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[Commlist] IJoC Publishes a Forum On Writing in Communication and Media Studies

Sat Jan 04 07:05:18 GMT 2020

International Journal of Communication
Publishes a Special Forum Section
“On Writing in Communication and Media Studies”
 Why do we write? What do we write? Whom do we write for?
 Writing is a fundamental part of what we do as scholars, and yet it is a
largely unexamined process at best, informally addressed in the course of a
learning-by-doing process. While this is true of most academic disciplines,
it is somewhat ironic for one whose focus is on the importance of
communication. We invite you to ready this IJoC Special Forum that explores the complex,
multifaceted process of writing in Communication and Media Studies,
unpacking the institutional and personal factors that shape answers to
questions such as those above. Intentionally conversational in its format,
we do so by starting with an essay by the forum’s guest editors, Pablo J.
Boczkowski and Michael X. Delli Carpini. They reflect on evolving trends in
scholarly writing, focusing on the purpose, advantages, and drawbacks of
specific forms of writing such as refereed journal articles, books and book
chapters, edited volumes, conference papers, blogs and social media, and
co-authorship. They conclude by inviting a conversation on how we — as
individuals and as an academic community — can maintain our emphasis on
quality and impact as the foremost goals of scholarly writing, while
acknowledging the variety of writing practices enacted to achieve them.
 The Forum includes Boczkowski and Delli Carpini’s essay, an introduction,
and six invited responses written by tenured colleagues with significant
diversity in terms of stage in career development, theoretical and
methodological orientation, areas of interest, and identity and cultural
positionalities. Each essay offers provocative critiques of the points
raised by Boczkowski and Delli Carpini, and makes important contributions to
this both timely and timeless topic.
We invite you to read this new Special Forum Section that published January
1, 2020 in the International Journal of Communication.  If you wish to share
your own reactions, experiences, and insights to this engaging and impactful
discussion, please contact Pablo Boczkowski and Michael Delli Carpini. We
look forward to your feedback.
 Please go to to read these essays.


On Writing in Communication and Media Studies
Pablo J. Boczkowski, Michael X. Delli Carpini
 On Writing in Communication and Media Studies – Introduction to the Forum
Pablo J. Boczkowski, Michael X. Delli Carpini

On Writing and Academic Conventions
Silvio Waisbord

Writing As a Satisfying Endeavor
Ingrid Bachmann

Challenges to Writing as a Humanities-Based Media Studies Scholar
Susan J. Douglas

Two Brief Points on Publication Impact
Deen Freelon

On Writing, Surviving, and Thriving in Communication and Media Studies
Brooke Foucault Welles

A “Modest Proposal” on Writing That Is Not Modest Enough
Noshir Contractor


Larry Gross                                                        Editor
 Arlene Luck
Managing Editor         Pablo J. Bockowski,  Michael Delli X. Carpini
Guest Editors
International Journal of Communication (IJoC)
USC Annenberg Press
University of Southern California
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