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A decade ago, JCI marked its 30th anniversary with a tracing of mastheads (McLuskie, 2004) once manifesto-like in character, but less so as the journal moved through its first three decades. Now, at its 40th year, the word “Inquiry” in the journal’s title still announces an orientation that aims beyond method. Whether discussing the field and its problems or offering alternative modes of inquiry, JCI has a reputation as a space for fresh academic air (more on the history, importance, and perennial vulnerability of that reputation in a moment).

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This is an author-produced, peer-reviewed version of this article. The final, definitive version of this document can be found online at Journal of Communication Inquiry, published by SAGE. Copyright restrictions may apply. DOI: 10.1177/0196859914525092

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