On Writing in Communication and Media Studies Introduction to the Forum

Pablo J. Boczkowski*, Michael X. Delli Carpini

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Friendship and drinks. This is how it all started. For over a decade, we have followed the tradition of getting together to chat about work, family, and life over drinks at the annual conferences of the International Communication Association. During the 2017 conference, at a bar in the Gaslamp district of San Diego, the conversation drifted to writing. MIT Press had just published Remaking the News: Essays on the Future of Scholarship in the Digital Age, coedited by Boczkowski and Chris Anderson, featuring a postscript by Delli Carpini. Boczkowski shared his observation that one of the issues that had surprised him the most about the process of coediting that volume was the joy that several of the contributors appeared to have experienced, especially in comparison to the typical writing of manuscripts for journal submission. That led to a series of speculations about why this might be the case, the role that changing expectations regarding the volume and outlets for publication might have played, and where the increasing public engagement of communication and media studies scholars might fit into this state of affairs. One of us suggested that it would be interesting and fun to write something about this, and the other enthusiastically agreed. We did not discuss what kind of text we were going to try to write, for which type of publication, or within which time frame. We just began writing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-418
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Journal of Communication
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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