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”

SPECIAL CALL FOR PAPERS

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 (https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=rmea20).

Authors of refereed articles are assured of a fast turnaround time. Based on our journal accountability report for 2020 (https://amic.asia/media-asia-journal-accountability-report-january-december-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 https://rp.tandfonline.com/submission/create?journalCode=RMEA.

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 media.asia@amic.asia. Follow Media Asia’s Twitter account on @MediaAsiaJourn.

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

EDITORIAL BOARD COMPOSITION

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2021

  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)

OTHER ACTIVITIES

  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

Download Media Asia’s Repression/Assertion issue now

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Download Media Asia’s Repression/Assertion issue now

 

“Repression/Assertion” is available for a limited time.

From now until December 31, 2020, all contents of Media Asia’s Volume 47, Numbers 1-2 may be read and downloaded for free (https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rmea20/47/1-2?nav=tocList).

Media Asia is a quarterly peer reviewed journal published by the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) and Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

The “Repression/Assertion issue consists of one editorial, four refereed articles and three commentaries.

Editorial: Realities of repression, intricacies of assertion
By D. A. Arao, L. Brooten, P. Custodio, R. Du, M. T. M. Rivera, and N. Y. Zhang
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01296612.2020.1829364

The danger of words: major challenges facing Myanmar journalists on reporting the Rohingya conflict
By N. Lynn
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01296612.2020.1824569

Work-related sexual harassment and coping techniques: the case of Indonesian female journalists
By D. N. Simorangkir
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01296612.2020.1812175

Social media and disinformation in war propaganda: how Afghan government and the Taliban use Twitter
By H. M. Bahar
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01296612.2020.1822634

How do leading companies in Greater China communicate CSR through corporate websites? A comparative study of mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan
By M. Zhao
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01296612.2020.1822635

Commentary: COVID-19 and social-politics of medical misinformation on social media in Pakistan
By M. Ittefaq, S. A. Hussain, and M. Fatima
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01296612.2020.1817264

Commentary: Muzzling the media: the perils of the critical press in the Philippines
By B. Puente
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01296612.2020.1818172

Commentary: Growth of a young journalist amid the pandemic and media repression
By Sammy Westfall
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01296612.2020.1824342

Danilo Araña Arao (University of the Philippines Diliman) is the editor of Media Asia. The associate editors are Lisa Brooten (Southern Illinois University Carbondale), Pamela 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).

 

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Tribute to Nora C. Quebral

Tribute to Nora C. Quebral

Tribute to Nora C. Quebral

(On her death Oct. 24, 2020)
By Crispin C. Maslog

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The first time I met Nora was in the early 1970s, shortly after I became director of the School of Journalism and Communication in Silliman University. Those were the days when we both were young and gay, and the word gay meant happy and not what it means today. Fifty years later, I pay tribute to my esteemed friend and scholar who has passed away to eternal pastures.

She was then a young faculty member of the Institute of Development Communication, UP Los Banos. And I was a new associate professor of communication in Silliman. She struck me as intellectual, demure and soft spoken. We kept in touch over the years, growing our professions in our respective parts of the country. We had a common advocacyrural development. I nurtured community journalists for the small towns. She developed communicators for the countryside. We struck up a quiet professional friendship, partly because of our common advocacy.

It was in 1975 that we started working together as founding organizers of our professional organizationthe Philippine Association of Communication Educators (PACE). She became the second President of PACE from 1980 to 1984. I took over as third President from 1985 to 1989.

By that time I was already a professor at the College of Development Communication, which had grown from the Institute when I first met Nora. Nora had a major influence in my coming to UP Los Banos in 1982. I came as a visiting professor but my visit became permanent with her encouragement–and the rest is history.

I stayed and saw Nora develop her practice and theory of development communication and her rise in stature to become the “mother of development communication” to hundreds, perhaps thousands of former students, scholars and professionals all over the Philippines and the world.

It has been a privilege to have stayed on and retire from UP Los Banos with my wife, Florita, who was just as happy as I was with my decision because her childhood home is in Santa Cruz, Laguna. So to my esteemed friend and development communication comrade in arms, Nora, thank you for accepting me here in UP Los Banos. I leave with you the words of the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore:

“Death is not extinguishing the light. It is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.”

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[Call for Book Chapter Abstracts] Environmental Journalism in the Global South

Dear AMIC Members:

We–Ramon Tuazon, Sadia Jamil and Therese San Diego Torres–are pleased to open the call for book chapter abstracts for our forthcoming publication, “Environmental Journalism in the Global South.” We invite you to submit your abstracts.

Below are the details. We have also attached the PDF of the call here.

 

Call for abstracts

Environmental issues continue to grow in scope, indicating the timely need to address pressing areas of concern: global warming; climate change; food security and public health safety; overpopulation; water, land, and air pollution; increased carbon footprint; deforestation; and natural disasters. These issues go beyond the realm of science into the areas of politics, public policy, and economics. As environmental concerns grow, the need for a well-informed public becomes more critical (Jamil, 2020). Public opinion and perceptions about environmental issues are shaped by many sources including government and non-government organizations, the academe, and the media. Journalists and the news media, in particular, are among the important sources of information about the environment. A major challenge is how to convey complex concepts and impart a sense of urgency in addressing problems in a way that engages the reader. In the past two decades, environmental journalism has evolved to serve this purpose and has represented people’s diverse perceptions of the world. Over time, people have become more and more interested and concerned about what is happening in the environment. As more information comes to light about how environmental issues impact people and the globe, the interest in and recognition of the importance of environmental journalism have likewise increased. The rise in public awareness has translated to an even greater need for environmental journalism studies. Much of the work on environmental journalism has been done by Western scholars (Sachsman and Valenti, 2020; Valenti, 2017; Rogener and Wormer, 2017; Ale, 2015; Bodker and Neverla, 2014; Bodker, 2012; Carthew et al., 2012; Wyss, 2010; Frome, 1998), and limited attention has been paid in the Global South to reflect upon different aspects of environmental journalism (Acharya and Noronha, 2010). Thus, this edited volume welcomes contributions from scholars in the Global South to cover the following key areas:

– Journalists’ attitudes and motivations towards environmental journalism;
– The influence of contextual factors, such as religious, cultural, ethnic and socio-political environments, on journalists’ practice of environmental journalism;
– Coverage of environmental issues by mainstream, ethnic and diasporic news media;
– The role of religious, political and cultural factors in shaping and influencing news media discourses on diverse environmental issues;
– Challenges and prospects for the practice of environmental journalism;
– The role of economic, intellectual and technological resources to foster environmental journalism;
– Environmental journalism pedagogy in the Global South.

Submission details and guidelines:

Please submit your abstract of 500-700 words by 20th November, 2020. All abstracts will be assessed based on:

– Clarity of research problem;
– Conceptual soundness of study;
– Theoretical and methodological strength;
– Contribution and impact of the study.

Abstracts should be submitted to Dr. Sadia Jamil (sadia.jamil@ymail.com), Ramon Tuazon (ramon.tuazon@aijci.com) and Therese Patricia S. Torres (therese.torres@aijci.com). All authors should submit a bio of 200 words with complete institutional details when submitting their abstracts.

Timeline

– Abstract submission deadline: 20th November, 2020
– Notification to author/s: 10th December, 2020
– Full chapter submission: 15th April, 2021
– Review process by editors: 16th April, 2021 – 15th May, 2021
– Revision deadline: 1st July, 2021
– Anticipated submission of full book manuscript: 30th September, 2021

Publisher

The full book will be submitted to Palgrave Macmillan in 2021 and is envisioned to be published as part of the ‘Palgrave Studies in Journalism and the Global South’ book series: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/series/16423 (series editors: Bruce Mutsvairo, Saba Bebawi and Eddy Borges-Rey).

On behalf of Sadia Jamil and Therese San Diego Torres, I look forward to hearing from you. 

Best regards,
Ramon R. Tuazon

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Media Asia analyzes repression and assertion in latest issue

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Media Asia analyzes repression and assertion in latest issue

An international peer reviewed journal bravely confronts a sensitive issue plaguing selected parts of Asia.

Published by the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) and Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, the Media Asia journal released Volume 47 (Numbers 1-2) with the theme “Repression/Assertion.” The online edition may be retrieved from the journal’s website (https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rmea20/current).

The issue is composed of four refereed articles and three non-refereed commentaries that focus on the realities of repression and intricacies of assertion in Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, Greater China (mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan), Pakistan and the Philippines.

The authors of the refereed articles are Nyan Lynn (University of Kansas, USA), Deborah N. Simorangkir (Swiss German University, Indonesia), Hazrat M. Bahar (Shanghai University, China) and Mengmeng Zhao (Hang Seng University of Hong Kong).

Those who wrote the non-refereed commentaries are Muhammad Ittefaq (University of Kansas, USA), Syed Ali Hussain (Arizona State University, USA), Maryam Fatima (University of Education, Pakistan), Beatrice Puente (University of the Philippines Diliman) and Sammy Westfall (Yale University, USA).

The editorial describes the contents of the seven articles: “Nyan Lynn (The danger of words: Major challenges facing Myanmar journalists on reporting the Rohingya conflict) and Deborah Simorangkir (Work-related sexual harassment and coping techniques: the case of Indonesian female journalists) analyze the predicament of journalists in covering sensitive issues and protecting themselves from those who exploit them. Meanwhile, Hazrat Bahar (Social media and disinformation in war propaganda: How Afghan government and the Taliban use Twitter) studies how warring parties weaponize social media in spreading “fake news” and discusses why deprivation of relevant information is a form of repression. Mengmeng Zhao (How do leading companies in Greater China communicate CSR through corporate websites? A comparative study of Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan) focuses on the use of corporate social responsibility and explains why corporations need to increase awareness and prevent skepticism at the same time. [xxx] Beatrice Puente (Muzzling the media: The perils of the critical press in the Philippines) and Sammy Westfall (Growth of a young journalist amid the pandemic and media repression) provide first-person accounts on the struggles of campus journalists as they are faced not just with the global pandemic but also a repressive government. Muhammad Ittefaq, Syed Ali Hussain and Maryam Fatima (COVID-19 and social-politics of medical misinformation on social media in Pakistan) present their views on how social media have been misused amid the global pandemic when accurate information is needed.”

Starting with this 2020 issue, Media Asia adopts a “new look” as designed by Karl Castro (Philippines). The cover design is inspired by the constantly evolving media landscape. Front covers are rendered in “black and white” but the nuances of each image display a much broader gamut of color, symbolizing the media’s constant struggle with truth-telling, perception, and subject position, the examinations of which are part of the raison d’être of this journal. In contrast to the black and white covers, the spines and back covers are rendered in bright fields of color. These hues are taken from both broadcast and print tests, emphasizing the spectrum of our media landscape.

The journal is indexed/abstracted 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) and ProQuest (Business Premium Collection, Asian & European Business Collection, ProQuest Central, ProQuest Central Basic, ABI/INFORM Professional Advanced, SIRS Editorial, eLibrary).

Danilo Araña Arao (University of the Philippines Diliman) is the editor of Media Asia. The associate editors are Lisa Brooten (Southern Illinois University Carbondale), Pamela 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).