Old Against New, or a Coming of Age? Rethinking Broadcasting in an Era of Electronic Media

In exciting news, Stacy Blasiola, R. Stuart Geiger and I are announcing a call for papers for a Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media Special Issue. Please pass on to your networks, or even better, send us an abstract.

Call for Papers

Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media Special Issue

Old Against New, or a Coming of Age? Rethinking Broadcasting in an Era of Electronic Media

In this special issue edited and authored by graduate students, JOBEM is calling on emerging scholars to redefine “broadcasting” and explore the relevance of this term in an age of electronic media. We believe that graduate students are uniquely situated to change the conversation around new and old media, rethinking both what it means for media to come of age and how to study such a phenomenon.

Special Issue Coordinating Editor-in-Chief

Stacy Blasiola (University of Illinois at Chicago, sblasi2@uic.edu)

Special Issue Guest Editors

R. Stuart Geiger (University of California, Berkeley)

Airi Lampinen(Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT & University of Helsinki)


Deadline for Extended Abstracts: August 19, 2013

Full Paper Invitation: September 22, 2013

Deadline for Full Papers: January 6, 2014

Final Decisions: May 6, 2014

Contact: JOBEMgradIssue@gmail.com

As guest editors for the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, we know that the term “broadcasting” certainly has the connotations of a rapidly-disappearing era. There is a strong temptation to sharply distinguish between old and new media, and “broadcasting” (and even “electronic”) is a term that is now often associated with the old. We are constantly told that we are in the midst of a digital/social media revolution that will make the unidirectional, mass communication model obsolete. Yet a cursory glance into either the history of media technology or the contemporary use of new media platforms complicates these dominant narratives. Do we need new terms to help us think about what it means for new media to come of age, or do we need to reappropriate old terms?

Do ideas about new media revolutions help us better understand the complicated relationships between radio and early television programming, telegraph networks and emerging telephone infrastructure, or musicians and the various shifts in the recording industry? Do notions of social media disruptions help us understand how participation takes place in sites like Wikipedia, reddit, or YouTube, or how these sites are situated in relation to more established news and media industries? What is the relevance of “old media” terms such as “broadcasting” for studying today’s social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, and Pinterest? We call on graduate students to start a new thread in the conversation about what it means for media to be old and new. For us, rethinking “broadcasting” in an era of electronic media is to neither hastily disregard the legacy of these terms nor cling to them too rigidly.

As graduate students, we feel a curious resonance with the contradictory expectations surrounding new media forms. We are called to be apprentices, learning to participate in a longstanding and well-established institution; yet at the same time we are called to be radical revolutionaries, disrupting old ways of thinking. Graduate students, like many new media services and platforms, face many anxieties about what it means to come of age in a landscape already filled with towering figures. Many of the issues we face are longstanding problems that every generation before us also confronted, but we also face many concerns that are unique to our current historical situation.

As emerging scholars, we believe that graduate students are uniquely situated to change the conversation around new and old media, rethinking both what it means for media to come of age and how to study such a phenomenon. In this special issue, we call on graduate students to redefine what “broadcasting” means and explore the relevance of this term in an age of electronic media. We intentionally leave this open to interpretation. We seek papers that will theoretically and empirically advance our understanding of the diverse array of practices, content, people, technologies, industries, and policies that collectively constitute our contemporary media ecology.

We call for papers from a wide variety of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields, recognizing that scholarship can take a variety of different forms. We invite authors to:

  • propose novel theoretical or methodological frameworks to the study of media and broadcasting

  • critically review and synthesize existing academic literatures about media and broadcasting

  • discursively analyze various rhetorics and narratives around/in media and broadcasting

  • document case studies about historical and/or contemporary media and broadcasting forms

  • relate ethnographic, qualitative, or quantitative studies about the role of media and broadcasting in various social contexts

  • contact us about any other paper forms, or if you are unsure if your paper is suitable for this special issue


Deadlines and Submission Instructions


Deadline for Extended Abstracts: August 19, 2013

Invitations to Submit Full Papers: September 22, 2013

Deadline to Submit Full Papers: January 6, 2014

Final Decisions to Authors: May 6, 2014

Final Revisions for Full Papers: May 26, 2014

Publication of the Special Issue: September 2014

All submissions must be graduate student driven, meaning that the primary authors should be enrolled as graduate students (at least) at the time of submitting extended abstracts.  Although collaborative work with non-graduate students is acceptable, we seek papers that are primarily conceptualized and authored by graduate students. Collaborative work with other students is highly encouraged. Importantly, the corresponding, lead author–who will be responsible for the paper and interactions with the editors–must be a graduate student.

Because we anticipate a large number of submissions, we will not initially accept full papers for review. Interested authors must first send a proposal of their paper in an extended abstract format of 600-800 words, not including references. The extended abstract should clearly introduce and outline the paper, giving reviewers from a wide variety of academic fields enough context and detail to evaluate its feasibility as a full paper, intellectual merit, relevance to the special issue theme, and broader impacts. As the research for these papers may not yet be complete, we do not expect that extended abstracts will necessarily include all of the paper’s findings or conclusions. However, the extended abstracts should outline what kinds of findings or conclusions the authors expect to present in the final paper. Specifically, extended abstracts should include:

  • a title

  • a description of the paper’s core topic, case, problem, and/or argument

  • the methodological approach, theoretical background, and/or disciplinary field

  • the paper’s relevance to related academic literatures

  • expected findings or conclusions

  • expected contributions to the study of media

Extended abstracts must be mailed as an attachment to JOBEMgradIssue@gmail.com and must be sent in .rtf, .doc or .docx format. We cannot accept .pdf submissions.

Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be invited to submit a full paper of no more than 7,500 words (including references). Invited full papers will be subject to a formal peer review process, and papers will only be published if they pass JOBEM’s standard reviewing process. Authors must adhere to a strict schedule for submission and revisions. Authors whose manuscripts do not get accepted to the special issue are encouraged to consider submitting revised papers to JOBEM through the normal submission process.

All submissions must adhere to the formatting guidelines for Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. Manuscripts must adhere to APA style format. Complete submission guidelines can be accessed at http://www.beaweb.org/jobem-guidelines.htm.Full papers must be submitted online at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hbem (select “Special Issue: Grad Issue” as a manuscript type).


Measuring Networked Social Privacy

Xinru Page, Karen Tang, Fred Stutzman and I are organizing a two-day workshop on measuring networked social privacy at the CSCW 2013 conference next spring. We are inviting researchers from diverse backgrounds to come and work with us on what would it look like to “measure” networked social privacy in rigorous, productive ways. Please pass our CfP on to your networks, or even better, submit a position paper and join the endeavor!

Call for Participation

Measuring Networked Social Privacy: Qualitative & Quantitative Approaches

Social media plays an increasingly important role in interpersonal relationships and, consequently, raises privacy questions for end-users. However, there is little guidance or consensus for researchers on how to measure privacy in social media contexts, such as in social network sites like Facebook or Twitter. To this point, privacy measurement has focused more on data protection for end-users and used privacy scales like CFIP, IUIPC, and the Westin Segmentation Index. While these scales have been used for cross-study comparisons, they primarily emphasize informational privacy concerns and are less effective at capturing interpersonal and interactional privacy concerns.

Thus, there is a clear need to develop appropriate metrics and techniques for measuring privacy concerns in social media. Accomplishing such a goal requires knowledge of the current methods for measuring social privacy, as well as various existing interpersonal privacy frameworks. In this workshop, we will cultivate a common understanding of privacy frameworks, provide an overview of recent empirical work on privacy in social media, and encourage the development of consensus among the community on how to approach measuring social privacy for these networked, interpersonal settings. Our 2-day workshop will provide participants the opportunity to work more deeply on these issues, including opportunities to create and pilot new privacy measures, methods, and frameworks that will comprise a toolbox of techniques that can be used to study privacy concerns in social media.

We invite researchers from various domains to join this multidisciplinary workshop and address a number of key challenges in achieving this research vision. Some of these challenges include:

  1. “Measuring” privacy: How should privacy be measured? Many studies run into the “privacy paradox” which points to how privacy concerns are not correlated with actual behavior. How should studies ensure that they are capturing untainted privacy concerns? How do we connect concerns with behavior?
  2. Contextualizing privacy: How context-specific should privacy metrics be? How can we anticipate the types of social privacy concerns that will be most salient for different audiences? What types of situational context need to be captured in order to effectively capture interpersonal privacy concerns in social media?
  3. Cross-study comparisons: How can general privacy measures be useful across different studies? What ways can we measure whether one privacy design is more effective than another in addressing social privacy concerns? How should context be considered when comparing privacy concerns across studies?
  4. Integrating qualitative with quantitative: What is the role of various qualitative and quantitative methods in developing metrics? How can these methods complement each other? In which situations should a particular method, tool, and/or study design be used?
  5. Integrating frameworks and metrics: How can we draw from existing privacy frameworks to contribute to our understanding of privacy in social media? What aspects of social privacy do these frameworks do a good job of capturing? What aspects of social privacy do these frameworks neglect to capture? How can we translate these privacy frameworks into a tool for capturing privacy concerns?

Interested parties should submit a position paper (2-4 pages in the Extended Abstracts format) by November 16, 2012, 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time.

We welcome a range of work including (but not limited to): (1) addressing one of the challenges described above, (2) experiences and/or case studies about measuring privacy and/or developing novel privacy frameworks, (3) lessons learned of what works and what doesn’t work when capturing social privacy concerns, (4) challenges to established assumptions about measuring privacy, and (5) ideas on novel directions in creating new privacy metrics and frameworks.

All submissions should be made in English. Our program committee will peer-review submissions and evaluate participants based on their potential to contribute to the workshop goals and discussions. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop.

Important dates

  • Submission deadline – November 16, 2012
  • Notification of acceptance – December 11, 2012
  • Workshop at CSCW 2013 – February 23-24, 2013

In all issues related to the workshop, please contact us by e-mail at networkedprivacy(at)gmail.com