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 https://goo.gl/jHQGj5. Questions can be directed to NOND Head Jasmine McNealy at jmcnealy@jou.ufl.edu.

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. https://wkwsci.co1.qualtrics.com/SE?Q_DL=40KuJEYxRzvs6Nv_emulKxL5edKAlNP_MLRP_3sBUNYeo4DqTogZ&Q_CHL=email

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

Join us in Chicago – Call for papers now open

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The Newspaper & Online News Division invites you to submit original, unpublished research papers for presentation at the AEJMC Annual Conference, Aug 9-12, 2017, in Chicago, IL. Submissions will be due 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
  • Gatekeeping
  • 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 will be recognized with a monetary award (1st, $100; 2nd, $75; 3rd, $50).

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.

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), Saturday, April 1, 2017.

If you have questions, please contact: Edson C. Tandoc Jr., Nanyang Technological University, edson@ntu.edu.sg, or Kris Boyle, Brigham Young University, kris_boyle@byu.edu.

Get your newest issue of LeadTime

Leadtime Cover

The official newsletter for the Newspaper and Online News Division of AEJMC is LeadTime. The newest issue for Fall 2016 is now available for your reading pleasure!

The latest issue includes a remembrance for Fred Schiff, a message from our new division head, details about the search for a new Newspaper Research Journal editor, and much more.

LeadTime – Fall 2016

LeadTime is edited by Patrick Walters, Assistant Professor of English at Kutztown University (Kutztown, Pennsylvania).

Call for Editor – Newspaper Research Journal

The Newspaper and Online News Division invites applications and nominations for editor of Newspaper Research Journal. The 3.5-year appointment runs September 2017 to February 2021.

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 receives an annual honorarium of $5,000 and a $2,000 stipend for graduate student assistance. Specific dollar amounts will be negotiated with the Newspaper and Online News Division’s executive committee. Other uses for this money may be proposed.

The editor is selected by and reports to the Newspaper and Online News Division’s executive committee. To maintain a fair and open process, the Committee seeks both applications from those interested and nominations. All who apply will be considered.

Applicants and nominees must be Newspaper and Online News Division members in good standing or willing to join the Division. 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 June 2017 with the first issue edited by the new editor in Fall 2017.

Nominations must be received by October 20, 2016. Applications must be received by December 1, 2016. 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 at this link. Nominations can be made at this link. Please contact Jasmine McNealy, NOND chair, at jmcnealy@jou.ufl.edu with any questions.

AEJMC 2017 Panel Proposals – Deadline Sept. 19

I hope you’re having a great start to the academic year. It was great to see so many of you in Minneapolis.

Believe it or not, we’re starting to plan the 2017 AEJMC conference in Chicago! To that end, we’d love to hear your ideas for panel proposals for the Newspaper and Online News Division. If you’d like to submit an idea, please visit our Google form and add your information.

The deadline for submitting your panel proposal idea is Monday, Sept. 19. As the fall moves forward, we’ll be back in touch about the status of each proposal.

Feel free to reach out at any time if you have questions about programming for next year’s conference. We look forward to receiving your superb submissions!

New leadership for NOND!

Jasmine McNealy
Jasmine McNealy

If you missed the excitement in Minneapolis last week, you may have also missed the news of the new leadership team for the Newspaper and Online News Division of AEJMC. We are excited to announce that Jasmine McNealy of the University of Florida will serve as the division head for the 2016-2017 term! Jasmine previously served as vice division head.

We are also pleased to announce that Jan Lauren Boyles of Iowa State University was elected into the position of Vice Division Head. Jan previously served as the research co-chair for the division.

Jan Lauren Boyles
Jan Lauren Boyles

To see the full list of our new officers, please continue to the officers section of our blog.

Fresh issue of LeadTime hits stands!

LeadTime Cover

The official newsletter for the Newspaper and Online News Division of AEJMC is LeadTime. The Summer 2016 edition is now available for your reading pleasure!

This issue includes stories about our new Division Head, Mitch McKenney, our recent award winners, programming information for AEJMC ’16 in Minneapolis and much more. You can download the new issue below.

LeadTime – Summer 2016

LeadTime is edited by Patrick Walters, Assistant Professor of English at Kutztown University (Kutztown, Pennsylvania).

TNT21 teaching ideas competition entries due July 19

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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 2015 and spring 2016.

To enter:

  • Download the entry form at http://bit.ly/29nnKIR (The form will download to your computer as a Word document.)
  • Complete the form.
  • Return the form as an attachment, along with any supporting materials, to 21stcenturyteachingtips@gmail.com by 11:59 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 19.

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 Minneapolis 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 Susan Keith of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University at susank@rutgers.edu.