International Communication Association Political Communication Division Awards

Call for Nominations: The International Journal of Press/Politics Best Book Award 2022

Deadline: March 15, 2022

Nominations are invited for the annual International Journal of Press/Politics Best Book Award, to be sent to committee members no later than March 15.

The International Journal of Press/Politics 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 several criteria, including the extent to which the book goes beyond analyzing a single case country to present a broader and internationally oriented argument, the significance of the problems addressed, the strength of the evidence the book relies on, conceptual innovation, the clarity of writing, and the book’s ability to link journalism studies, political communication research, and other relevant intellectual fields.

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 (the editor of the International Journal of Press/Politics), Sophie Lecheler (chair of the Political Communication Division of ICA), and Seth Lewis (chair of the Journalism Studies Division of ICA).

Nominations including a rationale of no more than 350 words should be emailed by March 15 to Cristian Vaccari at 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.

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 15 to each of the three committee members at the following addresses:

  • Cristian Vaccari, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Brockington Building U.3.19, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, United Kingdom.
  • Sophie Lecheler, Department of Communication, University of Vienna, Kolingasse 14-16, 1090 Vienna, Austria.
  • Seth Lewis, School of Journalism and Communication, 1275 University of Oregon, Allen Hall Room 219, Eugene, OR 97403-1275, USA .

The award will be presented at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association and will be announced on the IJPP website. The awarded book will also receive recognition in issue 4/2022 of the journal.

Past winners of the award

  • 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:

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 should include a short rationale (min. 100 words) for why the article is nominated.
  • The article deals with an aspect of political communication in the broad sense.
  • The article is published in 2021 in a journal that deals with communication, political science, journalism, or public opinion (see list below). Importantly, 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 consists of Esther Thorson (chair), Josephine Lukito, Edda Humprecht, Michael Chan, and Alessandro Nai. 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, and the significance of its conclusions. The committee will also consider the overall contribution to the field of Political Communication.

Deadline: March 1, 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted. All nominations should be emailed to committee chair Esther Thorson (

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

Past Recipients

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]

Kaid-Sanders Award List of 37 Journals:

American Journal of Political Science
American Political Science Review
Asian Journal of Communication
British Journal of Political Science
Chinese Journal of Communication
Communication Research
Communication Theory
Communication, Culture & Critique
Critical Studies in Media Communication
Digital Journalism
European Journal of Communication
European Journal of Political Research
European Union Politics
Human Communication Research
Information, Communication & Society
Information Polity
International Communication Gazette
International Journal of Communication
International Journal of Press/Politics
International Journal of Public Opinion Research
Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media
Journal of Communication
Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
Journal of Information Technology and Politics
Journal of Political Marketing
Journal of Politics
Journalism Studies
Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
Mass Communication and Society
Media, Culture, & Society
New Media & Society
Political Behavior
Political Communication
Political Psychology
Public Opinion Quarterly
Social Science Computer Review

David Swanson Award for Service to Political Communication Scholarship

The David Swanson Award for Service to Political Communication Scholarship recognizes those distinguished in their sustained contributions to the field as planners, editors, and leaders and in other roles that require time and energy, innovation, and personal dedication. The award honours David Swanson, one of the founders of political communication who gave exemplary service to the ICA Political Communication Division and APSA Political Communication Section. In his memory, the ICA division presents the award every other year. The joint award committee includes representatives of the ICA division and APSA section. This year committee consists of Patricia Moy, Gianpietro Mazzoleni, and Claes de Vreese.

Nominations are now open for the 2022 David Swanson Award. Letters should include a description of the nominee’s service to political communication and a link to the individual’s CV. All packets should be directed to the committee chair Claes de Vreese (, by March 1, 2022.   

Past Recipients

2020 – Gianpietro Mazzoleni, University of Milan

2018 – Claes de Vreese, University of Amsterdam

2016 – Shanto Iyengar, Stanford University

2014 – Patricia Moy, University of Washington

2012 – David Paletz, Duke University

2010 – Doris Graber, University of Illinois at Chicago

2008 – Wolfgang Donsbach, Technical University of Dresden

2006 – Ann Crigler, University of Southern California

Best Dissertation Award

This award, begun in 2013, is for the best dissertation in the field of political communication during the previous two years.

The nomination package should include:

  • A publication from the dissertation. This can be an exemplary article or chapter from the dissertation. Both published and un-published articles or chapters can be submitted. Co-authored articles are permitted, but the PhD student must be the lead author on the article. Alternatively, a 35-page (max) outline of the dissertation can be submitted.
  • 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).
  • Dated evidence of successful defense.
  • A nomination letter from a scholar outside the candidate’s school outlining the merits of the dissertation.

Deadline: TBD

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]