How frames emerge in public discourses and how frames affect individuals, groups, and public opinion are the topics of a great deal of scholarship in mass communication and political communication. In general, this scholarship focuses on the role that news stories play as a conduit of frames, which are thought to be co-constructed by news personnel and news organizations, and by advocates, politicians, and other elites who have access to, or cultivate access with, news personnel and news organizations. Audience members are generally seen as having a subservient role in the framing process, particularly when the 'audience' is broadly conceived to include individuals, public opinion, and advocacy groups. This is not to diminish the important role that frames play in enabling individuals to understand, converse about, and express attitudes toward, topics and issues. Nor is it to diminish the ability of advocacy groups to mobilize existing members, or reach potential new members, wi th internally generated frames that are communicated through channels other than the mainstream news media. But, by and large, mass communication and political communication researchers have an enduring interest in understanding the content and effects of frames that become public through news stories. Research shows that these frames affect the thoughts and opinions of individuals, drive public opinion, and shape discourses (both internal and external) of advocacy groups.
The hypermedia, interactive, and/or networking aspects of the World Wide Web appear to offer new ways to theorize and empirically examine the framing process. This special issue of EJC invites scholarship that explores framing in the new media environment. Theoretical integration essays that pose hypotheses and directions for future research are welcomed, as are empirical articles that examine content and/or effects of frames in the new media environment. The following questions provide guidance about the topics of interest to this special issue. Inquiries about other possible topics are also welcomed.
The special issue is scheduled for publication in Fall 2008. Deadline for completed manuscripts is Tuesday, July 1, 2007. Submissions can be either electronic (.doc or .rtf format only, please) or hard copies (four copies and a detachable cover page with author's contact information). All submissions must conform to the specifications of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th Ed.
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