Call for panels extended; Sign up for the Collective Intelligence database

If you’re an AEJMC Viscom member and/or Viscom Listserv subscriber, take note:

Two items in this post:
1) Extension of panel proposals for the 2013 AEJMC Viscom Division to midnight of Oct. 24, 2012, Eastern Time.
Please send your proposal through
If you already submitted your proposal and want to revise it, please submit the revised one after adding “(revision)” at the end of the title.

The original call, including proposals that were accepted last time, can be found at

2) Collective intelligence:
What would you do if you need to locate a guest speaker for your class, an expert for a panel, or a collaborator for your professional or research project?

Using a database I am planning to construct must be one excellent way you can solve the problem.

The database describes
* current and past professional and scholarly activities of visual scholars and professionals,
* their skills, talents and expertise,
* whether they are available to you and the public as a guest speaker, information source, reviewer, contributor, or consultant, and
* their contact number.

Only when you supply information on you, you can access this database.

I strongly recommend you take time to fill out the form.

Also ask your friends, colleagues or others who are interested in visual journalism to fill out the form.


Byung Lee
Vice-head of AEJMC Viscom Division

Call for Viscom Panel Sessions for the 2013 AEJMC Conference

Hello VisCom Division Members,

Next year’s AEJMC convention will take place in Washington D.C., Renaissance Hotel, August 8-11, 2013.!

Our panels, I believe, in Chicago were well organized and attended, timely and beneficial to us, visual educators. Let ‘s take this momentum and continue forward.

You have great ideas. We need to hear from you about panel ideas, such as freedom of expression using visual images, new ways of analyzing visual data, effective ways of teaching visual journalism, social media, content delivery, mobile devices, multimedia, user interactivity, journalism’s future and many, many more visual topics.

Please submit your ideas through this form:

In the form, you are asked to write what kind of panel you propose (Research, Teaching or Professional Freedom & Responsibility), whether there are any possible co-sponsors, what the panel is about, etc. The deadline for the panel submissions is October 8, 2012 (Monday).

For your reference, I put the panel sessions that Viscom offered in the Chicago conference:

Research Sessions
• Refereed Paper Research Session: Top Research Paper Panel
• Research Scholar to Scholar Session
• Refereed Paper Research Session: Creative Projects
• Refereed Paper Research Session: Exploring Bias and Ethics in the Visual Field
• Research Panel Session: Analysis of Visuality Using Q Methodology Refereed Paper Research Session: Digital Images and Networked Communication
• Refereed Paper Research Session: Visual Rhetoric and Framing: New Considerations

• Panel: Las Vegas Religion: Exploring Sacred and Secular Media in Sin City (VisCom & Religion)
• Panel: Documenting the Arab Spring  (Electronic News & VisCom)

• Pre-Conference Workshop: Pre-Con Workshop: Final Cut or Adobe Premiere: Which One to Use? How To Teach It? (VisCom & Electronic News)
• The Male Gaze Revisited (Cultural and Critical Studies & VisCom)
• Teaching Marathon (Magazines & VisCom)
• Curated Journey: iPad and Tablet Narrative (VisCom & Magazine)
• The Best of the Web (VisCom & ComTec)
• Teaching with Technology: Learning Concepts in the Face of Challenging Software (ComTec & VisCom)

Check out the other divisions and interest groups here:

I am looking forward to your panel proposal.

This is just a call for panel proposals, not research papers.


Byung Lee
Vice-head for Viscom

Visual Communication Quarterly: Call for Papers

Domestic Images in the Digital, Online, and Viral Era

Guest Editors: David D. Perlmutter and Lisa Silvestri, The University of Iowa

VCQ - Sept. 2011Today anyone with a cellphone and an Internet connection can create and distribute images without professional training or a governmental or industrial institutional affiliation. Whether funny cat YouTube uploads, vacation videos (from a tsunami site) or pictures of the humiliation of Iraqi prisoners, images that once fell under the genre of “domestic” are now regularly erupting onto world attention, controversy, and influence. Likewise, ordinary citizens are delivering the first visual “draft of history” because they are first on the scene of breaking news—from terror-filled moments in a London subway after a bombing to an airliner landing on the Hudson River.
This special issue of VCQ seeks scholars and practitioners who study or document the blurring between “home” photography and “public,” professional, or commercial photography as it becomes increasingly indistinct in our viral digital/online/social media age.

Among possible questions to ask: What does it mean when the “home mode” goes viral? How does the role of the professional photographer and industry change when “citizen journalists” are creating so much public content? What new genres of photography are emerging in the home–public fusion? How does the domestic origin of an image affect its reception? What are the historical antecedents to this phenomenon (e.g., images of the Holocaust that were originally souvenir snapshots by its perpetrators or domestic scenes of celebrities made famous after their deaths?)

VCQ: Visual Communication Quarterly solicits contributions for an upcoming special issue on the domestic image. VCQ welcomes essays that consider the relationship between “home” and “public” modes of photography, visuality in a viral era, digitization, Photoshopping, cropping, and dissemination. In addition to theoretically grounded, critical essays, we will consider the submission of visual essays and photo pieces. Max. word length for essays: 7500.

Deadline for submissions: February 20, 2013

VCQ: Visual Communication Quarterly publishes scholarship and professional imagery that promotes an inclusive, broad discussion of all things visual, while also encouraging synthesis and theory building across our fascinating field of study. See: for submission style and guidelines. Please email an electronic version of your essay (as an MS Word document), along with a 100 word abstract, to For portfolios, send inquiry first.

Berkley Hudson, Missouri School of Journalism