About the Division

Our division members promote systematic study of communication presented
through electronic, cinematic, digital, and print media. Members
participate in developing theory, examination of the processes and effects
of mass communication, and in the development and evaluation of policy relevant
to mass communication.

Our division members seek to expand our understanding of the processes,
prospects, and challenges of communicating in an increasingly complicated
media environment.  Our scholarship articulates concepts and theories to
better understand these processes, develops the tools needed to
investigate them, and helps to implement the social practices to improve

We honor division members' achievements through a variety of awards
designed to recognize achievements; we award top faculty papers, top
student papers, and a dissertation award. We advance scholarship in our
division through preconferences focused on specific issues and spotlight
panels on scholars and current issues of debate.