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About Communication Currents

Communication Currents is an online web magazine of the National Communication Association (NCA; www.natcom.org). This site is designed to translate current communication scholarship published in scholarly journals of the National Communication Association. Working from recently-published journal articles, Communication Currents makes scholarship available in a form understandable and usable for broad audiences, including communication experts working with lay audiences, instructors and students, the press, and other interested members of the public. Essays in Communication Currents highlight the relevance of communication scholarship; demonstrates the way in which communication impacts our world; and demonstrates the leadership of NCA in the study of communication.

Research-based essays: 

Research-based essays appearing in Communication Currents are selected by the Editor from journals published by the National Communication Association. Decisions of the Editor are final.

Cross Current: 

Comments for the Cross Current are both invited and solicited from members of National Communication Association. Submissions should (a) state a position on a contemporary communication issue; (b) be no more than 1,200 words; and (c) include complete contact information for the author(s). Submissions, or suggestions for submissions, should be emailed to Katherine Hawkins, Editor, Communication Currents, khawkins3@radford.edu.

Opening the Lines of Communication: 

Comments for the “Opening the Lines of Communication” are both invited and solicited from members of the National Communication Association. “Opening the Lines of Communication” is an outlet for communication scholars to comment on how communication issues are presented or positioned in the popular press and other media outlets. Submissions should (a) address a contemporary communication issue, or may be a rejoinder or response to a recent speech, event, popular film or book (not textbook) that explores communication issues; (b) be no more than 1,200 words; and (c) include complete contact information for the author(s). Submissions, or suggestions for submissions, should be emailed to Katherine Hawkins, Editor, Communication Currents, khawkins3@radford.edu

Permission Policy: 

Material posted on Communication Currents may be used in instructional settings as long as the entire essay, information about the authors, and the source is retained. Commercial and other users may link to the site.

We invite your comments and suggestions.

Katherine_HawkinsEditor
Katherine Hawkins, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences
Radford University

Advisory Board 

Brenda Allen
Department of Communication
University of Colorado, Denver

Jim Aune
Department of Communication
Texas A&M University

Austin Babrow
School of Communication Studies
Ohio University

Kevin Barge
Department of Communication
Texas A & M University

Elizabeth Bell
Department of Communication
University of South Florida

Frederick Corey
Hugh Downs School of Communication
Arizona State University

Fernando Delgado
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin, River Falls

Greg Dickinson
Department of Speech Communication
Colorado State University

Renee Edwards
Department of Communication Studies
Louisiana State University

Nancy Harrington
Department of
University of Kentucky

Stephen Hartnett
Department of Communication
University of Colorado, Denver

Michele Jackson
Department of Communication
University of Colorado

Bob Krizek
Department of Communication
St. Louis University

Michelle Miller-Day
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
Pennsylvania State University

Timothy Mottet
Department of Communication
University of Texas, Pan American

John Oetzel
Department of Communication & Journalism
University of New Mexico

Stephen Schwarze
Department of Communication Studies
University of Montana

Jeff Springston
Dept. of Advertising & Public Relations
University of Georgia

John Tedesco
Department of Communication
Virginia Tech

Paul Turman
Academic Assessment
South Dakota Board of Regents

Jennifer Waldeck
Department of Communication Studies
Chapman University

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