Passing of Prof. Dr. Luu Van An

Passing of Prof. Dr. Luu Van An

It is with great sadness to inform you that Prof. Dr. Lu Van An, Acting Rector of the Academy of Journalism and Communication (AJC), passed away last April 4, 2021.

AMIC extends its deepest sympathy to his colleagues, friends, and the AJC community.

Articles published in Volume 48, Number 1 (March 2021) of Media Asia

Articles published in Volume 48, Number 1 (March 2021) of Media Asia

Articles published in

Volume 48, Number 1 (March 2021) of Media Asia

Articles published in Volume 48, Number 1 (March 2021) of Media Asia

Editor’s Note: These are the articles included in Volume 48, Number 1 (March 2021) of our peer reviewed journal Media Asia. The information is provided to guide researchers in properly citing these articles.

Issue Title: Pandemic semantics



Arao, D. A. (2021, March). Pandemic discourse. Media Asia, 48(1), 1-4.



Raj, A., Anjali, R., & Goswami, M. P. (2021, March). Migrants, miseries, and media: measuring the

prominence of the miseries of migrants in the coverage of leading Indian English dailies during

COVID-19. Media Asia, 48(1), 5-20.

Gyamfi, P. A. (2021, March). Comparative analysis of CNN coverage of weather-related disasters in

USA, Japan, and India. Media Asia, 48(1), 21-33.

Watanabe, H. (2021, March). The discursive construction of the international dispute over the East

China Sea: A multimodal analysis of evaluations in online newspaper editorials in the Chinese and Japanese press. Media Asia, 48(1), 34-57.



Kanozia, R., Kaur, S., & Arya, R. (2021, March). Infodemic during the COVID-19 lockdown in India.

Media Asia, 48(1), 58-66.

Young, S. (2021, March). Internet, Facebook, competing political narratives, and political control in

Cambodia. Media Asia, 48(1), 67-76.



Tandon, L. (2021, March). Defending the Web: Review of Reset by Ronald Deibert. Media Asia, 48(1),


Shantharaju, S. (2021, March). The unrealized addiction: review of the book Irresistible by Adam Alter.

Media Asia, 48(1), 80-81.

Sanyal, D. (2021, March). Not so shining (film review of Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamatke Sitare).

Media Asia, 48(1), 82-84.

    Media and the “New Normal”

    Media and the “New Normal”

    Media Asia
    published by AMIC and Routledge Taylor & Francis Group

    Media and the “New Normal”


    If you’re researching the “new normal,” perhaps the normal thing to do is to consider Media Asia.

    The peer reviewed journal is published by the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) and Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. Established in 1974, it focuses on studies and practices in journalism, advertising, public relations, entertainment and other aspects of media in Asia.

    Manuscripts should analyze issues related to the media’s role in the “new normal” in Asia. These are some topics worth exploring:


    • “New normal” in the context of media studies (e.g., increasing role of the Internet, changing broadcast landscape, relevance of print)
    • Work-from-home arrangements of journalists and media workers


    • Changes in media production and distribution
    • Evolving media consumption
    • Marketing trends and the rise of e-commerce
    • Local governance, community communication and social media
    • Scientific and technical information seeking, dissemination and understanding
    • Media and mental health amid the changing environment
    • Media education and the new modes of learning
    • Intensification of digital divide within and among Asian countries
    • Online media and misinformation
    • Prevalence of hate speech and disinformation during lockdown and beyond
    • “New normal” as a tool to repress the media (e.g., lockdown as crackdown, censorship)
    • “New normal” and new “futures” (e.g., risk communication and behavior change)

    Authors are free to submit other topics related to the media and the “new normal.”

    Media Asia accepts original articles to be evaluated by at least two reviewers, as well as non-refereed commentaries and reviews of “new normal”-related books, films, TV shows, plays and other media. Original articles should not exceed 10,000 words, while non-refereed ones should have 1,500 words (if written journalistically) or 3,000 words (if written academically). Please note that original articles and academically written commentaries and reviews should use APA 7th edition citation style. For more details, please go to the Information for Authors section of Media Asia’s website (

    Authors of refereed articles are assured of a fast turnaround time. Based on our journal accountability report for 2020 (, the average number of days from submission to online publication of refereed articles is 161 days.

    For this special call for papers, Media Asia does not have a deadline because refereed manuscripts are published as soon as they pass the scrutiny of at least two reviewers. In the case of non-refereed ones, they are published once approved by the Editorial Board.

    Media Asia is indexed in Scopus, EBSCO Research Databases (Bibliography of Asian Studies, Associates Programs Source Plus, Communication & Mass Media Complete, Communication Source, Military Transition Support Center, Vocational Studies Complete), ProQuest (Business Premium Collection, Asian & European Business Collection, ProQuest Central, ProQuest Central Basic, ABI/INFORM Professional Advanced, SIRS Editorial, eLibrary), Dimensions, IngentaConnect and Informit.

    Interested authors may submit online at

    The journal’s editor is Danilo Araña Arao (University of the Philippines Diliman). The associate editors are Lisa Brooten (Southern Illinois University Carbondale), Pamela A. Custodio (University of the Philippines Los Baños), Roselyn Du (California State University Fullerton), Ma. Theresa M. Rivera (Far Eastern University Manila) and Nick Y. Zhang (Hong Kong Baptist University). The members of the Editorial Advisory Board are Sarah Cardey (University of Reading), Ataharul Chowdhury (University of Guelph), Minjeong Kim (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies), Srinivas Melkote (Bowling Green State University), Eunice Barbara C. Novio (Vongchavalitkul University) and Paromita Pain (University of Nevada Reno).

    For any questions, please send an email to Follow Media Asia’s Twitter account on @MediaAsiaJourn.

    Tribute to Fr. Franz-Josef Eilers, Ph.D., SVD

    Tribute to Fr. Franz-Josef Eilers, Ph.D., SVD

    Tribute to Fr. Franz-Josef Eilers, SVD

    (On her death January 13, 2021)

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    The Asian Media Information and Communication Center, Inc.(AMIC) announces with sadness the death of AMIC laureate and long time AMIC Member, Fr. Franz-Josef Eilers, SVD. He was executive secretary of the Office of Social Communication of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), and Consultor of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in the Vatican.


    Fr. Eilers passed away on 13 January in Manila, Philippines. The exact cause of his death is not yet publicly known but he had heart conditions for several years.


    In 2018, AMIC awarded Fr. Eilers the 2018 AMIC Asia Communication Award for Transformative Leadership Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to church and social communications, and in appreciation for the church communication institutions he has built. His excerpt of his award citation reads:


    Over the years, the name Franz-Josef Eilers, SVD, has stood out in the field of Church and social communication. Many religious and lay leaders now engaged in the “communicating Church” were students and directees who got their knowledge and inspiration from their eminent teacher. 

    An ordained priest of the Society of Divine Word (SVD) congregation, Fr. Eilers has written extensively on human and social communication, the concept first introduced in the Council Decree “Inter Mirifica” (1963). He ranks among a few Church scholars and theologians who has traced God’s communication in salvation history. He also explicated  the new concepts pastoral communication and evangelizing communication in one of his most seminal works.  His priestly ministry, now spanning five decades, saw his books used as standard references in missiology, intercultural communication, and communication. His name resonates as one of a few significant contributors in literature and discourses on communication theology.

    The Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) 2018 Asia Communication Award recognizes Franz-Josef Eilers, SVD, for his contribution to Church and social communication.

    Fr. Eilers is professor at the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas (UST), Maryhill School of Theology (MST), and Don Bosco Center of Studies (DBCS) in Manila. He is the founder/coordinator of a graduate program in Theology specializing in social/ pastoral communication (MAT-SPC) at UST. He holds a Doctorate in Communication and a Licentiate in Missiology from the University of Muenster in Germany. He is adjunct professor of the University of the Philippines at Los Banos (UPLB) College of Development Communication. He has taught Communication and Missiology at Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay City, as well as the Gregorian and Salesian Universities in Rome.

    Fr. Eilers helped establish the Asian Research Center for Religion and Social Communication (ARC) at Saint John’s University, Bangkok, Thailand. He also co-founded St. Joseph Freinademetz Communication Center (JFCC) in Quezon City, Philippines.

    Fr. Eilers has served as executive secretary of the Office of Social Communication of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), and Consultor of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in the Vatican. He served as communication secretary of the SVD Generalate in Rome, and at the Joint Committee on Society Development and Peace (Sodepax) of the World Council of Churches in Geneva. He was founding director of the Catholic Media Council (CAMECO) in Aachen, Germany.

    He was conferred the Jaime Cardinal Sin Outstanding Catholic Author Award in 1996. The Carmelite Fathers (OCarm) conferred on him in 2015 the very first Titus Brandsma Excellence in Social Communication Award for his contribution to communication education, formation and research. In 2007, a “Festschrift” was published in his honor by colleagues from University of Dayton in Ohio, U.S.A. and University of Kassel in Germany.


    AMIC conveys its deepest sympathy to his colleagues, friends, and the SVD community.

    Media Asia Journal Accountability Report (January-December 2020)

    Media Asia Journal Accountability Report (January-December 2020)

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    Issues published in 2020

    Issues Published in 2020

    Comparative data of manuscripts received from 2016 to 2020
    (refereed articles only)

    Status of refereed and non-refereed manuscripts submitted in 2020

    Rejection data breakdown – refereed articles only

    Turnaround time

    Reviewer statistics



    1. Reconstituted editorial board consisting of five associate editors and one editor at the start of the year
    2. Arrested the backlog of pending manuscripts (i.e., the manuscripts pending with editors numbered 91 before the reconstitution of the new editorial board)
    3. Published the backlog of issues in 2018 and 2019 (three joint issues)
    4. Published the issues in 2020 (two joint issues)
    5. Implemented faster turnaround time in handling manuscripts and in replying to authors’ queries
    6. Indexed in Scopus (i.e., application was approved on 8 August 2020)


    1. Issued two calls for papers1. Issued two calls for papers
           a. Regular call for papers (5 February 2020)
           b. Special call for papers on media and the pandemic (19 May 2020)
    2. Redesigned cover starting with the 2020 issues
    3. Expanded editorial board to include an Editorial Advisory Board
    4. Revised correspondence templates to ensure more accurate messaging
    5. Updated T & F’s Media Asia website to ensure more accurate information, especially when it comes to journal indexing and abstracting
    6. Created @MediaAsiaJourn Twitter account (5 November 2020)

    PLANS FOR 2021

    1. Ensure publication of four issues (March, June, September, December)
    2. Sustain fast turnaround time

    Marikina City, Philippines
    2 January 2021