appropriate keywords in each keyword category provided in Manuscript Central. The keyword categories are explained in the editorial essay of the summer issue of our journal. Incorrect keyword selection will hinder the reviewer selection process.

    4. Style. For initial review, we accept manuscripts written in common citation styles such as Chicago or Harvard. For final acceptance, use APA Style (7th. ed.) guidelines. Use % instead of percent. Underline or italicize names of cities when using newspaper names, i.e., New York Times. In reporting probability, never use p=0.000 as per SPSS output. Use p < 0.0001.

    Heading Styles. There are five levels of headings in APA Style. Proceed through the levels numerically, starting with Level 1, without skipping levels. The number of headings needed for a paper will vary depending on the paper’s complexity and subject matter. Sections of similar importance have the same level of heading.

    • Don’t use “Introduction” as your first heading—it’s assumed that the beginning of the paper is the introduction.
    • Use boldface and/or italics only for headings within the body of your paper
    • Use regular font formatting (no boldface or italics) for all section titles, such as Abstract, Author Note, Title of Your Paper (on the title page and on the page where the text begins), References, Appendix/Appendices, and Footnotes. These are not headings but labels for these sections.
    • Tables. When creating tables, use the Word (or similar software) table feature. Do not duplicate material in text and tables. Tables and figures should be used only when they substantially aid the reader, not merely because computers make tables easy to create. Place each table on a separate page at the end of your manuscript, after the reference list. Page margins depend on the size of the table but must be at least 1 in. (2.54 cm). Tables may use single-spacing or one-and-a-half spacing. Information necessary for understanding the table and definitions of abbreviations used within the table appear in a table note.
    • Figures. Place each figure on a separate page at the end of your manuscript, after any tables (or after the reference list, if there are no tables). Place a caption below each figure describing its contents and defining any abbreviations used in the figure.

    5. Cover Letter. All new submissions must include a cover letter explaining whether the manuscript uses a particular dataset for the first time. If not, then the author should report previous articles or submissions to other journals using the same dataset and explaining the advancement of knowledge of the submitted manuscript over previous articles and other manuscripts under review in other journals.

    6. Citations. In-text citations are expected in APA style such as (Smith, 2013). For works with two authors, list both separated by an ampersand (Johnson & Smith, 2013). For works with three or more authors, list the first author followed by “et al.” (Clark et al., 2013).

    7. Citing your own works. Authors who need to cite their own works should cite them in the same way as other authors. There is no need to specify the work is written by the author. The only exceptions are in-press or forthcoming articles. In those cases, the in-text reference should be (Authors, in-press/forthcoming).

    In addition, do not cite a particular author excessively (more than five times) to avoid mis-identification of the author during the anonymize review process.

    8. Book Reviews. For Book Reviews, see the following resource page ( and contact Dr. Gregory Perreault at to propose a book review. 

    9. Reference style examples:

    a. Journal Articles

    Wang, A. (2006). Advertising engagement: A driver of message involvement on message effects. Journal of Advertising Research, 46, 355-368. doi: 10.2501/S0021849906060429

    b. Books.

    Napoli, P. (2011). Audience evolution: New technologies and the transformation of media audiences. Columbia University Press.

    c. Book chapters.

    Lang, P. J., Bradley, M. M., & Cuthbert, B. N. (1997). Motivated attention: Affect, activation, and action. In P. J. Lang, R. F. Simons, & M. Balaban (Eds.), Attention and orienting: Sensory and motivational processes (pp. 97–135). Erlbaum.

    d. Online Sources:

    Author, A. (Date). Title of work. Source Name. URL

    News institutions are publishers and not counted as authors. However, institutional and corporate sources such as the American Psychological Association, the United Nations, Knight Foundation, etc. should be cited as authors in the text (e.g., American Psychological Association Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls, 2007) and in the references as below:

    American Psychological Association Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls (2007). Retrieved from

    For Web page with no authors:

    New child vaccine gets funding boost. (2001). Retrieved March 21, 2001, from

    Cite in text the first few words of the reference list entry (usually the title) and the year. Use double quotation marks around the title or abbreviated title ("New Child Vaccine," 2001).

    Refer to the APA style at and the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition for all other formatting requirements. Any inquiries regarding manuscript submission may be directed to the Editorial Office at the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Iowa State University, 613 Wallace Rd, Ames, IA 50011, U.S.A. Email: or

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