Editor

Mario Minichiello

Mario Minichiello

School of Design, Communication and Information Technology, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia

I went to art and design school to explore an irrepressible instinct to question the culture in which we live and to communicate ideas through my own visual language. I studied graphic design because I wanted to be a disruptive influence on the established hierarchies of power and control in society and help change the world for the better. Design and visual communication not only provides solutions to problems, but remediates experience, promotes clarity of thinking, and encourages creative ideas.

In this way we are developing the human capacity to meet the challenges of our future. The chance to influence how people in any society think and behave, even for a brief moment, is a positive intervention in a world that is increasingly concerned with mindless celebrity, consumerism, and self-interest. We have to strive to make life better and not merely make ourselves financially richer.

Reviewers & Editorial Board

Articles published in The Journal of Communication and Media Studies are peer-reviewed by scholars who are active members of the Communication & Media Studies Research Network. Common Ground Research Networks uses a two-way anonymous peer review system. The publisher, editors, reviewers, and authors all agree upon the standards of expected ethical behavior as based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Core Practices. Reviewers may be past or present conference delegates, fellow submitters to the collection, or scholars who have volunteered to referee articles and have been screened by Common Ground’s editorial team. This engagement with the Research Network, as well as Common Ground’s synergistic and criterion-based evaluation system, distinguishes our peer review process from others.

Serving as a Member Volunteer Peer Reviewer is a great way to begin your path to the journal's Editorial Board. If you are not already on our list of Member Volunteer Peer Reviewers, please consider joining.


We also offer the opportunity to join the Editorial Board of qualified reviewers and content evaluators. Editorial Board members are expected to complete a minimum of 5 reviews per calendar year. We are happy to work with graduate students, too – an excellent professional development opportunity as our Editorial team helps educate on the nature of the role, process, and rigors of peer review.

Alongside the important role of reviewing research and helping to guide the direction of the collection, there are other benefits of joining the Editorial Board: Official Recognition Letter / Certificate; recognition of role on the website, email, and social media communication; CGScholar credit that can be used for any offerings provided in any one of Common Ground Research Networks.