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Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly

Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA

Information for Contributors

Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly is the flagship journal of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). The journal provides leadership in developing theory, disseminating empirical research and introducing new concepts to its readership. It welcomes submissions of interest to any of the 18 divisions and 10 interest groups of AEJMC. Because communication is a diverse field, articles address a broad range of questions using a variety of methods and theoretical perspectives. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches are welcome in this journal.Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly challenges the boundaries of communication research, guiding its readers to new questions, new evidence, and new conclusions. While we welcome submissions focusing on particular areas or specialties, articles should be written in a style that is accessible to all communication scholars.

1. Submissions. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly receives manuscript submissions online through SAGE Track, powered by ScholarOne's Manuscript CentralTM. Authors should register for an account at, where they will create a login ID and password. SAGE Track will serve as the center for editorial staff to communicate with authors, editors, and reviewers electronically, and it will function as the platform for the review process. The text format should be double-spaced, 12-point font size and follow the American Psychological Association (APA) style 6th edition. Each figure should be uploaded as a separate file. Manuscripts should be submitted as Word documents which will be converted to PDF files. Author identification should not appear anywhere on the main text pages or in the main text file (if possible, remove identifying information from the “Properties” information under “File”). J&MCQ manuscripts are typically between 5,000 and 6,500 words of main text (excluding references, notes, abstract, tables, figures and/or appendices), and their length is evaluated as part of the review process. Effective October 1, 2014, longer manuscripts up to 10,000 words may be considered, but authors must provide strong justifications in the cover letter for the extra length or they won’t be sent out for review. Manuscript length should be in proportion to its contribution to the field. Submissions must be unpublished original manuscripts not under review elsewhere and all submissions will go through a double-blind review process. We try to make decisions within three months.

2. Abstract and author information. An abstract of no more than 100 words should be included as a separate electronic file, and the abstract should indicate all author identification and contact information, institutional affiliation, and any funding sources. Authors should provide four or fewer key words or terms on the abstract that identify the content of the submission. Author identification should not appear anywhere except on the abstract page.

3. Style. For initial review, we accept manuscripts written in common citation styles such as Chicago or Harvard. For final acceptance, use APA Style (6th. ed.) guidelines. Use % instead of percent. Underline or italicize names of cities when using newspaper names, i.e., New York Times.

Heading Styles. There are five levels of headings in APA Style. Proceed through the levels numerically, starting with Level 1, without skipping levels. The number of headings needed for a paper will vary depending on the paper’s complexity and subject matter. Sections of similar importance have the same level of heading.

  • Don’t use “Introduction” as your first heading—it’s assumed that the beginning of the paper is the introduction.
  • Use boldface and/or italics only for headings within the body of your paper
  • Use regular font formatting (no boldface or italics) for all section titles, such as Abstract, Author Note, Title of Your Paper (on the title page and on the page where the text begins), References, Appendix/Appendices, and Footnotes. These are not headings but labels for these sections.


Decline in News Content Engagement or News Medium Engagement? A Longitudinal Analysis of News Consumption since the Rise of Social and Mobile Media 2009-2012

The use of social media has been blamed for the decline in news engagement among millennials by many scholars (e.g., Pointexter, 2012; Bauerlein, 2008). The availability of access to social media through mobile devices such as smartphones, tablet computers, and laptops anytime and anywhere affects people`s news engagement by consuming people’s time and their attention. But this is not new…

Significance of the Study

This study aims to contribute to the theoretical advancement in the conceptualization of news engagement by proposing different levels of news engagement with empirical measures and identifying factors that predict news engagement…

Literature Review

Conceptualization of News and Engagement in News

The conceptualization of engagement has been of interest to advertisers for some time because advertisers realize its importance to advertising effectiveness (e.g., Grusell, 2007; Perez-Latre, 2007)


Measures of News Engagement

News consumption time. It was measured by the number of hours spent on each news medium per week as reported by respondents out of a list of 12 news media.

Number of medium use (platform diversity). It was measured by counting the number of news media reportedly used by the respondents.

  • Tables. When creating tables, use the Word (or similar software) table feature, MacIntosh Word using the “Insert Table“ command, or Quark with tabs. Do not duplicate material in text and tables. Tables and figures should be used only when they substantially aid the reader, not merely because computers make tables easy to create. Place each table on a separate page at the end of your manuscript, after the reference list. Margins depend on the size of the table but must be at least 1 in. (2.54 cm). Tables may use single-spacing or one-and-a-half spacing. Information necessary for understanding the table and definitions of abbreviations used within the table appear in a table note.
  • Figures. Place each figure on a separate page at the end of your manuscript, after any tables (or after the reference list, if there are no tables). Place a caption below each figure describing its contents and defining any abbreviations used in the figure.

4. Citations. In-text citations are expected in APA style such as (Smith, 2013), (Johnson & Smith, 2013) and up to five authors are listed in the first citation in-text. Subsequent citations for works with three authors or more will use the short form such as (Clark et al., 2013).

5. Citing your own works: Authors who need to cite their own previous works should cite them in the same way as other authors. There is no need to specify the work is written by the author. Excessive self-citations are discouraged and will be viewed as an attempt to identify the author.

Reference style examples:

a. Journal Articles

Wang, A. (2006). Advertising engagement: A driver of message involvement on message effects.Journal of Advertising Research, 46, 355-368. doi: 10.2501/S0021849906060429

b. Books.

Napoli, P. (2011). Audience revolution: New technologies and the transformation of media audiences. NY: Columbia University Press.

c. Book chapters.

Lang, P. J., Bradley, M. M., & Cuthbert, B. N. (1997). Motivated attention: Affect, activation, and action. In P. J. Lang, R. F. Simons, & M. Balaban (Eds.), Attention and orienting: Sensory and motivational processes (pp. 97–135). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

d. Online Sources:

Author, A. (date). Title of document [Format description]. Retrieved from http://URL

For Web page with no authors.

New child vaccine gets funding boost. (2001). Retrieved March 21, 2001, from

Cite in text the first few words of the reference list entry (usually the title) and the year. Use double quotation marks around the title or abbreviated title ("New Child Vaccine," 2001).

Refer to the APA style at and the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition for all other formatting requirements. Any inquiries regarding manuscript submission may be directed to the editorial office at Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly Editorial Office, School of Media and Communication, Bowling Green State University, West Hall 302, Bowling Green, OH 43403, U.S.A., Internet: or

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