Professional freedom and responsibility (PF&R) is a code name for our work in bridging the academe-industry gap. As part of this effort, we plan to explore partnerships with industry organizations, such as the Association of Magazine Media (MPA) and the Amerrican Society of Magazine Editors (ASME).

One of our top 2016-17 priorities is diversity, which is sorely lacking in the magazine industry. We invite AEJMC to join our efforts, and appreciate the AEJMC board’s willingness to consider funding a survey of magazine leaders for racial diversity and internship data.

Commission on the Status of Minorities Chairman Kyle Huckins is working with us in putting together the proposal requested by the panel. We are also the preliminary stages of exploring how to encourage more research into the area of diversity and to help its members recruit, retain and prepare minority students for a career in the industry, with an intent to, in turn, assist the industry in increasing diversity in the workplace.

If you have ideas that could contribute to this effort (such as potential survey questions, funding sources for internships for minority students, etc.), please email our PF&R chair James Shahin or Commission on the Status of Minorities Chairman Kyle Huckins.

As a part of this effort, we have also sent an open letter to AEJMC leaders, asking for increased cooperation with the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the Asian American Journalists Association.