Call for academic research papers

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AEJMC, CMA panel showcases college media research

Each year at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) convention, the Council of Affiliates and College Media Association sponsor a panel where scholars present research on topics related to college media. The College Media Association is currently accepting submissions of original, non-published research on all aspects of college media and advising college media. Papers will undergo a blind review process, and top research will be presented Thursday, August 9, at the 2018 AEJMC Convention in Washington, DC (Aug. 6-9).

Submission deadline is April 1.

Top research will be presented at the 2018 AEJMC Convention in Washington, DC

Only full-length research papers are acceptable. Papers should include an abstract between 250 and 500 words. Full papers should be no longer than 25 pages, excluding references, tables and appendices.

Papers are welcome on any topic that addresses an issue surrounding college media. Submissions from all theoretical and methodological perspectives are invited. We particularly encourage theoretically based submissions that clearly relate to a current issue in college media.

Possible research areas include:

  • Case studies of current student media issues
  • Analysis of student media coverage
  • Audience analysis
  • Pedagogy for student media coursework
  • Assessment issues regarding student media
  • Analysis of trends or issues facing the future of student media
  • Convergence and student media
  • Independence and student media
  • Student media law or ethics case studies
  • Advisers’ roles
  • Financial aspects of student media

Faculty papers with a student co-author or student papers with a faculty co-author are acceptable. Research papers should not have been submitted to or accepted by another conference or journal. At least one author is required to attend the conference.


Entries should be submitted as a PDF file, double-spaced, in 12-point type. Work should conform to APA, MLA or Chicago Manual of Style. The use of Chicago Manual of Style (Notes-Author system, no footnotes) is encouraged for authors who wish to have their papers considered for College Media Review.

All submissions should be sent electronically to  In the body of the email submission, please include the following contact information: name, title and affiliation of all authors, and the name, email and telephone number of the principal author.  Because of the blind-review process, include only title and running head on the abstract or paper itself with no identifying information.

For more information, please contact CMA Research Chair Elizabeth Smith at (310) 506-4568 or email at

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