New Editor Announcement Communication Booknotes Quarterly

Communication Booknotes Quarterly are delighted to announce the appointment of Meta Carstarphen as its new Editor.

As an introduction, we sat down to talk with Meta and get some insights on how it feels to take on this new role:

  • Perhaps some thoughts, words on how you feel about this new appointment and going forward as the new Editor of the journal

I’m excited and honored to be only the third editor in CBQ’s history since its founding in 1969.  CBQ has established a respected tradition as a “go to” source about the latest books in journalism and mass communication fields.  To me, it is such a distinctive resource because it highlights a diverse array of  critical reviews, descriptive summaries and commentaries.  My goal is to build on this tradition and extend our work in three areas: broadening our interdisciplinary influence by incorporating related titles in our coverage; expanding opportunities for scholars at all levels of their academic careers to contribute to CBQ, and enhancing CBQ’s ability to foster conversations about new publications in our field by adding interactive opportunities, including author interviews and social media

  • What does Communication Booknotes Quarterly Cover?

In the journal’s “Aims and Scope,” I’ve described CBQ as an annotated review service for recent books, reports, documents, and electronic publications on all aspects of mediated communication.  CBQ is  designed primarily for an audience of scholars and librarians in the United States and around the world, but anyone curious about the ways in which media influence our lives would find the CBQ content of interest. 
I’ve intentionally expanded some of the subject areas CBQ has traditionally covered.  Books that fall into some specific topic categories will be my focus. My list of specific topics include, but is not limited to the following: advertising, public relations, strategic communications, journalism, telecommunications, global media, media theories,  media economics, media regulation and policy, media ethics, risk communication, ethnicity/race and media, media communication history, critical/cultural studies of media, popular culture, social media, books and publishing, media and society, visual communication, gender and representation, and media management.

  • Why publish in Communication Booknotes Quarterly?

Authors and publishers will want to send their new books and new book announcements to CBQ because it offers a unique showcase for publications highlighting journalism and mass communication topics.  CBQ readers and contributors include influential scholars, active classroom instructors and committed students who rely upon news about our resources in their work.  In an increasingly media-saturated world, CBQ puts a spotlight on works that would otherwise get lost in more general listings of new publications.  Finally, CBQ will place a high emphasis on reviews that will help call attention to specific titles and foster a stronger exchange of ideas in our increasingly media-influenced world.

  • How can people send in books?

CBQ is interested in receiving books and pre-publication information about relevant titles that have high relevance to journalism and mass communication studies by either exploring specific industry-related issues, or by exploring media influences on society and culture. Specific topics include but are not limited to the following topics: advertising, public relations, strategic communications, journalism, telecommunications, global media, media theories,  media economics, media regulation and policy, media ethics, risk communication, ethnicity/race and media, media communication history, critical/cultural studies of media, popular culture, social media, books and publishing, media and society, visual communication, gender and representation, and media management.

  • How can people go about submitting to the journal?

Manuscript Submission: Address books for review, review manuscripts and publication announcements to the Editor:
Dr. Meta G. Carstarphen 
Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication
University of Oklahoma
395 W. Lindsey Blvd. 
Norman, OK 73019—4201
Authors and publishers may also contact the editor directly through email at: mcarstarphen@ou.edu  Put CBQ Booknotes in the subject line.