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

2012-13 Officers

Division Head
Bruce Thorson
Associate Professor
College of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
234 Anderson Hall/PO Box 880474
Lincoln, NE 68588
Phone: 402.472.8279
Fax: 402.472.8597

Vice-Head & Program Chair
Byung S. Lee
Associate Professor
School of Communications
Elon University
216-C McEwen Communications/2850 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Phone: 336.278.5675
Fax: 336.278.5734

2nd Vice-Head
Seth Gitner
Assistant Professor
S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
Syracuse University
215 University Place
Syracuse, NY 13244
Phone: 315.443.9183

Research Chair
Mary Bock
Assistant Professor
College of Communication
The University of Texas at Austin
300 W. Dean Keeton
Austin, TX 78712-1073
Phone: 512.471.1845

PF&R Chair
Denise McGill
Assistant Professor
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
University of South Carolina
Coliseum 4005E
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: 803.777.8707
Fax: 803.777.4103

Teaching Chair
Amy Devault
Elliott School of Communication
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount
Box 31
Wichita, KS 67260-0031
Phone: 316.978.6052

Best of the Web Chair
Kim Komenich
Assistant Professor
School of Journalism & Mass Communications
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0026
Phone: 408.924.3268
Fax: 408.924.3229

Creative Projects
Quint Randle
Associate Professor
College of Fine Arts and Communications
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
Phone: 801.422.1694

Logo Chair
Philip Motley
Assistant Professor
School of Communications
Elon University
2850 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Phone: 336.278.5617

Membership Chair
Bonnie Layton
School of Journalism
Indiana University
940 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-7108
Phone: 812.855.1699

Graduate Student Liaisons
Matt Haught
Digital Communication
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: 803.777.9620
Mobile: 304.634.3655
Fax: 803.777.4103

Visual Communication Quarterly Editor
Berkley Hudson
Associate Professor
School of Journalism
University of Missouri
321B Lee Hills Hall
Columbia, MO 65211-1370
Phone: 573.882.4201
VCQ Website

Newsletter Editor
Bob Britten
Assistant Professor
School of Journalism
West Virginia University
1511 University Ave.
Morgantown, WV 26505-6010
Phone: 304.293.8710
Fax: 304.293.3072

Philip Loubere
Assistant Professor
School of Journalism
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 East Main St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Phone: 615.494.7749
Fax: 615.898.5866

Webmaster Committee
Wasim Ahmad
Assistant Professor
State University of New York-Stony Brook
N4024 Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3384
Phone: 631.632.1049
Fax: 631.632.7550

2012 Best of the Web winners

The winning sites in the 2012 Best of the Web competition were presented at the AEJMC annual convention in Chicago. The annual competition is co-sponsored by the Visual Communication and the Communication Technology divisions. Awards went to the following entries:

Team Journalism
First place: El Nuevo Normal
Seth Gitner, Syracuse

Second place: Changing America
Ken Harper, Syracuse

Third Place: Boruca: Behind the Mask
Amanda Sturgill, Elon

Honorable Mention: Together Liberia
Ken Harper, Syracuse

Individual Innovation
First Place: Overtown: Inside/Out
Charles “Stretch” Ledford, Illinois/Miami

Second Place: On the Web
Xtine Burrough, California State Fullerton

Third Place: What’s on Your Plate at the Dining Hall?
Kelley Wollman, North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Team Innovation
First Place: The Struggle for a Neighborhood
Sarah Riazati, North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Second Place: We the People: Bringing the Census to Life in Arizona
Leslie-Jean Thornton, Arizona State

Third Place: Interactive Basketball Scoreboard
Kelley Wollman, North Carolina at Chapel Hill

A new look for VisCom

If you’re a returning visitor to the Visual Communication division website, you may notice a new look. The previous site has migrated onto a new WordPress-based platform. The new format will provide more flexibility in updating the look of the site and greater compatibility with mobile devices. It will also provide greater interaction for the division members by providing space to comment on items and tools to receive notifications of new content.

You will have to update your bookmarks though. If you have a previous bookmark to the Visual Communication division site, please update it to You’ll have to update any bookmarks to internal pages too.

And let us know if there’s something you’d like to see added to the site.

2012 Annual Conference VisCom Schedule

Thursday — August 9, 2012

  • 10-11:30AM – Research: Exploring Bias and Ethics in the Visual Field — Room: 6th Floor, Northwestern/Ohio
  • 11:45AM-1:15PM – Teaching: The Male Gaze Revisited (with Cultural and Critical Studies) — 6th Floor, 6th Floor, Indiana/Iowa
  • 3:15PM-4:45PM – Teaching: Teaching Marathon (with Magazine) — 5th Floor, Los Angeles/Miami
  • 5-6:30PM – Teaching: Curated Journey: iPad and Tablet Narrative (with Magazine) — 6th Floor, Purdue/Wisconsin

Friday — August 10, 2012:

  • 8:15-9:45AM – PF&R: Las Vegas Religion: Exploring Sacred and Secular Media in Sin City (with Religion and Media Interest Group) — 5th Floor, Chicago B
  • 11:45AM-1:15PM – Teaching: Off-site Luncheon Session: Visual Journalism: Photography, Print Informational Graphics and Digital Design — pre-registration required, cost $30 — Offsite, Chicago Tribune, 450 N. Michigan Ave.
  • 1:30-3PM – Research: 2012 Visual Communication Division Top Papers — 5th Floor, Denver/Houston
  • 3:15-4:45PM – PF&R: Global Perspectives on Coverage of CNN, BBC, and Aljazeera/Documenting the Arab Spring (with Electronic News) — 5th Floor, Scottsdale

Saturday — August 11, 2012

  • 8:15-9:45AM – Research: Digital Images and Networked Communication — 6th Floor, Great America I & II
  • 12:15-1:30PM – Research: Scholar-to-Scholar — 7th Floor, Sallon III
  • 1:45-3:15PM – Teaching: The Best of the Web (with Communication Technology) — 5th Floor, Chicago F
  • 3:30-5PM – Research: Visual Rhetoric and Framing: New Considerations — 6th Floor, Indiana/Iowa
  • 5:15-6:45PM – Research: Creative Projects — 5th Floor, Chicago F
  • 7-8:30PM – Business: Members’ Meeting — 5th Floor, Chicago F

Sunday — August 12, 2012

  • 8:15-9:45AM – Teaching: Teaching with Technology: Learning Concepts in the Face of Challenging Software (with Communication Technology) — 5th Floor, Chicago C
  • 10-11:30AM – Research: Analysis of Visuality Using Q Methodology — 6th Floor, Michigan/Michigan State

2012 Division Meeting

As you plan your schedules for the AEJMC convention in Chicago, don’t forget the Visual Communication Division member’s meeting. This year’s meeting is from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the Chicago F room on the 5th floor of the Marriott. A complete list of Visual Communication Division sessions can be found on p. 5 of the Summer 2012 Viewpoints.

AEJMC 2010 Logo Design Competition

Creative Projects Call For Entries

If you’re an educator involved in creative work that isn’t traditional research, consider the VisCom Division’s “Creative Projects” competition. It’s an excellent opportunity to have your efforts recognized by peers in a juried forum. You would present the work at the national AEJMC convention in Denver Aug. 4-7, 2010.

What gets submitted and accepted? The format is non-restrictive, but an entry must include a strong visual component.

Accepted projects in the past have included historical studies, photojournalism exhibits of original work, book proposals or published work, explanations of summer grants or activities, creative DVDs, commentaries on teaching effectiveness, and examples of innovative student projects and accomplishments.

Your submission should include a one-to-two page explanation of the work, stressing its significance to the study of visual journalism.

Did you receive outside support? Does the project examine cutting-edge technology that will enhance your teaching abilities? How does this project fit in with your own interests and goals as a visual educator?

Normally there are about 15 submissions and five are selected for 15-minute presentations. Internet access is not guaranteed, therefore you must show your work via a CD, laptop, thumb drive, etc. A computer projector will be provided on-site. To submit your project, package four copies of it into four individual 9”x12” envelopes. Large and unusually shaped packages present handling issues. For example, instead of submitting an elaborate 11”x14” leather-bound portfolio of archival photographs, send 8.5”x11” inkjet or laser prints stapled together.

Instead of tubes with large rolled posters announcing your film course’s festival, send 8.5”x11” versions. Also, if submitting CDs, use cross-platform common programs. In one larger package, send your four envelopes (three copies without any identification) to the creative projects chair (see box for mailing instructions).

On the cover sheet of the fourth copy, include your name, title, complete contact information (email, phone numbers) and a 75-word abstract summarizing the project.

Michael Cheers, the contest coordinator, will retain this copy. Submitted material will not be returned. Please note: You cannot enter creative projects in any other convention category, including “Best of the Web” Michael Cheers is the Creative Projects chair and an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at San Jose State University.

TO SUBMIT: The postmark deadline is Thursday, April 1, 2010. Notification will be emailed to all applicants by May 17.

Mail your projects to: Michael Cheers, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA, 95192-0055