Complete Story


ECA 2024 - Media and Communication Interest Group Call Call for Submissions

Media Communication Interest Group Call for Submissions, 2024

The 115th Annual Convention of the Eastern Communication Association 
Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge, Cambridge, MA 
March 20-24, 2024 
Submission Deadline: September 18, 2023, 11:59 PM PDT

Submission link for Media and Communication Interest Group

The Media and Communication Interest Group invites submissions for the 115th Annual ECA Convention to be held March 20-24, 2024, in Cambridge, MA.

Please note the earlier submission deadline of September 18; this is to ensure a smooth timeline for planning a March 2024 convention. Paper and panel/program submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. (PDT) on September 18, 2023.  

The convention theme, “Currents,” represents our convention location on the banks of the Charles River in Cambridge and serves as a metaphor for how ideas are the currents that shape our discipline in this contemporary moment. How can the communication discipline move ideas and theories into a wider body of knowledge? How do theories currently shape the practice of communication? What communication ideas, topics, or concepts have currents worn down or created anew? We encourage submitters to consider papers and thematic panels that explore related issues and questions, and how these topics and questions intersect with issues related to media communication.

The Media Communication welcomes submission that focus on research topics including, but not limited to, the transmission and effects of both creating and being exposed to mass and mediated messages. This includes media of all kinds including film, television, radio, print, and digital media. The way mediated messages are designed and interpreted is the main focus of the division and therefore scholarship of any methodology (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, rhetorical, critical/interpretive) is welcomed.

The interest group welcomes two types of submissions: completed papers and program/panel proposals.

Submission Guidelines:

Submission of Completed Papers

Individual submissions of complete papers should include the following elements:

  1. The word “Debut” marked on all papers written by authors who have not presented previously at a regional or national convention.
  2. An abstract on the second page.
  3. A statement of professional responsibility.

** If the paper has multiple authors, please indicate who will be presenting at the convention.

Submission of Program/Panel Proposals:

Submission of program/panel proposals should include the following elements:

  1. A thematic title for the program.
  2. Names of the chair and respondents (if any). Chairs should not also be designated as respondents.
  3. Names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and institutional affiliations of all participants.
  4. Titles and abstracts for each paper or presentation.
  5. A program copy (no more than a 75-word description) as it should appear in the final program.
  6. A detailed rationale for the program/panel.
  7. A statement of professional responsibility.

**It is encouraged that submitters create panels comprised of individuals from different institutions. Chairs and respondents should not also serve as panelists.

Statement of Professional Responsibility

The following statement MUST be included with every submission of a paper or panel in order for it to be eligible for review. If it is not attached with a submitted document, the chair is responsible for obtaining a completed copy of this form prior to the paper/panel being officially programmed for presentation at the convention.

In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this panel or paper if it is accepted and programmed/ I/We further recognize that all who attend and present at ECA’s annual meeting must register and pay required fees.

Attendee Interactive

ECA uses to manage submissions and reviews. All submissions must be uploaded through Attendee Interactive, which can be accessed at You will be prompted to either login using (1) ECA-specific credentials (you will be unable to use login credentials you may have created for any other association that uses Attendee Interactive) or (2) create a new User ID and Password to submit your work.

For questions about submissions to the Media and Communication Interest Group, please contact: Roseann Pluretti, Media and Communication Program Planner, at

Printer-Friendly Version