Political Communication

Submission Deadline Dates:  Tue, 1/1 2019 12:00 AM - Mon, 10/14 2019 11:59 PM EDT

Political Communication Interest Group Call for Papers

111th Annual Convention of the Eastern Communication Association

April 1-5, 2020

Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2019

The Political Communication Interest Group is now accepting paper and panel submissions for the 2020 Eastern Communication Association Annual Convention in Baltimore, MD. The theme for the 2020 Convention is “Harboring Innovation.”  

The Political Communication Interest Group considers papers/panels that focus on all areas of political communication including, but not limited to, the communication activity of citizens, individual political figures, governmental institutions, the media, political campaigns, advocacy groups and social movements. This Interest Group recognizes and encourages research that addresses political communication topics across a variety of contexts and that employs a variety of research methodologies. For the 2020 ECA Conventions, we encourage papers and panels that advance the convention theme of “Harboring Innovation” within the contexts of political communication research, pedagogy and practice. Submissions on topics ranging from the 2020 elections to fact-checking mediated news coverage to innovations in teaching political communication are especially welcome, as are submissions that examine political communication in the context of our host city, Baltimore.

ECA uses 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, 2019 at 11:59 PM. You will be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work if you have not used Attendee Interactive in the past. 

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 (i.e., Abstract), including the Statement of Professional Responsibility
  • Is the submission a Student submission?
  • Is the submission a Debut submission?
  • Special requests
  • Audio/Visual requests
  • File upload (.docx and .pdf are accepted)

Submission Guidelines for Panel/Program Proposals  

Please submit panel/program proposals as a Word document (.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: 

  • Panel/program title
  • Rationale
  • Participants (names & affiliations), including chair and respondent, if applicable
  • Titles and abstracts for each paper or presentation
  • Description to appear convention program (copy not to exceed 75 words)
  • Statement of Professional Responsibility
  • Estimated attendance
  • Special requests
  • Audio/Visual requests

Include the following Statement of Professional Responsibility with all 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. 

Special Scheduling Request

If presenting authors or panelists wish to make a special scheduling request due to religious and/or cultural needs, such a scheduling request must be included in the email that accompanies their submission.


Email the Political Communication Interest Group Program Planner: Sean Luechtefeld, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, seanluechtefeld@gmail.com