Editor-in-Chief: Roxanne M. O'Connell, Ph.D., Roger Williams University

The Proceedings of the New York State Communication Association publishes the Proceedings for the Convention of the New York State Communication Association. Papers are accepted to appear in the issue associated with the Convention in which they were presented. All papers, including those for the Undergraduate Student Papers, are blind peer-reviewed. Keynote addresses and GIFT panel submissions are not refereed.

Calls for Papers

The Editor of the NYSCA Proceedings issues the following Calls for Papers:

(Please note that there are TWO (2) calls this year for the NYSCA Proceedings.)

CFP #1:
Research papers presented at the 72nd Annual Conference (2014) of the New York State Communication Association: Alone Together – Communication and Communities (or not) are being accepted for blind peer review for the conference Proceedings beginning immediately after the conference. We urge you to contribute your work.

CFP #2:
As we are coming up to our 75th anniversary, we wish to create a retrospective edition of work presented at our annual conferences. We invite those who have presented in the past but perhaps did not submit that work for publication in the Proceedings, to share that work with us in this special edition. Please indicate in the running head AND under the Title of the paper, the year in which it was presented.

Deadline for submissions to both the 2014 Conference and the Retrospective Edition: May 1, 2015.

Current Volume: Volume 2013 Proceedings of the 71st New York State Communication Association

October 19-21, 2012 • Honor's Haven, Ellenville, NY

COMMUNITIES OF COMMUNICATIVE PRACTICE Much communication scholarship over the past 50 years has focused on the inextricable link between interactive/dialogic processes and social network membership. That is, communication practices both create, and are created by, the networks in which social actors find themselves embedded. The theme for the 2013 New York State Communication Association’s annual conference is framed around the idea of networked communities of [communicative] practice. Such networked communities can be framed from political, economic, interpersonal, sociological, mediated, group, and organizational perspectives, and can focus on the theoretical, empirical, and practical implications therein. For example, how do networks of [communicative] practice come to influence relational satisfaction? How do networks of [communicative] practice come to sway the decision-making practices of small groups? How do networks of [communicative] practice come to shape reactions to media content? How do networks of [communicative] practice come to affect psychological feelings of job satisfaction? How do networks of [communicative] practice impact the process of political dialogue? Are networks of [communicative] practice antecedents to, or effects of, interaction? By providing answers to, and engaging in critical reflection of, these questions, scholars and practitioners, alike, will be better equipped to dialogue about and within the networks that make us, in a sense, social.

Conference Papers


The Hardcore Scorecard: Defining, Quantifying and Understanding “Hardcore” Video Game Culture
Joseph A. Loporcaro, Christopher R. Ortega, and Michael J. Egnoto


We Don’t Want to Talk About It: Communication Strategies for Teaching Less Popular Subjects
Heather M. Stassen-Ferrara, Christine A. Geyer, John M. Livermore, and Maureen M. Louis

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