International Communication Association Political Communication Division Awards


Call for Nominations:


The 2024 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 division leaders and program planners, journal editors, committee chairs and 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; traditionally, it is partly made up of previous winners of this award. The 2024 selection committee consists of Yariv Tsfati (U of Haifa), Johanna Dunaway (Syracuse U), Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam). The award is given every two years.

Nominations are now open for the 2024 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 Yariv Tsfati (, by March 1, 2024.   


Past Recipients of the David Swanson Award:

2022 Yariv Tsfati

2020 Gianpietro Mazzoleni

2018 Claes de Vreese

2016 Shanto Iyengar

2014 Patricia Moy

2012 David Paletz

2010 Doris Graber

2008 Wolfgang Donsbach

2006 Ann Crigler


Call for Nominations:


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 rationale of at least 300 words for why the article is nominated.
  • The nomination letter explains the article’s contribution to political communication. 
  • The article is published in 2023 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 Stuart Soroka (U of California, Los Angeles); and committee members include Christian Baden (Hebrew U of Jerusalem), Daniela Dimitrova (Iowa State U) and Silvia Majo Vazquez (Vrije U Amsterdam).

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, 2024. Late submissions will not be accepted. All nominations should be emailed to Stuart Soroka ( with the subject line “Kaid-Sanders Best Article Award”.

Past Recipients

2022 – Greg Chih-Hsin Sheen, Hans H. Tung & Wen-Chin Wu (2022) Power Sharing and Media Freedom in Dictatorships, Political Communication, 39:2, 202-221. [Publisher

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

The award committee consisted 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 evaluated 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 also considered the overall contribution of the research to the field of Political Communication.

This year’s award goes to:

Andreas Nanz, “Incidental exposure in the online world: Antecedents, mechanisms, and consequences.”


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]


The International Journal of Press/Politics Hazel Gaudet-Erskine Best Book Award 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.

This year’s IJPP Hazel Gaudet-Erskine Best Book Award goes to:

Gadi Wolfsfeld, Tamir Sheafer, and Scott Althaus: “Building Theory in Political Communication: The Politics-Media-Politics Approach” (Oxford University Press).

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:


Announcing the ICA 2023 Political Communication Division Awards:

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