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[ecrea] CfP CM: Revisiting classic communication theories

Thu Jul 16 11:47:23 GMT 2015

  CM: Communication and Media Journal (previously CM: Communication
Management Quarterly) has just published its latest issue at We invite you
to visit our website for the newly published articles.

We are drawing your attention to the call for papers for the special
issue Vol. 11, No. 36 titled /Revisiting classic communication theories.
/Full information about the call can be found below.

We would appreciate it if you could share this information with your
colleagues and associates.

Thank you very much.

Jelena Kleut

Editorial Assistant

CM: Communication and Media Journal

(CM /at/ <mailto:(CM /at/>



*Call for papers*

*CM: Communication and Media Journal*

Special Issue


/Revisiting classic communication theories/


  Submission deadline: November 1, 2015 (completed papers)

The wave of Internet research has somewhat marginalized classic theories
especially in media and journalism studies. Without denying importance
of academic orientation towards novelty, this special issue aims at
re-examining the core communication theories that have shaped the
academic discourse until Web 2.0. In the light of Moris and Ogan (Morris
& Ogan, 1996) argument, that “new communication technology should lead
scholars to rethink, rather than abandon existing definitions and
categories”, this special issue calls scholars to revisit and if
necessary rethink old theories for the new media era.

The special issue welcomes articles that reassess existing communication
theories on empirical or theoretical and conceptual grounds. The papers
might reflect on a range of theories, including but not limited to:

·*Gate-keeping*as particularly rich and longstanding theory in the field
of journalism studies. It explains how information gets selected and
shaped into media massages, accommodating the vast array of factors
which influence that process: cultural, political and economic;
organizational routines and practices; the outside factors, like
audience, sources and technology; and journalists’ individual
characteristics and professional values. Therefore, gate-keeping is a
valuable perspective that allows thinking about the aspects of modern
newsmaking without being stuck in the contemplation of their alleged

·*Agenda setting *theory started with compelling idea that media have a
power to direct audience attention and assign “importance” to certain
issues. Since then, five stages of agenda-setting theory have been
developed together with a wide research tradition around them. The basic
assumption about the transfer of salience from the media agenda to the
public agenda, grow into revealing the attribute agenda-setting effects;
psychological factors determining ascribed salience; intermedia agenda
setting (the influence of the news media on each other); and
consequences of agenda setting for attitudes and opinions. The main
strength of agenda setting theory lies in its evolution and potential to
incorporate or converge with variety of other communication concepts and
theories, including cultivation analysis, the spiral of silence,
gate-keeping and framing. Therefore, the scholars are invited to
estimate weather the theory is strong enough to survive in the harsh
communication landscape of today.

·*Framing *is rather divergent theoretical stance opened for different
interpretations, but many competing perspectives on framing can be
synthesised under Robert Entman’s (1993: 52) frequently cited
definition: “To frame is to select some aspects of a perceived reality
and make them more salient in a communicating text, in such a way as to
promote a particular problem definition, causal interpretation, moral
evaluation and/or treatment recommendation for the item described.” The
concept became rather popular among communication scholars either due to
ambiguity or the universal applicability of the notion. Never the less,
it sparked much research, proving to be a theoretically fruitful
approach for studying cognitive processes and effects. The special issue
questions whether the Internet has changed the communication behaviour
in framing respect?

Prospective authors should address any preliminary questions by email
either to Jelena Kleut ((cm /at/ <mailto:(cm /at/>) or Ana
Milojevic ((anamilojevic /at/ <mailto:(anamilojevic /at/>),
otherwise full manuscripts should be submitted according to the
journal’s Notes for Contributors:

All papers will be subjected to double blind peer review.


*Timeline *

Deadline for submitting papers: November 1, 2015

Review process: December 30, 2015

Revised papers submission: February 15, 2016

Publication: April 2016


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