Last chance to nominate faculty for Educator of the Year Award

Just one more week to get your nominations in for the Educator of the Year Award. The award is open to any journalism instructor who is a full-time faculty member of a bachelor degree-granting institution of higher education in the United States. The nominee should have a demonstrated track record of achievement in preparing journalism students, advancing journalism education and promoting career development. Please attach a nomination package consisting of the following:

  1. A letter of nomination of no more than two single-spaced pages showcasing the nominee’s achievements in teaching. This letter should indicate the nominator’s name, title, school/organization/affiliation, email address and phone number.
  2. A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae.
  3. A maximum of three letters of support from the nominee’s students, former students and industry professionals may also be included. Each of these letters should be no more than one single-spaced page. These letters should be included in the submission, attached to the ONE email, and not sent separately from individual letter writers.

Please e-mail applications and letters by April 22, 2016, to Kris Boyle at kris_boyle@byu.edu and Mitch McKenney at mmckenne@kent.edu. Please note in the subject line of the email that it is a nomination for the NOND Educator of the Year Award.

Educator of the Year Nominations Needed!

It’s that time of year again where the Newspaper and Online News Division is seeking nominations for its Educator of the Year Award. The award is open to any journalism instructor who is a full-time faculty member of a bachelor degree-granting institution of higher education in the United States. The nominee should have a demonstrated track record of achievement in preparing journalism students, advancing journalism education and promoting career development. Please attach a nomination package consisting of the following:

  1. A letter of nomination of no more than two single-spaced pages showcasing the nominee’s achievements in teaching. This letter should indicate the nominator’s name, title, school/organization/affiliation, email address and phone number.
  2. A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae.
  3. A maximum of three letters of support from the nominee’s students, former students and industry professionals may also be included. Each of these letters should be no more than one single-spaced page. These letters should be included in the submission, attached to the ONE email, and not sent separately from individual letter writers.

Please e-mail applications and letters by April 22, 2016, to Kris Boyle at kris_boyle@byu.edu and Mitch McKenney at mmckenne@kent.edu. Please note in the subject line of the email that it is a nomination for the NOND Educator of the Year Award.

Present at AEJMC ’16 in Minneapolis

The Newspaper & Online News Division invites original, unpublished research papers for the AEJMC Annual Conference, Aug. 4-7, 2016, in Minneapolis, MN with the usual submission deadline of April 1. The division welcomes all theoretical orientations and methodologies that investigate newspaper and online news, broadly defined, including (but not limited to):

  • Agenda-setting
  • Bias, credibility and partisan perception
  • Blogging
  • Business models of news production and dissemination
  • Communication inequalities, digital divide and news illiteracy
  • Convergent newsrooms, production and distribution
  • Cross-media and digital regulation, and whistle-blower prosecutions
  • Digital, mobile, streaming and social news – platforms, technology and models
  • Diversity and fairness issues
  • Effects research
  • Framing
  • Global journalism and foreign news
  • Market-driven journalism and public relations subsidies
  • Native advertising, infomercials, advertorials and PR subsidies
  • Network analysis
  • News content and coverage
  • Newsroom practices, routines, professional norms and “sacred cows”
  • Non-profit and community news outlets
  • Ownership, management and corporate consolidation of news media
  • Participatory communication and citizen journalism
  • Policy issues
  • Readership and audience analytics
  • Sourcing
  • Usability and access issues and concerns
  • User-generated content, audience agenda building and grassroots journalism
  • Uses and gratifications

The top three papers are recognized with a monetary award (1st, $100; 2nd, $75; 3rd, $50). The division is again partnering with the American Copy Editors Society to encourage research related to copy-editing. Papers on copy editing topics will be considered for this award, which comes with a $100 prize. To be considered for this award, authors should include “ACES Award” on the top of the submission.

Students may apply for the MacDougall Student Paper Award. Papers with faculty co-authors are not eligible for this award. It is possible, however, to apply for both the ACES and MacDougall awards. Authors should include “MacDougall Student Paper Award” on the top of the submission. MacDougall winners will be awarded $200 and a certificate of recognition during the conference.

How to submit a paper

Interested authors must submit their papers using the All Academic System. All Academic requires that authors re-register each year. The division does not accept hard copies. All papers must follow the AEJMC uniform paper competition guidelines. Papers should be no more than 7,500 words, including tables, references, and appendices. All submissions undergo a blind review process by a panel of independent reviewers. Papers are accepted on the understanding that they have not been previously published or presented elsewhere and that they have been submitted only to the Newspaper & Online News Division for evaluation. Authors must remove all identifying information from their papers or they will be automatically disqualified from the competition. Authors will be required to submit an abstract of their paper, which is no more than 75 words and which must include: 3-5 keywords and the kind of methodology used (qualitative, quantitative or mixed). Papers are due by 11:59 p.m. (CDT), Friday, April 1, 2016.

Questions? Please contact: Frederick Schiff, University of Houston, fschiff@uh.edu or Jan Lauren Boyles, Iowa State University, jboyles@iastate.edu.

This content is also available on the AEJMC website.

Reviewers, discussants needed for AEJMC ’16 national conference

Please consider serving as a reviewer for the Newspaper and Online News Division for the annual national conference (AEJMC 2016 in Minneapolis, MN).

Graduate students, faculty and professionals are welcome to apply! We need a diverse population of reviewers from varying areas of professional and methodological expertise. Encourage your colleagues to apply!

If you are interested, please complete this short survey. They survey will load in a new window via Google Surveys.

More on digital news archives

The Atlantic has found a common theme with Newspaper Research Journal’s special edition on digital news archives, which are often more ephemeral than stacks of 20th century newsprint or reels of microfilm.

See the November and October articles below:

The irony of writing online about digital preservation, by Meredith Broussard of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University, following up on both her own contribution to NRJ and The Atlantic’s previous article.

Raiders of the lost Web, by Adrienne LaFrance of The Atlantic.

AEJMC Southeast Colloquium – Call for papers

If you haven’t heard, this year’s Southeast Colloquium is March 3-5, 2016, at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. AEJMC’s regional conferences are a great way for graduate students and junior faculty members to participate with AEJMC and NOND without the stress of applying to the national conference.

Authors should submit each paper as an email attachment (Word, PDF) directly to the paper chairs listed below for each division by no later than midnight EST on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. In the body of the email, please provide the following:

  • the title of the paper
  • identifying information for each author
    • name
    • affiliation
    • address
    • office phone
    • home phone
    • fax number
    • e-mail address

Please read the full call for papers on the AEJMC website or on LSU’s dedicated Southeast Colloquium webpage.

If you’re submitting to our division, send your paper to Karen McIntyre (Virginia Commonwealth University): kmcintyre3@gmail.com. For other divisions, send it to the person listed below:

Forward, into the past

Some of Newspaper Division website saved at Archive.org

imageIn case you haven’t noticed, technical difficulties have brought about the demise of the AEJMC.net domain, most of which has migrated to WordPress sites here at AEJMC.us

However, the closing of non-WordPress hosting means the division’s long-standing site at “http://AEJMC.net/newspaper” is no longer online. That also means we have lost access to several years of email listserv discussions and LeadTime PDF files.

The good news: The LeadTime files were backed up elsewhere, and the Internet Archive’s “Wayback Machine” service did take snapshots of the site’s HTML pages from time to time; those can be accessed here:

https://web.archive.org/web/*/Aejmc.net/newspaper

(I have also replaced the link to the original site on our page menu with that archive.)

The old site, begun in hand-coded HTML, succeeded early attempts by division officers to give the division a Web presence via whatever Web servers were available on the campus of that year’s officers. (“LeadTime” back then was a printed-and-mailed newsletter.)

An online discussion including Randy Reddick at Texas Tech and yours truly, then in transition from Emerson College to The University of Tennessee, concluded that a stable division address at an independent domain would be a better solution than changing the division site’s address annually. Randy expanded on the idea, creating the AEJMC.net domain, open to all divisions, with the Newspaper Division as one of the first users.

Over the years, the site included convention news, essays by officers and photo albums from division events. This WordPress site, originally AEJMC.net/news, was added in 2009 to allow easier access by more than one contributor, and was moved to its current address at AEJMC.us/news in 2013 after the original domain server ran into malware problems.

Unlike some other divisions’ pages, the old AEJMC.net/newspaper site had not been damaged and continued until this year as an archive of past division activities, back copies of LeadTime as PDF files, and links to an archive of division listserv discussions — including the robust conversation about adding “Online News” to the division’s name. (Personally, as a veteran of the Raleigh News & Observer’s pioneering NandO.net, 1994-1998, I always felt “newspaper” included “online,” as well as finding the shorter division name easier to fit into a page heading.)

Unfortunately, we could not maintain all page-to-page links to original AEJMC.net/news articles when we moved to the new server, but our dated archive links, keywords and “search” function should be able to locate anything written in the past six years. For example, here is my inaugural post linked to an archive of my previous AEJMC-related blog:
Teaching an old blog new tricks

If research or nostalgia inspires anyone to want more of the old Newspaper Division website, let me know. As its webmaster for a decade, I did keep a personal backup copy.

FOOTNOTE: Related Sites

The current officers made some use of Facebook at the August convention, prompting quite an improvement in participation over earlier attempts at a division Facebook page four or five years ago. Our page at https://www.facebook.com/newspaperandonlinenews now has almost 200 “likes.” However, some journalism professors do not “like” Facebook and refuse to use it. Perhaps the new Web editor or a designated hitter can mirror Facebook news posts here on the division’s main site. For now, I’ve added a Facebook link to the Related Sites menu on this page. If this post of mine is still the top thing here in October, be sure to check for division news on Facebook!

We are also on Twitter, news industry professionals’ other popular social media site, as http://Twitter.com/aejmc_nond, so that is on the “Related sites” list too.

And, with Sage Publications having taken over publishing Newspaper Research Journal, that division-affiliated journal has a Sage webpage address, which I’ve also added to the Related menu.

TRANSITION

Anyone browsing the 2009-2010 blog archives will see that we did, for a while, use this site to record industry trends and attempt to launch discussions, but both editors wound up unable to attend AEJMC conventions and promote the idea.

Officers and members for a time preferred using email listserv software for discussions, but changes in technology at the hosting company caused that service to be abandoned earlier this year. A Google Groups mailing list is currently filling the announcement-mail role.

Shortly, Chad Sherman of Waynesburg University will log in as this site’s new primary editor. Here’s wishing him all the best at defining its future and its relationship to the division’s newsletter and social media sites… I’ll still be around to answer questions, but look forward to having Chad and the current Division officers take charge of the group’s “…and online” future.

Retiringly,

Bob Stepno

[Updated and edited, with several menu and link additions, Sept. 26]

TNT21 winners announced at #AEJMC15

From Susan Keith, our teaching tri-chair:

Michelle Carr Hassler, a professor in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, took top honors in the AEJMC Newspaper and Online News Division’s teaching ideas competition. She earned the $100 prize in the full-time faculty division of Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century for her idea “Weather Wise: A Data and Design Exercise.”

Hassler—who earned a TNT21 honorable mention in 2014 and third place in 2013—also took home an honorable mention in the 2015 competition for her idea “A Global View: International and Interactive Storytelling.”

Nebraska took home more honors as College of Journalism and Mass Communications professor Sue Burzynski Bullard tied for second place with “Get Your Game On: Using Play to Bolster Essential Skills.” Like Hassler, Bullard is a multi-year winner in TNT21. She took the top prize and an honorable mention in 2013.

Tied with Bullard for second place was Aaron Chimbel of the Bob Schieffer College of Communication at Texas Christian University, whose idea was titled “Not Quite Live: Simulating the Real-Time Reporting Experience.”

The third-place award went to Kelly Fincham of the Department of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations at Hofstra University. Her idea was “Picture This! Helping Students Measure Their Twitter Social Media Footprint.”

There were two honorable mention awards in addition to Hassler’s. They went to Debora Wenger of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi for “Coaching News Gathering Through On-Camera Interviews” and Carol B. Schwalbe of the School of Journalism at the University of Arizona for “Team Tweeting a Community Event.” Schwalbe is also a multi-year TNT21 award recipient. She took the top prize in the 2014 and 2009 editions of TNT21.

Judges for this year’s competition were John Carvalho of Auburn University; Karyn Collins, who teaches at Bloomfield College, Montclair State University, and Rutgers University; Jennifer Brannock Cox of Salisbury University; Mary D’Ambrosio of Rutgers University; Patricia Dobson of Eastern New Mexico University; Kevin Lerner of Marist College; David Loomis of Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Mitch McKenney of Kent State University; Carol Schlagheck of Eastern Michigan University; and Howard Schlossberg of Columbia College of Chicago.

The Newspaper and Online News Division started TNT21 in 2009 in an effort to:

  • Encourage instructors teaching the foundational journalism courses of newswriting, reporting and editing to think about how to best do that in a transforming media world
  • Honor the work of adjunct professors and graduate students, who often teach basic journalism courses but don’t always get a lot of recognition within AEJMC for their teaching work.

The competition, organized by Susan Keith of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University, typically awards $100 prizes for the best idea in three categories: full-time faculty member, adjunct professor and graduate-student instructor.

In 2015, however, as in 2014, no entries were received from graduate students or adjuncts. Please consider pointing out the competition to adjunct instructors and graduate students next year. The June deadline will be announced on the division’s website, the AEJMC website and the division’s Facebook page.

NOND note: Congratulations to all winners and many thanks to Susan Keith of Rutgers University for coordinating the competition!

New officers for 2015-16

Newspaper and Online News Division
Officers for 2015-16 were chosen at the annual convention and announced by incoming head Mitch McKenney of Kent State.

With McKenney, who succeeds Raluca Cozma of Iowa State, the new officers are:

Vice head/program: Jasmine McNealy, Florida.

Senior research co-chair: Fred Schiff, Houston.
Research co-chair: Jan Lauren Boyles, Iowa State.

Teaching Standards: Susan Keith, Rutgers (TNT). Leslie-Jean Thornton, Arizona State (Student News Projects). Kristoffer Boyle, Brigham Young (Educator of the Year).

PF&R: Patrick Ferrucci, Colorado-Boulder. Brandon Szuminsky, Waynesburg.

Newsletter: Patrick Walters, Kutztown.
Web: Chad Sherman, Waynesburg.
Web editors emeriti/Trainers:
Bob Stepno, Radford (retired).
Randy Reddick, Texas Tech, (Systems administrator, AEJMC.us)

Secretary: Howard Schlossberg, Columbia College Chicago,

Membership: Edson Tandoc, Nanyang Tech (Singapore).
Outreach: Janita Poe, Georgia State.

Southeast Colloquium Research: Karen McIntyre, Virginia Commonwealth.

Oral History Diversity Project/AEJMC: George Daniels, Alabama; June Nicholson, Virginia Commonwealth.

Contact information is on the “Officers” page listed on the menu above.

LeadTime – Summer 2015

The summer edition of LeadTime brings you highlights from our #AEJMC15 program. We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco in two weeks! Click on the image below to read the newsletter:

LeadTime Summer 2015

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