The Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference, co-sponsored by the American Journalism Historians Association and the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, is now accepting submissions for its 2023 conference, to be held virtually via Zoom.

This free, one-day, interdisciplinary conference welcomes faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars researching the history of journalism and mass communication. Topics from all geographic areas and time periods are welcome, as are all methodological approaches. This conference offers a welcoming environment in which participants can explore new ideas, garner feedback on their work, and meet colleagues from around the world interested in journalism and mass communication history.

When: Saturday, April 15, 2023, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern (U.S.) time

Where: Virtual (Zoom)

Proposals for paper presentations, research-in-progress presentations, or panels are all welcome. Your proposal should detail your presentation topic and offer a compelling rationale for why this research would interest an interdisciplinary community of scholars.

    • Papers are completed research studies. The paper should be attached to the submission (as a Microsoft Word document or PDF) along with an abstract of up to 500 words.
    • Research-in-progress (RIP) proposals are projects that are currently underway and that would benefit from collegial feedback in a conference setting. The conference eagerly welcomes such work and prides itself on being a forum for generative thinking and feedback. RIP proposals should be described in an abstract of up to 500 words.
    • Panels are pre-constituted presentations from multiple scholars working on similar topics or using similar methodological approaches. Panels generally consist of 3-4 scholars. To submit a panel proposal, please include an overview of the panel along with abstracts for each of the individual projects/presentations. The overview and the individual abstracts each may be up to 500 words.

Suggested History Focus Areas

The themes listed below are meant as helpful suggestions, but submissions are not in any way limited to these areas.

    • misinformation/disinformation/propaganda
    • right-wing/left-wing political commentary
    • journalism foregrounding of the experiences of historically marginalized communities, particularly indigenous, African American, Asian American, Latinx, and/or LGBTQIA+
    • feminist reporting and commentary
    • coverage of various social and political movements (e.g., environmental, civil rights, women’s rights, consumer protection)
    • small weekly newspapers
    • public relations history
    • panels – “how tos” for working with digital archives; attracting new funding for research

Submissions should be emailed to Please remove any identifying information from your abstract and attach it to your email as a Microsoft Word document or a PDF. In the body of your email, please include your name, preferred email address, and institutional affiliation and title/rank (if applicable). If you are submitting a panel proposal, please include that information for all panel participants.

The deadline for proposal submissions is 10 p.m. EST (U.S.) Feb. 15, 2023. Authors will be notified as to whether their proposals were accepted no later than March 15, 2023. Please direct any questions to one of the conference co-chairs: A.J. Bauer,; Theresa Russell-Loretz of Millersville University,; Ray Begovich of the University of Indianapolis

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