Convention paper readers wanted

The Division is using an online form to let you sign up to review papers for the August convention.

Please do!

Here it is:

(Thanks for reminder, Jasmine McNealy, University of Kentucky.)

Call for papers for San Francisco 2015

The Newspaper & Online News Division invites original, unpublished research papers for the AEJMC Annual Conference, Aug. 5-8, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif., with the usual amusing but memorable submission deadline of April 1.

The division welcomes all categories of theoretical grounding and methodologies investigating newspaper and online news, broadly defined, including (but not limited to):

  • Social media and information diffusion
  • News analytics
  • News coverage
  • Law
  • Ethics
  • History
  • Effects research
  • Diversity and fairness issues
  • Adoption and creation of technology
  • Economic challenges and opportunities
  • Norms and routines
  • Digital, information, and news literacy, etc.
The top 3 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 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.
To submit:
Interested authors must submit their papers using the All Academic System; 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 in which they must include: 3-5 keywords and the kind of methodology used (qualitative, quantitative, mixed).
Papers are due by 11:59 p.m. (CDT) April 1, 2015.
Questions? Please contact:
Jasmine McNealy, University of Kentucky, or Frederick Schiff, University of Houston,

Southeast Deadline Arrives — Reviewers Needed

Tonight at midnight is the paper-submission deadline for the March regional  AEJMC colloquium at UTK Knoxville…

But if you don’t have a paper in the queue, maybe that means it’s time to mark your calendar and plan to just go and have a good time… Maybe even live-blog the event for this site!

If you are willing to review papers for the Newspaper and Online News Division, please contact Robert Byrd at the University of Southern Mississippi ( and indicate your areas of expertise and/or interest.

Graduate students are not eligible to serve as reviewers and, in general, reviewers should not have submitted their own research into the competition, Byrd said, in an email to Division members.

History in the making

Journalism historians take selfies, record sessions, post to YouTube!

2014 AJHA Convention Highlights:

James Foley Memorial Scholarship

James Foley Memorial Scholarship In International Photojournalism

James Foley

James Foley

In honor of the courageous men and women who risk their lives in order to report from the world’s most dangerous places ieiMedia has established the James Foley Memorial Scholarship in memory of the photojournalist who was tragically executed while covering the war in Syria.

This $5000 photojournalism scholarship covers tuition, program fees and meals for participation in our Urbino program, jointly sponsored by James Madison University and Iowa State University. The winner will work with two award-winning photojournalists in an experiential program that runs through the month of June 2015. The recipient is responsible for his/her own airfare.

To enter the competition you must submit a link to an online photographic portfolio as well as a short letter explaining why an international reporting experience is important for your education. The portfolio should be well organized and show evidence of curiosity about other groups or cultures. The letter should not exceed 300 words.

The judging will be done by a jury of professional photojournalists including former White House Photographer and Washington Post staff photographer Susan Biddle as well as Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Dennis Chamberlin.

Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2015

Apply on line at

Call for 2015 Panel Proposals

Greetings, division friends:
The AEJMC Newspaper and Online News Division is accepting panel proposals for the 2015 convention in San Francisco, August 5-9, 2015.
The process is earlier than before, so our deadline for the panel submissions is 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 10, 2014, Eastern Time. Joint proposals with members of other divisions and interests groups are welcome, as are proposals for off-site events and pre-convention sessions.

Here’s the proposal form at Google Docs

Looking forward to seeing your great ideas.

Mitch McKenney, Kent State
Vice head, NOND

Newspaper/Online: Incoming board

Below is an email from NOND Head Raluca Cozma, Ph.D.


Dear friends of the Newspaper and Online News Division,

Thank you for making AEJMC 2014 a success. I am happy to announce the new roster of officers voted at our members’ meeting in Montreal. I thank them for graciously stepping up to ensure the continued success of the largest division of AEJMC. Special thanks go to our outgoing head, Leslie-Jean Thornton, for her two consecutive years of nurturing service, and to our online gurus Bob Stepno and Randy Reddick for maintaining our web presence over the past several years.

The incoming board:

Head: Raluca Cozma, Iowa State

Program/Vice-chair: Mitch McKenney, Kent State

Secretary: Howard Schlossberg, Columbia College Chicago

Research co-chairs: Jasmine McNealy, Kentucky; Frederick Schiff, University of Houston

PF&R: Chris Birks, Benedictine

Membership: Michael Cavanaugh, Illinois Springfield

Web editor: Chris Birks, Benedictine

Teaching: Susan Keith, Rutgers; Lisa Romero, Illinois at Urbana; Leslie-Jean Thornton, Arizona State

Newsletter: Patrick Walters, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Southeast Colloquium Research: Robert Byrd, Southern Mississippi

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

Immediate past head: Leslie-Jean Thornton, Arizona State


Very soon, Mitch McKenney will send out a call for panels for next year’s convention in San Francisco. The deadline – September 1 – is fast approaching!


For updates, follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter –


Best wishes for a productive new academic year,


Raluca Cozma, Ph.D.

Head, Newspaper and Online News Division, AEJMC


Carol Schwalbe takes TNT21 2014 top prize

Carol B. Schwalbe of Arizona led the winners of the 2014 edition of Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century, who were honored at the NOND business meeting Aug. 7 at the AEJMC convention in Montreal. Carol will receive $100 from the division for her teaching idea, “Keeping Current: Talking up the News,” which explained how to replace news quizzes with more interactive discussions of the news by students assigned to beats.

Other award winners were:

  • Second place: Patrick Walters, Kutztown State, “Breaking News Story Assignment”
  • Third place: Nicole Kraft, Ohio State, “Pin the Tail on the Campus”
  • Honorable mentions: Kim Fox, The American University of Cairo, “The Details are in the Data”; Michelle Hassler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, “Getting Real About Verification”; Rachele Kanigel, San Francisco State, “The Networking Game.”

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 Rutgers, typically awards $100 prizes for the best idea in three categories: full-time faculty member, adjunct professor and graduate-student instructor. This year, for the first time, however, 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.

The winning ideas will be published in a PDF booklet that will be posted to this site soon.


Call for website (co-) editors

Best wishes, Newspaper & Online News Division members planning to attend the AEJMC annual conference next month in Montreal.

As usual, the division’s Web editor will not be there in person, a lamentable state of affairs given the opportunity this blog-style WordPress site provides for on-the-spot “digital-first” reporting.

For example, last year we used a tag-team approach to create photo pages for the conference and an “Events” menu at the top of the page. It worked — but it would have been much less time consuming for someone on-site with WordPress experience.

(Adding photo captions and identification in real time would be one major improvement of doing photo pages “live” from an event. HTML/CSS experience can make for more varied page layouts, but is not essential.)

If you have interest or experience in such things and want to help the division live up to the “and online” we added to its name a few years ago, please contact division head Leslie-Jean Thornton, add a comment to this post, or send me a note at

Among other things, we have postponed choosing a new more mobile-device friendly site design in hopes of getting more folks involved in that decision and the operation of the site. Our site administrator, Randy Reddick, can explain how easy that redesign process is, choosing from a variety of more modern page “themes” or layouts.

WordPress tools have evolved rapidly. For example, this item was composed and posted with the Android WordPress app on a two year old smartphone.

When the time comes, I will be happy to explain, help, coach, advise, or bow out completely, but I do hope someone more active in AEJMC events steps forward to add to the division’s online presence.


Bob Stepno

Mild-mannered Newspaper (etc.) Division Web editor since…
was it really 2003?!
Division archives: including
the 2004 Toronto convention.
and more.

Did we have a blog back then? Yes, as an “aej” category in my personal blog — on a private company server that “went away” a few years ago: Peek into my 2004 archive

Computer ate our homework: Call for project re-submissions

For anyone who missed the mail or newsletter announcements, the 2014 Newspaper & Online News student project awards competition has a new deadline: Oct. 15.

A computer storing contest entries and notes crashed, and materials could not be fully recovered,  according to Bernie Ankney, chair of the team overseeing the awards.

As a result, everyone who submitted entries to this year’s award competition will have to resubmit.

The team will arrange for re-judging. It plans to announce the results early in 2015, according to the email from decision head Leslie Jean Thornton, who said this won’t affect next year’s submissions or judging.

“We’re very sorry for the imposition, but feel that this is the fairest way to go about awarding recognition for this year’s entries,” she said.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Ankney, at

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