NOND Teaching and Research Award Recipients

We are delighted to announce the recipients of AEJMC’s Newspaper and Online News Division (NOND) teaching and research awards for 2016-17 academic year!

We will circulate a call for the 2017-2018 awards in February 2018. We encourage all our members to apply.

Teaching Terrifically in the 21st Century (TNT21) Awards

This program, launched in 2009, is designed to improve the teaching of news writing, reporting and editing in the digital era. We will feature more about each winner’s idea on the NOND website and in our newsletter, LeadTime. All applications were blindly reviewed based upon award criteria. Please join me in congratulating this year’s recipients!

Lisa Waananen Jones

Lisa Waananen Jones, Washington State University – “Chart on the Street: Combining Data Visualization with Man-on-the-Street Interviews to Challenge Conventional Narratives” (@lisawaanen)

Lisa Waananen Jones is a Clinical Assistant Professor at The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, where she teaches visual communication and multimedia journalism courses. Her professional work focuses on data visualization and news graphics, and she previously worked on the graphics team at The New York Times. Her course materials are available at

Amanda C. Bright

Amanda C. Bright, Eastern Illinois University – “Digital Media News Writing” (@amandacbright)

Amanda Bright is a former reporter, photographer, designer and editor, who later spent a decade as a scholastic journalism adviser of both a newspaper and yearbook in Illinois. Currently, Bright is a journalism instructor at Eastern Illinois University and adviser of EIU’s Warbler yearbook. While completing her PhD in Curriculum, Instruction and Media Technology at Indiana State University, she works as the Media Content Coordinator for Indiana State Online. She also serves as the Social Media Director and Web Co-Administrator for the Illinois Journalism Education Association, and will start as the Education Editor/Curator for MediaShift’s EdShift in October.

Melissa DiPento

Melissa DiPento, CUNY – “Reviewing Fundamental Writing Skills through Twitter.” (@mdipento)

Currently a student at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Melissa is working to better understand the journalism higher education community through listening and engaging educators, students and stakeholders. She currently hosts MediaShift’s monthly #EdShift chats on Twitter. For the past five years, Melissa has taught as an adjunct journalism professor at various colleges in the Philadelphia area; she currently teaches a social media course at Brooklyn College. Since graduating from Temple University in 2008, she has also worked as a reporter and editor at various local media organizations.

Research grants

Our division also supports the scholarly research of our members. All applications were blindly reviewed based upon award criteria. We are thrilled to share the following winners with you.

Andrea L. Guzman

Andrea L. Guzman, Northern Illinois University – “Journalism

in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: Audience Perspectives on the Robot Writing the News” (@TeachGuz)

Andrea L. Guzman is an assistant professor of communication at Northern Illinois University where her research focuses on Human-Machine Communication, including people’s perceptions of AI technologies that function as communicators and the integration of AI into journalism. Guzman’s research has been published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, First Monday, and Communication +1, and Guzman is the editor of the forthcoming volume, Human-Machine Communication: Rethinking Communication, Technology, & Ourselves (Peter Lang, early 2018). Guzman’s research has garnered awards from divisions and interest groups at NCA and AEJMC, and at AEJMC’s annual convention in 2017, Guzman was named a Kopenhaver Center Fellow.

Christopher Etheridge

Christopher Etheridge, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill – “The Mobile Connectivity: News App Users and Sense of Community” (@WhatsTheLede)

Chris Etheridge is a former journalist and communications specialist who studies community and public safety in digital spaces.  He is a mass communication doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  His dissertation considers how neighborhood groups use online spaces to discuss issues related to public safety and perceptions of quality of life in their communities.  He also studies how social and mobile technology are impacting community structure and urban communications systems.

Congratulations to our 2016-2017 cycle winners!

LeadTime – Fall 2017 issue now available

The latest issue of our division’s newsletter, LeadTime, is available now. Our new editor, Kirstie Hettinga (California Lutheran University), has done great work in organizing and producing the Fall 2017 edition.

You’ll find information about the national conference in Chicago, the new editor of the Newspaper Research Journal, award winners from our recent competitions, and much more. Click the download button below to read it!

Fall 2017 Issue

NEW PhD student mentorship program

Earlier this summer, we launched a PhD student preconference in Chicago. We were lucky to have nearly 35 doctoral students and eight faculty mentors, who came together to share advice/tips on dissertation writing and the academic job market. Building on that success, we’re launching a PhD student mentorship program this year. The initiative will sustain connections made at the preconference, fostering closer partnerships between NOND faculty and student members.

We are seeking participants both as faculty mentors and as student mentees. The official call is below, with an Oct. 1 deadline. Please circulate widely within your departments/colleges.


Are you a PhD student in media, communications or an allied field? Are you seeking a tenure-track position on the academic market within the next three years? Would you like a mentor to help you with navigating your time ‘on the market’? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions, we’d love to have you join us!

Or are you a tenure-track/tenured faculty member? Would you like to serve as a mentor for a doctoral student this academic year? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions, we’d love to have you join us!


Students will be paired with a faculty mentor (who shares research/methodological/institutional interests). Each mentor will connect with their mentee on a monthly basis, serving as a ‘helpline’ for questions related to the dissertation and job market. For instance, mentors can provide: 1) feedback on dissertation/research work in progress, 2) tips on creating stellar job application materials and 3) advice on phone and campus interviews.

We will send monthly newsletters to program participants. Finally, we will gather informally next summer in Washington at the annual AEJMC conference.

If you’d like to participate in our program as a mentee, please send the following to

  • Your name, institution and expected graduation year;
  • A copy of your most recent CV;
  • A one paragraph summary of your dissertation;
  • A one paragraph summary of your career ambitions after doctoral study.

Special note for students: If you attended the NOND PhD student preconference, you do not need to send these materials again. All that is required is an email, stating your interest in the mentorship program.

If you’d like to participate in our program as a mentor, please send the following to

  • Your name, institution and job title;
  • A copy of your most recent CV;
  • A link to your faculty bio page.

Deadline for submission: October 1, 2017

Questions? Contact our NOND organizer:

Jan Lauren Boyles, Chair – Newspaper and Online News Division
Iowa State University

Top poster from AEJMC 2017 in Chicago

Another year, another successful national conference! With AEJMC 2017 in our rear view mirror, we wanted to publicize the great work by two scholars in our research poster competition.

This poster by Michelle A. Amazeen (Boston University) and Bartosz W. Wojdynski (University of Georgia) won the top prize at the NOND poster competition.

Their study looked at the role of native advertising disclosure on audience perception.

Michelle was kind enough to send us a PDF copy for everyone’s review.
Download the poster (PDF)

TNT21 teaching ideas competition entries due July 30

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Sunday, July 30, 2017

Do you have an innovative idea for improving the teaching of newswriting, reporting or editing in the digital era? If so, enter it in Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century, the teaching-ideas competition sponsored by the Newspaper and Online News Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

TNT21 was founded in 2009 to publicly acknowledge good ideas for teaching three types of foundational journalism courses – newswriting, reporting and editing – by three types of instructors:

  • Full-time faculty members
  • Adjunct professors
  • Graduate-student instructors

A prize of $100 will be awarded for the best teaching idea from each group of instructors. The summer deadline gives you time to enter the ideas you used in classes in fall 2016 and spring 2017.

To enter:

Teaching ideas should be tailored for use in teaching newswriting, reporting or editing courses in a world where technologies for creating and delivering journalism are rapidly changing. For example, the competition would welcome tips for teaching newswriting across media, using social media in editing courses or exploring the ethical implications of reporting under-verified information online. Teaching ideas may be tailored for specific versions of newswriting, reporting or editing courses, such as sports reporting, business reporting or environmental reporting. All ideas, however, should help professors address the challenges of the 21st century classroom.

Ideas will be judged for their originality, innovative nature, ease of application, completeness and writing. In addition, judges will take into account whether the ideas would work in more than one course and/or at different types of schools. All ideas submitted should be:

  • Original. Please do not submit work that has been published or presented elsewhere or that is borrowed from another instructor’s work. Please do not submit work that has been a winner or a finalist in another AEJMC or journalism and mass communication teaching ideas competition. Submitting such work may be the basis of disqualification.
  • Classroom-tested. Please do not submit ideas that you have not yet used.

Winners will be announced at the Newspaper and Online News business meeting at the AEJMC convention in Chicago and on the division’s website and social media. Entrants do not have to attend the convention to win.

If you have questions about the competition, please e-mail the Newspaper and Online News Division’s teaching chairs at

AEJMC Newspaper and Online News Division research grant and teaching grant program

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EDT Sunday, July 30, 2017
The Newspaper and Online News Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication is accepting applications for small grants for research and teaching activities.

The program will offer three grants for the 2017-2018 academic year:

  • A $2,500 grant for faculty to support research related to online news or newspapers.
  • A $1,000 grant for graduate students to support research related to online news or newspapers.
  • A $300 grant to support innovative teaching in courses related to newspapers or online news

The research grants could be used to cover some or all of the cost of such scholarly expenses as paying a research assistant or a transcriptionist, traveling to an archive, or paying for an online survey service or to photocopy documents.

The teaching grant could be used to cover such expenses as part of the cost of a piece of equipment or software, a student reporting trip or an honorarium for a professional who can teach students specific skills.

Last year’s research grant (there was only one last year) went to Megan Duncan, a Ph.D. candidate at Wisconsin, for a project titled, “Learning News Credibility Cues on New Technology.”
Last year’s teaching grant was awarded to Carol Schwalbe, of the University of Arizona, who planned to use the grant for an honorarium for a professional photographer/videographer to work with students. The previous year, the teaching grant helped her to cover expenses for a course reporting trip to Saguaro National Park East.

Full-time faculty members, adjunct professors, graduate students and independent scholars are eligible to apply for the appropriate research grant. Full-time professors or instructors, adjunct faculty members and graduate students teaching their own courses are eligible to apply for the teaching grant. Members of the Newspaper and Online News Division’s executive board for 2016-2017 are not eligible to apply for either grant.

To apply. follow the appropriate link below:

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Sunday, July 30, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

The results of the grants competition will be announced at the Newspaper and Online News Division business meeting at the AEJMC annual convention in Chicago.

To qualify for consideration for a grant, applicants must be members of the Newspaper and Online News Division of AEJMC as of July 30, 2017. You can check your membership status by contacting AEJMC Membership Director Pamella Price at

To apply for a teaching grant, applicants must, in addition, be involved in teaching journalism or mass communication at the post-secondary level, as a full-time or part-time faculty member or instructor, adjunct professor, graduate-student teacher of record or teaching assistant for at least one semester, quarter or other term between Aug. 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018.

Grant recipients will be asked to provide a report on how they used grant funds by July 1, 2018.

If you have questions about the grant program, please contact one of the Newspaper and Online News Division’s teaching chairs at

Newspaper Research Journal – Update on search

A few months ago, we started a search for the next editor for the Newspaper Research Journal. We have recently extended the application timeframe.

Applications must be received by March 10, 2017. A complete application will include a letter outlining the candidate’s qualifications, a letter of support from the applicant’s department head and/or dean, a four-to-five-page outline of the applicant’s vision for the journal, and contact information for five professional references. All application material should be uploaded to Questions can be directed to NOND Head Jasmine McNealy at

The editor’s responsibilities include promptly processing all manuscripts submitted to NRJ and coordinating four issues per year. The editor will also handle correspondence relative to the publication and work with both the AEJMC Central Office on business and budget matters affecting the journal and with the publisher’s production and promotion representatives at SAGE. A professional, collegial approach is expected in all matters related to the journal.

The editor will be provided with funds to assist with the administration of the journal.

The editor is selected by and reports to the Newspaper and Online News Division’s executive committee. All who apply will be considered. Applicants must be Newspaper and Online News Division members in good standing. They should be able to write and edit clearly and concisely, understand and appreciate a broad range of research methodologies, and have an extensive knowledge of the literature of newspaper and online news research. They should also be able to comply with the design standards established for NRJ.

The editor selected will be housed in a department or school that is able and eager to cooperate with this publishing venture in terms of office space, travel funding, use of equipment, and graduate student or staff assistance. Transition will begin in September 2017 with the first issue edited by the new editor in Winter 2018.

Reviewers, moderators, discussants needed for the 2017 convention

The Newspaper and Online News Division invites you to be one of our reviewers for the papers to be submitted for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Conference 2017 in Chicago on August 9-12.

We are also looking for moderators and discussants as we begin to plan our sessions for AEJMC’s 100th conference!

Please fill out this short online survey. It’s really short—we only have 10 questions!

If the link doesn’t work, please copy the following url and paste it on your web browser to access the online form.

If you’d like to submit a paper, please view this dedicated post.