The Agenda Setting Journal | Theory, Practice, Critique

Publishing status: Discontinued
Agenda-setting theory, the most popular theory in mass communication, has expanded to other areas beyond communication including business, history, finance, politics and sports. Dr. Maxwell McCombs (The University of Texas at Austin) and his research partner, Dr. Donald Shaw (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), introduced the theory in 1972. The original article has been cited in more than 6,000 studies. Originally, McCombs and Shaw’s term “agenda setting” showed a correspondence between the order of importance given in the media to issues and the order of significance attached to the same issues by the public and politicians.

While the essence of the definition remains the same, the idea has exploded into an internationally-recognized, maturing and expanding theory. A research tradition focused on the interface of the mass media agenda and the public agenda has been used by scholars/academics, industry professionals and think tanks globally to explain political, economic, historical, social, sociological, psychological, sports-centric, health-related, medicinal, business-oriented, technological and more concepts.

The Agenda Setting Journal: Theory, Practice, Critique focuses on the theoretical developments that continue in agenda setting and how the theory is applied to areas outside of mass communication. The journal also represents the growth and maturity of the communication field as it is also the first and only to-date theory-based journal in the communication discipline.

ISSN 2452-0063 | E-ISSN 2452-0071
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/asj
Sample issue: ASJ 1:1
Board
Editor
Chris J. Vargo | University of Colorado Boulder, USA | christopher.vargo at colorado.edu
Associate Editor
Annelise Russell | University of Kentucky, USA
Editorial Board
Lindita Camaj | The University of Houston, USA
Salma I. Ghanem | DePaul University, USA
Lei Guo | Boston University, USA
Tom Johnson | The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Maxwell E. McCombs | The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Sharon Meraz | University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Tania Rosas-Moreno | Loyola University Maryland, USA
Donald L. Shaw | The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
David Weaver | Indiana University Bloomington, USA
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Volume 5 (2021)

Volume 4 (2020)

Volume 3 (2019)

Volume 2 (2018)

Volume 1 (2017)

Latest articles

21 March 2022

  • Afterword
    ASJ 5:2 (2021) p. 314
  • Announcement
    ASJ 5:2 (2021) pp. 113–114
  • Tribute to Don Shaw
    ASJ 5:2 (2021) pp. 107–112
  • Introduction
    ASJ 5:2 (2021) p. 243
  • 15 February 2022

  • Each fairy-tale, each myth : The collapse of vertical media into a welter of disequilibrating horizontal media
    Subin Paul Thomas Terry | ASJ 5:2 (2021) pp. 205–218
  • 7 February 2022

  • Setting a Q-uestionable attribute agenda : QAnon, far-right congressional candidates and irrational domains
    Marcus Funk Burton Speakman | ASJ 5:2 (2021) pp. 244–265
  • Twitter images across boundaries : Comparing the use of images in political posts from six nations
    Jane O’Boyle Sana Haq | ASJ 5:2 (2021) pp. 219–242
  • 1 February 2022

  • Legislative agenda-setting power of social media : #BlackLivesMatter and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020
    Akanksa Upadhyay Briana Marie Trifiro | ASJ 5:2 (2021) pp. 292–313
  • 20 January 2022

  • Agendamelding : How Americans Meld Agendas
    Milad Minooie | ASJ 5:2 (2021) pp. 177–204
  • 21 December 2021

  • A world of two agendas : Agenda setting sampling
    Milad Minooie | ASJ 5:2 (2021) pp. 156–176
  • 21 September 2021

  • “If you follow me, I might (mis)lead you” : Following prime ministerial candidates on social networks as a predictor of the public agenda during an election campaign
    Yaron Ariel , Vered Elishar Malka , Dana Weimann Saks Ruth Avidar | ASJ 5:2 (2021) pp. 266–291
  • 14 September 2021

  • What’s in a name? Policy and Media agenda setting
    Annelise Russell Rebecca Eissler | ASJ 5:2 (2021) pp. 134–155
  • 15 June 2021

  • Agenda selfying and agendamelding : Advancing the salience of the self
    Philemon Bantimaroudis | ASJ 5:2 (2021) pp. 115–133
  • 3 March 2021

  • Agenda-setting in a social media age : Exploring new methodological approaches
    Carolina Carazo-Barrantes | ASJ 5:1 (2021) pp. 31–55
  • 2 March 2021

  • The pictures in our heads of certain diseases
    Erkan Yüksel Ali Emre Dingin | ASJ 5:1 (2021) p. 8
  • 18 January 2021

  • Mapping the intermedia agenda setting (IAS) literature : Current trajectories and future directions
    Yan Su Xizhu Xiao | ASJ 5:1 (2021) pp. 56–83
  • 15 January 2021

  • Media vs. candidates and minorities vs. majorities : Who sets the public’s agenda in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary?
    Briana Trifiro Yiyan Zhang | ASJ 5:1 (2021) p. 84
  • Subjects

    Communication Studies

    Communication Studies

    Main BIC Subject

    CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN004000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies