Paper Call

AEJMC’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Interest Group seeks submissions of original research on any topic related to sexual orientation, sexual identity, gender identity, or gender expression, and journalism or mass communication for the 2017 AEJMC national conference. Both faculty and students are strongly encouraged to submit their unpublished work, and papers employing all methods of inquiry and theoretical frameworks. Monetary awards are provided for exceptional scholarship as detailed below.

We especially welcome scholarship dealing with – but not limited to – topics such as:

1) LGBTQ content, consumption, and production across traditional and new media      platforms;

2) Transgender, queer, and/or genderqueer individuals and communities;

3) LGBTQ activism and advocacy, especially concerning the 2016 election cycle;

4) Sexual and gender identity within institutions (academia, collegiate and professional sports, the military, etc.).

5) Intersections of LGBTQ identities and race, gender, class, and ability in media content, consumption, production.

In previous conferences, papers included quantitative analyses pertaining to news coverage of same-sex couples’ health insurance benefits and professional athletes’ coming out stories, as well as critical/cultural analyses of LGBTQ images in strategic communication campaigns and historical analyses of LGBTQ individuals and media institutions. Given Chicago’s LGBTQ history, which includes a vibrant LGBTQ press, scholarship with ties to the city, Chicago, is particularly encouraged.

Paper submissions must comply with the AEJMC uniform paper call; may be no longer than 25 pages, excluding tables, figures, and references; and contain no identifying information. Please refer to for detailed information on submitting papers for blind review.

The LGBTQ Interest Group is pleased to provide monetary awards and recognition for top student and faculty papers:

Top Student Paper Award: The LGBTQ Interest Group encourages graduate student submissions in its Top Student Paper competition. To be considered for the competition, papers must be wholly the work of students. The author(s) of the top student paper award will receive $200 and a certificate in recognition of their work.

Top Faculty Paper Award: The top faculty paper submitted to the LGBTQ Interest Group will also receive an award. Papers written solely by faculty, or papers co-authored by faculty members and students, are eligible. The author(s) of the top faculty paper award will receive $200 and a certificate in recognition of their work.

Additional information about the LGBTQ Interest Group can be found at Questions regarding submissions should be e-mailed to the LGBTQ Interest Group Research Chair, Robby Byrd (