Howard Journal of Communications Share Your Research

Howard Journal of Communications

Arguably, the most researched area in African-American communication is representation in the media, particularly in broadcasting and film. In fact, a significant number of the studies appeared during the era of blaxploitation movies, and while a steady influx of studies has continued to filter into the communications field, African Americans are not always a central focus or even included. Further, representations are not static. They are dynamic and continue to evolve over time. Therefore, it is critical to not just call for more studies in African-American representations in media, but ensure they are not limited to traditional media. It is important to explore similar or new representations emerging in digital media (including social media), as some are focused on African-Americans, owned by African Americans or have widespread exposure across the world.

This special issue of the Howard Journal of Communications seeks to capture developments in African-American representations in the digital media, traditional or social media. The title of this special issue is African-American Representation in Traditional and Digital Media. The journal seeks research manuscripts that capture the developments using a clearly defined methodology that is preferably grounded in appropriate communication theory. Preferably, each submitted manuscript should discuss implications of the research study. Potential topics could cover (but not limited to) the following:

  • Representation in traditional print media, including newspapers, comics, comic books and magazines.
  • Representation in traditional broadcast media, including radio and television.
  • Representation in film.
  • Representation in music.
  • Representation in digital media.
  • Representations in news, including broadcast news and online news sites.
  • Representation in social media, including YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.
  • Representation and its impact on audiences.
  • Gender issues in media representation.
  • Ebonics as representation in the media.
  • Objectification of the Black body in media.
  • Representation through the lens of appropriation and authenticity
  • Impacts of media ownership on representation

Submission Guidelines

Submitted manuscripts should be a maximum of 6,000 words, including references and appendices. All submissions should use the latest American Psychological Association (APA) style and should be via the journal’s ScholarOne submission system.  The title of the manuscript should include, in parenthesis, Special Issue on African American Representation in Traditional and Digital Media. Please note that the deadline for submission is January 31, 2019.

Editorial information

  • Editor: Dr. Tia C.M. Tyree, Strategic, Legal, and Management Communication (SLMC) Department at Howard University, Washington DC (
  • Editor: Dr. Chuka Onwumechili, Strategic, Legal and Management Communication (SLMC) Department at Howard University, Washington DC (