We have a new way for you to share your announcements!
Please visit the APSA/ICA Political Communication Section/Division blog! Located at www.politicalcommunication.org/blog, the blog is a space to share upcoming conferences, seek collaboration for projects, display job posting information, carry on political communication discussion, etc. We encourage you to follow the blog, share it with fellow political communication colleagues and upload your own postings.
The Political Communication Division will choose a new vice-chair and secretary during ICA elections this fall. Please send nominations and self-nominations to the nominations committee (Chair: Hernando Rojas, U of Madison, Wisconsin USA; Erik Albæk, U of Southern Denmark, DENMARK; Lilach Nir, Hebrew U, ISRAEL; Marko Skoric, Nanyang Technical U, SINGAPORE) by Friday, July 8.
To nominate yourself or another person, please send the name (with affiliation and contact information), a statement of support (limit 250 words), and the nominee's email confirmation of willingness to stand for election to the nominations committee email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The committee will then contact each candidate, who must provide a goal statement and a short bio (limit 250 words) by Monday, July 25. The election takes place online in September and October, and ICA normally releases the results by the end of October.
*Vice chair. The new vice-chair will begin a two-year term of office at the conclusion of the conference in Phoenix next year. After receiving training and the materials from past program planners, the vice-chair will be program planner for the following conventions: London, UK, 15-19 June 2013, Seattle, WA, 22-26 May, 2014.
Election as vice-chair is a four-year commitment. After two years as program planner, during the term of office of Claes de Vreese as division chair, the vice-chair becomes division chair for the next two years (in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2015; location TBA for the 2016 conference, but it will take place in Japan or Australia).
*Secretary. The secretary takes minutes at the annual meeting and helps generate material for the division announcement in the monthly ICA newsletter. The new secretary will begin a two-year term of office at the Phoenix conference next year and will continue for the following convention in London UK, 15-19 June 2013.
Please consider taking up this important opportunity and call for service to the division, by nominating either a colleague or yourself to become a candidate for vice-chair or secretary.
Dear members of the APSA Political Communication Section,
The Nominating Committee for the American Political Science Association Political Communication Section is seeking nominations (including self nominations) for its Executive Committee and Award Committees for 2011-2012.
The Section needs to fill the following executive positions: 2013 Program Chair, and an At-Large Executive Committee member.
The Section also solicits nominations for chair and additional members of each of the following Award Committees:
The Murray Edelman Distinguished Career Award
Service on the awards committees will be for awards presented at the 2012 meeting.
Per the by-laws, the Nominating Committee will give weight to names forwarded by the Section members in drawing up the 2012-2013 slate. Self nominations are encouraged! Please submit nominees' names and contact information to Michael Xenos, Nominating Committee Chair, at email@example.com, preferably no later than August 1st.
You are invited to attend the Political Communication APSA Pre-Conference on Wednesday, August 31 at the University of Washington campus. The pre-conference begins with registration at 8:00am, includes lunch, and concludes with a reception that ends at 7:00pm. Registration is free, but we ask that you RSVP in advance so that we can have enough food: http://apsapolcommunication.weebly.com/rsvp.html
The pre-conference schedule (available at http://apsapolcommunication.weebly.com/program.html ) includes seven interesting panels on a range of political communication topics, as well as the following two roundtable discussions:
The Interplay between Research and Teaching in Political Communication
Chair: Paul Gronke (Reed College)
The Political Communication of Threat
Chair: Regina Lawrence (Louisiana State University)
Please feel free to contact the Pre-Conference Chair Amber Boydstun at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
See you in Seattle!
Please find a summary of the ICA Conference Political Communication Business Meeting here.
Thanks to Yariv Tsfati for preparing this report.
Following the resolution passed at the Political Communication Division Meeting at this year's International Communication Association Conference, the Chair of the Division, Yariv Tsfati, sent a letter to Routledge Taylor & Francis about the journal Political Communication. Negotiations regarding the journal are ongoing.
This new textbook is designed to provide students with a basic introduction to our field. The underlying idea is that when students understand some of the central principles in political communication it provides them with an important base for learning more. This approach can also teach students why many of us believe that there is nothing so practical as a good theory.
Here are the five principles:
(1) Political power can usually be translated into power over the news media.
(2) When authorities lose control over the political environment they also lose control over the news.
(3) There is no such thing as objective journalism (nor can there be).
(4) The media are dedicated more than anything else to telling a good storyand this can often have a major impact on the political process.
(5) The most important effects of the news media on citizens tend to be unintentional and unnoticed.
Making Sense of Media and Politics is written in a conversational style which should appeal to many students. Because of its distinctive approach, the book can easily be combined with other introductory textbooks.
Also, please see Gadi Wolfsfeld's syllabus and discussion of his Political Communication course, featured in the this newsletter.