International Communication Association Political Communication Division Awards


The Kaid-Sanders Best Political Communication Article of the Year Award 

Every year the ICA Political Communication Division awards the best article published in our field. The award will be given based on nominations using the following criteria:

  • Each person can nominate one article, which may include self-nominations.
  • The nomination letter should include a short rationale (min. 100 words) for why the article is nominated.
  • The article engages with an aspect of political communication in the broad sense.
  • The article is published in 2022 in a reputable journal that engages with communication, political science, journalism, or public opinion.
  • Each article can only ever be nominated once for this award, either in the year in which it is published “online first” or when a (print) issue number is allocated.

This year’s award committee is chaired by Michael Chan (Chinese U of Hong Kong); and committee members include Shira Dvir Gvirsman (Tel Aviv U), Michael Hameleers (U of Amsterdam), Eugenia Mitchelstein (U de San Andrés) and Brian Weeks (U of Michigan). The award committee judges each article on several criteria including the importance of the topic it addresses, theoretical depth, the strength of evidence it presents, the significance of its conclusions, and its overall contribution to the field of Political Communication. The nomination letter should indicate how the article fulfills these criteria.

The award for this year’s winner (a $1000 cash prize) and the first runner-up ($250) will be presented during the division’s business meeting.

Deadline: March 1, 2023. Late submissions will not be accepted. All nominations should be emailed to Michael Chan ( with the subject line “Kaid-Sanders Best Article Award”.

Past Recipients

2021 – Jin Woo Kim and Eunji Kim, “Temporal Selective Exposure: How Partisans Choose When to Follow Politics,” Political Behavior 43, 1663–1683. [Publisher]

2020 – Benjamin Toff and Antonis Kalogeropoulos, “All the News that’s Fit to Ignore: How the Information Environment Does and Does Not Shape News Avoidance,” Public Opinion Quarterly, 84(S1), 366-390. [Publisher]

2019 – Jessica T. Feezell and Brittany Ortiz, “‘I saw it on Facebook’: An experimental analysis of political learning through social media,” Information, Communication & Society, 1-20. [Publisher]

2018 – Young Mie Kim, Jordan Hsu, David Neiman, Colin Kou, Levi Bankston, Soo Yun Kim, Richard Heinrich, Robyn Baragwanath, and Garvesh Raskutti, “The stealth media? Groups and targets behind divisive issue campaigns on Facebook,” Political Communication, 35(4), 515-541. [Publisher]

2017 – Philipp Müller, Christian Schemer, Martin Wettstein, Anne Schulz, Dominique S. Wirz, Sven Engesser, and Werner Wirth, “The Polarizing Impact of News Coverage on Populist Attitudes in the Public: Evidence From a Panel Study in Four European Democracies,” Journal of Communication, 67 (6), 968-992. [Publisher]

2016 – Roderick P. Hart and Alexander L. Curry, “The Third Voice of American Politics,” Presidential Studies Quarterly, 46(1), 73-97. [Publisher]

2015 – Jeffrey Conroy-Krutz and Devra C. Moehler, “Moderation from bias: A field experiment on partisan media in a new democracy,” Journal of Politics, 77(2), 575-587. [Publisher]

2014 – Navid Hassanpour, “Media disruption and revolutionary unrest: Evidence from Mubarak’s quasi-experiment,” Political Communication, 31(1), 1-24. [Publisher]

2013 – Gadi Wolfsfeld, Elad Segev, and Tamir Sheafer, “Social media and the Arab Spring: Politics comes first,” International Journal of Press/Politics, 18(2), 115-137. [Publisher]

2012 – Catie Snow Bailard, “Testing the Internet’s effect on democratic satisfaction. A multi-methodological, cross-national approach,” Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 9(2), 185-204. [Publisher]

2011 – Lauren Feldman, “The opinion factor: The effects of opinionated news on information processing and attitude change,” Political Communication, 28(2), 163-181. [Publisher]

2010 – Hernando Rojas, “‘Corrective’ actions in the public sphere: How perceptions of media and media effects shape political behavior,” International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 22(3), 343-363. [Publisher]

2009 – Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt, “Where is Jack Bauer when you need him?” The uses of television drama in mediated political discourse,” Political Communication, 26(4), 367-387. [Publisher]

2008 – Frank Esser, “Dimensions of political news cultures: Sound bite and image bite news in France, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States,” International Journal of Press/Politics, 13(4), 401-428 . [Publisher]

2007 – Adam Simon and Jennifer Jerit, “Toward a theory relating political discourse, media, and public opinion,” Journal of Communication, 57(2), 254-71. [Publisher]

2006 – Scott L. Althaus and Young Mie Kim, “Priming effects in complex information environments: Reassessing the impact of news discourse on presidential approval,” Journal of Politics, 68(4), 960-976. [Publisher]

2005 – Dhavan V. Shah, Jaeho Cho, William P. Eveland, Jr., and Nojin Kwak, “Information and expression in a digital age: Modeling Internet effects on civic participation,” Communication Research, 32(5), 531-565. [Publisher]

2005 – John Medearis, “Social movements and deliberative democratic theory,” British Journal of Political Science, 35(1), 53-75. [Publisher]

2004 – Jochen Peter, “Our long return to the concept of powerful mass media,” International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 16(2), 144-168. [Publisher]

2003 – Kees Aarts and Holli Semetko, “The divided electorate: Media use and political involvement,” Journal of Politics, 65(3), 759-784. [Publisher]



Political Communication Division PhD Dissertation Award

Call for Nominations:

The division is now accepting nominations for the best dissertation in our field defended in 2021 and 2022 (this is a biannual award).

The award committee consists of Mariken van der Velden (chair; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Paul D’Angelo (The College of New Jersey) and Denis Wu (Boston University). The award committee evaluates each nominated dissertation on several criteria, including the importance of the problem/topic it addresses, the rigor of the method, the strength of the evidence it presents, and the significance of its conclusions. The committee will also consider the overall contribution of the research to the field of Political Communication.

Self-nominations are possible. All materials must be submitted in English. The nomination package should include:

  1. A publication from the dissertation. This can be an exemplary article or chapter from the dissertation. Both published and unpublished articles can be submitted. Co-authored articles are permitted, but the Ph.D. student must be the lead author on the article. Alternatively, a 35-page (max) outline of the dissertation can be submitted.
  2. A memo (max 2 pages) outlining the overall thrust and evidence in the dissertation as well as an overview of any other publications stemming from the dissertation (either published, under review, or in press).
  3. Dated evidence of successful defense
  4. A nomination letter from a scholar outside the candidate’s school outlining the merits of the dissertation.

Deadline: March 1, 2023. Late submissions will not be accepted. All nominations should be emailed to Mariken van der Velden (

The winner of the award will be announced during the division’s business meeting at the ICA Conference in Toronto (May 25-29, 2023).


Past Recipients

2021 – Amélie Godefroidt, “How the Idea of Terrorism Is Changing Us.” [Link]

2019 – Julie Sevenans, “Why Political Elites Respond to the Media: The Micro-Level Mechanisms underlying Political Agenda-Setting Effects.” [Link]

2017 – Eike Mark Rinke, “Justificatory News: Investigating the Contextual Antecedents of Justification in the News.” [Link]

2015 – No award given.

2013 – Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt, “Journalism’s Missing Links: Kidnapping and Captivity Coverage around the World.” [Link]


Call for Nominations: The International Journal of Press/Politics Hazel Gaudet-Erskine Best Book Award 2023

Deadline: March 17, 2023

Nominations are invited for the annual International Journal of Press/Politics Hazel GaudetErskine Best Book Award, to be sent to committee members no later than March 17, 2023.

The International Journal of Press/Politics Hazel Gaudet-Erskine Best Book Award honors internationally oriented books that advance our theoretical and empirical understanding of the linkages between news media and politics in a globalized world in a significant way. It is given annually by the International Journal of Press/Politics and sponsored by Sage Publications.

The award committee will judge each nominated book on the following criteria: the extent to which the book contributes to internationally relevant knowledge; the significance of the problems addressed; the strength of the evidence the book relies on; conceptual innovation, clarity of writing; and the book’s ability to link journalism studies, political communication research, and other relevant fields of intellectual and scholarly inquiry.

Books written in English and published within the last ten years will be considered. Monographs as well as edited volumes of exceptional quality and coherence will be considered for the award. Books by current members of the award committee are ineligible and committee members will recuse themselves from discussion of books by members of their own department, works published in series that they edit, and similar circumstances.

Award Committee
The award committee consists of Cristian Vaccari (Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics), Frank Esser (chair of the Political Communication Division of ICA), and Annika Sehl (chair of the Journalism Studies Division of ICA).

Nominations including a rationale of no more than 350 words should be emailed to Cristian Vaccari ( by March 17, 2023. Self-nominations are accepted.

The nomination must specify why the book should receive the award by outlining the importance of the book to the study of media and politics and by identifying its international contribution and relevance. Please include links to or copies of relevant reviews in scholarly journals if applicable.

Arrangements should be made with the publishers of nominated books for one hard copy or e-book (i.e., the full book in PDF form) to be sent by March 17 to each of the three committee members at the following addresses:

  • Cristian Vaccari, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Brockington Building U3.19, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, United Kingdom. Email:
  • Frank Esser, Department of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich, Andreas St 15, 8050 Zurich, Switzerland. Email:
  • Annika Sehl, Department of Journalism, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Ostenstraße 25, 85072 Eichstätt, Germany. Email:

The award will be presented at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association and will be announced on the IJPP website.

Past winners of the award

2022: Nikki Usher, News for the Rich, White, and Blue: How Place and Power Distort American Journalism (Columbia University Press 2021).

2021: Allissa V. Richardson, Bearing Witness While Black: African Americans, Smartphones, and the New Protest #Journalism (Oxford University Press 2020).

2020: Thomas Hanitzsch, Folker Hanusch, Jyotika Ramaprasad, and Arnold S. de Beer (Editors),Worlds of Journalism: Journalistic Cultures Around the Globe (Columbia University Press, 2019).

2019: Maria Repnikova, Media Politics in China: Improvising Power Under Authoritarianism(Cambridge University Press, 2017).

2018: Erik Albæk, Arjen van Dalen, Nael Jebril, and Claes H. de Vreese, Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

2017: Katrin Voltmer, The Media in Transitional Democracies (Polity Press, 2013).

2016: Andrew Chadwick, The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power (Oxford University Press, 1stedition 2013).

2015: Rodney Benson, Shaping Immigration News (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

The call for nominations is available online at: