The SCMS TV SIG Graduate Student Essay Contest


We are thrilled to announce Peter Johnson (Boston University) has been awarded the winner of the 2021 TV SIG Grad Essay Contest! 

Johnson’s essay “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Spatial and Industrial Logics of Home Fitness Technologies” will appear in our Winter Issue (19.4).


Congratulations as well to this year’s finalists! 

“The Big Ear of Leuk (1974-2020): The Media History of a Large Technical Infrastructure” Marie Sandoz, Faculté des Lettres, Université de Lausanne

“My job is to live my life, not save yours: Queer Emotional Labor, Audiences, and Netflix’s Queer Eye,” Cameron Lynn Brown, University of Iowa 

Read inaugural prize winner Grace Jung article “Recovering the TV career of Korean American comedian Johnny Yune” in our current Winter 2020-2021 Issue (18.4).


The 2021 cycle of the SCMS TV SIG Graduate Student Essay Contest has closed. Please check back in mid-2021 for the announcement of the next award cycle. 

Guidelines for submission: Authors must be registered members of the Television SIG and graduate students for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Essay topics may range from across a broad spectrum of subjects related to television studies, including but not limited to historical, industrial, technological, textual and audience-centered research topics.