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ECA 110th Convention - Media Communication Interest Group Call for Papers

Media Communication Interest Group

Eastern Communication Association
110th Annual ECA Convention
April 10-14, 2019

Omni Providence Hotel, Providence, RI

The purpose of the Media Communication interest group is to focus on research topics including, but not limited to, the transmission and effects of both creating and being exposed to mass and mediated messages. This includes media of all kinds including film, television, radio, print, and digital media. Members of the Media Communication interest group are engaged in research and teaching on a wide range of topics relating to traditional and new media content, form, structures, effects, computer mediated communication, and processes using various methodologies (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, rhetorical, critical/interpretive). The way mediated messages are designed and interpreted is the main focus of the division and therefore scholarship of any methodology that draws on the strengths of any of the established traditions in order to develop discourse and scholarship in traditional, contemporary and emerging concentrations in both mass and mediated communication is welcome.

Papers and panel/program proposals must be submitted electronically by Monday, October 15, 2018

ECA will now be using Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. This is the same system used by the National Communication Association so you may be familiar with it. The deadline for submissions remains the same, October 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM. You will be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work. An email will be sent to the membership in the next couple of months to announce when Attendee Interactive will be open for submission. Additional information, including a link to the submission page, will be sent to ECA members on the day the submission website opens. 

The Interest Group invites two types of submission and the specific requirements for each type follows. 

Submission Guidelines for Completed Papers 

Papers should be written in accordance with the University of Chicago Manual of Style or APA 6th edition (whichever is appropriate). The following fields will be completed for individual submissions: 

  • Title
  • Description (aka. Abstract) including the Professional Responsibility Statement.
  • Student Paper
  • Debut Submission
  • Special requests
  • Audio Visual Form
  • Upload final paper or additional documents (file types accepted: Word or PDF).

Submission Guidelines for Panel/Program Proposals  

Please submit panel/program proposals is one MS Word file (.doc or .docx). Proposals should be written according to the University of Chicago Manual of Style or APA 6th edition (whichever is appropriate). Include the following items in all panel/program submissions: 

  • Thematic Title
  • Participants (Names & Affiliations) including chair and respondent.
  • Estimated Attendance
  • Special requests
  • Rationale
  • Audio Visual Form
  • Upload supporting documents that include titles and abstract for each paper or presentation, program copy (no more than a  75-word description) as it should appear in the final program, and Statement of Professionalism (see below).

Include the following statement with submissions. 

In submitting the attached paper/panel, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this paper/panel if it is accepted and programmed. I/We further recognize that all who attend and present at ECA’s annual meeting must register and pay required fees.  

For additional information about the upcoming convention, please visit ECA’s website All questions or concerns related to the Media Interest Group can be directed to:  

Holly Giselle Purcell, Wayne State University E-mail: This unit is limited in the number of sessions it programs, so prior consultation with the planer about session ideas might be useful in coordinating the efforts of people who might be separately pursuing the same general idea.

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