The Global Media Studies Working Group brings together faculty, graduate students, and post-docs from the social sciences and humanities to explore enduring and emerging issues in global media research. The group engages in critical reading and discussion of global media texts, offers feedback on members' research projects, and participates in collaborative research.

The group's first collaborative research project, the Journal Authors Content Analysis (JACA), looked at global disparities in academic publishing using a "big data set" of over 120,000 articles indexed by Scimago.

The group is supported by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and is led by Melissa Tully and Jiyeon Kang.


Ekdale, B., Biddle, K., Tully, M., Asuman, M., & Rinaldi, A. (2022). Global disparities in knowledge production within Journalism Studies: Are special issues the answer? Journalism Studies.

Ekdale, B., Rinaldi, A., Ashfaquzzaman, M., Khanjani, M., Matanji, F., Stoldt, R., & Tully, M. (2022). Geographic disparities in knowledge production: A big data analysis of peer-reviewed communication publications from 1990 to 2019. International Journal of Communication, 16, 1­–22.

Conference Presentations

Ekdale, B., Biddle, K., Asuman, M., Tully, M., & Rinaldi, A. (2022, May). How special are special issues? An examination of global disparities in knowledge production in five Journalism Studies journals. International Communication Association Annual Conference, Paris, France.

Rinaldi, A., Ekdale, B., Ashfaquzzaman, M., Khanjani, M., Matanji, F., Stoldt, R., & Tully, M. (2021, July). #CommunicationSoWestern: A comprehensive study of global disparities in scholarly knowledge production in communication research. International Association of Media and Communication Researchers Annual Conference, Nairobi, Kenya.