Each year the Division for Global Communication and Social Change issues Best Paper and Best Book awards to scholarship that contributes to the overall mission of the division: to promote theory, research, critical analysis and professional education in the area of global communication and social change. Awards are open to all active fee-paying members of the division.
As detailed in the by-laws, each year the Division for Global Communication and Social Change identifies and issues awards for Top Papers, of which at least one shall be a Top Student Paper. These awards are identified from the top overall scores yielded electronically from averages of reviewer scores, adjusted by standard deviation, as determined by the Chairperson in consultation with the Vice Chairperson.
In addiiton to the awards sponsored by the division, each year, and thanks to the support of the African Journalism Studies journal, the division also recognizes the best paper about Africa. The division is exploring partnerships to create similar awards for other world regions. If you are interested in supporting one of these awards, please get in touch with the division.
The list below includes the winners of the best papers in recent years.
Each year, the Division shall make an award for the Best Book published in the preceding two years. These awards will be determined by a three panel committee of peers appointed by the Chairperson. The Chairperson will announce a call for nominations and procedures for nomination in the ICA newsletter. Nominations will include a cover letter from the nominator stating why the person should be recognized by the Division, the nominee’s vitae, and letters of recommendation. The nature of the award will depend on Division funds.
Future Call for Nominations for the Best Book Award in Global Communication and Social Change will be posted on this website.
Each year, the Division shall make an award that honours a dissertation defended in the two calendar years preceding the nomination deadline. The review committee will judge each nominated dissertation on several criteria including the importance of the problem it addresses, the strength of evidence it presents, and the significance of its conclusions all relative to the mission of the Division. The committee also will consider the soundness of methodology and quality of writing and argument, along with the nominating letter(s). The nature of the award will depend on Division funds.
Future Call for Nominations for the Best Dissertation Award in Global Communication and Social Change will be posted on this website.